Automotive Auction Coverage

Led by Auction Editor Rick Carey, our coverage of auctions and collector car markets includes everything from late-breaking news and auction results to varied opinions about market trends and values.

British Offerings at 2015 Gooding Pebble Beach Sale

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible (photo: Brian Henniker)

A selection of English automobiles will be among the headline offerings at the 2015 Gooding Pebble Beach sale, to be staged August 15-16 in Pebble Beach, California during the Monterey Classic Car Week. The entries include a 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback with ties to James Bond creator Ian Fleming, Tyrone Power’s one-of-a-kind 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Two-Seater Drophead Coupe with coachwork … [Read more...]

Dragone Greenwich 2015 – Auction Report

1951 Simca-Abarth SC Cabriolet, Body by Stablimenti Farina

Dragone Brothers, Westport, Connecticut, May 30, 2015 It would be inaccurate to say that Manny and George Dragone have been finding antique, classic and rare cars their entire adult lives. They started as teenagers and have built a reservoir of knowledge, relationships and contacts that is perhaps second-to-none among modern dealers. In the Northeast, where the automobile was born in America, Manny and George … [Read more...]

Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015 – Auction Results

Aston Martin Ulster

The Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015 auction was held Friday 26 June on the Tapestry Lawn at Goodwood House in Chichester, UK, resulting in £17,789,688 in total sales and an 86.26% sell-through rate. The top result at Bonhams' 2015 Festival of Speed sale went to the ex-Works Racing Aston Martin Ulster Team Car 'LM19' that sold for £2,913,500, a new auction record for a Pre-War Aston Martin. The Ulster was … [Read more...]

Bonhams Greenwich 2015 – Auction Report

1938 Bugatti Type 57S Stelvio Convertible, Body by Gangloff

Bonhams, Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, May 31, 2015 By any measure, Bonhams is through hard work and dedication turning its auction in conjunction with the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance into a consistent success. This year's total was helped by having 51 of the 95 lots offered without reserve and selling to the highest bidder from the time the first bid was taken. That's well over half the entire consignment … [Read more...]

Works Jaguar C-Type at 2015 RM Monterey

1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight

A 1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight, chassis number XKC 052, will be among the headline offerings at the 2015 RM Monterey auction, to be held August 13–15 in California during Monterey Classic Car Week. XKC 052 is the first ever offering of a Works Lightweight example at public auction. The second of just three factory lightweight C-Types built and clothed entirely in thin-gauge aluminum, XKC 052 boasts a … [Read more...]

Le Mans Winner at Gooding Pebble Beach 2015

1982 Porsche 956 (photo: Mathieu Heurtault)

The Porsche 956 that won the 1983 Le Mans 24 Hours will be among the headline entries at the Gooding and Company Pebble Beach 2015 auction, scheduled for August 15-16 in Pebble Beach, California during the Monterey Classic Car Week. The 956 was developed for the new Group C regulations by engineer Norbert Singer and developed by Porsche in-house at their motorsport facility in Weissach. The 956 and its successor, … [Read more...]

Headline Ferraris at Bonhams Quail Lodge 2015

1959 Ferrari 250 GT Competizione Alloy Berlinetta

A pair of Ferraris will be among the headline offerings at the Bonhams Quail Lodge 2015 auction, scheduled for Friday, August 14th on the grounds of the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, California during the Monterey Classic Car Week. Among the Ferrari consignments, the 1959 250 GT Competizione Alloy Berlinetta has to be the standout entry. Offered from an American collection, chassis number 1519 GT is one of the … [Read more...]

Auctions America Auburn Spring 2015 – Auction Report

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet

Auctions America, Auburn Spring, Auburn, Indiana, May 7-9, 2015 "Auburn" resonates with car collectors. The home of Auburn and Cord, location of the Auburn - Cord - Duesenberg Club headquarters and museum and of NATMUS, the National Auto and Truck Museum, its history in the auto industry – particularly the auto industry in Indiana – and nexus of so much car collecting activity make Auburn particularly appropriate … [Read more...]

Mecum Indianapolis 2015 – Auction Report

1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, Body by Scaglietti

Mecum Auctions, Spring Classic, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Indiana, May 13-16, 2015 Mecum's Spring Classic is a marathon, four days of nonstop auctions with cars spread throughout the various exposition buildings of the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. It is possible – even productive – simply to concentrate on the Big Car displays. There is plenty there, in the diverse, if Muscle-oriented, … [Read more...]

Mecum Seattle 2015 – Auction Results

1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T SE sold for $185,000

The Mecum Seattle 2015 auction was staged June 5-6 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle, Washington, resulting in $9,517,676 in total sales. The auction’s top seller was a 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T SE (Lot S76.1) that brought a high bid of $185,000. A R-Code Challenger with matching-numbers four-speed transmission, the car had undergone a comprehensive restoration in 2014 and was presented in … [Read more...]

Peter Klutt Collection at Gooding Pebble Beach 2015

Peter Klutt Collection (photo: Brian Henninger)

The Peter Klutt Collection will be among the headline offerings at the Gooding and Company Pebble Beach 2015 auction, scheduled for August 15-16 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center in Pebble Beach, California. The lots from the Peter Klutt Collection will be offered without reserve. "I am thrilled to offer the Peter Klutt Collection,” said David Gooding, President of Gooding & Company. … [Read more...]

Pinnacle Portfolio Offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2015

The Pinnacle Portfolio Group Shot

The "most significant and valuable private automobile collection ever presented at auction" will headline the RM Sotheby's Monterey 2015 sale, scheduled for August 13-15 at the Portola Hotel and Monterey Conference Center in California during the Pebble Beach Classic Car Week. Called ‘The Pinnacle Portfolio: A rare collective of automotive distinction’, the consignment of post-war sports cars comprises … [Read more...]

Mecum Kansas City Spring 2015 – Auction Report

1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster

Mecum Auctions, Kansas City Spring, April 23-25, 2015 Kansas City, whether spring or December, has never been a high-roller sale for Mecum Auctions. It is, however, a steady performer in high seven- or low-eight figures that mines the enthusiasm of a notable car collecting market. The Spring 2015 Kansas City auction continued that track with a solid $8,955,661 sale and a consistent offering of similarly solid, and … [Read more...]

Bonhams Greenwich 2015 – Auction Results

1973 Porsche 911 RS Touring sold for $594,000

The Bonhams Greenwich 2015 auction was held Sunday, May 31st at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance in Connecticut, resulting in $7,710,262 in total sales and an 89 percent sell-through rate. Held at the waterfront Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Bonhams’ 8th annual sale featured more than 90 automobiles and a wide-ranging selection of automobilia. Despite torrential rain over the weekend in Greenwich, the … [Read more...]

RM Sotheby’s Andrews Collection – Auction Report

1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet, Body by Pininfarina

RM Sotheby's, Paul and Chris Andrews Collection, Fort Worth, Texas May 2, 2015 RM Sotheby's has demonstrated that it is without peer in single owner collection auctions, establishing a record of effective promotion, lavish presentation and meticulous on-site event management that regularly produces eye-opening, record-setting results. Paul and Chris Andrews, pére et fils, are the latest collectors to take … [Read more...]