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.

Mecum Austin 2014 – Auction Results

2006 Ford GT

The debut Mecum Austin 2014 auction was held December 12-13 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, resulting in $14,668,347 in total sales and nearly a 70 percent sell-through rate. The anticipated offering of 600 vehicles was exceeded as 660 vehicles crossed the auction block during the 2-day sale. The results brought Mecum's 2014 total to a record $330 million with 76 percent of offered lots sold. … [Read more...]

Ron Pratte Collection at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015

Ron Pratte Collection

The Ron Pratte Collection will be featured at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015 sale, scheduled for January 10-18 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona. Selling at predominantly no reserve, the Ron Pratte Collection includes 140 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles and over 1,400 pieces of automobilia. Ron Pratte built the majority of his collection at Barrett-Jackson auctions. Pratte played an integral part in … [Read more...]

Jaguars Sold at Auction in 2014

1955 Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar, the brand known for its leaping feline mascot, enjoyed plenty of air time this year within the collector car auction world. Well represented at nearly every single collector car auction in 2014, Auction Editor Rick Carey witnessed the good, bad and the ugly from the Coventry-based car firm. Not surprisingly, the Jaguar E-Type made up a majority of the Jaguar offerings at auction in 2014. After a … [Read more...]

Featured Ferrari Offerings at Gooding Scottsdale 2015

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

A pair of significant Ferraris will be among the headline offerings at the Gooding and Company Scottsdale 2015 auction, scheduled for January 16-17th at the Scottsdale Fashion Square in Arizona. The latest consignments for the two-day event include a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider and a 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico. “We’re thrilled to expand our superb Scottsdale lineup with the … [Read more...]

Mercedes-Benz Sold at Auction in 2014

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster at RM Amelia Island

Mercedes-Benz has long represented a great choice for enthusiasts that want a beautiful, well-engineered automobile that will actually crank on a cold morning. As the world's oldest automaker, the brand's history is littered with numerous important open and sporting cars like the famed White Knights, the dominating Silver Arrows, the elegant 540K series and the blue-chip 300 SL Gullwing and Roadster. The level of … [Read more...]

Mecum Kansas City Fall 2014 – Auction Results

Mecum Kansas City Fall 2014

The Mecum Kansas City 2014 Auction was held December 4-6 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri, resulting in $8,253,041 in total sales and a sell-through rate of nearly 70 percent. A total of 382 automobiles were purchased during the three-day auction. A 2005 Ford GT took top honors at the Mecum Kansas City Fall 2014 sale. With 5,631 original miles on its odometer and dressed in White with … [Read more...]

Featured Ferrari Offerings at RM Auctions Arizona 2015

1964 Ferrari 250 LM (photo: Darin Schnabel)

A selection of important Ferraris are among the headline offerings at the RM Auctions Arizona 2015 sale, to be held January 15–16 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix. The RM Auctions Arizona 2015 sale is highlighted by a group of 21 Ferraris, headlined by a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, chassis number 5899 GT, that was delivered new to Scuderia Filipinetti, Switzerland’s most storied racing team. … [Read more...]

Bonhams Simeone Museum 2014 – Auction Report

1956 Lancia Aurelia B20S 6th Series Coupe, Body by Pinin Farina

Bonhams 'Preserving the Automobile', Simeone Museum, Philadelphia, PA, October 6, 2014 2014 marked Bonhams' third foray into the delightful environs of Dr. Fred Simeone's marvelous collection near the Philadelphia airport. If the auction isn't sufficient to induce people to come, the chance to see the collection of competition automobiles that Dr. Simeone has put together should be. His dedication to presenting … [Read more...]

Porsches Sold at Auction in 2014

1968 Porsche 907 Longtail (photo: Eric Fairchild / Gooding)

Porsche products resonate with enthusiasts. Whether it's the remarkable story involving a seemingly perpetual product that's enjoyed over a half century of development or their deep motorsport heritage, the iconic brand has cemented itself as one most enthusiasts aspire to experience at one point in their life. For some, they need more than one taste of the brand, evidenced in 2014 by what seemed like an endless … [Read more...]

New Bonhams Auction at Goodwood Members’ Meeting

1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe

Bonhams will stage the the first-ever classic car auction at the Goodwood Members' Meeting. Held on 21 March 2015, the newly announced sale will be the third Bonhams auction hosted at Goodwood, alongside the annual Festival of Speed Sale on 26 June 2015 and the Goodwood Revival Sale on 12 September 2015. … [Read more...]

Jaguar XJR-9 Offered at RM Amelia 2015

Jaguar XJR-9 Track

The Jaguar XJR-9 that won the 1990 Daytona 24 Hours will be among the headline offerings at the RM Auctions Amelia Island 2015 auction, scheduled for March 14th on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Amelia Island, Florida. Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Auctions Europe, said, “We’re thrilled to have been entrusted with the Works Jaguar XJR-9 for our Amelia Island sale. Its offering is made all the more … [Read more...]

Forgotten Baillon Collection at Artcurial Retromobile 2015

Ferrari 250 GT California SWB and Maserati A6G 2000 Berlinetta Grand Sport Frua

The Baillon Collection of 60 automobiles recently found after fifty years will headline the Artcurial Retromobile 2015 auction, scheduled for 6th February in Paris. The collector cars on offer include all major marques dating from the early days of the motor car through to the 1970s, headlined by a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider. These motor cars have been tucked away in a property in the West of France, under … [Read more...]

Ferraris Sold at Auction in 2014

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

Auction Editor Rick Carey reported from 30 different auctions in 2014, starting with the Scottsdale, Kissimmee and Paris sales, moving quickly into the Amelia Island sales and continuing on a frenetic pace throughout the rest of the year. Ferraris -- the unquestioned epicenter of the collector car market -- were a huge focus of Carey's reports, with no less than 169 of Maranello's finest methodically examined in … [Read more...]

Bonhams Bond Street 2014 – Auction Results

Porsche 908.02

The Bonhams Bond Street 2014 sale was held 30th November at Bonhams' London headquarters on Bond Street in the heart of Mayfair, resulting in £12,777,450 in total sales and an 83.8% sell-through rate. The top lot in the Bonhams Bond Street 2014 auction went to the ex-works 1969-70 Porsche 908.02 'Flunder' Langheck Group 6 Racing Sports-Prototype that achieved £2,185,500. … [Read more...]