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.

Bugatti Type 57C at Bonhams Greenwich 2015 Auction

1938 Bugatti Type 57C Gangloff Cabriolet

A supercharged 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet with coachwork by Gangloff will headline the Bonhams Greenwich 2015 auction, scheduled for May 31 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut. Introduced in 1934, the Type 57 represented a new era for the company under the direction of Jean Bugatti, son of “Le Patron,” Ettore Bugatti. … [Read more...]

Bonhams Goodwood Members Meeting 2015 – Auction Results

1959 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe sold for £470,000

The Bonhams Goodwood Members Meeting 2015 was staged 21st March at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester, England, resulting in total sales of £4,311,722 and a 75% sell-through rate. The ex-Kitty Maurice 1959 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe was the top result, selling for £470,000. Bonhams debut sale at the 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting also showed a trend for 1980s sports cars, achieving a new world auction record … [Read more...]

Gooding & Company Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Report

1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 Coupe, Body by Pininfarina

Gooding & Company, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida, March 13, 2015 Gooding & Company's sixth consecutive auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation showed a complete disdain for superstition: it was Friday the Thirteenth. No slashers wielding machetes or aetherial ectoplasmic forms materialized in or near the Gooding tent village, although a somewhat supernatural rain deluge created an … [Read more...]

Bonhams Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Report

1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Coupe

Bonhams Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach Golf Club, Amelia Island, Florida, March 12, 2015 Bonhams returned to Amelia Island in 2015 after a long absence, having previously stuck its toe in the water in 2000 with a sale under the Brooks Auctioneers banner at the Amelia Island Plantation. After selling just nine lots for a total of $1.2 million, Brooks beat a strategic retreat but Bonhams will not have to … [Read more...]

RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Report

1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet, Body by Pinin Farina

RM Sotheby's, Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, March 14, 2015 Only 28 auctions have recorded higher sale totals than RM's 2015 Amelia Island auction total of $60,122,000. It is by nearly 50% the highest auction total ever at Amelia. Only 18 have recorded higher median transaction values than RM Amelia's $258,500, only 25 have higher average transaction value than its $607,293. RM announced in the week … [Read more...]

Gooding and Company Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Results

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 sold for $3,300,000

The Gooding and Company Amelia Island 2015 auction was held Friday, March 13th at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida, resulting in $26,967,150 in total sales and an 89% sell-through rate. The top result at Gooding's 2015 Amelia Island Concours auction went to the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 that sold for $3,300,000, followed by the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet that brought $2,090,000. Out … [Read more...]

RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Results

1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet sold for $6,380,000

The RM Sotheby's Amelia Island 2015 auction was held Saturday, March 14th on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Amelia Island, Florida, resulting in $60,360,050 in total sales and an updated (see below) 100 percent sell-through rate. This result represents not only the highest total ever for a sale held during the Amelia Island week, but also exceeds the combined total of all other auctions this week. The … [Read more...]

Bonhams Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Results

1930 Cord Model L-29 Town Car sold for $1,760,000

The inaugural Bonhams Amelia Island 2015 Auction was held Thursday, March 12 at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Amelia Island, resulting in $13.95 million in total sales and a 79% sell-through rate. The newest addition to the Amelia Island Concours Classic Car Week saw pre-war American cars sell strongly and models from Alfa Romeo, BMW and Porsche set new auction records. The top result at the debut Bonhams … [Read more...]

Ferrari 275S / 340 America at RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2015

1950 Ferrari 275S-340 America Barchetta (photo: Darin Schnabel)

A 1950 Ferrari 275S / 340 America, chassis 0030 MT, will be among the headline entries at the RM Sotheby's Monterey 2015 auction, scheduled for August 14-15 in California’s Monterey Peninsula during Monterey Classic Car Week. Born as one of only two 275S barchettas built, chassis 0030 MT was campaigned by the Ferrari factory and driven by Italian racing driver Alberto Ascari in the 1950 Mille Miglia. It was then … [Read more...]

Leake Oklahoma City 2015 – Auction Report

1970 Chevrolet Corvette 454 Coupe

Leake Auction Company, Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, February 20-12, 2015 Oklahoma City is one of the centers of the hydrocarbon energy business in America. Downtown is dominated by towers erected by the likes of Devon Energy and Continental Resources. The city's periphery is marked by fields full of pipe and heavy equipment, sharp contrast to Oklahoma City's historic position as a … [Read more...]

Mecum Rogers Classic Car Museum 2015 – Auction Results

Rogers Classic Car Museum

The Mecum Rogers Classic Car Museum auction was held February 27-28, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, resulting in $9,529,350 in total sales. The collection of more than 230 cars brought standing-room-only crowds of more than 3,000 bidders and spectators. Proceeds from the sale benefited The Rogers Foundation, which supports arts and education in Southern Nevada. Beverly Rogers, wife of the late Jim Rogers, was present … [Read more...]

Bonhams Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Preview

1911 EMF Model 30 Factory Racer

The inaugural Bonhams Amelia Island 2015 Auction will be held Thursday, March 12 at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Amelia Island. More than 80 automobiles will be offered at Bonhams' debut sale held during the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance week. Headlining the 2015 Bonhams Amelia Island sale will be a 1930 Cord L-29 Town Car; 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster; 1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat; 1911 EMF Model … [Read more...]

Gooding and Company Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Preview

1956 Maserati 200 SI (photo: Mathieu Heurtault)

The Gooding and Company Amelia Island 2015 auction will be staged Friday, March 13th at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida. Gooding's 6th annual Amelia sale will see more than 85 cars cross the block, with eight automobiles estimated to exceed $1,000,000. The headline entries at Gooding's 2015 Amelia Island sale include a 1956 Maserati 200 SI; 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4; 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II … [Read more...]

RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Preview

1955 Jaguar D-Type

The RM Sotheby's Amelia Island 2015 auction will be held Saturday, March 14th on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Amelia Island, Florida. As the first auction for the new partnership between RM Auctions and Sotheby's, the united team has gathered 100 automobiles and select memorabilia for the single-day auction, which will again act as a prelude to the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. A total of fourteen … [Read more...]

Silverstone Auctions Race Retro 2015 – Auction Results

1991 Ferrari Testarossa

The Silverstone Auctions Race Retro 2015 sale was staged 21-22 February at Stoneleigh Park near Coventry, UK, resulting in £3.62 million in total sales and a 78 percent sell-through rate. The first Silverstone Auctions event of 2015 achieved four record prices. Classic Ferraris remain in high demand, with two cars by the marque breaking world records at the Silverstone Race Retro 2015 auction. … [Read more...]