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.

RM Auctions Motor City 2014 – Auction Results

1911 Mercedes 38-70HP Seven-Passenger Touring

RM Auctions staged its Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John’s sale on July 26, 2014 in Plymouth, Michigan, resulting in more than $7.4 million in total sales and a 77% sell-through rate. The single-day sale at the Inn at St. John's lifted the gavel on an eclectic mix of 77 vehicles and one classic boat. RM Auctions celebrated 20 years of auctions in the Detroit area at its annual Motor City sale in Michigan. … [Read more...]

Bonhams Mercedes-Benz 2014 – Auction Results

1934 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Special Roadster sold for €3.1 million

The debut Bonhams Mercedes-Benz auction was held 12th July 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, resulting in €11,855,925 in total sales. The sale included nearly 50 Mercedes-Benz cars, with models of the marque spanning over 100 years. Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Co-Chairman and auctioneer on the day, said, "Today's sale demonstrated the fantastic diversity and engineering excellence available from … [Read more...]

Mecum Seattle 2014 – Auction Report


Mecum Auctions, CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle, Washington, June 13-14, 2014 Mecum Auctions is constantly refining its calendar, trying new places and dates, usually with success. Frank Mecum said, "We looked at where we're shipping cars, and a lot were heading to the Pacific Northwest so we thought this would be a good place to try an auction." It turned out that they were right, with a good … [Read more...]

Ferraris at 2014 Gooding Pebble Beach Sale

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider (photo: Mathieu Heurtault)

The 2014 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auction will be held August 16-17 at the Equestrian Center in Pebble Beach, California. The official auction of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will feature a selection of Ferrari street and race cars, including a 1961 250 GT SWB California Spider, a 1962 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, a 1969 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione, a 1959 250 GT Series I Cabriolet, a 1964 250 GT Lusso … [Read more...]

Mecum Indianapolis 2014 – Auction Report

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster

Mecum Auctions Spring Classic, State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Indiana, May 13-18, 2014 Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor [First an apology to readers for the lateness of this report. May and June were two months of nearly continuous travel, with barely enough time to take a shower and get clean clothes between trips. The following report – comprising almost 190 cars out of the 1,600 Mecum … [Read more...]

Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale at RM Auctions Monterey 2014

1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale (photo: Darin Schnabel)

A 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale will be featured at the 2014 RM Auctions Monterey sale, scheduled for August 15-16 in downtown Monterey, California. The headline attraction for RM Auctions’ Pebble Beach Classic Car Week auction will comfortably achieve eight-figures when it crosses the podium in California next month. The first of three 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciales, chassis 0670 was built by Ferrari for FIA … [Read more...]

Auctions America Littlefield Collection – Auction Results

8-ton Half-Track Sd.Kfz. 7

The Auctions America Littlefield Collection sale was staged July 11-12, 2014 in Portola Valley, California, resulting in $10.24 million in total sales and a 98 percent sell-through rate. The two-day auction of military vehicles and accessories enticed bidders from 10 countries, including as far away as Germany, Belgium and Australia. One of the world’s largest private collections of armored vehicles, the … [Read more...]

Ferrari 250 GTO Auction – Boys Will be Boys

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, s/n 3851 GT

Bonhams has recently announced that it will offer Ferrari 250 GTO s/n 3851 at its Quail Lodge auction, scheduled for August 14-15, 2014 at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California. The GTO is one of a number of Ferraris from San Marino's Maranello Rosso collection recently acquired from the estate of Fabrizio Violati. Bonhams will also offer another nine of the Maranello Rosso Ferraris at Quail … [Read more...]

New Mecum Auctions Event in Harrisburg

1970 Dodge Hemi Coronet R/T

Mecum Auctions will conduct its first-ever auction in Harrisburg on July 24-27, 2014 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center with an estimated 1,000 collector cars expected to cross the auction block Thursday through Saturday and 200 motorcycles on Sunday. Featured consignments at the debut Mecum Harrisburg sale include a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 Convertible (Lot S145), a selection of more than a … [Read more...]

Further Offerings at 2014 Gooding Pebble Beach

1955 Aston Martin DB3S (photo: Brian Henniker)

A selection of consignments with strong provenance will be offered at the 2014 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auction, scheduled for August 16-17 at the Equestrian Center in Pebble Beach, California. These entries at Gooding's 11th annual Pebble Beach sale include a 1939 Alfa Romeo Tipo 256 Cabriolet with one-off Pinin Farina coachwork (estimate: $5,000,000 - $7,000,000), the first production 1954 Mercedes-Benz … [Read more...]

Motostalgia Houston 2014 – Auction Report

1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale

Motostalgia Auctions, Keels and Wheels Concours d'Elegance, Seabrook, Texas, May 2, 2014 Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor Motostalgia Auctions moved into the Keels and Wheels Concours d'Elegance at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook (Houston), Texas in early May, the slot abandoned three years ago by Worldwide now holding forth at the Concours d'Elegance of Texas at La Toretta, north of Houston in … [Read more...]

Artcurial Le Mans Classic 2014 – Auction Results

1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

The Artcurial Motorcars Le Mans Classic auction was held Saturday 5th July 2014 at the Le Mans 24 Hours Circuit in France, resulting in total sales of €13.2 million and an 82% sell-through rate. Artcurial assembled a selection of 111 collector cars and 148 lots of automobilia for the 2014 Le Mans Classic auction, with 37 motor cars selling for more than €100,000 and 80% sold within or above their pre-sale … [Read more...]

Ferrari 250 GTO Offered at 2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, s/n 3851 GT

A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO will headline the 2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction, scheduled for Friday, August 15th at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California. Offered at no reserve, the GTO will undoubtedly become the most valuable automobile ever sold at auction when it crosses the block during Monterey Classic Car Week. … [Read more...]

Worldwide Houston 2014 – Auction Report

1955 Porsche 356 "Pre-A" 1500 Super Speedster

Worldwide Auctions, Concours d'Elegance of Texas, Montgomery, Texas, May 3,2014 Worldwide Auctions returned to the La Torretta Resort in Montgomery, Texas for its third auction in conjunction with the Concours d'Elegance of Texas, bringing an intriguing variety of cars and a big crowd. Competing for the first time with Antonio Brunet's Motostalgia Auction at the Keels & Wheels Concours, Worldwide's former site … [Read more...]

Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 – Auction Results

Ferrari 375 Plus

The Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 auction was held Friday 27 June on the Tapestry Lawn at Goodwood House in Chichester, UK, resulting in £22.6 million ($38.4 million USD) in total sales. A selection of more than 85 automobiles crossed the auction block, with the top result going to the ex-Scuderia 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus that sold for £10,753,500 ($18.2 million USD). … [Read more...]