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.

Ferrari California Spider Joins 2015 RM Villa d’Este

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider (photo: Tim Scott)

A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider will headline the RM Sotheby's Villa d'Este 2015 auction, scheduled for 23 May at Villa Erba in Lake Como, Italy. The California Spider leads a roster of 37 of cars, along with two vintage Riva boats, at the auction held during the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. “The words ‘California Spider’ are synonymous with ‘La Dolce Vita’ and the finest motoring experience that … [Read more...]

Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta – Car Profile

1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta by Touring

Ferraris were campaigned frequently and with ferocity by both the factory and wealthy privateers, and the company’s reputation during its early days hinged on the success of its race cars. During these early years, Ferrari created a chassis numbering system that would create legends: the competition cars would be designated an even numbered chassis, whilst road going cars would receive odd chassis numbers. Whilst … [Read more...]

Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2015 – Auction Results

Ford GT

The Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2015 auction was held April 17-19 at the South Florida Fairgrounds in Palm Beach, Florida, resulting in more than $22 million in total sales and a 98.3% sell-through rate. The 13th annual event attracted more than 60,000 guests over the three-day weekend, a 30 percent increase from 2014; the number of bidders increased by 28 percent. Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of … [Read more...]

New Bonhams Sale at Chantilly Concours

Chantilly Concours d'Elegance 2014

Bonhams continues its growth pattern with a new auction that will be staged 5 September 2015 on the grounds of Château de Chantilly in Chantilly, France. The new black tie evening sale will be held in association with the Chantilly Arts and Elegance Concours d'Elegance. Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motorcars, commented, “We’re delighted to announce this brand new and exclusive motoring sale, taking … [Read more...]

RM Sotheby’s Andrews Collection – Auction Preview

1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet by Pininfarina

The RM Sotheby's Andrews Collection auction will be staged May 2, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. The single-day, single-vendor sale will see a wonderful selection of 78 vehicles along with an assortment of memorabilia cross the auction block, all offered without reserve. The Andrews Collection represents years of acquisition by lifelong enthusiast and successful entrepreneur, Paul Andrews, and his son Chris, an … [Read more...]

Bonhams Mercedes-Benz 2015 – Auction Results

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe

The Bonhams Mercedes-Benz 2015 auction was held 28 March at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, resulting in total sales of €13 million and a 92.9% sell-through rate. Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Co-Chairman and auctioneer for the day, said, “With a full sale room, active internet bidding, and international bidders both in the room and on the telephone, we saw spectacular prices for cars in exemplary … [Read more...]

Mecum Houston 2015 – Auction Results

2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition sold for $475,000

The Mecum Houston 2015 sale was held April 9-11 at the NRG Park (formerly Reliant Center) in Houston, Texas, resulting in $25,285,163 in total sales and a 70 percent sell-through rate. A told of 645 vehicles sold at Mecum's fourth annual Houston auction. The top 10 sales in at Mecum's 2015 Houston included a mix of pre-war classics, muscle cars from the Golden Era, among others. … [Read more...]

Ex-Works Aston Martin at Bonhams Festival of Speed 2015

Aston Martin Ulster Ex-Works

An ex-Works Racing Aston Martin Ulster, chassis LM19, will headline the Bonhams Festival of Speed 2015 auction, scheduled for June 26th at the Goodwood House in Chichester, UK. The LM series of pre-war Aston Martin Works Team Cars were individually numbered from LM1 to LM23. As the initials indicate, they were produced to challenge the world’s best in the annual Le Mans 24-hour race. … [Read more...]

Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2015 – Auction Report

1959 Ferrari 250 GT Pf Coupe, Body by Pinin Farina

Auctions America, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, March 27-29, 2015 Report by Rick Carey | Photos by Andrew Newton Astute readers of auction reports will notice something missing in the above description: "by RM". Auctions America's Donnie Gould insists the omission – following Sotheby's acquisition of 25% of catalog collector car auction house RM Auctions – means nothing for Auctions America's … [Read more...]

Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2015 – Auction Preview

1967 Ford Mustang Custom Fastback

The Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2015 auction will be held April 17-19 at the South Florida Fairgrounds in Palm Beach, Florida. Barrett-Jackson’s 13th annual Palm Beach sale will feature classics, exotics, muscle cars, hot rods, resto-mods and more set to cross the auction block. “We’re really looking forward to our 13th Annual Palm Beach auction,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Our … [Read more...]

Look to the Future – Aston Martin Vanquish

2004 Aston Martin Vanquish V12

With classic-era Aston Martins rapidly appreciating in value beyond the seven-digit mark, it’s nice to examine modern-era cars that might someday follow suit. Of course, top-of-the-range collectibles are always more desirable than their standard-production brethren. Such is the case with the Aston Martin Vanquish V12. In the future, collectors undoubtedly will look back upon the Series One Vanquish and heap praise … [Read more...]

Mecum Houston 2015 – Auction Preview

1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona (photo: Jeremy Cliff)

A strong selection of automobiles will be featured at the Mecum Houston 2015 sale, scheduled for April 9-11 at the NRG Park (formerly Reliant Center) in Houston, Texas. Mecum’s fourth annual event will see 1,000 cars cross the auction block, ranging from American muscle cars, Corvettes, classics, hot rods, Resto Mods and more. Mecum's 2015 Houston auction will feature three private collections including 45 cars … [Read more...]

Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2015 – Auction Results

Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2015

The Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2015 Auction was held March 27-29 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center in Florida, resulting in $21,376,035 in total sales and a 76% sell-through rate. The results from the 13th annual Fort Lauderdale sale, which included the sale of 368 vehicles and select memorabilia, ranks the event as the company’s strongest Fort Lauderdale performance in its 13-year … [Read more...]

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...]