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.

1956 Maserati 450S Prototype – Car Profile

1956 Maserati 450S Fantuzzi Prototype

In early 1956, Tony Parravano, a wealthy American housing developer, commissioned Maserati to build a new large-bore V-8 for use in a Kurtis Indy chassis. The order offered Maserati the chance to develop the V-8 project, coded Tipo 54, which had been shelved since the disastrous Le Mans accident of 1955. The project also provided a natural opportunity to try the new powerplant in Maserati’s own sports-racing chassis, … [Read more...]

Artcurial Paris Retromobile 2014 – Auction Report

1953 Ferrari 166 MM/53 Barchetta, Body by Oblin

Artcurial, Briest-Poulain-F. Tajan, Retromobile, Paris, February 7-8, 2014 The signature auction at Retromobile, February's big car collecting show in Paris, has been traded around. From Christie's to Bonhams to this year's Artcurial, it arrived at its 2014 expression as a two-day auction of some 175 automobiles with diverse marques on Friday and a 'Solo Alfa' auction (of post-war cars) on Saturday. Now, I have … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Paris 2014 – Auction Report

1955 Jaguar D-Type Sports Racer

RM Auctions, Place Vauban, Paris, France, February 5, 2014 RM Auctions joined the fray during Paris Retromobile week this year, setting up on Place Vauban, adjacent to L'Hotel national des Invalides and much of the military history of France. The sale's highlight was the race car collection of Australian Peter Harburg, seven cars that individually and collectively could not fail to get any historic race fan's … [Read more...]

Bonhams Paris 2014 – Auction Report

1984 Ferrari 126 C4 M2 Formula 1

Bonhams, Grand Palais, Paris, France, February 6, 2014 Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor There are just a few particularly charismatic places to hold collector car auctions. Worldwide's auction in the Cord Front Drive L29 Assembly Building in Auburn is one. Bonhams at the Grand Palais, site of the early Paris Auto Shows, is another. It is impossible to be unaffected by the … [Read more...]

Featured Offerings at 2014 RM Monaco Sale

1966 Ferrari Dino 206 S Spider Side

The RM Auctions Monaco 2014 sale will be held 9-10 May at Le Sporting on the Côte d'Azur in Monaco. Sports and racing cars will be featured at the two-day, biennial RM Monaco auction staged the same weekend as the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. “As a mecca of motorsport history, our Monaco auction is a consistent favourite among clients and staff alike,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe. "This year, we … [Read more...]

Gooding & Company Amelia Island 2014 – Auction Report

1959 Porsche RSK Spyder

Gooding & Company, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida, March 7, 2014 Bitter cold didn't do much to deter the bidders at this year's Gooding & Company Amelia Island auction although it kept the line long at the Chubb Insurance latte stand. In addition to some superior Porsches and the beautifully original, preserved and maintained Ferrari 250 Europa GT s/n 0409GT this year's Gooding Amelia … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Amelia Island 2014 – Auction Report

1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster, Body by Figoni and Falaschi

RM Auctions, Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, March 8, 2014 Highlighted by the disposition of Greenwich, Connecticut's Malcolm S. Pray, Jr. collection, RM Auctions hit a home run at Amelia Island this year, recording a record total sale for the sixteen years they're been at Amelia Island of $35.9 million, just over a third better than the previous best set last year. The top sale, not surprisingly, was the … [Read more...]

Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2014 – Auction Results

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra sold for $825,000

The Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2014 Auction was held March 14–16 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Florida, resulting in more than $21 million in total sales and a 76% sell-through rate. The 12th annual Fort Lauderdale sale attracted its strongest attendance to date and realized a nearly 20% sales increase over 2013. Bidders represented 13 countries from around the world, … [Read more...]

Impressions From a First Time Auction-Goer

RM Auctions Arizona (photo: RM Auctions)

Aside from escaping this particularly bitter New England winter for a few days, getting to experience the solid week of collector car auctions in and around Scottsdale, Arizona this year was refreshing in its own way. I say refreshing because it reminded me just how alive this strange hobby (some might dare to call it a lifestyle) of ours is, and just how many kindred spirits we have across the country and indeed the … [Read more...]

Gooding & Company Amelia Island 2014 – Auction Results

1968 Porsche 907 Longtail Auction Block

The Gooding & Company Amelia Island 2014 auction was held Friday, March 7 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida, resulting in $30,953,450 in total sales and an 89% sell-through rate. A total of 15 auction records were set at this year's sale, with four cars selling above $2 million. David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company, said, “We were very proud of the outstanding results at … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Amelia Island 2014 – Auction Results

1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster

The RM Auctions Amelia Island Concours 2014 sale was held March 8th on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Amelia Island, Florida, resulting in $35,947,500 in total sales and a 97% sell-through rate. The result is a 34% increase over 2013, with bidders from 18 countries and 20% representing new clients for RM. RM Auctions assembled 91 automobiles for the single-day auction, which again served as a prelude to … [Read more...]

Ex-Graham Hill Lotus 49B at 2014 Bonhams Goodwood

Ex-Gold Leaf F1 Lotus 49B raced by Graham Hill

A Lotus 49B once piloted by Graham Hill will be offered, for the first at auction, during the 2014 Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed sale, scheduled for Friday, June 27th at Goodwood House in Chichester, UK. James Knight, Bonhams Motoring Director said, “By every standard, Colin Chapman’s Lotus 49 concept is an absolute landmark in Formula 1 design. It simply raised the bar for every rival manufacturer, and its … [Read more...]

Gooding & Company Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Report

McLaren F1 GTR at 2014 Gooding Scottsdale

Gooding & Company, Fashion Square, Scottsdale, Arizona, January 17-18, 2014 Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor $49,446,095 in sales, a 94% sale rate (110 of 117 cars offered) is a huge result for Gooding & Company. More to the point, however, are the number of cars that achieved exceptional, over-estimate prices: 14.6% of the lots offered. They were in some cases astounding and reflected in most … [Read more...]

Headline Entries at 2014 Mecum Houston

1964 Ford GT40 Prototype

A strong selection of sports and racing cars are among the headline offerings at the 2014 Mecum Auctions Houston sale, scheduled for April 10-12 at the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas. Mecum’s third annual event will see 1,000 cars cross the auction block, ranging from American and European racer cars, to Pre-War Classics and Corvettes. A 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype GT/104 (Lot S147.1) will be featured at the 2014 … [Read more...]

Gooding & Company Amelia Island 2014 – Auction Preview

1968 Porsche 907-005

The Gooding & Company Amelia Island 2014 auction will take place on Friday, March 7 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida. Gooding's auction has more than doubled in size since their first sale at Amelia Island in 2010, and 2014 will see almost 90 cars cross the block beginning at 11:00 am. Among the cars at the Gooding & Company Amelia Island sale, a dozen are estimated to bring prices in … [Read more...]