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 Sotheby’s Concorso Villa d’Este 2015 – Auction Results

1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta

The RM Sotheby's Villa d'Este 2015 sale was held 23rd May at Villa Erba on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, resulting in €26,714,530 ($29,920,273 USD) in total sales and an 89.75% sell-through rate. A roster of 37 of cars, along with two vintage Riva boats, were featured at RM's biennial auction staged over the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este weekend. Bidders hailed from 26 countries, including Russia, the United … [Read more...]

Mecum Houston 2015 – Auction Report

1959 Jaguar XK 150 Drophead Coupe

Mecum Auctions, Houston, Texas, April 17-19, 2015 $101,763,166. That's how many dollars worth of collector vehicles Mecum Auctions has sold since its first auction in Houston in 2012. Mecum did it by selling 2,588 lots with an average transaction value of $39,321. It is a remarkable achievement, from nothing in 2011 to three Texas sales a year in 2015, Houston in spring, Dallas (also since 2012) in September and … [Read more...]

Mecum Indianapolis 2015 – Auction Results

1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster sold for $1,000,000

The Mecum Auctions Original Spring Classic 2015 auction was held May 12-17 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, resulting in $42,878,210 in total sales and a 65 percent sell-through rate. Dana Mecum’s 28th annual Spring Classic sale was headlined by muscle cars, Corvettes and individual collections, with 1,404 vehicles offered in total. Top sales were populated by a mix of modern and vintage, foreign and … [Read more...]

Early Entries at 2015 RM Sotheby’s Monterey

1968 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spider Prototype (photo: Darin Schnabel)

The 2015 RM Sotheby's Monterey auction will be held August 14-15 at the Portola Hotel and Monterey Conference Center in California. Approximately 150 collector cars will cross the block during RM's annual Monterey Classic Car Week sale. In addition to the previously announced Ferrari 275S / 340 America Barchetta, RM Sotheby's will also offer a Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spider Prototype and the original U.S.-specification … [Read more...]

Bonhams Greenwich 2015 – Auction Preview

1935 Jaguar SS90 (photo: Pawel Litwinski)

The Bonhams Greenwich 2015 auction will be held Sunday, May 31st at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance in Connecticut. Held at the waterfront Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Bonhams' 8th annual sale will feature more than 90 automobiles and a wide-ranging selection of automobilia. A supercharged 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet with coachwork by Gangloff will headline Bonhams' 2015 Greenwich Concours sale. … [Read more...]

RM Sotheby’s Concorso Villa d’Este 2015 – Auction Preview

1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta by Touring

The RM Sotheby's Villa d'Este 2015 sale will be held 23rd May at Villa Erba on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, as part of the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este weekend. A roster of 37 of cars, along with two vintage Riva boats, will be featured at RM's biennial Concorso Villa d'Este auction. A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider will headline the RM Sotheby's Concorso Villa d'Este 2015 auction. Chassis number … [Read more...]

Stirling Moss’ Porsche RS-61 Offered

1961 Porsche RS-61

A 1961 Porsche RS-61 currently owned by Sir Stirling Moss OBE will be offered for sale at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015 sale, to be held June 26th at Goodwood House in Chichester, UK. Sir Stirling Moss OBE famously bought this Porsche RS-61 (chassis 718-070) for $1,705,000 USD at the 2010 Gooding Amelia Island auction, less than one week after breaking both his ankles after falling three stories down … [Read more...]

Auctions America Auburn Spring 2015 – Auction Results

Auctions America Auburn Spring 2015

The Auctions America Auburn Spring 2015 sale was held May 7-9 at the Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana, resulting in more than $5.5 million in total sales and a 77 percent sell-through rate. The multi-day auction attracted bidders from eight countries as well as 34 states across the United States, with 30 percent representing first-time Auctions America clientele. Top sale honors at the Auctions America … [Read more...]

Bonhams Aston Martin 2015 – Auction Results

Bonhams Aston Martin 2015 sale

The Bonhams Aston Martin 2015 auction was held Saturday 9th May at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, UK, resulting in £10,280,275 in total sales. The largest auction in Bonhams 16-year history at Aston Martin Works, the sale featured more than 50 motor cars and 170 lots of automobilia, with 25% of motor cars left-hand drive specification. Highlights of Bonhams' 2015 Aston Martin sale included the 1962 DB4 … [Read more...]

Dragone Auctions Greenwich 2015 – Auction Preview

1951 Simca Abarth SC Cabriolet

The Dragone Auctions Greenwich 2015 sale will be staged Saturday, May 30th in Westport, Connecticut during the weekend of the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance. Dragone's event will feature a selection of motor cars, from the brass era to modern sports cars. Among the headline offerings at Dragone's Greenwich 2015 sale is a 1951 Simca Abarth SC Cabriolet with Extra Lusso coachwork by Stabilimenti Farina. Built … [Read more...]

Mecum Original Spring Classic 2015 – Auction Preview

1967 Shelby 427 Cobra S/C (photo: David Newhardt)

The Mecum Auctions Original Spring Classic 2015 auction will be held May 12-17 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Dana Mecum's 28th annual Spring Classic sale will be headlined by muscle cars, Corvettes and individual collections among an estimated 2,000 vehicles at the six-day Indy event. Mecum Auctions President and Founder Dana Mecum said, "The Spring Classic is one of the only true national … [Read more...]

Early Offerings at Bonhams Quail Lodge 2015 Auction

1948 Aston Martin 2-Liter Works Team Car (photo: Boris Adolf)

Bonhams announced a selection of early consignments for its annual Monterey Classic Car Week motorcar auction, scheduled for August 13-14, 2015 on the grounds of the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, California. Following last year’s results of $108 million, including setting the record for the most valuable car ever sold at auction, this year's line-up will feature among others a 1948 Aston Martin 2-Liter Works Team … [Read more...]

Shelby 427 Cobra S/C – Car Profile

1967 Shelby 427 Cobra S/C (photo: David Newhardt)

Invoiced to Shelby American on December 14, 1966, Shelby Cobra CSX3356 was first sold to Paradise Ford of Scottsdale, Arizona, at an inventory reduction price of “$1,000 off dealer cost” and was delivered to Arizona by truck on October 2, 1967. In its original configuration it was equipped with the single four-barrel 427 “side oiler” engine and finished in Red with a Black interior. The Shelby Registry notes that … [Read more...]

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...]