Auctions

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.

Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2014 – Auction Report

1963 Shelby Cobra Roadster

Auctions America by RM, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, March 14-16, 2014 Many auctions seem to be struggling for quality consignments, probably because there are so many auctions popping up all over the place. Based on their Fort Lauderdale auction this year, Auctions America doesn't seem to have that problem. There were quality cars everywhere – along with some bufonidae – making Fort Lauderdale a car show that … [Read more...]

Ford GT40 Acquired by Larry Miller Museum

1964 Ford GT40 P-104

The Larry H. Miller Total Performance Museum in Utah purchased the 1964 Ford GT40 chassis P-104 that sold for $7,000,000 at the Mecum Auctions event in Houston, Texas, on April 12, 2014. The second-oldest existing Ford GT40 joins the Museum's collection of five additional historically significant GT40s. “We are thrilled to be able to add GT40 P-104 to the Larry H. Miller Total Performance Museum collection,” said … [Read more...]

Mecum Kissimmee 2014 – Auction Report

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring

Mecum Auctions, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida, January 17-26, 2014 By my count 2,743 vehicles, by far most of them automobiles, crossed the Mecum Auctions auction block in Kissimmee, Florida during its nine-day run January 17-26, 2014 (nine days since only 'Road Art' was offered on Monday.) It is a sea of cars, under a blanket of tents scattered across the Osceola Heritage Park site. The schedule … [Read more...]

Mecum Houston 2014 – Auction Results

1964 Ford GT40 Prototype

The Mecum Houston 2014 Auction was held April 10-12 at the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas, resulting in $33,633,058 in total sales and a sell-through rate of nearly 70 percent. “Our Houston event is one of the fastest growing auctions on our calendar,” noted Mecum President and Founder Dana Mecum. “The quality of collector cars continues to rise year after year here in Houston, and the people of this great car … [Read more...]

Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2014 – Auction Results

1946 Ford Sportsman Woody Convertible

The Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction 2014 was held April 11-14 at the South Florida Fairgrounds in Palm Beach, Florida, resulting in more than $25 million in gross sales. The total from the 12th annual auction was the highest in the history of Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach auctions. "Each year, Palm Beach continues to expand its impact, bringing better cars, more fans and growth. We have enjoyed the years here … [Read more...]

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...]