August 2009

Predilections and Predictions

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July is an oddly quiet month in the collector car world. While there are auctions going on, vintage car shamans are still picking apart the results of the RM Maranello ($28.4m), Bonhams Monaco ($6.2m), and Mecum Indy ($33.6m) sales.

And through those results, they are attempting to cast their stones and predict what will happen in Monterey. Questions are many. Is no reserve the way to go, as the collective buying power of the crowd will be great? How many 4-cams is too many 4-cams, spread over all the auctions? Are second-tier collectibles like Maserati 3500 GTs going to hold strong, or will they begin to sink back into the murky obscurity they inhabited for nearly two decades?