Dragone Names Paul V.J. Koot Director of European Sales

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Paul V.J. Koot is now head Director of sales in Europe for Dragone Auctions. He will be handling all activities for Dragone Classic Motorcars & Auctions in Europe.

Koot was born in 1958 in Ede, a small town in the center of the Netherlands. His father was an engineer with a passion for Italian sports cars, and Koot grew up getting his hands dirty. After high school he entered university, but he also started spending considerable time driving and repairing motorcycles and old Read More

Gooding Reveals Complete Seinfeld Collection List for Amelia Island

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Gooding & Company has announced the full list of consignments from the Jerry Seinfeld Collection, to be sold at the Amelia Island Auction on March 11.

“Mr. Seinfeld is recognized throughout the world as having acquired one of the finest Porsche collections ever assembled,” said David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company. “He has become known as the definitive Porsche connoisseur based on his passion and devotion to the marque. We at Gooding & Company share his reverence for Porsche and Read More

1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti Sells for $35.9m at Artcurial Paris

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Artcurial Motorcars sold a 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti for €32,075,200 ($35,930,639) at their Retromobile auction on Friday, February 5. In euros, the 335 is the most expensive car ever sold at auction.

In dollars, the most expensive car is a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that sold at Bonhams’ August 2014 Carmel sale for $38,115,000 (€28,501,458).

Read Artcurial’s press release here.

In Memoriam: Gordon Apker

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Gorden Apker, noted car collector, longtime SCMer and friend to so many in the vintage car world, died February 3 in Scottsdale, AZ after a long battle with cancer.

His wife, Janet, daughter Leisha and close friends Ken and Sami Waldrip were with him.

Apker won fame in the business world for Shakey’s Pizza, which he took over in 1966 and transformed into a stunning success, with more than 600 locations worldwide.

Said Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin, “Gordon Read More

In Memoriam: Robert M. Lee

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Robert M. Lee, who was famous for his extraordinary car collection, his generosity, friendship and wonderful parties, died on January 28.

He was 88.

Lee, an SCMer for decades, threw fantastic parties after the end of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Lee took Best of Show at Pebble Beach in 2006 with his 1931 Daimler Double-Six 50 Corsica Drophead Coupe. Lee also won Pebble Beach in 2009 with his 1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbech Sport Cabriolet.

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Arizona Totals Send Mixed Signals

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We’ve barely concluded Arizona Auction Week, and post-block deals are still coming together, but combined sales released so far total $231.5m. Although there were many million-dollar cars, the preliminary total represents a decline of 15% from last year’s $271.2m*.

The most expensive car of the week was a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster (pictured), sold for $9,900,000 at RM Sotheby’s. Preliminary totals at RM Sotheby’s came to $62.8m, a 1% dip from last year’s $63.6m total. The sales rate was 85%. View all the sold Read More

The Star Ferraris Selling in Paris This Week

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Ferrari collectors are assembling in Paris for back-to-back auctions, taking place February 3, 4 and 5. Here is our roundup of star Ferraris with catalog links for each auction house:

A 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamico (pictured) crosses the RM Sotheby’s auction block on Wednesday, February 3 (RM Sotheby’s estimate: $3.3m–$3.6m). View all the consignments here. View the digital catalog here.

A 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB coupe sells without reserve at Bonhams on February 4 Read More

Muscle Cars and Supercars Invited for Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat

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Keith Martin heads to South Carolina on April 15–17 for the Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat. The weekend of events includes a motoring tour through the Sea Islands, automotive seminars and a free Saturday event for regional clubs and enthusiasts to display their special cars. Martin emcees the concours on Sunday, April 17. Register your car here. Muscle car and supercar owners are encouraged to apply. Classes include:

  • Brass Era Cars: 1895 to 1915
  • Pre-war Production Cars: 1916 to 1942
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Final Star Car Roundup — Arizona Auction Week Has Arrived!

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Arizona Car Week has arrived, and so has our final roundup of star cars:

A 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe Speciale (pictured) will sell without reserve at Gooding & Company in Scottsdale. The two-day sale runs January 29–30. View all the consignments here.

RM Sotheby’s expects a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster by Sindelfingen will sell for $10m–$13m at their Phoenix sale, January 28–29. View all the consignments here. Read the digital catalog here.

Barrett-Jackon’s Scottsdale Read More

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