Important Race Cars at Quail Lodge Sale

In addition to the impressive list of competition Porsches* that have been consigned to the mid-August auction in California, Bonhams will be offering several other racing cars of importance.
1959 Sadler-Meyer Special:The three-time winning and three-time record-setting Giant’s Despair Hill Climb racer was built by legendary Canadian engineer Bill Sadler for John van Meyer. Together with its extraordinary hill climb titles, the car has also competed with distinction in numerous races throughout the US and has proven itself one of Read More

Indiana’s Rag Tops Auto Museum Collection to be Offered at Auctions America by RM’s Auburn Fall Sale

Auctions America by RM will lift the gavel on 68 vehicles and a selection of vintage motorcycles from Indiana’s well-known Rag Tops Auto Museum Collection when its second annual Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend gets underway, September 1 – 4, 2011.

 Located in Michigan City, Indiana, the Rag Tops Auto Museum – in operation from 2003 until 2011 – was regarded as Northwest Indiana’s largest antique auto and memorabilia museum, well-known by automotive enthusiasts. Following the Read More

10 Most Expensive Cars Ever Sold at Monterey

As reported last week, Gooding & Co. has consigned a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa prototype for their Pebble Beach sale in August. The car is a potential record-breaker for Monterey car week, with a similar TR sold for  $12,402,500 at RM’s 2009 sale in Maranello, Italy (SCM# 120485), and another bid to $10,700,000 and un-sold at RM’s Monterey sale last year (SCM# 165590).

For comparision, we’ve compiled a list of the ten most expensive cars ever sold at Read More

Shotgun, Machine Gun, Cannon on Maharaja’s Tiger-Blasting Rolls

A truly unique, handmade automobile will be auctioned by Bonhams at its forthcoming Quail Lodge sale, held each August in Carmel, California during  Pebble Beach Car Week.
The custom-made 1925 Rolls-Royce New Phantom was originally commissioned by Sahib Bahadur of India, officially known as Umed Singh II, Maharaja of Kotah, for the purpose of tiger hunting. The Rolls-Royce Limited company–then in Derby, England– employed preferred coachbuilders Barker & Company of London who created the highly specialized and bespoke Sports Touring Read More

Collector of the Week: Steve Bramati

Steve Bramati sent in an email about his 1967 Corvette 427/435 L71 convertible:

After years of bothering my good friend, I was able to purchase my all-time favorite Corvette. A red on red 1967 427/435 convertible. My buddy is a very prominent Corvette collector who has many rare Corvettes, but as soon as I saw this one, it was instant infatuation.

I remember him saying, “This is the one that everyone wants and that people try to clone” Read More

Gooding To Offer 250 Testa Rossa Prototype At Pebble Beach

Gooding & Company Expects to Break the All-time World Auction Record in Pebble Beach with the Legendary 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype

The leading auction house consigns two iconic sports racing stars for its Pebble Beach Auctions: the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype and the 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Factory Team Car

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 20, 2011) – Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is delighted to announce Read More

Curtain Rises on Florida’s Renowned Milhous Collection

RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s, presents the renowned Milhous Collection, February 2012

  • Sale features an unprecedented selection of motor cars, mechanical musical instruments and collectibles meticulously assembled over five decades

BLENHEIM, Ontario (July 19, 2011) – Continuing its reputation as the specialists for private and estate collection sales, RM Auctions will lift the gavel on the renowned Milhous Collection during a multi-day sale near Palm Beach, Florida, February 2012. Featuring an Read More

Keith’s Corner: Alfas, Planes, and Rain…

I am writing this on the plane from Portland, Oregon, to Albany, New York, where I am headed to host a new show for Discovery HD called “Million Dollar Collections.” In the next few weeks we’ll be shooting unusual and generally unknown collections of cars, guitars, and sports memorabilia.

The four days leading up to my departure were action-packed: Friday was the Alfa Romeo National Convention in Lexington, KY, where I gave the keynote speech; I departed Lexington at 6am Sunday, arriving back home in Portland just in time to emcee, at 1 pm, the rain-soaked Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance; and now I’m bouncing Eastward again.

Award-Winning Coachbuilt Ferraris Return To The Stage For Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auctions

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Gooding & Company, the world’s leading auction house for collectors of rare and exceptional vehicles, announces five award-winning, coachbuilt Ferraris for its esteemed Pebble Beach Auctions on August 20 & 21, the official auctions of the world-renowned Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Spanning the first 15 years of Ferrari’s production history, each of these examples premiered as show models at Europe’s leading motor shows: a 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series II Coupe by Pinin Farina, a 1953 Read More