Big Cars Lead the Way to a New Monterey Auction Record

The final numbers aren’t yet in for the 2011 Monterey Car Week auctions, but we already know that the five auctions have already set a new total record of $190m — so far — which easily surpasses the old record of $177m in total sales from a year ago.

Gooding & Company and RM Auctions rode strong lineups of rare, important cars to record sales.

Gooding’s top sale — a 1957 Read More

Dateline Monterey: Ultimate Money for Ultimate Duesenberg: $10.34m

Gooding & Company’s Monterey cover car glided onto the auction block Sunday night, its brushed aluminum roof a gleaming contrast to the deep black body panels and red undercarriage. Auctioneer Charlie Ross opened bidding for the Whittell Coupe — a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Long Wheelbase car — at $3m, and the price raced in $500k increments to $6m.

Ross then patiently coaxed the dollars along, ultimately hammering the car sold at $9.4m. That price Read More

Dateline Monterey: McQueen Porsche Breaks Million-Dollar Mark at RM

The much-anticipated 1970 Porsche 911S owned by Steve McQueen — and his ride during the opening minutes of the classic car film “Le Mans” — raced to a stunning $1,250,000 hammer price at RM’s Friday night Monterey auction, proving that the McQueen Cool factor remains stronger than ever. Other big-money highlights from Friday night auction included the one-of-one 1952 Chrysler D’Elegance, which sold at $860,000 and the rumbling 1969 Chevrolet BFG “Stars & Stripes” L88 “ZL-1” Read More

Trapped! Lambo Takes Wrong Turn at Concorso

A Lamborghini took an unsuccessful short cut on the way out of Concorso Italiano on Friday, August 19. After the car bottomed out on the frame, the red-faced owner kept his cool and waited for assistance, even as onlookers thronged. Finally, a flatbed tow truck delicately worked the tires out of the sand, and the car was able to reverse onto the green, unscathed.

Meanwhile at the Quail, Rolex Best of Show went to a 1955 Ferrari 375 America, owned Read More

Dateline Monterey: 300SLs and 540Ks, Mein Gott!

Thursday in Monterey saw the first day of auctions, as Mecum and Russo and Steele cranked into action. But this wasn’t a day of big cars and big money, although both of these auction houses will put exceptional cars on the block this week.

All this will change starting today, as RM, Gooding and Bonhams will join the anvil chorus of big cars hammering sold. We attended RM’s big, pre-auction gala Thursday night, and five amazing, rare Mercedes-Benz cars Read More

Free Classic Car Guide Mobile App Now Available for Blackberry

Hundreds of thousands of car collectors have made the pilgrimage to Monterey to watch thousands of cars worth over $160m cross the block. The smart collectors will be using the new Classic Car Guide application from Sports Car Market and Chubb Collector Car Insurance.A free mobile application that takes the guesswork out of buying and selling collector cars is now available for Blackberry, as well as Android-based phones, iPhones and iPads. The Classic Car Guide provides real-time data Read More

Rare 1950s Convertibles Added to Russo and Steele’s Monterey Auction

Monterey, California (August 8, 2011) – 1957 to 1959 was considered the “Golden Era” for American made automobiles. The Dodge, DeSoto and Chrysler models dominated the market with their powerful designs with soaring fins, advanced engineering and V8 engines. These automobiles were longer, lower, and wider than previous models gaining rapid popularity that has endured decades.

The true source of these automobiles popularity came from the futuristic design that characterized the optimistic, Eisenhower future that Americans were moving toward. It Read More

Preparations Underway for RM’s Highly-Anticipated Battersea Sale


RM Auctions’ annual Battersea sale returns to Central London, 26th October, 2011
Single-day sale regarded as the UK’s most consistently successful and highest grossing collector car auction
2011 event to feature 80 of the world’s finest automobiles, including a magnificent host of blue-chip automotive marques

LONDON (8 August, 2011) – The focus of the collector car world returns to Central London, 26th October as RM Auctions lifts the gavel on a magnificent Read More

Mecum Brings 200 Collector Motorcycles to Monterey

Mecum Auctions will sell nearly 200 motorcycles on the auction block during their upcoming event in Monterey, Aug. 18-20, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on the Del Monte Golf Course. 

The Mecum Monterey Auction will feature virtually every brand of motorcycle ever produced with iconic names like Vincent, BSA, Triumph, Ariel, Matchless, Indian and Harley-Davidson, all joining more than 600 collector cars and vintage wooden boats live on national television.  

This will be the Read More