Collector of the Week: Beat Walti

Beat Walti sent in an email to share the story of his Aston Martin DB5:

“I owned an Aston Martin DB5 (Chassis 2011R) from 1985 until 1998. In 1985, the DB5 had not reached the cult status it has today- it was basically just a nice old used car. I bought the DB5, which I had repainted old English white with the original black interior, at an auction in Bristol. I even commuted to work with it for a Read More

The Friedlander Collection to be featured at Russo and Steele Scottsdale Auction

Mike Friedlander’s involvement with muscle car began at an early age. As a teenager in the 1970’s he uncovered a 1967 GT500 that belonged to an elderly widow. He was able to convince her to sell it to him for $3500 but since he did not have anywhere close to that kind of money the more difficult task was talking his parents to loaning him the purchase price. This led to a 35 year involvement with Mustangs and Shelby’s with Read More

Parfet Auburn Collection to be Displayed at 2011 St John Conours

Renowned automobile collector, William U. Parfet, has announced that his complete set of 1933 – 1934 Auburn V-12 Salon cars will be on display for the first time ever at the 2011 Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s (formerly held at Meadow Brook Hall) on Sunday, July 31, 2011. This incredible collection is the only complete collection in existence of the five body types available in the Salon series: Sedan, Brougham, Cabriolet, Convertible Sedan and Speedster.

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Some of the world’s most fascinating and desirable cars, from a 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost to a 2003 model Ford GT will come together in Brisbane for the third annual SPEED+STYLE+BEAUTY staged from 12-16 January in the old Metro Ford complex in Fortitude Valley.

The 40 special vehicles in the show represent “a celebration of wheels” according to organiser Rod Gould, who has again welcomed Shannons as one of the event’s major sponsors.

Supercars on display include a four-wheel drive Read More

Collector of the Week: James H. Alton II

James H. Alton II, of San Dimas, CA, sent in his story of his 1966 VW 21-Window Bus:

I’ve had this 1966 microbus (chassis # 256102727) since 1987 or so, when I bought it from an Air Force colonel who worked at the Pentagon (I was a captain at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base). The fuel pump died en route back to Dayton and I had to call a friend to get me the last 100 miles home. The engine Read More

Bonhams to sell King Baudouin of Belgium’s Aston Martin at the Grand Palais, Paris

A 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Sports Saloon, which was owned by King Baudouin of Belgium, who reigned in Belgium from 1951 until his death in 1993, is to be sold at Bonhams’ Paris sale of Motor Cars at the Grand Palais on 5 February 2011. The car, which was supplied new to the King in February 1955, has attracted a pre-sale estimate of $312,235 – $374,682.

King Baudouin was renowned for his love of fast cars. As Read More

Race Groups Announced for the 2011 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Participant Entry Request Forms Now Available

A diverse list of race groups for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion have been determined and entry request forms are now available online at The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a cornerstone of the Monterey Classic Car Week held August 19-21, 2011 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

“We are keeping the event fresh with new race groups such as Can-Am,” said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “It was Read More

Collectors’ Motor Cars Recent Consignment


1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre

Chassis number: B-20-EF

Engine number: D-4-BB

This unique and interesting 1935 Bentley 3.5 litre was formerly the property of renowned politician, Richard Gavin Gardner Casey (1890-1976), Governor-General of Australia and life peer as Baron Casey of Berwick, Victoria.

The car has a custom built body by Diskon & Molyneux of Sydney to Casey’s own design. It is in outstanding condition with marvelous history and provenance including factory build record and order reference documents.


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SCM Collector of the Week: Hoffman Hibbett

SCMer Hoffman Hibbett sent in an email that shows what can happen when you follow your heart when it comes to a special car:

“At the end of 1999, during the middle of the “Dot Com” boom, I thought that I now had some money which would allow me to get my dream car.

I like most classic cars, but I have always been a lover of cars from the 1960s. Even though I like muscle cars, I Read More

Elvis Presley’s Powder Blue Mercedes-Benz 600 Sells at Bonhams for $126,500

A Mercedes-Benz, once owned by ‘the King of Rock and Roll’ Elvis Presley, was sold by Bonhams yesterday (December 6, 2010) at Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey for $126,500. Restored to a very high standard, this rare piece of Elvis Presley history attracted a great deal of interest and in the end it went to Germany.

Two other notable cars at this sale were a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ Coupe which sold for $692,058, and a magnificent 1913 Rolls-Royce Read More