Russo and Steele Calls Ninth Monterey Sale a Success

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA, August 18, 2009 – Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles, one of the nation’s premier collector car auctions, specializing in European sports cars, American muscle cars, hot rods and customs reports record breaking attendance, LIVE online auction action and a successful ninth annual Monterey auction event.

The Monterey 2009 event was once again held at the downtown Monterey Marriott Hotel August 13-15, 2009. With its traditional “rolling preview,” the new online webcast, and phone bidding audiences everywhere where Read More

Worldwide to Offer Exceptional Pre-War Machines at Auburn

AUBURN, INDIANA, August 18, 2009 – Worldwide Auctioneers’ line up of consignments for its second annual The Auburn Auction will embrace a wonderful selection of over forty venerable pre-war classics, appropriately set to go under the hammer in the town which is celebrated as “The Classic Car Capital of the World.”

“Most of the great cars have exchanged hands here in Auburn over the years and we are excited to present such an august selection of fine old motorcars Read More

Dave McLellan to be Featured Guest at Corvette Funfest

EFFINGHAM, ILLINOIS, August 18, 2009 – Dave McLellan will be a featured guest during the 16th annual Corvette Funfest held on the corporate campus of Mid America Motorworks in Effingham, IL on September 25-27, 2009. Corvette Funfest brings together over 14,000 Corvettes and 45,000 Corvette Enthusiasts for a 3-day weekend filled with seminars, a Fun Display Car Show and daily entertainment.

After the retirement of Zora Arkus-Duntov in 1975, Mr. McLellan took over as the second-ever Corvette Chief Engineer and Read More

Bench Racing with the Gods

A night of legends at the Petersen
By Don Klein

For one magical day last fall, the Petersen Automotive Museum felt like a frat house on Homecoming Weekend. A bunch of the old brothers came back to swap tales of the glory days at the museum’s “Tribute to Corvette Racing” celebration. Guys with names like Bondurant, Guldstrand, Jeffords, and Fitch—hard-core racers who took an ill-handling, underpowered two-seater and developed it into an American racing icon.

That transformation didn’t come easily. Read More

Brief Recap of the Monterey Weekend

The SCM crew is still in a daze from the cyclone of events that swirled across the Monterey Peninsula over the weekend, but we can report a few facts to tide you over until the dust settles…

Kicking things off on Thursday, August 13, at the Portola Hotel & Spa, RM dispersed all 51 lots of the Nick Alexander Woody Collection for more than $7.3m, with high sale going to a rare 1946 Mercury Sportsman convertible at $368,500. RM has Read More

59th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Names 1937 Horch Best of Show

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA (August 16, 2009) – A 1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet, owned by Robert M. Lee of Sparks, Nev., was named “Best of Show” at the 59th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held Sunday along the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links®. Proceeds from raffles, auctions, sponsorships and gate receipts helped contribute more than $1 million to charity for the fourth consecutive year.

“The Horch has wonderful lines, a great proven chassis and all the Read More

Gooding Wraps up Night One with $21m in Sales

Collection of Don & Joan Lyons realized more than $1m on Saturday night
PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA (August 16, 2009) – Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, sold an impressive 83% of all Saturday offerings, earning more than $21 million from 74 lots sold. Three world record-breaking sales were achieved – the 1953 Aston Martin DB 2/4 drophead coupe at $1,650,000, the 1953 Jaguar XK 120SE roadster at $192,500, and the 1938 Buick Limited Read More

Phil Hill Jag C-type Sells for Auction-Record $2.5m at RM

Derek Hill drives s/n XKC-007 across the block at RM (courtesy of RM)
MONTEREY, California (August 16, 2009) – The legendary Phil Hill’s son, Derek, drove the historic 1952 Jaguar C-type, s/n XKC-007, to an auction world record last night, selling for $2,530,000 at RM’s Sports & Classics of Monterey event in California.

XKC-007 was one of the first C-types delivered to North America. In 1952, a young Phil Hill – then just 25 – drove the car at Elkhart Read More

Shelby Daytona Coupe Makes $7.25m at Mecum Monterey

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA (August 16, 2009) – The championship-winning 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe CSX2601 has made history again, selling for a record-breaking $7.25 million at Mecum’s inaugural Monterey Auction on August 15, 2009.

That price tag sets the record for the highest price paid for an American car at public auction.

High performance collector car specialists Mecum Auction promoted the Daytona Cobra Coupe – American racing’s Crown Jewel – for months leading up to the auction. “Selling this amazing piece Read More

$7m Nick Alexander Woody Collection Kicks off the Monterey Weekend

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA (August 13, 2009) – RM Auctions kicked off Monterey’s famed classic car week at the Portola Hotel & Spa tonight with the distinguished Nick Alexander Woody Collection achieving in excess of $7 million in total sales.

The four-hour auction attracted spirited bidding as 51 magnificent pre- and post-war Ford & Mercury wood-bodied station wagons crossed the block before a packed house.

The top-seller of the night was a Dearborn award-winning 1946 Mercury Sportsman Convertible, the rarest Sportsman of Read More