An Endless Summer

Fourteen years at SCM has taken me to some interesting places. I’ve been to Monterey, Scottsdale and Amelia countless times. I’ve run down the PCH in brand-new BMWs, studied Alfas under the glass ceiling of the Grand Palais in Paris, and buzzed a cornfield full of Corvettes in Illinois while leaning out of a doorless, rickety, trailer-towed helicopter and holding an SCM camera. I’ve driven everything from new Gallardos to Keith’s dead Volvo du jour and have written about them Read More

UPDATE: Arizona Auctions Total $249.5m

This year’s Arizona Auctions have wrapped, and the numbers are in: In 2020, the combined total in the desert was $249.5m.

Barrett-Jackson was again the highest seller in Arizona, this year amassing $137.3m from over 1,900 cars. That total includes $7.6m achieved for nine charity lots. The highest selling non-charity lot of the auction was a 2017 Ford GT, sold for $1,485,000, followed by another GT that made $1,182,000.   

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The 50 Most Influential Production Cars — Part 2

SCM’s editors have put together a list of the 50 cars we think are the most influential ever built. These are the cars that changed the world in one way or another, either through what they accomplished or what they represented.

Last week we listed out our first 25; this week, we present our final 25.

Now, since we only allowed 50 spaces on this list, we’ve almost certainly left things out. Think we’ve overlooked something important? Let us Read More

1959 Chevrolet Impala Fuelie Convertible

The 1959 Chevrolets competed with the hugely finned Cadillacs for the most outrageous design of the 1950s. In truth, it was a close call. Once again, Chevrolet ditched every element of the previous year’s styling to emerge with cat’s eye taillights hidden beneath canted batwing fins, whose twelve-inch scalloped sides were the deepest curve ever pressed into a car’s steel panel.

Chevrolet sold an amazing 72,765 Impala convertibles that year. While the big motor was still the 315-horsepower Tri-Power Read More

Craig Jackson Talks About Reserve Auctions

It’s been six years since reserves have last been seen at a Barrett-Jackson auction. So why bring them back now? I had a chance to talk with Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson on Friday about the return of reserves, as well as this year’s Palm Beach auction results. According to Jackson, reserves have been on customers’ minds recently, and quite a few consignors had been calling for them to return to Barrett-Jackson.

So, on a trial basis, a select number of Read More

7th Annual Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance Draws More Than 7,500 Enthusiasts

Westport, CT – September 14, 2010 – Known as one of the nation’s preeminent lifestyle events celebrating automotive and motorcycle design, the 7th annual Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance held Sunday, September 12, 2010 attracted more than 7,500 enthusiasts to the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, CT. More than 230 cars and motorcycles from across the nation were showcased during the Concours.

The coveted Grand Prix d’Honneur (or Best in Show) award for a domestic vehicle went to a 1940 Read More

Classic 1967 Thom McAn Pontiac GTO Auction Revs Up on eBay Motors

September 14, 2010 – Milford, CT — The shoes may now be banished to the darkest corners of attics and garages across the country, but shoes aren’t necessarily the first thing to come to mind when people think of Thom McAn, anyway. Instead, the name of the now defunct shoe company invokes images of the quintessential American muscle car: the Pontiac GTO. Now, one of the only two of these surviving 1967 automotive icons is available for private purchase for Read More

Sotheby’s Australia to Auction Important De Dion Bouton

Sydney, September 2, 2010 – Sotheby’s Australia is delighted to announce the auction of an important 1912 De Dion Bouton motor vehicle, consigned by the Sir Henry Royce Foundation.

De Dion Bouton is part of automobile lore. A De Dion Bouton was one of the five vehicles that competed in the great Peking to Paris race in 1907.

This 7hp De Dion Bouton, engine number 4583, was formerly the property of well known collector Laurie O’Neill before it was purchased Read More

Aston Martin DB5 Makes World Record Price at Bonhams Reims Sale

One of the most famous cars in the world, a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage, sold for a world record price at auction of $527,451 at the ‘Weekend de l’Excellence Automobile’ held on the former site of the French Grand Prix circuit of Reims-Gueux on Saturday 11th September 2010.

Exceeding its pre-sale estimate of $381,750- $509,000, the beautifully presented Aston Martin DB5 Vantage is one of only seventeen left-hand drives manufactured to Vantage specification with a manual 5 speed transmission Read More

Worldwide Auburn Breaks Records and Puts The Classic Car Capital of the World Back on the Map

Worldwide Auctioneers’ premier event at home in Auburn proved a resounding success last weekend, with an impressive number of high quality motorcars realizing significant sums and a record number of bidders in attendance from across the globe. The Auburn Auction closed with an overall sale of $8.2 million, high sales going to a stately 1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster at $396,000 and an iconic and “blisteringly fast” 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 Coupe which hammered sold for $385,000. Worldwide continued Read More