Monterey Recap: Preliminary Sales Total $392m

Monterey Car Week is over, and the last gavel has dropped, but auction companies continue to bring together buyers and sellers behind the scenes. Here are the preliminary numbers that have been confirmed so far:

RM Sotheby’s reported Monterey sales exceeding $172.7m — an increase of 20% over last year’s Monterey totals, and the highest-grossing collector car auction of all time. A 1964 Ferrari 250 LM (pictured) was the most expensive car of Monterey Car Week at Read More

Donald Osborne on the Poltu Quatu Classic Concours

The Costa Smeralda or “Emerald Coast,” is one of the world’s legendary vacation destinations. The playground of the international jet set since the 1950s, it could have been the very place for which the Fiat Jolly was created. Once you’re off your yacht, a home along the coast can command $3,000 per square foot or more. But it was not the real estate that captured the attention of the belle gente who gathered there from July 9 through July 12 Read More

Monterey Star Cars — Final Countdown

The Monterey auction action gets rolling in a matter of days. Here is our final star car roundup:

Bonhams has consigned a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Competizione Alloy Berlinetta for their Carmel sale, taking place August 14 (pictured above; Bonhams estimate: $9m–$12m). View all the current Bonhams consignments here.

RM Sothebys offers a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione with extensive period race history at their Monterey sale. (Contact RM Sothebys for estimate.) RM Sothebys’ sale takes Read More

1955 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster Will Sell Without Reserve at Russo and Steele Monterey

Russo and Steele will sell a 1955 Jaguar XK 140 MC roadster — one of the earliest surviving LHD export cars — without reserve in Monterey. The sale takes place August 13–15.

Based on its serial number, S810008, this XK 140 MC roadster is a very early production, original left-hand-drive, U.S.-delivery example. Given that XK 140 serial numbers for America-bound export models began from 810000, this specific XK 140 is one of the earliest cars of the series produced, with an October, Read More

Leslie and Leigh Keno Launch Keno Brothers Fine Automobile Auctions

Leigh and Leslie Keno — art and antique experts known for their appraisals on the Emmy-nominated PBS television show “Antiques Roadshow” — have entered the automobile marketplace with Keno Brothers Fine Automobile Auctions

Their inaugural auction, entitled “Rolling Sculpture,” will launch in the midst of the fevered art auction season with an exclusive event in New York City on Thursday, November 19, in a museum-quality showroom in Manhattan.

Featured early consignments include a 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S, with Read More

Barrett-Jackson Announces Change in Auctioneer Team at 2015 Hot August Nights Auction in Reno

Barrett-Jackson announced today that world-renowned auctioneer Joseph Mast will lead a team of state and international championship auctioneers beginning with the 3rd Annual Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson in Reno, Nevada. The sale takes place August 6–8. Mast, who has worked as an auctioneer for Barrett-Jackson since 2008, will lead a group of world-class auctioneers including many who have worked at past auctions of the company.

“This is an important milestone in our company’s history,” said Read More

Come See Us In Monterey

Monterey Classic Car Week is just around the corner, and the SCM team will be all over the Peninsula. Keith Martin returns as emcee at Concorso Italiano and Legends of the Autobahn. We will have booths at the following locations:

Stop by, meet the gang, check out special rates Read More

Russo and Steele Consigns Ex-Adam Carolla 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II

A 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II formerly owned by radio and television personality Adam Carolla and featured on “Jay Leno’s Garage” is set to cross the block at Russo and Steele’s 15th anniversary Monterey auction. The sale takes place August 13–15. 

This particular Series II 330 GT 2+2 is one of only 455 examples built and is by far one of the most well-known and recognized surviving examples. Fully documented with the Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Registry, Read More

Sales Total $15.4m at Auctions America California

Auctions America racked up more than $15.4m in total sales at its third annual California sale, held July 17–18. The multi-day auction, held for the first time at Santa Monica’s historic Barker Hangar, lifted the gavel on approximately 300 collector vehicles. Vehicles drove onto the auction podium via the tail section of a C130.

Bidders hailed from 11 countries around the world; 43% of bidders represented first-time clientele. 

Two very dififerent cars tied for high-sale honors: a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Read More

Meet Keith Martin at the Concours d’Elegance of America

Keith Martin returns as emcee for the Concours d’Elegance of America on July 26 in Plymouth, MI. View the three-day schedule of events here. The featured concours classes are as follows:

Pre-War Classes

Motorcycles 1918 – 1929: The Dawn of the Modern Motorcycle
Gas Light: prior to 1914
Jazz Age: 1915 – 1929
Duesenberg Model J
Auburn Cord
American Popular: 1930 – 1942
American Classic Closed: Pre-war, 1929 – 1942
American Classic Open: Pre-war, 1929 – 1942
Pre-war Read More