In Memoriam: Gordon Apker

Gorden Apker, noted car collector, longtime SCMer and friend to so many in the vintage car world, died February 3 in Scottsdale, AZ after a long battle with cancer.

His wife, Janet, daughter Leisha and close friends Ken and Sami Waldrip were with him.

Apker won fame in the business world for Shakey’s Pizza, which he took over in 1966 and transformed into a stunning success, with more than 600 locations worldwide.

Said Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin, “Gordon Read More

In Memoriam: Robert M. Lee

Robert M. Lee, who was famous for his extraordinary car collection, his generosity, friendship and wonderful parties, died on January 28.

He was 88.

Lee, an SCMer for decades, threw fantastic parties after the end of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Lee took Best of Show at Pebble Beach in 2006 with his 1931 Daimler Double-Six 50 Corsica Drophead Coupe. Lee also won Pebble Beach in 2009 with his 1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbech Sport Cabriolet.

Lee, a real Read More

Arizona Totals Send Mixed Signals

We’ve barely concluded Arizona Auction Week, and post-block deals are still coming together, but combined sales released so far total $231.5m. Although there were many million-dollar cars, the preliminary total represents a decline of 15% from last year’s $271.2m*.

The most expensive car of the week was a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster (pictured), sold for $9,900,000 at RM Sotheby’s. Preliminary totals at RM Sotheby’s came to $62.8m, a 1% dip from last year’s $63.6m total. The sales rate was 85%. View all the Read More

The Star Ferraris Selling in Paris This Week

Ferrari collectors are assembling in Paris for back-to-back auctions, taking place February 3, 4 and 5. Here is our roundup of star Ferraris with catalog links for each auction house:

A 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamico (pictured) crosses the RM Sotheby’s auction block on Wednesday, February 3 (RM Sotheby’s estimate: $3.3m–$3.6m). View all the consignments here. View the digital catalog here.

A 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB coupe sells without reserve at Bonhams on February Read More

Muscle Cars and Supercars Invited for Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat

Keith Martin heads to South Carolina on April 15–17 for the Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat. The weekend of events includes a motoring tour through the Sea Islands, automotive seminars and a free Saturday event for regional clubs and enthusiasts to display their special cars. Martin emcees the concours on Sunday, April 17. Register your car here. Muscle car and supercar owners are encouraged to apply. Classes include:

  • Brass Era Cars: 1895 to 1915
  • Pre-war Production Cars: 1916 to 1942
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Final Star Car Roundup — Arizona Auction Week Has Arrived!

Arizona Car Week has arrived, and so has our final roundup of star cars:

A 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe Speciale (pictured) will sell without reserve at Gooding & Company in Scottsdale. The two-day sale runs January 29–30. View all the consignments here.

RM Sotheby’s expects a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster by Sindelfingen will sell for $10m–$13m at their Phoenix sale, January 28–29. View all the consignments here. Read the digital catalog here.

Barrett-Jackon’s Scottsdale sale runs January Read More

Breaking News: Jerry Seinfeld Collection Selling at Gooding & Co. Amelia

Gooding & Company will offer a selection of cars from the Jerry Seinfeld Collection at their Amelia Island auction on March 11. Arizona auctiongoers can view a preview sampling of three historic Porsches from the collection at Gooding’s Scottsdale sale, taking place January 29–30.

“We are grateful and honored to be entrusted with these superb examples from the collection of Jerry Seinfeld. These cars epitomize the highest of quality and pedigree,” states David Gooding, President of Gooding & Company. Read More

1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti May Fetch $34m at Artcurial Paris

Artcurial expects the ex-Bardinon 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti (chassis 0674) to sell for $30m–$34m when it comes to market in Paris on February 5. The car has significant U.S. racing history.

Gaston Andrey raced 0674 more than any other driver. Andrey’s son Rogér has provided period photographs of his father in the car, featured in the gallery below. During the 1958 season, Andrey won the Road America 500 in this car driving for NART, and placed 2nd at Thompson Read More

Star Sports Cars at Russo and Steele Scottsdale

Russo and Steele returns to Scottsdale for its 16th season with a strong selection of collector cars. The auction runs January 27–31. Here is a roundup of notable sports cars from the Russo and Steele docket:

1990 Lamborghini Countach

This iconic Lamborghini Countach was one of only a handful produced in 1990. It is finished in the desirable color combination of red over black. The odometer shows just over 29,000 kilometers from new.

1957 Porsche 356 Speedster

Restored to an exceedingly high standard in the factory-specified color combination, this 1957 Read More