Monterey Car Week Auctions Total $345 Million — So Far

Preliminary results show that total sales at the big five Monterey Car Week Auctions — RM Sotheby’s, Gooding & Co., Russo and Steele, Bonhams and Mecum — are an estimated $345 million — well short of the $397 million total in 2015.

The highest sale totals during Monterey Car Week were in 2014, with $463,744,226 in total sales. In 2013 — just three years ago — total sales were $308 million.

At the same time, top-notch cars sold for serious Read More

2016 Pebble Beach Best of Show: 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet

Richard Mattei’s 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet is on top of the collector car world.

Mattei’s Lancia won Best of Show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 21. This was the first time Mattei entered a car at Pebble Beach.

“I was just happy to be an entrant at Pebble Beach — and now to get an award, and not just one, but three!”

This year’s Pebble Beach Concours has 228 cars from 16 countries and Read More

Keith Martin Chosen as Honorary Chief Judge at Inaugural Atlanta Concours d’Elegance

When Harry Krix and Bill Wallet, co-chairmen and co-founders of the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance, decided their inaugural event — October 8 and 9 at the globally recognized Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Braselton — would join the ranks of the premier concours circuit, they also decided to open the doors to a program with years of experience. So they have named automotive authority and television commentator Keith Martin as Honorary Head Judge, bringing immediate national recognition to Read More

Inaugural Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award

A new award ceremony is scheduled for Monterey Car Week this year — for the best car among the top 2015 concours-winning cars.

Sir Michael Kadoorie, Christian Philippsen, Chip Conner and Bruce Meyer have created the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award.

The cars will be on display, and 23 judges will choose the winner at a private dinner on August 16, 2016. The winning car will be displayed at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering on August 19.

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Time-Capsule 1993 Jaguar XJ 220 in Russo and Steele’s Monterey Auction

A very big cat — in the form of a 1993 Jaguar XJ 220 with just 541 miles on the clock — will cross the block at Russo and Steele’s Monterey Auction.

This barely exercised Jaguar supercar once held the title of the world’s fastest production car, and it is capable of 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, with a top speed of 217 mph.

Russo and Steele’s Monterey Auction runs from August 18-20 at Fisherman’s Wharf in downtown Monterey.

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1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Headed to Gooding Pebble Beach

Gooding & Company has added yet another huge Alfa Romeo to its Pebble Beach Auction — a 1933 8C 2300 Monza with period race history and a long, unbroken ownership history.

Only 39 of these cars were made, and this car carries an estimate of $12 million to $15 million.

Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction is scheduled for August 20-21 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center.

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Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe Leads RM Sotheby’s Motor City Sale

A 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe at $1,540,000 was high sale at RM Sotheby’s July 30 Motor City sale.

All told, the sale brought $6.4 million, with an 80-percent sell-through rate.

American Iron took four of the top five sale spots. Here’s the rest of the top five:

2006 Saleen S7, sold at $632,500

1933 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster, sold at $365,000

1938 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster, sold at $330,000

1934 Pierce-Arrow Eight Silver Arrow, sold at $242,000

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