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Letting the Shill “Win”

Dear “Legal Files”: Have you written about or looked into “shill” bidding on Bring a Trailer? I’m not sure how common it is or if it even exists, but I recently had an experience that got me thinking. I was bidding on a nice restored Datsun 240Z. (By the way, […]

Travels with Bradley

“A journey is a person itself; no two are alike.” — John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America Buffalo, elk, coyotes and wolves. Yellowstone National Park. A 2,000-mile route. A 500-horsepower Mercedes-Benz. A 13-year-old boy just itching to get out of the house. Those were the perfect ingredients […]

2000 Mercedes-Benz E320 Pickup

Sold at $47,300Gooding & Company Geared OnlineAugust 3–7, 2020, Lot 54 Chassis number: WDBJH65J1YB094941SCM Condition for this car: 2 This one-off Mercedes-Benz E320 pickup, commissioned by a Mercedes dealer and built by historically important Mercedes coachbuilding affiliate Binz, was sold through Gooding & Company’s Geared Online auction platform for $47,300. […]

More Sports Car Than Electric Car

BMW produced the last of its i8 plug-in hybrid sports cars this past summer. With a few more than 20,000 units sold, the i8 could be called successful, but it never really caught on after its initial splash in the summer of 2014. At launch, the 2015-model-year i8 carried a […]

Keith’s Blog: Iso Lele or Ferrari 400i?

I continue to tiptoe through the automatically equipped tulips of the collector car world. Due to our ingrained disdain for slushboxes (well-deserved, given the Jurassic technology of the most-often used three-speed Borg Warner 35 tranny), these cars can be bought at a substantial discount from their manual-shift brethren. While my […]

Keith’s Blog: The E-Type’s First Show

Gatherings of British Cars over the Labor Day weekend is a tradition throughout much of the U.S. This year, a “British Invasion Show and Shine” was held at Alderbrook Park in Brush Prairie, Washington. A 30-mile drive, predominantly on back roads, it would be a perfect opportunity to use our […]

Keith’s Blog: Cars and Coffee Meets Instagram

I was recently on a Zoom call with the organizers of a concours in the Midwest. As is the case with all concours, we were kicking around ideas concerning how to create more engagement with a younger demographic. Increasing revenue was also discussed. Like many high-end shows, this concours hosts […]

Labor Day in the Midwest Means Auburn

While there is no Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival this year – the first time in its 64-year history that this foundational vintage car event has not been held – there will be auctions. RM Auctions and Worldwide Auctioneers will still be holding their Labor Day Weekend sales, in-person onsite in […]

Keith’s Blog: It’s a Buyer’s Paradise

There is an unexpected silver lining in what the COVID-19 virus has done to the collector car world. As nearly all transactions have moved online, buyers now demand an unprecedented amount of information about cars they are interested in. The days of wandering into an auction, looking over a car, […]