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Keith’s Blog: We Were Lucky to be at Pebble

We each have our own words to describe the magic of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Magnificent. Astounding. Crowded. Expensive coffee. Too many people. A once-in-a-lifetime gathering of important cars and people. Can’t get a picture with all the people in the way. Where did I leave my car parked? […]

Gooding & Co Achieves Over 14.4m at Geared Online

Gooding & Company, the auction house revered for selling the world’s most desirable and prized collector cars, garnered $14,497,443 at its inaugural Geared Online auction on August 7th. The auction house achieved a 71% sales rate from 55 of 77 lots sold, with five vehicles selling over $1 million. Gooding & […]

RM Sotheby’s SHIFT/MONTEREY Auction Finishes with $30.4m in Sales

This past week, RM Sotheby’s further reinforced its position as the world’s leading auction house of fine collector cars, as it grossed $30,412,810 in its Online Only: SHIFT/MONTEREY sale and established the highest price ever achieved for a car sold in a dedicated Online Only collector car auction. The incredible 2001 Ferrari […]

SCM Live – August 20th

Who: Host Keith Martin with Bill Noon What: Symbolic Motors — SCM Live! Where: Wherever you are — it’s online via Zoom When: Thursday, August 20 at noon PST. What’s happening in the market today? What’s being sold, and for how much? We tackle those questions and more each week […]

Datsun 240z, Honda Civic, Honda Accord

1972/1996 Datsun 240Z # 33053. S/N HLS3068727. 70k miles. “2.4-liter L24 inline 6, 4-speed manual transmission, Nissan Vintage Restoration Program Car, cosmetic, mechanical restoration in 1990s, red over black vinyl, under-dash air conditioning system, 16-inch Panasport Wheels.” Condition: 1-. SOLD AT $110,240. Bring a Trailer, 6/23/2020. Brian’s take: This Datsun […]

The Infinite Pleasures of the Open Mind

You may recall the reason why I chose the name “Unconventional Wisdom” for this column — it was because I had long ago tired of assumptions mistaken for presumptions that so often arise in the collector-car world. Usually the province of the “always/never” crowd, conventional wisdom most often leads to […]

From Successful Upstart to Corporate Ownership

Hearst can buy the Bring a Trailer community but it can’t own it.” As the shock and awe of the sale of Bring a Trailer subsides, we asked the founder of eBay Motors, Simon Rothman, for his thoughts about the sale and his predictions for the future. He said, “Over […]

Toyota MR2, Mazda Miata, Honda CRX

1993 Toyota MR2 # 33820. S/N JT2SW22N1P0079323. 34k miles. “Turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4, 5-speed manual transaxle, limited-slip differential, Super White, black simulated leather interior, removable T-tops, air conditioning, CD/cassette stereo, service records, factory manuals.” Condition: 1-. SOLD AT $31,763. Bring a Trailer 7/13/2020. Brian’s take: The second generation MR2, or […]

1985 AM General M998 “Humvee”

Chassis number: 004307 SCM Condition for this vehicle: 3- The U.S. Department of Defense finally allowed whole vehicle sales of HMMWVs (High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, better known as Humvee) a few years ago. So one would think that supply and demand has at least attained parity — or the Humvee […]

There Can Be Only One, Part II

Last month, “Legal Files” started the story of two Porsche 904s, one owned by “Dieter” in Germany and the other owned by the estate of Ken Allison in Kentucky, each claimed to be chassis number 904054 (September 2020, p. 52). Our firm partnered with the London firm of Goodman Derrick […]