When “barn finds” took off in popularity back around 2010, so too did cars wearing worn, thin paint.
Evidence of wear all of a sudden became cool, at least among a certain segment of buyers in the market. To those buyers — the “it’s only original once” crowd, there’s nothing cooler than original paint that shows its age.
That said, the car world is built on fads, and patina may just be another one. Is it really all that different Read More
Before Chevrolet mass-produced the 1966 Chevelle SS 396, they built a small run of 1965 Malibus featuring the then-new monster motor, heavy-duty suspension and brakes, and an extra-beefy convertible frame. Just 201of these early muscle cars, known by RPO code Z16, were built.
Tom Mack’s September 22nd auction at the Cabers Read More
With 300 vehicles hammered sold on the auction block in just two days, Mecum’s inaugural Portland auction at the Portland Expo Center was a pronounced success. Held this past weekend, June 17 and June 18, the auction attracted vehicles from 17 states across the country and attendees from even more with total sales reaching more than $9.3 million.
The Read More
Barrett-Jackson’s very first East Coast event took place this past weekend at Mohegan Sun, and the company has released big numbers from the sale: over $26m in total sales with 96% of lots sold, $755k in automobilia sales, and over $605k raised for charity.
Over 90,000 people came through the gates at Mohegan Sun — Read More
Dana Mecum’s 29th annual Original Spring Classic auction, held May 17-21, saw 1,567 vehicles cross the auction block. Of those, 1,094 hammered sold for a 70-percent sell-through rate and $48,873,590 in total sales, not including buyers’ premiums. With post-auction sales continuing to close through Mecum’s “Bid Goes On…” program, final totals for one of the world’s most renowned muscle car auctions will likely exceed $50m when all is said and done. Top sales for the Indianapolis-based event were crowned by Read More
RM Sotheby’s returns to Monaco on May 14 for its biennial Le Sporting auction, and this year’s event includes an American rarity: a 1948 Tucker, S/N 1049.
One of just 51 Tuckers built, this is the only example currently in Europe. It was the second to last Tucker built by the factory, and the final car produced with an engine. RM Sotheby’s pre-sale estimate on the car is $1.5m-$2.1m.
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Russo and Steele rolls into Newport Beach, CA on June 10. The three-day auction will offer over 400 cars, including plenty of American iron. Chief among the early consignments is a completely restored 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge.
The Judge is a true WT1 car — the cowl code that denotes Canadian-built Judges — and features a Ram Air III 400-ci engine and its original 4-speed and rear end. It has just 5,800 indicated miles since restoration, Read More
Bonhams is delighted to announce the consignment of a very special car to its classic automobile auction in June: a recently discovered 1966 Shelby GT350 “Carry-Over Car.”
The first of two annual Auctions America Auburn auctions rolls cars across the block on May 5-7. Over 500 cars are expected.
Lots to watch include a 1968 Shelby GT500 estimated at $110k-$125k, a 1962 Chevrolet K10 pickup estimated at $50k-$60k, a 1948 Chrysler Town & Country convertible pegged at $100k-$125k, and a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 estimated Read More
Sure-thing sales at Worldwide’s April 22-24 Houston Classic Auction include a 1965 Shelby Cobra 289, a 1932 Ford V8 roadster, a 1960 Corvette “Big Brake” fuelie, a 1967 Shelby Cobra 427, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, a 1968 Shelby GT500KR convertible, and more. In total, 47 no-reserve lots will cross the block in Montgomery, TX, and in each case, the Read More