Throughout The Car Industry
As I sat down to watch a pre-recorded, DVR version of Saturday’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas, I couldn’t help but feel excited about hours and hours of commercial-free automotive glory. Unlike some other unmentioned auctions, Barrett-Jackson is classy, sophisticated, and does not include the near-constant pestering of salesmen in the throes of deal making. After so many impressive vehicles, a black 2012 Camaro rolled onto the bidding platform. As it would turn out, this wasn’t just any Camaro, but the very first 2012 Camaro ZL1 to be offered to the public AND the 69th ZL1 made at the Oshawa Assembly plant in tribute to the original 1969 Camaro ZL1—of which only 69 were produced.
Posted In: Auctions, Car News, Reports, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Chevrolet, Chevy, ZL1, first, 69, 69th, auction, barret-jackson, $250, 000, 250000
Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler are credited with each having developed the first internal combustion cars in 1886. Those developments paved the way for the modern ICE-powered cars that we drive today, and Mercedes Benz has been celebrating the 125th anniversary of this accomplishment all year.
Two years before Benz and Daimler, this De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout was built. According to RM Auctions, the 1884 Steam Runabout is the world's oldest car still in running condition. And it will be up for auction in two weeks.
Tags: auctions, RM auctions, classics, oldest car, Hershey, De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout
Every now and again a true gem stands out from the veritable hodge podge of random vehicles at Ebay Motors, and people notice. Usually, though, that gem is a slightly used Viper or low mileage resto mod Volkswagen Beetle complete with safari rack and tweed seats. With only two days remaining to bid, another type of vehicle has captured the spotlight: a 1973 International Harvester Scout II.
What’s so alluring about this particular Scout? Well, the owner claims this loyal truck carries only 86,000 miles and has never been sheltered by another garage. Ebay Motors writer Tony Piff claims: “It looks like an impressively well preserved time capsule, with straight panels and shiny paint. Even the fake woodgrain paneling is intact.”
Posted In: Auctions, Miscellaneous
Tags: International, Harvester, Scout, II, Ebay, Surfaces, mileage, mint, motors, SUV
For those of you not in-the-know there might be some confusion with my headline. “You’re wrong, writer guy,” you say. “Any fool knows that Bentleys are English and Lamborghinis are Italian.”
Well, Any Fool, you’re wrong, and here’s why: Audi owns Lamborghini and Volkswagen—no lie—owns Bentley. VW owns Audi, too, by the way. And seeing as how Porsche is now part of the VeeDub empire, apart from Mercedes-Benz’ Maybach brand, it’s an (almost) all-VW show.
So, as I said at the outset, the second-most to fifth-most expensive cars on eBay are Volkswagens, to the tune of $1.3 million out of the $1.7 million total. I know! Did I just blow your mind or what?!
Posted In: Auctions, Exotics, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Feebay, Top Five, sales, eBay, auction, Porsche, Lamborghini, Maybach, Bentley, VW, Audi
This wasn’t the only Mitsubishi Mecum Auctions offered in last weekend’s St. Charles sale, though neither T278 (a one-owner red-and-black 1987 Starion bid to $4,500) nor F5/F308 (a white-over-black ’98 300GT SL 5-speed bid to $1,250 then sold at $3,500) were—to my knowledge—sold to benefit any charity.
Listed as Lot S100, this "one-of-a-kind 2012 Eclipse Coupe SE—the very last production Eclipse that rolled off of the assembly line at the company's manufacturing plant in Normal, Illinois"—was auctioned on Saturday at no reserve (that means the high bid “wins” no matter what it is) to benefit the Japanese Red Cross. When the gavel fell it had garnered a top bid of—and, therefore, sold for—$35,000.
I’m sure the charity would have appreciated any amount, but it bears noting that this “Last Eclipse” didn’t sell for much more than the car would get if it was parked on a dealer’s lot. Why? Here’s what I think…
Posted In: Auctions, Car News, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Mitsubishi, Eclipse, Japan, Japanese, Red Cross, charity, earthquake, auction, Mecum
I’ve covered the newer-end of the Camaros on sale at Mecum’s September 15-18 St. Charles auction at the Pheasant Run Resort, but no automotive scribe worth their salt could cover Camaros and not cover those born of its sweetest vintage, 1969.
So, here are that year’s finest fire-breathers, super-powered ’69 Camaros that feature the king of all Camaro motors, the mighty 427-cu.in. V8. Of the seven, only two are “genuine,” but great pains have been taken in constructing all of them to at least seem like they COULD be genuine (which I’m not sure is a good thing).
Still, at least here you’ll be able to see what a REAL Yenko or COPO Camaro will go for even in the face of some pretty convincing fakes. I’ll bet that a lot of 427 Camaro fans could overlook authenticity in favor of having the similar ass-kickitude—at a much cheaper price—in their driveways that these “clones” can provide.
What about you?...
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Camaro, Chevy, Chevrolet, pace car, auction, sale, classics, hot rod, street rod
Billed as offering 1,000 vehicles and featuring “Muscle Cars and Corvettes, Open to ALL Collector Cars,” Mecum’s September 15-18 St. Charles sale is named for the Illinois city that’s home to its sale’s base at the Pheasant Run Resort.
With that many cars to offer, the fact that there’s nearly 60 Chevy Camaros of almost every stripe on sale might seem statistically insignificant. But if you’re in the market for a special edition—or just special—Camaro, having 60 of them in one place at one time (OK, the sale’s three days, but still) is an opportunity not to be missed.
For this installment I’m starting where the Camaro’s original timeline ended, with Mecum’s offerings of limited-edition Camaros built from 1993 to 2002. We’re talking eight Pace and Anniversary cars, including FOUR 1997 30th Anniversary Edition Z28 coupes. Speaking of which…
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Camaro, Chevy, Chevrolet, pace car, auction, sale
Lots of show cars have been built between 1932 and 2005, but only a fraction of them were constructed by American car companies themselves as showcases of their design and engineering prowess.
It’s no wonder that they are highly sought-after today—especially considering the fact that most were destroyed once they outlived their “usefulness”—and have price tags that reflect their rarity.
Speaking of rarity, to have five of them come up for sale at once—especially in one place—is nearly unheard of, but that’s what RM Auctions is offering August 19th and 20th at its Monterey sale, held at the Portolo Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center.
Now let us go back... to the future!
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Concept Cars, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: auction, classic, concept, prototype, American, domestic, Ford, Chrysler, Shelby, Dodge, Marmon
For those of you raised on televised vs. in-person auctions, it might surprise you to discover that restomods, clones, phantoms and the rest of the not-actually-what-God-intended cars that fill-out an auction’s roster are just that: filler.
Sure, there’s a market for them, but there’s also a market for crystal meth and serial-number-free firearms. What do they all have in common? When it comes time to explain why you have any of them in your garage, the stress caused by all the necessary story-telling you’ll have to do will make you wish you’d never gotten involved with them, period.
That’s the difference between a Hemi ‘Cuda and a Barracuda with a Hemi; the latter requires equivocation while the former requires no explanation. Which one do YOU want?
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Russo & Steele, auction, classics, Hemi, Cuda, Chevrolet, Chevelle, LS5, LS6, Ford Mustang, Boss
Though most in-person auto auctions are realizing a rebound in vehicle sales prices, this “recovery” apparently has yet to hit eBay, as it’s still red-number—that’s the color the site uses on its “completed listings” to denote cars that didn’t sell—city.
Compared to my July 6th feature you can see elsewhere on this site, the prices this go-round are farther apart—both in terms of dollar amount and “page” numbers—and only one of them was for a Lamborghini.
Posted In: Auctions, Miscellaneous, Reports, Exotics
Tags: Feebay, Top Five, sales, eBay, auction, Ford, Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari
October 7 - 9, the Festivals of Speed returns to the Four-Diamond Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes for its sixth year with world's most exotic automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and watercraft benefitting the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The festivals include the annual Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception, Wine Connoisseurs’ Dinner and Motorsports Collection Display, as well as some new automotive activities. Expect “the very best in automotive, aircraft, marine and motorcycle transportation with the finest culinary, wine, spirits and fashion for the ultimate luxury experience.”
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Auctions, Exotics
Tags: Festivals of Speed, festival, speed, orlando, car show, car shows, boats, motorcycles, aviation, aircraft, marine, luxury, Diamond Ritz-Carlton