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"It's KISS, Baby!": Bid On Band Member-Branded Minis To Benefit UNICEF (Now Until June 8!)

On: Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 2:15PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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It is said that if Gene Simmons could find a way to put the KISS logo on oxygen and sell it to us at a markup, he would. Despite the fact that his band’s fan base is relatively small (and aging), KISS nonetheless boasts more “branded” items (from “adult” toys to the kid-friendly kind) than almost any other band.

Ordinarily such licensing is aimed at benefitting Mr. Simmons and his band mates, but every so often the KISS (marketing) Army’s efforts are marshaled to the benefit of an important cause.

This go-round of goodwill-generation is not without irony; KISS has partnered with BMW/MINI to raise funds for UNICEF via the auctioning of four customized MINI Countryman via eBay, despite the fact that the charity is a children’s aid organization that assists a demographic sure to be absolutely terrified if they saw the fund-raising band in its full regalia.

A Car-As-Art, Not An Art Car: Stella/Gregg M1 Goes To Auction In August

On: Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 2:37PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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For reasons not clearly explained, the Guggenheim Museum in New York will end its 12-year stewardship over what is easily among the top 10 most expensive BMWs on Earth—the 1979 BMW M1Pro Car painted by artist Frank Stella for late racer Peter Gregg—when it is offered for sale by Bonhams during its Quail Lodge auction event Aug. 18-19 in Carmel, Calif.

[If you thought that sentence was convoluted, just wait for the car’s historical run-down I’m about to get into…]

There Are Cobras, And Then There Are Cobras; This Is The Latter.

On: Tue, May 17, 2011 at 2:53PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Known to folks that know these things as the “Shelby Demonstrator,” CSX 2096—a 1963 289 Cobra—was “one of a small handful of cars used for such PR purposes as the September 1963 Motor Trend road test and the August 1963 Playboy cover shoot.”

[It also served for 15 months in a “dealer demo”-style capacity at Shelby American, thus the name.]

Your chance to buy one of the most noteworthy Shelbys comes this Friday, May 20, sometime in the afternoon/evening during Mecum Auctions’ “Original Spring Classic Auction” coming to you live at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, or from there via “HD Theater, a Discovery Network.”

Can Mecum get a million or more for it? Maybe…

Bertone To Sell A Sextet Of Show-Stopping Sirens

On: Mon, May 16, 2011 at 10:50AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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I’ve already covered many of the classic confections due to be sold May 21 when RM Auctions has their sale at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Como, Italy.

And as rare as they all might be, none can claim to be “one-of-one,” nor can they boast having been a show-stopping show car created from one of the finest automotive design houses on the planet, Bertone S.P.A.

Yup, it’s that Bertone, and each of the six vehicles being sold there comes directly from the design house’s own collection. Some, like the Lamborghini Marzal and Lancia Stratos HF Zero, are world-famous and rightly so, while the others are less well-known and, in turn, less expensive.

So if you’re looking to add some crown jewels to your collection and have a thing for Italian design straight from the source, here’s your one and only chance.

Get to it!


RM To Auction Creme De La Creme In Como

On: Mon, May 9, 2011 at 3:32PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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If you’ve been sitting on your billions just waiting for the right opportunity to convert them into something sexier than numbers on a spreadsheet, now’s your chance. [Well, your chance will actually come May 21 when RM Auctions will have their sale at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. So almost now.]

Right about here I could say something snide like “If you have to ask what or where that is you can’t afford anything there,” but we already know that’s true. But since I know, and you have more money than I do, I’ll gladly report it’s in Como, Italy.

[Look, just follow George Clooney or one of the dudes he’s supporting with “Oceans 47” or whatever the latest one is. I hear he’s got a pretty sweet pad nearby.]

Right. Now that you’ve got the where, I’m going to give you the why: RM Auctions is offering the most star-studded slate of consignments I’ve seen this decade, including, per their site, “32 blue-chip consignments with no fewer than ten anticipated to break the million-euro mark.”

That’s $1.5 million in real money, folks. And these lots' selling prices start there…

The Kind Of Chicago Muscle You WANT To Meet

On: Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 11:02AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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You may not know an L78 from an SR-71, but if you know anything about classic American muscle cars you know the Nickey name. [Oh. No? It's the one with the big red backwards "K" in its logo. Yep, them. Let's continue...]

Though perhaps not as big a name-brand as Yenko, those Chicago boys at Nickey Chevrolet (the dealer) knew as much as anyone about how to transform the classic ill-handling, poor-stopping, overpowered muscle cars into something positively lethal. Not surprisingly, very few authentic Nickey Chevrolets (the cars this time) have survived, so to find one in even passable shape is something in the muscle car world akin to a miracle.

Well, move over Lourdes—the holy water place, not the spawn of Madonna—for Mecum Auctions is set to, well, auction seven Nickey-enhanced Chevrolets from the collection of noted muscle car guru Mike Guarise as part of its Original Spring Classic Auction extravaganza happening May 17-22 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in—you guessed it—Indianapolis, IN.

Gee Willikers, Batman! Replica Pulls $110,000 At Barrett-Jackson

On: Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 4:41PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Holy Roman Empire, Batman, the Batmobile is almost as valuable as a priceless collection of Etruscan snoods! That sums up my surprise when a modified 1977 Lincoln Continental sold this weekend for $110,000 at the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Palm Beach. But that’s not all. Apparently, the Batmobile has sold for drastically larger sums… even breaking the $200,000 mark. Wow, who would have thought a customized replica could attract so much consumer demand? Even more shocking are the companies which produce parts and complete replica Batmobiles for the collector market.

Classic Car Cultist: The Judge

On: Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 1:38PM | By: Chris Salamone

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All rise, the Judge is in session. In 1969 Pontiac launched a new model type for the stout, muscle bearing GTO, aptly named ‘The Judge’. The vehicle’s name came from a comedy routine called “Here Comes the Judge” in Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In TV show. In its developmental phase, the Judge was supposed to be a cheap, stripped down version of the GTO to compete with the Plymouth Road Runner. Ha! We all know that plan was thrown out the window.

Instead Pontiac created the ultimate street performance car with an equally potent image. The Judge package initially cost $332 more than the standard GTO but included a Ram Air III engine, a Hurst shifter, decals, wide tires, Rally II wheels, and (of course) a spoiler.

The Amelia Island Concours D'Elegance, a Primer

On: Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 10:19AM | By: Chris Salamone

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Sound the horns. This year’s Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance is the 16thannual show and is scheduled to run March 11-13. The event’s host hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, was rated by readers of Conde Nast Traveler No. 5 for best resorts in North America and No. 31 for best beach hotels on planet earth from readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine. In addition to world-class amenities, staying at The Ritz also includes a hefty price tag. But considering the grandeur of the show, The Ritz Carlton is a perfect fit for such an over-the-top event. This year’s lineup includes several historically significant vehicles and Indy 500 Winner Bobby Rahal as the 2011 Honoree.   

2006 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione Fetches $2.1 Million

On: Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 11:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The 2006 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione made good on its promise to rein in over 2 million dollars at auction. It didn't quite make it to the estimated $2.5 million, but it came close, fetching a $2.09 million dollar price at auction last weekend. The FXX was the flagship of a private collection from the late Benny Caiola. The Ferrari led a pack of eight cars that topped million-dollar bids at the auction, and its $2.09 million selling price was the highest at the 2011 Scottsdale Auction Week.

David Gooding, president and founder of Gooding & Co., predicted that this would be but one example of strong auction sales this year, explaining: "Strong 2011 auction sales will result from an increasing demand for preservation-class quality cars." He was using last week's sale of a 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic and a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster as examples.

One-Off Ferrari Enzo Prototype Now For Sale

On: Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 10:22AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Happy New Year, ultra-wealthy car collectors; there's an exciting new piece up for sale. Look quickly and you may think that you're staring at a Testarosa, but what you're actually looking at is an Enzo prototype from 2000. No, it doesn't have that distinctive beak that we've come to know and love from the Enzo, but it's got a pretty beautiful look all its own. And it's a one-of-a-kind prototype, making it a potential collection flagship.