Throughout The Car Industry
Usain Bolt already has plenty of gold hardware, but he's about to get a little more. Nissan is launching a one-off gold GT-R honoring Bolt's achievements on and off the track. The unique sports car is being sold off in a charity auction to benefit the Usain Bolt Foundation.
Nissan and Bolt teamed up before the Olympics in an ad campaign Nissan calls "WHAT_IF." Nissan has even bestowed Bolt with what we assume is an entirely ceremonial position called "Director of Excitement."
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Special / Limited Edition, Auctions, Exotics
Tags: special editions, sports cars, Nissan, GT-R, Olympics, Usain Bolt, marketing
It’s October, and for those of us in Central Florida that means three things: 1) pumpkin-flavored everything, 2) slightly milder weather (highs in the upper-80s/lower-90s), 3) and the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival and Auction. October 19-21, hundreds of beautiful cars and thousands of eager enthusiasts will fill the picturesque streets of downtown Lakeland and surround the restored 1920’s art deco-inspired Lake Mirror promenade.
Posted In: Auctions, Auto Shows, Classics, Exotics
Tags: Lake Mirror Classic, Lakeland, Florida, Central Florida, auto show, car show, classics, antiques, auction, festival
Like cricket (the game) and Marmite (whatever the hell that is) there are just things they do in the UK that I can’t get a handle on. I always thought it was a production assistant goofing around with the more apt license plates you see on Top Gear’s test cars but no: people actually have to pay for those. A LOT. Like the four grand for “V12 NUT” Bonhams got recently.
And before you think this is an isolated incident—and/or skip to the fun "Top Five" lists I’ve painstakingly copied from another site—I provide you with a roster of offerings to be, um… offered at Barons’ “Annual British Heritage Auction & Other Classics” sale somewhere on the island today (September 17) (with plates offered in quotes and auction estimate averages in greenbacks):
[And I hate math more than you can imagine so appreciate what I did here, dang it!]
They are, as follows: “DB09 AML” [$8,315]; “9 BEN” [$34,880]; “Y12 FER” [$1,704]; “D8 GTS” [$3,448]; “W18 OND” [$2,434]; “EA51 CAR” [$1,866]; “V8 REG” [$3,488]. What, you don’t see the perfectly good reason why “9 BEN” should cost more than a new Camaro? Oh, silly American. Because, as the description reads [EXACTLY], “Pre 63 Bentley? Any The ultimate Bentley registration” of course!
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Car News, Classics, Miscellaneous, Reports, Safety, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: UK, license plates, bonhams, auction, registration, v12nut, abu dhabi, hong kong
For a few weeks each year in August, the entire focus of the collector car community falls on the Monterey peninsula, in Northern California, for the auctions, shows, and races which take place around the Pebble Beach Concours. This year Hagerty classic car insurance organized a panel discussion on car values – useful both to car guys and pure investors, since anyone who has been paying the slightest attention to the classic car market knows that values have been steadily marching upwards, and generally speaking have been doing a whole lot better than traditional investments such as property or stocks.
Rare, but not too rare
There are certain rules of thumb to apply to values in car collecting; as “Chasing Classic Cars” Wayne Carini put it, “production numbers is always key to collectability”. The ideal number seems to be between 25 and 1000 made: more than that and there is a sufficiently strong supply to weaken values – the example given by the panel was the 80s Ferrari Testarossa, with around 1300 made, while extremely rare cars suffer from their being no comparable sales to base values upon. The example discussed by the panel was a 1908 Simplex – there have only been two other Simplex come to market in the last few years, each were touring cars, not speedsters, plus the 1908 car is the oldest known Simplex still surviving. Without a meaningful comparison point, the value will be determined by how many and how wealthy the bidders are on auction day. Naturally, this doesn’t mean virtually unique cars cannot make huge numbers, just that from an investment perspective they are less predictable.
Posted In: Auctions, Classics
Tags: collector car values, classic car prices, hagerty seminar, Jaguar XJ-S, Aston Martin DB5, Fox Mustang, BMW E9, BMW 3.0 CS, Porsche 930
I’m not the best person to cover this—but you’re stuck with me so suck it up—but this Batmobile is TERRIBLE, and the fact that some sucker was willing to offer a cool quarter-mil for something that looks like it was cobbled together by a Hollywood prop shop filled with half-blind craftspeople who thought they were constructing a Cirque du Soleil stage prop is just…
*Whew.* Ok, now that that’s (somewhat) out of my system, let’s get back to this being the worst-looking Batmobile ever. [Yes, I know about that internally-lit one with MASSIVE fins, but at least that baby didn’t look like a busted-up and half-melted G.I. Joe Night Raven.]
Batmobiles start for me with the “Tumbler,” just as the films quite literally begin with Batman Begins (not least because there’s no CGI used on the latest Bat ride, even as it evolves in that continuing series, scale models or not).
But nobody’s selling those, so Auctions America had to make do…
Posted In: Auctions, Car News, Concept Cars, Exotics, Good, Bad & Ugly, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: batman, tumbler, batmobile, auction, tim burton, 1989, movie
Have a problem with getting too many women? I, being such a person, know what it’s like; they follow you everywhere, looking for any excuse to hop in your car and go…wherever.
This is why I’ve been considering replacing my eight-passenger 1989 Olds Custom Cruiser. If only I could find something that would not only seat one (and some groceries) and—most importantly—would instantly kill the mating instinct of the human female on sight.
As it turns out my ideal lust-killer’s been around since the 1980s: the Litestar Pulse. And if only I’d been at Auctions America’s Auburn Indiana sale last weekend—and been suffering from a tragic-yet-comical brain injury—I could’ve been the sad… I mean LUCKY guy who traded $22,000 actual American dollars for Lot 4052, a “1990 Reconstructed Pulse Litestar.”
Way to go, dude! No more girl-sourced cooties for you!
Posted In: Auctions, Car News, Classics, Concept Cars, Exotics, Good, Bad & Ugly, Hybrid / Green, Safety, Special / Limited Edition, Technology
Tags: pulse, litestar, auction, auburn, auctions america, autocycle, owosso, michigan
It would seem as though too much of the Red Headed Stranger has rubbed off his former tour bus as—in the face of a $60k-$80k auction estimate—the 1986-model-year coach “Me & Paul” pulled down just $29,250 at Auctions America’s Sept.1 Auburn, Indiana sale.
[Hopefully this buyer will want to hang onto their purchase as the seller of this bus paid $48,550 less than a year ago at a Toronto auction, giving themselves a quick $19,300 haircut.]
Anyhoo, this thing is everything you’d expect a hard-worn band-bus to be, excluding most of the hard-worn. Still, if it wasn’t for the Willie Nelson history—and perhaps the terrible murals it’s coated in—this could easily be the crap-hauler for any C-level wannabe band.
Then again, maybe now it is…
Posted In: Auctions, Good, Bad & Ugly, Miscellaneous, Reports, Special / Limited Edition, Videos
Tags: willie nelson, bus, auction, auctions america, rm, paul english, drummer, highwayman, eagle, bus, rv, motorcoach
Each summer, the auto shows that fill out the rest of the calendar year take a vacation, and Concours d'Elegance events take over as the place for auto exhibition and excitement. The events showcase exotic and classic cars and include auction elements for those looking to add something exotic, classic or rare to their collections. This year, the Concours Pebble Beach event brings the opportunity to own four rare Ferraris from generations gone by.
The 2012 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction will include four Prancing Horse classics expected to pull in a combined $20 million. The cars are all part of the collection of the late Sherman M. Wolf.
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Exotics, Special / Limited Edition, Auto Shows
Tags: Ferrari, classics, auctions, Concours d'Elegance, Pebble Beach
At about 3:00PM on Saturday, a special car rolled onto the auction block at Barrett-Jackson’s Orange County event. Back in April, media junkies first caught wind of a possible SRT Viper sale, and, despite months of anticipation, Saturday’s auction did not disappoint.
Teaming up with the Austin Hatcher Foundation, Chrysler offered vin numero uno of the much-adored incoming 2013 SRT Viper. And while the sale’s proceeds were to be donated to a noteworthy and significant cause, enthusiasts worldwide also took notice for another reason.
This vehicle will be the first of its kind – the scion of a new house in the automotive realm.
Posted In: Auctions, Concept Cars, Miscellaneous, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: SRT, Viper, Barrett-Jackson, barrett, jackson, VIN, first, 1, $, $300K, 300, Chrysler
Now other people are going to cover the high points of Barrett-Jackson’s April 5-7 Palm Beach sale, so I won’t bore you with talk of customs, resto-mods or (half)million-dollar-sales. Instead I’m going to shine a light on the auction’s seamy underbelly to expose the creatures known as “filler” lots.
But I’m not going to bother with the late-model lease-returns and beat-up aged exotics that tend to occupy 75 percent of any B-J sale’s slate. No, I’m going right down into the bilge of the USS BJPB to show you six of the freakiest lots they had on offer (or seven, if you count the trailer).
Is everybody wearing their protective gear? Then—bad pun coming—let’s dive in…
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Exotics, Good, Bad & Ugly, Miscellaneous, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: barrett jackson, auction, celeb, Palm Beach, Willie, Willie Nelson, golf carts, wet bar, submarine, hummer
I’ve got to hand it to you, Supreme Being; you’ve got quite a sense of humor. You hard-wired us to impulsively run from things that want to eat us, yet you made us unable to resist cuddling them when they’re young. Similarly, you’ve instilled a sense of “know-better” when it comes to owning—and doing—extremely dangerous things. Case in point: the six vehicles I’ve selected from Mecum’s end-of-March sale in Kansas City, MO.
Now you’ve (hopefully) read my earlier features on Mecum’s fearsome creatures, from the article on some classic, practical vehicles from the 1940s and 1950s to the article on the more modern yet COMPLETELY impractical ones. Well, that’s all fine and good if you’re just into trucks. But what if you wanted to kill yourself in something that’s more “fast” than “four-by”?
Well, fear not, for I have just what you need. And if you think you’re missing out because you’re only getting one "car" feature, just check out the stats on this dirty half-dozen: 12 doors, 24 wheels, 48 cylinders and a (claimed) grand total of 4,612 horsepower. Sound good? Damn right! So what are you waiting for? Get to jumpin’!
Posted In: Auctions, Car News, Classics, Racing, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Mecum, auction, Kansas City, muscle cars, Missouri