Throughout The Car Industry
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
Mecum's March Madness Part 2: Another Round Of Big Rigs, Only This Time They're Classics (And USEFUL!)
Here’s something for you if you’re a truck person (I hear there’s a cream for that now, BTW) looking to make a statement at your local Show ‘N’ Shine with something bedded and breathtaking, but you’re looking for something classy without looking like you had too much time and money to burn.
[For THAT kind of statement, see my earlier article.]
And you don’t want anything newfangled—these are classic car shows, remember—so anything built after Ike’s first term is right out, just as anything foreign-built at any time is Communist and against God, the flag and your mom’s apple pie.
But it should be practical, too. Any yahoo can buy an old pickup, but what if someone at the show required 1970s-era medical attention? Or milk? Or a, incline-bed tow? You could've been the hero in those situations if only you had the vehicle for it. Well, fear not. Mecum’s late-March Missouri sale has just what those improbable situations require, plus a few that are great to have just-in-case. You never know...
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Miscellaneous, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Mecum, auction, trucks, Kansas City, Supertruck, Central, custom, classics, classic, useful
It takes a special kind of person to see nature’s most useful vehicle and—for whatever reason—convert it into something like the “trucks” you see here. Were these vehicles’ owner/builders overcompensating for something? Were they convinced that gasoline has a shelf life such that if they didn’t burn it all as fast as possible that it’d “go bad”?
You can (presumably) put these questions—and any others that might come from you reading about these rigs in a second—to said owner/builders directly at Mecum Auction’s Kansas City, MO, sale, March 29-31.
Just make sure you’re “diplomatic” about the whole thing. The kind of mind it takes to create something like one of these probably won’t cotton to dealing with your brand of humor. At all. Trust me on this one…
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Classics, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Mecum, auction, trucks, Kansas City, Supertruck, Central, custom
What’s a butt-print worth?
Fame’s a funny thing. The mere fact—or supposition, really—that someone even somewhat famous had owned/driven/sat in/looked at a car means big dollars to the person who can convince someone downstream in the selling process that what might otherwise look no better or worse than any other car of its type is in actuality better for its having been associated with said “star.”
So which do you think would pull down more money at auction: A rockin’-red roadster owned by a Sir-ed musical superstar or a buttercup-colored bit of Corgi-inspiring car show stand-candy?
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Exotics, Reports, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Bonhams, auction, sale, classics, 1965, 1966, Jaguar, E-Type, Elton John
It’s not too often a VW bus pops up on eBay with a mere 28,000 miles on the odometer and even less often that such a bus would include a double cab pickup body. But, from time to time, even the least likely things do happen. In just 6 days the auction will close on a 1969 VW Transporter double cab pickup, which by all accounts looks to be in magnificent condition.
Let the bidding madness begin.
The Festivals of Speed will return to St. Petersburg, Florida for their 9th year with a weekend of luxury and indulgence. Attendees can expect to see the most exotic automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles and watercraft the world has to offer while enjoying gourmet foods, fine wine and spirits, cigars and world class entertainment.
The weekend kicks off Friday, March 30 with the Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception in an actual hangar at the Tampa International Airport. Exotic vehicles will be on display and a jazz orchestra and both a live & silent charity auction should keep provide a night of entertainment. Premium foods and beverages will be available as well.
Saturday, March 31, joining the Festivals of Speed is the Florida Powerboat Club and their annual Tampa Bay Poker Run. Other events Saturday include VIP Ride & Drives and an exclusive Wine Connoisseur’s reception.
Finishing it off with a ‘bang’ is the weekend’s main event. Held in downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront and the Renaissance Vinoy Marina, a large collection of exotics autos as well as fine jewelry and timepieces will be on display. And of course, more premium foods, drinks, cigars and entertainment will be available.
Check out the Festivals’ press release below for more information.
Posted In: Auctions, Auto Shows, Exotics
Tags: Festivals of Speed, St. Petersburg, Florida, luxury, exotics, supercars, Tampa, Tampa Bay, shows, events
The first year of the Lamborghini Aventador may have sold out, but buyers will soon have their chance to secure an Aventador at auction. This Aventador comes with a couple of major caveats, though. It trades the 690-hp V-12 engine in for a whole heap of precious metals and stones and is expected to cost anywhere from double to 12 times the Aventador's base price.
You see, this Aventador isn't really an Aventador at all, but an ultra-premium, finely detailed 1/8-scale model. Built by German artist Robert Gülpen, the Aventador LP700-4 is crafted entirely from expensive materials, including gold, carbon fiber and diamonds. Specific components on the mini-Aventador include gold suspension, gold-plated carbon fiber body panels, platinum wheels and seats accented with 700 diamonds...each.
Posted In: Auctions, Exotics, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Lamborghini, Aventador, Aventador LP700-4, supercars, models, gold,
You may not have noticed, but in today’s car-selling market there’s nothing hotter than the “barn find.” For whatever reason, people—mostly Europeans—are paying the same price for any car-shaped hunk of corroded scrap that drifts in front of their noses as they used to for a similar vehicle in concours-quality condition.
Now I’m not talking about those weathered-but-all-there “unrestored originals,” as I can completely agree that an all-original as-built car in decent-but-not-perfect condition should always be worth more than the same car “restored” as “they are only original once” and—and this is the crux of the argument—anyone can buy a restored car, so the “survivor” cars are by definition more rare—and they’re getting rarer by the day.
But does that mean that each of the three “cars”—if they could even be called that—I’m about to cover should be worth the fortune paid for them because they are, due to their decrepit condition, “unique”?
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Exotics, Good, Bad & Ugly, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: auction, auctions, eBay, Bonhams, Bugatii, Ferrari, Jaguar, antiques
Though he may not have as famous a name as Foose, Coddington or Barris, Rick Dore nonetheless has turned out some of the finest customized vehicles extant, all of which can stand up to comparison with just about anything those “big name” designers have done.
Says Terry Cook, a former editor at Hot Rod magazine: "Rick Dore creations are unquestionably the very best in the world. He has the ability to build cars and trucks that, on one hand, represent the epitome of traditionally flavored custom cars, but at the same time he reaches out and goes where nobody has gone before."
Bonhams has brought four of Dore’s “Kreations” to its “Classic California: Collectors’ Motorcycles, Motorcars and Related Memorabilia” sale, each from the same mysterious “prominent Texas collector" as the Minority Report “Lexus 2054” and many other vehicles at their Nov. 12th sale at the Petersen Museum in L.A.
His (or her) loss can be your gain, however, as even the tippy-top of each auction estimate figure is a fraction of what that vehicle cost to build. So if you’re looking for a Kwartet of Kustom Kars—OK, three Kars and one Chopper—register to bid RIGHT NOW….
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Exotics
Tags: Bonhams, auction, sale, classics, hot rod, motorcycle, chopper, custom, Rick Dore, Dore, Petersen
OK, so maybe you already own a bachelor pad and therefore find the second-home-sized Ferrari tour bus I just covered more-than-a-little too large for your lifestyle.
Fear not, gentle reader, for there’s another one-of-one custom Ferrari that has a liaison-sized interior going up for auction at RM’s London sale, and this one isn’t the size of a wingless jumbo jet.
Yes, before Porsche had even thought of the Panamera, before Aston-Martin succumbed to Rapide fever and long before Lamborghini even entertained the Estoque, there was a top-shelf exotic car maker that toyed with the idea of adding another set of doors aft of the two God intended be there: Ferrari.
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Concept Cars, Exotics, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: auction, auctions, RM, Ferrari, four door, Pinin, Pininfarina, concept, prototype, Porsche Panamera, Aston, Martin, Rapide, Lamborghini, Estoque
It’s an age-old quandary: Sure, your Ferrari attracts the ladies, but wouldn’t it be great if you could skip the whole “driving somewhere to tryst” stage of the evening by going straight from the “Let’s get out of here” to the “Welcome to my basement. We have to be quiet, though, as my mom’s asleep upstairs” without any messy driving-about?
If only there was a Ferrari that WAS somewhere to tryst. Not only would it save you from any embarrassing “What the hell are you kids doing down there?!” type yelling from rudely-awakened parental-types (plus, you could get well and truly hammered if you chose to as there's no driving on the menu).
Well, you and your lady friend no longer have to worry about such things as Ferrari has handed over its own house-on-wheels to RM Auctions so that you—and every other dude in this predicament—can financially fight over it at the firm’s London sale on Oct. 26.
Posted In: Auctions, Car News, Miscellaneous, Special / Limited Edition, Exotics
Tags: auction, auctions, RM, Ferrari, RV, motor home, luxury, exotic