Throughout The Car Industry
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
This year’s Lake Mirror Classic had everything we come to expect—classic and collectible vehicles, street rods, classic motorcycles, wooden boats, and of course the amphicars, but the show had something new for 2011.
Tags: carshow, car show, Lakeland, Florida, Lake Mirror Classic, vintage, classic, auction, Higgenbotham Auctioneers
Welcome to the 200th installment of my series, “I Am in the Wrong Line of Work.” Today’s topic: What the hell’s so freaking special about magicians?
Now I’m not saying that automotive writers don’t get their fair share of the ladies, it’s just that those damn key-swallowing, hand-waving weirdos get way more than theirs. [Sure, maybe those multi-pierced, wannabe Goth/Emo girls aren’t what I’d be looking for, but it hurts me that they never even offer.]
What does this have to do with cars, you ask? Plenty. See, this "Criss Angel" dude—like that’s really the name his mom gave him—decided to unload a few of his “Mindfreak” vehicles at the last Barrett-Jackson sideshow in Vegas—naturally—so now I get to unload a little on him, too.
Let’s see Mr. Magicpants escape from my Tomb of Scathing Invectives!
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Exotics
Tags: auction, Barrett Jackson, Barrett-Jackson, celeb, celebrity, Criss Angel, Mind Freak
FINALLY! Enough Woodies And Wagons To Have Brought Big-ish Bucks At Auction (But Didn't). Thanks For Trying, Mecum!
You have NO idea how badly this “wagon guy” wanted to cover his favorite body style in one of these features, and thanks to Mecum’s Oct. 6-8 sale, I can.
The ratio of sales vs. non-sales on the ten lots offered wasn’t in sellers’ favor—$108,500 vs. $130,500, respectively—but not for a lack of variety. Ranging from a 1926 Ford to a ’79 Mini Clubman—with representatives from nearly every country and time period in between—most everyone could’ve had the five-door of their dreams.
[Except me. But I already have two of them, and that’s enough for now. Or so my wife says. I, on the other hand…]
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: auction, Mecum, Dallas, classics, wagon, station wagon, woody, wood panel
Few characters in the history of television are legends on the same level as The Fonz. Hell, even on his worst day, The Fonz gave us timeless pop culture—his jumping over a shark on waterskis in a 1977 episode, inspired the phrase "jump the shark," which has come to identify the point of no return where something popular starts a downward spiral from its peak.
Okay, my admiration for all things Fonzie has a point that has to do with automobiles, I promise. The 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 once ridden by Fonz in Happy Days will go up for auction next month.
Posted In: Auctions, Classics
Tags: auctions, motorcycles, triumphs, Fonz, Happy Days,
Life at a modern car auction like Mecum’s October 6-8 Dallas sale doesn’t revolve around ’69 Camaros and 1950s fin-tails alone. In fact, in order to fill out every slot on every planned sales day, the large majority of lots are actually filled with the mildly-collectible, the odd-but-mundane and the lightly-used/late-model “just a” cars.
But hidden among the 80 Camaros and 95 Mustangs and the bazillion other “usual” lots are the truly unique, interesting and just plain weird. They are what my grandfather would call a “hammer without a nail,” but if you have a particularly-bizarre itch that needed scratching—say for the “fastest F450 in the world”—then these might be right up your alley.
So join me for a trip through the seven wackiest lots—actually eight, but two were linked—Mecum had on offer, from a $12,500 Honda to a $333,000 Camaro. They may not be your cup of tea to own, but you can’t say that they’re not “interesting” in their own way(s)…
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Good, Bad & Ugly
Tags: auction, Mecum, Dallas, weird, wacky, strange, unique, ugly
Unlike the Sotheby’s Australian auction I covered a few days ago, Mecum could pretty safely say it had something for just about everyone at its October 6-8 Dallas auction. And in my trilogy of features on the sale, I’m going to try and do the same thing.
First off are six feature cars built with "speed contests" in mind, with four that’d require trailers to take them home after a day of play and two that could be driven to, in and from a day at a drag strip—or road course—provided you kept the shiny side up (and left some "meat" on the tires).
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Racing, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Mecum, auction, drag, strip, street, racing, Dallas, Texas
Sotheby's Australia Presents An Eclectic Octet At Its "Important Collectors' Motor Cars By Public Tender" Event
As I mentioned in my companion article, things at the Sotheby’s Australia’s Oct. 13-17 “Important Collectors’ Motor Cars” event in Sydney are a little bit different from what most of you are used to, in keeping with the usual way of doing business for this “largest Australian-owned, internationally operated fine art auction house”.
Put simply it’s a “sealed-bid” event wherein bidders “tender” (submit) their maximum offer on each desired lot directly to the auction house which then tallies the entries and notifies the “winner.” In fact, there is no actual auction “event,” and apart from several available “preview” days, there is no “in-person” component to the sale at all. [See my feature on the public tender process itself HERE for more info.]
Though if you think the process is strange, wait until you get a load of the very varied vehicles on offer....
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Exotics, Racing, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: auction, Sotheby's, Australia, Important Collectors Motor Cars by Public Tender, sale
Though seemingly tame at first blush compared to the live “under-the-lights” pressure-cooker-style of auction most of us are used to, in many ways a sale "by public tender”—like Sotheby’s Australia’s “Important Collectors’ Motor Cars” event in Sydney—can be even more nerve-racking for buyer and seller alike.
Normally—if that’s even the right word to use—it’s pretty straight-forward. If you just keep on bidding until everyone else quits, the car—or whatever—is yours.
But where’s the mystery—and gentility—in that?...
Posted In: Auctions, Miscellaneous, Reports
Tags: auction, buying, selling, bid, eBay, collector, collectors, Sotheby's, Australia, Sydney
I’m what you’d call a station wagon guy, so I can’t really see why world-record-style prices are being showered upon just about every 1960s-vintage Volkswagen Type 2 that hits the auction block, whereas relatively little love—and money—is offered for any of my beloved wood-sided 1970s-style battlewagons.
Now I assumed that this phenomenon was limited to the "Holy Grail" of VW Buses, the “23-Window Samba”—one of which hammered sold at an eye-watering $217,800 at Barrett-Jackson’s Orange County auction in June—but that firm’s Las Vegas sale this very week showed otherwise.
Eight of these upper-end 1960s VeeDub Buses and Bus-based trucks were sold, including two 23-Windows. And while none surpassed the $110,000 sale price of a 21-Window Bus at this event last year—or other similarly-high-flying prices at various other auctions this year—they did pull down a respectable $441,100 in total.
Posted In: Auctions, Classics
Tags: auction, classic, Volkswagen, VW, Type 2, Microbus, 23 window, 21 window
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