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 |  Jan 21 2014, 4:01 PM


The 2014 classic-car auction season opened with a bang at Scottsdale, Arizona last week with the Barrett-Jackson event tallying up a total of $249 million in auctions.

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 |  Jun 11 2013, 11:32 AM


If you claim to be Elvis’ number one fan, and many do, you now have the chance to own the King’s 1972 Cadillac Custom Estate Wagon, along with other gems previously owned by celebrities.

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 |  Apr 12 2012, 9:02 PM

It is a known fact that boats are not designed to travel on land, and cars are not very capable in the water. But with the summer approaching and a vast number of cottages available for rent by lakes, it would be ideal to have a combination of the two.

The solution would be an amphibious vehicle, like this 1967 German-built Amphicar 770, which is currently on sale in Lusby, Md.

These vehicles were built between 1960 to 1967, and out of the 4000 vehicles the company produced, 3000 units were sold in the United States. Sadly roughly only 250 of these Amphicar’s survive today, making them a prized collectible item.

Just don’t expect this classic to bring out the speed demon in you; as it only has a 43-hp, four-cylinder engine that turns the propeller in the water and wheels on the road. This model, the 770 was named such because it can travel at about 7-mph in the water and do about 70-mph on the road.

According to the seller, the vehicle has 12,500 original miles and has had service done by East Coast Amphicar of New Jersey to keep it in “good shape.”

At $55,000, it isn’t cheap but then you are getting a two for one deal, and a trailer. That’s a good thing, because these cars had a terrible reputation for reliability.

So forget about buying a supercar this summer, if you really want to attract attention, roll up in the Amphicar.

[Source: duPont Registry]

 |  Dec 19 2011, 5:00 PM

November 22, 1963 was a very dark day in America’s history. John F. Kennedy, who was America’s 35th President, was shot and killed while his convoy made way through the heart of Dallas, TX.

On this fateful day, the ambulance that took his body to Air Force One, is now being auctioned off at the 41st Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, in Scottsdale, AZ.

While the incident took place in 1963, the vehicle used was titled as a 1964 Cadillac Hearse. This hearse has the chassis number 64Z000050 and was built by the Miller-Meteor Company. The hearse, which was owned by the O’Neal Funeral Home, was called to the task to carry the President’s body.

This vehicle is given the lot number 1293, and it will get auctioned between Jan. 15 – 22 at West World of Scottsdale. Last year, a Pontiac ambulance which transported President Kennedy’s body from Air Force One to Bethesda Naval Hospital was sold at Barrett-Jackson for $120,000, despite many believing it to be a fake.

 |  Sep 25 2011, 2:31 PM

Yesterday we told you about the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 hitting the auction stage at Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas, NV. Today, we are reporting on its outcome.

This very special 2012 Camaro, which will be the 69th ZL1 made, to commemorate the 1969 ZL1, sold for $250,000. That is probably over four-times as much as what the MSRP will be for this car.

However, the premium price is for a very worthy cause. All the money, and we do mean 100% of it, will be going to the YMCA of Southern Nevada.

The buyer for this car is none other than car dealership mogul and NASCAR Sprint Cup team owner Rick Hendricks. Previously, Hendricks was also the winning bidder for the very first Corvette ZR-1, the very first of the new generation Camaro’s, and the very first Volt plug-in hybrid.

He will receive his Carbon Flash Metallic ZL1 in the first quarter of 2012.

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 |  Sep 24 2011, 3:10 PM


The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is one of the most highly anticipated models of 2012. This 580-hp, supercharged V8 monster will certainly be one of the fastest sportscars on the market.

Many enthusiasts are waiting to get their hands on this model, but if you want the very first one, get ready today. At the Barrett-Jackson Auction being held today in Las Vegas, a Chevrolet dealer will auction off the first customer ZL1.

While in actuality, this will be the 69th ZL1 built at the Oshawa factory, this carbon-black metallic example is a tribute to the 69 examples of the 1969 Camaro ZL1, but it will be the first one delivered to a customer.

The car is donated by Fairway Chevrolet in Las Vegas, with 100% of the proceeds going to the YMCA of Southern Nevada.

The ZL1 will be delivered to the highest bidder by next spring.

GALLERY: 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1


 |  May 23 2011, 9:15 AM

The 400 GT was once described by Lamborghini chief test driver Valentino Balboni as the best sounding car of all time. Perhaps that’s what made it so attractive to music legend Sir Paul McCartney.

Now McCartney’s 1967 400GT can be yours, because it will be hitting the auction stage at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 1.

Lamborghini only made 247 examples of the 400 GT and this one being a right-hand drive version is rarer still, although that might make the car less appealing to a North American buyer. Projected selling price of this example is in the $162,000 to $194,000 range.

The sale will be handled by Bonham’s Auction House, a company known to attract rich collectors, so it will be interesting to see who buy’s this vehicle and what price it actually fetches!

[Source: The Wall Street Journal]

 |  May 16 2011, 8:01 PM

If you’re a child of the ’80s then you probably lusted after the Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe at some point. This 9th-generation model of the Thunderbird was the only one to ever be offered with a turbo-charged motor and was even offered with a manual gearbox.

While most American coupe’s from that era sported a V6 or a V8 motor, the Thunderbird came with a 190-hp, 4-cylinder, turbo charged motor, which was well ahead of its time. While a V6 was also offered, it’s the Turbo Coupe model that collectors look for these days, and one such car just went on sale at the Auctions America event on May 14th.

This was not any ordinary old Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe, however; this rare 5-speed manual version was once owned by John F. Kennedy Jr. Looking at the pictures, this example seems to have been in a time warp, looking exceptionally clean and fresh for a car of this era.

Despite its American royalty connection, the car was sold for just $4,900. That is a great deal for a good, clean example, and the celebrity connection makes it all the more desirable. The new owner got one amazing deal.

[Source: Auctions America]

 |  May 10 2011, 12:51 PM

Finding a BMW M1 is a rare thing. Finding a BMW M1 art-car is almost impossible. Now one of these rare M1 art-cars is going to the auction block. Interested? Thought you might be.

Back in the mid-1970s BMW recruited artists to paint their race cars, which eventually lead them do some road-cars. Artists such as Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder did one-off designs which brought both the car-maker and the artists much publicity. However, all the art-cars commissioned by BMW themselves sit in a museum and are unlikely to ever be sold.

But this Frank Stella designed M1 is going to be offeredfor sale by Bonhams in August, during the Pebble Beach Concours activities. So how did this art-car escape from BMW’s clutches?

While this project was prepared by a BMW factory authorized artist, it was commissioned by Peter Gregg, a seven-time International Motor Sports Association world-champion racer. He wanted an art-car of his own and requested BMW to make one just for him. The car was prepared in 1979 by BMW Motorsport GmbH and hence has the bodywork of the BMW Pro Car Group Four racer.

In 1999, the car was given to the Guggenheim Museum, and has since then made only a few public outings. The car is currently on display in the IBM building at 56th and Madison Avenue in New York, and will remain there for the rest of the week.

Bonhams will auction the car at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, CA. on Aug. 18th. It is predicted to pull in around $450,000 to $600,000. That is a lot of money, but we think it’s a much better way to spend money on art rather than buying an oil painting on canvas.

[Source: NY Times]

 |  May 09 2011, 11:08 AM

To help Japan recover from the recent earthquake and tsunami many foreign companies have donated to relief charities. Aston Martin is the latest to contribute. It’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ulrich Bez is giving up his personal Rapide super-sedan at the Bonhams Auction at Newport Pagnell, with all proceeds going to Japan.

He said; “Nobody could have failed to be moved by the recent events in Japan and we at Aston Martin are no exception. After many years presence in the market and closer ties being forged with the Japanese automotive business in recent projects, we have many friends in the region and we wanted to do something to help. The Bonhams Aston Martin Auction seems the perfect platform to encourage the extended Aston Martin family to support this cause, so we have decided to auction my Rapide which I have used in my role as Chief Executive to represent Aston Martin at numerous events in both UK and Europe. I hope this superb car will raise a substantial amount to help make a difference.”

This well appointed, V12 luxury car will hit the auction stage on May 21. The new owner will get a great car and help a great cause at the same time.

Click here to read AutoGuide’s Aston Martin Rapide review


 |  Mar 11 2011, 9:38 AM

If you’ve seen Le Mans, you’ll remember the opening sequence with a lovely slate-grey Porsche 911 that Steve McQueen drives through the countryside. Now, here’s the chance to own that same car.

McQueen liked the 1970 Porsche 911S so much that he bought it after the movie was completed and shipped it to California, where he added it to his personal collection alongside his Jaguar XKSS, Ferrari 250GTL, and various motorcycles. This model was fully-equipped from the factory, including air conditioning, leather seats and a radio.

And after a few owners it’s hitting the block at RM Auctions, where it will be featured at the Monterey auction on August 19th. Like anything even vaguely McQueen-related, it’ll go for big bucks, so you’ve got five months to start scraping the change from under the couch cushions.

 |  Jan 04 2011, 10:26 PM

Looking for a used car with an interesting previous owner? Have we got the car for you. No we aren’t talking about a DeTomaso Pantera owned by Elvis Presley or a MG SV-R owned by Rowan Atkinson, but instead about the current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinajad, who is selling his 1977 Peugeot 504.

The outspoken Iranian leader however is not selling his car to help pay his personal bills, he is auctioning the car through Iran’s Central Bank to help build housing for the poor and disabled. (What a nice guy, hungh?)

The bidding war started back in November, but will remain open throughout the month of January. The highest bid so far is from an anonymous buyer, who has bid $1-million for it. That is rather steep for a car that would normally fetch around $2,000 at best.

[Source: NY Times]

 |  Dec 16 2010, 2:20 PM

Cars of the stars can often surprise you. On the one hand there are some celebrities who love flash, while others prefer more nondescript means of transportation.

John Lennon, who died 30 years ago this past week, was famously known to have owned a psychedelic painted Rolls-Royce Phantom limousine, but during his final years, he and wife Yoko Ono tooled around in this rather anonymous, green 1972 Chrysler Town & Country Station Wagon.

Battered and bruised from a life on Manhattan streets, the car was sold by Yoko after John’s death and since 1996 it’s had just a single owner. However, now that Lennon has been thrust into the spotlight once again, the car has come out of obscurity, to be auctioned by Braswell Galleries in New England. The Town & Country is essentially in the same condition it likely was when John and Yoko owned it and the seller still has the original New York State title and registration documents.

If John had lived, it’s likely this car would have less significance, excerpts from his personal memoirs indicate he and Yoko were looking at replacing it with a then new Mercedes-Benz W123 300 Touring.

Hit the link below for more info and to see how you can own this piece of automotive and music history.

[Source: Braswell Galleries]

 |  Sep 14 2010, 10:01 PM

Back in GM’s glory days, when John Zachary Delorean assumed the mantle of General Manager at Pontiac Motor Division, the flamboyant engineer had begun work on his own pet sports car project – the XP-833 – designed as an affordable two-seater alternative to the Chevy Corvette.

Running prototypes were built and the futuristic Banshee almost made it into production, GM pulling the plug at the eleventh hour, just prior to the 1964 New York Auto Show. Though the Banshee never made it to market, Pontiac’s pony car, the 1967 Firebird, adopted elements of the Banshee, as did the “wasp waisted” 1968 Corvette.

In an unusual turn for an experimental car, both Banshee prototypes survived the crusher, winding up in the hands of GM employees and subsequently private collectors. One is currently owned by famed GM dream car collector Joe Bortz, while this, the other, has emerged from the shadows. In what ranks as one of the most highly publicized online auctions of the year, the car is up for grabs on eBay; presenting the chance of a lifetime for one lucky bidder. This particular car, once owned by Bill Killen, is a fully functioning and drivable machine, but one that displays just 1,498 miles on the odometer. For more information on this special online auction, click on the link below.

[Source: eBay Motors]

 |  Sep 08 2010, 12:03 PM

Elvis Presley might be associated with Cadillacs in the public’s mind, but the superstar singer had a little-known affinity for German cars. Among his purchases were an ultra-rare BMW 507 roadster and this Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan, regarded as the zenith of Mercedes cars.

The car is expected to go for between $230,000-$310,000 but it wouldn’t be surprising to see it far exceed estimates. It wasn’t that long ago that an unrestored 600 Pullman limo, in unrestored condition, went for $475,000 at auction. With the provenance of this car, and the seemingly excellent condition its in, look for this car to make the pages of a classic car buff book detailing what made it go for such an astronomical price.

[Source: New York Times]

 |  Apr 27 2010, 5:10 PM

Delahaye 135

Hollywood may claim itself as the center of glitz and glamor, but as far as auto aficionados go, it is likely to be upstaged on May 1st by RM Auctions’ first ever Sporting Classics of Monaco. Held at the Grimaldi Forum, within the tiny principality, the event coincides with the 7th annual Historic Grand Prix of Monaco, which brings together some of the most famous and desirable race cars in history, running on one of the most storied and prestigious circuits in the world.

The Sporting Classics auction, will also bring together some of the most desirable and sought after European motorcars in the world and at present, eight of the featured cars have already brought in pre-sale estimates in excess of €1,000,000.

A total of 105 cars are slated to cross the auction block on May 1-2, with a strong focus on British, French, German and Italian marques. Among the featured vehicles up for grabs, is a stunning 1938 Delahaye 135 MS cabriolet, sporting one-off coachwork by famed builders Figoni et Falaschi, custom red leather interior and performance that endowed it with true Gran Turismo prowess, both on the road and racetrack.

Other significant vehicles including a multiple (six) race winning 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 “Birdgcage,” one of 17 ever built, plus a one-off 1937 BMW 328 “Bugelfalte,” built for the company’s racing division (which won it’s class in the 1938 Mille Miglia). Yet another is a 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II “Special”, with body by Brewster -recognized as one of the most historically significant Rolls-Royces ever produced and the only one out of three ever built to retain its original coachwork.

Besides cars, the auction will also feature a diverse assortment of memorabilia, including the world’s largest single-owner collection of Shell Petroliana. The result of some 35 years of judicious collecting by passionate Dutch collector and long-term Shell employee, Mr. Gilles Warning, the collection was amassed during Mr. Warning’s 30-year career at Shell and his many travels around the world. Today, the impressive collection comprises 1,000 different items, which will be sold as a single lot. From porcelain and enamel signs to oil cans and tins, glass pump globes and oil bottles, the collection spans Shell’s history and global presence with many items displayed in English, Dutch, French and Arabic languages.

[Source: RM Auctions]

 |  Apr 16 2010, 2:55 PM

Earl Corvette

After his retirement as the head of GM’s Art & Color Design Studio, Harley J. Earl was presented with this unique 1963 Chevrolet Corvette roadster. Equipped with a 327 cubic inch V8 engine and four-speed manual gearbox, the unique blue Corvette is scheduled to cross the block at Mecum’s 23rd Annual Spring Classic Car Auction at Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday, May 22.

After owning the car for two years, Earl sold it to a retired U.S. Army veteran. The vehicle then disappeared for roughly a decade, finally resurfacing again at the Corvettes at Carlisle event. In 1981, a school teacher by the name of Joe Clark purchased the one-of-a-kind Corvette from some amateur racers and began collecting information surrounding the rare Chevy sports car. Today, the Harley Earl ’63 has been restored to its former glory, including the stainless steel side exhausts, racing stripes and uniquely trimmed interior. The car comes with its original hand written Shop Order code, authenticating it as a one off, factory built special. When it does go up for auction, enthusiasts and collectors will have a chance at owning a rare piece of automotive history, a car that belonged to one of the greatest automotive stylists in history.

For more info on the car and the auction visit

[Source: Old Cars Weekly]