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Considering a pre-owned vehicle instead of a brand-new model? Going used is generally a good idea but you may want to think twice about the decision because prices are creeping upward.
Auctions America will be holding its inaugural auction on August 1-3 in Burbank, Calif. and will feature more than 400 qualify collector cars with over half of them offered with no reserve.
It’s arguably the most famous collector car auction in the world, yet Barrett-Jackson‘s Westworld event, held each January in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale has never had a permanent venue.
That’s likely to change soon, as Scottsdale City Council has now approved plans for a $40 million facility, designed to house not only Barrett-Jackson’s own collector car spectacles but also equestrian events, namely the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and Arizona Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show.
“For over a decade we have been talking with the City of Scottsdale about a permanent facility like this in order to make what has always been a desire for a long-term agreement with our hometown,” remarked Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson. “Thanks to the leadership of this Mayor and Council it finally got done.”
The new facility will enable Barrett-Jackson to save money on temporary facility costs and to provide much better protection from mother nature, which has unleashed its wrath during auction seasons in the past. In addition, Craig Jackson also noted that new facility “will allow [them] to realize a long-time goal of building [their] new corporate headquarters and car museum on private land I own next to WestWorld.”
Most of the time when a celebrity has something to do with cars, it means there’s a specialty line being made, like a Funkmaster Flex edition Ford Explorer – ugh! This wasn’t one of those cases. Bieber decided to sign the car’s dashboard in silver pen ink and set it up for sale on Ebay. The goal? Raising money for a good cause.
The cause in question? Well, the young lad wanted to fix up the skate park in his home town of Stratford, Ontario up in Canada. It didn’t look like the car would actually bring in the minimum bid he had hoped for, but at the last minute someone swooped in to scoop the car up, though we don’t know who.
Don’t be surprised if it shows up on an upcoming episode of something like MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 series. There really aren’t too many people willing to drop that much cash on a car that starts at $22,250 aside from a one percenter with a spoiled 15-year-old who’s crushing on the Biebs.
[Source: CTV News]
Have you got Bieber Fever? If so, you’ll want to bid on a Justin Bieber autographed car that’s going to be on eBay this Friday.
We know, it’s easy to make fun of all the Bieber fanatics out there, but the proceeds of this sale are going to a good cause. Beiber wants to raise money to refurbish a skate park in his hometown of Stratford, Ontario.
The car that’s been autographed is a 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0 Turbo. Beiber took time out of his busy Christmas schedule when he was in town to sign the car, when he told Frank Sandola of Stratford Hyundai that he wanted the money raised from the auction to go to the skate park.
If you’re wondering where the teen idol signed his famous moniker, you’ll find it on the dashboard and the sun visor. If you’re interested, it goes up for auction this Friday, January 20 and will be up for 10 days. There’s no word if there will be a “Buy it Now” option, but we think it’ll do pretty well without it.
Listen up Cher fans – if you want to make your Cher shrine complete, you’ll want to bid on the diva’s 2005 Bentley Continental GT.
Set to hit the auction block on January 23 in Los Angeles on as part of the Bonhams Entertainment event, the Bentley is expected to bring in $80,000 to $120,000. The 2005 Bentley Continental GT has 16,780 miles on the odometer, and comes with a “lucky” necklace hanging from the rearview mirror and “CHERZGT” vanity plates.
This car belongs to Dr. Arnold Klein, the Beverly Hills dermatologist to the stars, who recently made headlines after filing for bankruptcy. Just a few of his famous clients included Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor.
Cher’s 2005 Bentley Continental GT boasts a black exterior, while the interior is treated to a Black Onyx wood veneer dashboard and interior accents. Under the hood, this Bentley is powered by a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine. Overall, the car is said to be in excellent condition.
An unrestored works racing team 1953 Austin-Healey ’100′ Special Test Car has sold at a December auction for a record amount of £843,000 (about US$1.3 million) by a private buyer. The car was considered to be in “barn find” condition and this marks the first time it has made an appearance in 42 years.
Favored by drivers such as drivers Lance Macklin, Gordon Wilkins and Marcel Becquart back in the day, this car finished third in its class and 14th overall in the 1953 Le Mans 24-Hour race. After it was updated to ’100S,’it drove in the week-long Carrera Pan-Americana road race and Bahamas Speed Week.
This 100 Special Test Car also had its share of not-so-great-moments too – when Macklin was driving it in the 1955 Le Mans race, it was involved in the devastating Le Mans Disaster, when it was rammed from behind by Levegh’s works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the car was impounded for 18 months by French authorities. But there is a happy ending to the story: it was faithfully repaired and restored at Donald Healey Motor Company’s Warwick factory. Back in driving condition, it made its way back to the race track until 1969, when it was bought privately and sat waiting to make headlines once again.
For $1.3 million, this has to be one of the most expensive fixer-uppers we’ve ever come across. Do you think its worth all that money? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.
Hey, hey, it’s the Monkees’ 1966 Pontiac GTO. Ok, so it’s not the actual car the wacky band used to drive on their TV show, but this pristine replica will still draw a crowd wherever you drive it.
A detailed replica of the famous TV car (which was named the Monkeemobile), this 1966 GTO is street legal and is powered by a Pontiac 400cid motor. Even though it’s not the real deal, this car has picked up several awards and has been signed by the Monkees. Sporting a bright red exterior, a Monkees gold guitar logo decal and a tan interior, this GTO looks so authentic, it will make you a believer.
Interested in buying it? You’re in luck – the 1966 Pontiac GTO is up for auction through Barrett-Jackson. The auction takes place during the Scottsdale, AZ event on January 15 to 22. You can find out more about the car and the auction on Barrett-Jackson’s website.
It’s an understatement to say that Sebastian Gupta’s parents are proud of him. What started as a summer project in 2010 has become $40,000 that’s been donated to a women’s center.
The happy recipient was the Houston Area Women’s Center, and the $40,000 was raised from the sale of a rebuilt 2000 Saab 9-5 the 18-year-old bought at auction. Once he was done restoring it, Sebastian put it up for auction on eBay.
The center is dedicated to putting the broken lives back together – kind of the same way Sebastian put back together the Saab. According to the center’s board chair Shawn Raymond, it costs $42 a night to house someone at the shelter, and the $40,000 would pay for 950 nights.
You may be wondering how this Saab went for $40,000. Saab North America president Tim Colbeck heard of Sebastian’s project and decided to get involved. Saab North America bought the car for $15,000. Then Sebastian’s dad’s company, IQ Products, bought the car back from Saab for $15,000 and donated another $10,000 to the cause. The result was $40,000 given to Houston Area Women’s Center.
Colbeck was so impressed with Sebastian’s drive and generosity, he gave him a new 2011 Saab 9-5 to “use however he wants” for a year. At the end of the year, Sebastian must modify and auction off this car and donate the proceeds for the center as well – it’s what you call a win-win situation.
[Source: Your Houston News]
The wedding of the year may be over, but you can still drive around like a royal. It’s not the actual car that William and Kate rode around in after they were married, but you can buy the next best thing. Two Aston Martin DB6 convertibles similar to the one owned by Prince Charles will be hitting the auction block.
Set to take place on May 21 at Aston Martin’s factory at Newport Pagnell, U.K., each of the DB6′s will set you back about £250,000 (US$411,000). If you’re really hankering for one, be warned: you’re up against some tough competition. “At least two billionaires have been buying Aston Martins aggressively over the last three or four years,” said Dietrich Hatlapa, founder of Historic Automobile Group International (HAGI), a London-based research company. “The royal wedding confirmed the car as a British institution, though it’s difficult to quantify what effect that will have.”
Also on the auction block with be a few Bond mementos. You can buy a replica of the DBS that George Lazenby drove in the 1969 film, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”(a steal at £70,000). There’s also a V8 Volante convertible that Timothy Dalton drove in 1987’s “The Living Daylights” (estimated to go for £100,000).