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Analyzing 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction and Mecum Kissimmee Auction Results

Analyzing 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction and Mecum Kissimmee Auction Results

Classic pickup trucks are coming into their own as recent high profile auctions show. Here is a 1957 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier Pickup from Arizona Classics in Scottsdale. A very nice truck like this sold for $77,000 at the recent 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction.

 

Market Trends Report Shows Collector Car
Values Remain Flat After High Profile Auctions …

In analyzing 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction and Mecum Kissimmee Auction results, Cars On Line.com says average prices on collector cars remain the same as last year. The internet’s most popular collector car website sent teams to cover both auctions in January. The expectation of accelerating collector car values peaked the interest in these two high profile auctions. They are a barometer of collector car price trends for the coming spring market. But overall sales figures for both auctions were down slightly from last year.

Cars On Line.com keeps track of price trends in the collector car market. They watch a sample group of collector cars which change hands most frequently.  Then they calculate the average values for these cars. They watch only No. 2 condition cars in their analysis. The average values you see here are calculated based only on vehicles in No. 2 condition, considered show quality. (For a breakdown of condition class, see the Condition Class explanations below.)

Here is what Cars On Line.com found in analyzing 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction and Mecum Kissimmee Auction results (with average values from the two auctions shown in the “January” column.) The “2016” column shows prices as of the end of the year 2016. The “January” auctions column totals are down from the 2016 column totals by one percent. That wasn’t what collectors were expecting this year.

Year, Make Model Condition 2008 2016  January
FORD
1928 Ford Model A Roadster No. 2 $23,100 $19,900 $26,725
1955 Ford F100 No. 2 $23,100 $24,267 $42,000
1956 Ford Crown Victoria No. 2 $33,500 $33,500 $47,850
1957 Ford Retractable No. 2 $53,700 $44,500 $36,300
1957 Ford Thunderbird No. 2 $55,500 $46,625 $47,250
1965 Mustang Convertible No. 2 $33,800 $31,313 $42,850
1966 Shelby GT350 No. 2 $164,100 $172,688 $132,000
1967 Shelby GT500 No. 2 $191,000 $161,000 $115,500
1967 Mustang GT Fastback (S CODE) No. 2 $26,500 $66,300 $52,250
1969 Mach 1 Mustang (M CODE) No. 2 $37,400 $46,817 $36,500
1969 Mach 1 428 CJ (R CODE) No. 2 $81,000 $67,578 $63,738
1969 Boss 429 Mustang No. 2 $269,500 $281,375 $298,300
1970 Boss 302 Mustang No. 2 $85,000 $72,433 $69,639
1970 Ford Torino 429 CJ No. 2 $45,900 $63,300 $50,000
CHEVROLET
1954 Corvette No. 2 $111,600 $72,025 $75,200
1955 Bel Air Hardtop No. 2 $32,200 $36,725 $56,100
1955 Bel Air Convertible No. 2 $64,750 $76,167 $63,850
1957 Bel Air Hardtop No. 2 $62,700 $51,407 $50,942
1957 Bel Air Convertible No. 2 $94,500 $80,159 $86,642
1957 Cameo Pickup No. 2 $26,250 $43,933 $77,000
1958 Chevy Impala Convt (348 Tripower) No. 2 $99,000 $120,450 $82,500
1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe No. 2 $71,400 $93,107 $86,938
1967 Chevelle SS 396 No. 2 $54,400 $46,308 $47,533
1967 Camaro Convertible No. 2 $28,700 $32,000 $41,750
1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible No. 2 $250,500 $163,667 $176,950
1969 Camaro Z/28 No. 2 $81,675 $64,632 $71,711
1970 Chevelle SS 396 No. 2 $55,825 $53,750 $48,800
1970 Chevelle LS6 454 No. 2 $98,580 $100,000 $120,920
EDSELS
1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible No. 2 $29,400 $53,950 $45,000
MOPARS
1957 Dodge Sweptside Pickup No. 2 $15,400 $49,625 $150,000
1967 Dodge Coronet R/T No. 2 $22,400 $32,300 $33,000
1970 Dodge Challenger T/A No. 2 $89,600 $72,000 $64,725
1970 Dodge Super Bee No. 2 $54,000 $58,581 $63,850
1967 Plymouth GTX No. 2 $51,500 $36,133 $31,555
1970 Plymouth Cuda AAR No. 2 $99,900 $88,583 $77,000
1970 Plymouth SUPERBIRD No. 2 $156,000 $162,417 $177,025
1970 HEMI Cuda No. 2 $261,400 $242,688 $239,875
1970 Plymouth Road Runner No. 2 $80,300 $49,450 $39,050
CADILLAC
1957 CADILLAC S62 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $54,950 $77,698 $82,500
1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $16,800 $37,100 $27,150
PACKARD
1953 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $42,000 $90,100 $102,500
PONTIAC
1965 PONTIAC GTO (389 TRIPOWER) No. 2 $35,000 $62,233 $40,100
1970 PONTIAC GTO JUDGE No. 2 $56,700 $53,500 $61,966
1973 TRANS AM SUPER DUTY No. 2 $45,000 $80,000 $63,000
1977 BANDIT TRANS AM No. 2 $18,000
$35,800
$46,200
BUICK
1954 SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $72,450 $136,000 $109,825
1970 BUICK GS STAGE 1 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $89,000 $135,000 $93,500
OLDSMOBILE
1957 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $62,500 $105,000 $80,300
1970 OLDS 442 W30 No. 2 $57,800 $96,533 $76,000
AUSTIN-HEALEY
1967 AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 BJ8 No. 2 $35,000 $84,500 $42,900
JAGUAR
1967 JAGUAR XKE ROADSTER No. 2 $64,050
$71,904
 $115,500
STUDEBAKER
1957 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN HAWK No. 2 $19,800 $51,500 $95,700

 

CONDITION CLASSES

Class One (Excellent):

Almost always a “body off” restoration, or an untouched, factory-perfect, piece that is very close to perfect. All components are either original or appear as new and are fully operational. This car is a top show winner and is not driven, but transported to shows by trailer. This car is almost “one of a kind”. This particular class of vehicle is very rare. The vehicle is completely detailed, including the engine compartment, interior trim, wiring, suspension, paint, and frame. Ideally, this vehicle has been judged with other vehicles in its class and achieved the highest point ratings.

Class Two (Very Good):

This car is well restored with an eye for detail. The interior and exterior show minimal wear, and it runs and rides smoothly. The car is driven very little (maybe 800 to 1,000 miles per year). This class is a slight grade below Class One. A Class Two has not been detailed to the extent that a Class One has been. This class (Class Two) has some evidence of use and wear, although not very much. It is considered “cherry” or “mint”. This vehicle might appear as a Class One until judged against one. It would not qualify as a 95, or better, “point” vehicle. (This class should have no rust on the undercarriage, not even surface rust. The undercarriage should be detailed as new.)

Class Three (Good):

This is a functional, drivable vehicle in good overall condition needing no, or only minor work. Most vehicles at car shows reflect this condition. This car is what is termed a “20 footer”. From 20 feet, it may look very good. Close inspection, however, would reveal some worn interior trim, and less than perfect paint (worn, and perhaps faded). You may even see some early evidence that surface rust is beginning in the body panels. This car is completely operational and is an “older restoration”. It is driven fairly often, runs great, and is enjoyed by its owner. It is probably a candidate for a full restoration. The undercarriage may display surface rust, and may be in need of detailing. Chrome and trim may exhibit limited pitting

Class Four (Fair):

This type of car is a fun “driver” with a solid frame and is structurally sound. This car is in need of considerable work. It needs work in and out. Cosmetics, body, and mechanical components all need work, to some degree. It is not a serious collector candidate. Soft floors, isolated areas where rust has eaten through (but not structural), excessive use of Bondo, lots of pitted chrome, glass repairs are symptoms of this condition. Badly soiled headliners, badly soiled and ripped upholstery, rusted out trunks are also signs.

Class Five (Poor):

This type of car is in need of complete restoration and may, or may not, be able to be driven. The exterior body panels have significant areas of rust-through. The floor and structural components may, or may not, be intact. This car is usually the first project for layman’s attempt at restoration.

Class Six (Parts Car):

This type of car is good for parts only.

Highest Priced Cars Sold During Arizona Auction Week

1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition Coupe is the highest priced car sold during Arizona Auctions Week

1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition Coupe is the highest priced car sold during Arizona Auctions Week. Hammer price $6,7 million. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

The highest priced cars sold during Arizona Auction Week were not at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction. In fact, the top sale of the week here in the Phoenix area was a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition Coupe which sold for $6.7 million at the Bonham Auction on Friday. The Bonham Auction also produced the third highest price sale on Friday,  a 1962 Ferrari 340 America Spider with a $5.8 million price tag.

Here are some of the highest priced cars sold during Arizona Auctions Week:

Cars On Line.com photo-journalists Bob and Donna Boberg of eClassicAutos.com were here during the high profile auctions in the Phoenix area to record all the action. They covered the top sales at the exclusive auctions that occur here during Arizona Auctions Week. Many high profile auctions are held here to absorb all the buyers that gather here for the Barrett-Jackson Auction each year. It is ironic that none of the top sales actually occured at the Barrett-Jackson itself this year.

While the auctions were well attended again this year, none of the auction houses this year were able to match last year’s total sales figures. Even the highest priced cars sold during Arizona Auction Week failed to match the numbers in last years’s sales.

Follow this link to review the big 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale.

 

2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction Brings Car Collectors to Scottsdale

Dale Earnhardt, Jr at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction on Saturday

Dale Earnhardt, Jr at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction on Saturday with Craig Jackson (to his left) and Steve Davis (to his right.) Earnhardt’s cars raised $600,000 to benefit Nationawide’s Childrens Hospital. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

 

“Prime Time” at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction …

This year at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction celebrity sitings were happening regularly.  One of the high points of the “Prime Time” Saturday collector car sale saw Dale Earnhardt, Jr selling his 2014 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS which he drove in six NASCAR Cup Series races. The Nationwide sponsored car sold for $200,000. All of the proceeds went to benefit Nationwide’s Childrens Hospital.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction on Saturday

Our photo-journalist, Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com was on hand to capture some of the action here in Scottsdale as the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction was selling the high profile collector cars. Here are some of the highlights of the Prime Time Saturday sale.

Go to Cars On Line’s Facebook page to join the conversation. We’ll be glad to answer your questions there.

Huge Friday Sale at 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction …

Friday at 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction was a rockin’ show with rock star Steven Tyler selling his 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder  for $800,000. All the proceeds from the sale will go to benefit Janie’s Fund, a foundation established to help female victims of abuse. They turned up the action another notch as a top quality lineup of great classic and collector cars were be offered for sale.

Friday’s list of offerings here at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction was a stellar selection.

COL Covers the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction …

The reason we are here in Scottsdale this week is to take the temperature of the current collector car market. We believe that the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale has the power to set the stage for an upward trend in collector car prices. Whatever happens here in Scottsdale this week may set the tone for an upward trend in collector car sales for the rest of the year.

The 46th Annual 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction is one of America’s great automotive events. The history, the spectacle, the fervor for classic American steel is intoxicating as the staccato of the auctioneers voice pounds out a cadence that delights the crowd. Every three to five minutes history is made. What we will be watching for are quantifiable numbers which will tell us if collector car prices will go up this year. If average prices on collector cars increase here at the Barrett-Jackson it will most likely happen all across America by this spring.

Yes, it’s that time of year again, and the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction is just the cure for the winter blues, especially for collector car owners who are dreamin’ about summer cruising. More important, the world’s premier collector car event is a barometer for collector car values going forward in 2017. There is a lot of optimism here that 2017 could be the year the market starts an upward trend once again. For the past eight years the market has been less than exciting with collector car values flatlining.

 

2016 Hilton Head Island Auction by Auctions America

2016 Hilton Head Island Auction

This 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra was the top sale of the day at the 2016 Hilton Head Island Auction. Lot # 171, CSX3308 sold for $660,000. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

 

Real Shelby 427 Cobra Sold at
2016 Hilton Head Island Auction

It was the high point of this Saturday afternoon here at the 2016 Hilton Head Island Auction by Auctions America. You could feel the excitement in the crowd as buyers and spectators watched the 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra roar to the auction stage. Every car collector worth his salt would love to slide behind the wheel of this real deal 427 AC Cobra. Only one buyer would have the opportunity today as CSX 3308 was presented for sale. Catch the banter in the video below as the price reaches $660,000.

High End Collector Cars Sold Today at
2016 Hilton Head Island Auction

Saturday saw a boutique sale of specialty and classic cars leaving spectators excited as the 2016 Hilton Head Island was one of the top events during the HHI Motoring Festival. Some of the sales were spectacular.

Our Cars On Line Car Show Team is on hand at the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours providing live coverage of the high profile event. Our photo-journalists, Bob and Donna Boberg, of eClassicAutos.com, are on the scene capturing photos and videos to tell the story.

MORE ABOUT THE AUCTION …

Our newsletter readers should be able to pick up some bargains here in South Carolina. Follow this link to the Auctions America website to register now to bid online for the 2016 Hilton Head Island Auction. You can read Auction America’s online catalog for the Hilton Head Island Auction by clicking the link now. Be sure to bookmark this page to help you navigate to the imortant pages on the Auctions America site this weekend.

Corvette 427/435 big block motorOur Cars On Line Car Show team will be there on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina that weekend to cover the 2016 Hiltion Head Island Concours D’Elegance. On Saturday we’ll have all the auction action for you from Auctions America’s Hilton Head Island Auction. You can watch the live stream provided by Auctions America from your computer. Then follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for our commentary. As usual, our regular readers will want to join in on the conversation. Show your collector savvy by predicting what each car will sell for on our Facebook page. To access the live stream video on Saturday, November 5, click this link.

Auctions America’s Fall Auburn Auction Continues Tradition

Auction America's Fall Auburn Auction

Auctions America’s Fall Auburn Auction

Auctions America’s Fall Auburn Auction continues a tradition in Auburn, Indiana. Every Labor Day Weekend they hold a huge classic car auction during the Auburn-Cord-Duesnberg Festival.

Cars On Line is in Auburn to provide live on-the-spot coverage exclusively for our readers. So sit back and enjoy the show. Saturday’s sale was the “prime time” event here in Auburn as some of the finest vintage classics and exotic cars in the country were sold here yesterday. Here are some of the top cars sold at the Auburn Auction Park:

 

Cars On Line newsletter readers have been getting previews of some of Auctions America’s Fall Auburn Auction cars in the COL newsletter.  Our Cars On Line.com team were looking at those prime time cars on Saturday.  Click through to our Facebook page for commentary. Our Facebook followers were active in the discussion.  Final sales prices have just been listed on the Auctions America website,  click this link to research sales prices. Auctions America provided a live stream during the auction so that you could view and hear the auction. Our readers were watching the live stream on their tablets or computers as they discussed the sale on our Facebook page.

Auctions America’s Fall Auburn Auction happens every year on Labor Day Weekend. It is a tradition to have the big auction sale on the same weekend as the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival. This was the 60th year that this Festival in Auburn, Indiana has been held. It’s purpose was to honor the three big motorcar companies which were headquartered here under the guidance of E.L. Cord, the owner and founder of Cord, also owned Auburn Motor Company and the Duesenberg brand. There is so much history here that it is almost like you’ve stepped back in time to experience this festive weekend. Click here to read the story our Cars On Line team wrote about the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival.

The next Auctions America sale will be at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, November 5, 2016, during the Hilton Head Motoring Festival and Concours D’Elegance. Click here for details.

Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival Reunion

Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival Concours in Eckhart Park

Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival … Labor Day
Homecoming in Auburn, Indiana

AUBURN, Indiana, Septemer 5, 2016 — We’re wrapping up our Labor Day Weekend with a tour of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum here in Auburn, Indiana. The state of Indiana could well have been called the heart of the automotive industry instead of Detroit. If things had gone his way E.L. Cord would have made that happen. His fledling automotive empire here in Auburn never reached the heights of his expectations, but he had his days. The Art Deco new car showroom he built here in Auburn attests to that. Let’s see what we can find inside:

The offices of E.L. Cord are all intact and even the sales meeting room and board room are maintained as they were back in the day. The most interesting rooms upstairs are the design studios of Gordon Buerhig and Alan Leamy. All of this history unfolds for you as you walk through the same hallways that Cord and his staff did in the 1930s.

Here in the historic automobile capitol of Indiana we know this great Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival is wrapping up after a week of festivities. Each year,  this Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival  just keeps getting better. The homecoming for all Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg automobiles and their owners is well attended. Our Cars On Line team is on the beat, bringing you the stories and photos from the show.

The weather was perfect for the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival Concours D’Elegance on Saturday morning here in Auburn, Indiana. The Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival is in full gear, running August 28-September 5, 2016. Right here at the headquarters of the Auburn Automobile Company, Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs were designed and produced. Today our Cars On Line team captured all the action as classic Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs gathered for the morning concours in Eckhart Park. Then this afternoon they paraded down Jackson Street through downtown Auburn. It was an incredible sight to see. So we thought we’d let you see it here. Click the video window below to view:

Our Cars On Line.com team of photographers has put together a slideshow of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival Parade on Saturday. Check out a sample of the hundreds of classic motorcars in the parade:

That’s what Auburn, Indiana has always been about. The Auburn Automobile Company, which produced Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs, was headquartered here in the middle of town. And on Labor Day Weekend every year all the cars return for their homecoming, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. The town is already packed with classic car hobbyists.

 

Our Cars On Line.com team will be here to cover all the action at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival again this year. It is one of our favorite shows.

Auctions America's Fall Auburn Auction to sell this 1933 Duesenberg J Berline by Franay

1933 Duesenberg Berline by Franay sold on Saturday for $675,000. Click to preview.

Meanwhile at the Auburn Auction Park, the Fall Auburn Auction by Auctions America will run September 1-4, 2016. Some of the finest classic motorcars will be on sale here to the highest bidder along with muscle cars, street rods and customs. Click here to get a review of Saturday’s Auctions America Fall Auburn Auction. Bookmark this page and we will post sales prices as soon as they are available. Cars On Line newsletter readers have been getting previews of some of the top cars every week in the newsletter. Our Cars On Line.com team will be bringing you the prime time cars on Sunday. Be sure to watch our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on what the top cars sell for.

Every evening in downtown Auburn, the streets near the heart of the city are packed with classic cars from yesteryear. The logo says:  “Come celebrate the legacy of the Auburn Automobile Company in Auburn Indiana, where automobile and art converge.”  One of the billboards on the way to Auburn says, “It’s not just a car … its a Time Machine.”

Santa Monica Auction by Auctions America California Classic

Two top cars at the Santa Monica Auction by Auctions America

The two top cars in the Saturday sale here at the Santa Monica Auction for 2016 were a 1988 Porsche 959 “Komfort”, Lot # 1100, which drew a high bid of $1,100,000; and the show stopping red 1995 Ferrari F50 (right), Lot # 1089, which met reserve and then sold for $1,775,000.

 

Two Days at the Santa Monica Auction …

With a heady start to the Santa Monica Auction here at the Harber Hanger in Santa Monica, California, day two of the show promised to be just as exciting. And Day Two did not disappoint. There was an interesting lineup of cars to be sold on Sunday with part of the Riverside Museum up for sale.

Cars On Line.com invited their readers to join them for coverage of the Santa Monica Auction here on this page on Sunday. The idea was to watch the live stream from your tablet or computer. Then follow our Facebook page for commentary.  (On our Facebook page you can scroll down to the June 25-26 postings to see their comments.)  Our readers were invited to join in on the conversation, and they did.

 

1995 Ferrari F50 exotic car at the Santa Monica Auction

1995 Ferrari F50 exotic car, Lot # 1095, at the Santa Monica Auction. Top sale of the day. Sold for $1,775,000.

Here are some of the top cars which crossed the auction stage on Sunday.

 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona "Euro"

A 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona “Euro” , Lot # 2080, featuring the V-12 engine rated at 350 hp. It is a rare European model with the clear headlight cover. It may be one of the highst sales of the day. Sold for $545,500 ($600,000 with 10 percent buyer’s commission.)

 

1994 Jaguar XJ220 up for sale at the Santa Monica Auction

A 1994 Jaguar XJ220, Jaguar’s most revered exotic supercar of all time. The twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter, 540-hp 6-cylinder could accelerate the car through its six manual gears to a top speed of 212-mph, making it the fastest car in the world at the time of its unveiling. It is part of the Riverside International Automotive Museum collection. Sold for $357,500 with 10 percent buyer’s commission. That was more than the extimated appraisal value.

 

2006 Ford GT to be sold at Santa Monica Auction

The modern Ford GT project is a tribute to the Ford GT-40 cars which won the 24 Hours of Lemans four years in a row from 1966-1969. In the past year they have been rapidly increasing in value at collector car auctions in the U.S. Here is a 2006 Ford GT, Lot # 2116, which will cross the auction block on Sunday, June 26. They say it has just 1,900 miles. It is part of the Riverside Museum collection. Sold for $305,250.

 

1987 Lamborghini Countach for sale at the Santa Monica Auction

Here is a 1987 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV with the V-12, 414 hp, motor. Some say this Countach was the first exotic supercar. Very few were ever produced in the white pearl color. Tell us what you think it will sell for on our Facebook page.

 

1940 Packard Streamliner Roadster at the Santa Monica Auction

Many collectors are here in Santa Monica just to get a chance to own this highly publicized 1940 Packard Streamliner Roadster, Lot # 2070, built by Rodney Rucker. Rucker was involved with designing the famous Blastolene. On this one he worked with Chip Foose in the design phase, and the body was done by Marcel Delay. It features a Supercharged Packard V-12, 1,600-hp PT boat engine, and uses two transmissions and drivelines. Sold on Sunday for $412,500.

 

Saturday’s action was hot and heavy as some of the most desirable collector cars in the world crossed the Auction America stage.

Santa Monica Auction to sell 1969 Corvette L88 Convertible

This rare 1969 Corvette L88 Convertible was offered for sale at the Santa Monica Auction, Saturday, June 25, 2016. You can follow this link to see the auction listing. Every top Corvette collector in the country was watching their live video stream as it crossed the auction block as Lot # 1111. The bidding reached $450,000 but did not meet reserve.  Auctions America has it prominently featured in their auction catalog (click here to view the catalog).

The L88 Corvette would never have been born if Chevrolet had ignored the challenge of the Shelby Cobras in SCCA racing. It is pretty certain that Chevrolet would never have listed an L88 Option for Corvette buyers if Zora Duntov, head of the Corvette racing program, had not wanted to go racing against the Cobras. The L88 racing option had to be available for the general Corvette buying public in order for it to qualify for SCCA A-Production and FIA GT class racing. Once unleashed it became the subject of fascination for Corvette collectors ever since.

The Santa Monica Auction is gaining a reputation as being a very high profile event for Southern California. It is held at the Harbor Hanger, a choice and scenic location. Some deep pocketed collectors are expected to bid on a fine fair of collectible sports cars, including many high profile 1960’s and 1970’s classic Ferraris, Maseratis and Porsches. We’ll be paying special attention to the cars shown here below:

1957 Ford Ranchero Resto Mod

Early on Saturday this 1957 Ford Ranchero Resto Mod will be offered at the Santa Monica Auction as Lot # 1033. It was extremely well built as you can tell from the photos. Sold for  $30,000.

 

1958 Corvette Fuelie Convertible at the Santa Monica Auction

You can see the 1958 Corvette Fuelie Convertible, Lot No. 1055, comes with an auxiliary hardtop. That Panama yellow color was extremely popular that year. What do you think it will sell for today? High bid was $100,000.

 

1958 Chrysler Imperial Convertible to be sold at Santa Monica Auction from the Duffy Grove Collection

The 1958 Chrysler Imperial Convertible is from the Duffy Grove Collection, Lot # 1060.

 

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham to be sold at the Santa Monica Auction

The legendary 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, styled by Pinninfarina in Italy, comes with its stainless steel roof and incredible trim package with suicide rear doors. This blue chip collectible will be Lot # 1079 on Satuday. Only 400 were built by Cadillac at an exremely high cost to produce. Bid up to $75,000.

 

1965 Shelby GT350 will be sold at Santa Monica Auction

One of the top cars in the show, a 1965 Shelby GT350, a real one, will be offered, Lot # 1080. It comes right after the Eldorado above. What will it bring at auction? Go to our Facebook page and post your guess on the sale price. Join the conversation. Bid up to $300,000. Did not meet reserve.

 

1958 Buick Limited Convertible

The 1958 Buick Limited Convertible, Lot # 1081, will be offered for sale at a peak time on Saturday afternoon. What will it sell for? Follow the link to see what Auctions America appraised it for. Bid up to $120,000.

 

1958 Chevrolet Impala Fuelie Convertible at Santa Monica Auction

A rare 1958 Chevrolet Impala Fuelie Convertible, Lot # 1089, is so sharp it will bring a swirl of bids at the Santa Monica Auction this afternoon. Will it sell for six figures? Comment on our Facebook page. Bid up to $100,000. Did not meet reserve.

 

1969 Boss 429 Musting for sale at Santa Monica Auction

The top car of the day for Cars On Line readers, this 1969 Boss 429 Mustang should bring $240,000 or more. What do you think? Comment on Facebook. SOLD.

 

1969 Ferrari 365 GTC

You are looking at a Ferrari which will be worth $1 million some day. In this market this 1969 Ferrari 365 GTC is expected to draw bids over $800,000 on Satuday, June 25, 2016 at the Santa Monica Auction by Auctions America. It will be Lot # 1099. It features a 4,390 cc V-12 motor with a 5-speed gearbox. It will be offered late in the afternoon during a frenzy of high profile sales. Bid up to $760,000. Did not meet reserve.

 

1960 Dodge Polara D-500 Convertible to be sold at Santa Monica Auction

An extremely rare 1960 Dodge Polara D-500 Convertible will be offered in the sale on Saturday. This hard-to-find classic Dodge Polara has its 383 Cross Ram Wedge motor and a pushbutton automatic Torqueflite transmission. It will be lot # 1107.

 

2016 Auburn Spring Auction by Auctions America

1959 Ford Skyliner Retractable

A 1959 Ford Skyliner Retractable show off on the auction block at the 2016 Auburn Spring Auction in Auburn, Indiana on Friday night. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

“Prime Time” Saturday At The Auburn Spring Auction …

Join us at the 2016 Auburn Spring Auction by Auctions America this weekend with live coverage of the event right here on this page. You can follow all the auction action here as we invite you to watch the live stream of this event by Auctions America from the Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana. You can watch the auction via a live stream on your smart phone, tablet or on your computer. Click here to watch right now.

Saturday is “Prime Time” at the 2016 Auburn Spring Auction and we are witnessing an historic sale of important collector vehicles. Hundreds of collector cars are crossing the auction block during this the last day of the auction event. Cars On Line’s roving photo journalist Bob Boberg will be capturing some of today’s event in photos for us. His posts on Twitter and Facebook will cover much of the live action today.

Here are some of the cars we’ll be watching in the Saturday sale here at the 2016 Auburn Spring Auction by Auctions America:

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Lot # 734
No Reserve – America’s Car, Continental kit, dual exhaust, fender skirts
Sold for $51,000
1957 Buick Roadmaster Riviera 1957 Buick Roadmaster Riviera Coupe
Lot # 754
From the Wayne Carini Collection
Value: $25,000 – $35,000
1933 Pierce-Arrow Model 836 1933 Pierce-Arrow Model 836
Lot # 756
From the Wayne Carini Collection
Sold for $48,000
1957 Mercury Monarch Lucerne Convertible 1957 Mercury Monarch Lucerne Convertible
Lot # 758
Canadian Mercury, tri-toned red/black/white
Sold for $41,500
1931 Auburn 8-98 Phaeton 1931 Auburn 8-98 Phaeton
Lot # 776
Dual Sidemounts, Lycoming Straight 8
Sold for $82,500
1970 Pontiac GTO Judge 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge RA III
Lot # 777
Hurst 4-speed, console shifter, Orbit Orange
Value: $95,000 – $110,000
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible
Lot # 784
One of only 500 Caribbeans produced
Value: $80,000 – $90,000
1948 Nash Ambassador Suburban Woodie  1948 Nash Ambassador Suburban Woodie
Lot # 786
Only 130 built, high quality restoration
Sold for $60,000
1967 Chevelle Malibu Convertible 1967 Chevelle Malibu Convertible
Lot # 792
We judged this one to be a low No. 3 condition
Click here to read our review
Sold for $14,000
1933 Ford Speedster 1933 Ford Speedster
Lot # 800
Looks just like an Alloway Speedster
Sold for $26,500
1970 Boss 429 Mustang 1970 Boss 429 Mustang
Lot # 811
Only 16,700 miles, unrestored original
Sold for $217,000
1968 Shelby GT500 1968 Shelby GT500
Lot # 813
Reserve was off at $100,000
Sold for $145,000
1968 Camaro RS Z/28 1968 Camaro RS Z/28
Lot # 816
Said to be excellent mechanically, 302, 4-spd, 12-bolt
Sold for $39,000
1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet
Lot # 849
1 of 201 cabriolets produced, V-12
Sold for $50,000
1953 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible 1953 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible
Lot # 853
Sweet car, Rocket 303 ci V8
Sold for $51,000
1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner
Lot # 857
Exceptional car with one partial repaint
Sold for $22,000

 

Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction by Auctions America

1948 Tucker Torpedo for sale at Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction

A 1948 Tucker Torpedo will be offered at the Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction presented by Auctions America, April 1-3, 2016. It is estimated to sell for between $950,000 and $1,250,000.

 

Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction in April …

The Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction is Southern Florida’s premier classic car sale. Presented by Auctions America, this sale brings together some of the most rare and desirable collector cars from the state where the Baby Boom generation lives. It is in the heart of collector car country. And for that reason you’ll find marques like a 1948 Tucker Torpedo, two (2) 1953 Buick Skylarks, a 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible, a 1971 Ferrari GTB/4 Daytona, two (2) 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertibles, three (3) Matador red 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertibles, many mid-year classic big block Corvettes and a 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Woodie Convertible in the sale. You’ll also find vintage motorcars such as an elegant 1937 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan and a 1931 Packard Deluxe Eight Convertible on the Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction docket.

Auctions America just put out their digital auction catalog on the Ft Lauderdale sale with over 254 pages of cars to be viewed. Here is a link to the online catalog. This unique digital catalog is programmed so that you can page through the listings of collector cars for sale and read their histories just as though you had the catalog in your hands. Each car has been given an estimated value by the Auctions America team. Click the link to check it out. You can zoom in on any part of the page, including the photos. Click the corners of the catalog to turn the page. Technology. It continues to amaze us.

In fact, one of the coolest things about this Auctions American classic car sale will be the technology they will be using to stream live video of the event. Starting on Friday, April 1, 2016 you will be able to view a live stream of the Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction on your cell phone, computer or tablet. The sale is set to begin at 10:00 AM on Friday and Saturday, at 11:00 AM on Sunday. See details at the bottom of this page on how to register to receive the live streaming feed.

Here are some of the featured cars you’ll see at the Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction:

Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction features 1971 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Daytona

A 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona will be one of the featured cars at the Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction, valued at between $675,000 and $725,000.

 

Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction features 2005 Ford GT

The 100th Anniversary 2005 Ford GT is one of only 237 done in Mk II Black. It is valued at between $300,000 to $325,000.

 

Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction featured car

1966 Porsche 906 VRC recreation is valued at $250,000 to $300,000.

 

1965 Shelby GT350 featured at Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction

1965 Shelby GT350 Mustang, featured car at this year’s Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction. Estimated to be worth between $350,000 and $450,000.

 

Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction

The 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Woodie Convertible is on the docket for the Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction. Esimated value in the $140,000 range.

 

1968 Shelby offered at the Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction

A 1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible is for sale at the 2016 Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction. Value is appraised at $140,000.

 

1969 GTO Judge Convertible at Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction

A rare 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible is estimated to draw $100,000 to $140,000 here at the Ft Lauderdale auction.

 

1940 Lincoln Zephyr to be auctioned off at Ft Lauderdale

This very desirable 1940 Lincoln Zephyr will be in the sale at the Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction by Auctions America. They estimate the value at $100,000 to $150,000.

 

Ft Lauderdale Collector Car Auction features a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible is considered to be in the $50,000 to $60,000 price range.

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Click this link to register to be a member of Auctions America and get their live auction streams. Or contact one of our helpful Client Services representatives at + 1 260 927 9797.

2016 Amelia Island Concours Best Car Show on the East Coast

2016 Amelia Island Concours winners

The 2016 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance Best of Show and the Concours de Sport winners have been announced. Let the champagne fly! (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

2016 Amelia Island Concours on Sunday …

The finale of the 2016 Amelia Island Concours saw a 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II win the Concours D’Elegance Best of Show and a rare 1952 Pegaso Z102 Cupula win the Concours de Sport. It was a fine conclusion to the whirlwind weekend of legacy antique, vintage and classic cars so rare that you would only see them here on Amelia Island.

To earn a Best of Show at Amelia Island is much like getting a Best of Show at the venerable Pebble Beach Concours in California. Each year the Amelia Island Concours awards a Best of Show in two categories.

The 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Brewster Town Sedan has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance. It is believed to be from the Nethercutt Collection and also won a Palos Verdes Concours Best in Class in 2015. The Nethercutt Collection is owned by the Merle Norman Cosmetics family with Jack and Helen Nethercutt on the board of the Nethercutt Collection.

The 2016 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance goes to a vintage classic motorcar, while the Concours de Sport goes to a classic sports car.

The coachwork by the Empresa Nacional de Autocamiones SA in Spain, a Spanish bus and truck company, and the “bubble top” glass trunk by designer Wilfredo Ricart, mark the 1952 Pegaso Z102 Cupula as a unique classic exotic sports car, possibly the rarest of its era.  This particular Pegaso was built for a President of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Trujillo. After his assassination, the government sold the car to a New York businessman. It’s most comphrehensive restoration was done in 1987. It is an 8-cylinder coupe.

This year there was a special display for the Spanish made Pegaso sports cars. Of the 87 ever built 15 were present here at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours, quite a coup for this historic show.

“This show brings in cars from all over the world,” our photojournalist Bob Boberg told us. “In its 21st year, the concours is growing in prestige and excitement. You see cars here that you’ll never see anywhere else.” Boberg captured the show in photos and video for our Cars On Line.com readers. Here are some of the other cars from the showfield at the Gulf Course of Amelia Island.

Want to see some very special cars that showed up at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours? Click view window below:

On Saturday at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours we covered the RM/Sotheby’s Auction. What a blend of vintage motorcars, race cars and American classics. Here are some of the top sales for the RM/Sotheby’s sale.

The show which started on Friday ran through Sunday, March 13, 2016. For the main event, a world class exhibition of automotive history has convened here with 250 rare vehicles from collections from around the world. We’re at The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton.

Photo journalist Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com has captured all the action this weekend for our readers, just as if you were here yourself. You can also follow our posts on Facebook and Twitter. The highlight of the show weekend was the announcement of the 2016 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance Best of Show awards on Sunday afternoon.

In addition, there are four major auction houses setting up on Amelia Island to add some interesting vintage car sales to the event. Yesterday as the 2016 Amelia Island Concours was officially underway, the buzz was all about the sale of the Jerry Seinfeld Porsche collection. Seinfeld, comedian and star of the TV sitcom which bore his name,  took the stage at the Gooding & Company Auction here to introduce the high profile auction sale. He cheered from the sidelines as his rare Porsches were sold for big $$$.

Last night, on Thursday, the Bonhams Auction drew a packed crowd of bidders as their docket of fine motorcars set a new record for this sale. See the photos of the top sales in the slider below:

The top sale at the Bonhams Auction was a 1937 Bugatti 57SC Sports Tourer by Vanden Plas. Armed with a generous amount of international buzz from the preceding weeks, this very special pre-war car had the auction tent packed to capacity with bidders and spectators. With a starting bid of $6 million, the bidding quickly rose to $8 million. Then, followed by strong applause from the audience, the car sold to a private American collector for a total sum of $9,735,000, making it the most valuable 57S ever sold at auction and the most valuable pre-war car ever sold at Amelia Island.

A Connecticut-built 1896 Armstrong Phaeton Hybrid was also sold during the Bonhams Auction. As the oldest – and likely the very first – known modern hybrid-driven car in the world, this landmark automobile predates the Lohner-Porsche by four years and the Toyota Prius by 100 years. Amazing all in attendance as it drove around the grounds, the Armstrong was purchased for $483,400 by renowned Dutch collector Evert Louwman, who indicated it will be proudly displayed at his museum in The Hague, Netherlands for all to enjoy.

Be sure to stay tuned to this page for all the trending news from the 2016 Amelia Island Concours. Get the auction prices here and on our Twitter feed.

Follow this link to review our coverage of the 2015 Amelia Island Concours.

 

Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016 Big Muscle Car Sale

Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016

The bids went over $600,000 on this 1969 Camaro ZL1 at the Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016 on Saturday.

 

Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016 Final Gavel …

Some came to the Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016 for the opportunity to buy top level muscle cars  while others came here just to witness the much heralded event.  “I want to be able to say I was there,” one collector told us. So as the final gavel fell we collectively agree that we have just experienced the most spectacular event of its kind in the collector car kingdom. Among the collectors who took part in the Mecum Auction sale here in Kissimmee, Florida there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that this was the greatest muscle car show of all time. More important, there is a sense here that finally collectors are seeing prices return to pre-recession levels like those before 2008, especially on top quality Mopar muscle cars. Of the top ten sales here Friday and Saturday, seven were Mopars.

The Friday sale was “Prime Time” for Mopar collectors. Just as expected, the two top sales at the Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016 on Friday were the yellow 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible which sold for $2,675,000 and the white 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible sold for $2,300,000. Prime Time Friday here in Kissimmee at the Mecum Auction brought a record sale. Top collectors from all over the country were on hand. One of our Cars On Line Dealer Network classic car dealers told us he had sold 53 cars here this week. Here are some of the top sales for Friday:

Hope you followed us on Twitter and Facebook to be part of all the excitement here in Kissimmee.

A rare 1963 Corvette Z06 Tanker was the top sale of the day on Saturday here at the Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016 as the biggest muscle car show in history convened. The Corvette was one of only 63 built by Chevrolet in ’63 and was originally equipped with an over-sized gas tank for racing. It sold for $710,000. This particular “tanker” has achieved Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame status and is highly desirable to Corvette collectors.  And, inspite of strong winds and overcast skies here in Kissimmee, collectors came in big numbers to appreciate the historic sale.

Here are some of the top cars in the Prime Time Saturday sale:

Of all the mighty Mopar muscle cars, fabulous ’50s classics and incredible exotics featured here, ironically a 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (shown in the photo at the top of the page) captured the second highest sale price on Saturday at the Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016. It sold early Saturday afternoon for $387,500. The exotic luxury car is part of the Black Series for AMG, and is said to have only 1,800 miles.

It was unseasonably cold and windy here at the Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016 on Saturday, but the wind and overcast skies did not keep collector car buyers from packing the Osceola Heritage Park. Buyers and spectators were in high spirits following a record breaking Friday sale, and they all knew that some of the best cars were still to come.

 

On Thursday at the Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016 a 1962 Resto Mod Corvette sold for $135,000, topping a lineup of heavy metal muscle cars, the kind we expected to see here in Kissimmee. These were among the more “blue collar” muscle cars at the show. The top quality cars were scheduled for Friday and Saturday, by and large.

While Thursday was a stellar moment in the history of the Kissimmee Auction held annually here in central Florida, it was just a warmup for the huge day we were looking forward to on Friday. As part of the premier Muscle Car Sale of the year, Cars On Line.com was here to cover the Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016.

Everybody has been talking about it since late fall of 2015. This is the one collector car auction you could not to miss for 2016. This Mecum Auction is so big it is creating a buzz in the collector car market just when Wall Street and the stock market are teetering. Investors who are pulling their money out of the stock market may be eyeing up these choice collector cars as a more hands-on way to invest their money. Dana Mecum has pulled a rabbit out of his cap just when the classic car hobby needed it the most.

The Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2016 drew some of the top muscle cars in the country. And with them came the top muscle car buyers. Many of the buyers for big collections were on-hand to cherry pick those rare Mopars, early Trans Ams and Boss 9’s which have been advertised for sale here in Kissimmee. The selection was amazing. There were over 3,000 cars scheduled to cross the auction block during the week long auction show and sale.

From what we were hearing from the top Mopar collectors in the country, many indicated that this was the place to be. The reason is because Dana Mecum had put together the best muscle car auction docket in history. There has never been anything like it.

A recent Mecum press release also noted that there would be seven Boss 429 Mustangs crossing the auction block. We know that two of the eight 1969 Pontiac Trans Am Convertibles produced from the factory were in the sale. And we counted six 1970 Chevelle LS6 454/450 hp cars in the sale, one being a rare convertible. There were also a good selection of hot 1950’s classics, street rods and customs as well as vintage classics.

Portions of the auction were broadcast live on NBC Sports Network. TV Schedule (NBCSN, unless noted otherwise): Thursday, Jan. 21 from 7:30-11 p.m. (Same Day Delay) and 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Next Day Delay); Friday, Jan. 22 from noon-6:30 p.m. (Live) and 10 p.m.-1 a.m. (NDD); Saturday, Jan. 23 from 4:30-10 p.m. (SDD); Sunday, Jan. 24 from 5-11 p.m. (Delay); Special NBC broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 2-3 p.m. You may be able to catch the replays of these sales during coming weeks on NBCSN. 

 

 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival 2015 Parade, Concours and Collector Car Auctions

Duesenberg Drags

Vintage Duesenbergs gathered at the Goshen, Indiana Airport for the “Duesenberg Drags.” They let those big Duesenberg engines roar. What a sight. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Concours …

What a fitting finale for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the largest collection of Duesenbergs ever. With over 75 Duesenberg vintage motorcars assembled in Auburn, Indiana for the 59th Annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, the promoters invited them to compete against each other on the Goshen, Indiana Airport runway. They closed off a runway and let those beautiful Duesenberg motors roar. It was a sight that few will ever see so we thought we’d have to show you the Duesenberg Thunder Run here in video:

We’re on the way back from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival 2015 for Labor Day weekend. The show ended on Labor Day,  September 7, 2015. It was the ultimate “homecoming” for all Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg motorcar owners. Cars On Line.com coverage of the show was provided by Donna and Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com. You’ll see some of their photos here below.

The theme of this year’s show was “The Year of the Duesenberg” and over 75 Duesenbergs were to appear here, more than we’ve ever seen before at this show.  Early in the morning the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Concours was held in Eckhart Park in downtown Auburn. Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com caught this short video at Eckhart Park. Click the video window to see more Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs:

It rained on their parade here at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Auburn, Indiana on Saturday morning. But it could not spoil the fun as a great turnout of rare Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs were on hand.   Early in the morning the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Concours was held in Eckhart Park in downtown Auburn. It was followed by the famous Auburn Cord Duesenberg Parade from the park and down Jackson Street to the Courthouse Square.  Here are some shots from the concours in the park:

Included in the weekend’s events here in Auburn, Indiana were a concours in Eckhart Park, the big Auburn Cord Duesenberg Parade on Saturday, tours of the ACD Museum and two world class collector car auctions, the Auctions America sale at Auburn Auction Park and the Worldwide Auction at the museum complex. Cars On Line has been covering this great show for the past three years, and it is one of our favorite events each year.

Indiana was the home to over one hundred classic motorcar companies. In fact, more classic motorcar marques came from Indiana than in Michigan where Detroit is the center of the automotive industry. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum is one of the most interesting museums of automotive history in the country. It is housed in the actual headquarters of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Motorcar Company when E.L. Cord built it. The original giant art deco showroom and historic offices where reknown designers such as Gordon Buehrig and Alan Leamy plied their trade still exist today. Explore the museum with us this year as we enjoy a weekend of fun during the Auburn Cord Dusenberg Festival 2015 homecoming.

Meanwhile, just down the freeway at the Auburn Auction Park, Auctions America was holding their Labor Day Weekend collector car sale. The signature car for the sale, a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Roadster sold Saturday for $1,275,000. Look at what we found at the auction:

 For more of the story see an article written by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com. Some of the results of the Auctions American sale are available at www.auctionsamerica.com.

Pebble Beach Concours Week Auctions

1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Scaglietti was the top sale during Pebble Beach Concours Week

1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Scaglietti was the top sale during Pebble Beach Concours Week. The aluminum block V-12 sold for $17,600,000.  (RM/Sotheby’s photo.)

Pebble Beach Concours Week Auctions
Bring Exciting Auction Action to Monterey …

MONTEREY, CA — While most year’s the big auction sales during Pebble Beach Concours Week save their best cars for last, RM/Sotheby’s brought an imortant collection to their sale on Thursday evening. A packed crowd with every bidder seat filled was on hand for what they called the Pinnacle Collection sale. The two top sales of the week here at Concours Week happened at the RM/Sotheby’s Auction on Thursday. First a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Scaglietti burst onto the stage to loud applause. When the hammer dropped it had been sold for $17,600,000 (commission included.) The Scaglietti modeled Ferrari had an aluminum block V-12. Later a 1998 McLaren F1 “LM Specification”, one of the most iconic racing McLarens of all time, crossed the block at $13,750,000 with commission.

Saturday night was to be the “big show” for the Pebble Beach Concours Week Auctions with both the RM/Sotheby’s and Mecum Auctions drawing a large number of buyers. The top sale on Saturday was a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta which sold for $12,000,000 (before commission) at the RM/Sotheby’s Auction. Click here to view the top cars and sales prices from the RM/Sotheby’s Auctions this week.

Just as the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance came to an end for another year on Sunday the Gooding & Company Auction began its second session. The top sale of the evening was a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider which sold for $15,300,000 before seller’s commission. Click the arrows in the slideshow below to see more of the top cars at the Gooding & Company Auction.

On Friday evening a black 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible crossed the auction block at the Mecum Auction in Monterey. The official sales price was $2,250,000 before commission. It  was the top sale for Mecum that night as the Monterey Auctions were well underway here during Concours Week in the buildup to the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance on Sunday. Cars On Line was on hand to bring you the action all weekend in photos and video from the Monterey Peninsula. Here are some of the cars we will see crossing the block at the Mecum Auction:

At the Bonham Auction on Friday the top sale was a 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet crossing the block for $2,000,000. The Bonham Auction is a smaller, more intimate setting where the offerings are quite discrete. Here are some of the highlights of the sale:

There was some serious money here during the Pebble Beach Concours Week Auctions as four big name auction companies sold top tier collector cars in the shadow of the 2015 Pebble Beach
Concours d’Elegance. Although the Concours is what brings most collectors to the peninsula on the Pacific Ocean this week, a number of top name auction companies are also here to ween buyers for their top collector car offerings.

An estimated 1,100 cars were sold here last year so you can bet there will be lots to see. Photo journalist Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com reported that prices at the Mecum Auction, RM Auction, Gooding & Company and Bonhams Auction were up markedly last year. We counted over 110 cars sold for over seven figures here last year.  It was after this show last year that we noticed the collector car market really took off. Prices were escalating on high end classic Ferraris and rare vintage cars, and that trend has carried through to today.

We’ll be getting some of the wrapup statistics from the big three auction companies. Stay tuned to this page for more info.

 

 

 

 

2015 Pebble Beach Concours D’ Elegance

Best of Show 2015 Pebble Beach Concours

They just announced the Best of Show winner at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours, a 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A owned by Jim Patterson of Louisville, KY. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

2015 Pebble Beach Concours Best of Show  …

CARMEL, CA — The confetti has flown and this year’s Best of Show at the 2105 Pebble Beach Concours 2014 Pebble Beach Concours D'Eleganced’Elegance has been chosen. In the midst of the tension and excitement here at the Pebble Beach Golf Club, a 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet, an elegant gentleman’s sport touring car, has been chosen the Best of Show for this 65th Annual Grand Concours. The proud owners are Jim and Dot Patterson of Louisville, Kentucky.

Here are some of the photos captured at the event by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com for our Cars On Line readers. The Italian made 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet was coach built on a 145-in chassis for show competition in the early 1930’s in Europe. It was recently restored to this condition just in time to be shown here at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance.

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A wins Best of Show

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A wins Best of Show

Click here to read the full story on the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance as well as see photos of all the top awarded motorcars.

Well this is the day everybody had been waiting for here on the Monterey Peninsula where the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was held at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Here at the 18th fairway of the famous golf course on the Carmel Bay were gathered some of the finest vintage motorcars of all time. To be considered the Best of Show here at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours is the highest award you can achieve in the collector car hobby.

SOLD! The scoreboard behind the auctioneer shows this 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider brought a final price of $15,300,000. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

SOLD! The scoreboard behind the auctioneer shows this 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider brought a final price of $15,300,000. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

The afternoon judging at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours was hardly over when the Gooding & Company Auction got into full swing. And they did not disappoint. A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider 2014 Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegancewas the top sale of the night crossing the block for a cool $15,300,000 price tag.

This was not the top sale of the week however. Click this link to view all of the auction action and see the prices as Bob Boberg and his wife Donna covered Concours Week here at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours.

One of the pre-concours events is the Tour d’ Elegance. All of the judged cars that will compete in the concours are required to complete the Tour before they are judged. Click the video window below to see some of the cars coming into Carmel, California at the end of the Tour:

The world’s grandest car event is held here on the 18th hole at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. It is the culmination of a week-long festival of events and collector car auctions like you have never seen before in your life. We’ll attempt to give you a little taste of what this event is like. Follow this page all weekend as we update with photos and fast facts about the auctions and action from Monterey’s weeklong auto extravaganza.  

These cars make the difference when both black-tie bourgeoisie and baseball cap crowned gearheads stand shoulder to shoulder craining their necks to get a look. Click here to see photos from the Pebble Beach Tour D’Elegance as historic cars arrived back at Pebble Beach after their tour.

There will be serious money here during Concours Week as four big name auction companies auction off  top tier collector cars in the shadow of the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Although the Concours is what brings most collectors to the peninsula on the Pacific Ocean this week, a number of top name auction companies are also here to ween buyers for their top collector car offerings.

Saturday night was the “big show” for the Pebble Beach Concours Week Auctions with both the RM/Sotheby’s and Mecum Auctions drawing a large number of buyers. The top sale was a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta which sold for $12,000,000 at the RM/Sotheby’s Auction Saturday evening. Click here to view the top cars and sales prices from the RM/Sotheby’s Auction.

On Friday evening a black 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible crossed the auction block at the Mecum Auction in Monterey. The official sales price was $2,250,000 before commission. It  was the top sale for Mecum tonight as the Monterey Auctions are underway here during Concours Week in the buildup to the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance on Sunday. Cars On Line will be on hand to bring you the action all weekend in photos and video from the Monterey Penninsula. Here is a link to the results of the Pebble Beach Concours Week Auctions.

Here are some highlights from the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours and the big sales here at Monterey’s Concours Week Auctions.

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A wins Best of Show at 2015 Pebble Beach Concours A 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet wins 2015 Pebble Beach Concours Best of Show. Click here to see more photos and full story on the winner and runners up from this year’s show.
Biggest sale, 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Scaglietti sold for $17,600,000 at RM/Sotheby's Auction at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours Highest sale of the week was at the RM/Sotheby’s Auction in Monterey, a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Scaglietti sold for $17,600,000 on Thursday. (Click here to see more cars and prices from the Pebble Beach Conours Week Auctions.
1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet sold at Bonhams Auction during 2015 Pebble Beach Concours Top car at the 2015 Bonhams Auction, a 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet sells for $2,000,000 on Friday. (Click here to see more cars and prices from the Pebble Beach Conours Week Auctions.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider brought a final price of $15,300,000 A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider sold for $15,300,000 Sunday night at the Gooding & Company Auction. (Click here to see more cars and prices from the Pebble Beach Conours Week Auctions.
1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible at Mecum Auction at 2015 Pebble Beach Concours 1970 Pymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible sold for $2,250,000 Friday night at the Mecum Auction during Pebble Beach Concours Week. (Click here to see more cars and prices from the Pebble Beach Conours Week Auctions.

An estimated 1,100 cars were sold here last year so you can bet there will be lots to see. Bob reported that prices at the Mecum Auction, RM Auction, Gooding & Company and Bonhams Auction were up markedly last year. We counted over 110 cars sold for over seven figures here last year.  It was after this show last year that we noticed the collector car market really took off. Prices were escalating on high end classic Ferraris and rare vintage cars and that trend has carried through to today. What will happen this year at Monterey? We’ll know very soon. Stay tuned to this page for all the relavant news.

Hot August Nights 2015 in Reno, Nevada

Hot August Nights in Reno, Nevada

Tribute to Yesteryears at Hot August Nights 2015  …

SUNDAY, Reno, NV — This year’s Hot August Nights 2015 Car Show was all that it was billed as. From the famous Nevada cruises to the Barrett-Jackson Auction to the now famous Barrett-Jackson Cup competition, it was a blur of action here in Reno. As a tribute to the days when cars were the culture here in this Nevada desert, cruisin’ and cars were the way we celebrated summer fun. Throwback to the ’60s and ’70s? … you bet.

Here is a video sample of the action at Hot August Nights this year:

It was announced on Saturday that the winner of the Barrett-Jackson Cup award at Hot August Nights 2015 is the 1962 Chevy Impala Bubbletop owned by Randy and Lisa Wilcox. Andy Leach of Cal Automotive Creation was on hand to accept the award as well as accept the Builders Award for his work on the ’62 Bubbletop. Andy is shown below with his wife and children. Cars On Line.com readers will remember that Andy was also the builder on the 2012 Ridler Award winner, a 1940 Ford called Checkered Past.

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Andy Leach is joined by his wife and two children as he accepts the Barrett-Jackson Cup award and the Builders Award for a 1962 Chevy Impala Bubbletop. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

Follow this link to the full story on the 1962 Chevy Impala Bubbletop winning the Barrett-Jackson Cup.

Although the Barrett-Jackson Cup award is only in its third year here at Hot August Nights, it has already become one of the most sought after prize packages in the custom car hobby. With over $100,000 in cash and prizes awarded, cars from all over the country have arrived here to compete for the award. The Top 25 Finalists have already been chosen.  The final five, otherwise known as the “Reno 5,” along with the Ultimate Best of Show, will be announced at the closing of Barrett-Jackson’s auction on Saturday night.

Hot August Nights is one of the top car shows in the U.S. with over 10,000 cars expected to congregate at the Reno area casinos and downtown show displays. The streets of downtown Reno are crowded with show goers today. They expect several hundred thousand spectators were on and for the six-day event. Our readers know that Hot August Nights is Cars On Line’s favorite car show. This year it ran August 4-9, 2015 with events going on constantly all over the Reno and Sparks area. Here is a montage of photos showing the action here at Hot August Nights:

Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com and his wife Donna are covering the show for Cars On Line.com this year. They covered the action in downtown Reno and Sparks, the famous evening cruises, the Barrett-Jackson Auction and the Barrett-Jackson Cup competition where some of the top cars in the country competed for the Barrett-Jackson Cup prize.

Hot August Nights is one of our favorite car shows ever. There’s nothing like cruising at Hot August Nights under the famous Reno arch as hundreds of thousands of people crowd along the streets to get a look at all the cars. Every night there is drag racing action at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino. They actually set up an 1/8-mile dragway, and registered participants at the show take passes to see how fast they are. Click here to view photos from last year.

Stay tuned to this page to watch as we add stories covering this years show in photos and videos.

Dana Mecum’s Indy 2015 Spring Classic Auction

Indy 2015 Spring Classic Auction

The house was packed at Dana Mecum’s Indy 2015 Spring Classic Auction as the Larry Gehrig Collection of eight 1958 Fuelie Corvettes crossed the auction stage. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

Indy Spring Classic Auction sells Muscle Cars …

Action was heavy well into the night when a 1969 Boss 429 Mustang was the final sale during the prime time televised portion of Dana Mecum’s 2015 Indy Spring Classic Auction. The Boss 9 was the top sale of the night here in Indianapolis as it sold for $465,000. That was quite a closer for the television viewing audience.

Here are some of the sales we were following for our readers. Click the thumbnails below to view cars in the Saturday sale:

One of the big stories at Dana Mecum’s Indy 2015 Spring Classic Auction revolved around a number of interesting private collections being sold. The one we were focused on was the Larry Gerig Collection which included eight 1958 Fuelie Corvettes each of which had one of the eight standard colors you could have ordered on a Corvette in ’58 … the entire color chart. These special ’58 Corvette Fuelies were all auctioned off in sequence on Saturday (see photos in the slider above.)  They say all eight Corvettes have achieved NCRS Top Flight status and are Bloomington Gold certified. All were 4-speeds. Amazing! Then another 1958 Corvette, a one-of-a-kind GM Anniversay Edition, crossed the block on Saturday. It wears its factory original special order Inca Gold color, used to celebrate Chevrolet’s milestone achievement. It was the 39 millionth Chevrolet sold, so they did a special one-off paint job for this car only. (See it in the slider above.)

We were following the auction action in real time here today with Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com feeding us photos and prices as the cars rolled off the auction block. The auction arena was packed with bidders today. The interest in top quality muscle cars was even more intense than usual.

Overall here are the top 10 sales for the Indy 2015 Spring Classic Auction:
F183 – 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra – $1M
F188 – Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona – $775K
S142 – 1969 Boss 429 – $465K
F221 – 2005 Ford GT – $380K
F181 – 1965 Shelby GT350 – $355K
S186 – 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 – $300K
S184 – 1978 Ferrari 512 BB – $275K
F195 – 1967 Maserati Ghibli — $220K
S137 – 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Lightweight – $220K
S42 – 1969 Boss 429 – $185K

Cars On Line.com newsletter readers will want to know that the Paul Walker ’93 Toyota Supra (from the first Fast and Furious movie) sold for $185,000. The Supra has been fully restored to its glamor movie role condition. Later in the Saturday sale, the Vin Diesel 1970 Dodge Charger from the same Fast and Furious movie sold for $88,000. The Charger was used in the final crash scene of the first movie and was in its unrestored “demolished” condition. Cars On Line newsletter readers know these cars well since they were both listed in our Celebrity Car Section online. See both cars in the slider below.

1965 Shelby 427 Cobra sells for $1,000,000

If you said this real deal 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra looked like a million dollars, you’d be right. That’s what it sold for here at Dana Mecum’s Indy 2015 Spring Classic Auction Friday evening. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

The high dollar car sold here at Dana Mecum’s Indy 2015 Spring Classic Auction on Friday night was a real deal 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra from the Don Davis Collection. The Shelby blue big block Cobra went for a cool $ million. The other Cobra, a 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra from the same collection, did not sell when it reached the $1 million mark because the seller would not release his reserve. Another high dollar sale from that collection was a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta which sold for $775,000. Click the thumbnails below to view photos of some of the cars sold here on Friday:

One of the premier auctions in the country is Dana Mecum’s Indy 2015 Spring Classic Auction, held every year at this time at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The auction, running May 12-17, 2015, is considered one of the biggest muscle car sales held in the U.S. With recent auction prices trending lower this year, we’ll be interested to watch what prices “blue collar” muscle cars will be drawing at this event. Click the video window below to view Bob Boberg’s video with scenes from the Thursday and Friday sales.

Cars On Line.com will be covering the Mecum Auction this weekend with photo-journalist Bob Boberg bringing us photos and videos of some of the top sales. “As always, Mecum will have a great lineup of Muscle cars,” Boberg told us.

Prime Time Saturday at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction

Top sale at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction

The top sale at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction on Saturday was a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake, the only original Super Snake in existence. This one was built for Carroll Shelby and was purchased from Shelby here at the Barrett-Jackson Auction by Ron Pratte. This happened years ago when Carroll Shelby would attend the Barrett-Jackson personally each year. It sold Saturdfay in Prime Time at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction for a reported $5,115,000. Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassic Autos.com

 

Prime Time at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction …

It was quite a show during Prime Time Saturday at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction when the Barrett-Jackson producers went into overdrive as the auction format turned into an action packed spectacle and the crowd had a chance to get into the action. Auctioneers used all of their skills and even asked the spectators to give encouragement as bidding on the Carroll Shelby 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake reached $4,700,000.  The Super Snake was the prized center piece of the noted Ron Pratte Collection. The bids stalled there and the Cobra had not met its reserve. But the Shelby family ended up re-buying the car minutes later. The final sale is listed as $5,115,000. It was the high point of the night here at the world’s largest auction sale in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Some of our observations of the day: we think Pontiac muscle cars are getting more respect from collectors. Look at some of the results of the auction noted below and you will see prices on Pontiac Trans Ams inching up. Special edition Corvettes were selling well here also. We were surprised by some of the prices on Split Windows here this week. This is a venue where early first generation Thunderbirds get a lot of respect and the money was here for them again on Saturday.

Here are some of the cars we will be watching as the sale gets started.

1966 Shelby Cobra

Carroll Shelby’s own 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake specially built for him is CSX3015. Because it was Shelby’s own car it may be the most valuable real Shelby Cobra ever built. Many think this will be the big sale here in Scottsdale today. From the Ron Pratte Collection. Although they initially said the car was not sold, later a price was negotiated with a buyer. SOLD for $5,115,000 with buyer’s commission included.

 

1950 GM Futurliner

Saturday at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction they sold a 1950 General Motors Futurliner from the GM Parade of Progress Tour. Back in the day they toured the U.S. with these giant display vehicles to show people the “future.” Mr Pratte gave the Futurliner to the Armed Forces Foundation which cares for soldiers with PTSD and other service related problems. All proceeds from the auction went to the AFF. From the Ron Pratte Collection. SOLD for $4 million.

 

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake

Ron Pratte bought this 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Motorama Concept Car at the Barrett-Jackson some years back. It was purchased for over $2 million at that time. Today it will once again be for sale here at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction. From the Ron Pratte Collection. SOLD for $3 million.

 

Two Lane Blacktop 1955 Chevy Street Racer

The 1955 Chevy Street Racer from the iconic cult movie, Two Lane Blacktop, driven in the movie by James Taylor and Beach Boys Dennis Wilson. Sale will be Lot # 7003 in Prime Time. SOLD for $159,500 including the buyer’s commission.

 

Here are more cars from the Ron Pratte Collection for Saturday.

Lot #2515 1936 Delahaye “WhattheHaye” Boyd Coddington $671,000
Lot # 2517 1938 Lincoln Zephyr V12 Coupe $423,500
Lot # 2520 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird $330,000
Lot # 2522 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda $379,500
Lot # 2529 1969 Baldwin-Motion Camaro LS7 454 $242,000

 

1969 Camaro Indy Pace Car Convertible at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction

Not only is this a 1969 Camaro RS/SS Indy Pace Car Convertible, but it is one that came with the big block 396 ci engine just like the actual cars used to pace the 1969 Indianapolis 500 race. These are very rare. We asked our Facebook readers what it would bring at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction.  SOLD for $110,000.

 

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Watch for the 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible, Lot # 1275.1, was it crosses the black here at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction. Rare matching numbers dual-quad 352cid. Only 500 of these cars were ever produced. SOLD for $110,000.

 

Lot #1251 1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV $44,000
Lot # 1253 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible $85,800
Lot # 1258 1968 Corvette L89 425/435 4-spd $61,600
Lot # 1266 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Fastback $99,000
Lot # 1269 1969 Pontiac Trans Am $132,000
Lot # 1273 1961 Corvette Fuelie $110,000
Lot # 1276 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Convertible $93,500
Lot # 1277 1973 Pontiac Trans Am SD-455 $126,500
Lot # 1278 1969 Pontiac Trans Am $124,300
Lot # 1280 1964 Volkswagen 21-Window Bus $126,500
Lot # 1291 1957 Corvette Fuelie $106,700
Lot # 5000 1963 Corvette Split Window Fuelie $214,500

 

2016 Shelby GT350R

Jim Owens of Ford Motor Company was interviewed by Bob Boberg of eClassic Autos.com about the 2016 Shelby Cobra GT350R which will be sold this afternoon at the Barrett-Jackson Auction. The one you see pictured here is the one that crossed the auction block and is a prototype promo car. The first car hasn’t been produced yet. The auction buyer purchased the first car to be serial numbered for public sale. The proceeds will be given in whole to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.  SOLD for $1,000,000.

 

1970 Chevelle SS LS6 Convertible

You’ve seen 1970 Chevelle LS6’s before, but this one is very rare. It is a 1970 Chevelle LS6 Convertible. Only a handful were produced, all the rest being hardtops. It was for sale during the Salon Collection sale on Saturday. SOLD for $165,000.

 

1968 Shelby GT500 KR Convertible

We saw a couple of 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Fastbacks sell Friday in six figures. But here is a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Convertible. This one should be in the $200,000 range. Let’s watch it this afternoon as it crosses the auction block here at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction. SOLD for $198,000.

 

Lot #5012 1968 Plymouth Road Runner $99,000
Lot # 5014 1970 Plymouth Superbird $132,000
Lot # 5015 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger $115,500
Lot # 5016 1971 Corvette LS6 Roadster $203,500
Lot # 5024 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda $176,000
Lot # 5049 1969 Corvette L88 $495,000
Lot # 5050 1969 Corvette L89 Convertible $220,000
Lot # 5053 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convt $156,200
Lot # 5053.1 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convt $137,500
Lot # 5059 1969 Pontiac Trans Am Prototype $313,500
Lot # 5062 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Convt $181,500
Lot # 5065 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird $324,500

 

2007 Blastolene B-702 Roadster

Here’s a car that caused a stir a few years ago when it was sold here at the Barrett-Jackson for the first time. Once again collectors had a chance to see the 2007 Blastolene B-702 Roadster, a tribute to grand touring sports cars and a thing of wonder to behold. From the Ron Pratte Collection. SOLD for $550,000.

 

1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

Muscle car enthusiasts were waiting to see what Hemi Cudas will bring here in Prime Time at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction. This 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda is from the Ron Pratte Collection. SOLD for $440,000 with buyer’s commission included.

 

1969 Boss 429 Mustang

A 1969 Mustang Boss 429 was in the Saturday sale. This one also comes from the Ron Pratte Collection. SOLD for $550,000.

 

1933 Packard 1005 V112 Convertible Sedan

A 1933 Packard 1005 V12 Convertible Sedan, much like the one that won the Pebble Beach Concours in 2013, was offered during the Saturday Salon Collection sale at the Barrett-Jackson Auction. It SOLD for $302,500 including buyer’s commission.

 

1957 Chevy Chezoom by Boyd Coddington

Ron Pratte had in his collection many of Boyd Coddington’s great legendary customs. This is Boyd’s 1957 Chevy Bel Air he called the Chezoom. It was sold Saturday at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction. SOLD for $352,000 including buyer’s commission.

 

1957 Desoto Adventurer Convertible

A beautiful 1957 Desoto Adventurer Convertible crossed the block as the final car in the Salon Collection on Saturday. It was Lot # 5103. Only 300 of these cars were ever produced by Desoto. They are very desirable. It SOLD for $198,000.

 

We invite our readers to follow our coverage of the auction on our Facebook page and on Twitter. We usually have a lively discussion on pricing with our readers each evening as the prime time cars go through the auction. You can watch the auction on TV at home while we see them going through on the auction stage. Our readers usually try to guess the prices before each car goes through. We hope you’ll join us this year and participate in the discussion.

Here is a TV schedule of how the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction will be televised for the rest of the weekend.
U.S. Broadcast Schedule (All Times ET):

Saturday, January 17
4:00 – 8:00 PM on Discovery Channel
8:00 PM – Midnight on Velocity
8:00 – 10 PM on Discovery en Español

Sunday, January 18
2:00 – 7:00 PM on Velocity

You’ll be able to watch it Friday on Velocity Channel. Our Canadian readers will note that the auction will air live internationally on Discovery Channel and Discovery World in Canada, and on Discovery Channel and Discovery Turbo in Latin America throughout the week. In addition, the Spanish language broadcast will be available to U.S. viewers on Discovery en Español on Saturday, January 17 from 8-10 PM ET.

Record Breaking Tuesday Ron Pratte Collection …

"Christine" 1958 Plymouth Fury

The movie car “Christine” a 1958 Plymouth Fury 2-Dr Hardtop restored from remaining cars and parts from the Stephen King movie. Sold Tuesday at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona for $198,000. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassic Autos.com.)

The Stephen King movie car “Christine”, a 1958 Plymouth Fury Hardtop, starred in the creepy 1983 movie of the same name. One of the surviving movie cars sold here at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction on Tuesday in a spectacular show. Click here to review Cars On Line’s coverage of the event.

The list of great collector cars  sold at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction seemed endless here on Friday evening. There were a good number of 1969 Camaro Z/28s in the sale, most of them to be sold in prime time. Among the top cars sold were: the first 2015 Corvette Z06 to be sold retail (brought $800,000 in the Friday sale); a 1939 Cadillac La Salle C-Hawk Custom, Lot # 3005, sold for $410,000 in a charity sale to benefit PGA Tour Charities; Jeff Gordon’s 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo Busch Series race car, Lot # 3007 sold for $500,000 to raise money for Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.

2015 Corvette Z06

The highlight of the Friday Sale at 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale was the sale of the first 2015 Corvette Z06. Collectors highly regard early serial number cars. This one went for $800,000.

The Friday sale here at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction was a standout performance. The list of great quality collector cars seemed like it was limitless. Click here to view all the top sales recorded by Cars On Line during the Friday sale.

The reason we are here in Scottsdale this week is to take the temperature of the current collector car market. We believe that the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale has the power to set the stage for an upward trend in collector car prices. Whatever happens here in Scottsdale this week may set the tone for an upward trend in collector car sales for the rest of the year.

The 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction is one of America’s great events. The history, the spectacle, the fervor for classic American steel is intoxicating as the staccato of the auctioneers voice pounds out a cadence that delights the crowd. Every three to five minutes history is made. What we will be watching for are quantifiable numbers which will tell us if collector car prices will go up this year. If average prices on collector cars increase here at the Barrett-Jackson it will most likely happen all across America by this spring.

Valuable collector vehicles from the Ron Pratt Collection to be sold at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction

Two of the top collector vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection will be on the auction docket for Saturday. The GM “Parade of Progress” Futureliner will sell at a charity auction for the Armed Services Foundation. The 1954 Pontiac Bonneville concept car stands next to it. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassic Autos.com)

Collector Car Sale Friday at 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction

2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction Friday night

It brought the crowd to their feet Friday night at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction when Chevrolet sold the first 2015 Corvette Z06 for a mind-boggling $800,000 (buyer’s commission included.)

 

Huge Friday Sale at 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction …

It was a great Collector Car Sale Friday at 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction with a list of cars that seemed endless. Among the top cars sold were: the first 2015 Corvette Z06 to be sold retail (brought $800,000 in the Friday sale); a 1939 Cadillac La Salle C-Hawk Custom, Lot # 3005, sold for $410,000 in a charity sale to benefit PGA Tour Charities; Jeff Gordon’s 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo Busch Series race car, Lot # 3007 sold for $500,000 to raise money for Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. Here in Scottsdale on Friday evening there were a good number of 1969 Camaro Z/28s in the sale, most of them to be sold in prime time. And collectible Corvettes set the tone of the sale.

1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk

A tribute to early GM Harley Earl prototypes, this 1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk will be sold in a charity sale this evening. You’ll see it if you are watching Velocity Channel on your cable network about 7PM Eastern Time. The LaSalle C-Hawk is a retractable hardtop with 556hp, Corvette suspension, digital gauges, steel body and billet wheels. SOLD for $410,000.

 

1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR race car driven by Jeff Gordon.

This 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Busch Series NASCAR stock car was the last car Ray Evernham and Jeff Gordon ever worked on together. All proceeds will be donated to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. This will be one of the top sales today. Sale is scheduled for 9 PM Friday evening. SOLD for $500,000.

 

2015 Corvette Z06

According to the schedule, this 2015 Corvette Z06 will be sold on Friday about 8 PM Eastern Time. You can watch it on Velocity. This will be the first Z06 to be sold retail in 2015. SOLD for $800,000.

 

1968 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible

This was kind of a surprise when a 1968 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible SOLD for $209,000 (including buyer’s commission) in the early evening here in Scottsdale.

 

1959 Dodge Custom Royal Super D Convertible

We think this 1959 Dodge Custom Royal Super D Convertible may be the sleeper in the Friday session of the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction here in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is so rare, many collectors have never seen one. SOLD Friday night for $150,000.

 

1963 Corvette Split Window

Not just a plain jane Split Window, here is a 1963 Corvette Coupe with the 360 Fuelie engine. The winning bid was $154,000.

 

1956 Chevy Custom Nomad

Maybe the finest custom Chevy Nomad at the auction this year, this 1956 Custom Nomad Resto Mod went for $275,000. It has a late model LS6 405 hp motor.

 

1950 Mercury Lead Sled sold at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction

Sweet modern 1950 Mercury Lead Sled comes with sleek lowered body and Air Ride. Recently finished, chopped, lowered, frenched and tubbed. SOLD for $97,000.

 

1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible

For our readers this is the kind of “blue collar” muscle car that they want to watch. This is a very rare 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible, one of ony 168 produced. It will probably be one of the top ten sales of the evening. They say it will be running through the Barrett-Jackson Auction here at about 10 PM this evening. SOLD for $100,000.

 

1967 Corvette L71 427/435 Coupe

Probably the most desirable color combination, black with a red stinger, on a very desirable 1967 Corvette L71 427/435 hp, crossed the auction block Friday evening. three 2 barrel carburetors, Muncie 4-speed manual transmission. Previously part of the collection of Reggie Jackson. Former NCRS Top Flight Award winner. SOLD for $147,000.

 

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE

Again, the color combination on this 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE was the big draw that made it worth $93,500 (commission included) to one eager bidder. This is a real V Code 440 Six Pack car which was a dealer demo car.

 

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible sold at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction

A 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible crossed the Barrett-Jackson Auction block this evening in prime time with a packed house. Bidding was a little light on this one. It was well bought at $72,000.

 

1969 Camaro Z/28 RS sold at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction

Camaro Z/28s were well appreciated by the Friday buyers here at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction. This highly desirable 1969 Camaro Z/28 RS with a Cross Ram manifold was SOLD for $135,000.

 

1968 Shelby GT500KR

The 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Fastback looked great on the Barrett-Jackson Auction stage. The bidding was pretty fierce for a while with the winning bid at $130,000 +buyer’s commission.

 

1972 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Convertible

A 1972 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Convertible like this one should bring six figures for sure. Let’s watch to see what this one will do late Friday night. Oh, man. It sold for $65,000. Well bought. This was a numbers matching car. Must not be an Oldsmobile crowd.

 

The reason we are here in Scottsdale this week is to take the temperature of the current collector car market. We believe that the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale has the power to set the stage for an upward trend in collector car prices. Whatever happens here in Scottsdale this week may set the tone for an upward trend in collector car sales for the rest of the year.

The 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction is one of America’s great events. The history, the spectacle, the fervor for classic American steel is intoxicating as the staccato of the auctioneers voice pounds out a cadence that delights the crowd. Every three to five minutes history is made. What we will be watching for are quantifiable numbers which will tell us if collector car prices will go up this year. If average prices on collector cars increase here at the Barrett-Jackson it will most likely happen all across America by this spring.

The Saturday edition of the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction will be the best show in the country. Click here to review the auction action as Cars On Line covers the world’s largest collector car auction.