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Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival Homecoming 2017

Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival 2017

Saturday Concours in Eckhart Park, Auburn, Indiana, as part of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival. (Cars On Line Photo by Kelly Kluft)

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

The Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival is a Homecoming for all the vintage motorcars produced here at the Auburn plant as they find their way back home to Indiana. The annual Labor Day Homecoming is such an amazing display of Americana that we count it as one of the major car shows to add to your bucket list. Cars On Line.com will be here all weekend to capture the event “live” for you in photos and video.

The Concours in the Park provided an opportunity to get up close to these moving pieces of art. Here are some of the hundreds of Auburns, Cords and Dusenbergs that made it back to Eckhart Park for the giant reunion:

After the concours in Eckhart Park in Auburn, all of the Auburns, Cords and Duesenberg lined up for a spectacular Parade of Classics down Jackson Street and to the Courthouse. Here is what our photographers captured in video:

The Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival is in full gear, running August 27-September 4, 2017. We are here at the headquarters of the Auburn Automobile Company, where pre-war Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs were designed. Although, Duesenbergs were actually built in Michigan, the Auburns and Cords were produced right here in the old plant on the grounds of what is today the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

No trip to Auburn, Indiana is complete without a stop at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Entering the museum is like stepping back in time. It offers over 120 cars on exhibit on three levels. Nine automotive themed galleries allow visitors to experience everything from classic cars to racing and engineering themed exhibits.

A statue of E. L. Cord stands outside the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana. (Cars On Line Photo by Kelly Kluft)

Those who enter the museum will find themselves standing in the original Auburn Automobile Company art deco-styled showroom. Here you’ll see Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg motorcars of the classic era 1925–1937. Take a look below:

Other exhibits include the Gallery of Special Interest Automobiles, the Gallery of Excellence and Innovation, and the Gallery of Auburn, Indiana Automobiles to name a few. Below are just a handful of vehicles you’ll see throughout these exhibits:

For more information about the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, please visit their website: automobilemuseum.org

Auction America’s Auburn Fall Auction 2017

Meanwhile, at the Auctions America Auction Park, the Auburn Fall Auction 2017 by Auctions America will run August 31-September 3, 2017. Some of the finest classic motorcars will be on sale here to the highest bidder along with muscle cars, street rods and customs.

1932 Packard Eight Sport Phaeton SOLD at the Fall Auburn Auction 2017

1932 Packard Eight Sport Phaeton SOLD on Friday here at the Fall Auburn Auction 2017 for more than the estimated value. Price at the hammer: $166,100. (Cars On Line Photo by Brian Fruzen)

Click here to get a review of Saturday’s Auburn Fall Auction sale.

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 … it’s a Time Machine.”

Fall Auburn Auction 2017 by Auctions America

1933 Duesenberg is the star of the Fall Auburn Auction 2017

A 1933 Duesenberg SJ Phaeton, known as the Mexico City Duesenberg was the car with Star Power here at the Fall Auburn Auction 2017 in Auburn, Indiana. This is Auctions America’s flagship event.


Fall Auburn Auction 2017 “Prime Time Saturday”

The “Prime Time Saturday” sale here at the Fall Auburn Auction 2017 was a full seven hours of intense action. It was so mesmerizing that it seemed it was over in just a New York minute. The star of the show was a 1933 Duesenberg SJ  Swept Panel Phaeton with body by LaGrande.  Late in the afternoon when this beautiful motorcar came across the auction block the first bid was $1 million. We’ve never seen that happen before. The final bid was $2.1 million, and the sale is still in question here this morning. No announcement has been made yet, but it was thought that the seller was still considering the bid. Negotiations continued after the Duesenberg left the auction block. Days after the sale, Auctions America has reported that the Duesenberg SJ sold for $2.3 million. 

Another Duesenberg, the 1929 Duesenberg Model J by Fleetwood, the only Duesenberg ever bodied by Fleetwood, sold earlier for $900,000 ($990,000 including the sales commission.)

See the Duesenbergs and many other high profile classics and muscle cars offered on Saturday. (Click on each photo below to find history and appraisal reports.)

Our Cars On Line team is onsite in Auburn to provide live on-the-spot coverage exclusively for our readers. So sit back and enjoy the show. Saturday’s sale saw some of the finest vintage classics and exotic cars in the country passing under the bright lights of the Auctions America stage at the Auctions America Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana. It is the high profile event of the Auburn-Cord-Dusenberg Festival on Labor Day Weekend, August 31-September 3, 2017.

Fall Auburn Auction 2017Our Cars On Line Car Show team is in Auburn to cover the show. In case you can’t make it to this year’s show, Auctions America will provide live streaming of the Fall Auburn Auction 2017.  There are two auction stages so you have a choice of watching each one individually. Click this link to get started.

The show starts at 10 AM EST each day with a memorabilia auction. Collector vehicles usually begin coming through at about 11 AM, EST. You can also bid online. Just follow this link to register with Auctions America to become a bidder at the Fall Auburn Auction 2017.

The Fall Auburn Auction 2017 will run through Sunday, September 3, 2017. As part of the ever growing activities of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival, this prime sale of collector cars is getting bigger every year. Auctions America puts on the Auburn Auction every Labor Day weekend. It harkens back to the days when Auburn, Indiana rivaled Detroit as one of the hotspots of the American automotive industry.  For a full list of cars and trucks to be auctioned off at the Fall Auburn Auction 2017,  follow this link to the Auctions America website.

Here are a few of the great sales from a special collection here on Friday. The actual sales prices blew away the appraisal estimates. (Click each photo to read the history of each car and see the original value estimates.)

Auburn was the headquarters of the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg motorcar companies.  So it is only fitting that this collector car auction is located on the outskirts of this legendary city. The Auctions America Auction Park includes a massive auction arena, auction displays, car show field, swap meet and car corral.


Reno’s Hot August Nights 2017

Hot August Nights 2017 downtown parade

Hot August Nights 2017 wraps up with the Sunday morning parade which lasts for hours. It is a fitting end to one of the truly great American car shows.


Reno’s Hot August Nights 2017
America’s Biggest Tribute to the Car Culture  …

SUNDAY, Reno, NV — Hot August Nights 2017 always puts on a great show on Sunday morning with a giant parade of collector cars through downtown Reno. The cars file two abreast down Virginia Street, and the spectacle lasts for hours. Every car that could make it here gets to be in the parade. The license plates are from every state west of the Mississippi River.

Beautiful show quality cars are on display along Virginia Street. The show stretches for about ten city blocks down the main drag. It is impressive. Hot August Nights 2017, August 8-13, is one of the top car shows in the U.S. with over 10,000 cars  congregated at the Reno area casinos and downtown show displays this weekend.  They anticipated several hundred thousand spectators for the six-day event. Our readers know that Hot August Nights is Cars On Line’s favorite car show.

Awards for the downtown show were given out. There were winners for each day of the show and an overall winner for the week. Here is a montage of photos showing the winners here at Hot August Nights 2017:

The Hot August Nights 2017 Cup Award went to the Mulholland Speedster, a 1936 Packard Model 1401C Roadster, owned by Bruce and Peggy Wanta of Bellevue, Washington. The epic roadster was custom crafted by Hollywood Hot Rods and had previously been named America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. The incredible custom build featured a Disappearing Top (retractable hardtop.) With a check for $30,000 for first place, Hot August Nights 2017 offers the highest payout of any car show in the country. Over $100,000 in cash and prizes were paid to the Top Five finalists in the Hot August Nights Cup competition.

Here are the photos from the awards ceremony, including the Top Ten contenders for the Hot August Nights Cup Award:


Reno’s Hot August Nights 2017 is America’s biggest car show. In fact, it is more than a car show, it is a tribute to the car culture. People come from all over the world to see it. That’s because Reno has it all: nightly cruises, show and shines, a swap meet, collector cars for sale and drag racing in the desert. Recalling the days when cars were the culture here in the USA, cruisin’ and cars were the way we celebrated summer. Not to mention, Reno is an adult playground where every major casino has a car show on its grounds each day.

Cruisin’ at Hot August Nights 2017

Cars On Line will be bringing you all the action in photos and videos from Reno’s Hot August Nights 2017 this weekend. Starting on Friday you’ll see some of our posts here on this page, with updates in real time. Be sure to bookmark this page to enjoy Hot August Nights 2017 through our camera lens, just like you were here yourself. I’ll bet by the end of the weekend, you’ll have it on your bucket list.

Cruisin’ happens every night during the week-long show. Click the video window to see to see the action on Thursday evening:

There’s nothing like cruising at Hot August Nights under the famous Reno arch as thousands of people crowd along the streets to get a look at all the cars.

Friday Night Drags in Sparks

Remember Friday night drag races? Well, here in Sparks, Nevada they still remember the Friday night ritual. Nightly drag races are part of the show at Reno’s Hot August Nights 2017. Registered show participants can make passes at the track each night during the week-long car show. Here is what you’ve been missing:


Stay tuned to this page to see stories and photos from Hot August Nights 2017.

NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals

Giveaway Car at the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals

Ty Hauer of Reisinger Customs mimicks the reaction of Rick Abbott of Shepardsville, KY when he won the 1933 Ford Coupe GiveAway Car at the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals on Saturday. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)


Final Day at NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals …

At the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals on Saturday, Rick Abbott of Shepardsville, Kentucky became the luckiest Car Guy in the world when he won the 1933 Ford Coupe Giveaway Car in front of thousands of fans in Freedom Hall. It all happened in Louisville, Kentucky where the National Street Rod Association is holding its 48th Annual Nationals, August 3-6, 2017 at the Kentucky Expo Center.

Here is the 1933 Ford 3-Window Coupe built by Reisinger Customs out of Evansville, Indiana.

This is the hot car show to attend this weekend. Already on Friday morning there were almost 10,000 street rods registered here. This could be the biggest Nationals ever for NSRA. Some people are estimating 12,000 to 15,000 cars and trucks are on the grounds. Click through the slideshow below to get a taste of the kind of action we’re seeing here at the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals:

Five of the Great 8 Award winners from the Detroit Autorama (Ridler Award competition) are here at the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals this weekend. We came across the 1941 Ford Pickup owned by Ed Sears in the Builders’ Showcase. The Builder’s Showcase here at the Nationals has some of the finest custom work in the country on display. Ed described how this incredible build came about, and how One Off Rod & Custom did the restoration. Click the video window below to hear the interview:

We found the 1930 Ford Model A Coupe (Great 8 winner) built by Cal Automotive Creations out of Bennington, Nebraska in this display.  Andy Leach of Cal Automotive Creations and a former Ridler Award winner, was on hand to tell us about this one-off build. Click the video window to hear the interview and see how Andy designed this old school looking hot rod:

Remember the 1949 Chevy Custom C10 Pickup from the Ridler Award competition at Detroit Autorama this year? It was built by Collvins Customs in Mt Vernon, Texas. It is one of the top cars in the Builder’s Showcase here in Louisville this weekend. You’ve gotta’ see the trick mods on this one. Here is Bobby Collvins to explain the build. (Click video window below.)

You’ve gotta’ see this interview. It’s one of the wildest rides here in Louisville this weekend. We interviewed Anton Lanesky of Anton’s Hot Rod Shop in Hiram, Ohio about his 1950 Studebaker Starlite Coupe with the Patriotic Theme. This is one of the top builds here at the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals and it is a one-off for sure. Click the video window below to watch the interview:

Larry Griffey of Larry Griffey’s Hot Rods & Restorations in Knoxville, Tennessee was on hand here with his Great 8 Award winning 1954 Corvette Custom. He told us a little about the build. (Click the video window here to catch the interview.)

We discovered this 1935 Auburn Boattail Speedster Resto Mod here at the Builder’s Display in Freedom Hall. David Joyce, of Joyce Custom Cars, Inc, was available to talk to us about this spectacular build. They built the car for Phyllis Lambert of West Virginia. Here is the background on the build:

Cars On Line will be here all weekend reporting on the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals for our readers. The NSRA is one of the oldest and largest street rod clubs in the U.S. They really know how to put on a car show. So our photo journalists, Bob and Donna Boberg of eClassicAuto.com, are on hand to take photos and video of the event. Watch for their posts on Facebook and Twitter.  If you love the American hot rod, you’ll want to see the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals through our camera lens.

You can imagine our excitement here in Louisville, Kentucky anticipating one of the biggest street rod shows in the country. This is a big show. It is the signature event of the year for the National Street Rod Association.

In addition to the 10,000+ street rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and resto mods, there will be a giant manufacturers area with all the new innovations and equipment related to custom car building. They say over 300 manufacturers are here to show you their products and innovations during the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals. In addition, we’ll bring you to the giant swap meet, an arts and crafts show, Woman’s World, and NSRA Street Kana Auto Cross races.

Watch for our posts on Facebook so you can participate in selecting our Readers Choice Award for the best street rod or custom at the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals.



Elkhart Lake Brian Redman Challenge at Road America

Concours at the Elkart Lake Brian Redman Challenge at Road America

We came up here to the Elkhart Lake Brian Redman Challenge at Road America this weekend, just for the fun of it. No work, all play. Saw some old compadres who are, surprisingly, still racing. The atmosphere after all these years is just as raw and intoxicating as it was when I came here as a teenager. People still come to camp out and watch the races, just like they did back in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Looking around, some of those cars are still here as well.

We happened to walk out of a restaurant in downtown Elkhart Lake when we realized we were smack dab in the middle of a sports car concourse with exotic sports cars and old race cars all looking like brand new.

Without being too corny, I realized the too often quoted phrase from the Forrest Gump movie applied perfectly here. “Local car shows are like a box of chocolates … You never know what you’re going to find.”

Parked next to a camper in the pit area at the Elkhart Lake Brian Redman Challenge at Road America I spotted an Allard J2X like the one Steve McQueen used to own. I stepped closer to read the hand written description on the windshield to find out that this one had been driven to victory by Carroll Shelby and Jim Kimberly (of the Kimberly-Clark family) in a Brazilian enduro race. That would perk your interest a bit wouldn’t it? Not something I see everyday.

Concours at the Elkart Lake Brian Redman Challenge at Road America

The streets of tiny Elkhfart Lake were packed with people who had come to see the cars on display in the downtown area. There was a 1968 Camaro Z/28 Convertible which had been the Road America Can Am Series Pace Car at one point. Of course, they did not make a convertible Z/28 … except for this one which was commissioned for Pete Estes, Chevrolet General Manager. The sign on the display said it was a “one-of-none” meaning it was a concept car that survived after all these years. This car sold at auction in 1991. It was the first production muscle car to sell for more than $100,000.

1956 OSCA Maserati, the Elkart Lake Brian Redman Challenge at Road America

A tiny, small-bore 1956 OSCA Maserati MT4-TN was on display in the concourse at Elkart Lake. You talk about provenance. This car took first place in the 1956 Elkhart Lake Enduro Race with Carroll Shelby and Jim Kimberly driving. It is one of only 72 MT4-TN roadsters built by the Maserati brothers under the OSCA name. When the Maserati brothers split with their patron Adolfo Orsi in 1947 they were not allowed to build a car under their own name brand. So they continued building small-bore race cars under the acronym OSCA (stands for “Officina Specializzata Costruzioni Automobili.”)  These cars were built by the Maserati brothers from the ground up, purpose built to be race cars. The four-cylinder engine is said to have had incredible acceleration. The MTN-TN roadster you see here was purchased originally by Jim Kimberly. It won Sebring in 1958.

Looking like brand new, this 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra was on display in the Elkhart Lake concourse. What a treat to see. The had written sign on the windshield said it was one of just 32 narrow hip Cobras produced. They estimate that there are probably only 20 of these cars left in existence. This one has never been restored, but had a repaint in 1974. It is in amazing condition.

Could not talk to the owner, but this 1961 Ferrari 350GT  California replica is said to be the one from the 1986 cult movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” If this is the actual car it was restored by Modena and has a 427 motor. One of three replicas by Modena used in the movie, it is the one that was actually driven in the movie. It sold at a Mecum Auction in 2013 for $235,000. As the story goes, when it was restored, Modena left one little dent in the car as a tribute to its movie roll.

See what I mean? You go to what you think is going to be a little car show, and what do you find? This show was a diamond in the rough. Be sure to look for our Cars-On-Line Car Show Calendar online. It lists all those special shows which might be coming up in your area. Otherwise, you’ll never know what you’re missing.



Carlisle Events Hosted First Hurst Nationals

1973 Hurst Oldsmobile at First Hurst Nationals

We are under the distinct impression that Carlisle Events  may have hosted the first Hurst Nationals this past weekend. While our Cars On Line Car Show Team was providing our readers with live coverage of the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals we visited a smaller display of Hurst vehicles on exhibit at the Carlisle Fairgrounds.

By luck, we happened to bump into Rich Truesdell, author and photo historian, at the exhibit. Rich teamed up with Mark Fletcher to write the book “Hurst Equipped.” It was written about the 50 years of Hurst involvement in automotive production and high performance.  Truesdell also edits the Legendary American Motors Magazine. Because of his incredible knowledge of the cars in the exhibit we did a video interview with Rich. You may click the video interview below to discover interesting facts about Hurst’s involvement with various auto manufacturers.


Here is a review of the Hurst display. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

You would assume that there was a natural association between Mopars and Hurst since Hurst-Campbell built the 1968 Dodge Hemi Darts and 1968 Plymouth Hemi Cudas back in the day. But we think the real reason Carlisle Events had this exhibit is that they would like to host a Hurst Nationals as part of their summer schedule of auto events. We think they were testing the waters for bringing a new event to the Carlisle Fairgrounds in the future. Is it possible that we were seeing the First Hurst Nationals this weekend?

Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals

Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals

The Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals is a sea of Mopars today. Great weather for the final day of the event here in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.)


Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals, Final Day …

CARLISLE, PA – July 16, 2017 — As we prepare for the final day of the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals, the weather is cooler than yesterday and the sun is out, so it is a perfect day for a car show here in Central Pennsylvania. For today, at least, this is the center of the Mopar kingdom. They expect over 3,000 cars on display. For Mopar lovers, this is a good as it gets.

We are here at the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals to get a chance to experience a little slice of Mopar Heaven. The Cars On Line Car Show team will be bringing you all the action here this weekend. And the action will be intense. What would a Mopar Nationals be without a burnout contest, right? Here you go:

As a wrapup on Saturday’s action, we did an interesting interview with Dodge representative and TV personality Steve Magnante who is here unveiling the new 2018 Dodge Demon. He talked to our onsite photographer, Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com. For some insights on Dodge’s much anticipated Demon click the video window here:

Bob and Donna Boberg of eClassicAutos.com are here at the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals to bring you their take on this important event. If you can’t make it to the show, you can always say you saw it here on Cars-On-Line.com. Be sure to bookmark this page to get in on all the action. Here is what we have seen on the show fields the past few days:

Covering the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals was all about dodging the rain here on Friday. So we looked at some of the indoor exhibits. We found a display of Plymouth GTX and Hemi cars. It is the 50th Anniversary of the Plymouth GTX this year. Here is a taste of what we found:

People were already buying and selling in the Giant Swap Meet area here on Thursday. You’ll be amazed at the size of the swap meet, the variety of vendors, the car corral and the Manufacturers Midway.

This year, in addition to the displays of Mopars here at the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals, there was also a special display of Hurst Cars. We think this display was put on by Carlisle Events to gauge the interest in having a Hurst Nationals here at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. For a full report follow this link to see photos and videos of the Hurst Exhibit.




Iola 2017 Car Show Honors Pony Cars

Iola 2017 Car Show

On Saturday at the Iola 2017 Car Show we spotted a rare 1957 Pontiac Bonneville Fuel Injected Convertible cruising the grounds in the Blue Ribbon Concours.

Iola 2017 Car Show & Swap Meet …

The Iola 2017 Car Show & Swap Meet is honoring Camaros, Firebirds and Pony Cars from the Trans Am Series. It is the 50-Year Anniversary of the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird. One of the big displays today included Camaros, Firebirds, Mustangs, Cougars and Mopar Pony Cars. As always, there were great cars and trucks from all eras represented as the 45th Annual Iola 2017 Car Show convened in little Iola, Wisconsin, July 6-8, 2017. Once a year this community puts on one of the top ten best car shows in the country. The giant swap meet is like no other in size and quality of parts. If you can’t find it here, it doesn’t exist.

While we were taking a break from searching the swap meet fields, we caught some of the excitement at the Pass In Review in the concours area. Here is some video of the Pass In Review:

The Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. So the Iola 2017 Car Show decided to invite Camaro and Firebird owners to bring their cars for a special display. While they were at it they invited some of the top Pony cars that competed against them in the SCCA Trans Am series back in the day. Here is a slider of the cars we saw here today:

When you go to the Iola Car Show one of the areas to take in is the Blue Ribbon Concours. Here you will find cars which are on display by invitation only. Needless to say these are some of the finest in the country.

If the Iola Car Show is unfamiliar to you, you may want to put it on your bucket list. It is well worth the effort to experience this show at least once. Here are some of the stories from past shows we have attended in Iola, Wisconsin.

Review of the 2014 Iola Car Show


Raleigh Classic Collector Car Auction Set For June 23-24, 2017

1955 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible sold at the 2017 Raleigh Classic

A black 1955 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible was one of the top cars here today at the 2017 Raleigh Classic in Raleigh, North Carolna. It sold for $103,000 at the hammer. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)


Saturday at the 2017 Raleigh Classic …

The 2017 Raleigh Classic drew even more buyers here today than on Friday. As the Saturday show opened this morning, the excitement in the air was so thick here in the Jim Graham Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, you could cut it with a knife. There were some top quality classic and collectible cars here for sale. Old time collectors and auction insiders were gathered because they knew they would snag some quality bargains.

Here is what happened in the Saturday sale at the 2017 Raleigh Classic:

There was quite a crowd here at the Friday sale for the 2017 Raleigh Classic Auction in Raleigh, North Carolina. It looks like one of the best kept secrets in the collector car auction world is coming of age.  Lets look at a few of the high profile sales.

The 2017 Raleigh Classic is our kind of Collector Car Auction. This weekend we were on hand to bring you your first look at a cherished collector car sale. Cars On Line.com is in Raleigh, North Carolina this week to report all the action as the cars cross the auction block here at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, June 23-24, 2017. For a small sale, this one packs a punch. Discerning collectors have come to this sale for years to find low miles collector cars and cars of high vintage pedigree.

“Its a great sale,” said Bob Boberg, of eClassicAutos.com. “We came here last year and were very impressed with the quality of the cars. Because it is a smaller sale, a collector can get a good car at an affordable price here.” We can’t wait to see what we can pick up this weekend.

Bob and his wife Donna will be covering the event for our readers. You can bookmark this page and follow the auction here. We’ll bring you photos and video from the sale. Or check our Facebook and Twitter pages to get updates on what the high profile cars are going for.




2017 Santa Monica Auction

2017 Santa Monica Auction

Did you see the 1929 Duesenberg J Murphy Berline sell for $800,000? Cars On Line’s readers were invited to join the party watching the whole auction on a live video feed on Saturday.


2017 Santa Monica Auction In Review …

As the 2017 Santa Monica Auction begain to get traction in the late afternoon, exotic sports cars were drawing buyer’s attention. It was getting a little intense here in the historic Barker Hangar in Santa Monica as a 1992 Ferrari F40 sold for $870,000. We thought that was the top sale of the auction. Later, a rare Light Green Poly 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster was bid up to $1,000,000 but did not meet the reserve price. RM Sotheby’s got the seller and the bidder together and worked out a deal. The new sale price was $1,100,000, making it the top sale of the 2017 Santa Monica Auction.

Over 170 cars made up the auction docket. Here are some of the top cars:

RM Sotheby’s auction team brought you some scintillating sights and sounds during this year’s 2017 Santa Monica Auction. RM Sotheby’s has proudly expanded its footprint in California as they hosted this year’s Santa Monica sale of fine collector cars.

Those who could not make it to the Southern California car culture event could at least experience it all here with the Cars On Line.com staff as they watched it on a live stream. Although it was a little difficult to find the live video feed link on the RM Sotheby’s site, Cars On Line’s readers were able to access the 2017 Santa Monica Auction live video feed here on this page. Then, our fans had a chance to join a discussion on the Cars On Line Facebook and Twitter pages. We alerted our followers with Facebook posts to let you know when some of the top cars were going to cross the auction block. Cars On Line fans were invited to predict what each car would sell for.

You can still follow this link to see the auction docket, listing all the cars in the order they came up in at Barker Hangar.

RM Sotheby’s has prepared a unique virtual catalog of many of the cars offered at the 2017 Santa Monica Auction. Follow this link to read their elegant catalog presentation with detailed photos.

Over the past five years, the Santa Monica Auction has emerged as a highlight on SoCal’s buzzing collector car scene. Last year, the auction generated $14.2 million in sales, with bidders from all over the globe.

Spring 2017 Collector Car Value Report by Cars-On-Line.com

Spring 2017 Collector Car Value Report

In the Spring 2017 Collector Car Value Report just published by Cars-On-Line.com, the value on  a 1965 Jaguar XKE Convertible is rapidly going up. Prices are rising on these E-Type droptops. Find more in the COL Jaguar Section online. See the comparisons to last year’s prices in the COL Report below.

Spring 2017 Collector Car Value Report

In the recent Cars-On-Line.com Market Trends Report, prices on collector cars have done something we have not witnessed in the 25 years our website has been in business on the internet. Collector car values this year have failed to move up or down by even one percent. That is the definition of a flat market, in our view. The report covers the sales prices of collector and specialty cars during the early months of 2017.

Cars-On-Line’s market analysis shows that classic Jaguars are in the fast lane for accelerating values. Our statistical test models for Jaguar XK AND XKE series cars show prices are up 28.7 percent in just the past five months. Whereas, the average value of a 1967 Jaguar V12 E-Type Roadster in 2016 was $71,904, the same car today would be worth $138,600 today.  In this case the XKE Roadster is up almost double what it was averaging at auctions last year. The highest price paid for a 1967 Jaguar V12 E-Type Roadster in the past five months was a whopping $213,000. Many are predicting that the rarest of the Jaguars, D-types and classic racing Jaguars will be commanding prices similar to the popular 1960’s Ferraris.

Among classic American cars, Pontiacs and Studebakers are continuing to increase in value. However, what is driving Pontiac collector car values now are not the GTO prices, but the prices on Firebirds and Trans Ams. Fords and Mopars are continuing to move slightly upward in value as well.

Here is the sample group of collector cars which change hands frequently in the collector car market. Compare average values between 2015 and 2016. The column 2008 shows what collector car values were in 2008 at the height of the collector car market prior to the economic recession when prices took a tumble.

Year, Make Model Condition 2008 2016 2017 
1928 Ford Model A Roadster No. 2 $23,100 $19,900 $25,267
1955 Ford F100 No. 2 $23,100 $24,267 $28,800
1956 Ford Crown Victoria No. 2 $33,500 $33,500 $35,325
1956 Ford Sunliner No. 2 $49,800 $52,400 $47,400
1957 Ford Retractable No. 2 $53,700 $44,500 $44,333
1957 Ford Thunderbird No. 2 $55,500 $44,625 $51,320
1965 Mustang Convertible No. 2 $33,800 $31,313 $37,550
1966 Shelby GT350 No. 2 $164,100 $172,688 $185,750
1967 Shelby GT500 No. 2 $191,000 $161,000 $137,625
1967 Mustang GT Fastback (S CODE) No. 2 $26,500 $66,300 $65,713
1969 Mach 1 Mustang (M CODE) No. 2 $37,400 $46,817 $40,981
1969 Mach 1 428 CJ (R CODE) No. 2 $81,000 $67,578 $61,380
1969 Boss 429 Mustang No. 2 $269,500 $281,375 $282,850
1970 Boss 302 Mustang No. 2 $85,000 $72,433 $69,655
1970 Ford Torino 429 CJ No. 2 $45,900 $63,300 $77,300
1954 Corvette No. 2 $111,600 $72,025 $78,856
1955 Bel Air Hardtop No. 2 $32,200 $36,725 $37,538
1955 Bel Air Convertible No. 2 $64,750 $76,167 $65,033
1956 Nomad No. 2 $77,000 $58,600 $54,350
1957 Bel Air Hardtop No. 2 $62,700 $51,407 $49,420
1957 Bel Air Convertible No. 2 $94,500 $80,159 $77,963
1957 Cameo Pickup No. 2 $26,250 $43,933 $51,600
1958 Chevy Impala Convt (348 Tripower) No. 2 $99,000 $120,450 $76,187
1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe No. 2 $71,400 $93,107 $93,760
1963 Impala SS 409 Convertible No. 2 $55,100 $66,200 $57,333
1967 Chevelle SS 396 No. 2 $54,400 $46,308 $50,178
1967 Camaro Convertible No. 2 $28,700 $32,000 $39,283
1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible No. 2 $250,500 $163,667 $144,640
1969 Camaro Z/28 No. 2 $81,675 $64,632 $72,875
1969 Camaro Pace Car No. 2 $67,000 $65,500 $62,467
1970 Chevelle SS 396 No. 2 $55,825 $53,750 $53,633
1970 Chevelle LS6 454 No. 2 $98,580 $100,000 $113,625
1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible No. 2 $29,400 $53,950 $43,000
1968 AMC AMX No. 2 $16,800 $33,333 $26,900
1960 Metropolitan Convertible No. 2 $9,450 $10,000 $13,198
1957 Chrysler 300 Hardtop No. 2 $60,900 $55,900 $59,197
1957 Desoto Adventurer Convertible No. 2 $170,000 $205,500 $246,000
1957 Dodge Sweptside Pickup No. 2 $15,400 $49,625 $45,500
1957 Dodge Royal Lancer No. 2 $24,500 $26,600 $57,445
1967 Dodge Coronet R/T No. 2 $22,400 $32,300 $31,767
1969 Dodge Charger R/T No. 2 $73,500 $57,290 $62,667
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T No. 2 $118,500 $112,000 $88,093
1970 Dodge Challenger T/A No. 2 $89,600 $72,000 $63,919
1970 Dodge Super Bee No. 2 $54,000 $58,581 $68,893
1967 Plymouth GTX No. 2 $51,500 $36,133 $39,832
1970 Plymouth Cuda AAR No. 2 $99,900 $88,583 $83,775
1970 Plymouth SUPERBIRD No. 2 $156,000 $162,417 $146,485
1970 HEMI Cuda No. 2 $261,400 $242,688 $240,225
1970 Cuda 340 Convertible No. 2 $49,000 $73,000 $65,590
1970 Plymouth Road Runner No. 2 $80,300 $49,450 $43,627
1957 CADILLAC S62 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $54,950 $77,698 $71,850
1959 CADILLAC S62 HARDTOP No. 2 $21,000 $47,967 $43,300
1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $16,800 $37,100 $34,938
1937 PACKARD V-12 VICTORIA CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $103,600 $275,000  $247,500
1953 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $42,000 $90,100 $94,950
1957 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN HT No. 2 $18,900 $25,500 $27,100
1965 PONTIAC GTO (389 TRIPOWER) No. 2 $35,000 $62,233 $53,667
1967 PONTIAC GTO CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $42,700 $72,400 $55,844
1968 FIREBIRD CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $19,600 $33,133 $39,350
1970 PONTIAC GTO JUDGE No. 2 $56,700 $53,500 $69,397
1973 TRANS AM SUPER DUTY No. 2 $45,000 $80,000 $97,667
1977 BANDIT TRANS AM No. 2 $18,000
1954 SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $72,450 $136,000 $118,550
1957 ROADMASTER CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $32,900 $88,200 $88,200
1970 BUICK GS STAGE 1 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $89,000 $135,000 $113,500
1957 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $62,500 $105,000 $107,833
1970 OLDS 442 W30 No. 2 $57,800 $96,533 $75,375
1967 AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 BJ8 No. 2 $35,000 $84,500 $80,250
1967 JAGUAR XKE ROADSTER No. 2 $64,050
1956 JAGUAR XK140 (MC) Roadster No. 2 $130,900 $111,000 $117,833
1957 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN HAWK No. 2 $19,800 $51,500 $79,633
1950 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION No. 2 $12,600 $18,500 $18,300
1953 STUDEBAKER REGAL No. 2 $16,100 $23,600 $23,200
1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI No. 2 $19,600 $25,850 $33,933
1946 HUDSON SUPER SIX PICKUP No. 2 $17,500 $23,998 $24,850
1951 HUDSON HORNET 2-DR No. 2 $18,200 $28,400 $24,950

Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster sold at Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction

A 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster was bid up to $1,125,000 just missing its Reserve. It was the highest bid here today at the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction. Later in the auction it was announced that an online bidder bought the car for $1,200,000.


Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction Saturday …

Saturday was prime time at the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction. Cars On Line and its Facebook followers spent much of this afternoon discussing some of the high profile sales here at the first spring sale in Southeastern Florida for 2017. It was a session of fun and entertainment as we hosted an online “happening” with our Facebook community. Our readers watched the Auctions America live stream online. Then many kept another browser window open to join in on our auction discussion on Facebook.

The top sale was a 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster selling to an internet bidder after the it crossed the auction block as a No Sale. Bidding had reached $1,125,000 while it was on the auction block. The online bidder continued to negotiate until late in the afternoon and finally purchased the car for $1,200,000.

In the ’60s, Mercedes-Benz made a name here in the U.S. by exporting its brash 300SL Roadster to an American audience. This 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster benefitted from the European legend, the Gullwing coupes of Grand Prix racing fame. It is one of just 26 built in the final year of 300SL production. It included a higher compression version of the 3.0-liter six cylinder Mercedes engine with a sports camshaft.

Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2017 – Top 10 Sales

Lot 557 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster $1,200,000
Lot 554 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (Manual) $412,500
Lot 496 1990 Lamborghini LM002-A $299,750
Lot 552 2005 Ford GT $280,500
Lot 569 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe $270,000
Lot 225 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster $255,750
Lot 549 2011 Porsche Speedster $243,000
Lot 564 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 $231,000
Lot 566 1966 Shelby GT 350H ‘Hertz’ Fastback $231,000
Lot 510 1997 Lamborghini VT Roadster $211,750

Our Facebook fans enjoyed predicting the value of each car as they approached the auction block. What we like about this auction is that there are always a lot of “blue collar” classic cars and muscle cars offered.  And that means there are always a few bargains. You never know when a buyer will get lucky.

Here is a review of the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction, March 31-April 2, 2017. Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017, Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale sale is billed as South Florida’s premier collector car auction. Bidders from the U.S. and 18 other countries were anticipated to bid on affordable examples of fine American classic and muscle cars and European sports cars. Classic Porsches were very popular and probably got the highest overall average prices at this show.

2007 Ferrari F430 F1A 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe, which was purchased new by President Donald Trump in 2007, still has under 6,000 miles, serviced at Ferrari-Maserati of Long Island. It has a 6-speed paddle shift F1 transmission and Daytona styled wheels. The Rosso Corso red Ferrari F430 is powered by a 4.3L 490-hp V8 engine. The title included President Trump’s Trump Tower, New York address and his distinctive, bold signature. President Trump owned the car for a little over four years. Bidding reached $240,000, and as the president’s Ferrari rolled off the stage it was announced that an internet buyer was still negotiating. Hours later Auctions America came out with a statement that the car ended up selling for $270,000, a price which would be a record for a 2007 Ferrari F430 with the F1 paddle-shifted automatic transmission.

1953 Buick Skylark Convertible at Auctions America Ft Lauderdale AuctionBuick’s big 50th Anniversary celebration was the reveal of the 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible, Lot # 543, the car of the future. And did the future ever look bright for GM’s Buick division. This car showed off what Buick engineer’s were capable of doing. Bid up to $100,000. Did not meet reserve.

1969 Boss 429 Mustang for sale at Auctions America Ft Lauderdale AuctionFord’s entry into NASCAR’s thundering big block wars was the legendary Boss 429 Mustang. Although the Mustang was just a placebo for the Boss 429 motor to be homologated for NASCAR, the 1969 Boss 429 Mustang has become an icon for the muscle car era. The one that will be auctioned off at the Ft Lauderdale sale is a late build among the 859 Boss 429’s produced by Ford in 1969. You may remember it from the feature article written about it in Mustang Monthly magazine. They were expecting over $180,000 for this one. Reserve is off! SOLD for $210,000!

1956 Buick Speical Convertible, Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction

A sweet 1956 Buick Special Convertible, Lot # 478, will go through the auction early in the afternoon on Saturday. It has power steering and power seats. It is expected to go for over $50,000. SOLD for $47,500. Phone bidder bought the car.

1969 Mach 1 Mustang R Code 428CJ at the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction

A Candy Apple red 1969 Mach 1 Mustang 428CJ R Code will be crossing the auction block soon., Lot # 489. Word is you could buy this car for $45,000. Reserve off! SOLD for $43,500!

1970 Dodge Challenger RT/SE

Beautiful 1970 Dodge Challenger RT/SE with the 440 Six Pack will cross the block, Lot # 511. Word is that the reserve might be only $50,000. Bid to $45,000. Word is there may be an internet bidder still negotiating with the owner after the sale.

1969 Pontiac GTO Judge at Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction

A 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air III is Lot # 519. Will it sell for $80,000? Reserve was take off at $70,000. SOLD for $71,000.

1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible

A rare 1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible, Lot # 525, will cross the auction block at the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction this afternoon. What will it sell for? SOLD for $47,500.

1931 Stutz Series MA SV-16

A very rare and desirable 1931 Stutz Series MA “SV16” Cabriolet Coupe, Lot # 531, will be offered at the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction this afternoon. This one will need to bring $120,000 plus. Reserve is off! SOLD for $105,000.

1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2

These classic Ferraris are roaring up in value. Here is a 1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 ready to cross the auction block this afternoon in Ft Lauderdale, Lot # 533. Will the bidding reach $250,000? Bidding went to $130,000. No sale.

1970 Yenko Deuce Nova at the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction

A very rare colored 1970 Yenko Deuce Nova with the LT-1 motor comes documented. It will be Lot # 534. They say this was Don Yenko’s personal driver. Reserve off at $125,000. SOLD! Nicely bought.

1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible with the iconic rear tail fins will be for sale this afternoon. Lot # 547 will need to bring six figures to sell today. Reserve Off! SOLD at $87,500.

In the heart of the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction now with the action coming fast. This rare and desirable vintage 1929 Packard 640 Custom Eight Runabout will be Lot # 550, will need to reach $160,000 to make the reserve. Reserve lifted at $150,000. SOLD for $172,500.

1933 Ford 5-Window Coupe

The most beautiful and elegant street rod in the sale, a 1933 Ford 5-Window Coupe, Lot # 551, is in the afternoon’s sale. It is a three-time Detroit Autorama winner, 1955-57. Bid to $117,000. No sale.

1965 Shelby 289 Cobra

A real 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra is thought to be the top sale of the day here at the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction. It is valued at over $1,000,000. Lot # 562. Bidding rose to $830,000 where it stalled. Did not meet reserve.

1930 Packard Deluxe Eight Seven-Passenger Phaeton

1930 Packard Deluxe Eight Seven-Passenger Phaeton, Lot # 570, reliable show car and tours well. Bidding stopped at $130,000. No sale.

1967 Corvette Big Block 427/435 Convertible at Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction

The iconic look of the 1967 Corvette Big Block 427/435 Convertible, yellow with black stinger, one of the most desirable collector Corvettes in the hobby. Lot # 573. Has transistorized ignition. Will it get six figures? SOLD for $91,000.

Sweet color, 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, Lot # 576, will cross the auction block this afternoon. They expect bids to reach $180,000. Reserve dropped. SOLD for $145,000.

1971 Dodge Challenger Indy Pace Car Convertible

A beautifully done replica of a 1971 Dodge Challenger Indy Pace Car Convertible will be Lot # 441 on Saturday. Click here for more history. Bid up to $45,000, no sale.

1958 Buick Special Convertible, Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction

Look at all that chrome. A 1958 Buick Special Convertible will be Lot # 447 in the early afternoon at the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction today. Click for more info. Bid up to $43,000, no sale.

1963 Dodge Polara Max Wedge, Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction

A real d eal 1963 Dodge Polara Max Wedge car is Lot # 462 in the Ft Lauderdale Auction on Saturday. In very clean condition it is expected to draw over $50,000. Click here for more info. Bid stalled at $39,000.

Also see these very rare lots:
1903 Buckmobile Runabout, estimated to be worth $25,000
1941 Buick Roadmaster Convt, estimated at $75,000
1960 Cadillac Series 62 Convt, might sell for $65,000
1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible, valued at over $80,000
1964 Amphicar 770, valued at over $45,000
1988 Porsche 911 Slantnose Cabrio, No Reserve
1963 Jaguar Series 1 Convt, Jaguar experts must see

You can view the entire auction on the Auctions America website by streaming their live feed. Join Cars On Line for coverage on our Facebook and Instagram pages for commentary on Saturday, April 1. As always, our Facebook friends will join in on the discussion.


2017 Amelia Island Concours – Best Car Show On The East Coast

2017 Amelia Island concours RM/Sotheby's Auction

On Saturday at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours the top sale at the RM/Sothey’s Auction was a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet. The hammer price was $7 million exactly ($7,070,000 including sales commission.) Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.


2017 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance

It was just announced here at the show field during the 2017 Amelia Island Concours that the two top awards went to a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider for Concours de Sport, and a 1935 Duesenberg SJ 582 Dual Cowl Phaeton for the vaunted Concours D’Elegance award.

The ’39 Alfa Spider is part of the A. Dano Davis Collection in Jacksonville, Florida. In its day the right-hand-drive Alfa Lungo Spider was the most desirable sports you could buy.  Only 12 Touring Spiders were ever produced. Only seven were produced with the long chassis as this one has. Most of the Lungo Spiders were used for racing. This car was raced in San Paolo in 1949 and 1950. After that the car disappeared from public notice until 40 years later when it was redone.

The ’35 Duesenberg SJ is owned by Terence Adderley from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It is a Torpedo Phaeton designed by Gordon Buehrig himself. Mr. Adderley said it was one of the last Torpedo Phaetons built. It was born a Duesenberg J with custom coachwork by the A.J. Walker Company. But the Wisconsin buyer was not happy with the car and sent it back to Indianapolis where it was updated with a supercharged SJ-582 engine. It has a 420 ci overhead cam engine. In supercharged form it is said to produce 320 horsepower.

But there was much more to see on the show field on Saturday:

The 2017 Amelia Island Concours, March 10-13, 2017,  will be one for the history books. In its 22nd year, the The Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance moved to a Saturday timeslot for the first time. Usually the concours would be held on Sunday afternoon. For the first time in its history the fast moving Amelia Island Concours staff had to modify their schedule and reset the event for Saturday instead of the normal Sunday venue. The potential for torrential rains on Sunday afternoon was not good news for owners of six figure valued vintage classic cars. So the Concours officials made the call to reset the event for Saturday. The crowds were heavy along the concours field. The change did not seem to dampen the enthusiasm for seeing these incredible vintage motorcars.

This is what it is like to be here at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours:

The Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance is the biggest event of its kind on the East Coast, and rivals the pomp and circumstance of legendary events such as Pebble Beach and the Meadowbrook Concours scheduled for later in the year.

“This show brings in cars from all over the world,” our photojournalist Bob Boberg told us. “In its 22nd year, the concours is growing in prestige and excitement. You see cars here that you’ll never see anywhere else.” Boberg and his wife Donna will capture the show in photos and video for our Cars On Line.com readers.

The show, starting on Friday and running through Sunday, March 13, 2017, is a world class exhibition of automotive history. There were over 300 rare vehicles from collections from around the world. Most of the activity revolves around The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton.

Saturday at the RM/Sotheby Auction

On Saturday we will be there at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours when the RM/Sotheby’s Auction presents some of the most valuable motorcars in the world. What a blend of vintage motorcars, race cars and American classics. Here are some of the top sales for the RM/Sotheby’s Auction.

We will be on hand to capture 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 will be the announcement of the 2017 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance Best of Show awards on Saturday afternoon.

Be sure to stay tuned to this page for all the trending news from the 2017 Amelia Island Concours. Get the auction prices here and on our Twitter feed.


Gooding & Co at 2017 Amelia Island Concours

Among the top events during the 2017 Amelia Island Concours weekend is the Gooding & Company Auction. They stole the show yesterday when a 1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion crossed the auction block for $5,665,000, the top sale so far here at the East Coast’s most exclusive concours show.

Here are the top sales from Friday at the Gooding & Company Auction:


Already on Thursday the Bonham’s Auction saw a seven figure sale. When a 1955 Ferrari Europa GT sold for over $2 million yesterday afternoon the mood was set for more auction action. Here is a review of some of the top marques at the Bonhams Auction:

1966 Corvette Called Split Ray Named Great 8 Pick

1966 Corvette Called Split Ray

A 1966 Corvette called Split Ray made the cut to be one of the Great 8 award winners here at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. It is generally felt that if you make the Great 8 your car is one of the top eight custom show cars in the country. Now owners Dennis Johnson and Scott Roth will be biting their nails until Sunday evening when the 2017 Ridler Award winner will be announced from among the top eight contenders here at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.

The Split Ray monicker is a play on words. The 1966 Corvette called Split Ray has been entered in the Autorama judging in the Radical Sport 1963-67 category. The car was built by The Auto Shoppe of Burlington, Vermont. It is all about speed and performance. The Auto Shoppe even made it “look” fast. It is a true wide body with an extra 6 -3/8ths inches added to the center of the car down the middle. The Corvette is channeled and the gills have been relocated for effect. The front end is dropped and restyled. The floor was dropped and has en enclosed driveshaft. Cooling for the supercharger is integrated into the body.

The engine is an LS9 Superchared 6.2L putting out 638 horsepower, 604 ft-pounds of torque. It features a T56 Magnum 6-speed. The interior is high quality Richmond leather relicate with styling much like a 2015 Z06.

Elegant 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster Wins Ridler Award

Elegant 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster

Buddy Jordan’s 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster will take home the 2017 Ridler Award. The announcement was just made here at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, Michigan. The selection of an elegant high tech 1930’s street rod is a knod to the Detroit show’s roots in the street rodding hobby. Click the video window below:

Nancy and Buddy Jordan’s elegant 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster made the cut Friday to be selected for the Great 8 here at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. No one could have known at that time that it would become a legend in its own time by winning the 2017 Ridler Award. It is a more modern looking build with everything beautifually hand built and fabricated. Everything on this car is a custom modification. The paint and bodywork are exquisite. The design was by Chris Ito and Steve Frisbie. The street rod was built at Steve’s Auto Restorations in Portland, Oregon where they hand built and CNC machined it from aluminum, steel sheet, tube and billet. Amazing effort.

View dozens of photos of the 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster and the awards ceremony:

Steve’s Auto Restorations has long been a leader in steel and aluminum fabrication in the Pacific Northwest. The body was hand crafted from aluminum sheets. The frame was hand built from steel. The front suspension is an independent split tube axle with remote shocks, and rack and pinion steering with CNC machined tie rods. The rear suspension uses CNC machined A-arms, uprights and half shafts; remote shocks, and Mustang IRS third member.

The engine on the 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster is a GM Performance Anniversary Edition 427 using an aluminum block and heads. The transmission is a GM 4L60 with smoothed case, CNC pan, and a CNC machined tapered aluminum driveshaft. The headlight buckets were hand formed, as was the custom shaped rear bumper. Front bumper was CNC machined.

The detail is incredible.

Phoenix Phantom 1929 Ford Pickup Makes Great 8

Phoenix Phantom 1929 Ford Pickup

His Phoenix Phantom 1929 Ford Pickup was one of the cars selected to the Great 8 on Friday here at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. So Dennis Portka of Hamburg, New York is a step closer to his dream today. The car he built with his own two hands will be a contender for the 2017 Ridler Award. Brian Fruzen of the Cars On Line car show team interviewed him when the Great 8 banner was placed in his display.

Dennis told us he spent 24 years putting the details together to complete his Phoenix Phantom 1929 Ford Pickup.  He figures it took 13,500 hours of work to put it together. All of the sheetmetal and bodywork were done by Dennis. He also did the Glasurit paint with basecoat and clearcoat. The upholstery was done by Joe McDonald at Z-Best, with pinstriping by Terry Buczak.

It is almost unheard of these days that a custom car hobbyist working on his own could complete such a project without expensive shop work. And then for him to win a Great 8 award really is a complement to his efforts. We commend Dennis for his accomplishment.


GTP 1932 Ford Tudor Contends for Ridler Award

GTP 1932 Ford Tudor

The GTP 1932 Ford Tudor built by Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop has made the Great 8 in Detroit this weekend. It was announced on Friday that the custom Deuce sedan had made the cut at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. It is now one of the top eight cars in line to be chosen as the 2017 Ridler Award winner here. The car was built for George Poteet of Memphis, Tennessee. Poteet is a long standing patron of the hot rod hobby. He is a former Ridler Award winner.

The detail and aesthetics on this GTP 1932 Ford Tudor are exquisite. e.Black Design out of Portland, Oregon designed the car. (They were also the ones who designed the 1936 Packard, America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the Grand National Roadster Show last month.) The car was initially rendered by known artist and designer Eric Brockmeyer. The engine was designed and built by Automotive Specialists Racing Engines in Concord, North Carolina. The transmission was built by Bowler Performance Transmissions of Lawrenceville, Illinois.

Immediately after hearing that a Pirelli Great 8 award standard had been put in their display, Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop put out this post on Facebook. Click here to see the post.  Alan Johnson is one of the premier builders who is well known for his expertise in build Deuce Ford customs. He will be one of the top builders on the panel for a discussion today starting at 1 PM at the Cobo Center. Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop is located in Gadsden, Alabama.


1941 Ford Pickup Called Gold Standard Great 8 Pick

1941 Ford Pickup Called Gold Standard

A 1941 Ford Pickup called Gold Standard was selected to the Great 8 during Friday’s session of the 2017 Detroit Autorama here in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Anxious owner, Ed Sears of Annapolis, Maryland waited Friday morning when his classic custom pickup was chosen to compete for the legendary Ridler Award. Each of the top eight cars selected to the Great 8 will be a contender to win the vaunted Ridler Award here on Sunday evening.

“The Gold Standard,” Sears’ nickname for his 1941 Ford Pickup, will be a contender for the 2017 Ridler Award as much for its aesthetics as it will be for its great build. It has a Flathead with a detailed Ford 8BA block updated with today’s high performance technology and three Stromberg 97 carburetors. It is bored and stroked, has a Winfield Performance cam and Navarro aluminum heads and manifold. It is ported, polished and relieved, and comes with a serpentine belt system. Quite an impressive engine.

Interestingly, the 1941 Ford Pickup called Gold Standard was built with an electrically operated hood, electric seats and electrical bed cover.