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‘Barn-find’ classics soar at British auction

‘Barn-find’ classics soar at British auction

A British auction featuring neglected “barn-find” cars and partially completed restoration projects hit the target Saturday, earning £1million ($1.67 million) with 85 percent of the 184 lots sold. Ranging from valuable classic sports cars in decrepit condition to low-mileage mini cars and downright oddities, Silverstone Auctions’ inaugural Practical Classics Restoration Show in Birmingham, England, offered […]

By April 16, 2014 Read More →
Barrett-Jackson hits record sales in Palm Beach

Barrett-Jackson hits record sales in Palm Beach

Barrett-Jackson cruised to another strong auction in West Palm Beach, Fla., this past weekend, scoring a record $25 million in overall sales that included $2.35 million for charity. Results for the 12th annual Palm Beach auction easily eclipsed figures from a year ago, when $21 million worth of cars were sold. Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2014 […]

By April 15, 2014 Read More →
Dentist, aviator Cox’s collection offered up by Bonhams

Dentist, aviator Cox’s collection offered up by Bonhams

Back in January, Bonhams’ Scottsdale auction sold a pair of cars from the Dr. Ralph W.E. Cox Jr. Collection. His 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K sports phaeton brought $1.43 million and his 1933 Auburn 12-161A custom speedster sold for $451,000. Bonhams has just announced that it will stage a single-estate auction of the Cox collection cars — […]

British museum celebrates 21 years with 21 icons

British museum celebrates 21 years with 21 icons

Britain’s Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon, Warwickshire, celebrates its 21st birthday in May with a special exhibition, “21 Years 21 Icons.” We asked if we could get the list of the 7 vehicles, inventions and people who will be featured. Not yet, we were told. It’s still a secret. However, we did get a sneak […]

By April 14, 2014 Read More →
Classic car auctions focus on ‘barn finds’

Classic car auctions focus on ‘barn finds’

Everybody dreams of making a “barn find,” discovering a dirt-encrusted classic car forgotten for decades in some musty outbuilding. That’s become a powerful draw in the classic car community, where the debate rages over restoration vs. preservation. Auctions America’s sale next month in Auburn, Ind., features a 1954 Jaguar XK 120SE convertible that actually was […]

By April 11, 2014 Read More →
Danbury Mint ends die-cast model sales

Danbury Mint ends die-cast model sales

The Danbury Mint has gone out of the car business. The Connecticut-based collectibles company, known for its finely honed 1:24 scale replicas of classic cars, announced recently that it would no longer include the die-cast cars among its lineup. The final offering was a limited-edition model of a 1935 Ford Deluxe three-window coupe, of which […]

By April 10, 2014 Read More →
Last — and most badly damaged — Corvette freed from sinkhole beneath museum’s Skydome

Last — and most badly damaged — Corvette freed from sinkhole beneath museum’s Skydome

“It looks like the worst one… a lot of parts and pieces,” Mike Murphy, chief executive of Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction, said as the last of the eight Corvettes swallowed by a sinkhole emerged from the abyss beneath the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum. “It took a lot of punishment from a lot […]

Astronauts’ cars among featured lots at Mecum’s Houston auction

Astronauts’ cars among featured lots at Mecum’s Houston auction

Photos by Mecum Auctions Houston being the site of the NASA Johnson Space Center, it seems only fitting that among the 1,000 cars being offered up for bids this weekend at Mecum Auctions’ sale are two formerly owned by astronauts. And not just any astronauts, but the first two U.S. fliers to travel into space. […]

By April 9, 2014 Read More →
’55 Chevy wins best of show at Charlotte AutoFest

’55 Chevy wins best of show at Charlotte AutoFest

A blazing-orange customized 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air was proclaimed best of show at the annual AutoFair, a sweeping celebration of classic cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Owned by Jerry Horine of Louisville, Ky., the two-door sedan bested competitors from 48 car clubs that vied for awards during the four-day show, which was […]

By April 9, 2014 Read More →
Vintage tractors, farm ‘relics’ bring $2 million in sales at Mecum auction

Vintage tractors, farm ‘relics’ bring $2 million in sales at Mecum auction

Yes, we know, this is the blog of ClassicCars.com, but if you like old cars and vintage motorcycles, how can you not have at least a passing interest in historic farm implements? Hey, we’ve seen vintage tractors at major concours d’elegance and a few even have rolled across the block at some important classic car […]

By April 9, 2014 Read More →