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23rd time’s the charm: Mecum’s MidAmerica bike sale in Las Vegas sets records

23rd time’s the charm: Mecum’s MidAmerica bike sale in Las Vegas sets records

MidAmerica’s 23rd annual vintage motorcycle auction in Las Vegas not only was its first in the aftermath of the company’s sale to Mecum Auctions, it was the most successful in the event’s history with a three-day total of 441 sales for  $7.475 million. The sale, held at the South Point Hotel, drew more than 1,100 […]

By January 15, 2014 Read More →
Pope’s Harley to be auctioned for charity

Pope’s Harley to be auctioned for charity

Remember last June when part of the 110th anniversary celebration of Harley-Davidson included hundreds of riders and their bikes visiting the Vatican and the presentation of a 2013 Dyna Super Glide to Pope Francis? Well, that motorcycle will be sold at auction February 6 by Bonhams to raise money for Caritas Roma, a charity. Proceeds […]

By January 15, 2014 Read More →
Bonhams’ Vegas motorcycle sale does $3.3 million

Bonhams’ Vegas motorcycle sale does $3.3 million

Bonhams fourth annual Las Vegas motorcycle auction held January 9 posted $3.3-million in sales, a 30-percent increase compared to the 2013 event. A 1978 Ducati NCR offered from the Silverman Museum collection in “untouched” condition sold for $175,500 and is believed to be a record price paid for the Bologna model. A 1940 Harley-Davidson EL […]

By January 15, 2014 Read More →
Auction houses already looking beyond Arizona, Kissimmee

Auction houses already looking beyond Arizona, Kissimmee

The bidding hasn’t even begun in Arizona or Kissimmee, but the auction houses already are touting their upcoming classic car sales. For example: “Excitement builds as RM prepares for magnificent 2014 Paris sale during Retromobile week,” a new release proclaims; “Esteemed Pray Collection to headline RM’s 16th annual Amelia Island sale,” another release reports; “Rare […]

By January 14, 2014 Read More →
From alley cat to best in show: Nichols’ Hispano-Suiza wins at inaugural Arizona concours

From alley cat to best in show: Nichols’ Hispano-Suiza wins at inaugural Arizona concours

A car found in deteriorating condition in an alley in Sarasota, Fla., has driven away with best of show honors at the inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance. The car, a 1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet de Viille, spent 40 years in Donald Nichols garage before, as he put it, he became brave enough to undertake its restoration. […]

By January 13, 2014 Read More →
50 years later, the band that won Le Mans is back together again

50 years later, the band that won Le Mans is back together again

Before taking his seat for the panel discussion, Bob Bondurant was posing for photos with the dark blue Shelby Daytona Coupe he and Dan Gurney drove to victory 50 years ago at Le Mans. Parked next to the blue coupe was the Ferrari GTO that finished second in that race. At one point, Bondurant moved […]

By January 11, 2014 Read More →
Arizona Concours d’Elegance starts auction week

Arizona Concours d’Elegance starts auction week

Arizona’s famed Auction Week gets rolling this year in a brand new way, with a full-blown, high-end concours d’elegance on the lawns of the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix. The inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance happens Sunday, January 12, to launch the collector-car madness that includes no fewer than six major auctions in the Scottsdale/Phoenix […]

By January 9, 2014 Read More →
LeMay-America’s Car Museum celebrates VW

LeMay-America’s Car Museum celebrates VW

    ‘Vee Dub: Bohemian Beauties” is the unlikely name for a new exhibit at LeMay-America’s Car Museum that focuses on the little car that could: the classic Volkswagen in all its glory. Opening Saturday, Jan. 11 with a public unveiling at the Tacoma, Wash., museum, the show features examples from private collectors and the […]

By January 9, 2014 Read More →
Nuvolari racer dominates Motostalgia auction

Nuvolari racer dominates Motostalgia auction

Remember the inaugural Motostalgia Auction d’Elegance staged in Austin, Texas, back in November to coincide with the U.S. Grand Prix? We’ve been waiting for a final news release from the organizers, but they’ve chosen to send us only a list of results and a few photos. It appears from the list that 180 vehicles were […]

By January 7, 2014 Read More →
Arizona getting Monterey-style automobilia sale

Arizona getting Monterey-style automobilia sale

Though a sale, not an auction, we’re including this in a series of previews of January events. When Tony Singer was a college student in Denver in the late 1960s, he went to the local Porsche dealership, not to buy but to look and to dream. “You’re a young kid. They know you’re not buying.” Singer […]

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