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Cave Creek building its classic car auction business

Cave Creek building its classic car auction business

Until the economy went sour a few years ago, John Bettencourt was in the construction business. Since then, instead of building new buildings, Bettencourt, his wife Jennifer and their two teenage sons have specialized in redistributing old stuff, from jewelry, clocks, coins, Western art and furniture, glassware and pottery, antiques and even automobiles through their […]

Hagerty Market Rating indicates a cooling trend

Hagerty Market Rating indicates a cooling trend

The Hagerty Market Rating for the classic car marketplace continued to grow in the past month, but only by one one-hundredth of a point in the last reporting period, which includes the run-up to the Amelia Island auctions. While Hagerty, the classic car insurance company and price-guide publisher, didn’t introduce its new rating gauge until […]

By March 17, 2015 Read More →
60 Years of Thunderbird among Forest Grove Concours featured classes

60 Years of Thunderbird among Forest Grove Concours featured classes

CCCA Grand Classics, 60 Years of the Ford Thunderbird and Modern Supercars will be featured classes at the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance July 19 on the campus of Pacific University. The featured classes join the concours’ 40 standing car classes on the campus, which is located 25 miles west of Portland, Oregon. In addition to […]

Cord, Alfa Romeo win Amelia Island best of show awards

Cord, Alfa Romeo win Amelia Island best of show awards

A pair of pre-war favorites won best of show trophies Sunday at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance: A 1930 Cord L-29 designed by the legendary Brooks Stevens and a 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider. In customary fashion, the judges of the Florida concours pick two winners each year. The Cord was awarded Best […]

By March 16, 2015 Read More →
Cayman museum cars to cross the block at Auctions America sale in Fort Lauderdale

Cayman museum cars to cross the block at Auctions America sale in Fort Lauderdale

The biggest classic car auction news in Florida may emerge each winter from Amelia Island, but it’s not the only sale in the Sunshine State. Mecum Auctions staged its huge Kissimmee auction back in January, and Barrett-Jackson is preparing for its annual Palm Beach auction in mid-April. And Auctions America opens its 2015 calendar with […]

By March 16, 2015 Read More →
RM Sotheby’s posts strong $59.8 million in sales at Amelia Island auction

RM Sotheby’s posts strong $59.8 million in sales at Amelia Island auction

Preliminary results from the RM Sotheby’s auction Saturday at Amelia Island show sales of $59.8 million. Ninety eight of 101 lots sold on the block, led by a 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica cabriolet that brought $6.38 million. Figures, which were provided by Hagerty, the classic car insurance company and price guide publisher, include buyer’s premium. […]

By March 15, 2015 Read More →
Reserves not met limit Gooding to $24.1 million in preliminary numbers at Amelia

Reserves not met limit Gooding to $24.1 million in preliminary numbers at Amelia

Even before the final hammer dropped on Gooding & Company’s auction Friday on Amelia Island, one of the cars that didn’t sell on the block — a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Sport — changed hands in a post-block deal, and others were expected to join it in the sold column. However, preliminary figures provided […]

By March 14, 2015 Read More →
Classics dominate as Bonhams makes its Amelia Island debut with $13.8 million sale

Classics dominate as Bonhams makes its Amelia Island debut with $13.8 million sale

The auction action at Amelia Island began Thursday with Bonhams’ debut sale, which posted $13.8 million in transactions according to Hagerty, the classic car auto insurer and value-guide publisher that monitors such major auctions. A couple of true classics led the sale, both exceeding $1.7 million (including buyer’s premium). A 1930 Cord Model L-29 Town […]

Rare Duesenberg is car of the month in ACD series

Rare Duesenberg is car of the month in ACD series

Only 13 Model X Duesenbergs were produced, and only four are known to still exist. The unique Model X housed at the Auburn Cord Duisenberg Automobile Museum will be the subject of the monthly “If These Cars Could Talk” lecture series Saturday at the museum in Auburn, Indiana. “Visitors will be treated to a special […]

By March 12, 2015 Read More →
Barn-found Aston Martin leads Coys Spring Classic sale

Barn-found Aston Martin leads Coys Spring Classic sale

A car billed as “the ultimate barn find,” the last original Aston Martin DBS to come off the assembly line, sold for $64,600 earlier this week at Coys Spring Classics auction in London. The car, produced in September 1972, was discovered recently by Coys’ managing partner Chris Routledge. “This is the ultimate barn find and […]

By March 12, 2015 Read More →