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Futurliner wows the crowd during Barrett-Jackson auction of Ron Pratte’s top vehicles

Futurliner wows the crowd during Barrett-Jackson auction of Ron Pratte’s top vehicles

With the massive crowd at Barrett-Jackson on their feet, many of them waving tiny American flags, and an honor guard of military veterans on stage, the huge Futurliner crept slowly up the ramp toward the auctioneers like some behemoth from a science-fiction movie. The 1950 General Motors Futurliner tour bus, a brawny piece of modern sculpture […]

By January 18, 2015 Read More →
Saturday Arizona auction sales exceed $93 million

Saturday Arizona auction sales exceed $93 million

Throughout Arizona Auction Week, we bring you daily results as reported to us by Hagerty, the classic car insurance company and pricing-guide publisher, which staffs each of the venues and tracks the sales. These are raw results witnessed by Hagerty staffers and may not include post-sale transactions. Figures do include the buyer’s premium. Television’s eye was […]

By January 18, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
Ferrari frenzy continues at Arizona auctions

Ferrari frenzy continues at Arizona auctions

Throughout Arizona Auction Week, we bring you daily results as reported to us by Hagerty, the classic car insurance company and pricing-guide publisher, which staffs each of the venues and tracks the sales. These are raw results witnessed by Hagerty staffers and may not include post-sale transactions. Figures do include the buyer’s premium. Nine of the […]

By January 17, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Barn finds, Cuban cars draw panelists’ attention

Barn finds, Cuban cars draw panelists’ attention

Russo and Steele auctions hosted a seminar Friday designed to help some car owners understand how to extract the most value from their classic vehicles when they decide to sell at auction. Barn Find cars With so many “barn find” cars in the news lately, the panel began with that subject and how to treat […]

By January 17, 2015 Read More →
Arizona auctions top $100 million, and the weekend is just beginning

Arizona auctions top $100 million, and the weekend is just beginning

Throughout Arizona Auction Week, we bring you daily results as reported to us by Hagerty, the classic car insurance company and pricing-guide publisher, which staffs each of the venues and tracks the sales. These are raw results witnessed by Hagerty staffers and may not include post-sale transactions. Figures do include the buyer’s premium. Friday and Saturday […]

By January 16, 2015 Read More →
Less boom, but no bust in 2015, say classic car experts

Less boom, but no bust in 2015, say classic car experts

Car crashes are never good things, let alone something to celebrate. Nonetheless, in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the worst crash in the history of the car-collecting hobby, the largest of classic car insurance companies assembled a panel of experts Thursday to stage a sort of autopsy. Well, actually more of an exercise in […]

By January 16, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Experts assess rising tide of collector-car values in ‘Sports Car Market’ seminar

Experts assess rising tide of collector-car values in ‘Sports Car Market’ seminar

Rising values, worth vs. drivability, and the fact that high-value collector cars are too-often seen today as precious commodities rather than classic automobiles meant to be enjoyed – these were the overarching themes of Thursday’s second annual Sports Car Market Scottsdale Insider’s Seminar. “As you heard, we are all slightly saddened that collector cars are […]

By January 16, 2015 Read More →
Barrett-Jackson posts $11.8 million in sales Wednesday

Barrett-Jackson posts $11.8 million in sales Wednesday

Throughout Arizona Auction Week, we’ll be bringing you daily results as reported to us by Hagerty, the classic car insurance company and pricing-guide publisher, which staffs each of the venues and tracks the sales. These are raw results witnessed by Hagerty staffers and may not include post-sale transactions. Figures do include the buyer’s premium. Wednesday, January […]

By January 15, 2015 Read More →
Restore or modify? Experts offers suggestions to muscle car buyers

Restore or modify? Experts offers suggestions to muscle car buyers

The greatest thing about car collecting is not the speed, the swoopy designs, the history, the visible progress of technology or the togetherness and camaraderie of like-minded people. Nope. The single best thing is that there’s something for everyone. In all of my years hanging around cars, be they old or new, race or street, […]

By January 15, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
Auction of Pratte collection brings record Tuesday crowd to Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale

Auction of Pratte collection brings record Tuesday crowd to Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale

Tuesdays are generally pretty mellow at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auctions, not too crowded and with a selection of not-too-pricey collector cars. But not this year. Ron Pratte changed all that. This year, the WestWorld auction site was packed wall-to-wall Tuesday as more than 100 of Pratte’s prized cars, trucks, motorcycles, scooters and a Russian military boat […]

By January 14, 2015 4 Comments Read More →