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2014 top stories: No. 5 — Ron Pratte selling his collection

2014 top stories: No. 5 — Ron Pratte selling his collection

The sale of private collections was a big and consistent story in 2014. Recall just three of the many: The overwhelming turnout for the sale of Jacques Littlefield’s collection of military vehicles. The amazing interest in the sale of John Moir’s A to Z car collection. The purchase price — $170 million — paid by […]

By December 27, 2014 Read More →
2014 top stories: No. 6 — National Historic Vehicle Register launched

2014 top stories: No. 6 — National Historic Vehicle Register launched

Since 1966, more than 80,000 buildings deemed important to the history of the United States have been preserved through their inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. And now, a similar process is being applied to historic automobiles as the Historic Vehicle Association has worked with the Library of Congress and the Department of […]

By December 26, 2014 Read More →
Coys’s Autosport auction focuses on racing cars

Coys’s Autosport auction focuses on racing cars

Kimi Raikkonen won Formula Renault title in this car in 2000 | Coys photos The car that Formula One racer Kimi Raikkonen drove to the 2000 British Formula Renault UK championship is among the cars to be offered at a Coys’ auction being held January 10 in conjunction with the annual Autosport International racing car […]

By December 26, 2014 Read More →
Historic sleighs for sale (but Santa’s isn’t among them)

Historic sleighs for sale (but Santa’s isn’t among them)

Don’t panic, Santa’s not retiring and selling his sleigh, but on March 7, 2015, Bonhams will stage a Carriage Collection Sale featuring more than 150 lots collected by a European industrialist. Among them is a Royal British Mews 1835 Traveling Landau Coach estimated to be worth as much as $465,000. Included in the sale are […]

By December 25, 2014 Read More →
Coys to sell Brundza Collection including 35 Cadillacs

Coys to sell Brundza Collection including 35 Cadillacs

British auction house Coys says is one of the largest collections of Cadillacs ever offered at auction will be part of a sale of American and European classic cars to be held January 10 at Les Grandes Marques, Interclassics and Topmobile show at Maastricht, The Netherlands. The cars are from the Stassys Brundza Collection, which […]

By December 24, 2014 Read More →
RM, Sotheby’s planning another NYC sale

RM, Sotheby’s planning another NYC sale

In the fall of 2013, RM and Sotheby’s “set out to create the finest automobile auction that there has ever been,” which is how RM founder Rob Myers put it. That sale was the “Art of the Automobile” auction and was staged in New York City, where people are accustomed to purchasing major works of […]

By December 22, 2014 Read More →
2014 top stories: No. 10 — Arizona Concours is a dazzling debutant

2014 top stories: No. 10 — Arizona Concours is a dazzling debutant

I admit it. I was among the skeptics last summer when I heard that a group of car guys in the Phoenix area had formed a committee and were talking about staging a Pebble Beach-style concours d’elegance in conjunction with Arizona Auction Week. Oh, there has been talk for several years about adding not only […]

By December 22, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
What were the top classic car stories of 2014?

What were the top classic car stories of 2014?

Wow. This has been quite a year for the classic car community. Consider just a few of the events that have taken place since January 1, 2014: A post-war car won Best of Show at Pebble Beach. A sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum and swallowed eight cars. A fire-damaged and barn-found Ferrari sold […]

By December 21, 2014 Read More →
Velocity/Discovery Channel announce new on-air talent for Barrett-Jackson telecasts

Velocity/Discovery Channel announce new on-air talent for Barrett-Jackson telecasts

Cable TV’s Velocity and the Discovery Channel, which take over live coverage of Barrett-Jackson starting with the signature Scottsdale collector-car sales event in January, have announced an on-camera team of auto experts and television personalities. Barrett-Jackson announced in April that it was switching from the Fox network after its longtime TV partnership with SPEED, which […]

By December 20, 2014 Read More →
Honda opens heritage museum in Ohio

Honda opens heritage museum in Ohio

It was in September of 1959 that Japan’s Honda Motor Co. started selling motorcycles in the United States. Readers of a certain age will remember the tag line, “You meet the nicest people on a Honda,” that became part of the company’s early and very successful advertising campaign. Those initial Hondas included the Dream, the […]

By December 19, 2014 Read More →