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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 →
Keno Brothers launch new classic car auction

Keno Brothers launch new classic car auction

The launches of two new classic car auction houses were announced Tuesday, and one of them figures to further enhance the growing popularity of the car-collecting hobby in the United States. Omaha-based Proxibid announced an exclusive partnership with Leigh and Lesie Keno and their business partner Ken Sterne in the launch of Keno Brothers, an […]

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Tracking Barrett-Jackson’s big Tuesday

Tracking Barrett-Jackson’s big Tuesday

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. Tuesday, January […]

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Mecum motorcycle auction tops $7.2 million

Mecum motorcycle auction tops $7.2 million

Mecum opened its 2015 classic vehicle auction calendar last week with the 24th annual Mecum MidAmerica Las Vegas sale, where 83-perfect of 590 motorcycles sold for $7,277,820. “As it has consistently done for the past 23 years, the Mecum MidAmerica Las Vegas motorcycle auction again set the market tone for collectible motorcycles in 2015,” Ron […]

By January 14, 2015 Read More →
Along for the ride in the Arizona Concours driving tour

Along for the ride in the Arizona Concours driving tour

The bright-yellow 1928 Packard 526 sedan chugged sedately up the hills and through the desert scenery of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, its five occupants reliving the arcane splendor of motoring from our grandparents’ day. More-modern cars rushed past, seeming impatient and unruly compared with our regal passage amid the Packard’s mechanical rumblings and pungent […]

By January 13, 2015 1 Comment Read More →