A $20,000 build at the time of its creation, the 1929 Cord L-29 sold for $2.42 million this weekend at RM Auctions. Of the 5,010 L-29s produced, only twelve are known to remain in existence. This “one-off” design was the first American car to receive awards at the Paris, Monte Carlo and Beaulieu Concours d’Elegance all in the same year and has remained quite popular ever since. According to RM Auctions, its accompanying document files are complete with comprehensive history, including a period description of the car with historic images of Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky with his creation and another image with “Ziegfield Girl” Marion Dodge posing with the car, as well as restoration images, articles, correspondence and more.
Metro Moulded Parts recently announced the availability of two great new products: 1970-81 GM Front Door Window Stop Bumpers and 1997-04 Corvette Targa Top Rear Seals!
1970-81 GM Front Door Window Stop Bumpers: Sometimes it’s the little things that count for so much…especially with automotive rubber detail items! For years restorers and collectors have been forced to rely on “universal” rubber stops, which seem to fit everything, but are not always quite correct for anything. Metro’s new rubber window stops have been precision molded from durable rubber of the right hardness (durometer rating), and are shaped correctly too. These new stops fit the following models:
- 70-71 GM ‘F’ body 2 door hardtops
- 70-72 GM ‘A’ body 2 door hardtops and convertibles
- 70 GM ‘B’/’C’ body 2 door hardtops and convertibles
- 70 Chevrolet ‘B’ body 2 door models
- 71-76 GM ‘B’/’C’/’D’/’E’ body 2 & 4 models except 71-72 Chevrolet ‘B’ body 2 door models
1997-04 Corvette Targa Top Rear Seals: This latest rear seal will work along with Metro’s existing side seals to help eliminate excessive wind noise, vibration, and poor-fitting targa-style tops. With just the right amount of “softness” and the correct molded shapes in all corners and edges, it will help your factory targa-top fit snugly and look terrific. Replace that ill-fitting, cracked, or hardened original seal in your 1997-2004 Corvette, with this top quality US-made targa-top real seal.
With the continued expansion of Bonhams’ motorcar sales around the globe, the auction house has announced that this year it will be hosting its August auction from a new, larger venue on the Quail Lodge grounds in Carmel Valley.
“Having outgrown our existing site at Quail Lodge, were keen to provide better facilities for our clients,” said Mark Osborne, Head of Motoring at Bonhams. “This new location – on the lawns at the western end of the property – has ample plein aire viewing against the backdrop of the stunning wooded highlands. It is much more open and accessible and enables our clients to park at the sale site while providing greater space on preview and auction days, two key aims of our move.”
Now in its 15th year, the Bonhams Sale of Exceptional Collectors’ Cars is the longest standing auction of any on the peninsula, and is regarded as a cornerstone of the Pebble Beach Car Week.
Renowned for their specialty of presenting pedigree racing and sports cars alongside rare hand-built tourers, Bonhams has achieved numerous world-record prices at Quail Lodge, including the standing records for the marques Jaguar, Talbot-Lago, Porsche, Isotta-Fraschini and Lagonda. Furthermore, important collections sold at Quail Lodge include those of Michael L. Amalfitano, Sidney & Jenny Craig, David Uihlein and The Rosso Bianco Collection.
Current world records achieved at Quail Lodge include:
1. 1960 Jaguar E2A Le Mans Sports-Racing Two-Seater Prototype - $4,957,000
2. 1939 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS Coachwork by M. Pourtout, Design by Georges Paulin - $4,847,000
3. 1972-73 Porsche 917 Interserie Spyder née 1970 Gulf-JWA Le Mans 917K Coupe - $3,965,000
4. 1913 Isotta-Fraschini 100-120 hp Tipo KM 4 Four-Seat Torpedo Tourer - $1,492,000
5. 1936 Lagonda LG45R Rapide Sports-Racing Two-Seater - $1,382,000
Bonhams is once again looking to make history and is now accepting consignments of rare and pedigree motorcars of all vintages. Interested sellers may e-mail email@example.com or contact one of the following motorcar experts:
- Mark Osborne, Head of Department, San Francisco: 415-391-4000
- Rupert Banner, VP Business Development, New York: 212-461-6515
The 2012 Bonhams Auction of Exceptional Collectors’ Cars will take place Thursday and Friday, August 16th and 17th at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California.
Mecum Auctions has consigned the impressive MV Agusta Collection to their 2012 auction in Monterey, California comprised of 71 machines ranging from a 1946 MV 98 “3 Velocita” race model, to a 2007 MV F4 1000/312 Bonneville. This one-of-a-kind gathering of exquisite motorcycles is the result of collector Gary Kohs’ lifelong mission to acquire only the very finest examples of what many consider to be the “Ferrari of the motorcycle world,” and has assembled an amazing collection of Count Giovanni Agusta’s legacy of rolling Italian art. This unprecedented offering at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Saturday August 18, 2012 will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire one of the finest motorcycle collections in the world as a single lot on the auction block.
“A collection of this scale, depth, and quality is a rare accomplishment worthy of international celebration,” says Gavin Trippe, motorcycle division manager at Mecum Auctions. “It is essentially a complete museum exhibit poised for showcasing MV Agusta’s mark of excellence that can be displayed in less than 5,000 square feet of space. We are pleased that Mr. Kohs has entrusted Mecum to offer his world-class collection at our auction in Monterey. Headlined by the 1953/54 ex-works 125 Grand Prix Racer, winner of the Isle of Man TT, virtually every model of motorcycle, race bike, scooter, and agricultural tricycle from the MV factory is represented. This could easily be considered the opportunity of a lifetime.”
Collector and enthusiast Gary Kohs comments, “This is not just a collection of motorcycles, this is a collection of art, and I’m thrilled that Dana Mecum and his staff agree that keeping it together as one is so important. MV Agusta is the only marque that can truly represent the post-war history of the motorcycle, and I look forward to sharing it all with the international motorcycle community.”
The MV Agusta Collection will be on display for preview during the month of May in Indianapolis, Ind., as well as Monterey, Calif. in July and August during MotoGP at Laguna Seca, and will remain on display in Monterey until the auction Aug. 16-18. For the most up to date information, schedule of events, preview times, visit www.mecum.com/mvagusta or call 262.275.5050.
Mecum 2012 Monterey Auction
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa
1 Old Golf Course Road
Monterey, Calif. 93940
Aug. 16-18, 2012
Preview: Gates open Thursday-Saturday at 8 a.m.
Auction: Auction begins Thursday- Saturday at 10 a.m.
(All Times Pacific)
By Matt Agosta, President of Steele Rubber Products and ARMO Legislative Chair
The beginning of the year got off with a bang for our lawmakers; just look at the notices from the SEMA Washington office for proof of that. Many of our state legislatures are considering pro-automotive legislation, but are some going way out in left field?
Take the state of Virginia which introduced a bill authorizing local municipalities and counties to raise property taxes on un-plated vehicles, not currently exempt, to a tune of $100 to $500 per vehicle per year. Exempted are cars and parts under restoration or repair stored on private property for fewer than 60 days. This would dilute existing state law that limits the ability of local authorities to implement restrictive ordinances preventing collectors from pursuing their hobby. Under current law, at least two inoperable vehicles being actively repaired or restored on private property are exempt from any local ordinance if shielded or screened from public view.
Fortunately, many hobbyists responded to the SEMA Action Network (SAN)call to action. Working with Virginia’s hobbyist groups, the SAN was successful in making changes to the proposed bill; totally exempting all vehicles 25 years or older and exempting all other vehicles undergoing restoration or repair that are stored on private property for less than 60 days. All vehicles stored within a structure would remain exempt. This bill has been approved by the House of Delegates and must now move to the Senate. Who knows what the final outcome will be.
Why is the car hobby singled out? Are we an easy mark? We have got to be vigilant in protecting our right to pursue our hobby. When I see laws like this introduced, it makes me wonder to what extent lawmakers will go to fill their coffers or what rights I will be forced to give up. What’s next, a tax on unused furniture sitting in storage? Will they impose a tax on our aging parents if they are no longer making a contribution to humanity? I know that sounds silly, but laws like this can be a slippery slope. We see it being played out today at the Federal level with more government intrusion in our lives.
I’ve said it before; lawmakers don’t intentionally make laws to hurt good people. As was the case in Virginia, they just don’t know or are unaware of the unintended consequences of their bills. It’s up to us to help them see how we are affected. The point here is that there is a better chance to influence the outcome of a bad bill if you get involved early in the process. Once the bill becomes law, it’s nearly impossible to make changes. Lawmakers just don’t want to re-visit issues that have already been decided, even if it was a bad decision.
So, the next time we get a SAN Action Alert, we can’t wait for the other guy to take action. He might not be there to help us. Or if you become aware of an issue that could affect you and/or the hobby, let us know by alerting the SEMA Washington office. They have helped me with a local zoning ordinance in the past and I know they can also help you.
Today, my heart belongs to Classic Factory’s modern interpretation of the Jaguar E-Type, the Lyonheart K. Sorry Ferrari.
The LYONHEART K, an all-new, truly British luxury sports car was launched on February 21, 2012.
Classic Factory, the Swiss design company, recently enjoyed a huge worldwide success with its modern interpretation of the legendary Jaguar E-Type, designed by Robert Palm in collaboration with Bo Zolland. In order to meet customer demand, decision was taken to build a limited series.
Robert Palm, CEO of Classic Factory, said: “We want to make the ‘Made In England’ label into a truthful concept, not just a statement. Every part of the Lyonheart K is developed, engineered and hand-built in England. The design clues of the Lyonheart K reflect Britishness at its best: cool, elegant, refined, understated yet powerful and dynamic.”
The 5.0 Litre Supercharged V8 delivers 550PS and 680Nm of torque. Carbon fibre panels cover a state-of-the-art aluminium chassis, keeping the weight below 1600kg. The Lyonheart K reaches 100kph in under 4 seconds and tops 300kph (electronically limited).
Lyonheart’s design philosophy is simple, use only genuine materials: carbon fibre, leather, veneer, polished stainless steel, brushed aluminium and chromed metal, nothing else. Extreme attention has been given to every exterior and interior detail. The aluminium engine is revealed by opening the traditional, front-hinged clamshell bonnet.
The Lyonheart K is entirely hand-built in Coventry by skilled craftsmen and a new company has been founded: Lyonheart Cars Ltd. The order books for the 50 first Lyonheart K cars are now open at a basic price of EUR 495,000 (without taxes). The estimated delivery time is 18 months.
For more information: www.lyonheart.com
ClassicCars.com has just released My Garage, a feature that allows you to save up to 100 of your favorite cars on the site. You will find My Garage on the right hand side of every page, directly under the last twelve listings you’ve viewed.
To add cars to My Garage, simply click the Add to My Garage button on the classified listings of your choice:
MY garage is nearly full already… Start adding cars to yours!
Mecum Auctions has announced a two-day auction extravaganza, Texas style! The largest collector car auction company rolls into Houston, Texas, for its inaugural event April 13-14, 2012. The Reliant Center will accommodate over 600 vehicles all conveniently displayed under one roof.
A wide variety of vehicles will cross the auction block; highlights include longtime Houston businessman and collector Sterling McCall offering 25 cars from his “Old Car Museum,” such as a 1931 Cadillac V12 Roadster (Lot S98) and a 1936 Cadillac V16 Sedan (Lot S94). Amos Minter, a well-known Thunderbird collector who also hails from the Lone Star State, will auction an award winning Red/Red 1957 Ford Thunderbird (Lot S117) from his personal collection.
President and CEO Dana Mecum expressed, “Last October our company made its Texas debut in the city of Dallas where we were met with a rollicking response. We recognized that Southeast Texas was also hungry for the Mecum brand of auction action, so naturally we gravitated toward the great city of Houston and are excited to bring our auction experience to The Reliant Center.”
The Houston auction is open to the general public beginning Friday morning and continues through Saturday. Gates open daily at 8 a.m. Central Time with tickets available at the door for only $15. Discovery’s Velocity Network will broadcast live from The Reliant Center during both days of action. Don’t get left out in the cold, as the consignments are quickly filling the schedule; if you want to be part of this historic inaugural auction event as a buyer or seller go to www.mecum.com or call 262.275.5050.