The Alfa 8C 2300 stalls, the Ferrari sprints and the hearse survivesDespite a drop in sales compared to 2019, the Bonhams auction was not a bad result, according to an analysis. The most expensive car sold was a 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet for $1,930,000, which had earned a silver medal at Pebble Beach in 2014. However, the most important result was Lee Iacocca’s Dodge Viper RT/10, which sold for $285,500, thanks to the "Iacocca factor." The auction also saw some good deals, such as a Rolls Royce Silver Spur Landaulette from 1987, which sold for just $17,920, and a 1939 Packard Super Eight hearse, which sold for £58,240.
Stellar ValuesThe Bullitt Ford Mustang, driven by Steve McQueen in the iconic car chase scene, was sold for $3.74 million at Mecum's auction in Kissimmee, Florida. The car, which remained hidden for many years, was sold by a Warner Bros. employee to its current owner for $6,000 in 1974. It was offered at the auction fully documented and without reserve, and attracted a lot of attention from buyers and enthusiasts. Other movie cars were also offered, including Christine's Fury from the 1983 horror film, a 1967 Shelby GT500 from "Gone in 60 Seconds," and a Shelby Cobra from "Le Mans '66," all of which sold for high prices due to their movie history.
Auctions in the Middle EastThe Asian collector car market is much younger than the European or American one, and recent supercars and hypercars have joined the classic ones. Three auction houses recently competed in the Arab market, with RM Sotheby's achieving the best results due to its reasonable reserve prices and the use of the Abu Dhabi track as an auction venue. However, high reserve prices and strict regulations for car registrations in these countries still pose a challenge for the collector car market. The trend towards finding strange and different vehicles is confirmed, with "Thor24," a large custom truck, becoming the third most expensive vehicle of the year. The market for special Formula 1s remains lively, with the Ferrari F2002 with Michael Schumacher selling for $6,643,750.
These, you need to know aboutIn this article, the author presents a list of top 10 "hidden gem" cars from international events in 2019. These cars are chosen based on the emotions they evoke and their predicted impact in the future. The list includes unique and historically important models such as the 1969 Howmet TX Turbine, 1929 Mercedes Benz 710 SS, and the 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. The article provides a brief history of each car and their current owners.
The Times They are A-Changin’Despite the focus on new mobility, many young people still find vintage cars fun and nostalgic. At the London-Brighton 2019 event for pre-1905 motor vehicles, young people were enthusiastic participants as drivers and passengers. Such events are cultural treasures that do not pollute the air as much as modern vehicles. The young participants represent a world that values the need to safeguard and protect heritage that commands respect.
The Good, the Bad and the UglyThe article discusses three different collectors: the Bad, the Good, and the Ugly, each with their unique taste in cars. The Bad collects rare and vintage cars, including the Abarth Sport by Pininfarina, the Fiat 1100 by Allemano, and the Cisitalia Cabriolet by Pininfarina. The Good admires Mercedes convertibles, Italian racing cars, a classic Porsche 911, and an American Mustang Bullitt. The Ugly is drawn to historic single-seater models, the Ferrari 166, and American dream cars such as the Cadillac and Corvette. The tenth vehicle chosen by the Ugly is a rare Citroen Type H camper van with a hidden toilet.
Audrain Concours d’Elegance: a new School?The Audrain Concours & Motor week represents a different event in the international automotive scene. The successful mix of private concerts, gala dinners in exclusive locations, open activities, young audiences, cars of exceptional level, allowed the organizers to offer a 360-degree event, young, diverse and fun. Among the elements of unicity compared to other "traditional" competitions of elegance, there is also the judging method adopted at the Concorso d'Eleganza. Although it retains all the classic elements typical of a Concours, Audrain differs by proposing a new method.