The great state of Florida has taken over from Arizona as the epicenter of the Collector Car Universe, with 3 significant events this past weekend. (more…)

Ferraris on Top in Scottsdale

Posted by on Thursday, January 22, 2015 in Event Recap, News

The Scottsdale Auction results are now piling in, and after all the dust has settled, it appears that all of the major auction houses were able to post solid numbers in 2015. The $292 million dollar total is the high-water mark in the week’s history, and reflects 18% bump from last year’s record total and a robust 82% overall sell-through rate. RM’s sale of the 1964 Ferrari 250 LM at $9.6 million has been claimed as the highest single car price in Scottsdale history, but in fact, Barrett-Jackson drove much of the overall increase, with more days, more cars, and the Ron Pratte Collection contributing to their $131.9 Million total. 8 of the top 10 sales for the 2015 Scottsdale Auction Week were indeed Ferraris, with nary a big American Full Classic in sight. (more…)

Scottsdale 2015 Results Look Promising

Posted by on Monday, January 19, 2015 in News

The 2015 Scottsdale Auction week is in the bag, and early results are showing that if once again, Scottsdale is a barometer for the entire year, then we’ll be looking at solid results overall, and spectacular results for the very best weapons-grade collector cars. With 8 of the top 10 sellers being Ferraris, it’s obvious that we’re seeing a generational shift in the market as the baby-boomers step up to the plate. (more…)

Scottsdale – The 2015 Market Kickoff

Posted by on Monday, January 12, 2015 in News

So I have to start by saying – Yes, I’m one of the lucky ones heading to Scottsdale for the 2015 Auction week, where we’re likely to see north of a quarter-billion dollars in fine motorcars trade hands.  Last year, the combined totals indicate an 82% sell-through with 2,321 lots changing  hands for a $24 million increase over 2013.  That’s an average of just over $100,000 per lot.  It was also a strong indicator of the market for the entire year, and proved quite accurate in 2014.  So, if you are in Scottsdale, we’ll look forward to seeing you.  If not, no worries – set your DVR on stun and enjoy the most impressive Scottsdale lineup to date. (more…)

A Tribute to Ed Herrmann

Posted by on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 in News

The collector car world is still in shock over the news that Ed Herrmann passed away on New Years Eve.  My first recollection of Mr. Herrmann’s work was his epic portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the TV miniseries, Eleanor and Franklin, and who could forget his turn as the bumbling rich husband of Goldie Hawn in Overboard. He voiced many History Channel programs about fine classic cars, and we also enjoyed his work in Dodge truck commercials for many years. An accomplished actor in films, television, and on the stage, he was famous for his craft, but few had any inclination of his love of classic cars. (more…)

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