January kicked off collector-car auction season with a big bang and big dollars. Following Mecum’s $275M haul in Kissimmee, Florida mid-month, the traditional Arizona auctions added about $245M more to the tally, with $200M of that from Barrett-Jackson’s no-reserve sale in Scottsdale. Bonhams, though, had the highest-priced auction sale in Arizona, with $5.175M buying a Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ (as in 300+ mph test-track capability) for a car with just Bugatti’s test and delivery miles.
The 1960-1962 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II may not have starred in a blockbuster movie about a mischievous Chicago high-schooler playing hooky, but it is nevertheless one of the brightest stars in the Ferrari universe. A bit more focused on touring comfort than its athletic California Spider sibling, the Series II Cabriolet was nearly as fast. Its Pininfarina-designed-and-built body easily draws admiring glances more than six decades later. Just 200 were built, and the RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, Arizona auction is offering one with a plethora of concours and show trophies. The pre-sale estimate is $1.5M-$1.75M.
Bentley was born racing, and while most of its 100+ years have been spent away from the track, the company is going back with one of the 1929 Bentley Blower Continuation Cars it has built. The car, created using blueprints and 3D scans of an original car in Bentley’s Heritage Collection, will compete at three major historic automobile races through September. Bentley is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of its sixth and final victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a limited-edition series of 48 “Le Mans Collection” Continental GT and GTC models.
RM Sotheby’s returns to Amelia Island with yet another expertly curated auction docket for 2022 with 99 cars offered and a focused selection of choice collectibles and artworks preceding them.
Think you’re “a very good driver” like Raymond Babbitt? Here’s your chance to own the 1949 Buick Roadmaster from “Rain Man,” the 1988 film starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. The car has been owned by Hoffman for 34 years, and is now offered by Bonham’s at its Scottsdale auction, with a pre-sale estimate of $150k – $250k.
Numerous multi-million-dollar sales were recorded at Monterey this year, highlighted by a record-breaking sale at Gooding & Company’s auction of an extremely rare 1995 McLaren F1 for $20.465 million.
Vintage Rallies will be postponing their New England 1000 Rally until May 2021, but plan to host two rallies, Mountain Mille and Texas 1000, this fall. Hear all about the famous and exciting past participants, from country music star Alan Jackson to Keith Martin of Sports Car Market, along with all of the amazing past rally locations.
At the Mecum auction in Kissimmee, FL this month, one of the two Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT fastbacks featured in the Steve McQueen movie “Bullitt” sold for a breathtaking $3.75M (including buyer’s premium).