There’s always a crop of newcomers and those reluctant to participate, lacking a clear understanding of the protocol and unwritten etiquette involved in serious car auctions. We asked a group of the world’s most experienced car auction participants for insider tips to avoid making rookie mistakes at a car auction.
Wayne Carini has a lifetime of experience in automobile restoration, and has worked on rare car collections owned by Letterman, Lendl and DuPont. He’s been featured in the New York Times and automobile magazines. For the past decade, Wayne has hosted the highly acclaimed Chasing Classic Cars on the Velocity Channel.
I had owned a 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL shortly after graduating college and loved that car for its purely mechanical appeal. The younger 230 SLK had so much of the same DNA it was remarkable. It felt like a modern roadster, yet was unmistakably Mercedes.