RM Sotheby’s, Taj Ma Garaj, Dayton, Ohio, September 28, 2019

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Well, we’re a little late with this auction report. It got backed up with a succession of sales with more cars, but doesn’t deserve to be overlooked. Taj Ma Garaj was John Dixon’s passion, reflecting both his love of all things Porsche and also his inimitable if not unique desire to express his vision of […]

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Bonhams, London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, London, November 1, 2019

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Bonhams is the title sponsor for the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and their auction on the Friday before the Run itself is part of the weekend’s celebration of British motoring’s Emancipation from the infamous Red Flag law in 1905. As the total sale figure of under $2 million shows, this isn’t much about […]

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RM Sotheby’s, Olympia London, October 24, 2019

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RM Sotheby’s moved both the date and the venue of its annual auction in London. The date slid 6 weeks later from the early September schedule of 2013-2018 while the venue moved to the Olympia exhibition and conference centre in Kensington. Neither seemed to have beneficial effect with the sale total the second lowest since […]

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Barrett-Jackson, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, October 3-5, 2019

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Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” And while that may be appropriate for a philosopher it has little import for astute business managers, or at least those with larger minds. Barrett-Jackson has made consistency at its Las Vegas venue into a successful business, bringing a wide assortment of […]

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Worldwide Auctioneers, Corpus Christi Old Car Museum, October 4-5, 2019

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George Finley’s fascination with old vehicles knew no bounds, encompassing pretty much everything from pedal cars and motorcycles to paddle-shifted Ferraris. He also had a few notable passions such as his three Apollos and a serious affliction for 1938 Cadillacs. Of the latter there were seven in the Old Car Museum, and that doesn’t count […]

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Bonhams, Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Philadelphia, October 7, 2019

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Bonhams has positioned this sale since its inception in 2012 as congruent with Dr. Fred Simeone’s “Preserving the Automobile” theme. In this they have been moderately successful – although sometimes the vision has been supplemented by some really nice, restored cars (like this year’s Austin-Healey 100M Le Mans). There were barn finds galore in Philly […]

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