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Head West, Lou: The Auto Gallery Museum Auction

  The saying goes, “Boys and their Toys.” It seems that boys who played with cars when younger, well the toys just get bigger as they get older. This is true for Louie Savaglio. He grew up behind a body shop and loved going over there and watching them fix those cars. He was...

The top three sales of Auctions America’s Auburn Spring collector car weekend (Left to right - 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet, 2006 Ford GTX1 TT ‘Spyder’, 1987 Buick GNX). (Photo Credit: Mark Byler © 2015 Courtesy Auctions America.)

Late model collectibles steal the show at Auburn Spring

  AUBURN, Ind. – Auctions America hosted the first of its two annual sales at Indiana’s historic Auburn Auction Park over the weekend (May 7-9), bringing thousands of enthusiasts and families to its Auburn Spring collector car event. The auction, which offered a variety of memorabilia followed by a diverse selection of 350 vehicles,...

Bugatti Brescia châssis 2628, circa 1925. (estimate : $170,000 - $280,000 USD)

Exceptional barnfind Bugatti Brescia heads to auction

  PARIS – The collectors’ car department at Artcurial will present their most recent discovery – a Bugatti Brescia chassis 2628 circa 1925 – at the 8th edition of the “Automobiles sur les Champs” sale. This outstanding and extremely rare automobile, owned by Bugatti enthusiast Bernard Terrillon, is one of just 12 surviving examples...

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1933 Essex Terraplane auctioned in front of Dillinger Museum

  HAMMOND, Ind. – Roger Pace, a local realtor from Crown Point, recently added a black 1933 Essex (Hudson) Terraplane 8, the car that was known as the notorious John Dillinger’s favorite car to steal and own, to his classic and antique car collection. The car was previously owned by the South Shore Convention...

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Amazing barn finds, muscle and more at Automania

The summer is always packed full of car auctions and shows in the U.S. VanDerBrink Auctions, LLC has been asked to conduct a classic vehicle, motorcycle and more consignment auction during one of the Midwest’s largest FREE car shows on June 27 in Brandon, S.D. Just 10 miles from where Yvette grew up, will...

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Scam Alert: Beware of organized scam on Craigslist

DES PLAINES, Ill. – The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today issued a warning to the public about an organized scam involving sales of vehicles through the popular online market place, Craigslist. Working with law enforcement agencies in the Chicago area and across the Midwest, NICB has identified nearly 100 instances of sales of...

Top-seller - The record-setting 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet (credit: Ben Majors © 2015 courtesy RM Sotheby’s)

Andrews Collection sets new record for a single-vendor auto auction

  RM Sotheby’s set a new record for a private automobile collection auction last weekend (May 2), generating a remarkable $53,887,585* with 100 percent of all lots sold at its sale of the Paul and Chris Andrews Collection in Fort Worth, Texas.  The impressive results from the single-day, single-vendor sale reaffirm RM’s position as...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: May 7, 2015

  Q. This name plate is brass and roughly 5 by 4 inches. Is there any history on it, and how many years did they make them? — Frank Scimemi, Groton, Mass. A. I’m not sure how well your photo will reproduce, but it’s a Cadillac data plate from the 1920-’21 period. The stamped...

A 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger RT Hardtop (courtesy of Auctions America)

Gearing up for Auburn Spring Collector Car Weekend

  AUBURN, Ind. – Fresh on the heels of its record Fort Lauderdale sale, Auctions America eagerly awaits the return of its Auburn Spring Collector Car Weekend, May 7-9 at Indiana’s historic Auburn Auction Park. One of two collector car events hosted each year by the company at its Auburn headquarters, Auburn Spring has...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: April 30, 2015

Q. I have a stock Model A Ford engine which lacks the external oil drain tube. Nor is there a provision for one. I hope you or your readers can tell me why that pipe is lacking. — A.D. Drake, Portland, Ore. A. I’m pretty sure it’s because you have a Model B engine,...