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Steve Green AMC Collection vehicles to be sold

More than 50 vehicles from the Steve Green AMC Collection will be sold at the Auto Fair at the Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. Also a look ahead to the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction; the Worldwide Auctioneers' Houston Classic Auction; plus a review of top sellers at the McCormick Palm Springs Classic Car Auction and Bonhams' collector car sale in London.

Tom Mack Auction at AutoFair

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Offered at no reserve, this 1959 Ford Skyliner retractable
hardtop will be among the more than 300 collector vehicles
consigned to the Tom Mack Classics Auction at the AutoFair
inside the Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Tom Mack Classics photo)

More than 50 vehicles from the Steve Green AMC Collection will be sold at The Auction@AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway, near Charlotte, N.C., on April 3-4. The vehicles will be offered at no reserve and will sell to new owners regardless of price.

Green was a New York real estate developer, and had a passion for AMC cars of the 1960s and ’70s. At every opportunity, he bought the most original, low-mileage and rare examples he could find. Health issues forced the recent decision to sell his collection. Included in the auction is the final Matador produced, once owned by Dick Teague, famous Packard-AMC chief designer; three AMX fastbacks; ’74 Javelin AMX; ’70 Rebel “The Machine” hardtop; and several Gremlins, Pacers, Ambassadors and Hornets.

Among the Green Collection cars offered, their body styles range from two-seat muscle cars to station wagons, most with incredibly low miles.

The Auction@AutoFair is a semi-annual event and a part of the national Antique Automobile Club of America show. The auction will be a two-day event and offer up to 300 vehicles. The auction will begin on April 3 at 1 p.m. and April 4 at 11 a.m.

For more information on this auction, call 1-888-866-6225 or visit

[Editor’s Note: Look for the Old Cars Weekly vending trailer at the AutoFair in the Orange Field, set up in spaces EO-28 and EO-29. Come and say hello to either Auction Editor Ron Kowalke or Advertising Specialist Hank Stanczyk as well as take advantage of special pricing on books, periodicals and subscriptions.]

Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach
South Florida is poised to welcome car enthusiasts and collectors from around the world when they unite this spring to enjoy the excitement and lavish parties provided by Barrett-Jackson’s seventh annual Palm Beach Collector Car Auction. This year, more than 400 collector vehicles will be auctioned at no reserve April 9-11, at the Americraft Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach. Live, high-definition TV coverage will once again be provided by SPEED.

The event will kick off on April 8, with a preview day for auction bidders and consignors. Bidding will begin on April 9 and continue until the last vehicle crosses the block on April 11.

Last year’s event drew more than 67,000 attendees and helped raise $1.1 million for various local and national charities.

“Following a successful auction in Scottsdale, we’re ready to return to South Florida for another great event,” said Craig Jackson, chairman/CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “There were many surprises during the January event. We believe that the Palm Beach docket will offer the same excitement and a fresh batch of auction surprises.”

A myriad of performance vehicles and Classic cars are on the auction list, and scheduled to cross the block is a 1969 Chevy Camaro RS/SS custom built by Super Chevy magazine and Route 66 Motorsports. Dubbed “Project American Heroes,” all proceeds from the sale of the Camaro will benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. In addition, proceeds from the sale of Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 NASCAR stock car will benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., through the Hendrick Foundation for Children.

“The 2009 Palm Beach auction will feature top-tier vehicles, along with mid-range and more affordable cars,” added Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “This mix will attract a broad range of collectors, as well as enthusiasts looking to celebrate this great hobby. We took a similar approach in Scottsdale and the feedback from buyers and sellers was positive.”

Cadillacs at WorldWide Houston

WorldWide Auctioneers’ Houston Classic Auction will offer for
sale 15 Cadillacs from the Sterling McCall Museum Collection.
Among the Cadillacs to be offered is this V-16-powered 1931
all-weather phaeton. (WorldWide Auctioneers photo)

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Collectors at Worldwide Auctioneers’ fifth annual Houston Classic Auction on May 2 will get the chance to bid for a selection of Cadillacs, currently on display in the Sterling McCall Cadillac Museum. “The offering comprises 15 examples of this revered luxury brand, spanning some six decades,” said Rod Egan, managing partner and chief auctioneer.

“It’s exciting to be able to offer such a fantastic range of hand-selected automobiles from such a well-respected collector and car guy as Mr. McCall.” The Sterling McCall Collection ranges from a 1904 Model B rear-entry touring through a ’31 V-16 all-weather phaeton to a restored ’31 V-12 sport phaeton and ’39 V-16 convertible sedan to ’60 Eldorado convertible.

The Houston Classic Auction looks set to once again reward collectors from around the world with a varied selection of automobiles. Early consignments include a 1933 Duesenberg LaGrande dual-cowl phaeton, ’36 Delahaye 135 S competition teardrop coupe, ’51 Ferrari 340 America Berlinetta coupe, ’60 Scarab Grand Prix race car and ’54 Jaguar XK D-type.
Held in conjunction with the 14th annual Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance, the Houston Classic Auction will take place at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas.
For more information on this event, call 260-927-0000 or visit

McCormick Palm Springs top sales
Jason McCormick reporting
Keith McCormick’s 46th Palm Springs Classic Car Auction continued to show strength in the collector car market with many of the 480 vehicles consigned to the sale finding buyers. The sale was held Feb. 20-22 at the Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs, Calif.

Noteworthy sales included a 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 cabriolet that sold for $94,500, ’64 Rolls-Royce Mulliner Park Ward sedan that sold for $79,000, ’59 Chevrolet El Camino pickup that sold for $57,750 and a ’66 Ford Mustang convertible that sold for $43,000.

For complete results of this auction, call 760-320-3290 or visit

Bonhams launches new sale room
Bonhams new sale room adjacent to Oxford’s airport, near London, took off with no problem March 8 with 500 people vying for 40 cars at the first Bonhams collector car sale in the historic city.

The sale achieved a total of $1,336,500 with over 95 percent of cars sold — 39 of the 41 that were offered, a strong result for these financially trying times.

James Knight, of Bonhams Collectors Car International Department, said, “If you are fortunate enough to have cash liquidity and are keen to put some of it into a tangible asset, something you can enjoy, then collector cars are proving to be an interesting alternative investment.”

Top lot in the sale was a 1972 Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta that sold for $199,400. The second highest price paid, $181,200, was for a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II, which provided a spirited bidding battle. The telephone bidder who finally secured the car had test driven it a week previously in the Oxfordshire lanes so he could bid with absolute confidence. He was up against a couple in the audience who were equally keen to buy the car, but came up short.

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