Number Crunching the Arizona Collector Car Auction Week

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These results are tabulated by the good folks at Hagerty Collector Car Insurance, and while you may really enjoy people paying tons and tons of money for collector cars, or alternately, you may hate it, the information is always interesting to say the least.  So here’s the numbers according to www.hagerty.com

I didn’t make it to every sale, but most of them, so a few photos here by Kirk Gerbracht and yours true.  If you’ve never done auction week in Arizona, I’d suggest it for your bucket List.

Thanks…MS

 

Scottsdale Auction Week
January 18, 2015 (Results through January 17, 2015)

Listed below are the raw results witnessed by Hagerty during the live auctions and may not factor in any post-sale deals that have occurred.  These numbers include the appropriate buyer’s premiums.

Overall through Saturday from all auction companies
Cumulative Total: $276.4M
2,304/2,687 lots sold: 86% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $119,946

Overall Top 10 Sales from all auctions through Saturday:
1. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM Coupe Sold For $9,625,000 (RM)
2. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Coupe Sold For $9,405,000 (Bonhams)
3. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Sold For $7,700,000 (Gooding & Company)
4. 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet Sold For $4,070,000 (Gooding)
5. 1950 General Motors Futurliner Bus Sold For $4,000,000 (Barrett-Jackson)*
6. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Coupe Sold For $3,657,500 (RM)
7. 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Spyder Sold For $3,300,000
7. 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car Sold For $3,300,000 (Barrett-Jackson)
9. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 Coupe Sold For $2,750,000 (RM)
9. 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO Coupe Sold For $2,750,000 (RM)
*Car sold for charity

2014 Cumulative Results through Saturday
Cumulative Total: $239.3M
2,076/2,510 lots sold: 83% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $115,248

Results broken down by Auction Company

 

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BARRETT-JACKSON
Cumulative Total through Saturday: $120.7M
1,458/1,480 lots sold: 99% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $82,749

Overall Top 10 Sales:
1. 1950 General Motors Futurliner Parade Of Progress Tour Bus Sold For $4,000,000*
2. 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car Sold For $3,300,000
3. 1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Coupe Sold For $1,650,000
4. 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster Sold For $1,595,000
5. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe Sold For $1,100,000
6. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 320B Cabriolet Sold For $1,045,000
7. 2016 Shelby Mustang GT350 Coupe Sold For $1,000,000*
8. 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Sold For $800,000
9. 2015 BMW M5 Sedan Sold For $700,000
10. 1936 Delahaye “Whatthehaye” Street-Rod Sold For $671,000
*Car sold for charity

Saturday total: $51.6M
258/280 lots sold: 92% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $200,164

Top 10 Saturday Sales:
1. 1950 General Motors Futurliner Parade Of Progress Tour Bus Sold For $4,000,000*
2. 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car Sold For $3,300,000
3. 1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Coupe Sold For $1,650,000
4. 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster Sold For $1,595,000
5. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe Sold For $1,100,000
6. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 320B Cabriolet Sold For $1,045,000
7. 2016 Shelby Mustang GT350 Coupe Sold For $1,000,000*
8. 1936 Delahaye “Whatthehaye” Street-Rod Sold For $671,000
9. 1991 Ferrari F40 Coupe Sold For $638,000
10. 2005 Ford GT Coupe Sold For $605,000
*Car sold for charity

2014 Results through Saturday
Cumulative Total: $100.9M
1,246/1,255 lots sold: 99% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $80,942

BONHAMS
Overall total: $24.8M
73/84 lots sold: 87%
Average Sale Price: $340,058

Overall Top 10 Sales:
1. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Coupe Sold For $9,405,000
2. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe Sold For $1,375,000
3. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Sold For $1,237,500
4. 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 R&P Roadster Sold For $1,017,500
5. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Sold For $902,000
6. 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Coupe Sold For $748,000
7. 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Roadster Sold For $671,000
8. 1914 American Underslung 646 5-Passenger Touring Sold For $528,000
9. 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Coupe Sold For $511,500
10. 1948 Automobile Shippers Special Indy Roadster Sold For $473,000

Overall 2014 Results for comparrison
Total: $23.5M
86/101 lots sold: 85% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $272,890

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GOODING & CO
Overall Total: $51.5M
114/126 lots sold: 91% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $451,900

Overall Top 10 Sales:
1. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Sold For $7,700,000
2. 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet (closed headlight) Sold For $4,070,000
3. 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder Sold For $2,420,000
4. 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 Coupe Sold For $1,980,000
5. 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Coupe Sold For $1,925,000
6. 1959 BMW 507 Roadster Sold For $1,815,000
7. 1988 Porsche 959 Sport Coupe Sold For $1,705,000
8. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder Sold For $1,595,000
9. 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Sold For $1,567,500
10. 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 R&P Roadster Sold For $1,155,000
10. 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S Coupe Sold For $1,155,000

Saturday total: $26.2M
58/62 lots sold: 94% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $451,735

Top 10 Saturday Sales:
1. 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet (closed headlight) Sold For $4,070,000
2. 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder Sold For $2,420,000
3. 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 Coupe Sold For $1,980,000
4. 1988 Porsche 959 Sport Coupe Sold For $1,705,000
5. 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Sold For $1,567,500
6. 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S Coupe Sold For $1,155,000
7. 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 R&P Roadster Sold For $979,000
8. 1936 Auburn 852 Supercharged Boattail Speedster Sold For $770,000
9. 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe Sold For $698,500
10. 1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 Coupe Sold For $682,000

Overall 2014 Results for comparison
Total: $48.9M
109/117 lots sold: 93% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $448,730

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RM Auctions
Overall Total: $59.8M
104/123 lots sold: 86% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $574,863

Overall Top 10 Sales:
1. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM Coupe Sold For $9,625,000
2. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Coupe Sold For $3,657,500
3. 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder Sold For $3,300,000
4. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 Longnose Coupe Sold For $2,750,000
4. 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO Coupe Sold For $2,750,000
6. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder Sold For $2,365,000
7. 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SVJ Coupe Sold For $1,897,500
8. 1962 Ferrari 250 SII Cabriolet Sold For $1,705,000
9. 1965 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS Coupe Sold For $1,650,000
10. 2005 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione Coupe Sold For $1,622,500

2014 Results for comparison
Total: $45.6M
108/126 lots sold: 86% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $421,884

RUSSO AND STEELE
Cumulative Total through Saturday: $16.1M
337/550 lots sold: 61% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $47,728

Overall Top 10 Sales:
1. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Sold For $1,430,000
2. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Sport Coupe Sold For $335,500
3. 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Sportsroof Sold For $330,000
4. 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Coupe Sold For $302,500
5. 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster Sold For $286,000
6. 1970 Plymouth Cuda Hemi Hardtop Coupe Sold For $247,500
7. 2001 Prevost XL Sold For $206,250
8. 1959 Echidna Chassis #2 Roadster Sold For $162,800
9. 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman Cabriolet Sold For $151,250
10. 1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Sold For $143,000

Saturday total: $8.4M
99/171 lots sold: 58%
Average Sale Price: $85,275

Top 10 Saturday Sales:
1. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Sold For $1,430,000
2. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Sport Coupe Sold For $335,500
3. 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 SportsRoof Sold For $330,000
4. 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Coupe Sold For $302,500
5. 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster Sold For $286,000
6. 1970 Plymouth Cuda Hemi Hardtop Coupe Sold For $247,500
7. 2001 Prevost XL Sold For $206,250
8. 1959 Echidna Chassis #2 Roadster Sold For $162,800
9. 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman Cabriolet Sold For $151,250
10. 1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Sold For $143,000

2014 Results through Saturday for comparison
Cumulative Total: $17.3M
348/580 lots sold: 60% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $49,829

SILVER
Cumulative Total through Saturday: $3.5M
218/324 lots sold: 67%
Average Sale Price: $16,039

Overall Top 10 Sales:
1. 1956 DeSoto Firedome Convertible Sold For $85,320
2. 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Coupe Sold For $82,080
3. 1997 Lamborghini Diablo Sold For $71,280
4. 1931 Packard Standard 8 Convertible Sold For $64,800
5. 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Sold For $60,480
6. 1975 Porsche 911 Sold For $59,940
7. 1932 Ford Hi-Boy Roadster Sold For $56,160
8. 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle 396/325 Hardtop Coupe Sold For $52,380
9. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Sport Coupe Sold For $48,600
10. 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe Sold For $44,280

Saturday total: $2.0M
110/160 lots sold: 69%
Average Sale Price: $17,994

Top 10 Saturday Sales:
1. 1956 DeSoto Firedome Convertible  Sold For $85,320
2. 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Coupe Sold For $82,080
3. 1997 Lamborghini Diablo Sold For $71,280
4. 1931 Packard Standard 8 Convertible Sold For $64,800
5. 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Sold For $60,480
6. 1975 Porsche 911 Sold For $59,940
7. 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle 396/325 Hardtop Coupe Sold For $52,380
8. 1951 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Sold For $43,200
9. 1952 Chevrolet Custom Sold For $38,880
10. 1955 Ford Fairlane Sunliner Convertible Sold For $35,100

2014 Results for comparison
Total: $3.1M
179/331 lots sold: 54%
Average Sale Price: $17,414

SHELBY AMERICAN LAUNCHES 2015 SHELBY GT MUSCLECAR FOR ENTHUSIASTS WORLDWIDE

Anticipation in what lies beneath...

Anticipation in what lies beneath…

This news from my friends at Shelby American…

photos by Kirk Gerbracht 

My friend, Shelby American's official Vice President of fun and nitrous, Gary Patterson, takes the media and assembled crowd of fans for a walk around the new Shelby GT.

My friend, Shelby American’s official Vice President of fun and nitrous, Gary Patterson, takes the media and assembled crowd of fans for a walk around the new Shelby GT.

LAS VEGAS – Jan. 16, 2015 – Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), launched the first global Shelby GT muscle car, which is based on the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT. One of the most popular cars in Shelby history the 627 HP 2015 Shelby GT was unveiled today at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in Ford Motor Company’s booth. Shelby is now taking orders with delivery of cars planned for the beginning of the second quarter of 2015.

Shelby CEO Mr. Conway, quoted just below, is the white haired gent in the middle of this lineup

Shelby CEO Mr. Conway, quoted just below, is the white haired gent in the middle of this lineup

“This 2015 Shelby GT incorporates all of the engineering lessons we’ve learned building high performance vehicles over the past 50 years,” said Joe Conway, co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American “With the international distribution of the current Ford Mustang, we worked closely with our partners to develop a car that can be offered in both North America and overseas. It’s the first Shelby muscle car in our history designed from day one to be a truly global vehicle.”

Lots of special Ford people on hand, including Patricia and Bob Bondurant here with Patterson

Lots of special Ford people on hand, including Patricia and Bob Bondurant here with Patterson

In 2007, Ford Division, Carroll Shelby and Ford Racing created the Shelby GT. Beginning as 4.6L Mustang GT’s assembled at Ford, they were shipped to Shelby in Las Vegas for transformation. Around 8,000 Shelby GT’s were built from 2007 to 2008 and the wildly popular car dominated its SCCA racing class. In 2013, Shelby American returned the Shelby GT to its lineup after a five year hiatus.

New GT isn't cheap, but packs high levels of exclusive vehicle specific content and lots of opportunity for personalization to make your Shelby GT truly YOUR Shelby GT

New GT isn’t cheap, but packs high levels of exclusive vehicle specific content and lots of opportunity for personalization to make your Shelby GT truly YOUR Shelby GT

“We took a new approach with the 2015 Shelby GT,” said Shelby American Vice President of Operations Akos J. Feher. “We had a lot of fun designing these cars and ended up building the most powerful Shelby GT ever offered without sacrificing reliability. All exterior parts were designed and developed in-house, with every component exclusive to Shelby. We only used lightweight carbon fiber for all the aerodynamic components, including the brand new hood. The components were designed to allow a high level of customization for our customers, like the new billet aluminum front grilles.”

Who doesn't like Big Power?  Shelby supercharges the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 up to 627 horse

Who doesn’t like Big Power? Shelby supercharges the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 up to 627 horse

Every aspect of the Shelby GT is enhanced to create a potent all-around performer. Like it’s predecessor, this car features Ford Racing Performance Parts including a 627 HP supercharger, performance handling kit and half shafts. Gearing has been upgraded 3.73 gears and paired with chrome-tipped Borla exhaust. The Shelby GT rides on a staggered set of WELD Racing wheels shod with sticky Michelin tires.

This car loves the twisties and can handle the curves thanks to the new performance handling kit. The Wilwood six piston front brakes ensure the car can stop on a dime. The base car’s good looks are enhanced by adding a new hood with functional air vents and other functional aerodynamic components like a 2-piece rear diffuser. All of the Shelby exclusive exterior parts are made of carbon fiber; they are not only functional but also look great either painted or unpainted. Shelby exclusive front grilles, made entirely out of billet aluminum highlight the already aggressive nose of the car.

Let 'em in!  Instead of the usual media only press conference, the Shelby GT reveal was held in the Ford Booth at Barrett-Jackson with the public and all Shelby enthusiasts welcome.  One Shelby exec commented that this was critical "because without the public, our customers and our fans, we got nuthin"

Let ‘em in! Instead of the usual media only press conference, the Shelby GT reveal was held in the Ford Booth at Barrett-Jackson with the public and all Shelby enthusiasts welcome. One Shelby exec commented that this was critical “because without the public, our customers and our fans, we got nuthin”

A Shelby GT can be built based on either a manual or automatic Mustang GT, is 50 state emissions legal in the USA and runs on pump gas. Shelby’s most demanding customers can order a ’15 Shelby GT with a long list of options including a 700+HP performance upgrade, adjustable suspension, upgraded big brake kit, and a number of interior upgrades.

“The 2015 Shelby GT is a nicely balanced muscle car that does everything well, whether on the track or on the drag strip” said Gary Patterson, Shelby American Vice President of Strategic Sales and Media Relations. “This post-title program takes performance to extreme levels. At the same time, the styling is sleek yet uniquely American with touches from Shelby history. Based on the fantastic new Ford Mustang platform, the Shelby GT can easily double as formidable daily driver and then run rings around the competition at track events.”

Already nice Mustang GT cabin becomes that much nicer with lots of Shelby upgrades

Already nice Mustang GT cabin becomes that much nicer with lots of Shelby upgrades

This is a post-title program; Ford dealers worldwide can contact Shelby American to build a Shelby GT based on a car owned by a customer or one of their 2015 Mustang GT fastbacks or convertibles. Each car will be issued a Shelby American CSM number for documentation in the official Shelby American Worldwide Registry to maximize potential collectability.

“The demand for Shelby vehicles, parts and products around the globe continues to skyrocket,” said Neil Cummings co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing. “In addition to a superb facility in Las Vegas, Shelby is establishing mod shops worldwide. This will allow enthusiasts worldwide who have access to a Ford Mustang to transform it into a Shelby GT locally.”

The price of the base Shelby GT modification, not including the Ford Mustang GT, is $39,995. Customers can build their Shelby GT online at http://www.shelbyamerican.com/2015shelbygt.asp or call (702) 942-7325/ (844) 974-3529.

About Shelby American, Inc.
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles; it offers the Shelby GT, 1000, GT500 Super Snake and GTS post-title packages for the 2005-2015 Ford Mustang. Shelby American also builds the Shelby Raptor muscle truck and Shelby Focus ST hot hatch. For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.com.

MOTOR4TOYS SHOW A HUGE SUCCESS

Like I said, Lots of Lambos...

Lots of Lambos…

I wanted to show you photos from and tell you about this great event, which took place in early December, before talking about a holiday toy and fun raiser show seemed too strange in the new year.

Lots of Lotii too...

Lots of Lotii too…

 

Plenty of Porsches...

Plenty of Porsches…

 

and Volumes of Vettes...

Volumes of Vettes…

Motor4Toys is an annual show held in a massive office complex parking lot dedicated to a great day with cars, and as a ginormous toy drive and fund raiser for underpriviledged kids. There are a lot of volunteers behind the effort, but the driver of it all is an enthusiast named Dustin Troyan. Troyan is also the key fig behind a well known San Fernando Valley, California cruise in called Supercar Sunday. He’s also the kingpin of a small automotive enthusiast publishing company and produces a free magazine that’s pretty well done, and I read every issue.

and Thankfully, Tons of Toys...job well done Dustin and Company!

and Thankfully, Tons of Toys…job well done Dustin and Company!

No matter, M4T’s goal was to gather 70,000 toys (no typo) for the 2014 holiday season. There’s no charge to get into the show, nor any cost to enter your car…except the donation of a new unwrapped toy. This gig now draws many thousands of cars and people, and the combined effort assembled a literal mountain of toys. It was a heartwarming site to see the piles and piles of stuff that people donated. Some very generous folks also donated a ton of money too; last I heard that kitty was up over $70,000.

Big Props to these attractive and friendly Elf bunnies who goodnaturedly posed for countless happysnaps and selfies with an appreciative crowd

Big Props to these attractive and friendly Elf bunnies who goodnaturedly (if that’s even a word) posed for countless happysnaps and selfies with an appreciative crowd

I don’t know Dustin well, although we’ve communicated a few times about automotive publishing, but I commend him and his band of volunteers for putting this event on. It’s a lot of work for a lot of people, and certainly a high return on that investment.

Next year’s event will likely again take place in early December, and if you are anywhere near the left coast, you should check it out. It’s strictly a run what you brung deal, and you’ll see everything from rat rods to high end Porsches, Lambos, and LOTS of Ferraris.

Check out more of these great Kirk Gerbracht photos…and keep an eye on this show for next year at www.motor4toys.com

I can't think of another car that drew any more attention than did this Barn Fresh Shelby GT350.  Not a runner, it was towed to the show and always had a crowd around it wanting to know its story

I can’t think of another car that drew any more attention than did this Barn Fresh Shelby GT350. Not a runner, it was towed to the show and always had a crowd around it wanting to know its story

 

Definately not a runner, but appreciated for what it was.  It deserves, and will likely receive a frame off restoration

Definately not a runner, but appreciated for what it was. It deserves, and will likely receive a frame off restoration

 

This notice was taped in the window, and is all we know about this Shelby Mustang's story

This notice was taped in the window, and is all we know about this Shelby Mustang’s story

 

Lots of muscle on hand, this one really got my Goat (sorry...)

Lots of muscle on hand, this ’68 GTO really got my Goat (sorry…)

 

And what guy doesn't want a woody?

And what guy doesn’t want a woody? (OK, also sorry…)

 

As I said, its run what ya brung, and something for everyone...see you here next December.

As I said, its run what ya brung, and something for everyone…see you here next December.

Jay Leno to Auction His 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 in Support of the USO

Jay and Challenger

Jay Leno buys a lot of cars, and has a massive and fabulous collection of them, in the most fabulous block of warehouse garages and shops you’ll ever see.  Yet he never sells any off. On rare occasion, he’s been known to donate them to be sold for real and worthy charity causes. And I thought you might be interested in reading about this announcement from my friends at Gooding & Company auction house. I’ve seen this SRT8 and its absolutely like new. He’s already got a new 700+ horsepower Challenger Hellcat, so why would he need this “old” 2008 Hemi SRT8 laying around. I’d love to have it, but probably can’t afford it. No matter, it’ll sell to a lucky owner and for a good cause. From my friends at Gooding & Company...

The early production Challenger will be presented at the auction house’s annual
Scottsdale Auctions on Saturday, January 17

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (January 8, 2014) – Gooding & Company, the auction house acclaimed for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, is privileged to announce that USO CEO & President J.D. Crouch II, 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and USO Board Member General George Casey, along with Hollywood’s champion of car collecting and long-time USO supporter Jay Leno, will present the comedian’s 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 at Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale Auctions on Saturday, January 17.

The celebrated comedian has generously pledged that the proceeds from his Challenger, donated to the USO, will support the work of the USO and its longstanding mission of lifting the spirits of forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition, and families of the fallen.

This special presentation of a true American original, paired with the always entertaining commentary by Leno, provides an exciting way to support his commitment to America’s troops and military families, and raise awareness of the USO.

Jay Leno’s 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8, Estimate: $50,000 – $80,000
Image copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photo by Brian Henniker

“I rarely sell any of my vehicles in my personal collection unless it’s for something as important as the USO,” proclaimed comedian Jay Leno.

“We are honored to have a part in supporting Jay and the USO’s commitment to bringing joy to so many service members and their families,” says President and Founder, David Gooding. “Together, with the presence of J.D. Crouch II and General George Casey from the USO, we hope the Challenger will yield a tremendous contribution to support for troops and families. We are very happy to help support such a wonderful and positive cause.”

“We are honored to have Jay Leno, a long-time supporter of our nation’s troops and a dear friend of the USO, help us further our mission,” says J.D. Crouch II, USO CEO & President. “This extraordinary gesture shows his genuine appreciation for everything they do for us at home and abroad. The USO thanks Mr. Leno and Gooding & Company, and knows this pledge will make many troops and military families’ futures brighter.”

Jay Leno’s 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8
The iconic Dodge Challenger of 1970–1974 was the inspiration behind the 2006 Detroit Auto Show concept car that created a firestorm of demand, making the new-generation Challenger a production reality by 2008. The new generation Challenger marks an eye-catching design and engineering tour de force with stunning performance, readied with 425 HP, a 6.1-Liter V-8 engine, 425 BHP at 6,200 RPM and a five-speed Autostick transmission and has recently been fitted with a new set of continental tires. The entire US production run of 6,400 cars was pre-sold to America’s premier car collectors, including this Challenger, owned from new by entertainment icon Jay Leno. In addition to top-level specifications equipped on all first-year Challengers, Mr. Leno personally selected the striking black color and supplementary options on this bespoke example that will be presented at auction on Saturday, January 17.

**Images for the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 can be found via the link below. Images copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company, Photos by Brian Henniker.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l19lqtjh7ujwkza/AABQ5E5iT73t0yofnoIZj2hJa?dl=0

About Gooding & Company
Gooding & Company, internationally celebrated for its world-class automotive auctions producing record-breaking results, provides unparalleled service in the collector car market, offering a wide range of services including private and estate sales, appraisals, and collection management. This year we will present The Scottsdale Auctions on January 16 and 17, 2015, the Amelia Island Auction on March 13, 2015 and as the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, our premier Pebble Beach Auctions on August 15 and 16, 2015. Preceding each auction, a complete catalogue is made available online at www.goodingco.com and the sale is broadcasted live on our website. For additional vehicle information and up-to-the-minute results, follow Gooding & Company on Facebook and Twitter @GoodingCompany

About the USO
The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

The Scottsdale Auctions
Date(s): Friday, January 16 at 11:00am and Saturday, January 17 at 11:00am
Location: Scottsdale Fashion Square, 4700 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Public preview: January 14-17
Auctions catalogues: $100, includes admission for two to the viewing and the auctions
General admission: $40, includes admission for one to the viewing and the auctions
Live auction broadcast: www.goodingco.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GoodingCompany
Twitter: @GoodingCompany
RSS: www.goodingco.com/rss.xml

Already Missing Edward Herrmann

Ed at his very polished Best, in his role as Awards Ceremony Emcee at Pebble Beach

Ed at his very polished Best, in his role as Awards Ceremony Emcee at Pebble Beach

I’m still in disbelief and shock over the New Year’s Eve passing of Ed Herrmann.

I first became aware of Mr. Herrmann’s power and capability as an actor from his portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the TV miniseries, Eleanor and Franklin and also enjoyed his work on some very cleverly written and well acted Dodge truck commercials. We also got to know and further love him as “the father” on The Gilmore Girls TV series.  I didn’t at the time know that he was a serious and committed car guy.

All too sadly and soon, something we'll never see or hear again: Edward Herrmann calling the shots on the ramp at Pebble Beach

All too sadly and soon, something we’ll never see or hear again: Edward Herrmann’s educated and always perfectly delivered commentary on the ramp at Pebble Beach.  Ed was a big guy, 6’5″ if he was an inch and probably 275 pounds, but his heart and persona were so much larger than any human frame could hold

I first became aware of him as an auto aficionado when in 1999 he first took the stage at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the newly created role of the show’s Master of Ceremonies, a job created especially for him, and a role he was ideally created for.

We got to know each other about ten years ago when I was chosen as one of three “play by play” announcers for the the Pebble Beach awards ceremony. In preparation for this job, I was privileged to attend the meetings of Pebble’s “Ramp Committee” the group that executes the show’s detailed, expertly produced and well choreographed awards presentation. Ed and I spent days together in those meetings, connected easily, and hit it off instantly. We’d been friends ever since. He had a knife-edged sense of humor and as an award winning actor of considerable stature, he was a master of accents. During the meetings, when we switched discussion, from say, French to German cars, he’d sit and mutter a barrage of swear words in French then German accents, while I tried to avoid laughing and/or wetting myself in the middle of these very businesslike meetings.  During the opening of the awards ceremony that year, Ed introduced me to the crowd with the best intro I’ve ever been given.

Ed's beloved Auburn, taking home some hardware across the ramp at the Pebble Beach Concourse d'Elegance

Ed’s beloved Auburn, taking home some hardware across the ramp at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Ed didn’t have a large car collection, but he had some jewels over time to be sure. He honored me greatly when he accepted my request and invitation to be interviewed for my My First Car book. You’ll find his story beginning on page 137, and if you can’t wait to find out, his first car was an Austin-Healey 100-6…

Edward Herrmann was always the master of all he surveyed; here calling the shots of another Best of Show winner at Pebble Beach, with Concours Chaiman Sandra Button just to his right

Edward Herrmann; the master of all he surveyed; here calling the shots of another Best of Show winner at Pebble Beach, with Concours Chairman Sandra Button just to his right

Edward Herrman passed away of terminal brain cancer December 31, 2014, at the long-before-his-time age of 71. My heart goes out to his very cool wife Starr and his three children. I will forever miss his rich baritone voice, his hearty laugh, his enthusiasm, his wicked sense of humor, and all of his otherworldly talents.

photography by me, and also courtesy of The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Mike Brewer and Edd China; hanging with the Wheeler Dealer guys

Nice Blokes Indeed: Mike Brewer and Edd China

Nice Blokes Indeed: Mike Brewer and Edd China

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I went to a most wonderful car event over the weekend (more on that once I get the photos from my shooter) and ran into a couple of car community celebs, they being Mike and Edd, the creators and stars of the popular, “buy ‘em cheap, clean ‘em up, and sell ‘em on” show called Wheeler Dealers.  It’s produced primarily in the UK, although they take the show on the road ever so often, and have produced many segments here in the U.S.

 

Mike is the dark haired, perennially cheerful wheeler dealer, a long experienced hand at buying and selling cars.  Edd is the tall chap with the mop of grayish hair that fixes anything the cars need, or upgrades as desired, to sell them on quickly and hopefully for profit.  Edd is among the most amazing mechanic types I’ve ever seen; he always finds the just right and generally smart way to do things; he seldom resorts to the most expensive path, but doesn’t shortsheet or mickeymouse anything either.  He can rebuild an engine, paint a car, swap out a frame, weld up an exhaust system, or strip and completely redo an interior.  Golden hands, good eyes, level head.

Me and Edd; Mike and I are about the same general size and dimension; if the old boy ever gets tired of the Wheeler Dealer racket, I'd be happy to take his spot.

Me and Edd; Mike and I are about the same general size and dimension; if the old boy ever gets tired of the Wheeler Dealer racket, I’d be happy to take his spot.

Anyway, the boys were doing some production work here in Southern Cal, and we caught up with them strolling the rows of pre-1932 motors at the car gathering I mentioned.  No camera crew on scene, they were just cruising the cars, and chatting with the many fans who recognized them and mobbed them for selfies and handshakes (myself included).  And they are as absolutely charming and friendly as they seem on TV; more than willing to let all of us be their groupies.  Mike said that each show can involve up to 100 hours of filming, and lots of voice over and edit time to stitch it all together.  Based on my experience doing automotive, I can tell you that number is accurate.

Edd is one long tall boy; and so is my friend 6'7" Jeff on the right.  We put them shoulder to shoulder to see who was closer to the sky, and I"ll call it about a wash...

Edd is one long tall boy; and so is my friend 6’7″ Jeff on the right. We put them shoulder to shoulder to see who was closer to the sky, and I”ll call it about a wash…

My thanks to Mike and Edd for being truly good eggs, and for the great show they produce.  Wish I’d thought of it.

Make sure to catch Wheeler Dealers on Velocity television.

Guest Blog: WAAAM — the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum

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Words and photos by Kirk Gerbracht

So, my wife and I decide to take a trip around Oregon.  After a quick morning flight from Los Angeles to Portland, we spend the next day sightseeing in Portland.  Then it’s off to Tillamook – cheese, cows . . . and the Tillamook Air Museum.  This museum is in a 6 acre WW II blimp hanger.  So I am thinking this is going to be good.  Let’s just say that 60% of the space was RV and camper storage – disappointed is an understatement.

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Fast forward five days, we are in Hood River, Oregon, and I see a sign for an antique airplane and auto museum.  I test the brakes on my rental, make a hard right, and ½ mile later I am at WAAAM; the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum.  After the disappointment of the museum (and RV storage lot) in Tillamook, I was a little skeptical.

Like Bikes?  The WAAMS got those too

Like Bikes? The WAAMS got those too

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No disappointment here — this is a MUST see if you are near Portland, Oregon.  Over 2.5 acres of hanger, 120 planes, 130 cars, 40 motorcycles, and numerous other displays.  The planes date back to 1912 and the cars back to 1899.  Many of the displays are inclusive of an historic airplane, with a period car next to it on one side, and on the other side, a period motorcycle.

Something here for absolutely everyone...

Something here for absolutely everyone…

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The cars included a well-rounded collection of brass era, pre-war antiques and post war classics.  Some highlights are a 1909 Franklin, a 1914 Detroit Electric, a 1916 Dodge Brothers roadster, a 1923 Locomobile, a Stanley Steamer, and a 1930 DeSoto Model CF.  There are antique C-cab trucks and Fords, as well as classic Pontiacs,Oldsmobiles, and Chevrolets.

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There are antique Harley Davidsons, Indians, and Cushman motorcycles.  If you are into planes there are collections of Piper Cub and WACO planes, Aeroncas, and Stearmans. Other exhibits include military equipment and jeeps, period clothing, and radio controlled model planes and cars.

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This museum is involved in the community as well.  The second Saturday of each month is a “play day.”  Lunch is served, selected cars drive around the grounds, and a classic plane takes flight.  When we were there we saw a wonderful movie on the Wright Brothers, and  a video on how to drive a Model T, and a Model T to drive.  What else really impresses is that most everything in this museum is in working condition.

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Founded by Terry Brandt who had built a collection of planes over 50 years, he decided to share his collection.  Someone suggested adding period cars, and the Museum opened in 2007 with 42 planes and half as many cars and a few jeeps.  The museum is a non-profit and there is a small charge to see the collection.  I guarantee you will not be disappointed at WAAAM, 1600 Air Museum Road, Hood River, Oregon 97031.

 

Get the rest at www.waaammuseum.org

Please don’t leave, lots more photos just below…

 

The WAAAM appreciates All Things, Great and Small

The WAAAM appreciates All Things, Great and Small

 

The curators display many of the cars/bikes/planes with cars/bikes/planes of the same era

The curators display many of the cars/bikes/planes with cars/bikes/planes of the same era

 

Plenty of brass and tin era cars on hand too

Plenty of brass and tin era cars on hand too

 

Great group of odd duck faves: love this Stude, Rambler, and Citroen DS

Great group of odd duck faves: love this Stude, Rambler, and Citroen DS

 

The collection isn't dedicated exclusively to 50s American and muscle, but if that's what you love, you'll fine pleny here

The collection isn’t dedicated exclusively to 50s American and muscle, but if that’s what you love, you’ll fine pleny here

 

Given the WAAAM's rural locale, you'd expect lots of great work trucks and farmy type equipment

Given the WAAAM’s rural locale, you’d expect lots of great work trucks and farmy type equipment

Like Fat Fendered Flatties?  '46-48 Ford ragtops are beautiful, a joy to drive, and particularly hot in the collector car market right now

Like Fat Fendered Flatties? ’46-48 Ford ragtops are beautiful, a joy to drive, and particularly hot in the collector car market right now

If you want a charming, pre WWII American collector car you can drive and work on, you could do no better than a Ford Model A, and the WAAAM has some nice ones

If you want a charming, pre WWII American collector car you can drive and work on, you could do no better than a Ford Model A, and the WAAAM has some nice ones

 

and lots of cool Studes, Dudes...

and lots of cool Studes, Dudes…

 

Like I said, something for absolutely EVERYone...you must visit.

Like I said, something for absolutely EVERYone…you must visit.

Car Show Calendar alert: Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show weekend is June 5/6

 

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It’s time again for one of my very favorite car shows; something for everyone, a low key day, and all for a great cause.  This year’s show and pre-show dinner/gala are dedicated to the Steve McQueen motorcycling classic, On Any Sunday.  The location, and charity benefactor is again the Boys Republic School in Chino, California.  See the flyer just above for a few more details, or visit the website at www.SteveMcQueenCarShow.com.  The show committee will be looking for great cars and bikes to populate the field, and almost anything interesting goes; judged or otherwise.

I’ll be there with a car in the field and a camera on my neck, hanging out with friends, celebrating Steve McQueen, and supporting a most worthy cause.  Please bring your family and friends and come out and do the same.

Here’s a few happysnaps from 2014′s show.

Always a great selection of Bullitt style or related cars at this show.

Always a great selection of Bullitt style or related cars at this show.

 

The Three hero cars from the original Thomas Crown Affair; Ferrari 275 NART Spyder, Rolls-Royce Corniche coupe, and modified Meyers Manx dune bug.  The Rolls and Ferrari are the actual cars used in the film, the Manx a modern tribute machine done up with the original builder, Bruce Meyers

The Three hero cars from the original Thomas Crown Affair; Ferrari 275 NART Spyder, Rolls-Royce Corniche coupe, and modified Meyers Manx dune bug. The Rolls and Ferrari are the actual cars used in the film, the Manx a modern tribute machine done up with the original builder, Bruce Meyers

 

Like I said, something for everyone; this being the Dunkel Brothers fabulously restored and detailed GMC transporter and cargo

Like I said, something for everyone; this being the Dunkel Brothers fabulously restored and detailed GMC transporter and cargo

 

The brother I never had, Steve McQueen's one and only son Chad, the show's Co-Chairman, borrows a shoulder to sign an autograph.  Chad is a huge supporter of the school, and spends the day with his and his dad's fans, happy to hang out and schmooze wit h the croud

The brother I never had, Steve McQueen’s one and only son Chad, the show’s Co-Chairman, borrows a shoulder to sign an autograph. Chad is a huge supporter of the school, and spends the day with his and his dad’s fans, happy to hang out and schmooze wit h the crowd

 

and this show has the coolest trophies EVER; all student made in the Boys Republic wood shop, using their skill and a variety of car and motorcycle parts.  Come win one!

and this show has the coolest trophies EVER; all student made in the Boys Republic wood shop, using their skill and a variety of car and motorcycle parts. Come win one!

 

I hope I see you there, thank you,

 

MS

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Barrett-Jackson TV work next year for me on Velocity

Family, Friends and Colleagues,

Thanks to the so many of you that have contacted me asking whether I’ll be working Barrett-Jackson collector car auction coverage on TV when coverage of the events moves to the Disovery’s Velocity network for 2015. I’m disappointed to tell you that, as it stands today, I will not.

I was in conversation with the Velocity folks, and they gave me a fair shot and consideration, but elected to go with a slightly smaller announcer team with the move to the new network next year, and that there was not room or budget for me on the team. Naturally I wanted to join the effort, as I really enjoy this work and the people that I worked with on these shows.

As I understand it at the moment, three of my former, longtime teammates from the old SPEED/FOX Sports B-J broadcasts, have signed on for next year. That would be Mike Joy, my friend, a serious car guy, and absolutely among the best broadcasters I know. With Mike will be Rick DeBruhl, an Arizona local, friend, and also a superb on camera guy. The other is the incomparable Steve Magnante (“Mags” to many of you); Steve brings a great personality and far reaching and often obscure automotive knowledge that nobody else in the business can match.

Two cool dudes and one old fat guy; My friend and SPEED's Five Star general Bob Varsha, plus also my friend and serious racer and car guy, Dr. McRacy, Patrick Dempsey

Two cool dudes and one old fat guy; On the left, my friend and SPEED’s famous Five Star general broacaster supreme Bob Varsha, plus also my friend and serious racer and car guy, Dr. McRacy, Patrick Dempsey

As I understand it, two of Velocity’s well known “franchise players” will complete the new team, one of them being Chris Jacobs, the handsome, funloving host of Velocity’s popular show Overhaulin, featuring the otherworldly design and fabrication talents of Chip Foose. Also joining the B-J team is Cristy Lee, one of the fabulously hot and attractive stars of the Velocity program All Girls’ Garage. I don’t know Miss Lee personally, but have watched the show many times, and observe her to be smart about cars, a damned good mechanic, and very personable and well spoken. She’ll make a positive addition to the B-J Velocity broadcast team.  I’ve also heard that NASCAR stalwart Ray Evernham will also join the team.

Me with another Friend and former SPEED/FOX teammate, the smart and foxilicious April Rose

Me with another Friend and former SPEED/FOX teammate, the smart and Fabulously Foxilicious April Rose

So that’s the story as I know it. I’ve offered my services in the event the Velocity producers wake up one morning and decide they can’t do the show without me, but as of now, I’ll be attending several of the sales as a freelance journalist, or be at home watching the action just like you.

My thanks to the folks at Velocity for their consideration, and my equal thanks to you for your letters, emails, texts, and calls of support during the years I was on the air with SPEED and FOX Sports. As they say in Hollywood, I had a good run, and certainly enjoyed the ride. Maybe again someday – who knows?

Good luck Chris, Cristy, MIke, Steve, Rick and Ray.

Thanks a ton, y’all,

MS

Driven: 2015 Ford Transit Vans

Great looking vans offer a ton of flexibility in terms of size, power, and packaging.

Great looking vans offer a ton of flexibility in terms of size, power, and packaging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love full sized vans, particularly Ford Econolines. Now the outgoing 2014 version of the Ford E-Series (nee Econoline) has been around a while and served well, but Ford has been long planning to replace them with a lineup of commercial level vans that are more fuel efficient, more cost effective to build, and can do as much or more in a more modern package. So comes the new Transit lineup. You may be familiar with the Transit vans Ford sells in Europe and other world markets, and even though these new North American Transits share the name, and somewhat resemble, the “international” Transits, they are very different; developed exclusively for the North American market, with our needs, roads, and drivers in mind.

The North American Transit is as new as new can be, offering packaging combinations not duplicable on the old, wonderful, outgoing E-Series vans

The North American Transit is as new as new can be, offering packaging combinations not duplicable on the old, wonderful, outgoing E-Series vans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new Transits share practically nothing with the old E-Series vans, save for the wearing of Blue Oval Badges. The new chassis architecture is now a unibody design, still rear wheel drive, and is offered in a dizzying array of wheelbases, box lengths, payload ratings, and roof heights. There’s lots of clever design work packed into them, such as super wide opening rear box doors, and interior floors, side panels and roof panels filled with “weld nuts” — in other words, nuts that are welded into the seams of the body panels that allow for the mounting of all kinds of racking and other stuff, preventing the need to drill holes through the panels to mount stuff. Smart!!! Since the weld nuts are part of the body panels prior to corrosion proofing and painting, you don’t mess up the body’s built in rust protection by having to bore holes through the metal.

Even on “base level” models, the standard equipment levels are high, including rear view backup cameras and screen, great for a big van that its tough to see behind.  I also like the smattering of 12V plug in power ports spread around the cabin.

Need a chssis/cab van?  Transit can be had that way.

Need a chassis/cab van? Transit can be had that way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three powertrains are offered; a standard 3.7-liter naturally aspirated V-6, a twin turbo Ecoboost V-6 right out of the F-150, and a new inline 5-cylinder turbodiesel that offers a ton of low end torque and outstanding fuel economy. No more V-8s, at least for now, as Ford claims these three powerplants can meet any owners towing and cargo capacity needs and deliver better fuel mileage and lower emissions in the process.

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What? no overhead console or shag rugs>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was skeptical in that regards, so I drove all three configurations, each backed by an automatic transmission. NO manual trans are offered or needed. The nat asp 3.7 has plenty of punch, but sounds a little thrashy at mid to high rpm.  For some reason, the EcoBoost version of virtually the same engine is much smoother and sounds better, plus it’s downright fast.  I also did time behind the wheel of the I-5 TDI, and its a jewel.  It has that wonderful, soothing low level diesel rattle at idle that sounds like power to me.  And it runs beautifully, smoothly boiling out lots of low to mid range torque and adequate upper end urge, with no smoke or smell or noise or other old school diesel bad habits.  Among the three, this would likely be my personal choice were I buying one of these fans.

 

Van cabin design has come a long long way

Van cabin design has come a long long way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am also impressed at how rattle free these big boxes are; old school vans are usually a bit noisy and rattly inside, but not these.  The structure is drum tight, the cabins are comfortable, and the instruments and controls logically designed and laid out.  I could absolutely drive one of these every day and be happy doing so.

Lots of upfitting opportunities for sure

Lots of upfitting opportunities for sure

There are already several companies that produce a wide variety of up-fit equipment for these vans, from shelving and racking to stakebed truck bodies.  And Galpin Auto Sports has already built a few of them into Lear Jet like Limos with fabulous seating, and high tech infotainment on board.

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I’ve of course not been able to put one of them through 100,000 miles of daily testing with a full payload, but I have confidence that these trucks are built well and tough, and should be able to handle any task you have in mind or need for them.  Higher build quality, more options, choices, and capabilities, plus greater efficiency, than the models they replace sounds like a good deal to me.  And they are handsome, and great to drive.  I’m thinking some mag wheels, tinted windows, and orange shag carpeting, and its 1974 all over again.

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