Harley J. Earl was the vice president of design for General Motors from 1928-1958. He is probably best known for his role as the “father” of the original Chevrolet Corvette. The “Harley Earl Car” is a custom 1963 Corvette and will go across the Mecum Chicago auction stage on October 12. Go to www.mecum.com/auctions for details.
Now that the Ron Howard “Rush” movie has been released, we get word that one of James Hunt’s 1977 McLaren M26 Formula 1 racing cars will be among the headline entries at the 2013 RK Motors Collector Car Auctions event, scheduled to be held October 31st to November 3rd at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The movie depicts the classic battle between Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One World Championship. See www.rkmcca.com/ for more info on the auction.
As you read this, the Lambrecht Chevrolet auction of about 500 never-before-sold cars and trucks is winding to a close. Thousands of collectors and the curious converged on Pierce, Nebraska (population 1,767). The two-day auction featured mostly unsold Chevrolets that have sat untouched for decades. They went on the block in as-is condition. About 50 have fewer than 20 miles on the odometer, and some are so rare that no one has established a price. One of the more valuable, a rare 1958 Chevy Cameo Pickup with 1.3 miles and a dent in the roof sold for $140,000. For more auction results, go to: www.VanDerBrinkAuctions.com
Statistics from Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction, August 17-18, 2013
- The mean sold car was worth $965,675
- The median sold car brought $368,500
- 91.3% of the lots offered were sold on the block or shortly thereafter
- $112,018,350 changed hands
- 38.9% sold below low estimate
- 21.2% sold above high estimate
Complete auction results are at: www.goodingco.com
Bonhams will return to the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia for its annual “Preserving the Automobile” auction on October 7. This auction is unique in the world and represents a rare opportunity for buyers and sellers alike to appreciate and purchase classic cars that have been preserved rather than restored. Examples include a 1918 Locomobile Model 48-2 Sportif Touring Car, a 1903 Oldsmobile Model R Curved Dash Runabout, a 1910 Sears Model P 4-Passenger Motorbuggy, a 1917 Pierce-Arrow 38-C-4 7-Passenger Touring, and a 1934 Packard 1101 8 7-Passenger Touring, all to be offered without reserve. More info at: www.bonhams.com.