Tuesday

AUSTRAILA ON THE 6TH

1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE

SHANNONS SYDNEY SUMMER CLASSIC
by Shannons
65 Reserve Road
St. Leonards, Sydney
Austraila


 +61 (0) 13 46 46

photo credit: © 2017 Shannons

 

ENGLAND ON THE 5TH

1979 HONDA CB400/FOUR

CLASSIC AND VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE AUCTION
by Charterhouse
The Long Street Salesroom
Sherborne, Dorset
United Kingdom


+44 (0) 1935 812 277

photo credit: © 2017 Charterhouse


VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 3RD

BMW R69S

EXCLUSIVE MOTORCYCLE AUCTION
by Catawiki

ONLINE AUCTION


photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 3RD

1936 BMW 329

EXCLUSIVE CLASSIC CAR AUCTION
by Catawiki

ONLINE AUCTION
 
 
photo creditL © 2017 Catawiti

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 2ND

1972 INTERMECCANICA-INDRA SPIDER

ITALIAN CLASSIC CAR AUCTION
by Catawiki

ONLINE AUCTION
 
 
photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

Monday

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 1ST

1993 JAGUAR XJS

MODERN CLASSIC CAR AUCTION

ONLINE AUCTION


photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 1ST OF FEBRUARY

CLASSIC & EXOTIC CARS
by BNO

ONLINE AUCTION


 

Sunday

VARIOUS LOCATION ON THE 31ST

 
1947 SALOLEA 47

CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE AUCTION

ONLINE AUCTION


photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 31ST

1984 YAMAHA DT 50

MOPED AUCTION

ONLINE AUCTION
 
 
photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki


VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 30TH

1954 SAAB

CLASSIC CAR AUCTION

ONLINE AUCTION
 
 
photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

Thursday

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 27TH


1969 HONDA MONKEY Z50Z

MINI-BIKE AUCTION
by Catawiki

ONLINE AUCTION


photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 27TH



1974 FIAT 124


CLASSIC RACING CAR AUCTION

by Catawiki

ONLINE AUCTION


photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 27TH

1975 PIAGGIO 150

SCOOTER AUCTION

ONLINE AUCTION
 
 
photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

ENGLAND ON THE 27TH

1934 AUSTIN SEVEN

CLASSIC CAR AUCTION
by SWVA
SWVA Auction House
61 Ringwood Road
Parkstone, Poole, Dorset
United Kingdom


+44 (0) 1202 745 466

photo credit: © 2017 SWVA

Monday

NEVADA ON THE 26TH

1954 VINCENT COMET SERIES C

THE LAS VEGAS MOTORCYCLE AUCTION
featuring The Corbin Collection
The Larry Bowman Collection
The Larry Klein Collection
The Silverman Museum Racing Collection
by Bonhams
RIO Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada


1-415-861-7500

photo credit: © 2017 Bonhams

NEVADA ON THE 25TH

LAS VEGAS
featuring The Milt Ferry Motorcycle Collection
The Jack "The Bear" Coonrod Collection
Guy Webster's Italian Masterpiece
A Major East Coast Collection
The Buddy Stubbs Collection
The LaQuay Motorcycle Collection
The Dr. J. Craig Venter Collection
The Dick Shappy Collection
The Steve McQueen Collection
The Gerrit Wolsink Collection
by Mecum
South Pointe Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada


1-262-275-5050

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 23RD

1973 MOTO MORINI 350GT

MOTORCYCLES & MOPEDS
by Catawiki

ONLINE AUCTION

www.catawiki.com 

photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

Thursday

I AM THRILLED

 Everybody knows that Felipe Massa is one of my favorite drivers, currently anyway. Last year at the end of the season he retired from the Williams Formula One Team with 250 races under his belt. His teammate at Williams, Valtteri Bottas, has the chance of a lifetime to move to Mercedes. This move leaves another seat open at Williams. Their other new driver, Lance Stroll, is a rookie at 18 years old. Williams, in their wisdom, wanted an experienced driver and who better than to bring back Massa out of retirement. The team knows him, they know what to expect from  each other. A win, win. A one year only deal. I am happy to see him back.

photo credit: © 2017 SkySportsNews.com

Tuesday

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 20TH

1947 ROVER P 2

BARN FINDS
by Catawiki

ONLINE AUCTION
 
 
 
 

ARIZONA ON THE 20TH

THE SCOTTSDALE AUCTIONS
by Gooding and Company
Fashion Square Mall
Scottsdale, Arizona


1-310-899-1960

Sunday

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 19TH

1995 HONDA VF 750

MODERN CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE AUCTION

ONLINE AUCTION


photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

ARIZONA ON THE 19TH

1932 ROLLS-ROYCE

THE SCOTTSDALE AUCTION
by Bonham
Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
Scottsdale, Arizona


1-415-861-7500

photo credit: © 2017 Bonhams

ARIZONA ON THE 19TH

ARIZONA
by RM / Sotheby's
Arizona Biltmore
Phoenix, Arizona


1-519-352-4575

ARIZONA ON THE 19TH

 
1967 JEEP CJ-5
 
ARIZONA IN JANUARY
by Silver
Fort McDowell Resort and Casino
Fort McDowell, Arizona


1-800-255-4485

photo credit: © 2017 Silver

Saturday

ARIZONA ON THE 18TH

1953 BANDINI 750

SCOTTSDALE 2017
featuring The Missoula Auto Museum Collection
by Russo and Steele
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Scottsdale, Arizona


1-602-252-2697

photo credit: © 2017 Russo and Steele

ARIZONA ON THE 18TH

SCOTTSDALE AUCTION
by Worldwide
6460 East McDowell Road
Scottsdale, Arizona


1-260-925-6789

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 18TH

CLASSIC & EXOTICS
by BNO

ONLINE AUCTION

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 18TH

1998 MERCEDES-BENZ 280 SL
 
MODERN CLASSIC CAR AUCTION
by Catawiki

ONLINE AUCTION
 
 
photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

Friday

R.I.P. - VICTORY MOTORCYCLES

VICTORY

Polaris Industries announced that it plans to halt production of Victory Motorcycles. The motorsports firm, which manufacturers vehicles as diverse as ATVs, side-by-sides, snowmobiles, and the unique three-wheeled Slingshot, will assist dealers in selling off current Victory inventories and will continue to supply parts for ten years. Polaris says it will honor service and warranty coverage for Victory owners and dealers, too.
It would appear that Polaris wants to redirect resources to the Indian Motorcycle brand, which it acquired in 2011 and has experienced significant growth since. In the announcement, Polaris also cited Slingshot as a brand that would benefit from cutting loose Victory, which has "struggled to establish the market share needed to succeed and be profitable.
The Minnesota-based company started building Victory Motorcycles in 1997, with the first sales in 1998, in an attempt to capitalize on the success of Harley-Davidson and sell heavier, American-manufactured touring bikes. Since purchasing Indian Motorcycles six years ago, however, Polaris has had another outlet to build big, American baggers and cruisers-ones that carry an iconic name that is more than a century old.
Polaris apparently decided it doesn't make sense to have two brands producing similar motorcycles, marketed at similar audiences.
photo credit: © 2017 Victory Motorcycles
edited text credit: © 2017 Popular Mechanics 

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 17TH

1977 HONDA CB750K

CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE AUCTION
by Catawiki

ONLINE AUCTION
 
 
photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki


VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 16TH

1967 MUSTANG

CLASSIC CAR AUCTION
by Catawiki

ONLINE AUCTION


photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

Monday

THE NETHERLANDS ON THE 14TH

1964 PORSCHE 356 SC

GRANDES MARQUES
by COYS
MECC
Forum 100
Maastricht, The Netherlands


+44 (0) 208 614 7888

photo credit: © 2017 COYS

ENGLAND ON THE 14TH

1931 CADILLAC

AUTOSPORT
by COYS
NEC
Birmingham
United Kingdom


+44 (0) 208 614 7888

photo credit: © 2017 COYS


ARIZONA ON THE 14TH

 1930 FORD

SCOTTSDALE
featuring The Salon Collection
The Charlie Thomas Collection
by Barrett-Jackson
Westworld of Scottsdale
Scottsdale, Arizona


1-480-421-6694

sphoto credit: © 2017 Barrett-Jackson

Sunday

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 13TH

1980 HARLEY-DAVIDSON ELECTRA GLIDE

HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE AUCTION
by Catawiki

ONLINE AUCTION
 
 
photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 13TH

1969 CORVETTE STINGRAY

AMERICAN CLASSIC CAR AUCTION
by Catawiki

ONLINE AUCTION


photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

 

NORTH CAROLINA ON THE 13TH

1932 FORD

CAROLINA IN JANUARY
by Tom Mack
Cabarrus County Arena & Events Center
Concord, North Carolina


1-888-TOM MACK

photo credit: © 2017 Tom Mack

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 12TH

1983 PORSCHE 911 SC 3.0

PORSCHE CLASSIC CAR AUCTION
by Catawiki

ONLINE AUCTION


photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

ENGLAND ON THE 12TH

SPARTAN ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER

UNITED KINGDOM MINISTRY OF DEFENSE

ONLINE AUCTION


photo credit: © 2017 UK Ministry of Defense

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 11TH

 
 1981 BMW 320

MODERN CLASSIC CAR AUCTION
by Catawiki

ONLINE AUCTION


photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 11TH

CLASSIC & EXOTIC CARS
by BNO

ONLINE AUCTION


 

Friday

ENGLAND ON THE 10TH

THE JANUARY CLASSIC CAR AUCTION
by William George

ONLINE AUCTION


 

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 9TH

1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY MK II

CLASSIC CAR AUCTION
by Catawiki

ONLINE AUCTION
 
 
photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 6TH

1950 MG TD

EXCLUSIVE CLASSIC CARS
by Catawiki

ONLINE AUCTION


photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

OH, OH!

A two-year-old European Union high court ruling became the center of controversy in the United Kingdom last month after racers there raised an alarm that the ruling’s unintended consequences could decimate motorsports there and across Europe.
Lambasted for potentially requiring owners and operators of every motorized vehicle from mobility scooters to bumper cars to race cars to obtain liability insurance for their vehicles, the European Court of Justice’s September 2014 ruling in the case of Vnuk v. Triglav (in which a farm worker, injured from a fall off a ladder caused by a tractor, initially found he could not collect an insurance payout from the tractor’s motor vehicle policy) found that the EU’s 2009 Motor Insurance Directive did not clearly distinguish between on-road and off-road use (partly as a result of inadequate translations) and therefore, any motor vehicle – regardless of its use on public or private property – must be insured.
The issue came to light last month after the UK’s Department for Transport initiated a process for merging the Vnuk ruling into UK law. That, in turn, set off a number of condemnations of the Vnuk ruling, including a widely distributed press release from the Motorcycle Industry Association and the Motorsport Industry Association, a petition asking the UK government to refuse to implement the ruling, and criticism from a number of UK officials.
It is important to realise that Vnuk is not an item of forthcoming legislation which can be lobbied against or amended, but an actual ruling of Europe’s highest court, with no further avenues for appeal possible. Vnuk is set in stone and cannot be changed. It requires third party damage and injury insurance to be in place for all mechanically propelled vehicles when used at any time, for any purpose and in any place. This includes motorsport vehicles.
The insurance industry has made it clear to government that third party risks for motorsport activities are uninsurable, not least because of the sheer number of potential vehicle damage claims that would arise. Therefore, if implemented, the Vnuk judgment would wipe out all legal motor and motorcycle sport activity.
Though the UK voted to leave the European Union last year, it remains subject to the EU’s laws until it officially separates from the EU.
The Department for Transport, in considering the Vnuk ruling, outlined three options: do nothing, require insurance for all on- and off-road motor vehicles according to the Vnuk ruling, or wait until the European Commission revises the Motor Insurance Directive. Department for Transport officials noted that they preferred the latter as it would mitigate the effects of the Vnuk judgment – most notably it would mean that use of vehicles on private land would not be in scope of the Directive.
Indeed, as motorcycle journalist David Emmett pointed out and as the Department for Transport noted in its assessment, the European Commission has already started to address the Vnuk ruling. Specifically, the EC began a review of the Motor Insurance Directive in August that contradicted the Vnuk ruling by claiming “the scope of the Motor Insurance Directive should be limited to the use of vehicles in the context of traffic.”
As the EC noted in the review, the Motor Insurance Directive does allow individual countries to exempt certain motor vehicles from the insurance requirement as long as payments from all other vehicles covers the exempted vehicles; individual countries could thus theoretically exempt all off-road vehicles from the insurance requirement, resulting in higher premiums for all on-road vehicles in that country.
However, the EC review also proposed amending the Motor Insurance Directive either to limit its definitions to include only the use of vehicles in traffic and on public roads or to specifically exclude certain vehicles – including race cars – from the directive and thus allow them to operate off public roads uninsured.
While the EC’s review was set to wrap up last fall, it remains under consideration. The UK’s consideration of the ruling, prompted in part by a lack of action on the EC review, will run through March. UK residents can comment on the Department for Transportation’s consideration at Gov.UK.
photo credit: © 2017 Goodwood Estate
edited text credit: © 2017 Daniel Strohl via Hemmings 

CRYSTAL BALL FOR 2017

SOMEONE'S CRYSTAL BALL

Thankfully, we’ve survived another trip around the sun, which means it’s time once again for our annual gaze into the crystal ball, which smells suspiciously of carb cleaner (reminding us to use a fresh shop rag to wipe it down next year). For the year that was, Mr. Dickens summed it up best by saying, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…”
As is tradition, we’ll begin with a look back at our accuracy rate for 2016 predictions:
  • Eighties cars will continue to grow in demand – and price. We’ll score this in the “correct” column for demand, though prices certainly haven’t begun to appreciate in a significant manner, Ferrari and air-cooled Porsche models excepted. A new generation of collectors is entering the hobby, and to many of them, it’s the cars from the ’80s that bring back memories of youth. It isn’t likely that a Reagan-era Dodge Caravan will out-price a Volkswagen 21-window Samba bus any time soon, but we’ve learned to never say never.
  • Look for Japanese family cars from the 1960s-’80s to climb in value. This falls into the “neither correct nor incorrect” category. Prices are certainly up on well-preserved examples, but the same can be said for cars of the period originating in just about any country. If a car evokes memories of childhood, there’s probably a market for it, and as demand outstrips supply, prices rise. In the case of Japanese family cars from the 1960s – ’80s, this rise was neither as sudden nor as dramatic as we expected.
  • Demand for vintage hot rods will increase. Correct, with a caveat. Hot rods built to someone else’s taste with radical paint, modern drivetrains and updated suspension remain a mixed bag, selling for impressive numbers only when the right buyer is found. On the other hand, period-correct cars built with bangers or flatheads enhanced with vintage speed parts are becoming more sought-after, which also translates to more expensive.
  • Expect an upswing in vintage motorcycle prices. Check. Not only have prices for prewar bikes risen, the number of auctions selling vintage iron have increased as well. Perhaps motorcycles, traditionally built in smaller numbers, are seen as a safer investment than collector cars, or perhaps buyers are simply yearning for a time when bikes were little more than two wheels, an engine, and a bit of chrome.
  • The glory days of the American V-8 are winding down. Not even close to correct on this, although it’s hard to say what the future has in store. In 2016, at least, the V-8 was safe, and having spent time in both the new Shelby GT350 Mustang and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, better than it’s ever been. Armed with a big enough account balance, one can walk into a domestic car dealership and buy a V-8-powered pony car that puts down 707 horsepower, or one that revs to 8,200 RPM and still meets emissions numbers. If that’s not proof that this is a great time to be alive, we don’t know what is.
Housekeeping out of the way, let’s move on to our predictions for 2017
THE BARN FIND
Yes, a car is only original once, but on the other hand, driving a classic car should not come with a risk of tetanus or hantavirus. In the past three years, “barn finds” have grown from an eccentric offshoot of the auction business to an expected norm, with prices rising to mind-boggling levels. As functional cars, such vehicles often need extensive work to make them road-worthy, making an already expensive purchase even more of a financial risk. As art, few will appreciate thick dust (enhanced with authentic, period-correct bat guano), mouse-eaten upholstery and dry-rotted rubber. We say 2017 is the year that buyers begin to realize that a well-restored car may actually be more desirable than one showing decades of neglect.
PEAK "GARAGE TELEVISION"
Each year, it seems, brings with it another scripted “reality television” show about a long-suffering shop owner, tormented by inept employees and overbearing customers, forced to perform a ground-up restoration on a one-of-one Hemi Superbird with the factory incense burner and the Coyote Fur interior, with less than a week remaining before SEMA, MCACN, the Pillsbury Bake-Off, or some such event. In case you didn’t already know this, there is no “reality” in “reality television,” and the appeal of such shows has worn as thin as the chrome finish from a rattle can. Maybe this is little more than wishful thinking on our part, but we’d really like to believe the days when every channel with a leaning-male demographic shows endless reruns of this drivel are coming to an end.
TRANSAXLE PORSCHE
 A rising tide raises all boats, and skyrocketing values for air-cooled Porsche 911s have driven up prices of 912s and, to a lesser degree, 914s. Though prices seem to have stabilized somewhat in the past year, the days of the affordable 911 seem to be behind us. Fortunately for driving enthusiasts yearning to own a car with the Porsche crest, the Stuttgart automaker’s transaxle models (924, 944, 928 and 968) remain relative bargains, though we don’t expect this to last forever. Buy one in the next year or so, or be prepared to kick yourself five years down the line.
DITTO FOR FIRST-GENERATION MIATA
Used first-generation (NA, in Mazda-speak) Mazda Miatas, built from 1989-’97, used to be plentiful and cheap, as few enthusiasts understood exactly how good these cars were, even in stock form. As more people came to understand this (and as the SCCA’s Spec Miata series exploded in popularity), the pool of available first-gen cars began to grow ever smaller. Today, it seems, there are just two kinds of NA Miatas left: the inexpensive ones, often heavily modified or suffering from terminal rocker-panel rust, and the collector examples, remarkably well-preserved and priced accordingly. Fortunately for those seeking an affordable sports car, the second-generation (NB) Miatas remain somewhat more abundant (and affordable), while the third-gen cars (the roomiest and most powerful normally aspirated examples) are now dipping into the realm of the affordable. If you’ve got your heart set on an NA, be aware that prices won’t be coming down in the future – buy the best example you can afford, as soon as you find it.
photo credit: © 2017 Mr. Muggles
edited text credit: © 2017 Kurt Ernst via Hemmings 

Monday

FLORIDA ON THE 6TH

1949 CADILLAC

COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION
by Dave Rupp
War Memorial Auditorium
Holiday Park
Fort Lauderdale, Florida


1-561-533-7945

photo credit: © 2017 Dave Rupp

FLORIDA ON THE 6TH

KISSIMMEE
featuring The Lifelong Collection of Don Fezzel
The Jackie and Gary Runyon Collection
The Dale Reed Collection
The Jonathan Krantz Collection
The Coltz Neck Collection
The Bobby Williams Collection
The Tom Lembeck Collection
Wellborn Musclecar Museum Collection
The Don Garlits Collection
The Cal Gray Collection
by Mecum
Osceola Heritage Park
Kissimmee, Florida


1-262-275-5050

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 4TH

1996 DODGE VIPER RT/10

MODERN CLASSIC CAR AUCTION 
by Catawiki

ONLINE AUCTION


photo credit: © 2017 Catawiki

VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE 4TH OF JANUARY IN THE YEAR OF 2017

CLASSIC AND EXOTIC CARS
by BNO

ONLINE AUCTION