Elvis may have left the building, but his Lincoln heads to Charlotte
By Larry Edsall
Elvis hisownself may not be there to enjoy the show, but hundreds of his impersonators and his 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II will be at the annual Auto Fair, April 4-7, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where part of the 1968 film "Speedway" was shot.
In addition to all the classic car stuff taking place -- 50 cars clubs, some 100,000 people and the 75th anniversary celebration of Edelbrock -- Elvis Presley Enterprises will stage the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists Contest with hundreds expected to compete.
Amelia Island concours, auctions are this weekend
The Ford GT40, the Porsche 911, Motorama LaSalles, Cadillac concepts, Miller Indy cars, and "What Were They Thinking" are among the featured marques this weekend at the annual Amelia Island concours d'elegance on Florida's northeast coast.
As usual, Amelia also means back-to-back auctions with Gooding & Company doing a sale Friday and RM on Saturday.
Star cars at Gooding include a 1928 Bentley 4 1/2-litre semi-Le Mans sports tourer, a long-nosed, alloy-bodied 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB, and the 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic that sold two years ago at Gooding's Arizona event for $1.7 million
Headlining the RM sale are (see photo) a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ convertible coupe (one of three built and the only one with a supercharged engine), a 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 sport berlinetta that claimed most-elegant closed car honors at Pebble Beach, the 1952 Ferrari 255 sport berlinetta "Tuboscocca," the 1970 Porsche 908/3 factory test-car racer, a 1954 Pegaso Z-120 Series II cabriolet, and the 1948 Tucker 48 formerly owned by film maker George Lucas.
The classic car calendar is crowded
Auction America's annual Fort Lauderdale sale is March 22-24 and Barrett-Jackson is at Palm Beach April 4-6, which also is the weekend for Keels and Wheels at Seabrook, Texas, and the Mecum auction nearby at Houston.
And don't overlook the fifth annual Legends of Riverside event March 22-23, this year honoring the 60th anniversary of the Corvette and featuring legendary driver Bob Bondurant, or the March 23 presentation by hot-rod builder Steve Moal at the Blackhawk Collection in northern California.
A roundup of recent auction action
The Bonhams, Mecum, Leake and McCormick auction companies have posted results from their recent events:
Bonhams' inaugural classic car sale held in conjunction with the Boca Raton concourse d'elegance posted sales of $3.75 million, led by the sale for $698,500 of a 1930 Duesenberg Model J torpedo phaeton formerly owned by Mrs. E.L. Cord.
Mecum's sale at the Verde Classics Museum in Boynton Beach, Florida, recorded $3.78 million in sales with the highest price for any vehicle the $130,000 it took to secure a 1961 Chrysler 300G convertible. The only other car with bidding to reach six figures was a 1967 Volkswagen 13-window bus that sold for $100,000.
Leake's sale at Oklahoma City showed $5.6 million in sales with a 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro going for $190,000. "In 2012 we hit the tipping point in Oklahoma City," said Leake president Richard Sevenoaks. "We needed more space to accommodate our growth. This year we added a third building to showcase vehicles, which allowed us to add 100 more vehicles to the auction. We increased our total sales this year by $1.4 million. Next year we plan to expand even more."
McCormick's 54th collector car auction at Palm Springs showed receipts of more than $7.4 million, with a 1931 Packard 883 convertible bringing $115,000.
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