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Elvis Presley Ford Roadster Auction

Incredible Elvis Presley hot rod heading to auction for first time

Elvis Presley Ford Roadster AuctionWhilst Elvis Presley’s love for cars is well known, one of the rides associated with his early film career has remained firmly untouchable.

The 1929 Ford Roadster hot rod, used in the 1957 film Loving You, has remained in the possession of its creator.

That is until now, as the widow of the hot rod pioneer John Athan, has decided to allow the Elvis Roadster to find a new home.

Shake, Rattle and Roll

Elvis Presley Ford Roadster AuctionAthan built the Roadster in 1938, fitting the flathead V-8 engine to a 1932 Ford ‘Deuce’ frame, with bodywork taken from a ‘39 Ford Model A.

A 1940 Chrysler donated its rear windscreen, then used by Athan to make the distinctive windshield.

The engined-turned dashboard was a custom creation by Athan, whilst the license plate light and trunk handle came from a 1940 Mercury.

Can’t Help Falling in Love

Elvis Presley Ford Roadster AuctionCapable of 100 mph, the Elvis Roadster was used on-screen by Presley, who played the character of Deke Rivers in Loving You. The film marked the first time Elvis had taken a starring role on the big screen.

Despite the car impressing Presley with its performance, Athan refused to sell the Roadster to him. Instead, it remained in Athan’s own collection, and was regularly used up until the late 1970s.

After two decades in storage, the Roadster underwent a degree of restoration in 1996. The car then went on display at the Wally Parks NHRA Museum in Pomona, California.

A king’s ransom

Elvis Presley Ford Roadster AuctionKruse GWS Auctions will be managing the sale of the Elvis Roadster, which is set to take place Saturday August 31 2019. Taking place at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, CA seems an apt location for selling this hot rod. 

Also on the auction docket is a white 1973 Lincoln Continental limousine owned by Elvis, along with his GMC pickup and a 1976 Harley Davidson Electra Glide. The Harley is notable for being the last motorcycle ever purchased by Elvis.

Fans of the King will be able to check out the auction automobiles, plus other Elvis memorabilia, as part of a public exhibition being held by the Hard Rock Cafe on Friday August 30. 

Salla auction East European cars

Auction cars from Russia with Rust

Salla auction East European cars

‘Itaäutojen tullihuutokauppa’ – it doesn’t roll off the tongue quite like Monterey Sale, Pebble Beach or Amelia Island. But this weekend, fans of East European metal will be flocking to the small Finnish town of Salla to bid on some of Russia’s finest vehicles.

OK, ‘flocking’ and ‘finest’ might be stretching things a little, but it’s not everyday you get a chance to see 128 Russian cars in one place. Unless you happen to be in Moscow. Or Saint Petersburg. Or Vladivostok. Or… look, you get the picture.

Assuming you’re not fluent in Finnish or haven’t got access to Google Translate, ‘Itaäutojen tullihuutokauppa’ means — roughly translated — From Eastern Europe Customs auction. In other words, these are cars driven over the border at Salla and seized by Finnish customs officials.

According to the tourist authority tasked with promoting the self-proclaimed town in the middle of nowhere, the cars “found their way to Finland with immigrants who came here through Russia”.

The Salla website goes on to say: “Whey they [crossed] the border of Finland and Russia, they had to abandon their cars at customs. Cars waited many months on the border zone and went through an investigation by the Finnish Border Guard and Police before the auction.”

Salla sits on the so-called Arctic route through Russia and over the land borders with Norway and Finland. According to Frontex, some 6,000 asylum applicants were counted between October and November, mostly from Syria and Afghanistan.

The site goes on to explain that when crossing the border by bicycle was banned, many migrants acquired cheap cars in Russia and drove to the border. These cars are now being sold, with the Salla tourist authority releasing a huutokauppaluettelo, which is quite possibly the greatest word for ‘auction list’… in the world.

Salla car auction

It’s fair to say that not many of the cars in the auction are likely to be troubling the record-breaking prices seen over recent years. Few will be eligible for historic motorsport events, so don’t apply for the 2017 Mille Miglia just yet. And that application form for the Goodwood Style et Luxe concours d’elegance… don’t go troubling Lord March.

But if you’re turned on by dents, broken door mirrors, roof racks and steel wheels — and let’s face it, who isn’t — this is the auction for you. All cars have that authentic ‘barn-find’ look, which is guaranteed to add at least 30 percent to the value of each lot, while some may even run under their own steam (of imminent head gasket failure).

The majority of cars are of Russian origin, but you’ll also find some exotic metal from Western Europe, including the Opel Sintra, Opel Vectra and Volkswagen Passat. There really is something for all (sorts).

If you’re not tempted to book the next flight to Helsinki, the Saala tourist board would like to offer “hilarious competitions, sweet and salty snacks and dancing in a tent”. To quote: “Lots of things to do and see for the whole family.”

Auction cars in Finland

You can view the entire auction catalogue here. While the Audi 100 is tempting, we’d chance our arm with lot number 24. It looks like it quite literally broke through the Finnish border. And to borrow a phrase used by auctioneers, lot number 30 offers an authentic and attractive patina.

Erkki Parkkinen, mayor of Salla, said: “This is a once in a lifetime event.” He stopped just short of giving a personal guarantee that all the auction lots would make it home in one piece.

The auction kicks off on 15 July at 12 noon, with the preliminary audit commencing at 9.30am. For more information on Salla, visit the website. We’re tempted to attend the auction, are you?

Aston Martin DB3S 1953

Famous Aston Martin DB3S racer fails to sell for £5 million

Aston Martin DB3S 1953A 1953 Aston Martin DB3S racing car once driven by Sir Stirling Moss and which later went on to star in a hit film with Terry Thomas has failed to sell at auction despite a hefty bid of £5 million.

Held at Aston Martin’s former base in Newport Pagnell, now home to the Aston Martin Works division, the Bonhams sale saw a capacity crowd pack out the restoration workshops with the DB3S being the flagship sale of the 250-lot May auction.

Aston Martin DB3S 1953

Estimated to sell for between £6 million and £7 million, the legendary racer didn’t quite pull in the bids on the day – but it wasn’t through any lack of provenance from the car.

The Aston Martin DB3S even carries Sir Stirling Moss’ signature on the rear racing number roundel – and was offered for sale with an array of period images showing it in action during the 1950s.

Aston Martin DB3S 1953

An Aston Martin Works heritage certificate was also included in the sale: this was displayed in a cabined next to the car during the Works auction.

Aston Martin DB3S 1953

The former car of Aston Martin’s famous owner David Brown, it was built using an experimental glass fibre body in early 1953. The road car was later commandeered by the factory to go racing though, after it lost a number of cars in the 1954 Le Mans race: and so began another of many chapters in this storied cars’ life.

Aston Martin DB3S 1953

The seasoned racing car was driven by a range of stars in the 1950s, including Peter Collins, Tony Brookes, Roy Salvadori, Reg Parnell and F1 champ Graham Hill. It was a serial winner throughout the 1950s, until crashing in 1958.

So serious was the damage, the car was rebuilt with a new body – which saw it take on a second life as a film star. The restyled Aston was driven by Terry Thomas’ character Raymond Delauney in School for Scoundrels. It was then sold again and, fittingly, began racing again, including in the Le Mans Historic events which began in the 1970s.

Aston Martin DB3S 1953

Fully restored by Aston Martin Works in 2014 (work costing more than £300,000), the DB3S’ appeal was further enhanced by its eligibility for the Mille Miglia, which ran on the same weekend. That and the fact it’s one of only 30 cars.

But although it didn’t sell in the 2016 Aston Martin Works sale, plenty of other cars and automobilia did. Come back later for Motoring Research’s rundown of the 25 cars that made almost £4 million on the day…

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Aston Martin DB10 auction

James Bond Aston Martin DB10 sells for £2.4 million at auction

Aston Martin DB10 auctionThe Aston Martin DB10 built for the latest James Bond film Spectre has sold at auction for a final bid of £2,434,500 – with funds from the sale going to charity Médecins Sans Frontières.

The sale took place at Christie’s in London last night (Thursday 18 February). The DB10 was the star of a 10-lot auction called James Bond Spectre – The Live Auction.

The amount raised on the night totalled nearly £2.8 million.

Aston Martin DB10 auction

One of 10 DB10 built for Spectre, the DB10 under the hammer was one of two show cars kept back for display purposes: the other eight were used (and modified) for filming.

This is the only DB10 that will ever be sold.

Aston Martin CEO Dr. Andy Palmer. “The DB10 is one of the rarest cars ever created.

“It’s great to see this DB10 raising vital funds for Médecins Sans Frontières, it is a fantastic charity that we are delighted to support”.

The auction now continues online until 23 February, with a further 14 lots on sale – again raising cash for MSF, the global humanitarian aid organisation that helps victims of disasters, epidemics and armed conflicts.

Mini 30 – just 137 miles on the clock

How much for an immaculate 137-mile Mini 30?

Mini 30 – just 137 miles on the clockAn original Mini 30 with just 137 miles on the clock is being auctioned tomorrow (Tuesday December 16th) – and the unused car could end up selling for the same price as a factory-fresh brand new MINI… Read more