This month’s Autofests: July Overview

Hi everyone, it has been a great summer so far and there have been some great shows this month!  


July  "The Highlights"


Carlisle Chrysler Nationals is seen as a reunion of sorts and this year more than ever it felt that way. The unusually warm weather was regularly greeted with smiling faces from folks having a great time at the show. The show just keeps getting bigger every year and people can't stop talking about next year's reunion!  


This is it! The BIG ONE is here! GOODGUYS 15th GOODGUYS PPG NATIONALS has become the summertime gathering for the entire hot rodding industry. Over 6,000 1972 & earlier rods, customs, muscle cars, tricked out trucks and street machines make the event a must-attend for any car enthusiast.


GOODGUYS 25th PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONALS featured more than 2,500 hot rods, customs, classics and muscle cars through 1972. More than 200 manufacturer and commercial exhibits, an automotive swap meet and cars for sale corral, Friday night drag races at Pacific Raceways in Kent featuring a special nitro funny car match race between Tacoma's Bucky Austin and Ferndale's Twig Zeigler, and a ton of kids entertainment -- clowns, magicians, Model car show, Canadian Corral, Homebuilt Heaven, Nostalgic music and entertainment and more!


2012 Concours d’Elegance of America - Two elegant cars from 1933 were named Best in Show at the 2012 Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's on Sunday. Jim Patterson's 1933 Delage D8S was crowned best European car, while Joseph Cassini's 1933 Chrysler Imperial Phaeton with body by LeBaron took the top honors for American-made cars. The concours awards two top honors each year.

Cassini, from West Orange, N.J., purchased the big Chrysler this past February during the auction of various items from Florida collectors the Milhous Brothers.

“I feel very fortunate that I was able to buy this car,” Cassini said, “And honored to win here. It's nice to be able to bring this car back to Detroit, where it was built.”

Patterson's car is also no stranger to winning awards at Pebble Beach, taking Best in Show in 2010. Delage and de Villars collaborated on the car that was built for the Paris Salon of 1934. Under Patterson's ownership, the car was meticulously restored by RM Restorations of Canada just prior to its showing at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2010.

This is the second year that the Concours d'Elegance of America staged its event at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, Mich., a suburb of Detroit. This was the 34th year of the event previously known as the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance when it was hosted on the grounds of Meadow Brook Hall at Oakland University. Organizers said this year's concours drew in excess of 10,000 spectators.

Driver events:

Monte Shelton Northwest Classic Rally - Another great event, if you have never experienced it, the scenery of Oregon is difficult to beat. Start out by carving above the rim of the Columbia River Gorge, which under the morning clouds looks like something out of the Rhein or Mosel valleys of Germany. The cars participating in the rally are amazing, still the best part of this event is how there are a mix of high-end cars and very attainable ones.



Auto Auctions:

Mecum Auctions - Des Moines, IA Auction 

The Top Ten Sales Results for Des Moines, IA Auction

No. 1: Lot S98 - 1969 Shelby GT350 Fastback, Sold for $80,000

No. 2: Lot S235 - 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE, Sold for $76,000 

No. 3: Lot F165 - 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe, Sold for $73,000 

No. 4: Lot S141 - 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Sold for $70,000 

No. 5: Lot S170 - 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Resto Mod, Sold for $57,000 

No. 6: Lot S129 - 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, Sold for $55,000

No. 7: Lot S179 - 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS, Sold for $53,500 

No. 8: Lot S159 - 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Door Hardtop, Sold for $52,500 

No. 9: Lot S182 - 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback, Sold for $52,500 

No. 10: Lot S180.1 - 2012 Chevrolet Corvette , Sold for $51,000 


RM St. John's Auction - A majestic 1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Victoria, J272, formerly owned by noted band leader Paul Whiteman of “Rhapsody in Blue” fame, garnered top dollar at RM’s St. John’s auction, selling for a strong $957,000 before a packed house.

One of just 16 examples bodied with convertible Victoria coachwork by Rollston, the stunning Duesenberg led a magnificent group of top-selling American classics at the single-day sale, held in conjunction with the famed Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s. In total, the three-and-a-half hour auction lifted the gavel on a total of 74 automobiles, generating more than $6.8 million in sales* with a solid 82 percent of all lots sold.

In addition to the Duesenberg, other great American classics achieving strong results were a stunning 1933 Packard Twelve Convertible Coupe, believed to be the last 1933 Packard Twelve Convertible Coupe produced for $385,000, and the famed 1928 Cadillac V-8 “Al Capone” Town Sedan, one of the earliest surviving ‘bulletproof’ vehicles for $341,000.

RM at St. John’s Top Five Sales
1. 1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Victoria - $957,000
2. 1933 Packard Twelve Convertible Coupe - $385,000
3. 1931 Cord L-29 La Grand Boattail Speedster Recreation - $368,500
4. 1937 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster - $352,000
5. 1928 Cadillac V-8 “Al Capone” Town Sedan - $341,000

Coming up this August! "The Outlook"

Car shows / Swap meets:

Carlisle Truck Nationals

Nor Cal Treffen

Bloomsburg Nationals powered by Carlisle Events

Cruisen By The Bay Car Show

Pomona Swap Meet and Classic Car Show

Automobilia Monterey 10th Annual International Expo

Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue

The Little Car Show 2012

Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance


Concorso Italiano 2012

Pebble Beach RetroAuto

2012 Legends of the Autobahn

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

Hot August Niles Car Show

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) Exhibition

Corvettes at Carlisle


The Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance

Auburn Fall Collector Car Auction, Swap Meet & Car Corral



Driver events:

Pebble Beach Motoring Classic

Street Actions 4th Annual Official Bay Bridges Rideout


Auto Auctions:

RM Auction 2012 - Aalholm Automobile Collection

Mecum Auctions - Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction

Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions in Monterey

2012 Bonhams & Butterfield Auction

RM Auction 2012 - Monterey

Pebble Beach Auctions presented by Gooding & Company


Have Fun and be Safe Everyone!


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