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Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2013 - 2014 ... the market has strengthened in the past 12 months

Classic Car Auction Yearbook

Classic Car Auction Yearbook


The latest edition of the Classic Car Auction Yearbook, supported by Credit Suisse, covering the period 01 September 2013 to 31 August 2014 is now available. The new edition encompasses all the major auctions in Monterey in August, as they are the widest and most up to date indication of the current market trends and conditions. This follows the change made last year when the 2013 edition spanned a 13 month period, to include all these, and go to make the book as current as possible. The authors are renowned classic car historians Adolfo Orsi and Raffaele Gazzi, who for the past 21 years (this is the 19th edition of what started as the Catalogo Bolaffi) have produced this exhaustive tome on the auction market worldwide, featuring all the major auction houses. Apart from a wealth of facts and figures, there are also comments from representatives of four of the leading auction houses, relative to an analysis of the market over the past year, together with the authors own comments about the market generally, and the way it has moved through the course of the year.

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The book is a large format (240mm x 315mm) hardback edition, printed on good quality gloss paper. The 2014 edition runs to 392 pages, and provides an alphabetical descriptive list of the cars offered at auction during the period that the book covers, with the sale price including buyer’s premium quoted in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling and Euros. The book also features graphical analysis of trends, i.e. for specific manufacturing periods, or different marques, along with a plethora of other useful and fascinating information. There are 903 colour and B&W images of the cars that went across the block, with a caption and code to identify them in the listing. There is a detailed look at the top ten sales of the year, which in 2014 were headed by the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis # 3851 GT, which achieved a hammer price of US$38,115,000 at the Bonhams auction in Monterey in August 2014. In fact, of the top ten sales through the year, nine were Ferraris, the only non Ferrari being an ex-Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo 8C-35, which entered the chart at number eight. There is also a table of the top 250 sales of the year in descending order, of which the top 244 are all $1million or more, whilst even number 250, a 1937 BMW 328 Roadster is $990,000. Last year there was a list of the top 150 sales of the year, 136 of which were US$1 million plus cars, so it can be seen how the market has strengthened in the past 12 months.

The Yearbook is considered as “The Bible” by many associated with collecting, buying and selling classic cars, and even for the general enthusiast makes for compelling reading. It is available from major motoring booksellers, and the recommended selling price is a very reasonable 60.00 Euros.

ISBN number - 978-88-96232-06-4.

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