Book Review ... Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2018 - 2019


The latest edition of the Classic Car Auction Yearbook, sponsored by Credit Suisse for the eleventh successive year, covering the period 01 September 2018 to 31 August 2019, as in recent years was unveiled at the Auto e Moto d’Epoca Show in Padova by the authors Adolfo Orsi and Raffaele Gazzi. As with the previous four editions, the end of August cut-off date means that the results from all the major auctions in Monterey, California, during that month, can be incorporated as they are the most up to date indication of the way the market is moving and prices being achieved. This new edition marks the 26th anniversary of the book, which started life as the Catalogo Bolaffi, and continues to provide its usual interesting, fascinating in-depth and informative overview of the international classic car auction market, featuring the results of sales by all the major auction houses worldwide. There are also market comments and trend views from leading figures of four of the leading auction houses, Mathieu Lamoure, Managing Director of Artcurial Motorcars, Philip Kantor, European Director of Bonhams, David Gooding, President of Gooding & Company and Kenneth Ahn, President of RM Sotheby’s.

The book is presented in its regular large format (240mm x 315mm) hardback style, printed on good quality gloss paper. As it has for the past few years, the cover depicts the most valuable car sold at auction during the period in question, and in the 2018 -2019 period it was once again a Ferrari, this time a 1956 Ferrari 290 MM, chassis # 0628, which achieved US$22,005,000 at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Los Angeles in December 2018, whilst once again six of the top ten sales during the period were Ferraris.

The 2018 - 2019 edition runs to 400 pages, within which there is a veritable bounty of facts and figures, presented in various forms. It also provides a market analysis and 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, based on the exchange rate at the time of the auctions in question. There are also features like graphical analysis of trends, i.e. for specific manufacturing periods, or different marques and models, along with an amazing amount of other useful and fascinating information.

The Yearbook is considered as “The Bible” by many associated with collecting, buying and selling classic cars, and even for the general classic car enthusiast it makes for compelling reading. It is available from most major motoring booksellers, although if there is any difficulty in obtaining a copy, visit the Classic Car Auction Yearbook website.

ISBN: 978-88-96232-11-8

Mainland Europe Retail Price €70 (Check for prices in other countries)


Keith Bluemel         

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