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I Got a Guy For That: Auction Houses and Platforms

Auction Houses

Buying or selling your classic car isn’t always easy. That’s why we compiled this list of auction houses and selling platforms that we trust to help guide you through the process. The people below have proven time and time again that they are the best in the business. They are honest, trustworthy, reliable, and very good at what they do. If you have any questions or suggestions for something to add to our community, feel free to contact us!

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Our Recommendations

With literally tens of thousands of listings updated daily—more than any other classified collector car site — All Collector Cars is truly the only resource you need for finding mint-condition collector cars. Whether you’ve got your eye on a particular make and/or model or are just on the hunt for showroom-quality vehicles, you’re sure to find it at All Collector Cars Auctions

Automobilia Auctions was formed in 1994 by long-time car and automobilia collector Jerry Lettieri. For the past 50 years, Jerry has been involved in the collector car hobby and business. Jerry’s father was a hobbyist and he followed in his footsteps. He started collecting automobilia at an early age and then became interested in hot rods, antiques, sports, and racing cars. He has owned, bought, and sold hundreds of collector automobiles from Fords to Ferraris.

For over 50 years, enthusiasts from all over the world have flocked to the Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions, named America’s No. 1 Attraction for Car Lovers in the 2019 USA Today Readers’ Choice Contest. Widely regarded as a barometer of the collector car industry, the auctions have evolved over the years into world-class automotive lifestyle events where thousands of the world’s most sought-after, unique, and valuable automobiles cross the block in front of a global audience ‒ in-person and on live national and international television. Barrett-Jackson produces The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada and New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to the millions watching the events via live television coverage on FYI and HISTORY, over 500,000 people are in attendance at all four auctions, looking to witness auction action at its best, capture the car of their dreams, mingle with celebrities, experience adrenaline-pumping thrill rides in the latest vehicles from America’s top automakers or shop in the vast Exhibitor Marketplace.

Bonhams|Cars uniquely offers a choice of live, online, and private platforms for buying and selling collector cars—platforms characterized by levels of trust, reliability, and transparency born of over three decades of experience as the premier automotive auction house. Through prestigious live auctions worldwide, 24/7 online auctions, and our recently introduced Private Sales service, Bonhams|Cars makes it simple for buyers and sellers to find the platform that best meets their needs.

Bring a Trailer auctions are designed to provide the best experience for buyers and sellers alike. The auction process starts with sellers submitting their cars through the website. We select the most interesting and work with the seller to compile a thorough listing for the vehicle. Auctions typically run for 7 days. Each auction has a comment thread where the BaT community discusses the vehicle and asks the seller questions. Sellers are encouraged to be active participants in the comments section—answering questions and engaging with the community increases bidder confidence. Potential bidders can use the Contact Seller button to ask the seller questions, schedule a viewing, or set up a test drive. Each seller can lower their reserve while the auction is live.

Broad Arrow Auctions, a Hagerty Company, was founded by industry veterans who not only share their passion for cars but also a shared vision of bringing a new level of simplicity, transparency, and accountability within the collector car industry. Our focus is to be a leading global auction house in the collector car industry, differentiated by the quality of cars offered, the best advice based on research and data analytics, and exceptional client service. Every client will be cared for by our team of industry veterans with the utmost enthusiasm and attention. We bring a holistic approach and an understanding that draws on first-hand knowledge when buying and selling collector cars at auction.

Over the last few years, many car enthusiasts have started turning their attention to recent vehicles – cars from the 1980s, 1990s, and beyond. Automotive reviewer Doug DeMuro realized there isn’t yet a specific place that’s focused solely on buying and selling these modern enthusiast cars, but there should be – so he and a team created Cars & Bids, with its simple name modeled after Doug’s famous pursuit of “quirks and features.” Cars & Bids is the best online auction marketplace to buy and sell modern enthusiast cars – and that means pretty much anything that’s cool from the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, or 2020s. To us, “cool” ranges from the obvious (a Ferrari F355 or a Lamborghini Gallardo) to the esoteric (a pristine Dodge Dakota Convertible or a Mercury Capri XR2) to the traditional fun cars that enthusiasts love (a Mazda MX-5 Miata or a Porsche 911). Basically everything that’s exciting, fun, interesting, or quirky is welcome here – as long as it comes from the modern era.

Finding cars is difficult. Getting pricing and comps was even harder. Not to mention the lack of transparency! We decided to solve some of these problems through technology (our other passion) and made it available to friends and family – they loved it! We made the site available to everyone on CLASSIC.COM in 2020, and a startup was born. Today our team is growing. Our user base is growing. What started as a solution for our own needs, is now a solution for classic car enthusiasts around the world.

Gooding & Company is globally recognized as one of the leading auction houses in the classic car market, consistently yielding top sales by presenting consignments of the highest quality with the finest customer service for our clientele. Built upon the pillars of presenting upper-echelon consignments consistently delivered with the utmost integrity and transparency, Gooding & Company appreciates the privilege of offering vehicles from the most prestigious collections, as well as cherished family heirlooms and exciting new discoveries.

Hagerty Marketplace is the ultimate destination for buying and selling collector and classic cars online. We have more than 1.8 million members who buy and sell collector and classic cars every day. Price your car with Hagerty Valuation Tools and rest easy knowing that you’re listing (or buying) your car at a competitive and fair market price. We’re upfront about the costs associated with Marketplace. Classifields sales have no buyer’s premium and are free to list for HDC members. Auctions have a $99 listing fee (currently waived) and a buyer’s premium of 7%. Typically, buyers cover the cost of car pickup or transport.

At Hemmings, we live for the collector car community. Because we’ve been part of it since the start of it. So we’re here to keep the culture growing—helping drivers buy, sell, and beyond. We’ll show you what we know. We’ll listen to what you’ve learned. We’ll discover the world’s finest, rarest, and fastest cars. And we’ll welcome every willing driver that comes our way.
How we do business is anything but anonymous. It’s transparent, friendly, and welcoming—through and through. So the way we see it, the road ahead is wide open. As long as we drive together.

Buying a dream car should be a fun and exciting experience, which is why Mecum makes it easy to bid and buy from anywhere with any budget. This is your journey, and we want to empower you to take the wheel and drive. Find your dream car and make it your own with one of three ways to bid: in-person, on the internet or by phone.

Over the past 40 years, RM Sotheby’s has continued to lead the global collector car auction industry with unparalleled capabilities, expertise, and resources. This has made us the preeminent market maker of high-quality collector cars and collections, regardless of size or complexity. By working in partnership with the Sotheby’s team and its network of 80 offices in 40 countries, RM Sotheby’s has established the largest client network of any collector car auction house in the world. In recent years, RM Sotheby’s has created groundbreaking collaborations with some of the finest brands across the luxury sector to provide our clients with the most sophisticated, special experiences.

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