Bring A Trailer: The Historic Festival offers three days of amazing vintage car racing with practice and qualifying on Friday and full days of racing on Saturday and Labor Day Monday.
With free access to paddocks and cars, it’s also super spectator-friendly. Add book and poster signings, the Harpoon beer tent, food trucks, and vendors, a kid’s club, and a large swap meet with car parts and unique automotive collectibles, and there’s something for everyone. Additionally, Bring a Trailer’s first Northeast Alumni Reunion (see coverage here) offered an opportunity to meet with BaT folks and alumni. The barbecue was splendid.
Bring A Trailer Auction
“The Speedster was a passion buy, an emotional buy,” Kogan says. “I’d hunted a Speedster forever. It was the color I wanted. This was the build I wanted. It checked every box. In the end, I got into a little bit of a bidding war to get it, but I couldn’t stop. At the end of the day, it was still a great purchase.”
He’s not the only one spending big bucks buying cars he’s never seen in person, let alone driven. Bruce Meyer, the Rodeo Drive real estate mogul and a prominent collector who was the founding chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation in Los Angeles, recently used Bring a Trailer (or BAT) to find a 1935 Bugatti Type 57 in black, with rich golden sides that give it the poise of a monarch butterfly. It cost him almost $1 million.
“I had tried to buy it 20 years before that, but I missed it,” Meyer says. “I never would have known about it and found it again had I not known about Bring a Trailer.”
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Kogan and Meyer are the type of big-money buyers the unassuming online auction company has attracted in the years since Randy Nonnenberg co-founded it in 2007. (Michael Strahan is another prominent fan; most notably he used it to buy a rare 1994 Porsche 928 GTS manual coupe.) The site has become so successful that the online used-car classifieds Hemmings has announced an upcoming version of its own, called Hemmings Auctions.
Nonnenberg, a former mechanical engineer for BMW of North America, started BAT with a college buddy as an easier way to share links about cars they wanted rather than emailing them back and forth the way they had for years. After tag-teaming to find and buy a long-desired Corvette, they got to thinking.
In Expert’s Words
“Whether I was in the market for a car or not, I was always looking at cars on eBay and Craigslist, and I’d help friends find cars, too, sending them links and stuff,” Nonnenberg says. “So the start of it was a very basic blog format. It was a very immature experiment to just start writing about cars.”Read Also: Smith And Wesson Stock
Turns out more people wanted help finding cool cars to buy than he expected. In its first year of offering cars to the public, in 2014, BAT listed 450 cars for an average sale price of $21,000 and a sale rate of 72%. Last year it listed 7,718 auctions with an average sale price of $28,000 and the sale rate was 74%. In the first half of this year, BAT listed 5,131 cars for sale, vs. 3,224 for the first half of 2018, a 60% increase that came with a sale rate of 73%.
What is bringing a trailer?
Bring A Trailer is an online platform that enables users to find and purchase vintage vehicles through auctions. Individuals can bid on and sell barn finds rally cars, and more. Bring A Trailer was launched in January 2007.
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Bring A Trailer Motorcycle
No Reserve: 1972 BMW R60/5
This 1972 BMW R60/5 is a chrome paneled “toaster” tank version that is believed to have been stored as part of a private collection for several years. The seller acquired the bike in 2017 and has ridden it approximately 1,300 miles since. Power comes from a numbers-matching OHV 599cc opposed twin with a 4-speed transmission and the engine,…
1975 Honda GL 1000 Gold Wing
This 1975 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing included a water-cooled 999cc opposed four-cylinder and a five-speed transmission. It was refurbished with new Candy Blue Green paint under previous ownership. The bike reportedly spent time in Denver, Colorado before being acquired from an Arizona collector two years ago.
No Reserve: Custom 1981 BMW R100RT Cafe Racer
This 1981 BMW R100RT is a custom café racer built by the seller which is powered by a 980cc boxer twin paired with a 5-speed transmission and shaft drive. The seller acquired the bike in 2011 after restoring his father’s R50, and features include RaceTech-modified front forks, rear Coilover assemblies from Works Shocks, a custom solo seat made by…
No Reserve: 1984 Honda V65 Sabre VF1100S
This 1984 Honda V65 Sabre was acquired by the selling dealer one month ago from the believed second owner. Powered by a DOHC 1,098cc liquid-cooled V-4 with a 6-speed transmission, the bike features anti-dive forks and 3-way adjustable handlebars. 20k miles are currently shown, and the seller recently replaced the spark plugs and performed an…
No Reserve: 1984 Honda Trail 110
2 years ago this 1984 Honda Trail 110 is purchased and used primarily off-road while camping. Powered by a 105cc 4-stroke single with a dual-range semi-automatic transmission. The bike was recommissioned with new body panels, fresh paint, and a carburetor rebuild. Also, new fuel lines, an air filter, a battery, and an oil change.
This 1975 BMW R90/6 is believed to have spent its life in Colorado prior to the seller’s recent acquisition. The bike has an 898cc air-cooled opposed twin. With a 5-speed transmission, and recent work included a valve adjustment. A carburetor rebuild, and a cylinder head re-torque. The lubricants were also changed, and accessories were included.
Bring A Trailer Italian
1978 Ferrari 308 GTS
Before the seller acquired it in Oregon in 2004. This 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS is in Marrone over Pelle Testa leather and reportedly delivered new to California. Its carbureted 2.9L V8 has a five-speed manual transaxle. A belt service is done in August 2019, and the odometer indicates 86k miles, approximately 12k.
10k-Mile 2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello
This 2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello is one of 2,056 examples built worldwide between 2001-2005 and shows just under 10k miles. The car was sold new through The Collection in Coral Gables, Florida. Moreover, it is in silver over blue and black leather. Power comes from a 5.7-liter quad-cam V12 and a six-speed F1 automated manual gearbox.
1968 Fiat Dino Coupe
This 1968 Fiat Dino coupe was sold new in Turin, Italy, and remained there until being purchased by a Venice shop owner in 1995 according to the selling dealer, who acquired it in 2014 and exported it to the UK. Power comes from a 2.0-liter V6 paired with a five-speed manual transmission, and the car has been refinished in metallic blue over a…
1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6
This 1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6 was originally sold in New Jersey according to the seller, who acquired it two years ago. Power is from a 2.5-liter V6, a five-speed manual transaxle, and a car was repainted in red. Modifications include RS Racing suspension with adjustable coil overs and spring perches, Girodisc G2 brakes, and 17″ Team.
7k-Mile 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition
This 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C is #286 of 500 Launch Edition models. It is sold in North America and is in Rosso Alfa over a black interior. The car new purchased at Fiat of Corpus Christi, Texas, and subsequently transported to his home in Miami, Florida. Here it remains and now shows just under 6,800 miles.
1968 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2
This 1968 Lamborghini 400GT is a matching-numbers example. It is in its original color combination of Grigio Saint Vincent over a Tobacco interior. Delivered new to New York City. This is an example of production #244 of 247. It was built worldwide between 1966-68 in the final 10 examples produced.
25-Years-Owned 1967 Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto
This 1967 Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto was bought in 1995. Reportedly, the owner, had the car refurbished 2k miles ago. It is in red with a black soft top over a black vinyl interior. Power is from a rebuilt 1.6-liter inline-four and includes a five-speed manual transmission and modifications.
No Reserve: 1974 Lancia Fulvia
They imported the 1974 Lancia Fulvia From Italy in 2016 and is in Azzurro light blue. They removed the bumpers and an HF-style matte black hood added. Along with Hella driving lights, gold 15″ wheels, and period-look decals. This front-wheel drive coupe has a 1.3-liter OHC V4 mated to a 5-speed manual transaxle.
Euro 2000 Ferrari 360 Spider 6-Speed
This 2000 Ferrari 360 Spider is a European-market example. JK Technologies of Baltimore, Maryland import it and fitted it with US-compliant emissions equipment in December 2001. Power is from a 3.6-liter V8, a six-speed manual gearbox and the body is in red over beige Connolly leather.
1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina
This 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina sold new in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Hence, it is in the family of its original owner. Until the seller acquired it in February 2019. The car was repainted in beige over a tan interior. Also, power is from a carbureted 1,750cc twin-cam inline-four has a five-speed manual gearbox.
2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge
Among 50 models produced in the year 2004, Ferrari 360 Challenge is one of them. The car reportedly never competed in the Factory Challenge series. Moreover, its acquisition took place five years ago and for the past three years, the owner used it for racing in NASA events. Power comes from a 3.6-liter V8 paired with an F1 six-speed…
1990 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16V
This 1990 Lancia Delta HF Integrale was sold new in Japan and imported to the US in 2017. The seller acquired it shortly thereafter and has since added approximately 4k of its 116k indicated kilometers (~72k miles). Power comes from a factory turbocharged 2.0-liter 16-valve inline-four paired with a five-speed manual gearbox and all-wheel drive.
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This set of four Melber Major alloy wheels measures 14″ in diameter and 7.5″ in width. They removed the single-piece wheels from a modified Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti. It had reportedly been stored from the late 1990s until the seller’s recent acquisition. Hence, it retained the valve stems and wheel caps. Moreover, one can see photos of wheel measurements.
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40-Years-Owned 1965 Griffith Series 200 Project
This 1965 Griffith Series 200 (chassis #5180z) is one of less than 200 built-in Syosset, NY, and has been in storage since the seller’s acquisition in 1979. It is a disassembled project with a fiberglass body and chassis. The seller sources a number of stock and reproduction components including a set.
1972 Ford Econoline E-200 Chateau 302ci
This 1972 Ford Econoline E-200 Chateau van was reported with its original owners in Modesto, California. In 1987, the second owner purchased it. He began a refurbishment that stalled around 1990 in Pleasanton, California. The seller acquired the van as a project in June 2018 and has since completed the refurbishment with work including…
6k-Mile 1999 Plymouth Prowler w/Trailer
Seller purchased this 1999 Plymouth Prowler from its original owner in April 1999 and shows just under 6k miles. The car is in Purple Metallic over Agate leather and has a factory-optional color-matched trailer. Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6 paired with a rear-mounted four-speed automatic transaxle.
1966 Pontiac GTO Convertible 4-Speed 400ci
This 1966 Pontiac GTO convertible is in Montero Red over a Parchment interior and has a replacement 400ci V8. It also features Tri-Power induction and a four-speed manual transmission. The car reportedly underwent a rotisserie refurbishment seven years ago including a repaint, interior refresh, and engine replacement prior to the…
1987 Buick Grand National
This 1987 Buick Grand National was first purchased from Highview Motors in Cambridge, Ontario. Furthermore, in 2019 original owner acquired it. Power is from a turbocharged 3.8-liter V6. It includes a four-speed automatic transmission, and the car is in black over a black and grey cloth interior.
Modified 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 5-Speed
This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro has a fuel-injected 489ci V8. Also, features forged internals and is paired with a five-speed manual transmission and has been refinished in Hugger Orange with a black interior and racing stripes. Additional equipment includes aftermarket seats, a Hurst shifter, and an air conditioning system from Vintage Air as well…
1977 Ford F-250 XLT Ranger Crew Cab Pickup
This 1977 Ford F-250 is a crew cab pickup that includes the Ranger and XLT packages. It is in Cinnamon Glow and Indio Tan over a tan interior. Power comes from a replacement 460ci V8 rebuilt to RV specs at 63k miles. It has a three-speed automatic transmission equipped with Gear Vendors overdrive.
4.0L-Powered 1976 AMC Hornet 5-Speed
This 1976 AMC Hornet is a two-door sedan. It includes a fuel-injected 4.0-liter straight-six and a five-speed manual transmission. All are sourced from a 1992 Jeep Cherokee. The car is in yellow over a black interior, and additional modifications. It includes Raydyot-style mirrors, American Racing wheels, AMX sway bars, and front disc brakes,…