Archive for August, 2011

Vintage Microcars Auction Results at Monterey CA 2011

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

The following Vintage Microcars are set to be were auctioned in Monterey CA during the weekend of August 18-20, 2011:  click pics to go to detailed listings for cars,
note that ALL BONHAMS sales under $100,000 will have a 17% Buyer’s Premium added!
RM Auctions and Gooding both have a 10% Buyer’s Premium,
while MECUM has a 6% Buyer’s Premium.
All buyer’s premiums are added to the “Hammer Price.”
UPDATE: Final prices are being updated now- Price is HAMMER PRICE only

BONHAMS Lot 1: 1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Transformabile Coupé SOLD for $26,000

BONHAMS Lot 421: 1955 Messerschmitt KR200 SOLD for $21,500

BONHAMS Lot 422: 1962 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica SOLD for $12,500

RM AUCTIONS Lot 103: 1938 American Bantam Roadster SOLD for $18,000

RM AUCTIONS Lot 181: 1957 BMW Isetta cabrio SOLD for $30,000

RM AUCTIONS Lot 203: 1941 American Bantam Convertible Coupe SOLD for $25,000

GOODING & Co: Lot 061: 1958 Zündapp Janus SOLD for $20,000

GOODING & Co Lot 124: 1960 Renault 4CV Resort Special SOLD for $52,000

MECUM Lot S94: 1953 Mochet CM 125Y Commercial Panel Truck SOLD for ~$26,400

Spare Parts Collections assets seized

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Previously mentioned HERE, Bruce Weiner has successfully sued the people behind Spare Parts Collections and is apparently seizing their assets.  Their website is currently in the hands of a Court-appointed Receiver in California. Other assets are apparently being seized at this time as well.

Their eBay account appears to be dormant for now. Their eBay “Store” is now gone as of Dec 7 2011.  Anyone who recently ordered something from them will not be able to communicate with them as the website that was seized also hosted their email accounts and they really have no incentive to send you anything after you have paid.

Other assets are apparently in the process of being seized at this time, what they are specifically is not known.

If you DO get an email from someone you dealt with at Spare Parts Collections and they tell you that their website is just “down,” don’t believe it.  It has been seized and they are not getting it back until they pay the amount of the judgement against them.

They may simply “pop up” under a new company name in the future.  They have apparently done that in the past. Of course, if it is a “new” company, your “old” orders and payments will most likely be forgotten.

By-the-way, if you thought they had a warehouse and facilities to house a bunch of stock and do restorations, think again, this message apparently came from Plinio regarding their facilities (or lack there-of):

“We are just internet dealers and sell the parts we source from various providers in our country and the region with which we have agreements. Therefore, we do not have a physical stock of products.”

No wonder it took forever to get things from them and why shipping was so incredibly expensive.


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