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Wheeler becomes dealer: Two rare models owned by Mike Brewer to cross the block in June

This 1968 Fiat 500F Berlina's celebrity owner is putting it up for sale in June.

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June's Classic Car Auctions online sale will include two special models owned by television presenter Mike Brewer. The "Wheeler Dealers" host is selling both rare vehicles with no reserve.

The first of Brewer's lots is a very rare 1960 Bedford Utilabrake Van, an original Martin Walker factory converted 10 seater. The model was featured in Series 14 of "Wheeler Dealers" and features a pug nose. Originally built in Luton, Bedfordshire, England, the model was the Ford Transit of its time. Bedford only kept the van in production for 17 years with few changes from model year to model year. It was available two different wheelbases when new.

1968 Fiat 500F Berlina

1968 Fiat 500F Berlina

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Brewer has put just 400 miles on the model in the last six years. He has kept the vehicle in project-ready condition. This is a Martin Walker Farmers variant, which features a factory-recognized van conversion.

Bedford Vehicles was founded as a division of Vauxhall Motors. The brand became defunct in the mid-80s. Later, it became a badged engineering scheme on a series of vehicles by a variety of brands including Isuzu and Renault. The Bedford name was finally retired for good in 1998.

The other is a 1968 Fiat 500F Berlina. The model underwent a full body and paint restoration in Italy in 2013. The interior was retried and the powertrain was overhauled. It's not a speed demon. The car is capable of achieving 18 horsepower and 22 pound-feet of torque. It has a top speed of 59 mph.

Fiat made the 500F Berlina from 1965 to 1973. It is often confused with the Fiat L, which began production in 1967 and lasted through 1971 when the new Fiat 126 was introduced.

Brewer and the auction are offering the vehicles at No Reserve and £7,000 to £9,000 respectively.

For this auction, the premiums will be 4% plus VAT for the vendor and 10% plus VAT for the buyer.

The Live Online Auction takes place on Saturday, June 27. All bidding will be done online.

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This 2020 Ford GT drew over $1 million at the auction.

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The world may be going through some tough times right now, but you'd never know it looking at auto auction results. One of the largest, Mecum, just reported sales from the auctions it held in Arizona last week, and the results are astonishing. Mecum says it took in $66.3 million in sales, which is a big increase over the previous year's auctions. Attendance was also up, and the event was packed with high-dollar, desirable vehicles.

Mecum Arizona AuctionHow about a 1967 Ferrari for a little over $3 million?Mecum

Mecum says that private collection sales generated $20 million of the $66.3 million, as some brought dozens of vehicles to participate in the auction. The Hooked on Vettes Collection, for example, brought 13 cars and sold every one of them. It even sold a load of neon signs for well over a million dollars.

The top ten vehicles sold at auction drew big dollars. A few include:

  • 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4: $3,025,000
  • 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe: $2,365,000
  • 2005 Porsche Carrera GT: $2,200,000
  • 2020 Ford GT: $1,100,000
  • 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster: $698,500

Mecum Arizona AuctionThere was even a Duesenberg, which sold for almost $2.4 million.Mecum

If you've got money to burn and you're sad to have missed out on the Arizona auction, your next shot will be at the end of this month when Mecum hits Houston with 1,100 vehicles. The flagship Mecum auction in Indianapolis takes place in mid-May, and will feature 3,000 cars.

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Off-road racing events are gaining popularity, but as with other aspects of motorsport, women are generally underrepresented. Following the lead of Rebelle Rally, an all-women American event, a new navigation rally will take place next week in Saudi Arabia. Rally Jameel will run see competitors running between 300 and 500 kilometers a day in hopes of achieving navigational excellence in the Saudi desert.

The event is scheduled to take place between March 17 and March 19, and will feature 33 two-person teams from around the world. Seven of the competitors are from the United States, but all of the competing women will be faced with a 1,000-kilometer race route that runs from Ha'il to Riyadh.

Rally Jameel33 two-person teams will compete.Performance Communications

Competitors will field a variety of AWD and 4WD vehicles, including models from Toyota, Lexus, and Porsche. The idea is that the vehicles should be normal, everyday models, instead of purpose-built off-road racers. Rather than speed, the event prioritizes navigational precision. Participants can use navigation tech and a digital road book, and must focus on their routes to achieve the best timing.

Rally Jameel takes inspiration from the Rebelle Rally, the first women's off-road navigation rally in the U.S. Rebelle organizers blessed the Saudi Arabia-based event, and Jameel will see at least one competitor that competed in the event, Sedona Blinson. Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, a Toyota Saudi Arabia dealership, initiated the event, along with Bakhashab Motorsport.

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