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Written by Nicole Ellan James


Each Barrett-Jackson Auction attracts the best-of-the-best collector vehicles and automobilia. The 2024 Scottsdale Auction continues this tradition. Notably, Barrett-Jackson will proudly showcase the Mark Lange Estate Collection during the 2024 Scottsdale Auction. Lange, recognized as a passionate “car guy,” owned and managed numerous classic and vintage car dealerships, with a specialization in European and American classics. Upon relocating to Lodi, California, in the 2000s, Lange acquired a Packard dealership from the 1920s, transforming it into the Vintage Reserve Garage, through which he bought and sold hundreds of classic cars.


Lange led a life deeply intertwined with automotive enthusiasm, engaging in numerous car events. His participation extended to showcasing a 1930 Duesenberg at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Beyond display, he actively raced vintage race cars across multiple racetracks nationwide. According to Rory Brinkman, Barrett-Jackson’s Automobilia Director, in addition to his love for cars, Lange also had a love for automobilia and he decorated his entire dealership with authentic tin, porcelain and neon signs.

“His dealership was quite impressive with the way it was decorated,” Brinkman said.W“what no one realized is that he also had his own compound, home and winery with numerous storage buildings that were literally just filled from floor to ceiling with automobilia and rare vintage car parts.”

It took Brinkman and his team over a week to go through all the buildings and sort all the pieces for the automobilia auction. “Lange had literally stacks of signs, 30-40 at a time,” Brinkman said. “It was something we had never seen before, and the majority of these pieces hadn’t seen the light of day for 15 to 25 years.”

The Mark Lange Estate Collection is now headed to the 2024 Scottsdale Automobilia Auction, where it will be sold with No Reserve.


Some of the amazing pieces set to cross the block include several dealership signs. Among the most notable is a gorgeous 1940s Lincoln Mercury Automobiles double-sided neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot #9490.3), an extremely rare circa 1940s-50s Plymouth Automobiles single-sided neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot #9495.1) with day-one gloss and colors and a stupendous 1953 Ford Jubilee double-sided neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot #9491) that has undergone professional restoration, mainly to the perimeter edge. The 1953 Ford Jubilee sign is considered one of the most desirable of period neon signs.

Oil and gas companies are also represented in the collection with an outstanding circa 1940s-50s Mobil Oil double-sided neon porcelain rotating Pegasus service station sign (Lot #9489.4) and a rare new-old-stock 1961 Cougar Oil of Alabama double-sided porcelain service station sign (Lot #9470) that was found in the original box and never displayed. It is one of only two survivors known and was featured on the History channel show “American Pickers.” Additionally, the collection will include a monumental and large circa 1940s Oregon Chief Gasoline double-sided porcelain service station sign (Lot #9468). According to Brinkman, it is one of the most sought-after signs among collectors and features bright colors and gloss.

Other unique items from the Mark Lange Collection include a near-perfect circa 1930s-40s Garage Autos – Trucks double-sided neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot #9397) with a fabulous bullnose design complemented by art-deco styling, as well as a magnificent and large new-old-stock 1928 AAA Auto Races framed poster (Lot #9559.2). The poster is of museum quality and was professionally dry-mounted to canvas, then framed.


Lastly, the collection includes two pieces of Disney memorabilia: a large 1950s Pluto single-sided porcelain with neon studio sign (Lot #9492) and a late 1940s-early ’50s Pluto coin-operated kiddie ride (Lot #9493). The neon studio sign features marvelous colors and the face has been restored to perfection, while the kiddie ride has been professionally restored to day-one condition.

In addition to the Mark Lange Estate Collection, the auction will feature items from Part Two of the Carl Bomstead Lifetime Collection. Part one of the collection was a highlight of the 2023 Scottsdale Automobilia Auction. Bomstead is known for his role as a longtime judge at the Pebble Beach Concours.

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Final Encore—Bizzarrini P538

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Photo: Casey AnnisThe 1950s and 1960s were a time of rapid change in both the road and racecar world. Technology was advancing quickly and with this advancement, it became increasingly harder and harder for a lone individual—either engineer or visionary—to be solely responsible for a complete automobile. Yet, some amazing vehicles were given birth during this time by some of the last of these automotive prodigies. One such automotive savant was Italian Giotto Bizzarrini. A tenacious and talented engineer and development driver, Bizzarrini either created or played a major role in some of the most iconic cars of the 1960s, including several built under his own name. Any true understanding of Bizzarrini’s cars, however, first requires an understanding of the man, as the two are virtually inseparable.

The author unleashes a healthy dose of the “Anniversario” Bizzarrini’s prodigious horsepower.
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Born Survivor

Giotto Bizzarrini was born in June 6, 1926, in Quercianella, near Livorno, Italy. Born into a long line of engineers, it is perhaps not surprising that Bizzarrini would gravitate toward things mechanical. However, his early childhood years were more dominated by soccer and hunting, at least until World War II intervened. When the war broke out, Giotto’s father took up arms against the Germans, leaving young Giotto behind to fend for his family. During the war years, times were tough and much of what the Bizzarrini family had to eat ended up coming from Giotto’s hunting prowess. Bizzarrini would look back on these years of deprivation and state, “That period really influenced me for the rest of my life. It made me into a survivor, somewhat of a maverick.”

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Saturday special: An elegant three-wheeler with a Mazda engine

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Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts
Although Bike EXIF is dedicated to art on two wheels, our automotive interests are wide-ranging. Our publisher has an enviable car collection, our workshop editor, Dean, is a vintage snowmobile fiend, and I’ve been in love with the Morgan Super 3 ever since I test-drove it at the Malle Mile. So today we’re bending the rules, and bringing you a stunning three-wheeler that’s only really thirty percent motorcycle.

Dubbed the ‘MAC 2,’ it’s the second handmade three-wheeler from Indonesian engineer and vintage bike enthusiast, Cosmas Lili Sudrajat. Cosmas has a major crush on Morgan’s V-twin-powered three-wheelers—but they’re expensive and hard to come by in Indonesia. Luckily, he knows his way around a workshop.

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts

The V-twin powerplant bolted to the front of the MAC 2 isn’t a motorcycle engine though. It’s out of a Mazda B600—a pint-sized, Japanese-made station wagon that was a hit in Indonesia in the 1960s. “The Mazda’s air-cooled 600 cc V-twin engine is the perfect size for a three-wheeler,” says Cosmas.

Once the Mazda B600 had been torn down to just its chassis and motor, Cosmas chopped off the rear half of the frame and installed a repurposed Honda swingarm. Repurposed 18” laced motorcycle wheels do duty up front, modified with cast aluminum MAC-branded hubcaps.

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Ferrari Challenge UK commences

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The 2024 Ferrari UK Challenge race series commences its sixth season this weekend at iconic English racing circuit Brands Hatch. Ferrari North Europe has confirmed another packed grid of experienced and new drivers in both the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell classes.

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The 2024 season welcomes the return of numerous racing favorites, including Andrew Morrow, who readies himself for a step up to the EU Challenge in 2024, and Tom Fleming, the EU Challenge rookie who went on to win the World Championship at Finali Mondiali in Mugello last October. With both drivers showing great talent, the stage is set for a hotly contested season opener.

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Several exciting newcomers also make their debut in the series this year, hoping to seize the initiative and pilot their Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo race cars to victory in the final solus year for the 488 model, before the introduction of the new 296 Challenge in 2025.

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