German online auction house Auctionata has recruited Lina van de Mars to curate three sales in November and early December.
The highly tattooed van de Mars is a rock-band drummer and German automotive television personality. She was working at an auto repair shop when she was discovered by what now is Germany’s Sport1 channel. In 2004, a show, Tuning TV, was built around her and two other women who worked on cars. Since then her star has risen. For the past two years, she has been the “car expert” at channel Sat1 and also hosts her own radio show, Mars, Cars, Stars.
Working with Auctionata, she has put together a three-auction series:
* The Ride of a Lifetime: Classic Cars, scheduled for November 18 and featuring a 1983 Ferrari 308 GTB Quattrovalvole, 1980 Pilgrim Sumo MKII Cobra replica, and 1954 Jaguar XK120.
* Street Smart: Start your car collection, also November 18 but following the earlier sale, featuring a 1991 Volkswagen T3 camper Remio, 1990 Peugeot 205 rally car and 1981 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL.
* The Garage: Part 1 (British and American cars) on November 24 and Part 2 (German cars) on December 1. Highlights of the British and American docket include a 1992 Ford Crown Victoria police car that has appeared in a movie, a 1955 Willys-Overland Jeep M38A1 and a 1977 Triumph TR6 formerly owned by Elvis Presley, while the German docket includes a 1965 Mercedes-Benz 600, 1973 Pritsche Volkswagen and 1978 Opel Manta Berlinetta.