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Classic car auctions focus on ‘barn finds’

Classic car auctions focus on ‘barn finds’

Everybody dreams of making a “barn find,” discovering a dirt-encrusted classic car forgotten for decades in some musty outbuilding. That’s become a powerful draw in the classic car community, where the debate rages over restoration vs. preservation. Auctions America’s sale next month in Auburn, Ind., features a 1954 Jaguar XK 120SE convertible that actually was […]

By April 11, 2014 Read More →
Danbury Mint ends die-cast model sales

Danbury Mint ends die-cast model sales

The Danbury Mint has gone out of the car business. The Connecticut-based collectibles company, known for its finely honed 1:24 scale replicas of classic cars, announced recently that it would no longer include the die-cast cars among its lineup. The final offering was a limited-edition model of a 1935 Ford Deluxe three-window coupe, of which […]

By April 10, 2014 Read More →
Last — and most badly damaged — Corvette freed from sinkhole beneath museum’s Skydome

Last — and most badly damaged — Corvette freed from sinkhole beneath museum’s Skydome

“It looks like the worst one… a lot of parts and pieces,” Mike Murphy, chief executive of Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction, said as the last of the eight Corvettes swallowed by a sinkhole emerged from the abyss beneath the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum. “It took a lot of punishment from a lot […]

Astronauts’ cars among featured lots at Mecum’s Houston auction

Astronauts’ cars among featured lots at Mecum’s Houston auction

Photos by Mecum Auctions Houston being the site of the NASA Johnson Space Center, it seems only fitting that among the 1,000 cars being offered up for bids this weekend at Mecum Auctions’ sale are two formerly owned by astronauts. And not just any astronauts, but the first two U.S. fliers to travel into space. […]

By April 9, 2014 Read More →
’55 Chevy wins best of show at Charlotte AutoFest

’55 Chevy wins best of show at Charlotte AutoFest

A blazing-orange customized 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air was proclaimed best of show at the annual AutoFair, a sweeping celebration of classic cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Owned by Jerry Horine of Louisville, Ky., the two-door sedan bested competitors from 48 car clubs that vied for awards during the four-day show, which was […]

By April 9, 2014 Read More →
Vintage tractors, farm ‘relics’ bring $2 million in sales at Mecum auction

Vintage tractors, farm ‘relics’ bring $2 million in sales at Mecum auction

Yes, we know, this is the blog of ClassicCars.com, but if you like old cars and vintage motorcycles, how can you not have at least a passing interest in historic farm implements? Hey, we’ve seen vintage tractors at major concours d’elegance and a few even have rolled across the block at some important classic car […]

By April 9, 2014 Read More →
Arizona Concours creates special class for the Cars of Frank Lloyd Wright

Arizona Concours creates special class for the Cars of Frank Lloyd Wright

America’s most famous 20th Century architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, also was an auto enthusiast who owned a succession of special vehicles during his long career. He added personal touches to many of them, often having them repainted in his signature color, Cherokee Red, a hue that appeared in his architectural designs. Several of his cars […]

By April 8, 2014 Read More →
Historic Cobra Daytona to star at Shelby tribute

Historic Cobra Daytona to star at Shelby tribute

Probably the most celebrated of American race cars, the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe that claimed victory in the GT class 50 years ago in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, returns to Southern California on May 17 for the second annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show. The event, at the future home of the Carroll Shelby Automotive Museum […]

By April 8, 2014 Read More →
Datsun Z cars get own concours class at Forest Grove

Datsun Z cars get own concours class at Forest Grove

Datsun scored a major breakthrough in the American perception of Japanese cars with the launch for 1970 of its 240Z. Here was a sophisticated and powerful sports coupe that rivaled the European competition, but was available at an affordable price. Popular and plentiful, Z cars from the 1970s long have filled a niche among hobbyists […]

By April 7, 2014 Read More →
Coys posts results from Techno Classica auction

Coys posts results from Techno Classica auction

British auction house Coys reports that its recent auction held in conjunction with the Essen Techno Classica in Germany produced sales of nearly $5.5 million. “We are delighted to have successfully sold a significant number of high-value historic motor cars to an international audience,” Coys managing partner Chris Routledge said in a news release. “This […]

By April 7, 2014 Read More →