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Hagerty reports slight increase in classic car market rating

Hagerty reports slight increase in classic car market rating

After a June swoon that took the Hagerty Market Rating to its lowest point in 14 months, the tach-style chart tracking the health of the collector car marketplace rallied slightly in July. On a 100-point scale, the rating was 71.55 in June and is 71.59 this month. Hagerty’s news release cited: Private sales dropping for […]

By July 16, 2015 Read More →
Steve McQueen’s Porsche Turbo Carrera added to Mecum auction in Monterey

Steve McQueen’s Porsche Turbo Carrera added to Mecum auction in Monterey

Just when you thought there were no more automotive relics of movie and motorsports icon Steve McQueen, along comes another piece of his fabulous personal history. This time, it’s the last car special-ordered by the King of Cool, a 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera, the ultra-performance version of the 911 that’s as emblematic of the […]

100 years later, another Model T follows Edsel Ford’s cross-country adventure

100 years later, another Model T follows Edsel Ford’s cross-country adventure

In June of 1915, 21-year-old Edsel Ford and several of his buddies left Detroit in a Model T Ford, a Cadillac and a Stutz and joined thousands of other Americans in driving across the country to the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco. Starting Friday, June 17, a team from the Historic Vehicle Association will follow […]

By July 15, 2015 Read More →
Keith Richards’ famous blue Bentley coming to auction at Bonhams’ Goodwood sale

Keith Richards’ famous blue Bentley coming to auction at Bonhams’ Goodwood sale

If this blue Bentley could only talk, what tales it could tell about its astonishing adventures with Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones.   This was in the swinging ’60s, when the rock star was high on success and any number of illegal substances. The car would transport Richards, his band mates and their collection of […]

Mecum’s 1,000-item Road Art sale offers signs and much more, including a 40-foot carousel

Mecum’s 1,000-item Road Art sale offers signs and much more, including a 40-foot carousel

Mecum Auctions is known for sales with a thousand or more classic cars, but next weekend, July 17-19, its inaugural Road Art Auction will include no cars — well, there will be several pedal and toy cars — but instead it will feature more than 1,000 items including dealer signs, assorted automobilia, barber shop nostalgia, […]

By July 14, 2015 Read More →
Historic Porsche racers at Gooding sale in Monterey

Historic Porsche racers at Gooding sale in Monterey

Three significant Porsche works race cars, including a spectacular 1960 RS60 four-cam Spyder, have been added to Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction in August. The historic Spyder, raced by the factory team in grueling endurance competition at Le Mans, Sebring, the Nürburgring and the Targa Florio, is the star of a nine-car private collection […]

By July 13, 2015 Read More →
My Classic Car: 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible

My Classic Car: 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible

To draw attention to the Falcon model line at the start of the Ford “Total Performance Era,” the Sprint model was added to the lineup in mid-1963. Boasting the excellent Ford 260 small block, and available with the slick shifting Ford “top-loader” or T-10 transmission, dash mounted tach, sporty bucket seats, and special yet understated […]

By July 12, 2015 Read More →
Celebrate Collector Car Appreciation Day this weekend at a museum

Celebrate Collector Car Appreciation Day this weekend at a museum

Today at Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda, Florida, the museum celebrates the fifth annual National Collector Car Appreciation Day from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It is free to register for the event and trophies will be presented.

By July 10, 2015 Read More →
RM Sotheby’s lands one-off Lamborghini concept for New York City auction

RM Sotheby’s lands one-off Lamborghini concept for New York City auction

We weren’t all that surprised last month when RM Sotheby’s announced that it had secured the consignment of the astounding Pinnacle Portfolio of some 30 important post-war sports cars. But what was surprising was that those cars would be offered not at the “Art Automobiles” sale in November in New York City but would be […]

By July 9, 2015 Read More →
Why was there a hearse at the Concours d’Elegance of America’s preview?

Why was there a hearse at the Concours d’Elegance of America’s preview?

It seems obvious (plus the event’s vehicle-selection-committee chairman admitted as much) that including a class for 1980s Dream Cars — vehicles such as the Lamborghini Countach and others that shared space with those posters of Farrah Fawcett on the walls of adolescent boys’ bedrooms — and another for Early Japanese Sports Cars is an effort […]