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Mercedes underscores ‘value retention’ of sports cars it introduced 60 years ago

Mercedes underscores ‘value retention’ of sports cars it introduced 60 years ago

Automakers spend millions of dollars on commercials that proclaim the joys of driving their newest vehicles. But one of them has gone out of its way to draw attention to a pair of cars it introduced 60 years ago, cars it now proclaims as the “value retention” champions. The cars are the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL […]

By January 31, 2014 Read More →
Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Blue Bird ‘flies’ again

Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Blue Bird ‘flies’ again

The famed “Blue Bird” Sunbeam that Sir Malcolm Campbell drove to several land speed records returned to life Wednesday at the National Motor Museum in England. The car was the brainchild of Sunbeam chief engineer and racing team manager Louis Coatalen and was constructed at the company’s works in Wolverhampton in 1919 and early 1920. […]

By January 30, 2014 Read More →
Beetlemania: It began 65 years ago

Beetlemania: It began 65 years ago

February 9 marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The ensuing British invasion certainly had an impact on American youth culture. But it was the arrival of another type of Beetle that not only arrived first, but that had a larger impact, perhaps not on American youth culture […]

By January 30, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Avanti drivers meet for Winterfest in Florida

Avanti drivers meet for Winterfest in Florida

The sporty Studebaker Avanti, a radically styled fiberglass coupe created by a design team led by the celebrated Raymond Loewy, is today considered the last hurrah of the South Bend, Indiana, automaker that traced its roots back to covered wagons of the 19th century. Introduced to wide acclaim in 1963, the Avanti lived on even […]

By January 30, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Even with its Arizona sales down, Gooding & Company sees strength in classic car marketplace

Even with its Arizona sales down, Gooding & Company sees strength in classic car marketplace

Gooding & Co. Arizona 2014 at a glance Total sales $49.46 million Catalog 117 automobiles Sell-through rate 94 percent High sale $6.16 million 1958 Ferrari 250 GT cabriolet Next 9 price range $1.53 million to $5.28 million Next auction March 7 at Amelia Island, FL What everyone seemed to be talking about during Arizona Auction […]

By January 29, 2014 Read More →
Ayrton Senna’s personal NSX headed to auction

Ayrton Senna’s personal NSX headed to auction

Do more modern racing heroes lend the same provenance to cars as did the sport’s pioneer drivers? We may get an indication in late February when a 1992 Honda NSX formerly owned by three-time World Driving Champion Ayrton Senna goes to auction in England. The car was purchased new for Senna by his manager Antonio […]

By January 29, 2014 Read More →
Memorabilia sale does $276,300 for Auctions America

Memorabilia sale does $276,300 for Auctions America

Auctions America’s first online memorabilia sale did $276,300 in business with bidders from 45 states and 10 countries. Not only was the sales total pleasing to the auction house, but so was the fact that nearly 80 percent of the bidders were new customers. The sale included more than 800 lots, around half of them […]

By January 29, 2014 Read More →
Bonhams proves less is more, sometimes much more

Bonhams proves less is more, sometimes much more

Bonhams Arizona 2014 at a glance Total sales $23.5 million Catalog 100 automobiles Sell-through rate 85 percent High sale $3.19 million 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Coupe Next 9 price range $467,500 to $3.08 million Next auction February 6 in Paris, France No doubt, you’ve heard about how “less is more.” Well, Bonhams’ third annual Arizona […]

By January 28, 2014 Read More →
Ferdinand Porsche’s first car, built in 1898, ready for museum unveiling

Ferdinand Porsche’s first car, built in 1898, ready for museum unveiling

  The first automobile designed by Ferdinand Porsche when he was 22 years old was nothing like the iconic sports cars most associated with his name. His initial vehicle, branded by the young inventor as P1 to designate his No. 1 design, was an electric carriage that debuted on the streets of Vienna, Austria, on […]

By January 28, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Blackhawk museum again welcomes enthusiasts and their cars with coffee — and more

Blackhawk museum again welcomes enthusiasts and their cars with coffee — and more

Turns out the famed Blackhawk Automotive Museum in northern California is interested in more than just its own collection of some of the world’s finest collectible vehicles. With the start of the new year, the museum began hosting a Cars & Coffee gathering for auto enthusiasts and their cars on the first Sunday of each […]

By January 28, 2014 2 Comments Read More →