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Next big thing: Functional automotive art, for the road or the gallery

Next big thing: Functional automotive art, for the road or the gallery

What’s the Next Big Thing? It is definitely not one more muscle car, or one more supercar.  It is not one more $5-million Ferrari or another $2-million Mercedes.  My hunch is that ‘the next big thing’will be the transcendence of vehicles into art, and that these artistic builds will be equally at home in a […]

1955 ‘Kelley Blue Book’ shows how things have changed

1955 ‘Kelley Blue Book’ shows how things have changed

Did you know that in 1955, you could have purchased a 1953 Chevrolet Corvette for between $1,700 and $2,150? Or a 1952 Porsche 356 America Roadster for the same amount? These are six-figure collector cars today, but back then, they were just used sports cars that had depreciated after leaving the showroom. I came upon […]

By February 3, 2015 8 Comments Read More →
It’s time to bridge the car guy (and gal) generation gap

It’s time to bridge the car guy (and gal) generation gap

It seemed as if everywhere I stopped last week during Arizona Auction Week, people with gray (or in some cases no) hair were freaking out about the future. Are car collectors a dying breed? Is our beloved hobby on its last legs? Will anyone want these cars we’ve spent so much time and money cherishing? Kids […]

By January 22, 2015 13 Comments Read More →
Arizona auctions showed Porsche 911s’ rapid rise

Arizona auctions showed Porsche 911s’ rapid rise

I walked into the Gooding & Company auction in Scottsdale last Saturday just in time to witness a 1966 Porsche 912 being hammered sold for $75,000. No, not a proper six-cylinder 911 but a mild-mannered four-cylinder 912. With auction fee, the sale price was $82,500. I don’t mean to be disparaging, but this seems like […]

By January 21, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
Some things we learned during Arizona Auction Week

Some things we learned during Arizona Auction Week

Barrett-Jackson has joined the group of auction houses that can pull off the sale of a significant private car collection. And the Barrett-Jackson twist is that it held that sale as part of its annual Scottsdale auction, not as a stand-alone event in some remote location. Typically, the sale via auction of a big collection […]

By January 20, 2015 7 Comments Read More →
She’s real fine, my muscular pony sports car

She’s real fine, my muscular pony sports car

It’s Arizona auction week and I’m already dreading the thought of hearing people talk about Mustangs and Camaros and Shelbys and even Chevy 409s as “muscle cars.” Because they are not. Being old may have its disadvantages — though being old at least means you’re not dead. And being old also means that you were […]

By January 12, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
A car restored, a career remembered

A car restored, a career remembered

Despite her outstanding record in sports car racing, it took Lyn St. James five years to convince a team owner to give her a shot at qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. Dick Simon finally did, and she rewarded him by becoming the first woman to win rookie-of-the-year honors in the long history of the Indianapolis […]

By January 10, 2015 Read More →
What’s so special about the ’57 Chevy (part 2)

What’s so special about the ’57 Chevy (part 2)

A few days ago I became sidetracked while trying to figure out why the 1957 Chevrolet has become such an iconic classic car. Actually, it’s more than an iconic classic car. It’s become an icon of American culture. However, as I wrote a few days ago, back in 1957 the Chevy was pretty much the […]

By December 11, 2014 52 Comments Read More →
What was so special about the ’57 Chevy?

What was so special about the ’57 Chevy?

Occasional detours, as frustrating as they may seem at the time, often turn out to make the drive better because they take us down roads and to places we otherwise might never have explored. I mention this because, when I sat down to write this story, my plan was to attempt to figure out why […]

By December 8, 2014 41 Comments Read More →
If only there were a way to keep Pratte collection intact and open to the public…

If only there were a way to keep Pratte collection intact and open to the public…

The day before yesterday, at the invitation of the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction company, I spent several hours wandering open-mouthed within Ron Pratte’s immaculately spotless, meticulously displayed car and automobilia collection, which is housed in a large, hangar-style structure in a private airpark at Chandler, Arizona. As you know, Pratte is selling his collection of […]

By December 5, 2014 Read More →