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Bookshelf: ‘Dust and Glory’ available as e-books

Bookshelf: ‘Dust and Glory’ available as e-books

I missed the first edition of Leo Levine’s Ford: The Dust and the Glory, A Racing History, though not by very much. I bought my second-printing copy in the summer of 1969 in a book store in Boston while we, fresh out of our respective colleges, were on our way home from honeymooning on Canada’s […]

By March 17, 2014 Read More →
Stylish Buick Riviera shows enduring appeal

Stylish Buick Riviera shows enduring appeal

The proclamation last weekend at the Detroit Autorama of a spectacular custom 1964 Buick Riviera, named Rivision, as winner of the coveted Ridler Award got us thinking about the first generation Riviera coupes,  one of the most beautiful car designs of their era. The 1963 Buick Riviera was a startling creation when it was unveiled […]

By March 14, 2014 Read More →
Chart provides entertaining perspective on what makes cars appealing at auction

Chart provides entertaining perspective on what makes cars appealing at auction

Did you know that 28 percent of the vehicles offered for auction in January at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale were red? Or that 19 percent were black? And if you add in the 16 percent that were blue, those three colors covered more than half the lots that crossed the block? But get this: Among the […]

By March 4, 2014 Read More →
Hooves? No, Clydesdales had four wheels (and other things we learned reading McFarland books)

Hooves? No, Clydesdales had four wheels (and other things we learned reading McFarland books)

Think “Clydesdale” and the images that probably come to mind are those strong and majestic horses in the Budweiser beer commercials. But did you know that a couple of decades before the Anheuser-Busch brewery trotted out its now iconic horse-drawn wagons in 1933, the Clydesdale was the emblem of a car company? Well, not exactly […]

By February 18, 2014 Read More →
Reading this could win you a free classic car book

Reading this could win you a free classic car book

Did you know that the names of nine Spanish cities — Cordoba, Granada, Ibiza, Leon, Malaga, Marbella, Rondo, Seville and Toledo — have been appropriated by automakers for their own vehicles? You no doubt know that England’s national racing color was green and Italy’s was red. You even may know that Spain’s was red with […]

By February 17, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Did someone really pay half-a-million for dirt and grime?

Did someone really pay half-a-million for dirt and grime?

What do we do when we erase patina, when we cover over the historic evidence of the object’s travel through time to the present day? What do we do when we eliminate the very finger prints of the past by restoring cars to “original,” or “improving” them to make them better drivers or more successful […]

By January 31, 2014 Read More →
Strong Arizona auctions set the stage for solid 2014

Strong Arizona auctions set the stage for solid 2014

Arizona auction week started off the 2014 collector-car calendar with a bang. The six auctions sold 2,312 vehicles for a total of nearly $249 million and an average price of $107,096, all significant gains over 2013 results. The premium auction houses – RM, Gooding and Bonhams – stepped up with great collections of cars, and […]

By January 23, 2014 Read More →
Arizona bids for title of best wintertime car show

Arizona bids for title of best wintertime car show

For many people, the annual classic car auction week in Arizona presents a wonderful opportunity (1) to escape way-too-cold weather and (2) to buy or sell classic cars. But for many more people, the auctions are simply one of the biggest and best classic and exotic car shows on the planet. For example, where else […]

By January 11, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Finally! ‘Reality’ TV promises to get real about classic cars as Corky hits the backroads

Finally! ‘Reality’ TV promises to get real about classic cars as Corky hits the backroads

Like me, are you appalled, even downright angry about the way television portrays the classic car hobby? Click on your big screen and start surfing the channels and before long what you’ll see is someone buying a classic car as cheaply as possible, hauling it back to their shop, slapping on some paint, doing minimal […]

By January 10, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
‘Year at a Glance’ provides a fresh perspective

‘Year at a Glance’ provides a fresh perspective

Believe it or not, the first hammer of the first sale at the first auction of 2014 falls sometime today, at Dave Rupp’s Fort Lauderdale Beach sale in Florida. But as the auction action starts anew in a new year, it can be entertaining if not enlightening to take a quick look back at one […]

By January 3, 2014 Read More →