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2014 top stories: No. 3 — Post-war car wins at Pebble Beach and changes everything

2014 top stories: No. 3 — Post-war car wins at Pebble Beach and changes everything

For the classic car community, the choice of Best of Show at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was hugely significant. In fact, it was nothing less than a monumental sea change for collector cars, and yet it also was the natural progression of things. For some, it was cause for angst. Here was the […]

By December 29, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1954 Kaiser-Darrin

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1954 Kaiser-Darrin

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 19th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. This beautifully proportioned two-seater was called the Kaiser-Darrin because it came from wealthy industrialist Henry J. Kaiser’s Kaiser-Frazer Auto Company and was […]

By December 29, 2014 Read More →
Driven: 2015 Mazda3 Grand Touring

Driven: 2015 Mazda3 Grand Touring

Two things I’ve found to be true about seemingly every Mazda I’ve ever driven: Mazdas are fun to drive. Wearing sunglasses while driving a Mazda can be a very frustrating experience. I’ve just spent a week driving a 2015 Madza3, the top-of-the-line Grand Touring version, and once again, those statements have been proven true. Mazda […]

By December 29, 2014 Read More →
2014 top stories: No. 4 — Classic cars auctioned online

2014 top stories: No. 4 — Classic cars auctioned online

The news was big enough that veteran collector-car auction pro Rick Cole was returning to Monterey with his own sale. But the way he was doing it was even bigger news. Cole created the first auction on the Monterey Peninsula during the classic car weekend in 1986. In 2014, he again demonstrated his inventive spirit. […]

By December 28, 2014 Read More →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: Blastolene B-702 roadster

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: Blastolene B-702 roadster

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 18th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. The one-of-a-kind Blastolene B-702 Custom Roadster (Lot #2507) was designed and constructed in 2007 by the Blastolene team of Michael Leeds and […]

By December 28, 2014 Read More →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1969 Trans Am rivals

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1969 Trans Am rivals

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 17th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 A true 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 (Lot #2049), this car has matching date codes, casting numbers […]

By December 27, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: ‘Starsky and Hutch’ tribute Torino

Pick of the Week: ‘Starsky and Hutch’ tribute Torino

One of the most memorable cop shows of the 1970s was Starsky and Hutch, a classic buddy adventure series with plenty of yucks and mugging by the star-power lead actors, Paul Michael Glaser as Starsky and David Soul as Hutch. But what makes Starsky and Hutch most memorable, at least for gearheads like us, was […]

By December 26, 2014 Read More →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: Beverly Hillbillies custom truck

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: Beverly Hillbillies custom truck

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 16th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. This vehicle was built, signed and purchased from none other than George Barris of Barris Kustom Industries, which has been in business […]

By December 26, 2014 Read More →
2014 top stories: No. 7 — ‘Barn-find’ mania at the auctions

2014 top stories: No. 7 — ‘Barn-find’ mania at the auctions

Probably the best poster car for the seemingly insatiable rise of “barn-find” classic cars during 2014 was the British sale of what was most-likely the worst Ferrari Dino ever brought to auction, bar none. That would be the incredibly rusted-out 1973 Dino that had stood neglected in a soggy English garage with a leaky roof […]

By December 25, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1950 GM Futurliner

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1950 GM Futurliner

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 15th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. One of only 12 built by General Motors, the Futurliner is a self-contained display and transport vehicle created by the GM design […]

By December 25, 2014 Read More →