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Blue-chip muscle cars on the rise, seminar experts say

Blue-chip muscle cars on the rise, seminar experts say

  The rise and fall and rise again of blue-chip American muscle cars was the topic of a pair of seminars under the backdrop of Arizona classic-car auction week. Rare and powerful muscle cars once again are hot commodities, according to the panels of classic-car experts, with the best low-production examples surging ahead in values […]

By January 20, 2014 Read More →
Future classics: The Hagerty Hot List

Future classics: The Hagerty Hot List

Editor’s note: We’re taking a break from our usual “Future classics” format to share the annual “Hagerty Hot List,” the classic car insurer’s yearly list of new cars it thinks will become collectible within the next 25 years. TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – With so much attention focused on the record-breaking classic car sales and their […]

By January 13, 2014 Read More →
Cars auctioned for charities set Barrett-Jackson apart

Cars auctioned for charities set Barrett-Jackson apart

We tease that Barrett-Jackson’s annual Scottsdale auction is the circus among classic car sales. There are vendors hawking all sorts of products that would seem to have nothing to do with classic cars. There are tire-squealing joyrides not in classic cars but in the newest of high-performance vehicles. And while there may not be a […]

By January 13, 2014 Read More →
Rockin’ ‘n’ rollin’ at the Rockabilly Bash

Rockin’ ‘n’ rollin’ at the Rockabilly Bash

  The 1963 Ford Thunderbird, white with a brilliant red and metal flaked roof, caught my eye. After all, how can you not like a Bullet ‘Bird? And then I noticed the car parked next to it. It was a 1964 Ford Ranchero, and it was painted in the same colors. Actually, it looked like […]

By January 10, 2014 Read More →
Silver shines in its niche in Copper State’s classic car auction marketplace

Silver shines in its niche in Copper State’s classic car auction marketplace

Another in a series of previews of classic car auctions in January Mitch Silver likes his niche in the classic car marketplace. “It’s great to see million-dollar cars, but I’m not a participant there and most everybody I know isn’t either,” said the college professor turned auctioneer (see photo) who founded his classic car sales […]

By January 8, 2014 Read More →
Artist explores the ‘birth’ and destruction of classic sports cars

Artist explores the ‘birth’ and destruction of classic sports cars

Don’t worry, no classic cars were harmed in the making of Swiss artist Fabian Oefner’s images. Oefner is known for his ability to fuse art and science. His latest work involves classic cars — their creation and their destruction. “What you see in these images is a moment that never existed in real life,” he […]

By January 7, 2014 Read More →
Russo and Steele eager for its hometown auction

Russo and Steele eager for its hometown auction

  Another in a series of previews of classic car auctions in January After back-to-back auctions at Monterey and Las Vegas, Drew Alcazar says his Phoenix-based team at Russo and Steele may have been tired, but “the great thing was to see how excited everyone was to come home and work on Scottsdale.” And it’s […]

By January 6, 2014 Read More →
Future classic: BMW Z3

Future classic: BMW Z3

 Another in of a series of articles about cars that someday may be considered classics. The stunning success of Mazda Miata in the U.S. prompted other automakers to roll out their own versions of moderately priced two-seat roadsters. The European luxury brands were quick to react, and BMW – along with Audi, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz – […]

By January 6, 2014 Read More →
Mecum eyes 3000 vehicle plateau at Kissimmee auction

Mecum eyes 3000 vehicle plateau at Kissimmee auction

Another in a series of previews of classic car auctions in January. When Dana Mecum staged his first classic car auction in Florida, it was held in conjunction with the annual Florida Corvette show at Cyprus Gardens. “We started out with 40 cars in the parking lot behind the laundry at the Hilton Hotel,” said […]

By January 2, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
It’s like Stonehenge, except made from cars

It’s like Stonehenge, except made from cars

‘There are no big stones out there,” Jim Reinders said of the Nebraska Sandhills where he grew up on the family farm. “But automobiles are about the same size as the stones at Stonehenge, and they’re easier to move because they have wheels on them.” Reinders’ work as an oil exploration and production engineer took him […]

By January 1, 2014 Read More →