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Future Classic: Nissan 240SX

Future Classic: Nissan 240SX

When the movie The Fast and the Furious came out in 2001, the import tuner industry was in full swing in the United States. The movie featured a 1997 Nissan 240SX with Advan wheels and a huge spoiler, and driven by Michelle Rodriquez, it really caught everyone’s attention. The first 240SX was produced in 1989, […]

By February 18, 2015 Read More →
Pick of the Week: ’64 Alfa Romeo Guilia Sprint Speciale

Pick of the Week: ’64 Alfa Romeo Guilia Sprint Speciale

After 20 years absence, the great Italian brand Alfa Romeo returns to the U.S. with the all-new and reputedly spectacular 4C mid-engine sports coupe. My ClassicCars.com colleague Larry Edsall got to test drive one, and his Driven report appears here today. The Pick of the Week is a very special Alfa Romeo from more than […]

By February 13, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
Driven: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C coupe

Driven: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C coupe

There is no cruise control. No power steering. No struts to hold open the hatch that spans the engine and the unreasonably small trunk. No GPS. No push-button starter. No backup camera that might provide at least a helpful hint rather than leave you backing blindly out of a parking place. There are leather straps […]

By February 13, 2015 7 Comments Read More →
At last, it’s auction day, the first of many to come

At last, it’s auction day, the first of many to come

This is the last of four installments in the story of the first modern classic car auction. Here are links to part 1, part 2 and part 3. May 1, 1971, “dawned crystal clear,” Kirk F. White remembers. “It was the most dazzling May first in the history of the world. The weather was absolutely perfect.” As […]

By February 12, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
California museum showcases ‘Flash & Flair: The Atomic ’50s and ‘60s’

California museum showcases ‘Flash & Flair: The Atomic ’50s and ‘60s’

When you think of the 1950s and ’60s, you don’t typically think of the cars as being extreme, but the California Automobile Museum’s latest exhibit may change your mind. “During this time the culture was changing. During the early ’50s America was all about flight and in the late ’50s we were starting to look […]

By February 12, 2015 Read More →
The consignments arrive, but so does an act of vandalism

The consignments arrive, but so does an act of vandalism

This is the third of four installments in the story of the first modern classic car auction. Here are links to part 1 and part 2. One sunny Sunday morning, Kirk F. White and his family emerged from St. Martin’s church into a scene of blooming dogwoods at the church’s pastoral campus in Radnor, a […]

By February 11, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
Goodguys open ‘Duel in the Desert’ to autocross groups

Goodguys open ‘Duel in the Desert’ to autocross groups

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has announced a new alliance with the SCCA, USCA and ASP to find and qualify the fastest autocross racers for the annual “Duel in the Desert” that takes place at the Goodguys’ annual Southwest Nationals in November in Scottsdale, Arizona. Racers can compete in a pre-1973 model car at […]

By February 11, 2015 Read More →
‘Tiny’ Gould makes a very big introduction

‘Tiny’ Gould makes a very big introduction

This is the second of four installments telling the story of the first modern classic car auction. Here’s the link to part 1. Kirk F. White was impressed by that auction in New York City, but not in good ways. “The scene, as I drove by slowly, was nearly amusing,” he writes in the manuscript […]

By February 10, 2015 Read More →
ACD museum launches ‘If These Cars Could Talk’ series

ACD museum launches ‘If These Cars Could Talk’ series

‘If These Cars Could Talk” is the theme of a new monthly program at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana, where visitors can hear an in-depth, car-side presentation, starting Saturday with a 1929 Cord L-29 Brougham on loan to the museum from local resident Burt Dickman. “The cars are chosen based on […]

By February 10, 2015 Read More →
‘It has to work if it were done right,’ so Kirk White staged the first modern classic car auction

‘It has to work if it were done right,’ so Kirk White staged the first modern classic car auction

Ranging from small, local events to such extravaganzas as Arizona Auction Week and the mid-summer carfest on California’s Monterey Peninsula, classic car auctions have become a billion-dollar industry annually in the United States. Which got us to wondering: When and where did this industry get its start? So we checked the archives, and asked some […]

By February 9, 2015 4 Comments Read More →