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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: A Shelby quartet

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: A Shelby quartet

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 26th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold this month at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction. Carroll Shelby’s own 1969 Shelby GT500 convertible The July 2001 issue of Mustang Monthly listed this 1969 Shelby GT500 convertible, Carroll Shelby’s […]

By January 5, 2015 Read More →
Ferraris figure to remain red hot at Arizona auctions

Ferraris figure to remain red hot at Arizona auctions

One in a series of previews for the 2015 Arizona classic car auctions During the 2013-14 classic car auction season, 100 cars hammered sold for prices of $1,897,500 or more worldwide. Of those 100 cars, 48 were Ferraris. But here’s an even more impressive statistic: Of the 20 cars hammered sold for prices of $6,160,000 […]

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1955 Ford Thunderbird VIN #0005

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1955 Ford Thunderbird VIN #0005

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 25th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold this month at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction. ‘The rarest of ‘Birds,” this 1955 Ford Thunderbird VIN #0005 was used as the test vehicle when Sports Illustrated ran an article […]

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special concept car

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special concept car

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 24th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold this month at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction. It’s said that Harley Earl, the initial head of design for General Motors, got the idea for this Pontiac Bonneville Special concept […]

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Pick of the Week: Affordable classics for the New Year

Pick of the Week: Affordable classics for the New Year

So, you have made the New Year’s resolution that 2015 will absolutely, positively be the year in which you finally buy a classic car of your own. Good for you. But if you have more wishes than riches, and budget dictates that you confine yourself to the affordable end of the collector-car scale, here are […]

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: A trio of Chevrolet Nomads

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: A trio of Chevrolet Nomads

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 23rd in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold this month at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction. 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Autorama Custom This 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Autorama Custom provides a look at what happens when a ’55 Nomad, a […]

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Gone, but certainly not forgotten

Gone, but certainly not forgotten

Twenty fourteen was a wonderful year for the classic car community, but it also was a time of some sadness as some of our favorite people left us: Mike Alexander, hot rod builder John Bishop, racing executive Jack Brabham, racer Harold Coker, vintage tire company founder Mary Davis, racer and Portifino hotel founder Victor Elmaleh, […]

By January 1, 2015 Read More →
New Year’s resolutions, intentions and wishes for the classic car community:

New Year’s resolutions, intentions and wishes for the classic car community:

For Cubans who own some 60,000 classic American cars and have cobbled together ways to keep those cars going for so many decades (part 1): A flow of NOS parts. For those who have purchased million-dollar-plus Ferraris, a rising tide that lifts all barchettas. For Craig Jackson, the next Ron Pratte. For Cubans who own […]

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Centennials not likely to be widely celebrated in 2015

Centennials not likely to be widely celebrated in 2015

On December 10, 1915, the one-millionth car produced by the Ford Motor Company rolled away from the assembly line at Henry Ford’s River Rouge plant on the Detroit River just south of Dearborn. However, there was no celebration. Here’s how The Ford Times would remember the event: “With twenty-five assembly plants… and with a big […]

By January 1, 2015 Read More →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1938 Lincoln Zephyr V12 street rod

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1938 Lincoln Zephyr V12 street rod

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 22nd 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 the most famous of street rods, this custom all-steel Lincoln Zephyr V12 won “America’s Most Beautiful Street-Rod”honors from the Goodguys […]

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