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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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‘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 […]

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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 […]

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‘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 →
Pick of the Week: ‘Barn-found’ 1964 Jaguar XK-E coupe

Pick of the Week: ‘Barn-found’ 1964 Jaguar XK-E coupe

All eyes in the collector-car world are focused on the auction today in Paris of one of the most spectacular “barn finds” in history, the collection of nearly 60 European cars – many of them extremely rare and valuable – that recently were discovered stored in open sheds in western France. Those cars, which include […]

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Frank Sinatra’s limo for sale at McCormick’s Auction

Frank Sinatra’s limo for sale at McCormick’s Auction

“We expect another great auction this winter,” Keith McCormick said, adding a “variety of classic and collectible vehicles are already signed up” for McCormick’s 58th auction February 20-22 at the Spa Resort Casino parking lot in downtown Palm Springs, California. The auction is expected to include 580 classic and collectible cars, trucks and motorcycles. McCormick’s […]

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Driven: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta

Driven: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta

Once upon a time, the Volkswagen Jetta was a car with an edge, and that applied to more than the car’s angular design. The Jetta was a car for young driving enthusiasts (and even for those who were not quite so young) on a relatively tight budget and needed four doors and a trunk, but […]

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