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My Classic Car: Carl’s 1965 Oldsmobile Starfire

My Classic Car: Carl’s 1965 Oldsmobile Starfire

I drove a 1961 Starfire for 30 years. I paid $75.00 for it because it didn’t run. When it got too hard to find parts, I parked it. Finally, the kids talked me into selling it. I knew I would cry. About 10 years later I retired and found a 1965 Starfire. I didn’t know […]

By July 30, 2014 Read More →
My Classic Car: Don’s 1937 Ford

My Classic Car: Don’s 1937 Ford

It was my first car. This was a great car to have in high school. I bought it from the father of the girl I was going with at the time. He had won the car. This ’37 Ford was offered at the local carnival in Brookfield, Illinois in 1937. My girl’s father bought one […]

By July 27, 2014 Read More →
My Classic Car: Don’s 1963 Chevrolet Impala

My Classic Car: Don’s 1963 Chevrolet Impala

I was 18 working as a pump jockey. A guy that came into are service station had this car, a 1963 Chevrolet Impala, and I always loved it. One day, he came in and was driving a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle. I asked about the 1963. He said it was for sale. It had a 409 […]

Eye Candy

Eye Candy: The Hawk at Elkhart Lake

Eye Candy: The Hawk at Elkhart Lake

Photos by Tom Strongman Few things in vintage sports car racing are more charming than Road America’s midsummer event, The Hawk with Brian Redman. Track time is the central focus, of course, but what really makes the weekend special happens in downtown Elkhart Lake on Friday and Saturday nights. In 1950, sports cars raced on […]

By July 31, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: RM Motor City auction preview

Eye Candy: RM Motor City auction preview

Photos by Larry Edsall Classic car auction previews attract at least two groups of people: People with bidder numbers who are examining the cars before bidding on them, and the rest of us, who are there because it’s an amazing opportunity to get close to some incredible cars we might otherwise rarely see. This is […]

By July 30, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: RM Museum

Eye Candy: RM Museum

Photos by Larry Edsall Interesting geographic oddity: Canada may be America’s neighbor to the north, unless you live in or near Detroit. From the Motor City, you have to go south, not north, to reach Windsor, gateway to Ontario, which means crossing the Detroit River by boat, bridge or tunnel. Once in Windsor, you can […]

By July 29, 2014 Read More →

Features

Vintage Profile: 3 Generations and the Trip of a Lifetime

Vintage Profile: 3 Generations and the Trip of a Lifetime

I consider myself lucky. To have inherited a passion for cars from my Dad, and to be able to share this passion with him for the past 40 years, what could be better? Well, it turns out that sharing that passion with the next generation is indescribably rewarding as well. The transitory nature of our […]

By July 31, 2014 Read More →
35 years later, Rob Myers isn’t ready for restoration, he just needs the next deal to do

35 years later, Rob Myers isn’t ready for restoration, he just needs the next deal to do

Rob Myers vividly remembers the first time he took a car he restored to a classic car auction: “I brought my ’57 Cadillac Biarritz convertible to Auburn, Indiana,” Myers said, adding that at the time, such cars were selling at the auction for upward of $50,000. “I had 20 into mine and I’m thinking, ‘I’m […]

Pick of the Week: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R1

Pick of the Week: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R1

One of the most unusual standout designs during the early 1960s was that of the Studebaker Avanti, a “personal luxury” coupe that debuted in April 1962. Created by a team assembled by famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy, the fiberglass-bodied Avanti was true to its name as an avant garde original. As usual, Studebaker was ahead […]

Commentary

It’s Christmas in July as Monterey catalogs arrive

It’s Christmas in July as Monterey catalogs arrive

Some people have to wait until sometime around Thanksgiving for their “wish books” to arrive. At least that’s what we used to call them, those holiday shopping catalogs we’d thumb through so eagerly, thinking how wonderful it would be to possess such products. But classic car enthusiasts don’t have to be nearly so patient. We […]

By July 31, 2014 Read More →
Teenage angst: Learning to shift for yourself, and perhaps to gain an appreciation for classic cars

Teenage angst: Learning to shift for yourself, and perhaps to gain an appreciation for classic cars

Back when I was learning to drive, and perhaps it was the same for you if you are of a certain age, I had no choice but to learn on a car with a manual transmission. We’d become a two-car family a couple of years before I started driving. With my little brother well into […]

Bertone designers were a who’s who of styling skills

Bertone designers were a who’s who of styling skills

‘Though his name would become synonymous with some of the most gorgeous automotive design’s evercreated, Nuccio Bertone was not one of the world’s greatest automotive designers. However, perhaps no one was more adept than Bertone at identifying those who could — and indeed would — create many of the world’s most aesthetically pleasing motor vehicles.” […]

By July 14, 2014 Read More →

Other Recent Stories

Mecum’s inaugural Harrisburg auction tops $21 million

Mecum’s inaugural Harrisburg auction tops $21 million

Buyers paid more than $21 million for cars and motorcycles at Mecum Auctions’ inaugural sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in the company’s first foray into the Northeast collector-car market. A total of 735 cars and bikes went to new owners out of 1,056 offered, for a solid 70-percent sell-through rate, especially strong for a first-time event. […]

By July 31, 2014 Read More →
Great Porsches highlight Coys auction at Nurburgring

Great Porsches highlight Coys auction at Nurburgring

Fifteen spectacular Porsches will be among 50 special European classics (plus a pair of all-American Chevys) offered during Coy’s auction at the famed Nurburgring track in Germany. The Porsches comprise what the British auction company calls a “specialist section” of the August 9 sale of sports, GT and competition cars, including grand prix racers. “Nurburgring […]

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‘Grand Prix’ among features at Monterey film festival

‘Grand Prix’ among features at Monterey film festival

The second annual AutoMoto International Film & Arts Festival is scheduled for August 14-17 at two venues in Monterey, California — the Golden State Theater and the Monterey Marriott. The schedule includes screenings of new and classic movies, appearances by motorsports legends and a live “CarCast” podcast by Adam Carolla. “Building on the momentum from […]

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Buyers go for ‘imports’ at RM’s Motor City sale

Buyers go for ‘imports’ at RM’s Motor City sale

RM Motor City 2014 at a glance Total sales $7.42 million Catalog 77 automobiles 1 boat Sell-through rate 77 percent High sale $495,000 1911 Mercedes 38/70 HP seven-passenger Touring Next 9 price range $220,000 to $352,000 Next auction August 15-16 in Monterey, California Imported classics, not made-in-Detroit cars, dominated sales at RM’s 20th anniversary Motor […]

By July 30, 2014 Read More →
Behind-the-scenes auction action: ‘Mecum Dealmakers’ debuts on NBCSN

Behind-the-scenes auction action: ‘Mecum Dealmakers’ debuts on NBCSN

For the uninitiated, a classic car auction can seem a confusing array of fast-paced bidding and auctioneer harangues, plus mysterious tactics by veteran buyers and sellers, sometimes with hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake. A new reality series, Mecum Dealmakers, premiering Thursday at 10 p.m. (Eastern time) on NBCSN, is designed to take the […]

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