Bullitt casing: Lost movie ‘jump’ car found in Baja Mexico

Mustang expert Kevin Marti (right) used VIN and data plate to confirm this was stunt car from movie, Bullitt. Car's co-owner Ralph Garcia Jr. (car shirt) stands next to his car | Photos courtesy Kevin Marti | Marti Report
Mustang expert Kevin Marti (right) used VIN and data plate to confirm this was the stunt car from movie, Bullitt. The car’s co-owner, Ralph Garcia Jr. (wearing car shirt), stands next to refurbished vehicle | Photos courtesy Kevin Marti | Marti Report

The shell of a 1968 Ford Mustang fastback found recently near the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is indeed the “jump” car used in the movie Bullitt. That much has been verified by Mustang expert Kevin Marti of the Marti Report. Continue reading

Bonhams lands Type 49 roadster for Bugattifest at Greenwich

Labourette-bodied 19332 Bugatti Type 49 roadster early consignment for Greenwich auction | Bonhams photo
Labourette-bodied 19332 Bugatti Type 49 roadster early consignment for Greenwich auction | Bonhams photos

Bugatti is the featured marque for the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, and a 1932 Bugatti Type 49 roadster with coachwork by Labourette will highlight Bonhams’ 10th annual Greenwich Auction, taking place June 4 as part of the concours weekend in Connecticut. Continue reading

What? No Bond, James Bond DB5?

Aston Martins in the windows at Harrod's | Aston Martin photo
Aston Martins in the windows at Harrods | Aston Martin photo

Aston Martin has done a deal with Harrods, the historic London department store, to display a trio of cars in the Knightsbridge display windows. The cars are all new — a DB11, V12 Vantage S and Vanquish S. Continue reading

Gilmore holds movie night featuring Bullitt

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Bullitt recreation Mustang spotted at Ponies at the Pike 2016 | Nicole James photo

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, will show the iconic 1968 film Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset and Robert Vaughn, Saturday at 7:30 p.m on the big screen in the Automotive Heritage Center in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1922 Stoughton Fire Engine

The Stoughton Fire Engine is from the first year the Wisconsin company produced fire trucks
The Stoughton Fire Engine is from the first year the Wisconsin company produced fire trucks

Antique firetrucks are wonderful things, flashy and brassy and honoring brave firefighters who rush into burning buildings to save people. There is a small but dedicated niche of firetruck enthusiasts who love and collect these mammoth pieces of Americana. They all have one thing in common: lots of storage space.

Here in Phoenix, we have the Hall of Flame museum, which despite its quirky name is one of the most-significant collections dedicated to vintage firefighting equipment. It’s open to the public and worth a visit. Continue reading

President’s Ferrari, astronaut’s Cadillac likely to draw interest from Auctions America’s ‘Iron-enriched’ bidder pool

Donald Trump was the original owner of this 2007 Ferrari going to auction | Auctions America photo by Dirk de Jager
Donald Trump was the original owner of this 2007 Ferrari going to auction | Auctions America photo by Dirk de Jager

Auctions America stages its 15th annual Fort Lauderdale collector car sale March 31-April 2 — and this is no April Fool’s Joke: Expect there to be much more interest in a couple of cars with significant ownership history than might otherwise be expected at such an auction.

The cars are a 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 coupe and a 2000 Cadillac Deville DHS sedan, neither of which might normally cause all that much excitement at a classic car auction. However, the Caddy was originally owned by the late astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glenn and the Ferrari’s original owner was a future U.S. President, Donald “Make America Great Again” (by buying an Italian car?) Trump. Continue reading

Oldest Vespa scooter currently offered in online auction

The oldest Vespa is a prototype of the iconic scooter built in 1946 | Catawiki photos
The oldest Vespa is a prototype of the iconic scooter built in 1946 | Catawiki photos

The world’s oldest Vespa scooter, the third prototype built by Piaggio in 1946, is currently being auctioned on the online bidding site Catawiki, with an expected result of $250,000 to $300,000.

That might seem like a whole lot for a simple Italian scooter, but consider this example as a historic artifact from the effort to provide cheap, efficient transportation for a nation devastated by World War II. With many millions produced, the Vespa scooter became emblematic of a youthful Neapolitan lifestyle, and were highly popular around the world. Continue reading

Car condos bring motorsports, collector car culture home

Some car Condos offer space for collectors to entertain | Iron Gate Motor Condos.
Some car Condos offer space for collectors to entertain | Iron Gate Motor Condos.

Nearly every car collector longs for more garage space to house their precious vehicles. Specialized condo developments now cater to those who want to fully embrace the collector car lifestyle.

New communities are springing up around the country that not only store cars but offer owners inclusion in a fraternity of passionate automotive enthusiasts. Some condos are purpose-built around track activities. Others target parking solutions for urban enthusiasts with a social-club setting. Continue reading

Lamenting the loss of Edd-ucational television

Edd China and one of his projects | Discovery Channel photos
Edd China and one of his projects | Discovery Channel photos

Like so many of you, I was saddened by the news that Edd China is parting ways with the Wheeler Dealers television show, where for 13 seasons he’s educated the world about the proper way to restore nearly 150 vehicles. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1959 Morris Minor Deluxe Traveler

1959 Morris Minor Traveller has undergone rotisserie restoration
1959 Morris Minor Traveler has undergone rotisserie restoration

About a decade before he created the Mini, Alec Issigonis designed the Morris Minor, a car produced from 1948 until 1972 and the first British motorcar to exceed 1 million units sold.

Morris Minors were produced as two- and four-door versions, as convertibles, vans and pickup trucks and, as in the case of Pick of the Day, a 1959 Morris Minor Deluxe Traveler, as a station wagon with a wood-framed rear body section and wood rear quarter-panels and rear doors.

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