Bonhams adds three Ferraris to anniversaries celebration

1963 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamico among Ferraris headed to sale at Quail | Bonhams photos
1963 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamico among Ferraris headed to sale at Quail | Bonhams photos

Ferrari celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017 and the docket for Bonhams has announced a trio of “highly sought after” and Ferrari Classiche certified vehicles for its annual August auction at The Quail resort on the Monterey Peninsula

The cars are a 1963 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamico, a 1966 275 GTS and a 1973 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider. Continue reading

ACD trio already consigned for Auctions America’s Labor Day sale

The ACD trio headed across the block at Labor Day weekend auction | Auctions America photos by Tyler Allen
The ACD trio headed across the block at Labor Day weekend auction | Auctions America photos by Tyler Allen

Auburn, Indiana, has been the home of the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg brands, all of which are celebrated each Labor Day weekend with a massive festival in the northeast Indiana community. That celebration includes a huge collector car auction at Auburn Auction Park and Auctions America already has an ACD triumvirate for its sale docket.

Leading the early consignments for the 750-vehicle auction are an Auburn Twelve Custom Phaeton, a Cord 812 Phateon and the only Duesenberg Model J originally fitted with Fleetwood coachwork, the auction house announced. Continue reading

Memorial day weekend at museums and car shows

Spring Auto Show in 2014 | Photo provided by Owls Head Transportation Museum
Spring Auto Show in 2014 | Photo provided by Owls Head Transportation Museum

On Monday, May 29, the California Automobile Museum holds the 8th Annual Vettes & Vets and American Muscle Car Show. The show is free to the public and honors servicemen and women while paying tribute to the Corvettes and American-made muscle cars.

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Shelby American debuts wide body Mustang concept

2017 Shelby American widebody concept | Nicole James photos
2017 Shelby American wide-body concept | Nicole James photos

For the first time in over a decade, Shelby American has premiered a new concept vehicle –- the wide body Ford Mustang. The concept, unveiled last weekend at the 5th annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show in the Los Angeles area, was built on the 50th Anniversary Shelby Super Snake that was revealed in January during Scottsdale Auction Week.

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Pick of the Day: 1937 Ford Model 78 Deluxe Convertible Sedan

The Ford convertible looks freshly restored
The Ford convertible looks freshly restored

The four-door luxury convertible is pretty much an extinct configuration, gone by way of 1960s Lincoln Continentals, unless you count a couple of recent concept cars.

But there was a time when an open-air car with rear doors was the height of stylish transportation, such as the Pick of the Day, a 1937 Ford Model 78 Deluxe Convertible Sedan. While the Ford looks original, other than its slightly lowered stance and modern wheel treatment, the convertible packs a modern drivetrain for performance and reliability. The dual exhaust is also something of a giveaway. Continue reading

Mecum scores biggest total at 30th anniversary Indy auction

A rare, high-performance 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 EVO was the top-selling vehicle at Indy | Mecum Auctions
A rare, high-performance 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 EVO was the top-selling vehicle at Indy | Mecum Auctions photos

With a rare Porsche high-performance 911 coupe leading the way, Mecum Auctions reached $55.6 million at its Original Spring Classic collector car sale in Indianapolis, Indiana, the highest total yet for the auction as it celebrated its 30th anniversary.

The sale last weekend sale sent 1,665 vehicles over the block, with 1,208 of them selling for a 73 percent sell-through rate. Continue reading

SVRA’s Spring Vintage Festival revs up Road America

A 1969 Z28 Camaro ready to take on the Mustangs | William Hall photos
A 1969 Z28 Camaro ready to take on the Mustangs | William Hall photos

The unique thing about race tracks is that they combine the many interests of the classic car hobby all in one place. There are the sights, smells and sounds of competition cars being utilized to their maximum potential. There is a flurry of fascinating mechanical activity taking place in the paddock. And there is an interesting variety of amazing street cars in the parking lot. It’s one-stop shopping for classic car nirvana.

SVRA’s Spring Vintage Festival races at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, traditionally signals the start of the vintage racing season in the upper Midwest. Despite a practice session of unseasonably cold and wet weather, entrant attendance indicated continued enthusiasm for the classic car hobby and amateur racing. Continue reading

Syd Mead looks 30 years into the future

EyesOn Design poster by Syd Mead depicts vehicles in 2047 | EyesOn Design images
EyesOn Design poster by Syd Mead depicts vehicles in 2047 | EyesOn Design images

Frequent readers know that I enjoy it when the worlds of art and automobiles collide. And I mean collide in a positive sense. The impact between the two can be sudden, even violent, but also creative and beautiful, even wondrous. Continue reading

Vintage aircraft, Lindbergh’s helmet on Artcurial docket

Italy's Piaggio did original design of this 1960 Focke-Wulf airplane | Artcurial photos
Italy’s Piaggio did original design of this 1960 Focke-Wulf airplane | Artcurial photos

With the International Paris Air Show — Salon du Bourget — running June 19-25, Paris-based auction house Artcurial will offer 250 lots at its annual Aeronautical Sale, scheduled for June 13 in Paris.

The docket includes three vintage aircraft, furniture with aeronautical designs and the flight helmet Charles Lindbergh wore on his historic flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20-22, 1927. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Ford Bronco

1972 Ford Bronco
1972 Ford Bronco

As enthusiasts anticipate the debut of the new Ford Bronco, interest in early models continues to build. From the factory, the Bronco is a pretty fun machine, but when you swap in a 5.0-liter Coyote, it’s taken to an entirely new level of fun and is one of the driving forces behind what made this the Pick of the Day.

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