The best catalog I’ve ever seen for a classic car auction was the one a pre-Sotheby’s RM did in 2013 for the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum sale. Not only were the cars small, but so was the catalog. Well, it was small in page size — a nice reflection of the cars on offer — but it was brick-thick in depth and good humor. It was downright delightful and someday will be collectible in its own right. Continue reading
You have to be interested when the advertisement for a vehicle on ClassicCars.com starts, “My ex-husband was a car guy…”
And especially when the ad ends with a note that the car’s “color perfectly matches a box from Tiffany’s…”
The Question of the Week for the week of July 17th, 2017 asked you: What’s the main reason for attending a collector car auction?
The smooth, comforting thrum of twin Pratt & Whitney radial engines rolled through the cabin as we soared over Scottsdale, Arizona, in a 77-year-old airplane. The beautifully restored DC-3 and its crew were taking a break from their daring task of flying around the world, with the goal of making it the oldest plane on record to accomplish such a feat.
I was invited to hook up with the Breitling DC-3 World Tour during its stop in the Phoenix area, and to enjoy the experience of vintage air travel. The airplane is named for its sponsor and wears the logo of the luxury-watch company emblazoned on its hull. Continue reading
The 1956 Maserati 300 S sports racer that Juan Manual Fangio drove to victory in Portuguese and Brazilian grand prix events has been consigned for sale at Bonhams’ auction scheduled for August 18 at The Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley during Monterey Car Week. Continue reading
Whether fastback or finback, the aerodynamic racers that roamed the NASCAR oval tracks during the 1969-1970 seasons were some of the most exciting cars ever built.
The buying public did not share the same enthusiasm for the powerful but ungainly cars, however, and the street models required for homologation sat unsold in dealers’ backlots at huge discounts when new. Now, they are amongst the most expensive and prized of all models from the muscle car era. Continue reading
One of only a dozen 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C sports cars, and with a strong Italian racing history, will be offered at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach, California, sale in August, the auction house announced Thursday. Continue reading
So I’m cruising through the daily dezeen.com newsletter and there’s a story about a new exhibit running through November 12 at the V&A Museum, aka the Victoria and Albert Museum, London’s showcase of art and design. The exhibit’s title is “Plywood: Material of the Modern World,” and the first two photographs illustrating the article prominently feature cars — a passenger vehicle and a racing car.
Plywood in cars? Even racing cars? Hey, we know about woody wagons and how in the early days horseless carriage bodies were made from hardwoods. But plywood? Continue reading
Now that we know Dodge Viper production ends after this model year, the Pick of the Day goes back to the roots of the V10-powered roadster with one of the first-gen models in low-mileage survivor condition.
The first of only seven 1995 McLaren F1 three-seat supercars to be federalized, and thus street-legal for the United States, will be offered for bidding August 18 at Bonhams’ annual collector car auction at the Quail Lodge during Monterey Car Week.
The car is a one-owner vehicle, Bonhams notes, and the first one to be imported to this country. Continue reading