If you have never attended the Barrett-Jackson season opener in Scottsdale and love cars as much as we do, this is definitely something that has to be seen to be believed. The auction is most definitely one of the seven wonders of the automotive world.
Bonhams is celebrating its fourth year in Scottsdale, and this year’s selection of cars is the best the venerable auction house has ever had here in the desert, as well as being among the best offerings of any of the seven auction companies working Arizona Car Week. This includes my second-favorite car ever offered for sale at any auction anywhere.
As always is the case, Bonhams has a bit of something for every price level, and my picks of cars that I would most want to take home reflect that.
One of the most enjoyable classic cars I have ever owned was my Volvo 1800S. I restored that car, made two cross-country trips, took it to shows, participated in rallies, and used it during Monterey, California, car week. The car did everything I wanted and more, and it gave few if any problems along the way.
The Volvo combines stunning early 1960s European styling with reliable mechanicals. It does not get any better for me. Continue reading
I can remember sitting behind the wheel of that car in my garage before it was even assembled and imagining I was Sir Stirling Moss driving a Ferrari 250 at Le Mans.
This experience, of being in a living time machine, is why I love classic cars. Continue reading
If you are like me, you are always looking for the next big thing in collector cars. There are a number of cars that fit into that category, but one of the best European classic car deals on the market today and one that may well see an increase in value this year is the BMW 6-Series coupe.
The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1977 BMW 630 CSI with its original Burgundy paint and tan-leather interior, according to the Los Angeles dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading
I have been a fan and collector of classic motorcycles, primarily British, German and Italian bikes from the ’60s and early ’70s, since I was 19 years old. That being said, the one motorcycle brand I have never given much time or thought to is Harley-Davidson.
Although I have even owned around nine Harleys over the years, I never dug into the company’s history and never really became a fan. Continue reading
One of the most unlikely things happened at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this year. Actually, make that two of the most unlikely things happened because not only did a first-time entrant won best of show, but with a marque, Lancia, that was also a first-time best of show winner at the world’s most prestigious concours.
The car was a 1936 Lancia Astura, one of either four or six such cars built, depending on which source you cite, and was a nice restoration of a car originally designed by Pininfarina. The car was formerly the property of guitar legend Eric Clapton and was a car that he loved owning. Continue reading
There’s a big difference between kit cars and continuation cars, as pointed out in a story last week on ClassicCars.com. And while there are many examples of Shelby Cobra kit cars, the one presented today is a real factory continuation car.
The Pick of the Day is a 1965 Shelby Cobra CSX 4000-series car with full documentation from Shelby Automotive, according to the Sarasota, Florida , dealer advertising the sports car on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading
Aston Martin and Jaguar have announced continuation production of some of their most famous cars, namely the DB4 GT and the XK-SS. This is great news to be sure, as it allows more people to buy versions of these near-mythic cars at, in theory, prices much less than the cost of a period-built example.
With that being said, just what is a continuation car? Continue reading
What is the best deal available in the entire Corvette market? If you ask me, it is the 1970-1972 LT1. From the time of its introduction, Chevrolet only built 4,977 high-performance LT-1 cars, which makes it rare, especially when you consider that from 1970-72, the company built 66,121 Corvettes.
The Pick of the Day is a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette LT1 coupe that the dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com says is a complete numbers-matching car with the correct 350 solid-lifter V8 and 4-speed manual transmission. Continue reading