A highly original example of a sought-after muscle car, a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 4-speed convertible, will hit the auction ring in January during Russo and Steele’s 16th annual Scottsdale sale. Continue reading
The lure of American muscle cars runs strong in the collector car market, making up around 10 percent of those that are bought and sold, according to the Hagerty classic car insurance and valuation company.
Hagerty created this week’s bar graph by studying which muscle cars are most popular in Internet searches on Hagerty’s valuation tools, and these are the top 10. Continue reading
Hardtops were all the rage in the 1950s, with designers topping big cars with stylish pillarless rooflines that looked both graceful and sporty. Most were two-door hardtops, but there were some great four-door sedans and even an occasional station wagon that received the wide-open treatment.
The Pick of the Day is a sharp-looking four-door hardtop, a 1957 Buick Special presented by the seller as a fully-restored, low-mileage car with all the trimmings. The shapely roofline accentuates the sculptural body lines, while the four-door configuration looks well-integrated. Continue reading
A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented in London to American motorsports legend Dan Gurney during the 2015 International Historic Motor Awards dinner, staged to recognize a range of achievements in the appreciation of vintage motoring and motorsports.
A devastating fire destroyed a warehouse used by America’s Packard Museum near Dayton, Ohio, consuming a number of classic cars, irreplaceable parts and artifacts, and restoration facilities. The building is separate from the museum itself, which is located in the city of Dayton. Continue reading
I would be the first to admit to being a sucker for a pretty face, and here’s a perfect example. The Pick of the Day is sex on wheels, about as gorgeous as a car can be, and at least for me, love at first sight.
The 1963 Jaguar E-type coupe is hauntingly beautiful, and the photos leave little doubt that the Jag is as described by its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, owner: “Totally restored to concours condition.” Continue reading
Once again, a modern Ford GT sports coupe led the bidding at a Mecum auction, this time a red-and-white 2005 example that hammered for $270,000 at the Anaheim, California, sale. Mecum achieved total sales from its fourth annual Southern California auction of $13,853,225 as 416 cars went to new owners.
Cars built during this century may be too new to be considered classics, but there are some models produced during the past 15 years that are especially popular among car collectors as their weekend drivers, according to research by Hagerty, the insurance and valuation company.
Hagerty’s graph shows which of these cars are most popular among holders of the company’s classic car insurance for their older collector vehicles. Led by Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Mustang, naturally, the top 10 are mostly sporty domestic cars with three German brands also making the cutoff.
Most of the cars are also a nod to the past as the latest versions of models that have long been favorite vintage collector cars.
For the vast bulk of us who actively take part in the classic car hobby, the landmark collector car auctions coming up in Manhattan, of all places, have no effect whatsoever on our lives. Some of the 70 or so exceptional race cars, sports cars and classics that sell at these exclusive events will go for more money than many of us will earn in our lifetimes, purchased by the top 0.1 percent of car collectors.
Besides big money, both of the auctions have something else in common: The elevation of vehicles into art objects sold in the fashion of New York art auctions. Continue reading
The Pick of the Day is a genuine piece of America motorsports history, the kind of classic midget race car that once ruled small oval tracks in the style of scaled-down Indy roadsters.
The 1947 Kurtis-Kraft V8-60 Midget was a formidable competitor in its day, created by iconic Indy 500 race-car designer Frank Kurtis to bring high-performance racing within reach of the common man (and occasionally, woman). Continue reading