You gotta love sleepers. This 1965 Mercury Comet Caliente hardtop might not technically be called a sleeper since it is a high-performance version of the midsize Mercury of the era, but this one has been upgraded with a 347 cid “stroker” V8 that should startle stoplight challengers.
When you’re on the street during Monterey Classic Car Week – where exotic Ferraris and Lamborghinis are around every turn – you want to be driving something cool as well, something with a little dash and flash. I had the great fortune this year of scoring just such a car from the regional press fleet, a 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack in neon blue and powered by a 392 Hemi V8.
For too many years, conventional car-guy wisdom determined that Japanese cars would never rise to the level of collectability, and that the late 1970s and ’80s were wastelands of forgettable vehicles.
The Pick of the Day is yet another Japanese car from the era that challenges that mindset: a 1979 Toyota Celica Supra liftback that is a rare survivor of the disco days. And it could have a future as a bona fide classic car. Continue reading
Only four Shelby Cobra 289 Dragonsnakes were ever built, destined for drag strips where they showed the same winning ways in a straight line that they had already shown on twisting road courses.
Cobra number CSX2472 was one of them, originally planned as a Shelby race team car but instead built to the unique specifications of a private owner in 1965. The fire-breathing Dragonsnake is indeed a rare high-performance Cobra and it goes to auction September 5 during Worldwide Auctioneers’ eighth annual sale at the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Automobile Museum complex in Auburn, Indiana. Continue reading
After three years of holding collector car auctions in Reno, Nevada, during Hot August Nights, Barrett-Jackson told city officials Wednesday that the auction would not return in 2016.
What’s being billed as the world’s largest and most-exclusive auction of historic Porsches will be held at an English castle next month.
“Dry lake” means something different in Southern California than it does in the rest of the world. Speed-obsessed hot rodders since the late 1940s have viewed the flat, dusty expanses of prehistoric lake beds as perfect places to go fast, fast enough to break records, and to do so in an automotive style that created an entire subculture.
So many events, so little time. That could be the marketing slogan for Monterey Classic Car Week, when a seemingly countless number of car shows, concours, exhibits, rallies, parties, dinners and, of course, auctions crowd the days leading up to the vaunted Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday.
Time to come down to earth after all the top-drawer concours cars and lofty auction prices last week in Monterey. So let’s go four-wheeling!