Classic Car News » Bob Golfen https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Mon, 22 May 2017 17:25:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.15 Pick of the Day: 1968 Ford Mustang ‘Bullitt’ customhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1968-ford-mustang-bullitt-custom/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1968-ford-mustang-bullitt-custom/#comments Fri, 19 May 2017 09:05:10 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=104717 Read More

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How many times have you watched Steve McQueen romping over the hills of San Francisco in the movie Bullitt and said to yourself, “I gotta get a Mustang just like that”? Plenty of times, I’d bet.

The best-known car chase in movie history – some might say the weirdest, what with the chased Dodge Charger losing about seven hubcaps and the cars roaring through the same intersection a number of times – focused lovingly on the sharp-looking Mustang, which roused longing and lust for the pony car in an entire generation of gearheads.

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James Bond and barn finds: Aston Martin sale hits $6.46 millionhttps://news.classiccars.com/james-bond-barn-finds-aston-martin-sale-hits-6-46-million/ https://news.classiccars.com/james-bond-barn-finds-aston-martin-sale-hits-6-46-million/#comments Wed, 17 May 2017 09:30:35 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=104598 Read More

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James Bond magic lifted the sale of a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, the same model driven by the fictional British spy, to £561,500 ($725,600) to top Bonhams 18th annual Aston Martin auction, held Saturday at the automaker’s ancestral home at Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, UK.

The sale achieved more than £5 million ($6.46 million), with all reported results including auction fees. The overall results include 25 Astons sold of the 42 cars offered, plus nearly all of a huge selection of Aston Martin- and Lagonda-related automobilia, parts, artworks, clothing and literature.

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Pick of the Day: 1934 Lincoln KB town carhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1934-lincoln-kb-town-car/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1934-lincoln-kb-town-car/#comments Tue, 16 May 2017 09:05:34 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=104552 Read More

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Hollywood actor Ned Sparks is not much remembered today, but he was a popular character actor from the 1920s through the 1950s, famed for his perpetually grumpy expression and wry one-liners.

His crotchety look was so tied to his acting career that he was reputed to have taken out an insurance policy for $10,000 with Lloyds of London during the 1930s in case anyone should get a photo of him smiling and publicize it.

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First car ticketed for speeding to appear at British concourshttps://news.classiccars.com/first-car-ticketed-speeding-appear-british-concours/ https://news.classiccars.com/first-car-ticketed-speeding-appear-british-concours/#comments Mon, 15 May 2017 09:35:44 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=104231 Read More

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Walter Arnold was driving four times the legal speed limit when he was pulled over in Paddock Green, Kent, in the UK. The policeman who chased him down was riding a bicycle.

The year was 1896 and Arnold was hurtling through Kent in his Arnold Benz Motor Carriage at the highly illegal speed of 8 miles per hour, flagrantly defying the British law that limited speeds of the newfangled horseless carriages to 2 miles per hour, with each vehicle required to have a man walking ahead of it waving a red flag.

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Collector car market shifts toward affordability, experts sayhttps://news.classiccars.com/collector-car-market-shifts-toward-affordability-experts-say/ https://news.classiccars.com/collector-car-market-shifts-toward-affordability-experts-say/#comments Fri, 12 May 2017 09:35:19 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=104051 Read More

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Affordability seems to be key in the current collector car market, with buyer interest shifting down market while values of high-end classics and exotics stagnate or even decline slightly, according to the latest findings from Hagerty, the classic car insurance and valuation company.

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Pick of the Day: 1950 Oldsmobile 88 custom coupehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1950-oldsmobile-88-custom-coupe/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1950-oldsmobile-88-custom-coupe/#comments Fri, 12 May 2017 09:05:02 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=103962 Read More

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The Pick of the Day is a gorgeous cover girl, a dream machine that graced the front cover and centerfold of the November 4, 1991, edition of Hot Rod Mechanix magazine, under the headline, “My Blue Heaven.”

The 1950 Oldsmobile 88 coupe has been tastefully transformed into a period-style custom cruiser with a cleaned-up nose, grille and rear deck, and painted a luscious shade called Crest Blue. The Olds is powered by its original, rebuilt 303 cid Rocket V8 and three-speed automatic, with new brakes, tires, springs, shocks and battery, according to the Brainerd, Minnesota, dealer advertising the coupe on ClassicCars.com.

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Three 1920s sports classics offered by Bonhams at Greenwichhttps://news.classiccars.com/three-1920s-sports-classics-offered-bonhams-greenwich/ https://news.classiccars.com/three-1920s-sports-classics-offered-bonhams-greenwich/#comments Wed, 10 May 2017 09:30:03 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=103810 Read More

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Three sporty 1920s classics will be among the early automobiles offered during Bonhams’ auction in  Greenwich, Connecticut,  on June 4th at the waterfront Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.

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Event roundup: Datsun 1600 pickup wins class at Texas concourshttps://news.classiccars.com/event-roundup-datsun-1600-pickup-wins-class-texas-concours/ https://news.classiccars.com/event-roundup-datsun-1600-pickup-wins-class-texas-concours/#comments Wed, 10 May 2017 09:20:01 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=103779 Read More

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It might seem surprising that such a high-end event as the Concours d’Elegance of Texas would have a truck category. But the class winner was an even bigger surprise: a preserved 1972 Datsun 1600 pickup truck nicknamed “Sweet Pea.”

Lovingly maintained by its original owner, Marvin Askew, the simple Datsun was nestled in among about 125 classics and sports cars, as well as other trucks in its class, at the Concours of Texas, which was held April 23 at Richard Greene Linear Park in Arlington, between Dallas and Fort Worth.

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Pick of the Day: 1961 Pontiac Bonnevillehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1961-pontiac-bonneville/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1961-pontiac-bonneville/#comments Tue, 09 May 2017 09:05:32 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=103543 Read More

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Named for the famous speed-record Salt Flats in Utah, Bonneville was Pontiac’s luxury/performance car done on a grand scale. Bonneville hit its stride in 1959 as the brand launched its big wide-track models, and it led the division for the next decade.

The Pick of the Day is a 1961 Pontiac Bonneville hardtop, with a roofline so trim and its front and rear glass so broad that it’s called a “bubbletop,” a great look also offered at the time by the other GM divisions. More than 18 feet long and fully loaded with features, the 3,900-pound Bonneville is a monumental automobile that helped launched the muscle-car era of the 1960s.

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First prototype Ferrari 275 GTB/4 heads to London auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/first-prototype-ferrari-275-gtb4-heads-london-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/first-prototype-ferrari-275-gtb4-heads-london-auction/#comments Mon, 08 May 2017 09:30:57 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=103411 Read More

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The factory prototype Ferrari 275 GTB/4, unveiled at the 1966 Paris Motor Show in the debut of one of the most-beautiful and best-performing GT coupes of the era, will be offered May 18 during Coys’ London auction at the Royal Horticultural Halls.

The 275 GTB/4, powered by a 300-horsepower four-cam V12 engine, was a game changer for Ferrari, boosting the power and performance of the Pininfarina-styled coupe that combined racecar design with a comfortable touring car of uncompromising elegance.

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Arizona Concours d’Elegance rides into the sunsethttps://news.classiccars.com/arizona-concours-delegance-rides-sunset/ https://news.classiccars.com/arizona-concours-delegance-rides-sunset/#comments Fri, 05 May 2017 09:30:48 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=103316 Read More

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After a four-year run, the Arizona Concours d’Elegance has been called off, the concours directors announced Friday. The upscale event, while praised for its selections of rare and historic automobiles and its striking venue on the inner lawns of the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, has not received the financial support required to continue, the directors said.

The Arizona Concours was organized by a steering committee of volunteers, with net proceeds and donations benefiting Make-A-Wish® Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that provides wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“In the beginning, we set out to achieve a word-class concours and an event that would positively impact the lives of children in need,” said Kevin Cornish, the executive director of the Arizona Concours. “The group of people responsible for the Arizona Concours take great pride in what has been achieved, and we thank all of those who worked so hard to make this, our dream, a reality.

“As Dr. Seuss said, ‘Don’t cry because it is ending… be happy because it happened!'”

Following is the news release announcing the closure of the concours:

Four years ago, the Arizona Concours d’Elegance debuted as a high-quality automotive event designed to start up Arizona’s annual Car Week in style. Staged in the magnificent Art Deco setting of the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort’s inner lawns, the Concours has received wide critical acclaim for its exceptional presentation of some of the world’s greatest vintage automobiles.

The Arizona Concours outdid itself each year, spurred on by a dedicated band of volunteers, covered by international media, and supported by its entrants, judges, sponsors and spectators. Best of all, the Arizona Concours raised $300,000 for its charity, Make-A-Wish® Arizona, enabling more than 30 wishes for young people battling life-threatening illnesses.

However, the long-term success of such events as the Arizona Concours is built on sustained corporate support. Although the Concours has been a critical success, it unfortunately has not established the financial foundation necessary to support it sustainably into the future.

Not wishing to compromise the quality or the integrity of the event, the directors have decided to retire the Arizona Concours d’Elegance. The Concours scheduled for January 2018 will not take place.

The all-volunteer members of the Arizona Concours steering committee and board of directors thank the many people whose hard work have made this unique event so wonderful, and which has benefited such a worthy cause as Make-A-Wish® Arizona.

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Pick of the Day: 1969 Mercury Cougarhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1969-mercury-cougar/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1969-mercury-cougar/#comments Fri, 05 May 2017 09:05:41 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=103304 Read More

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Mercury Cougar was Ford Mustang’s higher-achieving but less-successful sibling. Basically, it was a decked-out Mustang with suitable luxury trim and signature features – including hideaway headlights and sequential rear turn signals – for the more-upscale Mercury customers.

Cougar never reached Mustang’s level of sales, nor its iconic image, not by a long shot, which makes it rarer than the ubiquitous Ford pony cars, although generally not as valuable nor as high profile.

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Preserved, low-mileage 1967 Corvette 427 convertible at Mecumhttps://news.classiccars.com/preserved-low-mileage-1967-corvette-427-convertible-mecum/ https://news.classiccars.com/preserved-low-mileage-1967-corvette-427-convertible-mecum/#comments Thu, 04 May 2017 09:30:43 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=103226 Read More

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A pristine, all-original 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 hp four-speed convertible with fewer than 24,000 documented miles, in still-gleaming original black paint with a red hood stinger and Bloomington Gold Benchmark certified.

As Sam Spade said in the Maltese Falcon: “The stuff that dreams are made of.”

Only this Vette is real, and it comes up for auction during Mecum’s 30th anniversary Indianapolis sale from May 16 to 21.

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Unique 4-headlight 1956 Lincoln Mark II at Russo and Steelehttps://news.classiccars.com/unique-4-headlight-1956-lincoln-mark-ii-russo-steele/ https://news.classiccars.com/unique-4-headlight-1956-lincoln-mark-ii-russo-steele/#comments Wed, 03 May 2017 09:30:36 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=103172 Read More

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No, your eyes do not deceive you. This 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II has a set of quad headlights up front. Certainly not a factory design, it was a custom treatment created decades ago by a well-known, eccentric and prolific collector of Lincolns.

This unique Mark II, which goes to auction during Russo and Steele’s fifth annual Newport Beach, California, was owned and customized by the late J.C Daniels, who collected hundreds of Lincolns after striking it rich as a Texas oilman. Before going into the oil business, he owned a Lincoln dealership, and apparently never lost his affection for Ford’s luxury cars.

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Pick of the Day: 1936 Packard 120 rumble-seat coupehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1936-packard-120-rumble-seat-coupe/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1936-packard-120-rumble-seat-coupe/#comments Tue, 02 May 2017 09:05:48 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=103093 Read More

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The fascination with pre-war classic cars, which after all started the collector car hobby, has been fading during the past decade as new generations of enthusiasts have come on the scene. Yet there are still those who love and collect the special-interest automobiles of their grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ eras.

The Pick of the Day might not be a “true classic” as defined by the Classic Car Club of America, but the 1936 Packard 120 three-window coupe is a beautiful craft that evokes the lush styling of the 1930s.

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Ray Davies’ Bentley, a rock ‘n roll relic, at Silverstone auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/ray-davies-bentley-rock-n-roll-relic-silverstone-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/ray-davies-bentley-rock-n-roll-relic-silverstone-auction/#comments Mon, 01 May 2017 09:30:47 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=103039 Read More

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In 1966, Ray Davies – the lead singer and songwriter for the iconic British rock band The Kinks – took some of his newfound rock ‘n roll money and bought a 1960 Bentley S2 sedan. His family had convinced him to buy the huge car despite the fact that he didn’t drive.

The Davies family did use the car, however, according to the legendary rock star who is quoted in a news release from Silverstone Auctions, which will offer the Bentley on May 13 at its Silverstone circuit sale in England.

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Pick of the Day: 1967 Fiat Dino 2.0 coupehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1967-fiat-dino-2-0-coupe/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1967-fiat-dino-2-0-coupe/#comments Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:05:32 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102931 Read More

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Something rare, Italian, stylish, and with an engine designed by Ferrari, but you don’t have to raid the 401K to afford it.

That would describe the Pick of the Day, a low-mileage 1967 Fiat Dino coupe powered by a 2.0-liter V6 created by famed engine designer Aurelio Lampredi, and nicely styled by Giorgetto Guigiaro while at Bertone, and with an asking price under $50,000.

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Keels and Wheels, Cannonball Run headline concours newshttps://news.classiccars.com/keels-wheels-cannonball-run-headline-concours-news/ https://news.classiccars.com/keels-wheels-cannonball-run-headline-concours-news/#comments Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:20:28 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102763 Read More

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The 22nd annual Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance, a weekend celebration of classic cars and wooden boats, takes place May 6 and 7 at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. About 200 cars and 100 boats are expected for the show, which this year features classes for the automobiles of the Stutz Motor Company, American ’50s classics, and Hot Rods, and boats by Utilities.

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Pick of the Day: 1931 Dodge Brothers house carhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1931-dodge-brothers-house-car/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1931-dodge-brothers-house-car/#comments Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:05:22 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102667 Read More

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Back in the 1920s and ’30s, motorhomes and campers were generally known as “house cars,” a fairly accurate description of the house-on-wheels approach of the day. Some of them were more like gypsy caravans with motors, while others were relatively sophisticated camping vehicles.

The Pick of the Day is a 1931 Dodge Brothers house car with a then-unusual elevating roof, which presages today’s motorhomes and trailers with rising or extending sections. When driving, the roof lies flat for a lower and more-aerodynamic profile. When parked, the roof can be raised about two feet, a fabric structure providing the four walls.

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Bonhams mounts 18th annual Aston Martin auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/bonhams-mounts-18th-annual-aston-martin-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/bonhams-mounts-18th-annual-aston-martin-auction/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:30:35 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102517 Read More

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For the 18th year, Bonhams holds its all-Aston Martin auction at the legendary British automaker’s ancestral home at Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, with the sale taking place on May 13 and offering vehicles spanning more than six decades of the exclusive and very valuable motorcars.

The Aston Martin sale, which includes the associated Lagonda marque, is highlighted by a rare 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante, a drophead (British for convertible) with a pre-auction estimated value between £700,000 and £900,000 ($896,000 to $1,152,000).

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Leake auction strikes gold with $3.7 million sale of LaFerrarihttps://news.classiccars.com/leake-auction-strikes-gold-3-7-million-sale-laferrari/ https://news.classiccars.com/leake-auction-strikes-gold-3-7-million-sale-laferrari/#comments Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:30:57 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102545 Read More

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Leake Auction Company had an excellent day Saturday in Dallas, where it sold an ultra-exotic 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari for $3.7 million. The LaFerrari is the highest-priced vehicle ever sold at auction by Leake, which was founded in 1972.

Leake’s auction dockets are customarily filled with reasonably priced collector cars, so

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Pick of the Day: 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup truckhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1956-chevrolet-cameo-pickup-truck/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1956-chevrolet-cameo-pickup-truck/#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:05:58 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102454 Read More

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Before there were El Caminos, there were Cameo pickups, Chevrolet’s answer to a persistent question: how to provide farmers, construction workers and the like with a truck for work that also could be driven proudly to church on Sunday.

Chevy was first off the block in 1955 with a refined-looking pickup that applied stylish fiberglass rear fenders and tailgate cover, along with unique taillights, trim and a premium interior, to its newly minted Task Force truck design. Fiberglass was chosen for the ease of design and tooling, and because of Chevrolet’s relationship with the fiberglass company that made Corvette bodies.

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Mustang Boss 429 muscle-car icons head to Indiana auctionshttps://news.classiccars.com/mustang-boss-429-muscle-car-icons-head-indiana-auctions/ https://news.classiccars.com/mustang-boss-429-muscle-car-icons-head-indiana-auctions/#comments Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:30:54 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102387 Read More

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Limited-production rarity, ferocious capabilities and uniquely aggressive styling, the 1969-70 Ford Mustang Boss 429 is a true icon of the muscle-car era, an A-List celebrity applauded everywhere it goes.

Yet the Boss 429 was an unlikely creation, a piece of high-performance art built by necessity. Just 1,358 of them were produced during the two model years, and they are highly sought after today, not just by Ford enthusiasts but by collectors who recognize how very special they are.

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Pick of the Day: 1953 Mercury Monterey convertiblehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1953-mercury-monterey-convertible/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1953-mercury-monterey-convertible/#comments Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:05:41 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102239 Read More

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The Pick of the Day is the kind of stylish Mercury that comes to mind when you hear, “Crazy ‘bout a Mercury/Lord I’m crazy ‘bout a Mercury/I’m gonna buy me a Mercury/And cruise it up and down the road.”

The pale-yellow 1953 Mercury Monterey convertible advertised on ClassicCars.com is a “solid Southern California car” with a still-shiny older repaint, the Houston-based dealer says. The stylish ragtop comes complete with full wheel covers, fender skirts and wide-whitewall tires for a period look that still resonates today.

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First hypercar ‘holy trinity’ boasted by RM Sotheby’shttps://news.classiccars.com/first-hypercar-holy-trinity-boasted-rm-sothebys/ https://news.classiccars.com/first-hypercar-holy-trinity-boasted-rm-sothebys/#comments Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:30:55 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102217 Read More

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The “holy trinity” of modern hypercars. That’s what RM Sotheby’s is calling the trio of spectacular road-going hybrid-performance machines from Italy, Germany and Great Britain that will be auctioned May 27 during its Villa Erba sale on the shores of Lake Como in Italy.

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