Classic Car News » Bob Golfen https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:39:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.10 RM Sotheby’s highlights historic Duesenbergs at Hershey auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/rm-sothebys-highlights-historic-duesenbergs-hershey-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/rm-sothebys-highlights-historic-duesenbergs-hershey-auction/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:35:44 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86348 Read More

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RM Sotheby’s holds its 10th annual auction in Hershey, Pennsylvania, next month in conjunction with the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Eastern Division Fall Meet. The sale is headlined by a pair of significant Duesenbergs owned by the same family for more than 50 years.

One of those Duesenbergs, a 1930 Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton that is one of only three of the open cars originally bodied by coachbuilder Walter J. Murphy, is the highest valued car at the auction, estimated at $1.6 million to $2 million.

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Pick of the Day: 1940 Ford Tudor veteran of WWIIhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1940-ford-tudor-veteran-wwii/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1940-ford-tudor-veteran-wwii/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:05:23 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86339 Read More

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This old Ford two-door sedan is truly a veteran, not just as an original survivor and bona fide ‘barn find,’ but as an actual Army veteran of World War II. It was owned by an Army general who used it in the U.S. during the war, and in occupied Germany after the conflict.

The Pick of the Day, a 1940 Ford Tudor, still wears the coat of Army Green paint that the general ordered for his official wartime wheels. Obvious clinkers are the added-on bright-yellow wheels and whitewall tires that no self-respecting military man would ever wear. The next owner would be wise to tone them down in keeping with the car’s otherwise original condition.

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Barn-find recovery of Jaguar E-type recorded in photoshttps://news.classiccars.com/barn-find-recovery-jaguar-e-type-recorded-photos/ https://news.classiccars.com/barn-find-recovery-jaguar-e-type-recorded-photos/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:30:48 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86224 Read More

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The extraction of an early Jaguar E-type 3.8-liter coupe from a sodden wooden barn in the English countryside, where it had languished for four decades, was captured beautifully in photographs taken by H&H Classics, which will auction the car next month in England.

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Ferrari 275 GTB/C alloy racer sold by RK Motors for $10.3 millionhttps://news.classiccars.com/ferrari-275-gtbc-alloy-racer-sold-rk-motors-10-3-million/ https://news.classiccars.com/ferrari-275-gtbc-alloy-racer-sold-rk-motors-10-3-million/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:35:48 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86007 Read More

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RK Motors, a collector car dealer in Charlotte, North Carolina, recently celebrated its biggest sale ever, that of a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C for $10.3 million.

The Ferrari, chassis number 09067, is one of just 12 competition versions of the 275 GTB produced, with lightweight aluminum bodies designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti. The GTB/C helped continue Ferrari’s strong record of racing victories as the replacement for the iconic 250 GT.

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Driven: 2015 Nissan Maxima Platinumhttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-2015-nissan-maxima-platinum/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-2015-nissan-maxima-platinum/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:10:52 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85988 Read More

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The winding, tree-lined roads in and around Monterey and Pebble Beach, California, are like a carnival ride for people who want to hunker down and drive. Indeed, the legendary road race near Pebble Beach Lodge started in the same year as the famed Concours d’Elegance that marked its 66th anniversary this year.

I was driving those same roads recently as I helped cover the Monterey Car Week car shows and auctions for ClassicCars.com. The 2016 Maxima loaned to me by Nissan seemed at first like an unlikely craft for such fun duty, being a fairly large sedan loaded up with luxury features, but the Japanese automaker’s promise of a “4-door sports car” turned out to be not so far off the mark.

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Pick of the Day: 1956 Porsche 550 Spyder Beck replicahttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1956-porsche-550-spyder-beck-replica/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1956-porsche-550-spyder-beck-replica/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:05:26 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86059 Read More

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Last week, Bonhams auction announced the stunning sale of an original preserved 1956 Porsche 550 Spyder for $6.1 million, a world record by far for the mid-engine roadster made famous by the demise of actor James Dean in his “Little Bastard” on a Southern California highway.

So there goes yet another cool collector car sailing out of sight for most of us. But if authenticity is not key to your enjoyment of this most memorable of early Porsche road/race cars, there is another, less-painful way to obtain a reasonable facsimile.

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Pick of the Day: 1969 Velorex 16/350 cyclecarhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1969-velorex-16350-cyclecar/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1969-velorex-16350-cyclecar/#comments Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:25:46 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85715 Read More

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Basic transportation could hardly be more basic than the Pick of the Day, a three-wheeled Czechoslovakian cyclecar. Modeled in the 1930s after the three-wheeled Morgan of Great Britain, the tiny 1969 Velorex 16/350 features a button-on fabric body, a two-cylinder two-stroke engine and an unladen weight of 683 pounds.

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Mecum hits $13.4 million in sales at first Louisville auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/mecum-hits-13-4-million-sales-first-louisville-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/mecum-hits-13-4-million-sales-first-louisville-auction/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:30:40 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85672 Read More

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American muscle cars, Corvettes and Shelbys led the bidding at Mecum Auctions’ inaugural collector car auction in Louisville, Kentucky, which scored $13.4 million in total sales for 440 vehicles plus “Road Art” automobilia. About 730 vehicles crossed the block.

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Hagerty chart shows biggest losers in classic car depreciationhttps://news.classiccars.com/hagerty-chart-shows-biggest-losers-classic-car-depreciation/ https://news.classiccars.com/hagerty-chart-shows-biggest-losers-classic-car-depreciation/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:35:30 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85605 Read More

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The Hagerty collector car insurance and valuation company recently released the 31st edition of its closely watched Hagerty Price Guide after a period of ups and downs and mood swings in the classic car market.

Among the results were a number of high-profile cars that have depreciated after several years of climbing in value. Among them, such modern supercars as the Ford GT and the Porsche Carrera GT, as well as vintage favorites such as the Toyota 2000GT and the Ferrari Dino 246 GT. Even some so-called blue-chip collector cars, such as the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, softened slightly.

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Pick of the Day: 1969 Dodge Dart GTShttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1969-dodge-dart-gts/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1969-dodge-dart-gts/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:05:11 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85510 Read More

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Not very often would a 1969 Dodge Dart be referred to as rare and unusual, but here’s one that most certainly is. That’s because this Dart is Hecho en Mexico, and not only built south of the border but delivered there for home-market sale.

The Pick of the Day, a 1969 Dodge Dart GTS, was produced at Chrysler’s AutoMex plant in Toluca, Mexico, and most noticeably differs from its U.S. counterpart by having a metric speedometer and odometer. Also, the Dart has no U.S.-style VIN plate, instead identified with a metal door-jamb tag showing serial number, engine number and registry number, according to the La Verne, California, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.

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Pick of the Day: 1983 Ford Mustang convertiblehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1983-ford-mustang-convertible/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1983-ford-mustang-convertible/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:05:38 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=84251 Read More

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One of the least-expected rising stars in the collector car firmament is that of the Fox-body 1978-93 Ford Mustang, most likely spurred on by Xers and millennials who remember them fondly.

The arrival of the all-new Mustang in 1978, which came after the truly awful Pinto-based Mustang II, heralded something of a resurgence for automobiles everywhere after some dour years.

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Pick of the Day: 1956 Lincoln Capri customhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1956-lincoln-capri-custom/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1956-lincoln-capri-custom/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2016 09:05:08 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=84212 Read More

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Long, low and minty fresh. This imaginatively customized 1956 Lincoln Capri hardtop coupe has to be one of the most outrageous builds ever featured as Pick of the Week.

The Lincoln is a stunning car, which seems more like an entry in a national custom car show than a vintage classic looking for a new home. From the photos, the proportions look spectacular and the interior crosses over between that of a concept car and a funky low rider.

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Hagerty graph shows Porsche top brand at Monterey auctionshttps://news.classiccars.com/hagerty-graph-shows-porsche-top-brand-monterey-auctions/ https://news.classiccars.com/hagerty-graph-shows-porsche-top-brand-monterey-auctions/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2016 09:30:25 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=84246 Read More

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For the first time, Porsches surged into the lead as the most prevalent brand seen at the collector car auctions this year during Monterey Car Week, upending the usual dominance of Chevrolet, according to the latest graph from Hagerty collector car insurance and valuation.

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Dodge signs as Mecum Auctions’ automotive sponsorhttps://news.classiccars.com/dodge-signs-mecum-auctions-automotive-sponsor/ https://news.classiccars.com/dodge-signs-mecum-auctions-automotive-sponsor/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2016 09:15:43 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=84270 Read More

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Hellcats and Vipers will soon be roaring at Mecum Auctions as Dodge becomes the exclusive automotive sponsor for the auction company, Mecum said Wednesday. The new partnership starts next week with Mecum’s inaugural sale in Louisville, Kentucky.

The performance brand for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Dodge will become part of Mecum’s auctions, advertising, publications, online presence and social media, Mecum said in a news release. Part of the deal is for Dodge to offer thrill rides and demonstrations with 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats and Charger SRT Hellcats, as well as the V10-powered Dodge Viper at some Mecum events, starting with Louisville.

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Pick of the Day: 1969 Jaguar XK-E Series IIhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1969-jaguar-xk-e-series-ii/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1969-jaguar-xk-e-series-ii/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2016 09:05:26 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=83985 Read More

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OK, I admit it. The only reason I chose this Pick of the Day is so I could run this exceeding weird picture. It shows a Jaguar XK-E convertible awash in tall grass looking like a stricken ship at sea, stuck behind some old buildings where it’s apparently been for some time, barely visible because of the foliage.

The vibrant graffiti art on the brick walls only adds to the eerie strangeness of this shot.

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Mecum Auction heads for Kentucky loaded with muscle carshttps://news.classiccars.com/mecum-auction-heads-kentucky-loaded-muscle-cars/ https://news.classiccars.com/mecum-auction-heads-kentucky-loaded-muscle-cars/#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:35:03 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=84084 Read More

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Mecum Auctions continues its busy schedule with the inaugural Louisville, Kentucky, sale September 8-10 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. More than 1,000 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles are expected, according to Mecum.

American muscle cars and ’50s classics will be featured at the sweeping event, the 12th of 17 auctions that Mecum has scheduled this year, including tractor and motorcycle sales. The most recent Mecum sale in Monterey, California, resulted in total sales of $50 million.

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Galpin Motors launches search for long-lost 1952 custom Fordhttps://news.classiccars.com/galpin-motors-launches-search-long-lost-1952-custom-ford/ https://news.classiccars.com/galpin-motors-launches-search-long-lost-1952-custom-ford/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:35:58 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=84065 Read More

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Galpin Motors of Southern California has launched a search for a memorable piece of the auto dealer’s history, a long-lost 1952 Ford convertible known as the Galpin Custom that was the dealership’s first customized car, built to showcase future design possibilities.

The original dealership, Galpin Ford, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and would like to have its unique “Ford of the future” to display. Galpin Motors and Galpin Auto Sports is offering an unspecified reward for information to help locate the car, including any photos, magazine articles, original parts or the car in its entirety, in whatever condition it is in.

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Pick of the Day: 1984 Mercedes-Benz 380SLhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1984-mercedes-benz-380sl/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1984-mercedes-benz-380sl/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:05:24 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=83823 Read More

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Here’s a car to consider when the talk turns to future classics, those vintage vehicles that are relatively unloved and inexpensive today but have a lot of possible upside in the future.

The Pick of the Day is a 1984 Mercedes Benz 380SL, a sporty GT convertible that could become a bona fide collector car not too long down the road, just as the 230, 250 and 280 SL “Pagodas” of the ’60s – so nicknamed because of the shape of their removable hardtops – have soared in value in recent years.

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Eye Candy: Bob’s Monterey Car Week highlightshttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-bobs-monterey-car-week-highlights/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-bobs-monterey-car-week-highlights/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:30:35 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=83605 Read More

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Monterey Car Week seems so overwhelming at the start. Great cars everywhere you look, too much to do, too much traffic – which is kind of ironic since most of the vehicle occupants are there to see cars – so many old friends to greet, and just the whole atmosphere of automotive overindulgence.

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Pick of the Day: 1912 Hupmobile Model 20 Runabouthttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1912-hupmobile-model-20-runabout/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1912-hupmobile-model-20-runabout/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:05:12 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=83564 Read More

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All the fine Brass Era autos shown at the Pebble Beach Concours whetted my appetite for a relic from the dawn of motoring. So here we have a Hupmobile, which might not be a familiar name today, but it was a leading brand back in the early days and through the 1920s, producing cars that were affordable yet distinctive.

The Pick of the Day is a 1912 Hupmoble Model 20, a two-seat runabout that appears to be in excellent restored condition, and which the seller says is “a distinguished Brass Era car that’s ready to leave here on a Saturday and win awards on that Sunday.”

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Bondurant school to teach autocross with new Fiat 124s, 500shttps://news.classiccars.com/bondurant-school-teach-autocross-new-fiat-124s-500s/ https://news.classiccars.com/bondurant-school-teach-autocross-new-fiat-124s-500s/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:15:07 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=83393 Read More

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Autocross instruction will be offered at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, Arizona, using 2017 Fiat 124 Spider sports cars and 500 Abarth coupes made available through the school’s partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

The program was announced recently during

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Pick of the Day: 1955 Jaguar D-type replicahttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1955-jaguar-d-type-replica/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1955-jaguar-d-type-replica/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:05:13 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=83231 Read More

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Many of us are still shell-shocked by the monumental prices fetched by the top cars at the Monterey Car Week auctions, with seven selling for more than $10 million. These include the top sale of the week, that of the historic 1955 Jaguar D-type roadster that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1956 and went to a new owner at RM Sotheby’s auction for a stunning $21,780,000 (including fees).

Now that’s a chunk of change, which 99.9 percent of us would be hard-pressed to pony up. The Pick of the Day offers another, more-affordable route for those who would like to celebrate the majesty of Jaguar’s fabulous endurance racer, just not with an eight-figure price tag.

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Eye Candy: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2016https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-pebble-beach-concours-delegance-2/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-pebble-beach-concours-delegance-2/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:36:06 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=83000 Read More

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Walking once again between rows of yesterday’s automobiles at the 66th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance brings something akin to déjà vu. Yet even after repeated annual visits to the granddaddy of all American concours, the show always seems fresh, with a surprise around every turn.

This year, if you looked toward scenic Stillwater Bay, there was a stunning lineup of 17 champion Ford GT40 endurance racers, including the three that crossed the finish line 1-2-3 in 1966 to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 50th anniversary of which was celebrated at Pebble.

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Eye Candy: Concorso Italianohttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-concorso-italiano/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-concorso-italiano/#comments Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:03:01 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82875 Read More

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With some of the world’s greatest Italian sports cars from the past and present standing nearby, Ruben Ruiz’s minivan was a source of constant attention. Of course, this was Concorso Italiano and this was no ordinary minivan.

Ruiz was more than happy to give curious spectators tours of his 1958 Fiat Multipla 600, which he called “the most visited car in this whole place.”

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Eye Candy: 14th annual The Quail, a Motorsports Gatheringhttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-14th-annual-quail-motorsports-gathering/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-14th-annual-quail-motorsports-gathering/#comments Sat, 20 Aug 2016 05:52:43 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82685 Read More

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Legendary driver Jackie Stewart smiled with joy as he listened to the deep metallic thrum of an ancient Ferrari competition V12. This was a call of the wild for the enthusiasts at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, and a crowd quickly formed around the stunning performance machine from a lifetime ago as the owner revved the booming engine.

The car was a 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina Spyder with a lush patina of age and use. A short time later, it became apparent that this Spyder was special indeed as the concours judges declared it best of show winner for the 14th annual Quail.

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