Classic Car News » Bob Golfen https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:35:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.9 Paul Newman Porsche race car offered at Cole’s Monterey auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/paul-newman-porsche-race-car-offered-coles-monterey-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/paul-newman-porsche-race-car-offered-coles-monterey-auction/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:35:28 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=80248 Read More

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A 1974 Porsche 911S competition car once owned and raced by Hollywood film legend Paul Newman will be among the pack of Porsches offered by Rick Cole Auctions next month in Monterey, California.

Driven by Newman and Bill Freeman in the 1977 12 Hours of Sebring, the Porsche marked the start of the Newman-Freeman Racing partnership. The late actor’s racing career continued through his participation at Daytona in 2005.

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Pick of the Day: 1968 Chevrolet Chevellehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1968-chevrolet-chevelle/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1968-chevrolet-chevelle/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:05:51 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=80207 Read More

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If you’re yearning for some serious big-block muscle, here’s a Chevelle resto-mod whose plain-Jane appearance belies the massive power lurking under its hood.

The Pick of the Day, a custom 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle coupe, is described by its seller as a former show car with a mighty 454 cid crate engine slipped into its extra-clean engine bay. Hooked up with a Muncie four-speed, 3.73 posi-traction rear and four-wheel Wilwood disc brakes, it has the right ingredients for an impressive performance machine.

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Gooding consigns rare Ferraris for Monterey auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/gooding-consigns-rare-ferraris-monterey-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/gooding-consigns-rare-ferraris-monterey-auction/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:35:06 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=80029 Read More

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Four spectacular Ferraris, each of them worth a king’s ransom, will be presented at Gooding & Company’s collector car auction in August during Pebble Beach Concours week. Ranging in years from 1950 to 1962, the four historic Ferraris have a collective estimated value of $49 million to $58 million, which could put Gooding’s Monterey results into uncharted territory.

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Pick of the Day: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Rayhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1963-chevrolet-corvette-sting-ray/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1963-chevrolet-corvette-sting-ray/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:05:28 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=79999 Read More

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So, you’ve been saving up all these years for the perfect classic car to drive and enjoy, and as you scan the listings, you say to yourself: “What is it that I really want? What would be the perfect car for me?”

If you are interested in having an all-American car with some exotic flair and good performance, one that you could drive in rallies and events, and one that you could easily take care of in your garage, it’s hard to beat a vintage Chevrolet Corvette.

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Jackie Kennedy’s ’61 Lincoln convertible set for Mecum auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/jackie-kennedys-61-lincoln-convertible-set-mecum-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/jackie-kennedys-61-lincoln-convertible-set-mecum-auction/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:30:38 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=79904 Read More

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In the sparkling days of Camelot on the Potomac, when John and Jacqueline Kennedy had taken up residence at the White House, Ford Motor Co. smartly lent a new 1961 Lincoln Continental four-door convertible in white to the glamorous First Lady for her personal use.

The historic Lincoln that recalls the excitement and tragedy of the too-brief Kennedy years will be auctioned in Monterey, California, in August at Mecum Auctions sale during Pebble Beach concours week.

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Mecum heads for Harrisburg for third annual collector car auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/mecum-heads-for-harrisburg-for-third-annual-collector-car-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/mecum-heads-for-harrisburg-for-third-annual-collector-car-auction/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:30:27 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=79882 Read More

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Mecum Auctions rolls into central Pennsylvania for its third annual Harrisburg sale July 21-23 featuring an estimated 1,000 vehicles on the docket.

Mecum sold about $21 million worth of collector cars during its inaugural Harrisburg auction in 2014, and $20.6 million at last year’s sale (Mecum results do not include buyer fees).

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Pick of the Day: 1948 Ariel Square Four with Watsonian sidecarhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1948-ariel-square-four-watsonian-sidecar/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1948-ariel-square-four-watsonian-sidecar/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:05:16 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=79701 Read More

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We’ve posted a few stories recently on ClassicCars.com about the joys and relative affordability of collecting vintage motorcycles. Well, here’s a perfect example, a desirable British bike with a charming, enclosed sidecar offered by a high-end classic car dealer at a reasonable asking price.

The Pick of the Day, a rare 1948 Ariel Square Four with a Watsonian sidecar, would be a striking standout at any classic vehicle show as well as a particularly awesome means for cruising the streets and highways.

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Modern supercar exotics add luster to Mecum’s Monterey auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/modern-supercar-exotics-add-luster-mecums-monterey-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/modern-supercar-exotics-add-luster-mecums-monterey-auction/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:35:06 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=79356 Read More

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Mecum Auctions are not exactly known as the venues for buying modern ultra-exotic European sports cars, but nonetheless its Monterey sale is bristling with very high-tech offerings from many of the greatest names in supercars.

The hyper performers from Ferrari, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Porsche and McLaren made since the dawn of the new millennium boast stunning horsepower as well as eye-popping styling and design, and they should boost the bottom line considerably for the Mecum collector car sale August 18-20 in Monterey.

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Pick of the Day: 1964 Kaiser Jeep FC170 ‘forward-control’ pickuphttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-week-1964-kaiser-jeep-fc170-forward-control-pickup/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-week-1964-kaiser-jeep-fc170-forward-control-pickup/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:05:04 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=79284 Read More

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The Pick of the Day is one of the oddest-looking pickup trucks ever made, but one that has achieved icon status among the cadre of true Jeep faithful. Rare then and much rarer today, the “forward-control” pickup was recently celebrated by Jeep with a modern concept version.

The 1964 Kaiser Jeep FC170 has been comprehensively restored, according to the Glen Ellyn, Illinois, dealer advertising the truck on ClassicCars.com. This is a beefy ¾ ton, four-wheel-drive truck designed for heavy duty, but in its apparently immaculate condition, this one would be more at home on the car-show field or showed off on cruise night.

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Vintage Ford muscle heads $11 million Mecum auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/vintage-ford-muscle-heads-11-million-mecum-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/vintage-ford-muscle-heads-11-million-mecum-auction/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:35:41 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=79233 Read More

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A rare high-performance 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL packing a 427 cid V8 led the bidding at Mecum Auctions’ second annual Denver sale, which realized $11 million in sales with 402 collector cars sold out of 611 offered, for a nearly 66 percent sell through rate.

The total was off from Mecum’s inaugural Denver sale, which totaled more than $12 million for 396 vehicles with a 66 percent sell-through. This year’s auction was dinged by the no-sales of several modern exotics that failed to meet reserve, including one of the headliners, a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition that was pulled after bidding stalled at $240,000.

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Colorful Porsche 911 ‘art cars’ to grace Russo and Steele auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/colorful-porsche-911-art-cars-grace-russo-steele-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/colorful-porsche-911-art-cars-grace-russo-steele-auction/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:30:43 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=79106 Read More

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Porsche 911s are already works of art, according to most followers of the German marque, but a small group of Quebec artists took that a step further by using the classic sports coupes as canvases for evocative paintings.

The Art Cars Project started in 2006 when a creatively painted 911 by Canadian artist Claude Le Sauteur debuted to acclaim at Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec (National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec). Shortly after, the decision was made to expand the project by having eight artists, four Canadians and four from elsewhere around the globe, each design and paint a similar Porsche 911 artwork.

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Hagerty graph shows collector cars with best sell-through rateshttps://news.classiccars.com/hagerty-graph-shows-collector-cars-best-sell-rates/ https://news.classiccars.com/hagerty-graph-shows-collector-cars-best-sell-rates/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:20:06 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=79128 Read More

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Sell-through rates are a measure of success not only of collector car auctions but of the cars themselves. Ever wonder what percentage get hammered “sold!” among those that come up for sale?

The latest graph from Hagerty collector car insurance and valuation shows the top 10 vehicles with the highest sell-through rates at North American auctions during the past 12 months. They are a motley mix of types and eras, although some patterns stand out, Hagerty says.

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Pick of the Day: 1960 Rambler American wagonhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1960-rambler-american-wagon/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1960-rambler-american-wagon/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:10:46 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=79014 Read More

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The Pick of the Day is a more unusual car than apparent at first blush. While the 1960 Rambler American wagon has been nicely refurbished, with glossy paint, a redone interior and solid undercarriage, there’s really more to it than that.

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Driven: 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Inscriptionhttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-2016-volvo-xc90-t6-awd-inscription/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-2016-volvo-xc90-t6-awd-inscription/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:05:24 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=78514 Read More

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The 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 is a splendid SUV, a clean-slate effort by the Swedish brand – flush with Chinese money – to create something quite special. The styling is gorgeous, in a blocky SUV kind of way, and the interior in the test truck was just about the classiest luxury cabin that I have seen this side of a Bentley. Just beautiful, and rich with the scent of leather and wood.

The all-wheel-drive XC90 is as loaded with electronic gear as humanly possible, much of it to maintain Volvo’s longstanding safety mission. Among the lengthy laundry list of driving aids are those designed to keep you from wandering out of your lane, crashing into another vehicle in any variety of circumstances, running over a bicyclist, falling asleep at the wheel or parking the car using your own feeble abilities.

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Pick of the Day: 1951 Pontiac Streamlinerhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1951-pontiac-streamliner/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1951-pontiac-streamliner/#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2016 09:05:15 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=78419 Read More

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There was a time when people thought cars should look like rocket ships or jet fighters, when chrome was lavishly applied to evoke a notion of motion. In the late ’40s and early ’50s, Pontiac was the GM brand that brought the Buck Rogers universe into the family garage.

The Pick of the Day is a rare survivor of that era, a 1951 Pontiac Streamliner fastback coupe that the private seller in Lakeside, California, describes as a former “barn find” with 80,000 miles, and which remains in original, unmolested and, most importantly, running and driving condition.

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Convertibles owned by celebrity women offered by Bonhamshttps://news.classiccars.com/convertibles-owned-celebrity-women-offered-bonhams/ https://news.classiccars.com/convertibles-owned-celebrity-women-offered-bonhams/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:35:40 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=78282 Read More

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Two classic roadsters originally owned by legendary female stars of stage and screen will be auctioned in August by Bonhams during its Quail Lodge sale in Carmel, California, during Pebble Beach Concours week.

The stars are Motown icon Diana Ross and Hollywood siren Jane Russell. The cars are a 1967 Jaguar E-type roadster sold new to Ross and a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL that Russell purchased new and used sparingly near her Santa Barbara, California, home.

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Mecum returns to Denver rippling with American musclehttps://news.classiccars.com/mecum-returns-denver-rippling-american-muscle/ https://news.classiccars.com/mecum-returns-denver-rippling-american-muscle/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2016 09:30:07 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=78211 Read More

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Mecum Auctions returns to Denver for the second year with an expected 700 mostly American collector cars in the Colorado Convention Center for the July 8-9 sale. Mecum’s inaugural Denver sale scored $12 million in total sales with 396 cars sold for a 66 percent sell-through rate last year.

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Pick of the Day: 1967 Nissan Patrol K60https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1967-nissan-patrol-k60/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1967-nissan-patrol-k60/#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:05:41 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=78137 Read More

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The Nissan Patrol is not well known in the U.S., although it is a mainstay off-roader in South Pacific locales, including Australia and New Zealand, where it has competed for decades against the Toyota Land Cruiser, Land Rover and Jeep. These are cool and capable four wheelers, but among collectors, all the attention for vintage Japanese SUVs has been sucked up by Toyota Land Cruiser.

The Pick of the Day is a relatively rare 1967 Nissan Patrol K60 4X4 in what looks to be in terrific condition, ready to romp off on its next back-country adventure. This is the perky-looking second-generation Patrol, and the fresh-looking Azure Blue paint job seems just right.

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Paul Newman 935 racer among top Porsches at Gooding auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/paul-newman-935-racer-among-top-porsches-gooding-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/paul-newman-935-racer-among-top-porsches-gooding-auction/#comments Mon, 04 Jul 2016 09:35:10 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=77995 Read More

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‘A thrilling spectrum of important Porsches” is how Gooding & Company describes the top-drawer Porsche competition cars, including one driven at Le Mans by Hollywood legend Paul Newman, and rare sports cars to be offered at Gooding’s Pebble Beach Auction in August.

Valued in the high-six and seven figures, these are the Porsche collector’s equivalent of paintings by Monet or Gauguin, highly desirable and exclusive, and unattainable for most of us.

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Commentary: Could Honda Accord, now 40, ever be collectible?https://news.classiccars.com/commentary-honda-accord-40-ever-collectible/ https://news.classiccars.com/commentary-honda-accord-40-ever-collectible/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 09:35:15 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=77938 Read More

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The Honda Accord celebrates its 40th anniversary and has reigned as the best-selling car in the United States for many of those years. The Japanese automaker has sold more than 12.7 million of them since the car first rolled out as a compact hatchback in June 1976.

Which brings up the question as to whether such a mass-produced commodity could ever become a collector car. Accords have been ubiquitous almost from their first model year, and as familiarity breeds contempt, they are rarely considered anything more than affordable, reliable transportation units to be traded in when they get old.

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Pick of the Day: 1947 Studebaker M5 pickup truckhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1947-studebaker-m5-pickup-truck/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1947-studebaker-m5-pickup-truck/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 09:10:52 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=77931 Read More

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Pickup trucks once were merely working vehicles appreciated for nothing more than getting the job done. But vintage pickups have risen in popularity among those who appreciate their classic style and who enjoy the simple pleasure of driving a basic truck.

Just about all the attention among collectors is on Ford, Chevy and Dodge trucks, but there is much to be said for the pickups from lesser brands, such as International, Hudson, even the highly collectible Diamond T. Studebaker holds a special place in the hearts of many hobbyists, and the pickups from the late, lamented brand have a unique style that sets them apart.

The Pick of the Day is a 1947 Studebaker M5 pickup, an attractive short-bed stepside model that has been restored to original, the seller says. The half-ton truck is located in Maple Lake, Minnesota, which sounds like the kind of place where you’d find a 69-year-old Studebaker pickup truck.

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Carroll Shelby’s first Cobra to be offered at RM Sotheby’s auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/historic-first-shelby-cobra-offered-rm-sothebys-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/historic-first-shelby-cobra-offered-rm-sothebys-auction/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:35:16 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=77884 Read More

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In February 1962, road racer Carroll Shelby and famed hot rodder Dean Moon pulled an all-nighter at Moon’s shop in Santa Fe Springs, California, along with Moon’s crew of expert mechanics. In the morning, they rolled out into the sunlight a sleek roadster that would have a monumental impact on the worlds of sports cars and motorsports.

Melding the graceful body and archaic chassis of a British AC Ace with the drivetrain of a Ford performance V8, the first Shelby Cobra started up and roared into history. That car, bearing chassis number CSX2000, would introduce Carroll Shelby and his remarkable Cobra concept at the New York Auto Show, serve as the original road-test car for automotive journalists (famously repainted six times so Shelby could feign having built more than one) and would remain in Shelby’s possession throughout his lifetime.

RM Sotheby’s announced Wednesday that CSX2000 will be offered for sale for the first time in its 54-year history at the company’s Monterey, California, auction held August 19-20 during Pebble Beach Concours week.

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Barrett-Jackson hits jackpot at inaugural Northeast auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/barrett-jackson-hits-jackpot-inaugural-northeast-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/barrett-jackson-hits-jackpot-inaugural-northeast-auction/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:35:08 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=77676 Read More

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While it’s often hard to measure success for new collector car auctions, Barrett-Jackson’s first sale in the northeastern United States seems to have rung the bell on any number of levels.

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Pick of the Day: 1955 Chevrolet 150 two-door posthttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1955-chevrolet-150-two-door-post/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1955-chevrolet-150-two-door-post/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:05:05 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=77651 Read More

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Chevys from the ’50s are most appreciated in lavish hardtop form, with all the chrome embellishments intact. But when it comes to the 1955-57 so-called “tri-5” cars, I favor the unadorned two-door sedans with the traditional door-frame design that creates a thick B pillar post. Thus the nickname: two-door post.

These models make great-looking street rods or resto mods, such as the Pick of the Day, a 1955 Chevrolet 150 two-door post that has been reworked in a very correct fashion. Other than the period-looking custom wheels, this two-door post looks fairly stock, simple and clean with what appears to be a beautifully glossy black paint job set off by a bright-red stock interior. Classic.

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Historic but decrepit, Aston Martin scores at Bonhams auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/historic-decrepit-aston-martin-scores-bonhams-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/historic-decrepit-aston-martin-scores-bonhams-auction/#comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:35:26 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=77567 Read More

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Despite a history of neglect, theft and abandonment, a shabby 1949 Aston Martin DB team car that raced at Le Mans sold Friday at the Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale in England for an impressive £679,100 ($928,941 at the current exchange rate; price includes buyer’s premium).

The Aston race coupe, serial number UMC 65, had been left in a garden for decades before it was stolen in 2002, according to Bonhams. It was recovered by police a decade later and finally returned to its rightful owners, who consigned it to the collector car auction held during the Goodwood vintage-car celebration in West Sussex.

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