Classic Car News » Bob Golfen https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:26:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.13 Oldest Vespa scooter currently offered in online auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/oldest-vespa-scooter-currently-offered-online-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/oldest-vespa-scooter-currently-offered-online-auction/#comments Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:30:31 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100533 Read More

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The world’s oldest Vespa scooter, the third prototype built by Piaggio in 1946, is currently being auctioned on the online bidding site Catawiki, with an expected result of $250,000 to $300,000.

That might seem like a whole lot for a simple Italian scooter, but consider this example as a historic artifact from the effort to provide cheap, efficient transportation for a nation devastated by World War II. With many millions produced, the Vespa scooter became emblematic of a youthful Neapolitan lifestyle, and were highly popular around the world.

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Iconic California customs set for HVA displays in Washingtonhttps://news.classiccars.com/iconic-california-customs-set-hva-displays-washington/ https://news.classiccars.com/iconic-california-customs-set-hva-displays-washington/#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:35:09 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100500 Read More

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Three iconic pieces of California custom-car culture take center stage next month on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as the Historic Vehicle Association displays the latest vehicles to be commemorated and recorded in the HVA National Historic Vehicle Register and archived in the U.S. Library of Congress.

The privately owned cars will be shown at separate times during the month in the HVA glass case on the walkway between the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art for passersby to see and admire.

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Pick of the Day: 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertiblehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1964-ford-falcon-sprint-convertible-2/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1964-ford-falcon-sprint-convertible-2/#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:05:31 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100523 Read More

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Spring has sprung, so it’s time to dust off the ragtop and go cruising. What, still covered in snow? Be patient because the warm weather will come. It always does.

The Pick of the Day is an homage to spring and rebirth, a baby-blue 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible that’s about certain to make you feel young again. And this car’s youthful appearance is genuine; it is a 53-year-old survivor still wearing its original glossy paint and with just 51,500 miles on its odometer.

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British cars score top bids at Bonhams’ Goodwood auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/british-cars-score-top-bids-bonhams-goodwood-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/british-cars-score-top-bids-bonhams-goodwood-auction/#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:25:54 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100425 Read More

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British cars played well on home court Sunday during Bonhams’ Goodwood Members’ Meeting auction, which scored an 80 percent sell-through and £5,624,147 (nearly $7 million at the current exchange rate) in total sales.

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Pick of the Day: 1991 Toyota Supra Turbohttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1991-toyota-supra-turbo/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1991-toyota-supra-turbo/#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:05:39 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100433 Read More

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The other day, a friend expressed some regret that he hadn’t bought a Toyota Supra Turbo back when they were cheap and unappreciated, before The Fast and the Furious and before collector cars from Japan hit the mainstream.

The Pick of the Day, an ultra-low-mileage 1991 Toyota Supra Turbo in apparently excellent original condition, would not be out of place today at a Mecum or Barrett-Jackson auction, or even one of the higher-end sales. Car collectors no longer turn up their noses at great Japanese performance cars, and this one looks special indeed.

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Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance photo gallery, part 2https://news.classiccars.com/amelia-island-concours-delegance-photo-gallery-part-2/ https://news.classiccars.com/amelia-island-concours-delegance-photo-gallery-part-2/#comments Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:30:44 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100327 Read More

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(Editor’s note:  This is Part 2 of The Daily News @ ClassicCars.com photo gallery from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida.  For a full report on the event and the first half of the gallery, see Part 1.)

The show must go on, so when the weather forecast called for rain Sunday, the organizers of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida took the unprecedented step of moving the whole shebang ahead one day.

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Impressive Amelia Island Concours that became a moveable feasthttps://news.classiccars.com/impressive-amelia-island-concours-became-moveable-feast/ https://news.classiccars.com/impressive-amelia-island-concours-became-moveable-feast/#comments Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:30:31 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100240 Read More

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(Editor’s note:  This is Part 1 of ClassicCars.com’s report and photo gallery from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida.  See Part 2 on Sunday) 

The story of the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will always be how leader Bill Warner and his crew nimbly managed to move this monumental event ahead one day, from Sunday to Saturday, and at the last minute when it became obvious that Sunday would be a washout, weatherwise.

With more than 300 vintage and historic automobiles heading to northeastern Florida from all over, plus the host of associated stands, vendors and displays, it seemed like some kind of miracle when the renowned concours appeared fully formed early Saturday on the fairways of The Golf Course of the Ritz-Carlton Resort.

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Next up for Mecum, 1,000-collector car auction in Houstonhttps://news.classiccars.com/next-mecum-1000-collector-car-auction-houston/ https://news.classiccars.com/next-mecum-1000-collector-car-auction-houston/#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:25:14 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100054 Read More

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Coinciding with the nearby Houston Auto Show, Mecum Auctions gallops into Houston for a collector car auction April 6-8 at the NRG Arena.  An estimated 1,000 vehicles will be offered, highlighted by a pair of exotic late-model Lamborghinis and the no-reserve sale of 50 cars from a private collection.

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Pick of the Day: 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo Shttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1988-porsche-944-turbo-s/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1988-porsche-944-turbo-s/#comments Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:05:41 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99994 Read More

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Strange as it may sound today, there was a time when the Porsche company feared that the days were numbered for its rear-engine sports cars. Sure, the 911 was beloved by its fans and owners, and fearsome on the track in its many guises, but time was marching on – as well as federal pollution and safety regulations – so Porsche looked to gradually change over to more-customary front-engine, water-cooled sports cars.

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First Porsche Werks Reunion on Amelia Island scores big timehttps://news.classiccars.com/first-porsche-werks-reunion-amelia-island-scores-big-time/ https://news.classiccars.com/first-porsche-werks-reunion-amelia-island-scores-big-time/#comments Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:35:04 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99700 Read More

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Porsche fanatics are a competitive bunch, and not just in racing. So, after watching three years of West Coast success for the Porsche Werks Reunion during Monterey Car Week, the East Coast contingent of the Porsche Club of America decided to have its own gathering of the faithful on Amelia Island during Florida’s car extravaganza.

The inaugural Porsche Werks Reunion Amelia Island took place Friday on a golf-course fairway at the Omni Amelia Island Resort, just south of where Gooding & Company held its upscale collector car auction at the same time, including a number of choice Porsche cars for sale. Later in the day, the Amelia Island auction that sponsored the Werks Reunion, Hollywood Wheels, would hold a sale of desirable Porsches.

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Duesenberg, Alfa Romeo bests of show at Amelia Island Concourshttps://news.classiccars.com/duesenberg-alfa-romeo-bests-show-amelia-island-concours/ https://news.classiccars.com/duesenberg-alfa-romeo-bests-show-amelia-island-concours/#comments Sun, 12 Mar 2017 01:22:04 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99674 Read More

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A pair of gleaming black pre-war classics were selected as best of show Saturday at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, which was moved up a day on short notice because of stormy weather expected Sunday on the Florida coast.

The Amelia Island Concours customarily awards two top winners – Best of Show Elegance and Best of Show Sport – that recognizes the two main branches of the collector car hobby.

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Motostalgia’s second year, and the cars that spin Bob’s wheelshttps://news.classiccars.com/motostalgias-second-year-cars-spins-bobs-wheels/ https://news.classiccars.com/motostalgias-second-year-cars-spins-bobs-wheels/#comments Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:30:48 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99635 Read More

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Motostalgia goes into its second year of auctioneering at Amelia Island with an improved selection of collector cars and a bit of a lucky break.   The luck comes in the form of timing and the vagaries of Florida weather.

With the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance moving to Saturday because of the weatherman’s certainly of a major rainstorm Sunday, the Motostalgia people feel that their Saturday evening sale could benefit because of the added influx of people on the island for the concours earlier in the day.

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What caught Bob’s eye at Gooding’s Amelia Island auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/caught-bobs-eye-goodings-amelia-island-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/caught-bobs-eye-goodings-amelia-island-auction/#comments Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:30:57 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99556 Read More

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Gooding & Company has brought another primo squad of collector cars for its Amelia Island auction, highlighted by great European sports cars that include a heathy dose of Porsches.  With the soaring popularity of Porsches of every ilk, Gooding has populated its sale with 25 of them, more than a quarter of the total offerings and most of them exceptional examples.

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Pick of the Day: 1950 Plymouth Flower Carhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1950-plymouth-flower-car/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1950-plymouth-flower-car/#comments Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:05:46 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99394 Read More

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While Australians might call it a ute, the Pick of the Day is one of the most interesting little sedan/pickup trucks that I’ve ever seen. The seller describes the 1950 Plymouth as a “flower car,” which are vehicles – usually Cadillacs – used by funeral directors to dress up graveyard-bound processions with their open beds brimming with fresh blossoms.

Flower cars have long been collector items, and while researching this one, I stumbled on the Facebook page of the Flower Car Club, made up of aficionados who collect and restore such things. Another posting I saw described his Caddy flower car as a “funereal El Camino.”

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Barrett-Jackson to sponsor inaugural New England Concourshttps://news.classiccars.com/barrett-jackson-sponsor-first-new-england-concours/ https://news.classiccars.com/barrett-jackson-sponsor-first-new-england-concours/#comments Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:35:55 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99472 Read More

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Barrett-Jackson, which held its first auction in the Northeast U.S. in June 2016, has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the inaugural New England Concours d’Elegance, to be held June 18 at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Connecticut.

The new concours, and its road tour the following day, take place just prior to Barrett-Jackson’s second collector car auction, set for June 20-24 and also at the Mohegan Sun facility.

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Japan’s first racing star set for Amelia Island Concours debuthttps://news.classiccars.com/japans-first-racing-star-set-amelia-island-concours-debut/ https://news.classiccars.com/japans-first-racing-star-set-amelia-island-concours-debut/#comments Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:35:57 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99251 Read More

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Even if you are among the rising tide of Japanese collector car fans, don’t feel too bad if you’ve never heard of the Prince R380, one of Japan’s first purpose-built race cars. Although little remembered today, the lusciously streamlined R380 made quite an impression in 1966 when it succeeded in beating the reigning Porsche 906s at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The six-cylinder endurance racer also set several speed records in 1965, and it helped put the tiny Prince Motor Company in the spotlight of international motorsports.

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Pick of the Day: 1936 Lancia Astura ‘Tipo Bocca’https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1936-lancia-astura-tipo-bocca/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1936-lancia-astura-tipo-bocca/#comments Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:25:02 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99234 Read More

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With the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance taking place this coming weekend, the Pick of the Day is a magnificent piece of concours royalty: the very 1936 Lancia Astura “Tipo Bocco” that won best of show at the

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Yet another decrepit barn-find E-type to be auctionedhttps://news.classiccars.com/yet-another-decrepit-barn-find-e-type-auctioned/ https://news.classiccars.com/yet-another-decrepit-barn-find-e-type-auctioned/#comments Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:30:01 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99061 Read More

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It seems that the world must be filled with abandoned Jaguars waiting to be discovered in barns and garages and then pulled out and sold at auction. Another desirable E-type coupe, an early 1962 model, has been unearthed in the UK and is being offered by Classic Car Auctions at its April 2 sale in Birmingham, England.

The Series 1 coupe has a known history of two British owners, the original one driving the car for 35 years before selling to the subsequent owner in November 1997, according to a news release from the auction house. Repainted white somewhere along the line, the car was originally painted Dark Opalescent Blue with Black trim.

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Pick of the Day: 1948 Packard Super 8 Victoria convertiblehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1948-packard-super-8-victoria-convertible/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1948-packard-super-8-victoria-convertible/#comments Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:05:51 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=98907 Read More

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Packard’s first modern redesign after World War II appeared in 1948 with polarizing “bathtub” styling, meant to be sleekly streamlined but which critics said looked like a pregnant elephant. The Packard did look bulbous, but today’s collectors see something majestic and appealing in the rounded-off form with its striations of glittering chrome that encircle the front end.

The Pick of the Day is a 1948 Packard Super 8 Victoria convertible, the Detroit automaker’s halo car of the era. In case you’re wondering, that chrome-plated bird taking flight from the prow of this luxury yacht is a cormorant.

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Pre-auction values soar for star cars at Amelia Island saleshttps://news.classiccars.com/pre-auction-values-soar-star-cars-amelia-island-sales/ https://news.classiccars.com/pre-auction-values-soar-star-cars-amelia-island-sales/#comments Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:35:31 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=98797 Read More

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After the Academy Awards, we have the collector car celebrities of the Amelia Island auctions, the top-ranked automobiles that are just as unapproachable as the stars of Hollywood for the common man or woman (i.e. those not having a limitless stash of funds).

Each of the prominent car sales that take place during the four Florida days that culminate in the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance – RM Sotheby’s, Gooding & Company, Bonhams and Motostalgia – has its own best-of-the-best automotive treasure.

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Evocative race cars set for Bonhams’ Goodwood auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/evocative-race-cars-set-bonhams-goodwood-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/evocative-race-cars-set-bonhams-goodwood-auction/#comments Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:30:00 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=98571 Read More

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Race cars representing more than 100 years of motorsports, and connected with some of the biggest names in racing, will be offered March 19 when Bonhams stages its annual Members’ Meeting Sale at Goodwood in Chichester, UK.

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Unique ’57 Corvette prototype readied for Amelia Island Concourshttps://news.classiccars.com/unique-57-corvette-prototype-debut-amelia-island-concours/ https://news.classiccars.com/unique-57-corvette-prototype-debut-amelia-island-concours/#comments Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:25:29 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=98563 Read More

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After more than a half century of obscurity, the rarest of Corvettes will make its 21st Century debut March 12 at the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida.

The 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Super Sport prototype was built for General Motors’ iconic Motorama shows in the 1950s, appearing for the first time in January 1957 at the New York Waldorf Astoria Auto Show, and then at the Chicago Auto Show.

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Pick of the Day: 1959 Ford Galaxie Skylinerhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1959-ford-galaxie-skyliner/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1959-ford-galaxie-skyliner/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:05:21 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=98527 Read More

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A convertible with a retractable hardtop might be no big deal these days, but back in the ’50s, that was the latest and greatest feat of automotive technology. Ford’s 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner wowed the crowd when its hardtop folded automatically into the trunk with the push of a button.

The Pick of the Day is the third and final year of Ford’s daring retractable, a 1959 Galaxie Skyliner. Actually, you can take your pick with its name – this was the year that Ford’s top-of-the-line cars oddly said “Galaxie” on their rear fenders and “Fairlane 500” on their trunks.

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‘Gentleman’ collector gets full day at RM Sotheby’s Amelia salehttps://news.classiccars.com/gentleman-collector-gets-full-day-rm-sothebys-amelia-sale/ https://news.classiccars.com/gentleman-collector-gets-full-day-rm-sothebys-amelia-sale/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:35:59 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=98356 Read More

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Orin Smith was known as a consummate collector of fine automobiles, a man of means with an eye for beauty and a flair for living life to the fullest. During 20 years of collecting and restoring classic cars, and compiling an enviable assortment of concours trophies, Smith gathered together a large and carefully curated group of impressive vehicles, many of them special or unique examples from the world’s greatest marques.

Smith, 81, passed away in August 2016, and his family has opted to consign his collection to RM Sotheby’s, an auction house with which he had a close connection. Fifty-eight of Smith’s cars will be offered at RM Sotheby’s upcoming auction on Amelia Island, Florida.

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Pick of the Day: 1972 Maserati Indyhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1972-maserati-indy/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1972-maserati-indy/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:05:15 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=98248 Read More

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One of the most beautiful four-seater coupes ever produced was introduced by Maserati in 1969, the streamlined Indy designed by the great Giovanni Michelotti for Vignale. A more-accommodating alternative to the fabulous Ghibli, the Indy was conceived as a fast luxury transporter for long-distance touring.

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1972 Maserati Indy in the striking color combination of Arancia (a pale orange) with a black leather interior. The St. Louis, Missouri, dealer advertising the Masser on ClassicCars.com describes it as being in “spectacular condition.”

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