Classic Car News » Bob Golfen https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:33:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.12 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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Inaugural Mecum auction at Pomona scores $9.3 millionhttps://news.classiccars.com/inaugural-mecum-auction-pomona-scores-9-3-million/ https://news.classiccars.com/inaugural-mecum-auction-pomona-scores-9-3-million/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:35:40 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=98181 Read More

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A trio of modern classics from the U.S. and Italy led the bidding at Mecum Auctions’ inaugural Los Angeles collector car sale, where 283 vehicles sold for more than $9.3 million, a strong result for a first-time event and despite the rainy weather.

The two-day auction held at the

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Mulholland Speedster wins top prize at Sacramento Autoramahttps://news.classiccars.com/mulholland-speedster-wins-top-prize-sacramento-autorama/ https://news.classiccars.com/mulholland-speedster-wins-top-prize-sacramento-autorama/#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:25:27 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=98117 Read More

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The stunning Mulholland Speedster, a custom 1936 Packard roadster built to emulate the grand coachbuilt cars of the 1930s, has claimed its second top prize this year, winning Custom d’Elegance honors Sunday at the 67th annual Sacramento Autorama.

In January, the V12-powered Packard, built by Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods, claimed the honor of America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the Grand National Roadster Show in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Ladd is the first builder to achieve both prestigious awards in a single year.

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Pick of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS5https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1970-chevrolet-chevelle-ss-454-ls5/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1970-chevrolet-chevelle-ss-454-ls5/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:05:12 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=98063 Read More

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The Pick of the Day is one of the most desirable of big-block muscle cars, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 coupe, which the seller says is an all-original survivor that looks as good and runs as well as when it came out of the factory.

This is the 360-horsepower LS5 version of the Chevelle SS 454, one tier down from the Holy Grail LS6 with its solid-lifter 454 that cranked out a conservatively rated 450 hp. Still, this LS5 with its heavy-duty Rock Crusher manual transmission should provide plenty of performance satisfaction.

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Amelia Island Concours to host Camaro’s 50th birthday partyhttps://news.classiccars.com/amelia-island-concours-host-camaros-50th-birthday-party/ https://news.classiccars.com/amelia-island-concours-host-camaros-50th-birthday-party/#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:30:49 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=97844 Read More

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General Motors was chasing the runaway success of the Ford Mustang when its designers began developing the prototype Chevrolet Camaro. Behind closed doors, a dream team that included such GM stars as Pete Estes, Ed Cole and John DeLorean quickly created a sports coupe that ran right to the heart for Chevy fans.

The design phase was very hush-hush, according to GM insiders, with even the skeptical company brass kept in the dark until the completed Camaro prototype was revealed to them. They were wowed by the sophisticated design of the four-seat coupe, which had been honed by wind-tunnel testing.

For 1967, Camaro was added to the Chevrolet lineup as an unprecedented sixth model.

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Pick of the Day: 2005 Honda S2000https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-2005-honda-s2000/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-2005-honda-s2000/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:05:56 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=97765 Read More

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When the talk turns to future classics, one of the first Japanese cars that pops into mind is the Honda S2000, a quick and aggressive little roadster with an engine that loves to rev. The S2000 is something of a throwback to the British sports cars of the ’60s, and it has earned a reputation as a raw and demanding hot rod that rewards the driver with its unique style and performance.

The Pick of the Day is a 2005 Honda S2000, a second-generation model that had received a minor facelift and an engine enlarged to 2.2 liters from 2.0. The 2.2-liter engine delivers a peak of 237 horsepower at a lofty 7,800 rpm but only a comparably mild 162 pounds-feet of torque at 6,800 rpm.

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Amelia Concours honors Porsche’s ‘giant-killer’ four-cam racershttps://news.classiccars.com/amelia-concours-honors-porsches-giant-killer-four-cam-racers/ https://news.classiccars.com/amelia-concours-honors-porsches-giant-killer-four-cam-racers/#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:35:22 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=97373 Read More

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The magic of Porsche engineering was at full chat in the early 1950s when the upstart sports car company revealed its remarkable and groundbreaking flat-four engine with four overhead camshafts, two per side.

Designed by Ernst Fuhrman, the complex engines were small in displacement but mighty in high-revving output, and they quickly earned Porsche the reputation of a giant killer on international race tracks at the top of the competition game.

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British company to replicate Mini Mk 1 body shellshttps://news.classiccars.com/british-company-replicate-mini-mk-1-body-shells/ https://news.classiccars.com/british-company-replicate-mini-mk-1-body-shells/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:25:20 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=97323 Read More

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Complete body shells for the iconic first-generation Mini Mk 1 will soon start production by British Motor Heritage. The company that long has supplied replacement bodies for later Mini models from 1976 on, as well as repair panels for the early models, plans to start production of Mk 1 bodies in April.

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Driven: 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Shttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-volkswagen-tiguan-s/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-volkswagen-tiguan-s/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:15:28 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=97288 Read More

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The Volkswagen Tiguan is a modest-looking compact SUV in a market in which extravagant styling and trim are major selling points. The interior is pretty standard stuff, too. Nothing to get excited about.

But what Tiguan lacks in panache it makes up for in drivability. This is what Volkswagen does well, presenting a car or SUV that feels solid and performs above par. The 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four is lively, the steering is quick and precise, and the handling is surperior for this popular class of little truckette.

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Pick of the Day: Mazda RX-7 GSLhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-mazda-rx-7-gsl/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-mazda-rx-7-gsl/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:05:10 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=97306 Read More

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Although the Mazda RX-7 has never hit its stride as a collector car, enthusiasts know it as an innovative sports car powered by a tiny-yet-powerful rotary engine mounted far enough behind the front wheels to earn it mid-engine designation. A near-perfect 50-50 weight balance contributes to the car’s exceptional handling.

The Pick of the Day is a 1983 Mazda RX-7 GSL with only 32,699 miles on its odometer and a very modest price tag for such an interesting survivor. The GSL label designates the fully optioned luxury model equipped with the desirable power and convenience features of its day.

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Significant competition cars set for Gooding’s Amelia Island salehttps://news.classiccars.com/significant-competition-cars-set-goodings-amelia-island-sale/ https://news.classiccars.com/significant-competition-cars-set-goodings-amelia-island-sale/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:30:22 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=97236 Read More

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Historic race cars that performed in international competitions at Le Mans, Nurburgring, Fuji and a host of other famous venues will be auctioned during Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island, Florida, sale on March 10.

Leading the pack are three intriguing examples of performance machines, including two Porsches and a famed rotary-powered Mazda that competed in endurance races as the factory entry.

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‘Motoring thru Time’ presents history on a roll in Phoenixhttps://news.classiccars.com/motoring-thru-time-presents-history-roll-phoenix/ https://news.classiccars.com/motoring-thru-time-presents-history-roll-phoenix/#comments Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:30:46 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=97195 Read More

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The city of Phoenix grew up around the automobile, sprawling out across the broad desert valley where ancient Native American tribes had created farming communities linked to canals. Now, the links are highways, and the Phoenix metro area is home to about 4.6 million people.

Phoenix also is one of the few cities in the country to support its own vintage-car celebration, “Motoring Thru Time: Where the transportation past meets the future,” hosted every February by the city’s Parks and Recreation department.

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Pick of the Day: 1968 King Midget Model 3https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1968-king-midget-model-3/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1968-king-midget-model-3/#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:05:13 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=97149 Read More

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Readers of Popular Mechanics back in the 1950s and ’60s should remember staring starry eyed at the articles and advertisements that offered so many futuristic breakthroughs that would completely change our lives. One memorable ad of the day was for a tiny microcar, the King Midget, that promised to open up a whole new world of sporty motoring at a rock-bottom price.

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 King Midget Model 3 convertible that was one of the final run of the sub-basic runabouts before Midget Motors went bankrupt in 1970. But it had been a good run, with the first King Midgets turned out in 1946, originally advertised as the “500-pound car for $500.”

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1950 Cisitalia-Abarth raced by Nuvolari goes to Motostalgia salehttps://news.classiccars.com/1950-cisitalia-abarth-raced-nuvolari-goes-motostalgia-sale/ https://news.classiccars.com/1950-cisitalia-abarth-raced-nuvolari-goes-motostalgia-sale/#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:35:04 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=97081 Read More

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The 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A Spyder Corsa to be offered by Motostalgia at its Amelia Island auction in March is an awesome grand prix race car in its own right. But add its incredible provenance with some of motorsports’ greatest personalities and the silver projectile stands as a significant piece of racing history.

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1981 Lancia Beta champion racer returns to its Florida rootshttps://news.classiccars.com/1981-lancia-beta-champion-racer-returns-florida-roots/ https://news.classiccars.com/1981-lancia-beta-champion-racer-returns-florida-roots/#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:30:02 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=97098 Read More

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A Le Mans-champion 1981 Lancia Beta Montecarlo returns to Florida to make its international concours debut March 12 at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

One of the last Group 5 Beta works racers produced, chassis 1009 began its competition career at the 1981 24 Hours of Daytona, but its run was cut short around midnight when the high-strung engine dropped a valve, forcing the Lancia out of the race.

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Aston Martins, Lancia Spider star at Gooding Amelia Island salehttps://news.classiccars.com/aston-martins-lancia-spider-star-gooding-amelia-island-sale/ https://news.classiccars.com/aston-martins-lancia-spider-star-gooding-amelia-island-sale/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:30:21 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=97067 Read More

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Three thoroughbred collector cars, one from Italy and two from Great Britain, highlight Gooding & Company’s annual Amelia Island Auction on March 10 in the northern Florida resort community.

The British cars are both Aston Martins, including a historic 1949 DB MkII coupe that was the personal car of company owner David Brown.

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Pick of the Day: 1930 Studebaker Presidenthttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1930-studebaker-president/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1930-studebaker-president/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:05:33 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=96939 Read More

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For most of today’s old car hobbyists and collectors, pre-World War II classic cars are vestiges of the distant past, vehicles that were before our time, that we never experienced or desired when they were actually on the road. But as tastes mature, there is a growing appreciation for the wonderful antique automobiles that range back to the start of the 20th Century.

The Pick of the Day, a 1930 Studebaker President four-door sedan, is a Full Classic included by the Classic Car Club of America in its list of recognized automobiles. As such, it’s in the company of such top-drawer marques as Duesenberg, Bugatti, Pierce-Arrow, Hispano-Suiza, Packard and Delahaye, among others built between 1915 and 1948.

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Major collection of Porsche cars, automobilia at Auctions Americahttps://news.classiccars.com/major-collection-porsche-cars-automobilia-auctions-america/ https://news.classiccars.com/major-collection-porsche-cars-automobilia-auctions-america/#comments Mon, 06 Feb 2017 09:30:43 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=96548 Read More

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Yet another large Porsche collection is going to auction, with Auctions America offering the no-reserve sale of 26 cars spanning 48 years of Porsche production, and an extensive trove of automobilia, during its Fort Lauderdale, Florida, sale March 31-April 1.

Ranging from a 1955 Porsche 356 1600 Speedster to a 2003 Porsche 996 Turbo, the JLB Autocrib Collection was compiled by Connecticut enthusiasts Jack and Alice Gish, who scoured the country looking for the finest examples of Porsches and collector items related to the German sports car brand, according to Auctions America.

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Pick of the Day: 1979 Corvette ‘Speed Racer Mach 5’https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1979-corvette-speed-racer-mach-5/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1979-corvette-speed-racer-mach-5/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:05:47 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=96580 Read More

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If driving a collector car is all about fantasy and nostalgia, then here’s a unique sort of custom Corvette that knocks that into the next galaxy.

“Go Speed Racer Go!” everyone would shout when they spot you in the Pick of the Day, an actual Speed Racer Mach 5 like the one featured in the Saturday morning adventure cartoon. The seller, a dealer in Katy, Texas, assures us that this is just a replica and not the real thing, although it sure looks like it just drove out of the Anime world.

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Bonhams features French classics at Retromobile auction in Parishttps://news.classiccars.com/bonhams-features-french-classics-retromobile-auction-paris/ https://news.classiccars.com/bonhams-features-french-classics-retromobile-auction-paris/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:20:11 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=96479 Read More

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French classic automobiles are fittingly featured at Bonhams’ Paris auction, which takes place February 9 during the Retromobile celebration of vintage vehicles. The annual sale will cover 101 years of motoring history, Bonhams says.

The auction, named Grandes Marques au Grand Palais, will include offerings from French brands Bugatti, Citroën, Renault, Delage and Talbot Lago, among others, in an international sale held during one of Europe’s most flamboyant automotive festivals.

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Inaugural auction at famed Fairplex in Pomona readied by Mecumhttps://news.classiccars.com/inaugural-auction-famed-fairplex-pomona-readied-mecum/ https://news.classiccars.com/inaugural-auction-famed-fairplex-pomona-readied-mecum/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2017 09:30:45 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=96342 Read More

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The Fairplex in Pomona, California, is a fabled location for legions of motorsports and hot rod fans, the site of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, drag-racing competitions, gigantic swap meets and scores of car-club shows.

This month, the Fairplex will host a new Mecum Auctions collector car sale, with around 600 American muscle cars, hot rods, classics and Corvettes crossing the block during the two-day event February 17-18.

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Custom ’36 Packard is America’s Most Beautiful Roadsterhttps://news.classiccars.com/custom-36-packard-americas-beautiful-roadster/ https://news.classiccars.com/custom-36-packard-americas-beautiful-roadster/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:35:12 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=96255 Read More

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Low and long, and emulating the great coachbuilt cars of the 1930s, a custom 1936 Packard called the “Mulholland Speedster” was selected as America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

The winning Packard special, built by Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods and owned by Bruce Wanta, was selected at the culmination of the three-day show that featured more than 1,000 hand-built street rods and custom cars. More than 40,000 people attended the show.

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Reborn Alvis to be on display at London Classic Car Showhttps://news.classiccars.com/reborn-alvis-display-london-classic-car-show/ https://news.classiccars.com/reborn-alvis-display-london-classic-car-show/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:20:19 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=96247 Read More

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Fifty years after it stopped building cars, the famed British brand Alvis has returned with a series of continuation models that celebrate the marque’s road and racing successes of the past. These cars, and the historic originals that inspired them, will be shown February 23-26 during the London Classic Car Show.

Among the vintage Alvis cars on display will be a stunning 1966 Graber-bodied TF21 and a 1937 4.3 drophead coupe (convertible) with Lancefield coachwork. Both of these cars are being replicated for Alvis customers.

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Pick of the Day: 1965 Plymouth Belvedere IIhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1965-plymouth-belvedere-ii/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1965-plymouth-belvedere-ii/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:05:30 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=96221 Read More

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The Pick of the Day is a classic piece of big-block Mopar muscle, a 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II hardtop that looks like it just rolled off a ’60s drag strip. Powered by a 440cid V8 with performance tweaks, and its body and interior in stock trim, this Plymouth looks ready to blow the doors off all comers.

The midsize Belvedere has a great look for a no-nonsense performance car, with its razor-sharp body design and stark roofline. The unadorned style only adds to the implied message of massive power lurking within.

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Big Bentley ‘Bobtail’ racer set for RM Sotheby’s Florida auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/big-bentley-bobtail-racer-set-rm-sothebys-florida-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/big-bentley-bobtail-racer-set-rm-sothebys-florida-auction/#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:30:39 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=96054 Read More

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One of the mammoth factory cars raced by the Bentley team as the Roaring ‘20s drew to a close, the famed 1928 Bentley 4½-Litre Le Mans Sports “Bobtail” that competed twice in the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be offered for sale during RM Sotheby’s auction at Amelia Island, Florida, in March.

The Bentley Bobtail, chassis No. KM3088, raced at Le Mans in 1928 and 1929, placing third overall in the latter race. It also finished second overall at the 1929 Brooklands Double Twelve at an average speed 81.39 mph.

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