Classic Car News » Bob Golfen https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Tue, 03 May 2016 17:46:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.7 Pick of the Day: 1950 Plymouth Club Coupe custom woodiehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1950-plymouth-club-coupe-custom-woodie/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1950-plymouth-club-coupe-custom-woodie/#comments Tue, 03 May 2016 09:05:09 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=72679 Read More

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Woodies are cool. Whether you’re talking about ’60s surfer life, custom street rods or classic country-club culture, nostalgia for wood-bodied cars makes them a mainstay for car collectors. Beautiful examples tend to carry exclusive price tags.

That’s why it was so nice to find the Pick of the Day, a 1950 Plymouth Club Coupe with custom wood trim, priced under $24,000. No, there was no wood-bodied Plymouth coupe produced in 1950 – only some station wagons wore wood, and 1950 was the final year – but the professional-looking woodwork on this coupe looks original enough that you might believe there actually was one.

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Pick of the Day: 1964 Chevrolet Corvette convertiblehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1964-chevrolet-corvette-convertible/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1964-chevrolet-corvette-convertible/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:05:14 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=72387 Read More

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We’re all grownups here, so I suppose most of us know that Prince’s song “Little Red Corvette” wasn’t really about a car. But in honor of the fallen superstar, the Pick of the Day is an actual little red Corvette, so “I guess that makes it all right…”

The 1964 Chevrolet Corvette roadster was repainted in the factory-correct Riverside Red during a total exterior restoration, according to the Henderson, Nevada, dealer listing the car for sale on ClassicCars.com.

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Iowa barn find of VW cars and parts coming to auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/iowa-barn-find-vw-cars-parts-coming-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/iowa-barn-find-vw-cars-parts-coming-auction/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:30:19 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=72405 Read More

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One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, or so we’ve been told. For certain Volkswagen fanatics, the recently uncovered cache of 25 forlorn VW carcasses and several tons of musty parts in Iowa might seem like a trove of possibilities.

Some of the cars could be salvageable and provide a way to get into a VW restoration project on the cheap. Or the multitude of parts could include some necessary fodder for that VW project already started, or even for supplying a VW restoration business.

The mishmash of VW cars and parts, oddly found packed together on the second floor of a lumberyard building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will be auctioned June 10 and 11 by Hoge Auctioneering, a business that specializes in farm and estate sales.

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Porsche teams with Pirelli on modern tires for its vintage carshttps://news.classiccars.com/porsche-teams-pirelli-modern-tires-vintage-cars/ https://news.classiccars.com/porsche-teams-pirelli-modern-tires-vintage-cars/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:30:22 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=72360 Read More

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One of the toughest decisions for classic car owners concerns tires. That’s especially true when dealing with sports or performance cars that are driven by enthusiasts.

You might want your car to look as authentic as possible, but original-type reproduction tires might not hold up to your demands in terms of handling, adhesion or wear. And modern tires can look awkward on restored or preserved cars.

If your particular old-car obsession is Porsche, then you may be in luck. Porsche Classic has teamed up with Pirelli to create new tires with modern-day properties that are suitable in appearance and performance for older cars from 1959 through 2005, including 356B and C models, various generations of 911, early Boxsters and front-engine 924s, 944s, 928s and 968s.

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Pick of the Day: 1985 Renault R5 Turbo 2 Maxihttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1985-renault-r5-turbo-2-maxi/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1985-renault-r5-turbo-2-maxi/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:05:11 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=71908 Read More

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If you’ve always wanted the quickest, craziest and most-offbeat collector car in town, here’s a likely candidate: the street version of a roaring factory rally beast built from Renault’s mild-mannered Le Car front-wheel-drive econobox.

The Pick of the Day, a 1985 Renault R5 Turbo 2 Maxi, is a factory homologation special produced in limited numbers to permit the French automaker to compete in the competitive Group B international rallies for production cars. These are all-out racing events that run timed segments on back-country dirt and paved roads, and when the R5 Turbo was born 35 years ago, it briefly ruled.

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Mecum’s May sale in Indy ripped with GM musclehttps://news.classiccars.com/mecums-may-sale-indy-ripped-gm-muscle/ https://news.classiccars.com/mecums-may-sale-indy-ripped-gm-muscle/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:30:52 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=71859 Read More

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Loads of General Motors muscle cars from Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Buick and Pontiac will be featured among some 2,000 collector cars set to run over the block during Mecum’s 29th annual Original Spring Classic from May 17 to 21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

By the numbers, Mecum said it so far has consigned 96 Corvettes, 56 Camaros, 41 Chevelles, 26 Pontiac GTOs, 13 Oldsmobile 442s and eight Buick GSs.

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Mecum’s Houston auction reaches nearly $20 millionhttps://news.classiccars.com/mecums-houston-auction-reaches-nearly-20-million/ https://news.classiccars.com/mecums-houston-auction-reaches-nearly-20-million/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:35:24 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=71606 Read More

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Nearly $20 million worth of collector cars were sold by Mecum Auctions during its fifth annual auction last week in Houston, with 543 vehicles selling out of 820 that crossed the block. That number is off from the 2015 Houston sale with more than $25 million for 645 cars sold out of around 900 offered.

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Pick of the Day: 1949 Crosley Hot Shothttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1949-crosley-hot-shot/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1949-crosley-hot-shot/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:20:55 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=71531 Read More

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During gas-rationed World War II when every driving errand had to be considered carefully, Crosley Motors of Cincinnati produced teeny, tiny cars that became popular because of their fuel mileage. After the war, Crosley tried to stay relevant by upgrading its pint-size offerings with such things as a sporty roadster.

The Pick of the Day is one of those, a 1949 Crosley Hot Shot built in the company’s waning years of production. Just 12 feet long and weighing 1,100 pounds soaking wet, the Hot Shot was diminutive even by small sports car standards; the contemporary MGTC from the U.K. outweighed it by several hundred pounds.

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Pick of the Day: 1959 Austin Healey 100-6 BN6https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1959-austin-healey-100-6-bn6/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1959-austin-healey-100-6-bn6/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:05:30 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=71378 Read More

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In the fast-moving collector car market, Big Healeys are yesterday’s news. After flying up in value as “flavor of the month” for a number of years, the popular British sports cars have settled in at a moderate price level, although pristine restored examples still break into six figures. Naturally, that doesn’t include rare racing models, which are in a different class altogether.

For the true Healey believers, the early years of the six-cylinder roadsters are the purest in character, such as the Pick of the Day, a 1959 Austin Healey 100-6 BN6.

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Low-mileage 427 Cobra headlines Mecum Indy auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/low-mileage-427-cobra-headlines-mecum-indy-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/low-mileage-427-cobra-headlines-mecum-indy-auction/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:30:38 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=71344 Read More

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Among Shelby enthusiasts, Joe McMurrey of Longview, Texas, is in a class of his own with an impressive collection of performance cars imprinted with the special touch of the man himself, Carroll Shelby, whose birthplace is just an hour away.

McMurrey has consigned 17 of his cars, and not just Shelbys but exciting examples from GM and Mopar as well, for Mecum’s 29th annual Original Spring Classic auction held May 17-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

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Eye Candy: Copperstate 1000 road rally 2016 sendoffhttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-copperstate-1000-road-rally-2016-sendoff/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-copperstate-1000-road-rally-2016-sendoff/#comments Sat, 16 Apr 2016 09:30:31 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=71237 Read More

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The drizzly morning rain that washed over the start of the Copperstate 1000 classic car road rally last Sunday was actually a welcomed relief from what had been forecast: a gully washer of a thunderstorm. That happened later, after the spectacular collection of vintage automobiles headed on their way to a 1,000-mile tour of central and southern Arizona.

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Pick of the Day: 1929 Ford Model A ‘Ramblin’ Wreck’https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1929-ford-model-ramblin-wreck/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1929-ford-model-ramblin-wreck/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:05:49 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=71225 Read More

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‘I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer…”

The Georgia Institute of Technology has a bawdy fight song that is strange and colorful, and it dates back to the late 19th century. It later spawned an old-car tradition at the school that lives on today.

That was the inspiration for the Pick of the Day, a 1929 Ford Model A sport coupe customized to replicate the official white-and-gold Ramblin’ Wreck that is driven on the gridiron before Georgia Tech football games.

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Prized 1972 Porsche 911 race car re-discovered, restored for display at Techno Classica in Germanyhttps://news.classiccars.com/prized-1972-porsche-911-race-car-re-discovered-restored-display-techno-classica-germany/ https://news.classiccars.com/prized-1972-porsche-911-race-car-re-discovered-restored-display-techno-classica-germany/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:30:13 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=71214 Read More

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Imagine this: The old, beat-up carcass of a Porsche 911 decomposing over in the corner for years, the one apparently used by kids as a playhouse, turns out to be an important competition car with an impressive history in endurance racing.

The derelict 1972 911 2.5 S/T was discovered by a collector in an unidentified U.S. location, according to the Porsche Classic division of Porsche AG, and he somehow recognized it for what it was: a highly prized race car that included among its competitions the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans, in which it finished first in the GT class and 13th overall.

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Movie-star race car Aston Martin in Bonhams auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/movie-star-race-car-aston-martin-bonhams-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/movie-star-race-car-aston-martin-bonhams-auction/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:30:35 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=71115 Read More

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A 1954 Aston Martin DB3S works race car driven by one of the UK’s greatest racers, Stirling Moss, as well as one of its funniest comedians, Terry-Thomas, will be going to auction during Bonhams’ Aston Martin Works Sale on May 21.

The DB3S was raced in period by Moss as well as such legendary drivers as Peter Collins and Roy Salvadori, competing in world-famous events that included the Mille Miglia, the Spa Grand Prix and the Nürburgring 1,000kms. Following its racing career, the DB3S went on to movie fame, co-starring with Terry-Thomas in the 1960 comedy classic School for Scoundrels.

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Pick of the Day: 1951 Lincoln Lido George Barris customhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1951-lincoln-lido-george-barris-custom/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1951-lincoln-lido-george-barris-custom/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:25:11 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=71019 Read More

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The most-famous creations by the late George Barris were wildly extravagant – the original Batmobile, the Munster Koach, Farrah Faucett’s mink-lined Corvette – so the Pick of the Day might seem fairly restrained.

The 1951 Lincoln Lido is a two-tone green custom coupe that was built by Barris and his leading painter, the late Roy “Tubs” Johnson, who owned the car for many years after it was finished, according to the St. Louis, Missouri, classic car dealer advertising the car.

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Classic do over: Jaguar, Land Rover re-create heritagehttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-jaguar-land-rover-re-create-heritage/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-jaguar-land-rover-re-create-heritage/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:30:25 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=70981 Read More

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British automakers Jaguar and Land Rover have announced plans to bring acclaimed pieces of their heritage back to life by creating essentially new examples of 1940s and ’50s models.

For Jaguar, the goal is to produce nine “continuation” examples of the exclusive 1957 XKSS sports cars, with the Jaguar Classic division hand crafting the new cars to the exact specifications of the originals. The XKSS roadsters were originally planned as a run of 25 cars to be built from leftover D-type endurance racers, with multiple changes that transformed them from competition weapons into road-going vehicles.

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Eye Candy: Inaugural International Jaguar Festival concourshttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-inaugural-international-jaguar-festival-concours/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-inaugural-international-jaguar-festival-concours/#comments Sat, 09 Apr 2016 09:30:54 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=70893 Read More

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On the first Sunday in May, the sculpted forms of Jaguar sports cars, race cars and “saloons” were spread across the grass at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Arizona for the concours of the inaugural International Jaguar Festival.

The free-to-the-public display of beautiful British motorcars ranged from the evocative pre-war SS models that predated the Jaguar brand, through the decades of performance-honed production cars, such as the iconic E-type, to the latest offerings from Jaguar, including its very first SUV, the 2017 F-Pace.

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Pick of the Day: 1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1991-mitsubishi-3000gt-vr4/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1991-mitsubishi-3000gt-vr4/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 09:25:30 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=70867 Read More

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When the talk turns to future classics, one of the Japanese performance stars of the 1990s is routinely and inexplicably left off the list, the 1990-99 Mitsubishi 3000GT. This sports coupe seems to have it all – power, handling and style, plus decent support for tuners – yet it’s largely forgotten in the collector car marketplace, as is its domestic-branded version, Dodge Stealth GT.

The Pick of the Day is a 1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4, described as a low-mileage, one-owner car in excellent original condition. This was the top of the heap for the 3000GT, and it includes such leading-edge technology as a twin-turbocharged V6 churning 320 horsepower, all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering.

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Unique ‘Gold Corvette’ headed for Mecum’s Indy auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/unique-gold-corvette-headed-mecums-indy-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/unique-gold-corvette-headed-mecums-indy-auction/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2016 09:30:37 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=70772 Read More

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Chevrolet in 1962 wanted to celebrate its 50-year golden anniversary in style, so the General Motors Styling Department set out to produce a special-edition color scheme to mark the occasion.

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Pick of the Day: Steve McQueen’s 1952 Chevrolet camperhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-steve-mcqueens-1952-chevrolet-camper/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-steve-mcqueens-1952-chevrolet-camper/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2016 09:25:49 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=70680 Read More

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Still aching for a drivable piece of Steve McQueen magic, but those million-dollar Porsches are a bit out of reach? Then take note: The vintage Chevrolet camper truck once owned and driven by the late film icon, and apparently the last vehicle he ever drove before his untimely death, is up for sale again.

The Pick of the Day is the 1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup with a hand-built camper shell that McQueen used regularly, which has been verified by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by McQueen family members as well as the California vehicle registration with McQueen’s signature.

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Hagerty graph shows impact of million-dollar car saleshttps://news.classiccars.com/hagerty-graphic-shows-impact-million-dollar-car-sales/ https://news.classiccars.com/hagerty-graphic-shows-impact-million-dollar-car-sales/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2016 09:25:11 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=70533 Read More

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders would love the Graph of the Week from Hagerty, the classic car insurance and valuation company, because it’s about how the 1 percenters get all the attention while spending most of the money.

For Bernie, the 1 percent comprises those multi-millionaires and billionaires who seem to get richer all the time. For classic car fanatics, the 1 percent are those seven- and eight-figure cars that the millionaires and billionaires buy and sell at auction.

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The first International Jaguar Festival launches in Scottsdalehttps://news.classiccars.com/first-international-jaguar-festival-launches-scottsdale/ https://news.classiccars.com/first-international-jaguar-festival-launches-scottsdale/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2016 09:35:26 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=70511 Read More

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The inaugural International Jaguar Festival has roared into Scottsdale, Arizona, this week, marking the first time that all 66 Jaguar clubs in the United States, Canada and Mexico have come together for a multi-day homage to the cars of Coventry.

The main public event of the enthusiast convention happens Sunday when the Jaguar Concours d’Elegance, Historic Timeline and Racing Heritage Display take to the lawns of the ritzy Scottsdale Plaza Resort. Some 150 Jaguar sports cars, race cars and saloons (sedans to us Yanks) dating back to the 1930s and ahead to next year will be spread across the grass.

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Pick of the Day: 1970 Dodge Challenger 426 Hemi re-creationhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1970-dodge-challenger-426-hemi-re-creation/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1970-dodge-challenger-426-hemi-re-creation/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2016 09:25:11 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=70502 Read More

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Ordinarily, I might pass up this cool-looking Hemi Challenger because it’s not a true factory R/T muscle car but a re-creation. This one, though, has great celebrity provenance as the personal car of shock rock’s greatest anti-hero, Alice Cooper.

Suitably painted Sublime Green, the Pick of the Day has been restored as a 1970 Dodge Challenger 426 Hemi R/T S/E coupe, powered by what the Scottsdale, Arizona, dealer describes as a “real date-coded, vintage, dual-quad street 426 Hemi.”

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27 Porsche 911s to be auctioned in online salehttps://news.classiccars.com/27-porsche-911s-auctioned-online-sale/ https://news.classiccars.com/27-porsche-911s-auctioned-online-sale/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:30:00 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=70477 Read More

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The rapid rise of values for Porsche 911s has brought many of them out of hiding and onto the auction stage, with the earlier model-year cars still commanding unheard-of prices.

The latest Porsche collection to hit the bidding circuit is being offered in an online auction with 27 cars from a private enthusiast ranging from a 1974 911 Carrera coupe to several low-mileage 2013 911s. Pre-auction value estimates range from the low $30,000s to $166,000, with all the cars carrying reserve prices.

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Toyota Corolla, the world’s best-selling car, marks 50 yearshttps://news.classiccars.com/toyota-corolla-worlds-best-selling-car-marks-50-years/ https://news.classiccars.com/toyota-corolla-worlds-best-selling-car-marks-50-years/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:35:58 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=70398 Read More

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For classic car enthusiasts, the Toyota Corolla is pretty much invisible, a ubiquitous economy car that’s long on reliability but short on panache. Corolla’s familiarity might have bred contempt, but consider the fact that it is by far the highest-selling automotive nameplate in history.

More than 43 million Toyota Corollas have been sold worldwide since Toyota introduced its basic sedan to the Japanese market in 1966. The company brought Corolla to the United States two years later, where it hit the ground running and has never stopped. During 2015, Toyota sold nearly 1,000 Corollas every day in the United States, about 363,000 in all.

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