Classic Car News » Bob Golfen https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:01:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.15 Porsches reign but Ferrari wins at Carmel Concourshttps://news.classiccars.com/porsches-reign-ferrari-wins-carmel-concours/ https://news.classiccars.com/porsches-reign-ferrari-wins-carmel-concours/#comments Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:01:30 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=111520 Porsches, Porsches everywhere. The booming popularity of nearly everybody’s favorite German sports car was powerfully evident Tuesday at the Concours on the Avenue in Carmel, California, an event considered to be the launch of Monterey Car Week.

Definitely the most-represented marque by far, Porsches packed the shady streets of the upscale burg – 911s by the score, including many intriguing customs and all-out race cars, plus an impressive collection of the earlier 356 models, with a gaggle of Speedsters, plenty of coupes and cabriolets, and an absolutely stunning 1951 356 coupe in dark maroon, a survivor from the early days of Porsche.

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Driven: 2017 Volvo S90 Inscription, V90 Cross Countryhttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-volvo-s90-inscription-v90-cross-country/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-volvo-s90-inscription-v90-cross-country/#comments Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:00:34 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=111275 I was a Volvo fan back when they were boxy and quirky, and we had a couple of kids to cart around. The favorite was a funky 245 wagon, the ultimate brick on wheels, yet actually fun to drive, partly because of its four-speed manual transmission with electric overdrive, which activated with a “clunk.”

The all-new 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 wagon seems stunningly futuristic compared with our old Volvo 245 wagon of decades ago. Gone are the funk and the clunk, replaced by sleek styling, refined drivability and a brilliantly sophisticated interior dominated by a large, computer-tablet-like command center in the center of the dashboard.

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All-women car show hosted in Carmel by Prancing Ponieshttps://news.classiccars.com/women-car-show-hosted-carmel-prancing-ponies/ https://news.classiccars.com/women-car-show-hosted-carmel-prancing-ponies/#comments Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:35:53 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=111223 Read More

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In the male-dominated realm of collector cars, one group is conducting a new car show during Monterey Car Week that’s by women and for women.

The Prancing Ponies Car Show is open to all female owners and co-owners to present their vintage and exotic cars in a casual, first-time event that takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m, on Wednesday, August 16, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

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Pick of the Day: 1951 Ford F1 pickup truckhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1951-ford-f1-pickup-truck/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1951-ford-f1-pickup-truck/#comments Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:05:39 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=111186 Read More

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Ford recently celebrated another milestone, the 100th anniversary of its first work truck, the Model TT. Essentially a big-boned version of the Model T automobile, the TT set the stage for generations of purpose-built workhorses that continue through today’s F-Series pickup, for many years the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.

The Pick of the Day is a 1951 Ford F1 pickup, one of the Dearborn automaker’s post-war redesigns as the economy got booming again and tradespeople sought out trucks that were not only job worthy but modern and stylish.

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Ferrari loses rights to Testarossa name in Germanyhttps://news.classiccars.com/ferrari-loses-rights-testarossa-brand-germany/ https://news.classiccars.com/ferrari-loses-rights-testarossa-brand-germany/#comments Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:35:05 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=111018 Read More

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In a surprise decision, a German court has ruled that Ferrari does not have exclusive rights to the name Testarossa, allowing a toy company to use the famed moniker for a number of its products.

As a result, the long-held Ferrari nameplate -– Italian for “red head” as in the crimson color of the cars’  valve covers –- could soon appear in Germany on a variety of consumer products, from electric shavers to bicycles. So one might shave in the morning with a Testarossa, then drive a Testarossa into the office.

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Winged Mopars lead $20 million Mecum auction in Harrisburghttps://news.classiccars.com/winged-mopars-lead-20-million-mecum-auction-harrisburg/ https://news.classiccars.com/winged-mopars-lead-20-million-mecum-auction-harrisburg/#comments Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:30:10 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=111045 Read More

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Led by a pair of Mopar “winged warriors,” Mecum Auctions claimed $20 million in sales (not including auction fees) from its collector car sale this past weekend in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which included a Gone Farmin’ auction of vintage tractors and equipment.

The collector car auction boasted a 74 percent sell-through rate with 636 vehicles going to new homes. American muscle cars from the 1960s and ’70s dominated the results, with seven of the top 10 sellers coming from the muscle era.

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Monterey’s incredible array of collector car eventshttps://news.classiccars.com/montereys-incredible-array-collector-car-events/ https://news.classiccars.com/montereys-incredible-array-collector-car-events/#comments Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:35:47 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=110982 Read More

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The week leading up to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is so loaded up with car shows and concours that it’s nearly impossible to attend them all. A great problem to have, considering that each is pretty special and, with few exceptions, could be a standalone event anywhere else.

But Monterey Car Week is the great gathering of the collector car clan, and there is enough interest and participation to maintain this high level of events, and to make them some of the best in the country. Whatever the special niche of your collector car universe, there’s likely to be something here that will scratch that old-car itch.

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Pick of the Day: 1937 Ford street rod coupehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1937-ford-street-rod-coupe/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1937-ford-street-rod-coupe/#comments Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:05:48 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=110947 Read More

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Authenticity is important criteria for any collector car, whether it’s an all-stock classic, a vintage race car or a custom street rod. Which is what makes the Pick of the Day so appealing, a 1937 Ford coupe that was tastefully hot rodded 57 years go, and presents today as a window into how such things were done back in the street rod heyday.

“Built and painted in 1960!” declares the advertisement on ClassicCars.com placed by a dealer in Mount Vernon, Washington. The ad does not include a detailed history of the Ford, other than to note it was featured in the September 1960 issue of Rod and Custom Magazine.

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Pick of the Day: 1980 AMC Eaglehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1980-amc-eagle/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1980-amc-eagle/#comments Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:05:34 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=110886 Read More

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AMC was struggling against the power of the Big 3 when it pulled out its ace-in-the-hole. That wild card came from AMC’s ownership of Jeep and its famed four-wheeling technology, which the Kenosha automaker’s engineers and stylists adapted to create the first mass-produced passenger car with full-time all-wheel drive.

The Pick of the Day is a 1980 AMC Eagle from the first model year of the bold experiment. While all-wheel-drive cars and trucks are fairly routine today, the Eagle 4X4 was revolutionary in 1980, combining as it did the trail-ready capability of a Jeep with the comfort and versatility of a car-based station wagon.

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Events: Milwaukee Concours, big rigs at Carlisle, Minis in the UKhttps://news.classiccars.com/events-milwaukee-concours-big-rigs-carlisle-minis-uk/ https://news.classiccars.com/events-milwaukee-concours-big-rigs-carlisle-minis-uk/#comments Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:30:38 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=110622 Read More

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The events of the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance unfold this weekend for two days of old-car fun at Veterans Park on the waterfront in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On Saturday, cruise in for the open Show & Glow by the Lake, take part in the Motor Tour for vintage vehicles and enjoy the annual Style and Speed Social.

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Cars from acclaimed Astor collection at Russo and Steelehttps://news.classiccars.com/cars-acclaimed-astor-collection-russo-steele/ https://news.classiccars.com/cars-acclaimed-astor-collection-russo-steele/#comments Tue, 01 Aug 2017 09:35:03 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=110474 Read More

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Broadcasting pioneer Art Astor was a remarkable presence in Southern California, and the entire country, for that matter. As broadcaster and owner during the heyday of rock ‘n roll AM radio in the 1950s and ’60s, he built the presence of his stations, which eventually became the Astor Broadcast Group, and they continued their power and appeal into this century.

As his wealth grew, Astor became an inveterate collector of cultural artifacts, such as vintage radios, toys, slot machines, juke boxes and autographed photos of Hollywood stars. Most notably, Astor was a collector of great old cars, which numbered into the hundreds. Astor died in December at the age of 91.

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F1 Ferrari, Indy Lotus among historic racers at Bonhams auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/f1-ferrari-indy-lotus-among-historic-racers-bonhams-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/f1-ferrari-indy-lotus-among-historic-racers-bonhams-auction/#comments Tue, 01 Aug 2017 09:30:35 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=110566 Read More

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Bonhams, which has dubbed its 2017 California auction “Year of the Race Cars,” has announced two more historic competition cars -– an F1 champion Ferrari and an Indy 500 Lotus –- to its docket for the 20th annual collector car sale at the Quail Lodge in Carmel during Monterey Car Week.

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Pick of the Day: 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertiblehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1964-ford-falcon-sprint-convertible-3/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1964-ford-falcon-sprint-convertible-3/#comments Tue, 01 Aug 2017 09:05:46 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=110548 Read More

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Shortly before the advent of the Mustang as a midyear 1964 model, the hot ticket among compact Fords was the Falcon Sprint. The monster success of the Mustang overshadowed the freshly redesigned Falcons -– from which the pony cars were derived -– but today, the 1964 Falcon has a dedicated fan base all its own.

The Pick of the Day is a top-of-the-line 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible, of which just over 4,200 were built that model year. The Sprint served as a halo model for Falcon, its 260 cid V8 putting a performance spin on the economy brand, but this one has been updated with the later 289 V8 and Mustang C4 automatic transmission.

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100 years ago, Ford rolled out its first work truckhttps://news.classiccars.com/100-years-ago-ford-rolled-first-work-truck/ https://news.classiccars.com/100-years-ago-ford-rolled-first-work-truck/#comments Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:35:25 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=110410 Read More

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Another automotive centennial is upon us, and this is a significant one: the 100th anniversary of Ford trucks. One-hundred years ago, Ford produced the first Ford TT, a vehicle designed specifically as a work truck, with a short open cab and heavy-duty frame that allowed it to carry a one-ton payload.

This was during the reign of the ubiquitous Ford Model T passenger cars, which were sometimes privately converted into purposeful trucks, among myriad other modifications. It wasn’t until 1925 that Ford produced a factory pickup version of the Model T, though it was still a lightweight car under its utility body.

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Pick of the Day: 1950 Mercury custom show carhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1950-mercury-custom-show-car/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1950-mercury-custom-show-car/#comments Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:25:12 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=110388 Read More

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The story of the Ultra Modern Merc is one of the most fascinating tales of custom-car building during the 1950s. It tells of how a young, obsessed novice in Southern California enlisted the help of the legendary George and Sam Barris –- who taught him welding, metal shaping and show-car promotion -– and secured backing from the Ford Motor Co. to build his dream car over the course of nine years.

The young builder was Leo Lyons, who was 20 when his endeavor started in 1950. His creation was completed in 1959, and it went on to become a well-regarded show winner and magazine cover car.

Considered to be the last of the great 1950s Mercury builds, the Ultra Modern Merc is the Pick of the Day, advertising on ClassicCars.com simply as a 1950 Mercury custom. Offered by a dealer in Sarasota, Florida, the remarkable automobile is also one of the most interesting classic car “barn finds.”

After falling into obscurity for decades, it was rescued in 2013 by Geoffrey Hacker, an author and automotive historian who has dedicated his life to finding and rescuing hand-built custom cars of the post-war era as head of his Forgotten Fiberglass project. Hacker reunited the Merc with Lyons in 2014, shortly before the builder’s passing.

Since Hacker and other like-minded enthusiasts restored the Merc, it has appeared at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in a class for custom Mercurys, and at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours in a class of unique private-build prototypes that was organized by Hacker.

“This car is the most radically customized ’49-51 Ccstom Mercury built in-period, and has been recognized as the last significant custom Mercury built in the ’50s,” the seller notes in the ad description.

Lyons originally intended the Merc to be the prototype of a run of identical specials built in period. But by the time the car was finished, interest in producing any more of them had waned.

Other than the chassis, there’s very little Mercury remaining in the Ultra Modern Merc, limited pretty much to small sections of bodywork, the windshield, wipers and exterior door handles.

Most of the body was hand-formed by Lyons, with the hood, doors and roof made by the famed fabricators at California Metal Shaping. The 322cid V8 engine, Dynaflow transmission, headlight rims and Dagmar bumpers came from Buick; hubcaps from Studebaker; and rear trim from Pontiac.

The interior was entirely handmade with extensive rolled-and-pleated seats, dash and panels, and Studebaker gauges and steering-wheel parts from Ford – the steering-wheel center displays the Ford emblem.

The unique piece of Southern California custom-car history looks in the photos to be in restored condition, although there is no mention in the ad of whether it runs or its roadworthiness. Not that you’d be likely to go joy riding in this Merc; it belongs on the show field or in a museum.

The seller has put an asking price of $159,900 on this unusual find. Whether you favor or fault the innovative styling, this one-man’s-vision creation from the heyday of car customizing is deserving of respect and preservation.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Low-mileage muscle highlights Mecum’s Harrisburg auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/low-mileage-muscle-highlights-mecums-harrisburg-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/low-mileage-muscle-highlights-mecums-harrisburg-auction/#comments Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:30:09 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=110306 Read More

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Highlighted by “an unprecedented selection” of American muscle cars, the fourth annual Mecum auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, will offer an anticipated 1,000 collector vehicles in a three-day sale August 3-5 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex.

One of the most intriguing cars crossing the block, according to Mecum, is a 1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 convertible in special-ordered Tahoe Turquoise with just 3,518 original miles. In original pristine condition, the 390cid V8-powered pony car shows the result of careful climate-controlled storage since new.

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Diverse Mecum auction in Denver hits $11.4 million in saleshttps://news.classiccars.com/diverse-mecum-auction-denver-hits-11-4-million-sales/ https://news.classiccars.com/diverse-mecum-auction-denver-hits-11-4-million-sales/#comments Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:35:22 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=110240 Read More

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In case you needed evidence that Mecum brings a diverse selection of collector cars to its auctions, just take a look at the five top sellers from the Denver sale last weekend.

The highest sale was that of a modern exotic, a 2016 Ferrari California T convertible sold for $165,000 (Mecum results do not include buyer fees). The Ferrari was followed by a vintage vehicle from the opposite end of the spectrum, a 1960 Volkswagen 23-window Samba microbus that went for $120,000.

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Game-changing ’33 Graham inducted into Historic Registerhttps://news.classiccars.com/game-changing-32-graham-inducted-historic-register/ https://news.classiccars.com/game-changing-32-graham-inducted-historic-register/#comments Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:35:10 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=110207 Read More

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A groundbreaking automobile that abruptly changed the styling direction of American cars of the 1930s, created by a design genius known as a leading pioneer of automotive streamlining, both of them largely unsung and forgotten today.

Such was the fate of the game-changing 1932-34 Graham Eight Blue Streak and its brilliant designer, Amos Northup. The revolutionary enveloping body, unique chassis and aerodynamic shape, not to mention “Pearl Essence” paint made with fish scales, set the Graham Blue Streak apart from the boxy mainstream cars of its era, and established the trend for the coming decade.

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Pick of the Day: 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110Shttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1967-mazda-cosmo-sport-110s/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1967-mazda-cosmo-sport-110s/#comments Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:05:15 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=110183 Read More

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One of the fun things to watch in today’s mercurial collector car market is when certain old cars rise from obscurity and gain in value as collectors and investors latch onto them. Recent winners in the collector car lottery range from certain antiques from the earliest days of motoring to postwar classics from Ferrari and Porsche.

Japanese collector cars hit their stride a few years back, led by such limited-edition sports cars as the Toyota 2000GT and the Nissan Skyline GT-R. But as the overall market has cooled, Rising Sun classics settled down from their high prices, although Japanese Home Market cars that were not imported to the U.S. still draw plenty of interest from younger enthusiasts.

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On board a 77-year-old DC-3 making an around-the-world trekhttps://news.classiccars.com/board-77-year-old-dc-3-making-around-world-trek/ https://news.classiccars.com/board-77-year-old-dc-3-making-around-world-trek/#comments Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:30:17 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=110128 Read More

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The smooth, comforting thrum of twin Pratt & Whitney radial engines rolled through the cabin as we soared over Scottsdale, Arizona, in a 77-year-old airplane. The beautifully restored DC-3 and its crew were taking a break from their daring task of flying around the world, with the goal of making it the oldest plane on record to accomplish such a feat.

I was invited to hook up with the Breitling DC-3 World Tour during its stop in the Phoenix area, and to enjoy the experience of vintage air travel. The airplane is named for its sponsor and wears the logo of the luxury-watch company emblazoned on its hull.

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Pick of the Day: 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1994-dodge-viper-rt10/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1994-dodge-viper-rt10/#comments Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:05:17 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=109984 Read More

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Now that we know Dodge Viper production ends after this model year, the Pick of the Day goes back to the roots of the V10-powered roadster with one of the first-gen models in low-mileage survivor condition.

This 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10 has been driven only 13,090 miles in its 23 years by just two owners, according to the dealer in Hailey, Idaho, advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.

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Another unique slate of special classes for Amelia Island Concourshttps://news.classiccars.com/another-unique-slate-special-classes-amelia-island-concours/ https://news.classiccars.com/another-unique-slate-special-classes-amelia-island-concours/#comments Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:30:34 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=109695 Read More

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The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida is well-known for its imaginative and sometimes quirky special classes – Cars of the Cowboys, Beach Cars, and Orphan Concept Cars come to mind – and the lineup for March 2018 stays true to form.

Eleven special classes have been revealed by the concours for its 2018 show, most of them featuring classic era, sports cars and motorsports icons. But the organizers, led by founder and chairman Bill Warner, always have a few unexpected themes thrown into the mix.

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Events: Concours, Cadillacs and motorsports championshttps://news.classiccars.com/events-concours-cadillacs-motorsports-champions/ https://news.classiccars.com/events-concours-cadillacs-motorsports-champions/#comments Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:25:10 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=109654 Read More

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The 39th annual Concours d’Elegance of America, which actually comprises a weekend of 15 events, will host about 300 rare collector cars from around the world from July 28 through July 30 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.

Featured marques for the main-event concours, which takes place on Sunday, July 30, are Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and Shelby Cobra, while the featured coachbuilder is Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena and the featured body styles are boattail classics, hypercar exotics and Jet Age Juniors.

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Pebble Beach concours to celebrate Isotta Fraschinihttps://news.classiccars.com/pebble-beach-concours-celebrate-isotta-fraschini/ https://news.classiccars.com/pebble-beach-concours-celebrate-isotta-fraschini/#comments Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:35:13 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=109555 Read More

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Isotta Fraschini, the greatest luxury brand of pre-war Italy, will be celebrated with three full classes at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 20.

Among the opulent cars that will be present on the grass at the 67th annual Pebble Beach Concours will be the marque’s first chassis ever built, a 1901 prototype, and also the last one, a 1948 cabriolet.

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Pick of the Day: 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1971-ford-mustang-boss-351/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1971-ford-mustang-boss-351/#comments Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:05:37 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=109564 Read More

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Now that we know Mustangs are the most-searched-for collector cars in the U.S., here’s a roaring example of the Ford pony car as pure muscle.

The Pick of the Day is a 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351 coupe, the beneficiary of a ground-up restoration and powered by its correct Cleveland 351cid, four-valve V8 with Toploader four-speed manual transmission. All the ingredients needed for a hot trip down the quarter mile, on a straight-ahead back road or, if unlucky, to traffic court.

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