Classic Car News » Bob Golfen https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:35:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.10 Pick of the Day: 1965 Studebaker Commander Wagonairehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1965-studebaker-commander-wagonaire/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1965-studebaker-commander-wagonaire/#comments Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:05:52 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=92352 Read More

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Interest has been growing in vintage station wagons as fun collector cars, mainly focused on the Detroit behemoths of the 1950s through the ’70s, although smaller, quirkier wagons have their fans, too.

Take, for instance, the Pick of the Day, a 1965 Studebaker Commander Wagonaire, which might seem small compared with the domestic wagons of the period. But typical for Studebaker, the Wagonaire offered more for less.

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Party time! Arizona gets its own jet center event for auction weekhttps://news.classiccars.com/party-time-arizona-gets-jet-center-event-auction-week/ https://news.classiccars.com/party-time-arizona-gets-jet-center-event-auction-week/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:35:37 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=92307 Read More

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For a quarter century, the Gordon McCall Motorsports Revival at the Monterey Jet Center has been the major high-society hoedown of the California peninsula’s famous weeklong late-summer celebration of collector cars.

Starting in January, Arizona Classic Car Week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area will have its own exclusive jet-center party, the Arizona Jet Center Event, to be held Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at the Jet Hangar of JetLinx Aviation at the Scottsdale Airport.

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1960s Corvettes lead Mecum’s $8 million auction in Kansas Cityhttps://news.classiccars.com/1960s-corvettes-lead-mecums-8-million-auction-kansas-city/ https://news.classiccars.com/1960s-corvettes-lead-mecums-8-million-auction-kansas-city/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:25:42 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=92248 Read More

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Corvettes dominated the top sales at Mecum’s Kansas City Auction this past weekend with four 1960s models leading the list of highest selling cars and three others breaking into the top 10.

Mecum reported sales of more than $8 million for the auction at the Kansas City Convention Center in Missouri, with 357 vehicles and 124 pieces of Road Art sold. The auction company reached $10 million during its earlier Kansas City sale in March this year.

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‘Ultimate sports car list’ to be offered by Gooding in Scottsdalehttps://news.classiccars.com/ultimate-sports-car-list-offered-gooding-scottsdale/ https://news.classiccars.com/ultimate-sports-car-list-offered-gooding-scottsdale/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:30:12 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=92195 Read More

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Four cars from Italy, England, Germany and the United States make up what Gooding & Company calls its “ultimate sports car wish list,” to be presented during its January auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The cars – a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing and a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra – are landmark designs that carry pre-auction estimates ranging into seven figures.

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Pick of the Day: 1976 Porsche 912E coupehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1976-porsche-912e-coupe-2/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1976-porsche-912e-coupe-2/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:05:24 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=92186 Read More

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The Porsche 912 came back to life after a six-year gap for the 1976 model year only, something of a stop-gap measure to serve as the entry-level model after the mid-engine 914 went away and before the front-engine 924 came to market. Basically a four-cylinder variant of the flat-six-powered 911, the 912 was appreciated for its nimble handling and, with 90 horsepower, enough pull to work as a credible Porsche sports car.

The Pick of the Day is apparently a time-warp 1976 Porsche 912E in what’s described as near-pristine condition with just 19,135 miles on its odometer accumulated by its fastidious sole owner.

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1968 Corvette L88 coupe to be auctioned by Russo and Steelehttps://news.classiccars.com/1968-corvette-l88-coupe-auctioned-russo-steele/ https://news.classiccars.com/1968-corvette-l88-coupe-auctioned-russo-steele/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:30:48 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=92001 Read More

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Only 80 Corvettes with the high-performance L88 package were built for 1968, part of Zora Arkus-Duntov’s surreptitious way of getting all-out competition Corvettes into the hands of customers despite General Motors’ ban on corporate racing participation.

Ostensibly big-horsepower Vettes built for the street, the L88 cars were packed with track gear, notably the tweaked 427 cid engine rated conservatively at 430 horsepower but with output actually reaching 560 with the stock exhaust system. Along with that were a Muncie M22 four-speed manual transmission, special heavy-duty suspension, Positraction rear end and heavy-duty power brakes.

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Coveted 1963 Jaguar E-type ‘lightweight’ racer set for auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/coveted-1963-jaguar-e-type-lightweight-racer-set-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/coveted-1963-jaguar-e-type-lightweight-racer-set-auction/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:30:53 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=91967 Read More

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In 1963, Jaguar built just 12 of its celebrated “lightweight” E-type race cars, and today they are considered something of a Holy Grail of British competition cars.

One of those original factory lightweight cars will be auctioned at Bonhams’ Scottsdale sale in January, the 10th one produced. The auction house describes the car as an “exceedingly well-preserved and documented championship-winning example.”

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Driven: Acura ILX Tech Plushttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-acura-ilx-tech-plus/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-acura-ilx-tech-plus/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:10:22 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=91879 Read More

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The Acura ILX is a satisfying sports sedan that doesn’t cost a boatload of money, but looks cool enough to garner admiring glances (especially from young guys in tuned Hondas) while providing practical, economical transportation.

Sadly, ILX falls victim to one of the most pernicious trends in today’s automobiles, the demise of the manual transmission. No more can you purchase the agile Acura sport compact with this most-engaging form of sports car driving, which seems to be going the way of carburetors and breaker points. Too bad, as a generation of millennials grows up not getting what it’s all about. Or caring, apparently.

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Pick of the Day: 1959 Ford Rancherohttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1959-ford-ranchero/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1959-ford-ranchero/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:05:04 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=91948 Read More

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Model year 1959 was the unmitigated height of rococo styling for American automakers, who produced imaginative creations with towering tailfins and loads of chrome details. Over at Ford, the full-size Fairlane and upscale Galaxie 500 adhered to the trend in their own square-rigged fashion.

One grand recipient of all this ebullience was the once-humble Ranchero pickup, which for 1959 emerged with the full-bodied style of the Fairlane/Galaxie models, complete with their complex grille design, chrome accents and Ford’s unique interpretation of tailfins.

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Pick of the Day: 1962 Chevrolet Impala convertiblehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1962-chevrolet-impala-convertible/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1962-chevrolet-impala-convertible/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:05:13 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=91759 Read More

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Well, sure, in the northern half of the U.S., the weather has turned winter nasty and the last things on the minds of the inhabitants thereof would be top-down cruising. Interest has turned more toward skiing, snowmobiling and just plain surviving.

Still, it pays to plan ahead, which is why the Pick of the Day is a sweet-looking 1962 Chevrolet Impala convertible in mostly original condition, which would heighten your anticipation of the spring thaw. Park it in the garage and await that glorious day when you can lower the power top and let the sunshine in.

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Mecum Auctions winds up year with Kansas City salehttps://news.classiccars.com/mecum-auctions-caps-off-year-kansas-city-sale/ https://news.classiccars.com/mecum-auctions-caps-off-year-kansas-city-sale/#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:35:19 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=91717 Read More

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About 700 collector cars are expected at the Kansas City Convention Center for Mecum Auctions’ final sale of the year December 1-3.

One of two auctions held in Kansas City annually – the first one happened in March – the event has gained a reputation for its accessible collector car offerings, typically averaging around $25,000, as well as some premier classics from Midwest collections.

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What Bob would buy at Silver’s fall Arizona auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/bob-buy-silvers-fall-arizona-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/bob-buy-silvers-fall-arizona-auction/#comments Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:30:33 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=91642 Read More

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Three times a year, Mitch Silver brings his laid-back collector car auctions to the Fort McDowell Casino in Arizona: In January during the famous Classic Car Week in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, in March as the snowbirds prepare to fly back to their northern homes, and in November to catch the snowbirds as they return for the sunny winter season.

The fourth annual Arizona in the Fall auction is happening this weekend with the goal of providing a cool set of fun wheels for the out-of-town folks to enjoy over the winter, and possibly re-sell at Silver in the spring. But it’s also just a fun, local sale in which old-car fans can engage without spending a whole lot of money.

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Pick of the Day: 1955 Nash Metropolitan convertiblehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1955-nash-metropolitan-convertible/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1955-nash-metropolitan-convertible/#comments Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:05:18 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=91515 Read More

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The little car that made a career out of being fundamentally cute, Nash Metropolitan was a U.S. design built on the mechanicals of an Austin A40 with seating for two (the back “seat” was unfit for human habitation) as the automaker worked to convince 1950s American drivers that compact-car economy was the way to go.

The Pick of the Day is a 1955 Nash Metropolitan convertible, a so-called Series 1 model powered by a 1,200 cc four-cylinder engine that supplied 42 horsepower, making it a stylish city car and directed mainly at women.

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Unique Porsche 918 Spyder leads Mecum in Anaheimhttps://news.classiccars.com/unique-porsche-918-spyder-leads-mecum-anaheim/ https://news.classiccars.com/unique-porsche-918-spyder-leads-mecum-anaheim/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:30:14 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=91439 Read More

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The 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder that crossed the Mecum auction block in Anaheim, California, had everything going for it: a one-of-a-kind version ordered from the factory without paint but with exposed carbon fiber and matte black wrap; Nomex lightweight Alcantera bucket seats; the Weissach performance package; and just 1,977 original miles on its odometer.

The highly sought-after modern exotic earned its due with the high sale at the auction last weekend, hammered at $1,475,000 (figure does not include auction fee) to lead results for the three-day event, in which 308 cars and 221 pieces of Road Art were sold for a total of $11 million.

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Pick of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertiblehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1970-chevrolet-corvette-stingray-convertible/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1970-chevrolet-corvette-stingray-convertible/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:05:37 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=91334 Read More

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For 1970, Corvette buyers had the option of a Bronze paint hue that turned out to be a one-year-only color for the C3 generation. Later generations brought back a similar shade, but the1970 Bronze color became sought after for its richness and depth, and because it set off the car’s curvaceous lines so well.

The Pick of the Day is a perfect example, a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible in that glowing color, offered on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Concord, North Carolina. The transplant of a bigger V8 engine and a big-block hood add to this one’s allure.

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Driven: all-new 2017 Cadillac XT5https://news.classiccars.com/driven-new-2017-cadillac-xt5/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-new-2017-cadillac-xt5/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:15:39 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=91118 Read More

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Picture an alien spacecraft approaching above a dark highway and you get the idea of the styling of Cadillac’s latest midsize crossover SUV, the XT5. This exotic-looking SUV, which introduces a new chassis and new nomenclature for the GM luxury brand, replaces the SRX for 2017.

XT5 is a flashy rendition even by Cadillac’s usual extroverted standards, a showy look-at-me crossover patterned after the division’s other SUVs and sedans, including its biggest and most high-profile product, Escalade. The lighting up front, with the flowing LED strips running down the fenders, are certainly distinctive, and everybody will see you coming, especially at night.

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Jaguar Classic unveils brand-new 1957 XKSS roadsterhttps://news.classiccars.com/jaguar-classic-unveils-brand-new-1957-xkss-roadster/ https://news.classiccars.com/jaguar-classic-unveils-brand-new-1957-xkss-roadster/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:35:27 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=91087 Read More

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While the world’s auto manufacturers prepare to show off their latest creations at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Jaguar was busy a few miles away at the Petersen Automotive Museum rolling out something completely different, a spectacular piece of its motoring heritage made new again.

Jaguar Classic, the automaker’s heritage division, unveiled the first of its completely new 1957 XKSS roadsters built to the exact specifications of the six-decade-old design, what Jaguar calls a “new original” re-creation of what’s considered to be the first post-war supercar.

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Pick of the Day: 1952 Allard K2 roadsterhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1952-allard-k2-roadster/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1952-allard-k2-roadster/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:05:04 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=91078 Read More

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Long before Carroll Shelby dreamed up the idea of shoving an American V8 into a British roadster, Sidney Allard created fantastic sports cars for street and competition with a similar formula starting in 1948. Only a few more than 100 were produced, and they are revered today by collectors, rallyists and vintage racers.

The Pick of the Day is a 1952 Allard K2 roadster powered by its original Mercury flathead V8 engine, one of just 12 built with that powerplant; most of the K2s used Ford, Cadillac, Chrysler and Oldsmobile engines.

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Austin Healey 100S racer set for Bonhams’ Scottsdale auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/austin-healey-100s-racer-set-bonhams-scottsdale-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/austin-healey-100s-racer-set-bonhams-scottsdale-auction/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:35:20 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=91022 Read More

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A 1955 Austin Healey 100S, a limited-production race car restored to original specifications, has been consigned to Bonhams’ sixth annual Scottsdale sale on January 19 after being with its current owner for a half century.

The right-hand-drive sports racer, chassis number AHS 3610, was one of 55 competition cars produced by the factory during 1954-55. Five were kept for the factory team and the rest went to private owners, where they were popular for club racing and international competitions.

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Driven: 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid sedanhttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-ford-fusion-hybrid-sedan/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-ford-fusion-hybrid-sedan/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:20:49 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=89846 Read More

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Hybrid cars have a reputation for being boring, more like appliances than automobiles. Their main positive quality is good fuel economy, but rarely do they offer an interesting driving experience.

Really, when was the last time you heard someone say their Prius was fun to drive?

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Pick of the Day: 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak woody wagonhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1948-pontiac-silver-streak-woody-wagon/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1948-pontiac-silver-streak-woody-wagon/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:05:40 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=90940 Read More

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By the end of the 1940s, wood-bodied stations wagons were nearing the end of the road. Faux-wood paneling would live on in steel and plastic and applique, but actual woodies were a dying breed.

The Pick of the Day represents one of the final examples and it’s a beauty, a 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak woody from the last year that the GM brand would produce such a thing. Gorgeously detailed with wood-slat head-liner, wooden inner door panels and bed, and a well-finished body in what looks like mahogany and spruce, this woody seems more like a bygone cover car from Country Living than a surfer wagon.

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Mecum heads to Southern California for collector car auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/mecum-heads-southern-california-collector-car-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/mecum-heads-southern-california-collector-car-auction/#comments Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:30:55 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=90824 Read More

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Mecum Auctions rolls into Southern California on Thursday for its annual three-day sale at the Anaheim Convention Center, with about 750 muscle cars, customs and classics offered for bidding.

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Pick of the Day: 1961 Cadillac Coupe DeVillehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1961-cadillac-coupe-deville/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1961-cadillac-coupe-deville/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:05:31 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=90393 Read More

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As excessive as the 1961 Cadillac seems today, it was actually quite toned down from the wildly ebullient 1959 Cadillac with its towering rocket fins. Sure, there are some serious tailfins here, but General Motors’ new knife-edge styling brought them down to earth.

The Pick of the Day is a 1961 Cadillac Coupe DeVille said to be a two-owner California car in beautiful condition behind a partial restoration. The DeVille is incredibly long, stretching out 18-and-a-half feet, with the strongly horizontal body contours making it look even more so.

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An amazing Carroll Shelby relic, a 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 used in his driving school, for sale with a seven-figure price taghttps://news.classiccars.com/amazing-carroll-shelby-relic-1965-shelby-mustang-gt350-used-driving-school-sale-seven-figure-price-tag/ https://news.classiccars.com/amazing-carroll-shelby-relic-1965-shelby-mustang-gt350-used-driving-school-sale-seven-figure-price-tag/#comments Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:35:23 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=90345 Read More

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The remarkable legacy of Carroll Shelby has many twists and turns, many deviations from his history as a successful racecar driver and Le Mans team leader to the visionary who combined a British roadster with a Ford V8 to create one of the greatest sports cars of all time, the Shelby Cobra.

One of Shelby’s sidelines after heart issues ended his racing career in 1961 was operation of the Carroll Shelby School of High Performance Driving, considered to be America’s first competition-driving school. Shelby ran the innovative school at Riverside International Raceway in California, where his students included racing stars, movie stars, fashion models and an assortment of the rich and famous.

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American muscle drives Mecum’s Dallas auction to $24.6 millionhttps://news.classiccars.com/american-muscle-drives-mecums-dallas-auction-24-6-million/ https://news.classiccars.com/american-muscle-drives-mecums-dallas-auction-24-6-million/#comments Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:30:34 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=90335 Read More

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Mecum Auctions sold 756 collector cars during its four-day sale in Dallas last week, posting $24.6 million in transactions and a 73 percent sell-through rate. American muscle cars were a top draw, mostly filling the list of top-10 sellers.

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