Classic Car News » Bob Golfen https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:11:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.14 Bonhams mounts 18th annual Aston Martin auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/bonhams-mounts-18th-annual-aston-martin-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/bonhams-mounts-18th-annual-aston-martin-auction/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:30:35 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102517 Read More

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For the 18th year, Bonhams holds its all-Aston Martin auction at the legendary British automaker’s ancestral home at Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, with the sale taking place on May 13 and offering vehicles spanning more than six decades of the exclusive and very valuable motorcars.

The Aston Martin sale, which includes the associated Lagonda marque, is highlighted by a rare 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante, a drophead (British for convertible) with a pre-auction estimated value between £700,000 and £900,000 ($896,000 to $1,152,000).

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Leake auction strikes gold with $3.7 million sale of LaFerrarihttps://news.classiccars.com/leake-auction-strikes-gold-3-7-million-sale-laferrari/ https://news.classiccars.com/leake-auction-strikes-gold-3-7-million-sale-laferrari/#comments Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:30:57 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102545 Read More

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Leake Auction Company had an excellent day Saturday in Dallas, where it sold an ultra-exotic 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari for $3.7 million. The LaFerrari is the highest-priced vehicle ever sold at auction by Leake, which was founded in 1972.

Leake’s auction dockets are customarily filled with reasonably priced collector cars, so

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Pick of the Day: 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup truckhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1956-chevrolet-cameo-pickup-truck/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1956-chevrolet-cameo-pickup-truck/#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:05:58 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102454 Read More

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Before there were El Caminos, there were Cameo pickups, Chevrolet’s answer to a persistent question: how to provide farmers, construction workers and the like with a truck for work that also could be driven proudly to church on Sunday.

Chevy was first off the block in 1955 with a refined-looking pickup that applied stylish fiberglass rear fenders and tailgate cover, along with unique taillights, trim and a premium interior, to its newly minted Task Force truck design. Fiberglass was chosen for the ease of design and tooling, and because of Chevrolet’s relationship with the fiberglass company that made Corvette bodies.

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Mustang Boss 429 muscle-car icons head to Indiana auctionshttps://news.classiccars.com/mustang-boss-429-muscle-car-icons-head-indiana-auctions/ https://news.classiccars.com/mustang-boss-429-muscle-car-icons-head-indiana-auctions/#comments Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:30:54 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102387 Read More

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Limited-production rarity, ferocious capabilities and uniquely aggressive styling, the 1969-70 Ford Mustang Boss 429 is a true icon of the muscle-car era, an A-List celebrity applauded everywhere it goes.

Yet the Boss 429 was an unlikely creation, a piece of high-performance art built by necessity. Just 1,358 of them were produced during the two model years, and they are highly sought after today, not just by Ford enthusiasts but by collectors who recognize how very special they are.

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Pick of the Day: 1953 Mercury Monterey convertiblehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1953-mercury-monterey-convertible/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1953-mercury-monterey-convertible/#comments Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:05:41 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102239 Read More

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The Pick of the Day is the kind of stylish Mercury that comes to mind when you hear, “Crazy ‘bout a Mercury/Lord I’m crazy ‘bout a Mercury/I’m gonna buy me a Mercury/And cruise it up and down the road.”

The pale-yellow 1953 Mercury Monterey convertible advertised on ClassicCars.com is a “solid Southern California car” with a still-shiny older repaint, the Houston-based dealer says. The stylish ragtop comes complete with full wheel covers, fender skirts and wide-whitewall tires for a period look that still resonates today.

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First hypercar ‘holy trinity’ boasted by RM Sotheby’shttps://news.classiccars.com/first-hypercar-holy-trinity-boasted-rm-sothebys/ https://news.classiccars.com/first-hypercar-holy-trinity-boasted-rm-sothebys/#comments Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:30:55 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102217 Read More

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The “holy trinity” of modern hypercars. That’s what RM Sotheby’s is calling the trio of spectacular road-going hybrid-performance machines from Italy, Germany and Great Britain that will be auctioned May 27 during its Villa Erba sale on the shores of Lake Como in Italy.

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Ford performance leads Mecum’s $21.7 million sale in Houstonhttps://news.classiccars.com/ford-performance-leads-mecums-21-7-million-sale-houston/ https://news.classiccars.com/ford-performance-leads-mecums-21-7-million-sale-houston/#comments Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:25:53 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102118 Read More

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Led by a quartet of Ford performance cars, Mecum Auctions sold $21.7 worth of collector vehicles, not including auction fees, during its three-day Houston sale last weekend, up from last year’s $20 million Houston auction. The sell-through rate was a solid 70 percent with 554 cars sold out of 793 offered.

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Pick of the Day: 1955 Studebaker Presidenthttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1955-studebaker-president/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1955-studebaker-president/#comments Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:05:37 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102125 Read More

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Studebaker was so much ahead of the styling curve during the mid-1950s, thanks to famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy, who also created the Coca-Cola bottle, the Lucky Strike cigarette pack and, later, the iconic Studebaker Avanti, among many other designs ranging from streamlined locomotives to stylish toasters.

The Pick of the Day, a 1955 Studebaker President two-door sedan, was an extension of the 1953 Starliner coupe, with which Loewy and his team set Studebaker apart from other U.S. automakers with a low and sleek family car that brought sporty design to the American mainstream.

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Porsches, Ferraris among biggest losers in Hagerty Value Ratinghttps://news.classiccars.com/porsches-ferraris-among-biggest-losers-hagerty-value-rating/ https://news.classiccars.com/porsches-ferraris-among-biggest-losers-hagerty-value-rating/#comments Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:30:26 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102100 Read More

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How the mighty have fallen! Following that Biblical moment, here is the latest compilation of biggest losers in the collector car market, as determined by the numbers crunchers at Hagerty classic car insurance and valuation.

Hagerty Vehicle Rating’s Bottom 25 list for the second quarter is dominated by once-roaring European sports cars, including Porsche 911s and the earlier 356s that saw such a meteoric climb in recent years. Not that the bottom is dropping out of Porsche sales, but appreciation has been minimal as of late.

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Benedict Castle awards top concours news this weekhttps://news.classiccars.com/benedict-castle-awards-top-concours-news-week/ https://news.classiccars.com/benedict-castle-awards-top-concours-news-week/#comments Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:20:35 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102080 Read More

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The 1936 Mulholland Speedster and a 1930 Cadillac 452 V16 won Best of Show honors at the fourth annual Benedict Castle Concours d’Elegance in Riverside, California.

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Another VW microbus shocker at Barrett-Jackson in Palm Beachhttps://news.classiccars.com/another-vw-microbus-shocker-barrett-jackson-palm-beach/ https://news.classiccars.com/another-vw-microbus-shocker-barrett-jackson-palm-beach/#comments Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:30:51 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101907 Read More

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Aside from Barrett-Jackson’s customary collector car offerings of muscle cars, cruisers, customs and exotics that were sold during the 15th annual Palm Beach, Florida, auction this past weekend, it was another eye-popping, record-setting sale of a Volkswagen microbus that had auction watchers shaking their heads and VW enthusiasts doing high fives all around.

An impeccably restored 1961 23-window VW Deluxe Microbus sold for a stunning $291,500, including the 10 percent auction fee, during bidding Saturday, selling far and away above the expected result. Hagerty’s Price Guide pegs the value of a No. 1 concours-condition ’61 23-window VW Deluxe bus at $134,000.

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Pick of the Day: 1967 Plymouth Barracudahttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1967-plymouth-barracuda/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1967-plymouth-barracuda/#comments Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:05:44 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101946 Read More

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The Pick of the Day is a restored and resto-modded 1967 Plymouth Barracuda coupe that looks like it was done right, with performance upgrades for power and drivability.

The private seller in Port St. Lucie, Florida, says in the ClassicCars.com advertisement that the car was completely disassembled for restoration in 2010 and is now completed and ready to go.

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More than 300 surplus movie, TV vehicles set for online auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/300-surplus-movie-tv-vehicles-offered-online-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/300-surplus-movie-tv-vehicles-offered-online-auction/#comments Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:35:40 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101799 Read More

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Even if your personal movie-star career hasn’t taken off, there is a way to own a piece of Hollywood and drive it every day. More than 300 cars, trucks, motorcycles and specialty vehicles that have appeared in movies, TV shows and commercials will be auctioned in online bidding April 20-27 as Picture Car Warehouse sells off some of its no-longer-needed inventory.

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Pick of the Day: 1969 Volkswagen Westfalia camper bushttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1969-volkswagen-westfalia-camper-bus/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1969-volkswagen-westfalia-camper-bus/#comments Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:05:57 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101808 Read More

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It’s spring, and the open road is calling. And what better craft for an extended road trip than the Pick of the Day, a 1969 Volkswagen Westfalia camper bus with all the trimmings.

According to the Sonoma, California, dealer advertising the VW camper on ClassicCars.com, this Westy is ready for a national tour. The flat-four engine has been rebuilt and bored out to 1,776 cc, the ad says, which should help provide enough muscle for these typically underpowered vehicles. The key to driving any VW microbus is to abide by one simple rule: never be in a hurry.

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George W. Bush’s pickup in another Barrett-Jackson charity salehttps://news.classiccars.com/george-w-bushs-pickup-another-barrett-jackson-charity-sale/ https://news.classiccars.com/george-w-bushs-pickup-another-barrett-jackson-charity-sale/#comments Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:30:14 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101763 Read More

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The 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch Super Crew pickup truck that former President George W. Bush purchased after leaving the White House makes its third trip to a Barrett-Jackson auction this week. Once again, it will be sold to benefit a charitable cause.

The big white-and-tan pickup, which Bush drove on his ranch in Crawford, Texas, will cross the block during Barrett-Jackson’s sale in Palm Beach, Florida, which takes place today through Saturday. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Community Foundation of Cleveland and Bradley County, Tennessee.

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Not fake news: Trump’s Ferrari soars at Auctions America salehttps://news.classiccars.com/not-fake-news-trumps-ferrari-soars-auctions-america-sale/ https://news.classiccars.com/not-fake-news-trumps-ferrari-soars-auctions-america-sale/#comments Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:30:15 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101679 Read More

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A low-mileage 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 coupe formerly owned by the President of the United States received a major Trump bump at auction last weekend. Auctions America sold the Ferrari, along with its vehicle title bearing the name Donald J. Trump, for $270,000, about $100,000 above its non-celebrity value, during the annual auction in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The President’s Ferrari landed in fifth place among the highest-selling cars at the auction, which reached $17.3 million in sales, with 76 percent of more than 400 vehicles sold.

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Pick of the Day: 1909 Pierce-Arrow motorcyclehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1909-pierce-arrow-motorcycle/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1909-pierce-arrow-motorcycle/#comments Tue, 04 Apr 2017 09:05:46 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101629 Read More

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Anybody who knows anything about vintage cars knows about Pierce-Arrow, a premier maker of luxury automobiles through the 1930s. Less known is the company’s brief foray into motorcycles, producing the first four-cylinder model in the U.S., a bike that was far ahead of the competition.

The Pick of the Day is a handsome example of the first year of production, a 1909 Pierce Four, made by Pierce-Arrow’s fledgling motorcycle division. It is a very innovative motorcycle for the era, with shaft drive and large-diameter frame tubing that  served to contain both gasoline and motor oil.

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Mercedes-Benz marks 60th anniversary of the 300 SL roadsterhttps://news.classiccars.com/mercedes-benz-marks-60th-anniversary-300-sl-roadster/ https://news.classiccars.com/mercedes-benz-marks-60th-anniversary-300-sl-roadster/#comments Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:30:22 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101298 Read More

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Mercedes-Benz was flush with the success of its 300 SL “Gullwing” coupe, known internally as W198, after it was introduced in 1954. But open sports cars were the thing, especially in the all-important U.S. market, so the Stuttgart company set out to create an evocative roadster based on the Gullwing that retained the coupe’s style and performance.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster was revealed to the public 60 years ago at the 1957 Geneva Auto Show, where the bold, high-performance touring car was greeted with widespread acclaim from the press and public. This year, Mercedes celebrates the 60th anniversary of the introduction of what has become a highly valuable and sought-after collector car.

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Pick of the day: 1972 Jeep Commandohttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1972-jeep-commando/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1972-jeep-commando/#comments Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:05:34 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101161 Read More

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Despite its militaristic name, the Commando was a civilized version of Jeep, in relation to the classic CJ models, designed with a longer wheelbase and more interior space to compete with such interlopers as the Ford Bronco and International Scout.

The Pick of the Day is a 1972 Jeep Commando that appears to be in very good condition with new paint and a fresh interior in stock specifications, unusual for a vehicle that is more-often altered with an array of off-roading upgrades and custom “improvements.” Even the set of new wheels and hubcaps are factory spec, according to the seller, a Roswell, Georgia, dealer.

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Concours, rally and major event news updateshttps://news.classiccars.com/concours-rally-major-event-news-updates/ https://news.classiccars.com/concours-rally-major-event-news-updates/#comments Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:20:47 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101127 Read More

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Welcome to a new feature on ClassicCars.com that spotlights the latest news about major classic car events.

The Copperstate 1000 Road Rally sets out Sunday on a four-day tour of Arizona with a free car show and European-style sendoff of the premier rally cars at the Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The 85 vintage automobiles taking part in the Copperstate rally will be on display starting at 7:30 a.m., and then introduced and flagged off one at a time starting at 10 a.m.

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Mecum scores $7.3 million in sales at Kansas City auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/mecum-scores-7-3-million-sales-kansas-city-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/mecum-scores-7-3-million-sales-kansas-city-auction/#comments Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:12:22 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101105 Read More

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Mecum Auctions hit $7.3 million during its two-day sale in Kansas City, Missouri, this past weekend, with 309 vehicles sold as were 74 pieces of road art. The auction offered a total of 491 vehicles with 63 percent of them sold.

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‘Top-down fun’ offered by Barrett-Jackson at Palm Beach salehttps://news.classiccars.com/top-fun-offered-barrett-jackson-palm-beach-sale/ https://news.classiccars.com/top-fun-offered-barrett-jackson-palm-beach-sale/#comments Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:35:26 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100864 Read More

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Barrett-Jackson holds four auctions every year and each one has its own character, with certain types of collector cars hitting the spot among bidders and spectators depending on the venue.

At the Palm Beach, Florida, auction, the focus is on convertibles, popular in the relaxed atmosphere for cruising along the coastline. The upcoming sale in West Palm Beach, which takes place April 6-8, has stocked a boatload of open-air pleasure craft among about 500 collector cars that will cross the block, all of them at no reserve.

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Pick of the Day: 1952 Jaguar XK 120https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1952-jaguar-xk-120/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1952-jaguar-xk-120/#comments Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:30:54 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100810 Read More

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What could be more wonderful than the most-voluptuous of all 1950s roadsters, gorgeously restored and ready to drive? How about one that was owned, driven and loved by the man who created the most-celebrated animated films about cars?

The Pick of the Day is such a roadster, a gleaming black 1952 Jaguar XK 120 properly fitted with spats on its rear wheels and hunkered down in purposeful glory, and formerly owned by John Lassetor, who co-wrote and directed Cars and Cars 2.

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Driven: 2017 GMC Acadia SLT-1 all-wheel-drivehttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-gmc-acadia-slt-1-wheel-drive/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-gmc-acadia-slt-1-wheel-drive/#comments Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:20:26 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100698 Read More

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The road from Phoenix to Durango, Colorado, is pretty long, but at least it passes by some quality Southwest scenery, such as Monument Valley, and some improbable landmarks, such as Four Corners, the only place in the U.S. where four states touch – Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

There’s also a place where you can pull off the road and see actual dinosaur tracks imbedded in the ancient stone surface, always with some random Navajo youngsters on hand to show you the way, for a fee.

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Pick of the Day: 1922 Stoughton Fire Enginehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1922-stoughton-fire-engine/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1922-stoughton-fire-engine/#comments Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:05:35 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100594 Read More

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Antique firetrucks are wonderful things, flashy and brassy and honoring brave firefighters who rush into burning buildings to save people. There is a small but dedicated niche of firetruck enthusiasts who love and collect these mammoth pieces of Americana. They all have one thing in common: lots of storage space.

Here in Phoenix, we have the Hall of Flame museum, which despite its quirky name is one of the most-significant collections dedicated to vintage firefighting equipment. It’s open to the public and worth a visit.

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