A rare 1991 XJ220 Jaguar supercar led the bidding at Silverstone Auctions’ sale held during the UK’s popular Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show this past weekend in Birmingham. Continue reading
The Scion brand was designed to attract young people who turn up their noses at Toyotas, which they generally view as being their parents’ cars and therefore not cool. But Toyota’s push to lure youthful drivers into the fold has been fading, and with the signature xB box on wheels gone after 2015 because of slack sales, only the FR-S sports coupe (shared with Subaru) is attracting any attention.
But two affordable new cars enter the Scion ring for 2016, the subcompact iA sedan and the compact iM wagon, and content seems to be key; each of them comes with a load of standard features usually found on more-pricey vehicles. Neither car is all that unique, but the more-for-less proposition does have appeal, which could help get the Scion buzz going again. Continue reading
After more than 60 years, a one-off coachbuilt 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe by Vignale returns to New York City for RM Sotheby’s inaugural Driven by Disruption auction December 10 in Manhattan.
The Europa Vignale, chassis number 0313 EU, has a checkered history ranging from the glory of the New York auto-show stage to becoming a daily driver and finally a forgotten relic in longtime storage. The unique Ferrari was rescued in 2003 and later restored to original, a task completed in 2011 and which brought the Ferrari back to its auto-show splendor. Continue reading
For GM muscle cars, model-year 1970 brought together a mighty confluence of ingredients, when big-block technology and evocative styling joined up for a final blast down the quarter mile before emission controls and insurance rates ended the game on a high note.
One result was the mighty Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6, fitted with a race-bred 454 cid V8 conservatively rated at 500 horsepower, which was linked up to the mandatory Rock Crusher heavy-duty 4-speed manual transmission and Positraction rear. Available for one year only, the LS6 is considered an apex of U.S. muscle-car performance for all time, and the car has long been a sought-after collector’s item. Continue reading
The remarkable Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, which not only allows visitors to view the collection of sports/race cars in exhibits but to watch them drive and hear them run during Demo Days, has scheduled its annual People’s Choice Demo Day for November 28 starting at noon.
The difference here is that the Philadelphia museum asks that its “dear friends and fans” choose which three cars they would like to see and hear during the event held in the museum’s three-acre parking lot. Continue reading
Another automotive artifact once owned by the late Steve McQueen comes to auction this weekend during Mecum’s sale in Anaheim, although this one has nothing to do with Porsches, Ferraris or motorcycles.
A 1952 Chevrolet 3800 one-ton custom pickup truck with a hand-built camper shell that McQueen owned toward the end of his life will cross the block during the November 12-14 auction at the Anaheim Convention Center. Continue reading
(An earlier version of this story mischaracterized the sale as being that of a collection of items being sold directly by Saleen Automotive. According to a Saleen spokesman, the sale items are owned by an outside party with no connection with the automaker.)
The financial turmoil at supercar tuner and builder Saleen Automotive has gone through a number of intriguing scenarios during the past few years, including the departure and return of its founder, Steve Saleen, and the cancellation of the car designed to save the company, the S5S Raptor.
Now comes the unusual sale of Saleen assets by GA Global Partners, which will conduct the online auction November 18 starting at 10 a.m. (PDT) of what it calls “all remaining inventory, parts, memorabilia, molds, designs and intellectual property related to the Saleen S7, S7R and the Saleen S5S Raptor,” the auction company said in a news release. Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago, the Pick of the Day was an interesting customized Chevrolet Corvair with a 350 Chevy V8 transplanted into its tail section. Today’s Pick is a kindred custom, a mid-engine 1974 Porsche 914 with its normal four-cylinder boxer engine replaced with another 350 powerplant. Continue reading
The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, has opened part of its gleaming collection of vintage vehicles for public sale and they are backed by the museum’s expert technicians for condition and provenance. Continue reading
George Barris, the Southern California “King of Kustomizers” best-known today for his creation of the original Batmobile for the 1960s TV show, died Thursday at his Encino home. He was 89. Continue reading