Classic Car News » Larry Edsall 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 Pre-auction estimates exceeded at Bonhams’ bike salehttps://news.classiccars.com/pre-auctions-estimates-exceeded-bonhams-bike-sale/ https://news.classiccars.com/pre-auctions-estimates-exceeded-bonhams-bike-sale/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:35:14 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102640 Read More

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With a barn-found 1949 Vincent HRD 988cc White Shadow Series-C project bike selling for £163,900, which is more than $210,000 and nearly three times its high pre-sale estimated value, Bonhams motorcycle department enjoyed its Spring Stafford Sale on Sunday with a 90 percent sell-through rate and total sales of £2,132,257 (more than $2.73 million).

The sale was held in conjunction with the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show. Prices reported include buyer’s fees.

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Record-setting ’33 Napier-Railton on display in Londonhttps://news.classiccars.com/102512/ https://news.classiccars.com/102512/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:25:40 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102512 Read More

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The 1933 Napier-Railton Special that broke 42 speed records in its heyday will represent classic cars at the 2017 London Motor Show, scheduled for May 4-7 at Battersea Evolution in England’s capital city.

Like most auto snows, the London event will feature around 130 new cars from a variety of automakers. But it also will showcase the car that in 1935 recorded a lap at 143.44 miles per hour around the Brooklands Outer Circuit.

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Best British car ever? Experts pick the Minihttps://news.classiccars.com/best-british-car-ever-experts-pick-mini/ https://news.classiccars.com/best-british-car-ever-experts-pick-mini/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:20:11 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102368 Read More

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Britain’s largest weekly automotive magazine, Auto Express, and a panel of automotive experts have selected the Mini as the Best of British, the all-time best car produced on the island nation.

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Pick of the Day: 1970 Ford Torino King Cobrahttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1970-ford-torino-king-cobra/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1970-ford-torino-king-cobra/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:05:28 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102525 Read More

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Crank the way-back machine to 1969 and the “aero wars” taking place in American stock car racing between Chrysler and Ford. Chrysler had its Dodge Charger 500 and Ford responded with the Torino Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II with Boss 429 powerplants. So Chrysler upped the ante with the high-winged, pointed-nose Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Superbird.

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Goodwood to feature Ferraris, game-changing race carshttps://news.classiccars.com/goodwood-feature-ferraris-game-changing-race-cars/ https://news.classiccars.com/goodwood-feature-ferraris-game-changing-race-cars/#comments Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:30:14 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102503 Read More

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Ferrari’s 70th anniversary and “game-changing” racing cars of all marques will be the featured themes of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, scheduled for June 29-July 2 at the Goodwood House in West Sussex, England.

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Mecum readies for 30th anniversary Original Spring Classic salehttps://news.classiccars.com/mecum-readies-30th-anniversary-original-spring-classic-sale/ https://news.classiccars.com/mecum-readies-30th-anniversary-original-spring-classic-sale/#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:35:22 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102305 Read More

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‘My Dad sold his first car collection to start the company,” Frank Mecum said. “He sold his second collection to keep it going.”

And Mecum Auctions, now in its 30th year, is going very well.

“Now,” Frank added of his father, “he’s working on his third collection.”

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TV series will follow RM Sotheby’s search for consignmentshttps://news.classiccars.com/tv-series-will-follow-rm-sothebys-search-consignments/ https://news.classiccars.com/tv-series-will-follow-rm-sothebys-search-consignments/#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:10:10 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102491 Read More

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From late in 2015 and into the fall of 2016, RM Sotheby’s collector car auctions allowed a “fly on the wall” to travel with its staff as it ventured around the world seeking cars to fill the dockets for its auctions. The result is a 10-part television series, Million Dollar Car Hunters.

The hour-long programs are produced by Waddell Media under commission from BBC Worldwide and Britain’s Channel 4, although U.S. distribution has yet to be announced. However, the television production company based near Belfast, Northern Ireland, has a well-established relationship with the Discovery, National Geographic and A&E cable networks in the U.S. The programs also will be seen on BBC Canada.

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One-off Tojeiro Climax coupe headed across auction blockhttps://news.classiccars.com/one-off-tojeiro-climax-coupe-headed-across-auction-block/ https://news.classiccars.com/one-off-tojeiro-climax-coupe-headed-across-auction-block/#comments Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:30:44 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102290 Read More

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A backhanded compliment for classic cars in Canadahttps://news.classiccars.com/backhanded-compliment-classic-cars-canada/ https://news.classiccars.com/backhanded-compliment-classic-cars-canada/#comments Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:25:24 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102298 Read More

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‘Canadian driving club bans newer cars over safety concerns,” reads the headline on the autofocus.ca website report that the BMW Club Canada’s Trillium chapter in Toronto has banned new cars with modern automated forward braking and lane-departure and correction systems from track events because those systems “pose a danger to drivers at speed.”

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Driven: 2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T SELhttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-volkswagen-passat-1-8t-sel/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-volkswagen-passat-1-8t-sel/#comments Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:00:18 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102085 Read More

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Turns out Carroll Shelby was right.

Ol’ Shel’ once told me that all you really needed in any car was 170 horsepower. That was plenty to get going and to keep up with traffic at — and even beyond — whatever speeds might be posted on the fastest of American freeways.

Of course, in his next breath, Shelby told me about a 1,000-horsepower engine he and his team were building for their latest Ford Mustang project.

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Pick of the Day: 1975 BMW 2002https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1975-bmw-2002/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1975-bmw-2002/#comments Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:05:13 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102179 Read More

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Pick of the Day is a 1975 BMW 2002 being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a private owner who purchased the car in California in 2012.

“It was a blue-plate California car and what interested me most about it was the absolute lack of rust and solid floorboards/trunk/frame along with solid everything else,” the seller, located in Algonquin, Illinois, says in the classified advertisement for the car.

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Dozen collector cars included in Skinner auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/dozen-collector-cars-included-skinner-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/dozen-collector-cars-included-skinner-auction/#comments Sat, 15 Apr 2017 09:30:58 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102190 Read More

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Although it’s being billed as a Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments auction, a dozen collector cars produced between 1909 and 1963 are on the docket for Skinner’s spring sale scheduled for April 28 in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

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Turns out, losing your car keys can be a good thinghttps://news.classiccars.com/turns-losing-car-keys-can-good-thing/ https://news.classiccars.com/turns-losing-car-keys-can-good-thing/#comments Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:25:17 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102070 Read More

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More than 20 years ago, a 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500 was purchased at the Normand of Mayfair dealership as a birthday present for a woman in England. After driving the car only 80 miles, the new owner lost her keys — and never drove the car again!

After being stored in an underground garage in the upscale Knightsbridge area of London, the car was rediscovered (underground garage find?) and was offered up for bidding this week at Coys’ Spring Classics auction at the Royal Horticultural Halls.

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Trans-America endurance rally scheduled for 2018https://news.classiccars.com/trans-american-endurance-rally-scheduled-2018/ https://news.classiccars.com/trans-american-endurance-rally-scheduled-2018/#comments Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:30:13 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101987 Read More

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The folks who stage the Peking to Paris vintage car rallies are coming to the United States in 2018 with a new Trans-America Challenge. The event starts May 27 in Charleston, South Carolina, and ends June 17 in Seattle.

In between are 8,000 kilometers, nearly 5,000 miles, of what rally director Fred Gallagher calls “a great wealth of terrain and stunning locations that have yet been untapped by historic rallying.”

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Former Avanti employees invited to owners group gatheringhttps://news.classiccars.com/former-avanti-employees-invited-owners-group-gathering/ https://news.classiccars.com/former-avanti-employees-invited-owners-group-gathering/#comments Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:20:49 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101965 Read More

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There will be something very special about the annual Avanti Owners Association International meet scheduled for May 3-5 in South Bend, Indiana. Well, actually a couple of things, since the meet is being held in conjunction with the 53rd annual Studebaker Drivers Club Meet and the Antique Studebaker Club International Meet.

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Britain’s motorcycle museum to host three auctions a yearhttps://news.classiccars.com/102000/ https://news.classiccars.com/102000/#comments Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:15:25 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102000 Read More

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Britain’s H&H Classics and the National Motorcycle Museum of England have struck an agreement for the auction house to stage three sales a year at the museum, beginning June 1-2, 2017.

“We have decided to raise the bar on our motorcycle sales by holding them at the most prestigious bike venue in the country,” Dominic Lyncker, chief executive of H&H Classics, said in a news release. “The museum is ‘Bike Central’ for anyone who loves motorcycling.

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Bicester Heritage’s first classic auction generates $1.24 millionhttps://news.classiccars.com/bicester-heritages-first-classic-auction-generates-1-24-million/ https://news.classiccars.com/bicester-heritages-first-classic-auction-generates-1-24-million/#comments Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:25:28 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101897 Read More

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Bicester Heritage, the former British RAF military base turned into a 348-acre business campus focused on the restoration, storage, maintenance and enjoyment of vintage vehicles, generated more than £1 million ($1.24 million) at its inaugural collector car auction last week.

The auction, featuring a docket of 60 vehicles, was conducted in conjunction with Brightwells Auctioneers & Valuers and featured the sale of a 1923 Vauxhall OD 23/60 Kington Tourer for £71,500 ($88,767). Prices reported include the buyer’s fee.

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Hey, baby, have you slept in a Ford, lately?https://news.classiccars.com/hey-baby-slept-ford-lately/ https://news.classiccars.com/hey-baby-slept-ford-lately/#comments Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:20:42 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101885 Read More

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You may have had friends like Laurie’s parents. To get her to go to sleep when she was an infant, they’d have to put her into her baby safety seat and drive around the block a few times before she’d doze off for the night. Sad to say, you may have had such an experience with your own children.

That situation is so commonplace and apparently so universal that Ford of Spain and its advertising agency have created the Max Motor Dreams, a prototype infant bed that simulates the sounds, lights and even the “comforting movement” of a ride in the car.

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Exhibit tells stories of Range Rover and its Velar, then and nowhttps://news.classiccars.com/exhibit-tells-stories-range-rover-velar-now/ https://news.classiccars.com/exhibit-tells-stories-range-rover-velar-now/#comments Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:30:31 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101724 Read More

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Range Rover is promoting its new mid-size Velar sport utility vehicle as “the only vehicle you’ll ever need,” and touts it as a celebration of “British design and engineer integrity.”

The newest Range Rover takes its name from a secret prototype vehicle the company developed in 1967. The story of that prototype, indeed the story of Land Rover itself, is being shared in a new visitor attraction at the company’s historic Solihull assembly plant in England.

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Unusual Alvis duo crossing Mossgreen’s auction blockhttps://news.classiccars.com/unusual-alvis-duo-crossing-mossgreens-auction-block/ https://news.classiccars.com/unusual-alvis-duo-crossing-mossgreens-auction-block/#comments Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:25:30 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101267 Read More

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A Graber-bodied Alvis discovered in Madame Graber’s garage and a barn-found 1953 Alvis Healey with movie-star history but not seen in public for nearly 30 years figure to be the highlights of Mossgreen’s collector car auction scheduled for May 28 at Carriageworks in Sydney, Australia.

According to the auction house, the 1954 Alvis Graber TA21G coupe was delivered as a rolling chassis to Swiss coachbuilder Herman Graber and was displayed at the 1954 Geneva Motor Show in white with disc wheels. The car was sold to a Swiss businessman.

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Pick of the Day: 1928 Ford Model A Rootlieb Speedsterhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1928-ford-model-rootlieb-speedster/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1928-ford-model-rootlieb-speedster/#comments Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:05:11 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101869 Read More

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Founded in 1973, Rootlieb Manufacturing produces metal hoods and other panels for the collector car restoration industry. The Pick of the Day is a 1928 Ford Model A Rootlieb Speedster that is believed to be the first Rootlieb-bodied example.

Being offered through an advertisement on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Leesburg, Florida, the car’s previous owner was Henry Rootlieb and the car could indeed be the one used in Rootlieb sales brochures for its roadster kit.

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Copperstate rally serves as shakedown test for Mexican road racehttps://news.classiccars.com/copperstate-rally-serves-shakedown-test-mexican-road-race/ https://news.classiccars.com/copperstate-rally-serves-shakedown-test-mexican-road-race/#comments Sat, 08 Apr 2017 09:30:49 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101323 Read More

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As if the thousand-mile Copperstate vintage sports car rally isn’t enough exercise for car, driver and passenger/navigator, for Rick Rome and his 1955 Kurtis 500 Swallow coupe, the 27th annual tour d’Arizona is just a warmup for an even bigger challenge this fall, in Mexico.

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RM Sotheby’s reveals star car for upcoming auction at Lake Comohttps://news.classiccars.com/rm-sothebys-reveals-star-car-upcoming-auction-lake-como/ https://news.classiccars.com/rm-sothebys-reveals-star-car-upcoming-auction-lake-como/#comments Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:30:25 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101787 Read More

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RM Sotheby’s has revealed two more star cars for its Villa Erba auction May 27 on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como — a 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Torpedo-Sport Avant-Garde, the only survivor of the three built, and a 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Cabriolet, one of only three with coachwork by Franay.

Previously announced for the official auction of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este were a

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Driven: 2017 Honda CR-Vhttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-honda-cr-v/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-honda-cr-v/#comments Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:00:57 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101227 Read More

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In the sixth day of my week-long drive of the new and fifth-generation Honda CR-V, I finally opened the hood to see for myself.

The pricing sticker and the Honda press kit both claimed the compact crossover utility vehicle has a turbocharged engine. But after a few hundred miles and nearly six days of driving, I was skeptical. Pleased that there was no discernible turbo lag, but skeptical that there even was a turbo installed, so tortoise-like is this crossover’s power to accelerate.

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Ship shape: Company crates collector cars for ocean crossingshttps://news.classiccars.com/ship-shape-company-specializes-taking-collector-cars-across-oceans/ https://news.classiccars.com/ship-shape-company-specializes-taking-collector-cars-across-oceans/#comments Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:25:25 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=101278 Read More

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If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then the photograph adjacent to these words likely says a lot about the anxiety many in the collector car world have when it comes to shipping a vehicle across an ocean.

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