Classic Car News » Larry Edsall https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:27:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.13 President’s Ferrari, astronaut’s Cadillac likely to draw interest from Auction America’s ‘Iron-enriched’ bidder poolhttps://news.classiccars.com/presidents-ferrari-astronauts-cadillac-likely-draw-interest-auction-americas-iron-enriched-bidder-pool/ https://news.classiccars.com/presidents-ferrari-astronauts-cadillac-likely-draw-interest-auction-americas-iron-enriched-bidder-pool/#comments Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:35:38 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100463 Read More

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Auctions America stages its 15th annual Fort Lauderdale collector car sale March 31-April 2 — and this is no April Fool’s Joke: Expect there to be much more interest in a couple of cars with significant ownership history than might otherwise be expected at such an auction.

The cars are a 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 coupe and a 2000 Cadillac Deville DHS sedan, neither of which might normally cause all that much excitement at a classic car auction. However, the Caddy was originally owned by the late astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glenn and the Ferrari’s original owner was a future U.S. President, Donald “Make America Great Again” (by buying an Italian car?) Trump.

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Lamenting the loss of Edd-ucational televisionhttps://news.classiccars.com/lamenting-loss-edd-ucational-television/ https://news.classiccars.com/lamenting-loss-edd-ucational-television/#comments Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:15:13 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100540 Read More

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Like so many of you, I was saddened by the news that Edd China is parting ways with the Wheeler Dealers television show, where for 13 seasons he’s educated the world about the proper way to restore nearly 150 vehicles.

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Pick of the Day: 1959 Morris Minor Deluxe Travelerhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1959-morris-minor-deluxe-traveler/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1959-morris-minor-deluxe-traveler/#comments Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:05:10 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100555 Read More

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About a decade before he created the Mini, Alec Issigonis designed the Morris Minor, a car produced from 1948 until 1972 and the first British motorcar to exceed 1 million units sold.

Morris Minors were produced as two- and four-door versions, as convertibles, vans and pickup trucks and, as in the case of Pick of the Day, a 1959 Morris Minor Deluxe Traveler, as a station wagon with a wood-framed rear body section and wood rear quarter-panels and rear doors.

Offered by a private owner in Tucson, Arizona, the wagon is equipped with “trafficator” (semaphore) turn signals, a period roof rack, round heater and fan, fender-mounted side mirrors, front and rear ashtrays, and has its original jack and original jack bag.

The advertisement on ClassicCars.com includes extensive photos of the vehicle undergoing a rotisserie restoration, during which it was sand-blasted to bare metal. Photos also show an immaculate vehicle that looks as though it just rolled off a British assembly line.

Well, actually, it appears to be even better finished that it might have been nearly 50 years ago.

“In order to keep the finish accurate and true to English spec, amber spar varnish was used throughout,” the seller says. Also included with the car are two aerosol cans of Frilford Grey and one can of Pearl Grey paint “from the original batch” used in the restoration.

The car also comes with a certified copy of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust authentication, an original sales brochure, owner’s manual, two workshop manuals and two restoration manuals. Also included a various new and used spare parts (including five wire wheels and a knockoff wrench), a color-coded wiring diagram, the original working radio (which is not installed in the car), and the original gear-shift extension.

Empowering this Traveler is a 948 cc four-cylinder engine much like the original one that back in 1959 was rated at 37 horsepower and was called by Motor Trend magazine a “happy sounding little buzz bomb.” The wagon has a manual gearbox and is pushed around by its rear wheels.

The asking price is $34,000.

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

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Leake lands a 569-mile LaFerrari for its Dallas auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/leake-lands-569-mile-laferrari-dallas-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/leake-lands-569-mile-laferrari-dallas-auction/#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:30:58 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100510 Read More

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Leake Auction Company is known for providing a parade of nice and reasonably priced collector cars across the tandem blocks that are a feature at many of its sales. Typically, those cars sell for tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thousands of dollars.

But at the company’s

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Royal setting this year for the ‘unexceptional’ car showhttps://news.classiccars.com/royal-setting-year-unexceptional-car-show/ https://news.classiccars.com/royal-setting-year-unexceptional-car-show/#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:35:46 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100222 Read More

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While the cars might be considered ordinary at best, the setting this year is not as the third annual Hagerty’s Festival of the Unexceptional moves to the grounds of Stowe House, Buckingham, the former home of the British Duke of Buckingham.

Set amidst the reportedly splendiferous Capability Brown gardens of the Stowe House, which is located adjacent to the Silverstone racing circuit, what might be considered the concours for the rest of us celebrates “the much maligned and long forgotten ‘ordinary’ classic cars and commercial vehicles of the late 1960s, ’70s and ’80s,” according to the British arm of Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle valuation-tracking company.

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Inaugural London concours scheduled for June 8-9https://news.classiccars.com/inaugural-london-concours-scheduled-june-8-9/ https://news.classiccars.com/inaugural-london-concours-scheduled-june-8-9/#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:30:09 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100446 Read More

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Drive your classic car into the center of Britain’s capital city on a weekday and it’s going to cost you around $15, the London congestion charge for any vehicle produced before 2004. Good thing the inaugural City Concours in London is scheduled for a weekend, when the fees aren’t collected.

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Driven: 2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Editionhttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-toyota-corolla-50th-anniversary-special-edition/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-toyota-corolla-50th-anniversary-special-edition/#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:15:34 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99939 Read More

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Since the automobile was first produced in significant numbers, only three vehicles have claimed the title as the best-selling of all-time. First, of course, it was Henry Ford’s Model T, the car that put the world on wheels. It took a few decades after the last T rolled off an assembly line, but eventually the Volkswagen Beetle could claim the best-selling crown. But it to would be surpassed by the Toyota Corolla.

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Restored or preserved? Bidders will decide when H&H Classics offers 1967 Porsche 911S twinshttps://news.classiccars.com/restore-preserve-bidders-will-decide-hh-offers-1967-porsche-911s-twins/ https://news.classiccars.com/restore-preserve-bidders-will-decide-hh-offers-1967-porsche-911s-twins/#comments Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:35:24 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99861 Read More

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Which is more valuable? A completely original and very carefully maintained 1967 Porsche 911 S or its seemingly identical twin that has undergone a 1,500-hour restoration back to and perhaps even beyond factory specification?

We’ll find out March 29 when the two cars are offered up for bidding at H&H Classics auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England.

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Pick of the Day: 1968 Pontiac Firebird Sprint convertiblehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1968-pontiac-firebird-sprint-convertible/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1968-pontiac-firebird-sprint-convertible/#comments Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:05:47 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100206 Read More

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It’s no surprise that John Z. DeLorean, who gave us the Pontiac GTO, wanted to do something different with the new Firebird being offered by his Pontiac Division of General Motors. That something different was the Firebird Sprint.

For an additional and mere $116, the Sprint was equipped with Pontiac’s overhead-cam, inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed floor-shifted transmission, high-performance tires and special badging.

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Larry’s likes at Silver’s Spring in Arizona auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/larrys-likes-silvers-spring-arizona-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/larrys-likes-silvers-spring-arizona-auction/#comments Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:25:56 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100378 Read More

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A couple of days ago,

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GAA Classic Cars sets records at Greensboro auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/100070/ https://news.classiccars.com/100070/#comments Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:20:05 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100070 Read More

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GAA Classic Cars posted more than $12 million in sales with a 76 percent sell-through rate at its three-day March auction in Greensboro, North Carolina, the company reported.

“It was a strong sale, the crowd was into it, the money was there and we had a great time doing it,” Jerry Barker, GAA general manager, said in the news release.

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Amelia auctions: $120.5 million with 67 percent sell-throughhttps://news.classiccars.com/amelia-auctions-120-5-million-67-percent-sell/ https://news.classiccars.com/amelia-auctions-120-5-million-67-percent-sell/#comments Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:15:03 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=100085 Read More

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With the major auction houses issuing their official post-sale press releases, it appears that the five auctions taking place last week on Florida’s Amelia Island combined to produce $120.5 million in sales.

Of more than 550 vehicles crossing the blocks, about 365 sold, an overall sell-through rate of 67 percent.

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Granddaughters go to auction to reclaim a family heirloomhttps://news.classiccars.com/granddaughters-go-auction-reclaim-family-heirloom/ https://news.classiccars.com/granddaughters-go-auction-reclaim-family-heirloom/#comments Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:25:16 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99775 Read More

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After discovering that their grandfather’s 1948 Jaguar was going to auction earlier this month at the Historics at Brookland sale, Lucy, Sally, Sarah and Charlotte outbid all others to claim the car. Well, actually to reclaim the car.

You see, this wasn’t just any 1948 Jaguar Mk. IV saloon. The girls’ grandfather was Arthur Whittaker, deputy chairman of the British automaker, and this had been his car, which they were bringing home 67 years after he’d last driven it.

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Mercedes-Benz sets three vintage racer track dayshttps://news.classiccars.com/mercedes-benz-sets-three-vintage-racing-track-days/ https://news.classiccars.com/mercedes-benz-sets-three-vintage-racing-track-days/#comments Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:20:29 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99931 Read More

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After a successful debut in 2016, Mercedes-Benz will stage three track days this year in Germany for owners of classic Mercedes racing cars. The dates are March 30 at Hockenheim, August 3 at Zolder and September 19 at Oschersleben.

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Barn-found Rapier highlights Bonhams’ Harlech auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/barn-found-rapier-highlights-bonhams-harlech-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/barn-found-rapier-highlights-bonhams-harlech-auction/#comments Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:25:05 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99783 Read More

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Recently uncovered within the coach house of Glyn Cywarch, baronial home of the Britain’s Harlech family, a 1936 Lagonda Rapier 10hp Tourer will be the vehicle highlight of Bonhams’ auction of the property of Lord Harlech. The sale is scheduled for March 29 at Bonhams’ New Bond Street facility in London.

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Brabhams, Indy racer headline Australian collection auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/brabhams-indy-racer-headline-australian-collection-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/brabhams-indy-racer-headline-australian-collection-auction/#comments Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:20:52 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99840 Read More

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A collection of American open-wheel and Brabham-built racing cars are being sold March 18 by Lloyds Auctions, an Australia-based sales house. The vehicles come from Brian King’s “The Kings Garage” collection.

The Brabhams are a pair of BG21Bs, one powered by a rare Cosworth SCB four-cylinder engine that is believed to be one of only two or three still in existence. The car was built, owned and raced by Jack Brabham’s engine builder Bob Ilich. To propel the car, Ilich was able to obtain an experimental 1.5-liter SCB Cosworth engine.

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Pick of the Day: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE ‘Fintail’ rally carhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1960-mercedes-bezn-220se-fintail-rally-car/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1960-mercedes-bezn-220se-fintail-rally-car/#comments Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:05:50 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99752 Read More

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Whether you’re looking to do an event such as Arizona’s Copperstate 1000 rally or the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique, the Pick of the Day,  a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE “Fintail” sedan, might be just the vehicle you need.

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Ferrari begins 70th anniversary with re-enactment, videohttps://news.classiccars.com/ferrari-begins-70th-anniversary-re-enactment-video/ https://news.classiccars.com/ferrari-begins-70th-anniversary-re-enactment-video/#comments Tue, 14 Mar 2017 01:08:32 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99823 Read More

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On March 12, 1947, Enzo Ferrari drove the first car to bear his name, the 125 S, out of the gates of his modest factory and onto the streets of Maranello, Italy. Seventy years later, on Sunday, March 12, 2017, the Ferrari company recreated that event to kick off the official celebration of the automaker’s milestone anniversary.

Ferrari also released a video (see below) to commemorate the debut. The video begins with the 125 S, a 12-cylinder engine beneath and the Cavallino Rampante on its bonnet, leaving the old factory gates on Via Abetone Inferione, and symbolically passing the baton to the 70th anniversary edition of the LaFerrari Aperta.

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Pick of the Day: 1984 Ford Mustang GT convertiblehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1984-ford-mustang-gt-convertible/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1984-ford-mustang-gt-convertible/#comments Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:05:23 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99285 Read More

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Ask the experts about still-affordable cars that are moving at a pretty good clip toward becoming more expensive collectible cars, and a consistent response is Fox-bodied Mustangs.

Pick of the Day is just such a car, a 1984 Ford Mustang GT convertible, and it is still quite affordable, advertised on ClassicCars.com for $9,500 or best offer.

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Weathering the storm: Amelia auctions total $121.3 millionhttps://news.classiccars.com/weathering-storm-amelia-auctions-total-121-3-million/ https://news.classiccars.com/weathering-storm-amelia-auctions-total-121-3-million/#comments Sun, 12 Mar 2017 15:19:46 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99687 Read More

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Thunder banged and rain poured Sunday on Amelia Island, Florida. Good thing Bill Warner decided mid-week to move the concours d’elegance up to Saturday. But not necessarily a great thing for the collector car auctions taking place in and around that event. Not only was there confusion, but unexpected competition as the concours and accompanying cars and coffee car show competed for attention.

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Mullin museum explores the man, marque, mystique of Citroenhttps://news.classiccars.com/mullin-museum-examines-man-marque-mystique-citroen/ https://news.classiccars.com/mullin-museum-examines-man-marque-mystique-citroen/#comments Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:30:46 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99183 Read More

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Peter Mullin admitted that for 35 years, he collected the finest of French cars, starting with Delahayes and then Talbot Lagos, Delages, Hispano-Suizas, Voisins and, at last, the “king of French marques,” Bugattis.

“I walked by Citroens for 35 years without stopping to learn about the history of one of the great marques of France,” Mullin said at the press preview of the newest exhibition at the Mullin Automotive Museum — “Citroen: The Man, the Marque, The Mystique.”

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Smith collection does well, XKSS a no sale at Amelia auctionshttps://news.classiccars.com/smith-collection-well-xkss-no-sale-amelia-auctions/ https://news.classiccars.com/smith-collection-well-xkss-no-sale-amelia-auctions/#comments Sat, 11 Mar 2017 15:19:40 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99658 Read More

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RM Sotheby’s sale of 63 cars from the Orin Smith collection generated $31 million Friday on Amelia Island, where the auction house opened its two-day stand in conjunction with the re-scheduled Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

And RM Sotheby’s wasn’t alone Friday as Gooding & Company staged its one-day auction and Hollywood Wheels started its two-day auction on the island with a Porsche-only Friday docket. RM Sotheby’s concludes its sale today with Motostalgia also sending vehicles across its block.

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Bonhams does $10 million in sales as Amelia auction action startshttps://news.classiccars.com/bonhams-10-million-sales-amelia-auction-action-starts/ https://news.classiccars.com/bonhams-10-million-sales-amelia-auction-action-starts/#comments Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:29:43 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99588 Read More

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The collector car auction action on Amelia Island opened Thursday with Bonhams’ sale, where preliminary results reported by Hagerty show total sales of $10 million with an 83 percent sell-through rate. The collector car insurer and vehicle value tracker noted that while the sell-through rate improved by nearly 15 percent compared to the same sale a year ago, the dollar total was off by nearly 64 percent compared to $27.7 million in sales generated at Bonhams’ 2016 Amelia auction.

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Motorcycle rumble: It’s Harley vs. Indian at the Petersenhttps://news.classiccars.com/motorcycle-rumble-harley-vs-indian-petersen/ https://news.classiccars.com/motorcycle-rumble-harley-vs-indian-petersen/#comments Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:30:39 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99070 Read More

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It was “a nearly religious war waged in dealerships and race tracks,” noted Cycle World magazine editor Mark Hoyer. And now, “Harley vs. Indian” is being waged again, and not only at their respective dealerships and on race tracks across the country but in a new exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

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Rare Velocette, White Shadow featured at Bonhams bike auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/rare-velocette-white-shadow-featured-bonhams-bike-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/rare-velocette-white-shadow-featured-bonhams-bike-auction/#comments Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:25:26 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=99301 Read More

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The 1948 Velocette 348cc KTT MkVIII that carried Freddie Frith to the 1949 world motorcycle racing championship headlines a Bonhams’ Spring Stafford Sale auction, scheduled for April 23 at the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show in England.

Also featured at the auction are several barn-found bikes and still-crated 1990s superbikes, as well as what Bonhams terms “affordable classics for every taste and budget.”

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