Classic Car News » Larry Edsall https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:20:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.7 Eye Candy: Motoring Thru Time 2016https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-motoring-thru-time-2016/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-motoring-thru-time-2016/#comments Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:20:24 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66955 Read More

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Arizona was still a territory, and some years away from becoming a state, when the Rosson House was built in Phoenix in 1895. At the time, Phoenix had a population of a few thousand, not the few million who live there today, and it would be about a year after the Rosson House’s completion that the first palm tree would be planted in what today is the palm-frocked Valley of the Sun.

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Bentley’s first Le Mans racer on display at London showhttps://news.classiccars.com/bentleys-first-le-mans-racer-display-london-show/ https://news.classiccars.com/bentleys-first-le-mans-racer-display-london-show/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:05:04 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=67015 Read More

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The first Bentley to race at Le Mans will be displayed at the London Classic Car show February 18-21 before returning to the French racing circuit this summer to take part in the Le Mans Classic race competition.

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Driven: 2016 Toyota 4Runnerhttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-2016-toyota-4runner/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-2016-toyota-4runner/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:00:46 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66848 Read More

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So many automakers have moved their sport utility vehicles to unibody “crossover” architecture that I’d almost forgotten what it was like to drive a real body-on-frame model. Fortunately, Toyota still makes such a vehicle, what it calls a “full-capability SUV,” the 4Runner.

Toyota has been producing the 4Runner for more than 30 years. Still at true SUV, the 4Runner rides on a truck-style frame and offers a 4×4 powertrain for true go-anywhere capability along with the capability of towing 5,000 pounds, whether it’s a boat or camper or ATV or motorcycle trailer.

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Historic E-type racer goes at show, then to auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/historic-e-type-racer-goes-show-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/historic-e-type-racer-goes-show-auction/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:10:09 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66751 Read More

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A 1961 Jaguar E-type 3.8 Competition Roadster, one of the first E-types prepped for racing, will be on display February 18-21 at the London Classic Car show before being offered for sale at the H&H Classics Duxford auction in April.

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Houston, Nashville art museums to feature ‘Gross’ carshttps://news.classiccars.com/houston-nashville-art-museums-feature-gross-cars/ https://news.classiccars.com/houston-nashville-art-museums-feature-gross-cars/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:35:11 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66722 Read More

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Ken Gross is at it again, and this time it will be art museums and their patrons in Houston and Nashville that will benefit from Gross’ curatorial talent.

From February 21 through May 30, the exhibition “Sculpted in Steele: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929-1940” will be featured at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and from May 27 through October 9, “Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945 to 1975” will be at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Six Nations Shootout featured at London Classic Car showhttps://news.classiccars.com/six-nations-shootout-featured-london-classic-car-show/ https://news.classiccars.com/six-nations-shootout-featured-london-classic-car-show/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:10:43 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66757 Read More

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It’s called the Six Nations Shootout, a contest to be staged at the London Classic Car Show which takes place February 18-21. The idea is to allow show visitors to see 10 classic vehicles from each country and then vote on which country has produced the best cars.

The countries are Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. The cars will be parked along the show’s centerpiece Grand Avenue.

“The Six Nations on The Grand Avenue started as a bit of fun, but as we have been curating each nation’s representatives it has developed more of a serious edge,” show director Bas Bungish said in a news release.

“Each country has some serious metal ready to uphold their national pride so it’s really hard to decide which one might come out on top by the time the show closes. Ultimately the decision lies with the visitors to the show.”

Britain will be represented by cars from the likes of AC, Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar, Jensen and Lotus, including a 1925 Bentley 3-liter in British Racing Green, an E-type, a Jensen FF, AC Ace, Lotus Esprit and Aston Martin Lagonda.

The French display will include vehicles such as the Renault 5 Turbo and Peugeot 205 T16.

The Lamborghini Miura supposedly destroyed in the opening scene of the 1969 movie The Italian Job (it was a stunt double that actually was wrecked by a mafia-controlled bulldozer) will be part of the Italian entry to include cars from Ferrari, Fiat, Lancia and Maserati, among them the Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopio, a Fiat Dino, a Ferrari 250 Lusso and the only non-red Ferrari F40.

German cars are to include an original Audi quattro, a Porsche 356 Speedster and several BMWs, including a CSL “Batmobile,” an original 328 and an Mi.

Representing Japan will be a Datsun 240Z, a 1972 Skyline GT-R, a Toyota 2000GT and a Toyota Sports 800, and the Prodrive Subaru Impreza rally car, among others.

American cars will include an original Ford Thunderbird, a Cadillac Series 62 coupe, and others yet to be announced.

The show will be held in the ExCeL center in London’s Docklands.

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Artcurial sets records at its Retromobile auctionshttps://news.classiccars.com/artcurial-sets-records-retromobile-auctions/ https://news.classiccars.com/artcurial-sets-records-retromobile-auctions/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:35:38 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=67002 Read More

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Artcurial Motorcars has posted $62.6 million in sales (56.1 million euros for its two-day collector car auction as part of Retromobile in Paris. The overall sales figure is a 21 percent improvement over the company’s 2015 sale in its hometown, a sale that made headlines last year by including the sensational barn-found Baillon Collection.

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Pick of the Day: 1955 Land Rover Series Ihttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1955-land-rover-series/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1955-land-rover-series/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:00:41 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66783 Read More

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John “Hannibal” Smith of The A-Team loved it “when a plan comes together,” which meant that something turned out correctly despite a series of mistakes and setbacks. Here at Classic Car News, we love it when people selling their vehicle provide wonderfully detailed descriptions of their cars or trucks. Case in point: the Pick of the Day, a 1955 Land Rover Series I.

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Students learn to shift for themselves in concours carshttps://news.classiccars.com/66426/ https://news.classiccars.com/66426/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:25:35 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66426 Read More

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Imagine learning how to manipulate a manual transmission in a car worth a million dollars?

But that’s what happened the morning before the third annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance when several concours participants shared their vehicles with students at the Hagerty Driving Experience.

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2016 Arizona auction sales total tops $256 millionhttps://news.classiccars.com/66937/ https://news.classiccars.com/66937/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:20:17 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66937 Read More

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Now that they’ve had time to check their figures and to add in post-block sales, the six collector car auction houses doing business last month in Arizona report total combined sales of more than $256 million.

While that figure is less than the nearly $293 million in sales last year, a number that was boosted by the sale at Barrett-Jackson of the huge Ron Pratte Collection, the $256 million total exceeds the strong 2014 auction sales results of more than $248 million.

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Eye Candy: Larry’s wild ride through Arizona Auction Weekhttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-larrys-wild-ride-arizona-auction-week/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-larrys-wild-ride-arizona-auction-week/#comments Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:20:09 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66300 Read More

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Those of you of a certain age might remember TW3, aka That Was The Week That Was, which I remember as a delightfully satirical if short-lived television program in the mid-1960s. If you ask me (which you didn’t), TW3 was the forerunner for Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In Looks at the News segment, for Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update (SNL creator Lorne Michaels was on the Laugh-In writing staff) and for the entire Daily Show franchise.

I bring this up because it’s time to look back on TW3, in this case on That Was The Week That Was — Arizona Auction edition. And I do mean look back, because this is an Eye Candy gallery auction week through my eyes — well, though the lens of my camera — though there are a couple of exceptions.

I’m not including a photo of the Phoenix Automotive Press Association’s annual Arizona Auction Week preview panel the day before the Arizona Concours d’Elegance because I was the moderator who got to ask questions of Don Williams, Dave Kinney, John Carlson and Diane Fitzgerald.

Nor did I photograph any of the classes I’m teaching this semester at Arizona State University’s journalism school (for some reason the deans aren’t willing to cancel my classes just because the auctions are in town). I also left my camera in the car during the Classic Car News staff dinner or our breakfast with classic car dealers from around the country, the reception hosted another night by the committees that organize the concours and the annual Going to the Sun Rally, and during the annual Le May museum reception that for many of us concludes the week.

But if you’re interested in looking back over my shoulder, below are images from TW3, AAW edition:

Mini was a newcomer to automaker alley at Barrett-Jackson On the block at Barrett-Jackson After long days walking auction aisles, I really envied these guys at Barrett-Jackson Amazing private collection debuted its new 100-car garage ClassicCars.com staged its inaugural Future Classic Car Show. I felt as if I finally was invited to the Cool Kids Car Show. Best in class ribbon Even before auction week began, we were given a sneak peak as cars began arriving at Barrett-Jackson An array of open hoods at Silver Auctions Former Ford design chief J Mays shows a car he designed when he was 9 years old (note that it has a bedroom) At Russo and Steele Previewed in Arizona: Three of the 18 Porsches comedian Jerry Seinfeld will be selling at Gooding & Company's Amelia Island sale Gorgeous detail on this 1958 Pontiac Bonneville coupe at RM Sotheby's Bonhams featured Porsches at its Arizona auction Classic and exotic cars lined up at Stephanie Bourassa's graveside service Open house at Brighton Motorsports to celebrate adding a Lotus dealership to its portfolio Annual Kelley Blue Book media luncheon this year was at Kevin Marti's 1960s Ford dealership museum You could buy a car or a Steinway piano at Barrett-Jackson I counted 80 Barrett-Jackson shirt styles for sale Annual Hagerty party at the Penske Motorsports Museum Just another Barrett-Jackson vendor booth The Arizona Concours d'Elegance as seen form the Arizona Biltmore roof Loved the banners behind the cars at RM Sotheby's Chalkboard paint and stop-sign repurposed as a front splitter Russo and Steele's Drew Alcazar in his Superman pose

Photos by Larry Edsall

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Bardinon Ferrari sets auction record* at Artcurial’s Paris salehttps://news.classiccars.com/bardinon-ferrari-sets-auction-record-artcurials-paris-sale/ https://news.classiccars.com/bardinon-ferrari-sets-auction-record-artcurials-paris-sale/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:36:54 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66866 Read More

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Leading up its annual sale at Retromobile, Artcurial had talked about a pre-auction estimated value of $30 million to $34 million for the 1957 Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti from the Pierre Bardinon Collection. The car crossed the block Friday in Paris and sold for $35.7 million (with buyer’s premium), which Artcurial said is the most ever paid for a collector car at auction (based on its price in euros).

* The price in euros was 32.1 million. Artcurial said the price also is a record when converted into British pounds (24.7 million). It is not a record in U.S. dollars, in part because of the recent strength of the dollar compared to other currencies.

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Ferraris dominate top 10 at Bonhams sale in Parishttps://news.classiccars.com/ferraris-dominate-top-10-bonhams-sale-paris/ https://news.classiccars.com/ferraris-dominate-top-10-bonhams-sale-paris/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:00:44 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66873 Read More

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First, RM Sotheby’s posted nearly $21 million in sales at its Paris auction during Retromobile week. Now comes word that Thursday, the day after RM Sotheby’s event, Bonhams’ Grand Palais sale did more than $16 million at its auction in Paris. Today and Saturday, it’s Paris-based Artcurial’s turn on the block, and with a 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider that carries a $30 million pre-sale estimated value.

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Driven: 2016 Nissan Titan XDhttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-2016-nissan-titan-xd/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-2016-nissan-titan-xd/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:10:47 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66504 Read More

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Rolls-Royce is subject of feature film with Oscar heritagehttps://news.classiccars.com/rolls-royce-subject-feature-film-oscar-heritage/ https://news.classiccars.com/rolls-royce-subject-feature-film-oscar-heritage/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 09:00:42 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66408 Read More

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The director of Senna and Amy has signed on to guide the production of Silver Ghost, a feature-film drama that promises to tell the story of how the “odd-couple” partnership of Charles Rolls and Henry Royce produced one of the world’s best-known and most-luxurious brands.

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Coys readies London’s first big vintage motorcycle auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/coys-readies-londons-first-big-vintage-motorcycle-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/coys-readies-londons-first-big-vintage-motorcycle-auction/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:05:31 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66397 Read More

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The London Motorcycle Show will include what Coys says will be the city’s first international motorcycle auction. Further, Coys announced that it plans to stage the sale on an annual basis.

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Retromobile has classics to see and also to buyhttps://news.classiccars.com/retromobile-classics-see-also-buy/ https://news.classiccars.com/retromobile-classics-see-also-buy/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:30:01 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66441 Read More

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It was the year of the American Bicentennial, the year of Niki Lauda’s horrific, fiery crash at the Nurburgring, the year a group of Irish teenagers formed a band they called U2, and the year another group of friends on the West Coast of the United States formed a computer company they called Apple. It also was the year the first Salon Retromobile was staged in Paris.

The 41st Retromobile starts Wednesday and runs through Sunday and among its features will be a special display of 1976-model-year vehicles, including the Volkswagen GTI, the Renault 14 (nicknamed the “pear” because of its styling), the W123 Mercedes-Benz sedan, the 6 Series BMW, and other “youngtimers,” as the European classic car enthusiasts might describe them.

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Ground-effects F1 cars to be featured at Goodwoodhttps://news.classiccars.com/ground-effects-f1-cars-featured-goodwood/ https://news.classiccars.com/ground-effects-f1-cars-featured-goodwood/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:10:59 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66350 Read More

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In the late 1970s and early ‘80s, ground-effects aerodynamics provided a major change in the cars raced in Formula One. Those cars will be featured March 19-20 at the 74th Goodwood Members’ Meeting in England.

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McKeel Hagerty talks ‘Mona Lisa cars’ and ‘mustache muscle’https://news.classiccars.com/mckeel-hagerty-talks-mona-lisa-cars-mustache-muscle/ https://news.classiccars.com/mckeel-hagerty-talks-mona-lisa-cars-mustache-muscle/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:35:02 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66368 Read More

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The collector car equivalent of Chicken Little is wrong. The sky isn’t falling. We haven’t rolled back the clock to the era of the gold-chain speculators. A bubble hasn’t burst. It is not time to panic.

Says who? Says McKeel Hagerty, that’s who, and as the largest insurer of classic and collector vehicles, Hagerty monitors the pulse of the hobby as closely as anyone.

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Preliminary Arizona auction figures show slowing markethttps://news.classiccars.com/preliminary-arizona-auction-figures-show-slowing-market/ https://news.classiccars.com/preliminary-arizona-auction-figures-show-slowing-market/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:30:25 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66382 Read More

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Preliminary figures from the six classic car auctions held last week in Arizona show total sales of $250.6 million, according to Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle value-tracking company that monitors each of the auction venues.

The same auctions did $292.5 million last year, but that figure included sales of the big Ron Pratte Collection of cars and automobilia which added a full day of sales to the Barrett-Jackson schedule.

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Corvette museum’s new Skydome experience opens February 12https://news.classiccars.com/corvette-museums-new-skydome-entrance-experience-opens-february-12/ https://news.classiccars.com/corvette-museums-new-skydome-entrance-experience-opens-february-12/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:20:38 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66356 Read More

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February 12 is the two-year anniversary of the sinkhole collapse beneath the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum, and is the day the museum will open its newest exhibit, Corvette Cave In! The Skydome Sinkhole Experience.

The “experience” is the new entryway to the Skydome and not only details what happened early that morning two years ago, but of western Kentucky’s sinkhole-prone karst landscape, the recovery of the eight vehicles the sinkhole swallowed and of the repairs that allowed the facility to be reopened.

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Pick of the Day: 1937 Plymouth P4https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1937-plymouth-p4/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1937-plymouth-p4/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:10:18 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66281 Read More

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According to the Standard Catalog of American Cars, Plymouth’s Deluxe model for 1937, the P4, was longer and “fattened” when compared with the styling of the previous P2. It was built with a new stamped-steel roof, new “Safety Styling” interior — knobs moved from on the dash to beneath it and padding on the back of the front seats to better protect those sitting in the back seat — and was equipped with a new hypoid-gear differential and “airplane-type” shock absorbers.

The catalog notes that Plymouth produced so many P4s — more than half a million — that it set a production record that stood until 1951.

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Afternoon at the improv: An entertaining way to move the metalhttps://news.classiccars.com/afternoon-improv-entertaining-way-move-metal/ https://news.classiccars.com/afternoon-improv-entertaining-way-move-metal/#comments Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:20:06 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66243 Read More

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I’m exhausted, and not just because Arizona Auction Week involves as many as 10 consecutive days that start well before the sun comes up and don’t end until the time when Cinderella’s Porsche turns into a pumpkin.

No, the reason I’m exhausted right now is that I spent much of Saturday afternoon watching Drew Alcazar perform in Russo and Steele’s auction-in the-round format.

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Top end flat, but more modern middle of the market posting strong numbers at Arizona auctionshttps://news.classiccars.com/top-end-flat-modern-middle-market-posting-strong-numbers-arizona-auctions/ https://news.classiccars.com/top-end-flat-modern-middle-market-posting-strong-numbers-arizona-auctions/#comments Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:15:03 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66273 Read More

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While the dramatic growth at the top end of the classic and collector car market has slowed, there’s still plenty of money to be made in the middle of the hobby. Hagerty, the classic car insurance and price-tracking company, monitors all the Arizona Auction Week sales and notes that prices are soaring for such cars such as the fourth-generation Chevrolet Corvette, Mercedes-Benz SL500 and Bandit-era Pontiac Trans Ams.

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Record falls, but Arizona still without an 8-figure salehttps://news.classiccars.com/record-falls-arizona-still-without-8-figure-sale/ https://news.classiccars.com/record-falls-arizona-still-without-8-figure-sale/#comments Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:35:59 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66203 Read More

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Arizona still hasn’t had a collector car sell for eight figures at any of its classic car auctions, events which have been taking place since the early 1970s. But while the $9.9 million price paid Friday night at RM Sotheby’s for a pre-war Mercedes-Benz fell just shy of cracking the great eight barrier, it did represent a record price paid for any vehicle at any Arizona auction.

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