Classic Car News » Larry Edsall https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:22:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.10 Normandy museum sale far exceeds pre-auction estimateshttps://news.classiccars.com/normandy-museum-sale-far-exceeds-pre-auction-estimates/ https://news.classiccars.com/normandy-museum-sale-far-exceeds-pre-auction-estimates/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:30:54 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86440 Read More

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More than 1,000 people attended Artcurial Motorcars D-Day Sale this month in Catz, Normandy, where all lots offered by the

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At age 75, a celebration for the 1941 Cadillachttps://news.classiccars.com/age-75-celebration-1941-cadillac/ https://news.classiccars.com/age-75-celebration-1941-cadillac/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:25:54 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86192 Read More

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Ever wonder what the most popular cars are for members of the Cadillac & LaSalle Club? According to the club’s Potomac Region chapter, the cars most-owned by members of the national club are 1941 and 1976 Cadillacs.

With that in mind, the Potomac Region’s annual fall car show will be a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the 1941 Cadillac.

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Senate bill would endorse National Historic Vehicle Registerhttps://news.classiccars.com/senate-bill-endorse-national-history-vehicle-register/ https://news.classiccars.com/senate-bill-endorse-national-history-vehicle-register/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:30:13 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86442 Read More

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The Historic Vehicle Register launched by the Historic Vehicle Association will become the National Historic Vehicle Register if legislation introduced by Michigan Sen. Gary Peters wins congressional approval. The bill would authorize the Dept. of Interior to establish a federal register of historic vehicles, basically giving federal approval to the HVA effort.

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Pick of the Day: 1969 Plymouth Fury III convertiblehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1969-plymouth-fury-iii-convertible/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1969-plymouth-fury-iii-convertible/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:05:44 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86208 Read More

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Plymouth’s full-size Fury was clothed with new, wider and longer sheet metal for the 1969 model year and, notes The Standard Catalog of American Cars, was available in — count ’em — 17 models and five series.

The series were Fury I, II and III, Sport Fury and VIP. Fury I was your basic full-size car, available as a 214.5-inch-long sedan or 219.1-inch station wagon. Fury II added brightwork trim as well as a coupe architecture and a station wagon with third-row seating.

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Eye Candy: 20th annual Ypsilanti Orphan Car Showhttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-20th-ypsilanti-automotive-heritage-museum-orphan-car-show/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-20th-ypsilanti-automotive-heritage-museum-orphan-car-show/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:30:49 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86067 Read More

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There are several things that make the annual Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti, Michigan, a special event.

There’s the fact that it’s in Ypsilanti, in Riverside Park and not far from Willow Run, where everything from World War II bombers to GM Hydramatic transmissions and from Kaisers and Frazers to Chevrolet Corvairs were assembled.

Ypsi is where Preston Tucker had his home. It also was home to what is believed to be the first Dodge dealership outside Detroit. The store became a Hudson franchise and when Hudson quit producing cars, it became a storehouse for Hudson parts and expertise and eventually evolved into the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum.

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Aspen/Snowmass results endorse new auction house’s missionhttps://news.classiccars.com/aspensnowmass-results-endorse-new-auction-houses-mission/ https://news.classiccars.com/aspensnowmass-results-endorse-new-auction-houses-mission/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:35:59 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86481 Read More

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One of Bradley Farrell’s missions in launching the immodestly named Finest Automobile Auctions company was to break some traditions. One of those traditions was “grinding,” putting pressure on consignors to lower their reserve prices when bids on their vehicles were falling short of those levels on the auction block.

Instead, Farrell would extend the bidding period, by as much as 72 hours after action on the block had ended. He believed that someone who would bid only to a certain level during the public auction would be willing to increase a bid when away from the heated auction environment.

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Hilton Head going Hollywood for festival, concourshttps://news.classiccars.com/hilton-head-going-hollywood-festival-concours/ https://news.classiccars.com/hilton-head-going-hollywood-festival-concours/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:30:57 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86160 Read More

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Each year, the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance reserves an area for a special exhibit under the theme of “Life.” For example, last year it was “Life in the Suburbs” featuring family vehicles from the 1950s and early ‘60s.

This year the theme is “Life on the Silver Screen” and will feature four-wheeled celebrities in an exhibit sponsored by the South Carolina Film Commission.

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Students will go from Gilmore museum garage to The Great Racehttps://news.classiccars.com/85966/ https://news.classiccars.com/85966/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:25:08 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85966 Read More

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Next summer, The Great Race for vintage vehicles will approximate one of the historic Dixie Highway routes as it runs from Jacksonville, Florida, to Traverse City, Michigan.

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Come for the cars, but stay for the arthttps://news.classiccars.com/come-cars-stay-art/ https://news.classiccars.com/come-cars-stay-art/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:30:58 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85924 Read More

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Back when I was a daily newspaper sports editor in Michigan, I’d be sure to assign myself to cover a couple of Notre Dame football games each season. No, I wasn’t a fan of the Fighting Irish football team — “no cheering in the press box” is the sportswriter’s creed — but I was a fan of the campus.

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Bonhams’ White sale generates nearly $4 million for charityhttps://news.classiccars.com/bonhams-white-sale-generates-nearly-4-million-charity/ https://news.classiccars.com/bonhams-white-sale-generates-nearly-4-million-charity/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:25:31 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86124 Read More

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Cars, motorcycles, watches, cameras and automobilia were among the several hundred items sold Monday at a single-owner collection auction in England, where the former possessions of Robert White generated nearly $4 million at a Bonhams auction for cancer-fighting charities on the south coast of England.

Robert White founded one of England’s largest photographic retailers and had become close friends with Jay Leno after selling the American entertainer and car collector a Brough Superior motorcycle. White died last year of cancer and instructed that his collection be sold to benefit the cancer centers at two British hospitals.

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Dragone readies for inaugural Boston Cup auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/dragone-readies-inaugural-boston-cup-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/dragone-readies-inaugural-boston-cup-auction/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:20:39 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86149 Read More

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The Dragone family has been selling classic cars at its dealership in Westport, Connecticut, for decades. It began when Peter Dragone returned from World War II and with his three brothers starting buying and selling used cars and restoring and selling classics.

A few years ago, the Dragones added auctions to their sales menu. Saturday, they stage their first auction away from home with the inaugural Boston Cup Auction, being held at the Revere Hotel the day before the annual Boston Cup concours on the Boston Common.

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Leake likes Detroit, but may change date for 2017 auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/leake-likes-detroit-may-consider-different-date-2017-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/leake-likes-detroit-may-consider-different-date-2017-auction/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:15:46 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86134 Read More

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‘This was our first year in Detroit and we do believe that Detroit will be a prosperous market for us,” Richard Sevenoaks, president of Lakes Auction Company, said in the aftermath of the family firm’s inaugural Motor City collector car auction.

However, the auction wasn’t very prosperous in its first year, with total sales of $1.5 million and a sub-50 percent sell-through rate.

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At auction today: One collector’s Cadillacs, and morehttps://news.classiccars.com/86015/ https://news.classiccars.com/86015/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:30:06 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86015 Read More

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The notice caught my eye: An estate auction of classic cars, including nine Cadillacs ranging from a 1938 60 Special sedan to a 1970 DeVille convertible, and two of them with V16 engines beneath their hoods. I needed to know more.

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Jim Collier’s collection is a Chevrolet showcasehttps://news.classiccars.com/85801/ https://news.classiccars.com/85801/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:35:39 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85801 Read More

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(Editor’s note: When someone mentions the Collier Collection, collector car enthusiasts automatically think of Miles Collier and the Revs Institute/Collier Collection in Naples, Florida. But the inaugural Atlanta Concours d’Elegance will showcase another Collier Collection, this one founded by a Georgia native son.)

‘My first car was given to me by an uncle. It was a ’36 Ford, and that’s the last Ford I’ve ever owned,” said James Collier, who was just turning 16 when his uncle gave him that car. Today, Collier is 79 and six cars from his collection will be featured October 8-9 at the inaugural Atlanta Concours d’Elegance at Chateau Elan.

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Hagerty’s health of the collector car market check falls againhttps://news.classiccars.com/hagertys-health-collector-car-market-falls/ https://news.classiccars.com/hagertys-health-collector-car-market-falls/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:25:08 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85917 Read More

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For the second month in a row, the Hagerty Market Rating, a complicated algorithm designed to take the pulse each month of the collector car marketplace, fell again in the mid-August to mid-September time period. Based on a 100-point scale, the September rating is 67.74.

Although the number dropped more than half a point from the 68.32 figure for August, it still is within the “expanding market” range, which means the market is neither flat nor overheated.

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Pick of the Day: 1961 Austin-Healey 3000https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1961-austin-healey-3000/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1961-austin-healey-3000/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:05:50 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85899 Read More

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Pick of the Day is a 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 that the seller has owned since grad school days back in 1973.

According to the advertisement on ClassicCars.com, the car originally was an Arizona car that the seller took to Southern California for seven years before moving to Maryland, where an outfit called Healey Surgeons handled the car’s maintenance from 1980 until 2009.

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Driven: 2015 Vintage Kart Co. Mini Racerhttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-2015-vintage-kart-co-mini-racer/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-2015-vintage-kart-co-mini-racer/#comments Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:30:41 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85607 Read More

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A cyclecar got its name from the fact that it was part motorcycle and part car. Like an early-era motorcycle, a cyclecar had a small, air-cooled engine and rode on skinny, cycle-style wheels and tires. Like an early-era motorcar, it had four wheels and the driver — and sometimes even a tandem-seated passenger — sat within bodywork and used a steering wheel and pedals to stop, to go and to turn.

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Eye Candy: Goodwood Revival 2016https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-goodwood-revival/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-goodwood-revival/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:25:49 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85637 Read More

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Each September, the clock turns back to a bygone era of the food, the fashion and fastest cars of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s for the Goodwood Revival in the south of England.

This year, the focus was “Life in 66,” the year the Goodwood Motor Circuit first was closed to motorsports competition, to real, non-vintage racing. It also was the year Jack Brabham won his third Formula 1 racing championship, as well as the year the British soccer team won the World Cup tournament.

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Eye Candy: Inaugural Leake Motor City auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-inaugural-leake-motor-city-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-inaugural-leake-motor-city-auction/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:30:51 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85475 Read More

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Jim Ledingham had never been to a collector car auction. But here he was, in the secured section of the garage at the Motor City casino hotel adjacent to the Lodge freeway in Detroit, where he had consigned his 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS to the Leake Auction Company’s inaugural collector car sale in the home of the automobile.

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Gordon Murray’s OX cart, Ford’s tequila shots, plus news ‘n’ noteshttps://news.classiccars.com/gordon-murrays-ox-cart-fords-tequila-shots-news-n-notes/ https://news.classiccars.com/gordon-murrays-ox-cart-fords-tequila-shots-news-n-notes/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:20:07 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85558 Read More

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Did you know that Gordon Murray has designed a truck, that Ford has a joint venture with tequila-maker Jose Cuervo or that a team at my alma mater may have found a way to recycle rubber? And that’s just for starters as we catch up on some news that we shouldn’t have overlooked…

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Docket set for inaugural Aspen/Snowmass collector car auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/docket-set-inaugural-aspensnowmass-collector-car-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/docket-set-inaugural-aspensnowmass-collector-car-auction/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:35:39 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85467 Read More

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Rocky Mountain peaks and golden-leafed aspens — it only seems fitting — will provide backdrop for the first classic car auction in Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado, and Bradley Farrell, founder of The Finest Automobile Auctions, thinks he’s assembled a sales docket that fits the local environment.

“For the demographic here, while it’s a very wealthy community and could afford multi-million-dollar cars, it’s not the right thing to do for your first auction here, for the first auction ever here,” Farrell said of the sale taking place Saturday.

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Mecum to auction 1,200-piece automobilia collectionhttps://news.classiccars.com/mecum-auction-1200-piece-automobilia-collection/ https://news.classiccars.com/mecum-auction-1200-piece-automobilia-collection/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:20:57 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85456 Read More

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Assembled over a 30-year period, one collector’s 1,200-piece Road Art trove will be offered for sale October 20-22 at Mecum Auctions’ new Badger Street Facility in Walworth, Wisconsin.

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Bookshelf: Airstream and its founder in a dual biographyhttps://news.classiccars.com/bookshelf-airstream-founder-dual-biography/ https://news.classiccars.com/bookshelf-airstream-founder-dual-biography/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:15:52 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85463 Read More

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His parents divorced, Wallace spent his boyhood summers with an aunt and uncle. When he was 12 years old, his uncle sent him and a flock of sheep up into a pasture in the mountains of Oregon. Wallace’s living quarters was a small, two-wheeled, canvas-topped wagon pulled by a donkey.

Wallace, who for a while took a stepfather’s last name, Davis, as his own, loved being outdoors, and camping. Fast forward a few years and Wallace is married but his wife deplores sleeping in a tent. So Wallace builds a camping trailer.

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From Iowa barn-find to Best of Show for Ferrari 500 Testa Rossahttps://news.classiccars.com/iowa-barn-find-best-show-ferrari-500-testa-rossa/ https://news.classiccars.com/iowa-barn-find-best-show-ferrari-500-testa-rossa/#comments Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:35:48 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=84936 Read More

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A 1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa, restored after being found in a barn in Iowa, was awarded Best of Show honors at the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elegance that was part of the recent Salon Privé at Blenheim Palace in England.

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Tuckers head home, at least to Preston Tucker’s homehttps://news.classiccars.com/tuckers-head-home-least-preston-tuckers-home/ https://news.classiccars.com/tuckers-head-home-least-preston-tuckers-home/#comments Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:30:34 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85312 Read More

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The Tuckers are going home.

Yes, we know, Preston Tucker built his cars in Chicago, but his home from 1939 was in Ypsilanti, Michigan, which is the site of the 41st annual Tucker Automobile Club of America convention September 16-18. On the 18th, Tucker will be the featured marque at the Orphan Car show in Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park.

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