Not only is the 1972 Lotus Elan Plux 2S on the docket for the Historics at Brooklands auction June 11 in England the car originally delivered to Formula 1 racer Ronnie Peterson, but it was the first 130/5 to leave the Hethel production line with a five-speed manual gearbox, the auction company reports in a news release.
One day a year, Vauxhall, the British brand of General Motors, opens its Heritage Centre collection for public viewing. This year that day is June 12, when two anniversaries will be celebrated — 50 years since the first Viva HB drove off the Ellesmere Port’s production line and 30 years since the last Bedford commercial vehicle was manufactured. Continue reading
After a decade with RM Sotheby’s, much of it as the company’s auctioneer, Max Girardo is leaving to establish his own classic car brokerage, Girado & Co. In addition to being a car specialist and auctioneer, Girardo had been managing director of RM Sotheby’s European operations. The company’s Monaco sale is scheduled for Saturday during Monte Carlo’s historic grand prix racing weekend. Continue reading
After 55 years, the only South African Formula One racing car finally will compete in Monte Carlo after its acceptance for the Historic Monaco Grand Prix races this weekend. Continue reading
Auctions America’s Auburn Spring auction posted $7.2 million in sales last weekend, a 40 percent boost compared with the same sale a year ago.
“The weather was certainly on our side for the Auburn Spring weekend, bringing record crowds and high energy across all three days of the event,” Megan Boyd, an Auctions America car specialist, said in a news release after the sale. Continue reading
The 1967 Ford Mustang continued to reign as the most searched-for vehicle on ClassicCars.com in April, though the state of the current collector car market showed in the fact that the number of searches for that and for other leading cars dropped off from previous months’ levels.
Being offered for sale after 50 years of single-family ownership, this 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible comes with what the seller reports to be “unrivaled documentation.”
According to the ad on ClassicCars.com, that documentation includes the original sales order, bill of sale and winter sticker, as well as the owner’s manual, data plate, original keys and knockouts, original 1966 New Hampshire license plates, and “all receipts.” Continue reading
As you might expect, there is a chart in the materials Hyundai prepared for the news media regarding its 2017 Elantra model that compares the car to its likely competitors — the Ford Focus, Mazda3, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.
But right below that chart is another that compares the redesigned 2017 Hyundai Elantra to the Cadillac CTS (and you read that correctly, CTS, not ATS), Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Acura ILX. Continue reading
Britain’s Historic Sports Car Club celebrates its 50th anniversary with a 50-car parade July 31, the final day of the Silverstone Classic vintage racing weekend. To demonstrate the breadth of the club’s offerings, plans call for at least three cars in the parade to represent each of the HSCC’s 16 championships and series.
Thus the parade will include single-seater formula cars, sports and GTs, touring cars and even entry-level vehicles from the historic and ’70s road sports and classic clubman groups. Continue reading
We are not the first to report that the good news is that the bad news is wrong. In this case, the bad news is that lots of aging collector car owners are fretting over the future of their vehicles. The lament is that the next generations aren’t interested in cars at all, let alone in the preservation or restoration or even the celebration of old ones.
But the good news is that there is growing evidence that young folks do care about cars, and that there are people working hard right now to spread that interest and to be sure that a large enough group of those young car enthusiasts will be equipped to preserve and restore cars for generations to come. Continue reading