If you stop and think about it, a lot has happened within the classic car world during the past dozen months. Continue reading
In August, organizers of the annual Silverstone Classic vintage racing weekend announced plans to feature the 50th anniversary of the Can-Am Challenge Cup Series at their 2016 event. Now, four months later comes word that the Silverstone Classic’s pair of Can-Am races will comprise the final round of a three-venue Can-Am 50 Interserie Challenge being organized by Masters Historic racing.
The earlier events will be held at two other historic British racing circuits, Brands Hatch and Donington Park Continue reading
How often are you going to find a classic car with concours credentials and an asking price of only $21,500?
But that’s the case with this 1939 Chrysler Royal Windsor Towne Coupe, which the private seller in St. Clair, Michigan, notes was invited to the Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance a few years ago as part of a “special interest” grouping of cars with art deco design. Continue reading
Where is the line between bravery and stupidity? Between pushing and pushing too far, let alone too fast? And just how close can you get to the limits of the laws of physics before simply dangerous becomes disastrous?
Those were among the thoughts that came to mind recently as I walked through the various galleries of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California. Continue reading
So, you want to drive a classic car but don’t want the bother with its care or maintenance, or the cost to purchase it in the first place or even to insure it.
Well, Mercedes-Benz may have what you’re looking for. The German automaker’s Daimler Business Innovation department has launched its first Legends Classic Car Club of Mercedes-Benz — sorry, it’s based at MB HQ in Sindelfingen, Germany — but the plan is to roll out other such classic car-sharing clubs at various international locations. Continue reading
Turbos, Targas and Speedsters. 300 SLs. Italian stallions. Even a “Batmobile.” All of them will be among the German and Italian sports cars offered at Bonhams’ fifth annual Scottsdale auction, scheduled for January 28, 2016, at the Westin-Kierland resort.
While noting that it is still accepting consignments for the one-day sale, Bonhams listed many of the European sports cars already on the docket. Continue reading
Cars designed and owned by French automaker Gabriel Voisin and Edsel Ford highlight the early consignments for RM Sotheby’s 18th annual auction at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The one-day sale featuring 100 vehicles is scheduled for March 12, 2016, at the Ritz-Carlton hotel on the island on Florida’s northeast coast. Continue reading
Steve McQueen’s Triumph “desert sled,” the only red Vincent White Shadow, a factory Harley-Davidson oval-track racer and Evel Knievel’s screen bike from Viva Knievel highlight the docket for Bonhams’ annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, scheduled for January 7 at Bally’s Hotel & Cassino. Continue reading
Gooding & Company has announced the consignment of four coachbuilt cars — a pair of Ferraris, an Alfa Romeo and a Bugatti Type 49 — for its January 29-30 auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The cars are a 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans by Touring, a 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale by Pininfarina, a 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe Speciale by Boano and a 1931 Bugatti Type 49 Grand Sport with coachwork by A.P. Compton & Co. Continue reading
Call them whatever you like – “modern collectibles” or the “emerging segment” or even “later-model performance cars” – the supercars built from the 1980s through the Ford GT of the early years of this century certainly had the pedal to the metal in terms of rising values in the classic car marketplace during 2015. Continue reading