With glossy piano-black interior trim, contrast-stitched seats and an ivory suede-like band sewn along the lower edge of the dashboard on the passenger side, you might think for a moment that you’re inside a luxury vehicle, not a very-compact hatchback you can drive out the dealer’s door for less than $20,000. Continue reading
With Chevrolet and Pontiac dominating the stock car racing tracks and with Chrysler about to equip a youngster named Richard Petty with a Hemi-powered Plymouth, Ford and Mercury needed a way to become more competitive in the “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” circuit.
During the 1963 model year, Ford stretched a fastback roofline over its full-size Galaxie and Mercury’s Monterey coupes. The Ford was sold as the Galaxie 500 Sports Hardtop and the Mercury as the Marauder. Continue reading
Leake Auction Company is staging an experiment Sunday at its sale in Dallas Market Hall. In addition to its usual fare, it will offer some 125 cars at no reserve. No debating on the block with a car owner regarding the minimum sales price. Instead, the car simply sells to the highest bidder. Continue reading
If you’ve watched Discovery Channel’s Fast N’ Loud television show, you might be surprised to hear Richard Rawlings, owner of the Gas Monkey Garage that is featured in the program, say that one of his goals in the car world was to go to Pebble Beach, but not as a spectator. Continue reading
I arrived after the bidding already had begun Friday at Leake Auction Company’s Dallas sale, though I arrived in time for the highlight of the day — the sale of Gas Monkey-fame Richard Rawlings’ 1929 Packard, fresh from its appearance just a few months ago at Pebble Beach.
I also arrived in time to wander through the collection of cars that will be crossing the block Saturday. Actually, make that crossing the blocks because Tulsa-based Leake employs two bidding turntables at its sales so the sale finishes each day by dinner time (or in the case of today’s sale, in time for the 7 p.m. kickoff of the Oklahoma vs. TCU football game; both teams are 9-1 and bidding to make the final four in the college football playoffs). Continue reading
Classic Grand Touring, a British company that specializes on driving tours to classic motoring events, has announced its 2016 schedule, which focuses on some of Europe’s most important vintage racing events.
The company is led by Thomas Brimblecombe, whose father, Nick, launched the Grand Touring Club and was considered a pioneer in the field of organizing classic car driving tours.
“We have planned a series of tours to sensational new locations and events as well as the old favorites,” Thomas Brimblecombe said in a news release.
As has become tradition, tours will be offered to the Monaco Historic and Le Mans Classic races as well to Retromobile, the Grand Prix de Pau Historique, the Mille Miglia and the Circuit des Remparts at Angoulême.
New tours will head to the Vernasca Silver Flag in Italy and the Chantilly Arts et Elegance Concours in France.
Participants can drive their own classic vehicles on the tours, or Classic Grand Touring can arrange classic vehicle rentals.
For more information, visit the company’s website.
For the first time in sixth months, the Hagerty Market Rating of the health of the classic car marketplace is up for November. The new figure is 71.04 compared with 70.78 for October. Continue reading
Just days before their inaugural collector car sale, set for Thursday in New York, Keno Brothers Fine Automobile Auctions has announced a multi-year agreement to stage another classic car auction as part of The Elegance at Hershey concours d’elegance, beginning in 2016. Continue reading
The Heritage Motor Centre, home in Gaydon, England, to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, is changing its name to better reflect its mission. The new name is the British Motor Museum.
The centre/museum houses the world’s largest collection of historic British cars and will be closed from November 30 until February 16, 2016, when a new $6.9 million Collections Centre opens and the current facility undergoes a $1.7 million refurbishment of displays. Continue reading