John Gately has been restoring Cadillacs since 1956 and in 1968 started the Gately Restoration Co. in Boston. Since then, according to the company’s website, “Gately Cadillac Restoration has traveled the country in our 10 wheeler many times to bring you some of the rarest Cadillac parts. Rust free Cadillac parts from California, to Arizona to Florida and back to Massachusetts.”
The first St. Moritz Automobile Week was organized in 1929 as a way to attract tourists to the winter resort during the summer season. Highlights included the Bernina Mountain Race, a hillclimb for Grand Prix racers, and the “Kilomtre Ianc,” an acceleration race over a one-kilometer stretch of road specially paved by Shell, the oil company.
On October 2-4, the Bernina Granturismo hillclimb will celebrate such events with classic cars challenging the Bernina Pass in the Swiss Alps. Continue reading
Aston Martins did very well at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction last weekend. So did Scarab racing team vehicles, a car with rock ’n’ roll history, and even a couple of re-creation cars. On the other hand, only half of new Top Gear host Chris Evans’ 12-car consignment went to new owners.
Despite sales figures at high-dollar auctions last month on California’s Monterey Peninsula, the Hagerty Market Rating of the collector car marketplace is down for the fourth month in a row. The August index number is 71.11, which Hagerty reports as an indication that the market continues to expand and thus is in a healthy place, neither flat nor superheated. Continue reading
In 2003, Peter Mullin acquired one of the three Type 64 chassis created by Ettore Bugatti’s son, Jean, who died at age 30 before he could complete bodywork for the last of those Type 64 chassis. Mullin, the consummate car collector, made it a mission to complete what Jean Bugatti had begun. So he commissioned Stewart Reed, long-time head of vehicle design at the Art Center College in Pasadena, California, to render drawings of a car befitting Jean Bugatti’s spirit.
Mullin then turned to Mike Kleeves to bring Reed’s drawings to life in a three-dimensional work of automotive art.
Kleeves and his team of three other metal crafters and two painters work out of shop in the small community of Kimball, near the eastern knuckle of the “Thumb” section of Michigan’s mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula. Earlier this year at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Kleeves received the inaugural Phil Hill Trophy for his research and restoration of a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GTZ owned by the Helena Collection of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Continue reading
Although Janis Joplin sang “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends,” the truth is that the star of the psychedelic era of American music did, indeed, drive a Porsche. Her unique 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 cabriolet has been consigned for sale to RM Sotheby’s upcoming New York auction.
In addition to announcing the inclusion of Joplin’s car, RM Sotheby’s announced a new name and new date for the auction. Earlier advertised with a different name and a November 28 date, the sale has been titled “Driven by Disruption” and will be staged December 10 in Sotheby’s New York showroom. Continue reading
Before Labor Day weekend gets too far behind us, we wanted to take one more look back at some of the details our Canon camera captured as we wandered through the Worldwide Auctioneers and Auctions America sales being held that weekend in Auburn, Indiana. Continue reading
It’s not only automobiles that will be offered at Bonhams’ “Preserving the Automobile” auction October 5 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Several historic railway locomotives that have spent the past 80 years at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago also will be part of the auction.
With the world in turmoil, you might think this would be a great time to reset the clock to the Happy Days of Leave It to Beaver. And you can at the 14th annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, where the annual “Life” exhibit will focus on suburban living in the middle of the 20th Century and the vehicles that were part of the lifestyle. Continue reading
No, that’s not a misprint. Plymouth also produced a Suburban model for many years, starting in 1949 when it introduced the first all-steel-bodied station wagon to the American automotive marketplace, a two-door model with seating for six.
The second-row seat folded down to provide a 42-inch-long flat floor for cargo. (The Suburban also was reportedly the first American car with a simple turn-the-key ignition/starter combination.)