After World War II, some car dealers distributed their limited inventory on a lottery basis. Our Pick of the Day is a 1947 Ford Super Deluxe that the seller’s uncle purchased when his number was drawn at Garnsey Wheeler Ford in Greeley, Colorado.
This summer, Hagerty introduced a new tool for those interesting in the classic car marketplace, launching the Hagerty Vehicle Rating, which the insurance and vehicle value-tracking company designed to show if specific vehicles are keeping pace with the market or are falling behind. Higher scores indicate a vehicle’s value is moving ahead of the market.
In the initial bimonthly report in July, “modern classics” were the strongest segment. But for September, “affordable luxury” has emerged, and Hagerty notes that most of the highest-scoring cars listed can be found for less than $20,000. Continue reading
Earlier this month at its auction in London, RM Sotheby’s announced an addition to its 2016 sales calendar, the offering of a large private collection to be held this fall in northern Italy. Wednesday, the auction house shared details of what it is calling the “Duemila Ruote,” the sale of 2,000 Wheels, which it says is the largest automotive-themed private collection sale ever in Europe.
The sale will include more than 430 cars, 150 motorcycles, 60 boats, and hundreds of bicycles and items of automobilia — all offered without reserve. The sale, which also will include several bobsleds, will be held the weekend of November 25 in Milan in conjunction with the Milano AutoClassica — the Classic & Sports Car Show. Continue reading
Janis Joplin’s 1964 Porsche 356, Nicholas Cage’s 1967 Ferrari 275/GTB 4, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz “gullwing” 300SL and a 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 are among some two dozen vehicles to be showcased in “The Golden Age of Sports Cars, 1949-1967,” a special exhibit at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan.
The exhibit opens October 1 and runs until April 2017. Continue reading
More than 1,000 people attended Artcurial Motorcars D-Day Sale this month in Catz, Normandy, where all lots offered by the Normandy Tank Museum Collection sold for a total of $4,160,436, a figure that more than doubled the highest pre-auction estimate. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading