‘Baby you can drive my car’ — John Lennon’s 230SL headed to Worldwide Scottsdale sale

John Lennon specified the order for this 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL | Worldwide Auctioneers photos
John Lennon specified the order for this 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL | Worldwide Auctioneers photos

John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL will be featured in the docket for Worldwide Auctioneers’ inaugural Scottsdale sale, scheduled for January 18, 2017.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of this historic motorcar to our Scottsdale lineup, once the personal property of one of the most influential and celebrated music icons on the planet,” John Kruse of Worldwide said in a news release. Continue reading

Arizona Concours seminar to focus on famed women in racing

Anne Rose Itier at the wheel of a 1927 Bugatti Type 37A | archive photo
Anne Rose Itier at the wheel of a 1927 Bugatti Type 37A | archive photo

The history of motorsports usually revolves around men who became heroes behind the wheel. But this year’s Arizona Concours d’Elegance features a panel discussion that looks into the exciting lives of women who raced professionally since the 1920s, and made their marks in a man’s world.

“Legends: Pioneer Women in Racing” is one of three panel discussions that take place Saturday, January 14, on the eve of the Arizona Concours on Sunday. Both the discussions and the fourth annual Arizona Concours will be at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, once again leading off the Scottsdale/Phoenix area’s famed Classic Car Week of auctions, parties and events. Continue reading

Confiscated cars sell at Chateau Impney auction

Bidders take a look during the H&H Classics auction preview | H&H Classics photos
Bidders take a look during the H&H Classics auction preview | H&H Classics photos

Admitting that the docket offered something of a “pre-Christmas garage sale,” H&H Classics wrapped up its 2016 auction calendar this week, selling some 90 collector cars and more than 300 items of automobilia for £2,000,000, slightly more than $2.5 million at the current exchange rate.

The sale, held at Chateau Impney in the British Midlands, featured a group of low-mileage luxury and sports cars seized by the British government from a Middle Eastern sheikh in what H&H termed “a financial dispute.” Continue reading

Registration opens for 13th Going to the Sun rally

Going to the Sun vintage rally includes spectacular mountain scenery | rally photos
Going to the Sun vintage rally includes spectacular mountain scenery | rally photos

‘The Soul of the West’ is the theme for the 13th annual Going to the Sun vintage rally, scheduled for September 4-9, 2017. The route will “travel the West of legend and lore, of heroes and villains,” the organizers promise as they announce the opening of registration for the event. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Studebaker Commander Wagonaire

The Studebaker Commander Wagonaire looks to be in good condition
The Studebaker Commander Wagonaire looks to be in good condition

Interest has been growing in vintage station wagons as fun collector cars, mainly focused on the Detroit behemoths of the 1950s through the ’70s, although smaller, quirkier wagons have their fans, too.

Take, for instance, the Pick of the Day, a 1965 Studebaker Commander Wagonaire, which might seem small compared with the domestic wagons of the period. But typical for Studebaker, the Wagonaire offered more for less. Continue reading

Party time! Arizona gets its own jet center event for auction week

The JetLinx hangar has seen its share of upscale parties | Jet Center Events
The JetLinx hangar has seen its share of upscale parties | Jet Center Events

For a quarter century, the Gordon McCall Motorsports Revival at the Monterey Jet Center has been the major high-society hoedown of the California peninsula’s famous weeklong late-summer celebration of collector cars.

Starting in January, Arizona Classic Car Week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area will have its own exclusive jet-center party, the Arizona Jet Center Event, to be held Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at the Jet Hangar of JetLinx Aviation at the Scottsdale Airport. Continue reading

NASCAR racers rally to support Evernham’s ‘Americarna Live’ show

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Ron Malec’s 1967 Ford Mustang | AmeriCarna Live photos

More than 5,000 car enthusiasts attended the fourth annual “AmeriCarna Live” car show, organized again to raise funds for Ignite, a community center for young adults with high functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome founded by the show’s host, former NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham, who also is the star of the Velocity channels AmeriCarna. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1957 Continental MKII custom

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1957 Continental MKII

From mild to wild, custom cars are the ultimate expression of individuality that invite onlookers to escape mass-production normality to experience the car as a piece of automotive industrial art.

According to the listing on ClassicCars.com, the uniqueness of the Pick of the Day, a 1957 Continental MKII custom, earned the car a spot on the cover of Rod and Custom magazine. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid TRG

Full tank and full charge, 2017 Accord Hybrid offers more than 600 miles of range | American Honda photos
Full tank and full charge, 2017 Accord Hybrid offers more than 600 miles of range | American Honda photos

My first impression as I pressed the “start” button and adjusted the driver’s seat position and the steering wheel reach and angle in the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid TRG (TRG is short for Touring) was very favorable: Right there on the dashboard were numbers informing me that the car had more than 600 miles of range.

That’s a round trip from Phoenix to Las Vegas and back without having to stop for fuel. I’m impressed. Continue reading

Andy’s advice: 10 cars to buy while they’re still affordable

1960s American station wagons such as this '65 Buick, are No. 6 on Andy's better-buy-'em-now list
1960s American station wagons such as this ’65 Buick, are No. 6 on Andy’s better-buy-’em-now list

It has been an up and down year in the world of auctions with top tier collector cars such as the Jaguar D-type and rare racing Ferrari cars achieving some serious gains while cars that were hot a year ago, think the Ferrari Testarossa of the 1980s and ’90s and early Porsche 911 cars softening a bit. While that has been happening we have seen an upsurge in demand for muscle cars, notably ‘70s and early ’80s Pontiac Trans Ams and the like.

So what does the future hold in our hobby and what are the top 10 cars to seek out and buy in the new year? Continue reading