Pocketful of dreams: 5 micro cars you’ll want to collect

Even James Bond might need the Cygnet for maneuvering through London traffic | Aston Martin photo
Even James Bond might need the Cygnet for maneuvering through London traffic | Aston Martin photo

The best catalog I’ve ever seen for a classic car auction was the one a pre-Sotheby’s RM did in 2013 for the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum sale. Not only were the cars small, but so was the catalog. Well, it was small in page size — a nice reflection of the cars on offer — but it was brick-thick in depth and good humor. It was downright delightful and someday will be collectible in its own right. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1959 AMC Rambler American Super

Car was gift from an ex-husband
Car was gift from an ex-husband

You have to be interested when the advertisement for a vehicle on ClassicCars.com starts, “My ex-husband was a car guy…”

And especially when the ad ends with a note that the car’s “color perfectly matches a box from Tiffany’s…”

Intrigued, I read the words in between, looked at the photos and submit as Pick of the Day this 1959 AMC Rambler American Super, which is located in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Continue reading

On board a 77-year-old DC-3 making an around-the-world trek

The Breitling DC-3 took a break from flying around the world at Scottsdale Airport | Bob Golfen
The Breitling DC-3 took a break from flying around the world at Scottsdale Airport | Bob Golfen

The smooth, comforting thrum of twin Pratt & Whitney radial engines rolled through the cabin as we soared over Scottsdale, Arizona, in a 77-year-old airplane. The beautifully restored DC-3 and its crew were taking a break from their daring task of flying around the world, with the goal of making it the oldest plane on record to accomplish such a feat.

I was invited to hook up with the Breitling DC-3 World Tour during its stop in the Phoenix area, and to enjoy the experience of vintage air travel. The airplane is named for its sponsor and wears the logo of the luxury-watch company emblazoned on its hull. Continue reading

Ex-Fangio Maserati 300 S added to Bonhams’ Quail docket

Juan Manual Fangio won two major races in this 1957 Maserati 300 S | Bonhams photos
Juan Manual Fangio won two major races in this 1957 Maserati 300 S | Bonhams photos

The 1956 Maserati 300 S sports racer that Juan Manual Fangio drove to victory in Portuguese and Brazilian grand prix events has been consigned for sale at Bonhams’ auction scheduled for August 18 at The Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley during Monterey Car Week. Continue reading

Daytona/Superbird Auto Club throws its annual wing-ding

Vintage speedway competitors gathered on the grass | William Hall photos
Vintage speedway competitors gathered on the grass | William Hall photos

Whether fastback or finback, the aerodynamic racers that roamed the NASCAR oval tracks during the 1969-1970 seasons were some of the most exciting cars ever built.

The buying public did not share the same enthusiasm for the powerful but ungainly cars, however, and the street models required for homologation sat unsold in dealers’ backlots at huge discounts when new. Now, they are amongst the most expensive and prized of all models from the muscle car era. Continue reading

1 of 12: Ferrari 275 GTB/C added to Gooding docket

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C has racing history | Gooding & Co. photo by Mathieu Heurtault
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C has racing history | Gooding & Co. photo by Mathieu Heurtault

One of only a dozen 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C sports cars, and with a strong Italian racing history, will be offered at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach, California, sale in August, the auction house announced Thursday. Continue reading

Museums: Plywood shaped modern life, even our cars

A 1937 DKW F7 cutaway is part of the plywood exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum | V&A Museum photos
A 1937 DKW F7 cutaway is part of the plywood exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum | V&A Museum photos

So I’m cruising through the daily dezeen.com newsletter and there’s a story about a new exhibit running through November 12 at the V&A Museum, aka the Victoria and Albert Museum, London’s showcase of art and design. The exhibit’s title is “Plywood: Material of the Modern World,” and the first two photographs illustrating the article prominently feature cars — a passenger vehicle and a racing car.

Plywood in cars? Even racing cars? Hey, we know about woody wagons and how in the early days horseless carriage bodies were made from hardwoods. But plywood? Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10

The Dodge Viper is a low-mileage survivor said to be in excellent condition
The Dodge Viper is a low-mileage survivor said to be in excellent condition

Now that we know Dodge Viper production ends after this model year, the Pick of the Day goes back to the roots of the V10-powered roadster with one of the first-gen models in low-mileage survivor condition.

This 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10 has been driven only 13,090 miles in its 23 years by just two owners, according to the dealer in Hailey, Idaho, advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

First U.S.-legal McLaren F1 going to Bonhams’ Quail sale

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The first of only seven 1995 McLaren F1 three-seat supercars to be federalized, and thus street-legal for the United States, will be offered for bidding August 18 at Bonhams’ annual collector car auction at the Quail Lodge during Monterey Car Week.

The car is a one-owner vehicle, Bonhams notes, and the first one to be imported to this country. Continue reading