Pick of the Day: 1969 Pontiac Firebird HO

1969 Pontiac Firebird
1969 Pontiac Firebird

When you think about muscle cars and pony cars of the late 1960s, a 1969 Pontiac Firebird such as the Pick of the Day is not always one of the first cars that comes to mind, despite sharing its F-body platform with the very-popular Camaro. Listed on ClassicCars.com, this particular Firebird embodies the swagger that makes cars of this era still relevant and sought after today.

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ClassicCars.com adds Michael Murray as Area Sales Manager

Michael Murray
Michael Murray joins ClassicCars.com as Area Sales Manager

ClassicCars.com has appointed automotive industry veteran Michael Murray to area sales manager.

Murray, who brings more than 18 years of sales experience in the automotive industry to ClassicCars.com, will take the lead in driving vertical media revenue and in building marketing partnerships with key automotive brand leaders, according to the company.

Murray joins ClassicCars.com from National Business Media, where he spent 13 years holding various positions. Most recently, he served as associate publisher at THE SHOP. He previously held positions at Volant Performance and K&N Engineering.

Murray won the 2016 Robert E. Petersen Award during the 2017 Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Media trade Conference in Santa Ana, California.

“Michael brings extensive sales and leadership qualities that will help us further our growth and market presence,” said Roger Falcione, president and CEO of ClassicCars.com “As the area sales manager, he will drive revenue and build relationships that will benefit ClassicCars.com for years to come.”

1928 Auburn Speedster wins inaugural AACA restoration award

The winning Auburn Speedster stands with the other competitors | AACA photos
The winning Auburn Speedster stands with the other competitors | AACA photos

A red-and-black 1928 Auburn 8-88 Speedster with chrome wire wheels, including sidemounts, is the winner of the Antique Automobile Club of America’s inaugural Zenith Award for the most-outstanding restoration of the year.

The first awarding of the honor took place in Independence, Missouri, where the AACA Kansas City Region hosted the 2017 annual Grand National Meet this past weekend. The Zenith Award joins a number of national awards presented annually by the club. Continue reading

Concours and events: Bloomington Gold’s Corvette party

Bloomington Gold's parade of Corvettes | Bloomington Gold
Bloomington Gold’s parade of Corvettes | Bloomington Gold

Bloomington Gold, the longest-running all-Corvette show in the nation, stages three days of events Thursday through Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, featuring judging for prestigious awards, an autocross and other competitions, and Corvette laps around the iconic Brickyard oval.

Corvette enthusiasts from all over the world are expected to attend the gathering, which has been held every year since 1973. Since then, Bloomington Gold has become the benchmark for Corvette excellence with intensive judging to the highest standards for Corvettes vying to achieve Bloomington Gold Certification ratings for authenticity. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1976 Porsche 912E coupe

Porsche used it leftover 914 engines to create a new entry-level model
Porsche used it leftover 914 engines to create a new entry-level model

In 1976, Porsche had a problem: they did not have an entry-level sports car in their lineup. The 914 was being phased out and the incoming 924 was not yet ready for market. Their solution was one of the more-interesting stop-gap measures ever created.

While the mid-engine 914 was essentially history, Porsche still had a quantity of the air-cooled four-cylinder boxer engines from that car and nowhere to use them. Their master plan was to take those engines and put them into some 911s instead of their usual six-cylinder engines, thus creating a reborn, one-year generation of the previously discontinued 912. Continue reading

British royalty assembled for Bonhams’ Goodwood auction

The Bentley is a massive motorcar that could cruise at 100 mph | Bonhams photos
The Bentley is a massive motorcar that could cruise at 100 mph | Bonhams photos

The 1931 Bentley 8-Litre Sedanca de Ville is a palace among motorcars, a royal barge powered by a massive 488-cubic-inch inline-6 that could transport its pampered occupants at more than 100 mph despite its heavy formal coachwork.

The Bentley, the sole remaining example of six Sedanca-bodied limousines built that year, will roll majestically across the auction block June 30 during Bonhams’ collector car and automobilia auction held at Goodwood House during the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 Chevrolet Nomad

The Nomad is Gypsy Red and Ivory outside and inside
The Nomad is Gypsy Red and Ivory outside and inside

The 1955 Nomad is the coolest and most-expressive model of Chevy’s Tri-5 era, in my humble opinion. All the elements are there: the full rear-wheel cutouts that blend in such a sporty way with the wraparound two-door wagon styling, the broad chrome spears that shoot back from the thick chrome headlight rims, the vertical chrome bars on the slanted tailgate, and the classic front-end styling with the egg-crate grille of all full-size’55 Chevys.

The Pick of the Day is an apparently preserved 1955 Chevrolet Nomad in the desirable color combination of Gypsy Red and Ivory that has been in the same family for 55 years, according to the private seller advertising the Chevy on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2017: 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider | Barrett-Jackson photo
2017 Ferrari 488 Spider | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the final in a 10-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold June 21-24 during Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction.

This 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider is offered during the second annual Barrett-Jackson Northeast auction with a reserve, and is seen in Corsa Red with just 77 actual miles. Continue reading