Pick of the Day: 1931 Dodge Brothers house car

The roof of the Dodge house car lifts up about two feet
The roof of the Dodge house car lifts up about two feet

Back in the 1920s and ’30s, motorhomes and campers were generally known as “house cars,” a fairly accurate description of the house-on-wheels approach of the day. Some of them were more like gypsy caravans with motors, while others were relatively sophisticated camping vehicles.

The Pick of the Day is a 1931 Dodge Brothers house car with a then-unusual elevating roof, which presages today’s motorhomes and trailers with rising or extending sections. When driving, the roof lies flat for a lower and more-aerodynamic profile. When parked, the roof can be raised about two feet, a fabric structure providing the four walls. Continue reading

Pre-auction estimates exceeded at Bonhams’ bike sale

Barn-found 1949 Vincent White Shadow sell for $210,000+ at Bonhams auction in England | Bonhams photos
Barn-found 1949 Vincent White Shadow sell for $210,000+ at Bonhams auction in England | Bonhams photos

With a barn-found 1949 Vincent HRD 988cc White Shadow Series-C project bike selling for £163,900, which is more than $210,000 and nearly three times its high pre-sale estimated value, Bonhams motorcycle department enjoyed its Spring Stafford Sale on Sunday with a 90 percent sell-through rate and total sales of £2,132,257 (more than $2.73 million).

The sale was held in conjunction with the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show. Prices reported include buyer’s fees. Continue reading

Bonhams mounts 18th annual Aston Martin auction

The Bonhams sale is led by a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante | Bonhams photos
The Bonhams sale is led by a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante | Bonhams photos

For the 18th year, Bonhams holds its all-Aston Martin auction at the legendary British automaker’s ancestral home at Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, with the sale taking place on May 13 and offering vehicles spanning more than six decades of the exclusive and very valuable motorcars.

The Aston Martin sale, which includes the associated Lagonda marque, is highlighted by a rare 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante, a drophead (British for convertible) with a pre-auction estimated value between £700,000 and £900,000 ($896,000 to $1,152,000). Continue reading

Record-setting ’33 Napier-Railton on display in London

1933 Napier-Railton Special out for a test drive | Brooklands Museum photos
1933 Napier-Railton Special out for a test drive | Brooklands Museum photos

The 1933 Napier-Railton Special that broke 42 speed records in its heyday will represent classic cars at the 2017 London Motor Show, scheduled for May 4-7 at Battersea Evolution in England’s capital city.

Like most auto snows, the London event will feature around 130 new cars from a variety of automakers. But it also will showcase the car that in 1935 recorded a lap at 143.44 miles per hour around the Brooklands Outer Circuit. Continue reading

Best British car ever? Experts pick the Mini

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‘There surely can’t be anyone in Britain whose life hasn’t been touched by a Mini’ | Auto Express photos

Britain’s largest weekly automotive magazine, Auto Express, and a panel of automotive experts have selected the Mini as the Best of British, the all-time best car produced on the island nation. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra

Ford built a pair of these 1970 Torino King Cobras as part of a proposed NASCAR project
Ford built a pair of these 1970 Torino King Cobras as part of a proposed NASCAR project

Crank the way-back machine to 1969 and the “aero wars” taking place in American stock car racing between Chrysler and Ford. Chrysler had its Dodge Charger 500 and Ford responded with the Torino Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II with Boss 429 powerplants. So Chrysler upped the ante with the high-winged, pointed-nose Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Superbird. Continue reading

Poll Results: Fifty years ago, the following cars made their debuts. Which of these 1967 models would you most want to add to your collection?

The Question of the Week for the week of April 17th, 2017 asked you: Fifty years ago, the following cars made their debuts. Which of these 1967 models would you most want to add to your collection?

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Leake auction strikes gold with $3.7 million sale of LaFerrari

The Ferrari LaFerrari can produce a a total of 949 horsepower from its gas/electric hybrid system | Leake photos
The Ferrari LaFerrari can produce a a total of 949 horsepower from its gas/electric hybrid system | Leake photos

Leake Auction Company had an excellent day Saturday in Dallas, where it sold an ultra-exotic 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari for $3.7 million. The LaFerrari is the highest-priced vehicle ever sold at auction by Leake, which was founded in 1972.

Leake’s auction dockets are customarily filled with reasonably priced collector cars, so the LaFerrari was quite a deviation from the company’s usual fare. Just 500 LaFerraris were produced, and this one-owner car was in brand-new condition, having been driven fewer than 600 miles. Continue reading

Goodwood to feature Ferraris, game-changing race cars

Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate Ferrari's 70th anniversary | Goodwood House photos
Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate Ferrari’s 70th anniversary | Goodwood House photos

Ferrari’s 70th anniversary and “game-changing” racing cars of all marques will be the featured themes of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, scheduled for June 29-July 2 at the Goodwood House in West Sussex, England. Continue reading

Mecum readies for 30th anniversary Original Spring Classic sale

Indiana State Fairgrounds buildings host Mecum Auction's annual spring sale | Larry Edsall photo
Indiana State Fairgrounds buildings host Mecum Auction’s annual spring sale | Larry Edsall photo

‘My Dad sold his first car collection to start the company,” Frank Mecum said. “He sold his second collection to keep it going.”

And Mecum Auctions, now in its 30th year, is going very well.

“Now,” Frank added of his father, “he’s working on his third collection.” Continue reading