Nothing second-fiddle about Amelia’s Cars & Coffee show

As the cars and crowd might indicate, Amelia's Cars & Coffee was a big hit | Jim McCraw photos
As the cars and crowd might indicate, Amelia’s Cars & Coffee was a big hit | Jim McCraw photos

Across the street, one of the greatest car shows on Earth was going on, but over here, in its own paddock, was the Amelia Island Cars & Coffee, a very tidy collection of street cars that were pre-registered for the event and just came in, turned right, and drove onto the grass for the day, without the aid of Passport, Intercity, Horseless Carriage, Reliable, or any of the other companies that usually transport classic vehicles to concours events. They just drove in and parked. Continue reading

Next up for Mecum, 1,000-collector car auction in Houston

Mecum will auction the only Chevy Camaro resto mod built by Jeff Hayes | Mecum Auctions photos
Mecum will auction the only Chevy Camaro resto mod built by Jeff Hayes | Mecum Auctions photos

Coinciding with the nearby Houston Auto Show, Mecum Auctions gallops into Houston for a collector car auction April 6-8 at the NRG Arena.  An estimated 1,000 vehicles will be offered, highlighted by a pair of exotic late-model Lamborghinis and the no-reserve sale of 50 cars from a private collection. Continue reading

Museums: ‘Long Night’ with Mercedes-Benz

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Long Night at Mercedes-Benz museum | Mercedes-Benz Museum photos

The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, holds a “Long Night” event March 25-26from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. The event begins with children’s activities that run until 7 p.m. and include interactive exhibitions where children can design and build cars along with tour the museum.

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Pick of the Day: 2000 BMW Z8

The BMW Z8 is described as a low-mileage car in excellent condition
The BMW Z8 is described as a low-mileage car in excellent condition

Every once in a great while, a large automotive manufacturer really shows what it can do and builds a limited-production model that is the best car the company is able to produce. The automaker is not limited by either marketing or cost constraints, and gets to build a very cool car.

Some that come to mind are the Dodge Viper, the Porsche Carrera GT and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing. These are all great cars, but my all-time favorite is the BMW Z8 sports car, built from 1999 until 2003. This was a revelation for BMW, a car that looked back at everything that was truly great in the company’s history and combined that with what is exceptional about what they do now. Continue reading

Historic dragsters make Goodguys appearance at Scottsdale

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1968 Hemi Under Glass Cuda | Photos by Nicole James and Charles Siritho

Hundreds of classic cars made their way to Scottsdale, Arizona, for the eighth annual Spring Nationals car show, held March 10-12 and organized by Goodguys Rod and Custom Association. The Spring Nationals kick off the association’s 20-event schedule which stops in 13 states, each attracting a different array of vehicles. Continue reading

Analysis: Entry-level flexes muscles at Amelia Island auctions

1967 MGB sells for $38,500 on Amelia Island | RM Sotheby's photo by Darin Schnabel
1967 MGB sells for $38,500 on Amelia Island | RM Sotheby’s photo by Darin Schnabel

The auctions at Amelia Island were very interesting to watch, with entry-level cars still seemingly on the rise and with the modern classic market still pretty hot, though showing some signs that it is leveling a little. Continue reading

GAA Classic Cars sets records at Greensboro auction

2006 'Heritage Edition' Ford GT hammered sold for $470,000 | GAA photos
2006 ‘Heritage Edition’ Ford GT hammered sold for $470,000 | GAA photos

GAA Classic Cars posted more than $12 million in sales with a 76 percent sell-through rate at its three-day March auction in Greensboro, North Carolina, the company reported.

“It was a strong sale, the crowd was into it, the money was there and we had a great time doing it,” Jerry Barker, GAA general manager, said in the news release. Continue reading

Amelia auctions: $120.5 million with 67 percent sell-through

1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa sells for $2,227,500 on Amelia Island | Bonhams photo
1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa sells for $2,227,500 on Amelia Island | Bonhams photo

With the major auction houses issuing their official post-sale press releases, it appears that the five auctions taking place last week on Florida’s Amelia Island combined to produce $120.5 million in sales.

Of more than 550 vehicles crossing the blocks, about 365 sold, an overall sell-through rate of 67 percent. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1946 Ford Custom

1946 Ford Custom listed on ClassicCars.com

Goodguys Rod and Custom Association made a visit to Scottsdale, Arizona, last weekend for the eighth annual Spring Nationals car show. The event attracts hundreds of classic cars from Arizona and surrounding states. Continue reading

Driven: XK 120 C-type Jaguar

Larry Crane in the Jaguar C-type at the 16th Monterey Historics | Larry Crane archives photo
Larry Crane in the Jaguar C-type at the 16th Monterey Historics | Larry Crane archives photo

Phil Reilly’s big restoration shop in Corte Madera, California, was as bright as a hospital emergency room when my wife, Tracy, and I arrived at about 10 o’clock one Wednesday evening. Ross Cummings was waiting to release the last automotive patient before the four-day car guy’s bacchanalia affectionately known as the “Monterey Weekend.” Continue reading