’67 VW camper going from storage to Goodwood auction

1967 VW camper said to be worth as much as $115,200 | Windrush photos
1967 VW camper said to be worth as much as $115,200 | Windrush photos

A 1967 Volkswagen T1 camper van said to be worth as much as £90,000 ($115,200) has left its long-term storage facility and will be offered up for bidding at Bonhams Collector’s Motor Car auction this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

The Monte Carlo looks well-finished in shiny black paint and original black interior
The Monte Carlo looks well-finished in shiny black paint and original black interior

Here’s a sleeper they’ll never see coming, a 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that looks more like a disco-era bar crawler than a performance machine. Despite appearing attractively stock, this “personal luxury” coupe is packing a high-performance 383 stroker V8 under its hood, linked with a Turbo 400 automatic.

That should make for some quick getaways from the stoplight. The private seller in Charleston, South Carolina, advertising the Chevy on ClassicCars.com says the engine and transmission were professional built, and that the car is currently used as a daily driver. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2017: 1932 Hudson roadster

1932 Hudson Roadster | Barrett-Jackson photo
1932 Hudson Roadster | Barrett-Jackson photo

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

Offered with a reserve at the second Northeast Barrett-Jackson auction, this 1932 Hudson roadster was recently discovered and has undergone a Murphy-inspired full and complete restoration, returning it to its 1932 Paris Auto Salon-show specification.

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Modern supercars top Leake’s 45th anniversary auction

2006 Ford GT tops all sales at Leake's 45th Tulsa anniversary auction | Leake Auction photos
2006 Ford GT tops all sales at Leake’s 45th Tulsa anniversary auction | Leake Auction photos

Leake Auction celebrated its 45th anniversary as a collector car auction house last weekend with a three-day sale in the River Spirit Expo center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, featuring 599 lots, which sold at a 75 percent sell-through rate for a total of $8.2 million.

“Tulsa is our flagship sale and it is always nice to be in our home town,” Richard Sevenoaks, president of Leake Auction Company, said in a news release. “Celebrating 45 years in this business is a true honor. Continue reading

Jaguar Land Rover opens Classic Works sales and service facility

Classic Works facility does restoration, sales, service and even produces new "old" vehicles | Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works photos
Classic Works facility does restoration, sales, service and even produces new “old” vehicles | Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works photos

Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works has opened its new facility in Coventry, England, which the company calls the “original Motor City” — at least as far as England is concerned — and where Jaguar Classic-built vehicles will receive test drives from Le Mans-winning driver Andy Wallace before delivery to their owners.

Jaguar Land Rover Classic Legends is the name being given to the vehicles for sale, restoration and to those being maintained in the company’s own collection. Further, public tours of the new facilities will begin in September at a cost of £49 ($62.39 at the current exchange rate) per person. Continue reading

New AACA award to pick the best Restoration of the Year

A 1930 Packard at the AACA meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania | Andy Reid
A 1930 Packard at the AACA meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania | Andy Reid

The Antique Automobile Club of America has initiated a new annual award, the Zenith Award for the Restoration of the Year, which will be chosen this year from 20 vehicles selected from AACA meets held during 2016.

Two exquisite cars from each of last year’s meets were chosen to compete for the award, with 13 manufacturers represented. The earliest car is a 1903 Holley and the newest a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette. Of special interest is a 1934 Duesenberg and a faithfully restored 1964 Ford Galaxie Holman & Moody NASCAR race car. Continue reading

Dear Deeres: Vintage tractors bring $2.5+ million at auction

1964 John Deere 8020 sells for $160,000 | Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin' photo
1964 John Deere 8020 sells for $160,000 | Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin’ photo

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ sale of the Ron Drosselmeyer collection of vintage John Deere tractors generated more than $2.5 million in sales with more than 175 tractors sold.

The sale was the second of a private collection by Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ division, which has a third such auction scheduled July 14-15 in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada, where the George Nesbitt Allison-Chalmers collection will be offered.

Leading the Drosselmeyer sale was a massive 1964 John Deere 8020, an articulated 4-wheel-drive “muscle tractor” that sold for $160,000 (Mecum reports hammer prices, which do not include buyer’s fees).

The top 10 sales of the auction were:

  1. 1964 John Deere 8020, $160,000
  2. 1958 John Deere 620 Hi-Crop Gasoline, $60,000
  3. 1955 John Deere 40V All-Fuel, $55,000
  4. 1954 John Deere 70 Hi-Crop LP, $50,000
  5. 1952 John Deere G Hi-Crop All-Fuel, $46,500
  6. 1959 John Deere 630 Standard LP, $46,000
  7. 1959 John Deere 730 Hi-Crop LP, $45,000
  8. 1958 John Deere 720 Hi-Crop All-Fuel, $43,000
  9. 1959 John Deere 730 Hi-Crop Diesel, $41,500
  10. 1955 John Deere 60 Hi-Crop All-Fuel, $40,000

(Auction results do not include buyer fees)

The 1958 620 Hi-Crop Gasoline tractor was one of only 24 built while the 1955 40V All-Fuel was one of only three produced by the famed tractor producer.

McLaren died at age 32, but movie renews his life and legacy

Bruce McLaren would have been 80 years old had he lived | McLaren movie photo
Bruce McLaren would have been 80 years old had he lived | McLaren movie photo

I was less than a year into my job as a sportswriter at the daily newspaper in Grand Rapids, Michigan, when the Associated Press teletype machine delivered the news that Bruce McLaren had died. McLaren, 32 years old and perhaps at the height of his racing career, was testing his new M8D Can-Am car when the rear bodywork came loose as McLaren was driving at speed on the straightaway leading to the Woodcote corner on the Goodwood racing circuit in England.

None of the others working with me on the sports desk that morning understood my reaction as I read the words printed on the pale-yellow paper that fed from a cardboard box into the teletype, where a “copy boy” would tear off the stories and deliver them to the news, Sunday or sports department. Continue reading