Rewind: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

Seen dramatically erupting from a volcano, Chevrolet introduced its “fiery, new creation,” the 1967 Camaro SS, “the new car that’s something else, something never before seen in a driving machine.”

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Pick of the Day: 1965 Lancia Fulvia

The Lancia Fulvia was only spottily imported to the U.S.
The Lancia Fulvia was only spottily imported to the U.S.

Italian sports cars have a certain intangible something that those from other countries are lacking. It is not so much the engineering or the style as it is the way in which all the parts are put together, and which makes them so much more than the sum of those parts. Somewhere during the assembly process, Italian cars seem to get a sort of soul, which makes them very special.

The cost of entry for these cars can be very expensive, and well-heeled collectors line up for the opportunity to buy the best examples of rare Italian cars, and for very serious money. Continue reading

Level 5 Motorsports heads to Auburn auction

2012 Ferrari 458 GTD used by Level 5 Motorsports | Photos courtesy Auctions America
2012 Ferrari 458 GTD used by Level 5 Motorsports | Photos courtesy Auctions America

Level 5 Motorsports, founded in 2006, was regarded as one of the most successful privateer teams in recent memory in sports car racing and was known to use the best of everything -– cars, drivers, equipment. Working directly with the court-appointed monitor on the upcoming sale, Auctions America is selling the entire racing team collection at no reserve during the Auburn Spring sale, May 11-13 at Indiana’s historic Auburn Auction Park.

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Pick of the Day: 1953 Mercury Monterey convertible

The Mercury convertible would make for a fine summer-evening cruiser
The Mercury convertible would make for a fine summer-evening cruiser

The Pick of the Day is the kind of stylish Mercury that comes to mind when you hear, “Crazy ‘bout a Mercury/Lord I’m crazy ‘bout a Mercury/I’m gonna buy me a Mercury/And cruise it up and down the road.”

The pale-yellow 1953 Mercury Monterey convertible advertised on ClassicCars.com is a “solid Southern California car” with a still-shiny older repaint, the Houston-based dealer says. The stylish ragtop comes complete with full wheel covers, fender skirts and wide-whitewall tires for a period look that still resonates today. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T SEL

2017 Volkswagen Passat propelled by a 170 hp turbocharged four-banger | Larry Edsall photos
2017 Volkswagen Passat propelled by a 170 hp turbocharged four-banger | Larry Edsall photos

Turns out Carroll Shelby was right.

Ol’ Shel’ once told me that all you really needed in any car was 170 horsepower. That was plenty to get going and to keep up with traffic at — and even beyond — whatever speeds might be posted on the fastest of American freeways.

Of course, in his next breath, Shelby told me about a 1,000-horsepower engine he and his team were building for their latest Ford Mustang project. Continue reading

First hypercar ‘holy trinity’ boasted by RM Sotheby’s

The 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder is the only one produced in  “Paint to Sample” Arrow Blue | RM Sotheby's photos
The 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder is the only one produced in “Paint to Sample” Arrow Blue | RM Sotheby’s photos

The “holy trinity” of modern hypercars. That’s what RM Sotheby’s is calling the trio of spectacular road-going hybrid-performance machines from Italy, Germany and Great Britain that will be auctioned May 27 during its Villa Erba sale on the shores of Lake Como in Italy. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1975 BMW 2002

1975 BMW 2002 has undergone a slight resto-mod restoration
1975 BMW 2002 has undergone a slight resto-mod restoration

Pick of the Day is a 1975 BMW 2002 being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a private owner who purchased the car in California in 2012.

“It was a blue-plate California car and what interested me most about it was the absolute lack of rust and solid floorboards/trunk/frame along with solid everything else,” the seller, located in Algonquin, Illinois, says in the classified advertisement for the car. Continue reading

Desert Classic at Phoenix to feature vintage Indy cars

Gary in Granatelli at Pocono crop
Driven by Roberto Guerrero, this car won the 1987 Checker 200 at Phoenix Raceway | Classic Racing Times photo

Some of the most legendary cars in open-wheel racing history will be displayed, both on and off the track, as part of the Vintage Desert Classic, an added feature to the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix weekend April 28-29. Continue reading

Dozen collector cars included in Skinner auction

1909 Ford Speedster among cars from Eugene Bunce collection | Skinner Auctions photos
1909 Ford Speedster among cars from Eugene Bunce collection | Skinner Auctions photos

Although it’s being billed as a Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments auction, a dozen collector cars produced between 1909 and 1963 are on the docket for Skinner’s spring sale scheduled for April 28 in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Continue reading