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Posters unveiled for Pebble Beach Concours, related events

The poster for the 2017 Pebble Beach Concour d'Elegance
The poster for the 2017 Pebble Beach Concour d’Elegance

The unveiling of the official posters for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Tour d’Elegance and RetroAuto are highly anticipated every year for their combination of fine art and fine classic cars.

For the three posters celebrating the 2017 events in California this August, artists Barry Rowe and Tim Layzell depicted a pair of historic Ferraris and a classic Isotta Fraschini set in the scenic seaside landscape of the Monterey Peninsula. Continue reading

British racer’s collection headed to Bonhams auction

Jack Sears drove his Ford Galaxie to British touring car title in 1963 | Bonhams photos
Jack Sears drove his Ford Galaxie to British touring car title in 1963 | Bonhams photos

Eight vehicles formerly owned by “Gentleman Jack” Sears, the first champion of the British Touring Car racing series, will be offered for sale September 9 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction.

Sears not only won the inaugural British “saloon” car championship in 1958, but repeated that title in 1963. He made his racing debut at Goodwood in the 1950s in an MG TC and later raced in Formula 2 and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he won the GT class in one of Shelby American’s Daytona Coupes. Continue reading

Vintage racing: Museums sending cars to Goodwood festival

PT2_7279-X3The Goodwood Festival of Speed will feature “Perks of Performance – Motorsports game-changers” from June 29 through July 2 and among the cars to be featured is a 1950 BRM V16 Type 15 from the National Motor Museum of Britain. The landmark historic British racing car is going to the festival as part of a fund-raising effort so its supercharged engine can be rebuilt..

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Pick of the Day: 1968 Shelby GT350

The Shelby looks nicely finished in correct Sunlit Gold
The Shelby looks nicely finished in correct Sunlit Gold

There are Mustangs and then there are Mustangs. Ford built a lot of pony cars, and while many are just standard Mustangs, there are a number of them that are a lot more interesting and valuable than others.

The top of the heap for street cars is the 1965 Shelby GT350. Sadly, the cost for one of these is north of $300,000. But there are a number of other special Mustangs out there that are a lot more affordable and still very special, which leads me to the Pick of the Day, a 1968 Shelby GT350 located in Springfield, Ohio. Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson sees trends at its $23.5 million Northeast sale

A 1966 Shelby GT350-H sells for $220,000 at the second Northeast auction | Barrett-Jackson photos
A 1966 Shelby GT350-H sells for $220,000 at the second Northeast auction | Barrett-Jackson photos

Younger buyers, and sellers. A growing demand for collector pickup trucks, and for top-tier custom vehicles professionally restored or modified. An ever-increasing total of vehicles sold to benefit charities. Those were trends that pleased Craig Jackson at Barrett-Jackson’s second Northeast auction, held last weekend at the Mohegan Sun resort and casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Overall, the auction sold 603 vehicles for $23.5 million and nearly 700 items of automobilia for another $819,000. Total sales for the four-day auction were more than $24.3 million. The sales rate for collector vehicles was nearly 96 percent. Continue reading

Surf’s up for RM Sotheby’s in $9.3 million Santa Monica sale

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL during bidding, with the Ferrari F40 on deck | RM Sotheby's photos
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL during bidding, with the Ferrari F40 on deck | RM Sotheby’s photos

With a diverse lineup of cars spanning the Southern California collector car hobby, RM Sotheby’s held its fifth annual Santa Monica auction for the first time in partnership with sister company Auctions America, reaching more than $9.3 million in total sales.

The one-day “boutique” auction offered 175 cars and an array of automobilia, with 111 cars sold for a 63 percent sell through, and 80 percent of the 68 automobilia pieces selling. The auction was held Saturday at the historic Barker Hangar. Continue reading

Garage-find classics rule at this AACA museum exhibit

1913 Empire went into a barn after farmer's sons rolled it over | Nick Kurczewski photos
1913 Empire went into a barn after farmer’s sons rolled it over | Nick Kurczewski photos

To restore or not to restore, that’s the question many classic car owners face at least once during the lifetime of a vehicle. Do you keep the car’s original patina and celebrate the imperfections that come with old age? Or, is the better choice to undertake a complete restoration and make the car sparkle like it was new again?

In the case of the AACA Museum’s new showcase exhibit, “Garage Finds: Unrestored Treasures that Survived Time,” that difficult decision has already been made for you. Of the more than 40 cars on display, many are veritable time-warp examples, vehicles that have miraculously escaped the wraith of rust-inducing winters and fender-bashing shopping carts. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1951 Ford Custom Deluxe

The Ford Custom Deluxe has been restored to stock condition
The Ford Custom Deluxe has been restored to stock condition

Always a favorite, the “shoebox” Ford that appeared in 1949 and lasted through 1951 ushered in the modern era of automaking with its fully enveloping body that did away with separate fenders. These were some of my favorite hot rods back in the day, when I’d see the older guys in the neighborhood driving them around.

The Pick of the Day is a 1951 Ford Custom Deluxe in rare stock condition, complete with fender skirts, chrome rocket side trim and front bumperettes that looked like torpedoes about to be fired. This beauty has a flathead V8 that looks like it’s made of gold, and a three-speed with a column shifter. Continue reading

Historic Porsche 917K, a ‘Le Mans’ film star, offered by Gooding

The restored Porsche 917K was once a 'barn find' | Gooding & Company
The restored Porsche 917K was once a remarkable ‘barn find’ | Gooding & Company

As well as being one of the most-formidable sports-prototype cars from a fascinating era of Le Mans endurance racing, the 1970 Porsche 917K to be offered at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction in August boasts a colorful history of motorsports-celebrity ownership and barn-find splendor.

The Porsche also possesses that most-magical ingredient of Hollywood stardom, having appeared in Steve McQueen’s epic 1971 film, Le Mans. Not only did it serve as a camera car in the making of the film, the Porsche stars on screen at speed as car No. 22 in the action sequences. Continue reading

Is EyesOn Design the best Father’s Day show on the planet?

Bonneville-raced 1955 Mercedes-Benz 'gullwing' coupe | Steve Purdy photos
Bonneville-raced 1955 Mercedes-Benz ‘gullwing’ coupe | Steve Purdy photos

Canada geese grazed the long grass adjacent to the show field as if nothing out of the ordinary was occurring. But it was, because the expansive lawns of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House on the western shore of Lake St Clair were covered with the most eclectic assortment of cars, and other things vehicular, one could possibly imagine. Continue reading