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For sale: 240-mph McLaren supercar, serious inquiries only

069 was one of the last McLaren F1s produced | McLaren Special Operations photos
069 was one of the last McLaren F1s produced | McLaren Special Operations photos

For sale: Slightly used (only 2,800 miles) McLaren F1, chassis 069,

60th of 64 street-legal versions produced between 1993 and 1998. Serious inquiries only.

McLaren Special Operations may not have placed such an advertisement, but it has distributed a news release to inform that McLaren F1 069 is available for sale. While the news release includes no asking price, a McLaren F1 — 073 with an upgraded Le Mans-spec engine — sold at the RM Sotheby’s auction last summer in Monterey, California, for $13.75 million. Continue reading

Talbot-Lago, Stutz earn Best of Show at Keels and Wheels

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European Best of Show, 1938 Talbot-Lago Figonio et Falaschi | Keels and Wheels Concours Photos

A teardrop-design 1938 Talbot-Lago Figonio et Falaschi won European Best of Show and a 1929 Stutz Lancefield took American Best of Show at the 21st annual Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance held April 23-24 at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas.

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Silverstone Classic vintage races to salute James Hunt

Freddie Hunt and the car his father, James, raced | Silverstone Classic photos
Freddie Hunt and the car his father, James, raced | Silverstone Classic photos

The 40th anniversary of James Hunt world championship will be celebrated at the 26th annual Silverstone Classic vintage racing weekend July 29-31 at the British racing circuit where the media day last week drew some 150 historic racing cars, including several formerly driven by Hunt.

Also on hand was one of Hunt’s sons, Freddie, driving his father’s 1976 championship-winning McLaren M23. Freddie and his brother, Tom, will curate the display of cars raced by their father at the Silverstone Classic this summer. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Volkswagen Beetle convertible

2016 Volkswagen Beetle R-line SEL convertible
2016 Volkswagen Beetle R-line SEL convertible

I really wanted to like the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle convertible as much as my grandchildren did, and they loved riding in the car with just the sky above their heads.

But there’s more to this business of critiquing a vehicle than enjoying the fact that its roof goes up and down, or even that it looks pretty cool in its Platinum Gray Metallic paint. Squint and you can see some Porsche 356 in the new Beetle’s styling. Continue reading

Indy 500 exhibit to honor 100th running

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Daytona Banking wall with open-wheel racers | World of Speed Museum Photo

The World of Speed Museum in Wilsonville, Oregon, celebrates the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 with its first major exhibit, which opens June 10 showcasing 33 Indy racing cars, including Mario Andretti’s 1981 STP car, Al Unser Sr.’s 1967 car and Al Unser Jr.’s 1984 car. Continue reading

Auctions America’s Auburn auction grows with new attractions

16,000-mile 'time-capsule'  1970 Ford Mustang Moss 429 among featured cars | Auctions America photos
16,000-mile ‘time-capsule’ 1970 Ford Mustang Moss 429 among featured cars | Auctions America photos

Each Labor Day weekend, Auctions America stages a huge collector car sale in conjunction with the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival in northeastern Indiana. This spring, Auctions America is staging its own classic car festival at its Auburn Auction Park.

In addition to the auctioning of some 450 collector cars — around 200 of them at no reserve — the weekend will include a “retro swap” meet, a Saturday morning “Cars & Coffee,” and an automotive midway. Continue reading

Iowa barn find of VW cars and parts coming to auction

The 25 Volkswagens and hundreds of parts were stored for decades | Hoge Auctioneers
The 25 Volkswagens and hundreds of parts were stored for decades | Hoge Auctioneering

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, or so we’ve been told. For certain Volkswagen fanatics, the recently uncovered cache of 25 forlorn VW carcasses and several tons of musty parts in Iowa might seem like a trove of possibilities.

Some of the cars could be salvageable and provide a way to get into a VW restoration project on the cheap. Or the multitude of parts could include some necessary fodder for that VW project already started, or even for supplying a VW restoration business.

A rusty VW beetle after being removed from the building | Hoge
Crusty VW beetles after being removed from the building | Hoge

The mishmash of VW cars and parts, oddly found packed together on the second floor of a lumberyard building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will be auctioned June 10 and 11 by Hoge Auctioneering, a business that specializes in farm and estate sales. Continue reading

Bonhams claims record for British motorcycle sold at auction

A Brough Superior sold at Bonhams for more than $481,000 | Bonhams photos
A Brough Superior sold at Bonhams for more than $481,000 | Bonhams photos

Bonhams claims a world auction-record price for a British-built motorcycle with a 1938 Brough Superior 750cc BS4 selling for £331,900 ($481,520) at its Stafford Sale earlier this week. The sale was held in conjunction with the annual Stafford International Motorcycle show in England.

Only 10 BS4 (Brough Superior four-cylinder) bikes were built, and three of them no longer survive. The bikes feature an engine and gearbox from an Austin 7 car. Continue reading