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Prototype Porsche, Zagato Astons on RM Sotheby’s Paris docket

Of the 13 Porsche 901 prototypes, only this one was a cabriolet | RM Sotheby's photos by Tim Scott
Of the 13 Porsche 901 prototypes, only this one was a cabriolet | RM Sotheby’s photos by Tim Scott

RM Sotheby’s continues to fill out the docket for its Paris auction during Retromobile week, revealing Tuesday that the only Porsche 901 cabriolet prototype and a pair of Zagato-bodied Aston Martins will join the 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 raced by Scuderia Ferrari as featured vehicles for the sale.

Carrying a pre-auction estimated value of €850.000 to €1.000.000 ($850,000 to $1.06 million), the Porsche is one of 13 pre-production cars produced as Porsche readied a successor for its 356 and is the only cabriolet among that baker’s dozen. Later, the car was used by Porsche to develop its 911 Targa concept. Continue reading

Steve McQueen’s ‘Le Mans’ inspires a graphic novel

Artist said Steve McQueen appeared in a dream, suggesting graphic novel based on  'Le Mans' movie | Garbo Studio illustrations
Artist said Steve McQueen appeared in a dream, suggesting graphic novel based on ‘Le Mans’ movie | Garbo Studio illustrations

Artist Sando Garbo claims that Steve McQueen appeared in a dream in 2013 and told Garbo to create a graphic novel based on McQueen’s epic Le Mans movie. Three years later, Garbo and his team have produced that book. Based on images being shared with the media, Steve McQueen in Le Mans is a lushly illustrated, 64-page, 2-pound hardcover book that might have served as a finely detailed storyboard for the actual movie. Continue reading

‘Bugatti Queen’ at Arizona Concours women-in-racing seminar

Pre-war racing legend Hellé Nice poses on a Bugatti grand prix car | Miranda Seymour archive
Pre-war racing legend Hellé Nice poses on a Bugatti grand prix car | Miranda Seymour archive

It’s not every day you get to drive a million-dollar Bugatti. Author Miranda Seymour remembers well the day when Bugatti restoration expert and preservationist Tim Dutton let her have a chance behind the wheel of a sought-after 35S model.

“Tim took me out in one on the open road, told me it was being sold for a million the next day, and then he let me drive it,” she recalled excitedly. “The feeling of exhilaration is like no other, especially if you are out on the road, ducking between trucks and trying to get the hang of having a gear shift outside of the car.” Continue reading

Aston Martin, Ferrari Dino top Bonhams’ December sale

1967 Aston Martin DB6 has been upgraded to Vantage specification | Bonhams photos
1967 Aston Martin DB6 has been upgraded to Vantage specification | Bonhams photos

An updated 1967 Aston Martin DB6 and a 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT each sold for more than $400,000 as Bonhams Motoring Department wrapped up its 2016 schedule with its December Sale last week. The sale produced £3.839,388 ($4.87 million) in transactions from the auction of collector cars, motorcycles and automobilia.

The ’67 DB6 was a four-owner car that was restored in 1997 and updated to Vantage specification. Aston Martins were popular with bidders, taking three of the four top-sales spots and four of the top-10. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1959 Edsel Corsair convertible

The Edsel Corsair has been restored to what looks like new condition
The Edsel Corsair has been restored to what looks like new condition

Everybody knows the story of Edsel, the premium car division created by Ford in the late 1950s that was such an abysmal failure that its very name became shorthand for any kind of notable product disaster. (Note: esteemed Classic Car News editor Larry Edsall’s name is spelled differently, so he gets a pass.)

Yet there are those contrarian souls who gravitate toward Edsels as collector cars because they are rare (Edsel sales were not so hot, and as once-unappreciated cars, survival today is spotty), because they look quite distinctive, and since they were basically Fords under their skin, they are reasonably good cars despite their public disgrace. Continue reading

Pebble Beach-winning AMC supercar heading to Gooding auction

The American Motors AMX/3 Monza shows its BIzzarrini influence | Gooding
The American Motors AMX/3 Monza shows its BIzzarrini influence | Gooding

Despite American Motors being long gone, it still can make an impression. In fact, one of its extremely special prototype vehicles won best in class earlier this year at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a first for AMC.

Other than the AMC faithful, few are acquainted with the AMX/3, an experimental mid-engine sports car built in the late 1960s with input from BMW, ItalDesign and Bizzarrini. The Detroit automaker was trying to instill some excitement into its lineup, and the exceptionally low-profile and aerodynamic AMX/3 was the result of a program led by AMC design director Dick Teague. Continue reading

Silverstone schedules eight auctions for 2017

The scene at Silverstone's Salon Prive auction in 2016 | Silverstone Auctions photos
The scene at Silverstone’s Salon Prive auction in 2016 | Silverstone Auctions photos

Silverstone Auctions, founded only five years ago by Nick Whale, has announced an eight-auction calendar for 2017. During its 2016 sales, Silverstone sold 445 cars for a total of more than $32 million.

Ten of those cars sold for world auction record prices, Silverstone noted in its year-end news release. Continue reading

Dorothy and J.B. Nethercutt bought a restorable Duesenberg, then a duPont, and won at Pebble Beach — repeatedly

The Grand Salon at the Nethercutt Collection | Larry Crane photo
The Grand Salon at the Nethercutt Collection | Larry Crane photo

‘The first car I owned was in the very early days of my courtship with my wife Dorothy,” recalled the late J.B. Nethercutt, “…was a 1923 Chevrolet touring… It had a loose piston in the engine… no floorboards in the front… and the running boards were gone. But since I only paid $12 and a .22 pump rifle for it, it wasn’t too bad of a deal.”

J.B. bought a closed body — with floors — and mounted in on the Chevrolet chassis and that was their car for many years as J.B. helped his aunt, Merle Norman, build her cosmetics business. Continue reading

Aston Martin announces DB4 GT continuation cars

An original DB4 GT at speed | Aston Martin photo
An original DB4 GT at speed | Aston Martin photos

From 1959-1963, Aston Martin produced 75 DB4 GT models that were shorter, lighter, sleeker and more-powerful versions of the standard DB4. Powered by a 3.7-liter straight-six powerplant, eight were special lightweight versions of the car, Britain’s fastest “passenger” sports cars. Stirling Moss drove one to victory at Silverstone in its debut.

Friday, Aston Martin announced that it will produce 25 continuation DB4 GT cars, with delivery starting in the third quarter of 2017. The “track-only” cars will be based on the eight original “lightweight” DB4 GTs. Continue reading

Museums: Doug Herbert set for a ‘Pete Talk’

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B.R.A.K.E.S. driving school class | B.R.A.K.E.S. photos

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has invited B.R.A.K.E.S. founder Doug Herbert to be a “Pete Talk” guest speaker December 18. Herbert will share talk about the dangers of impaired driving.

Herbert, a drag racing champion, founded B.R.A.K.E.S in 2008 after he lost his two young sons in a car crash. Continue reading