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Historic 1952 Ferrari race car set for Bonhams’ Scottsdale auction

The Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spider raced at the1952  Mile Miglia and LeMans 24 | Bonhams
The Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spider raced at the1952 Mile Miglia and LeMans 24 | Bonhams

A spectacular piece of racing history has been consigned for Bonhams’ January auction in Scottsdale: A 1952 Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spider that was the factory team entry for the 1952 Mille Miglia and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Jose’s 1966 Ford Mustang

Joe and his Mustang
Joe and his Mustang

Since I was kid, my dream was to drive a classic Mustang. Three years ago, my dream was done.

This car, I made some things to be almost perfecto. I converted to disc brakes in rear, put in a new performance clutch, rebuilt the 289 engine to produce 550 horsepower, rebuilt the transmission, new radiator, etc.
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Ex-Rod Stewart Miura tops Coys’ sale at Alexandra Palace

Lamborghini Miura formerly owned by Rod Stewart tops $1 million at Coys auction | Coys photo
Lamborghini Miura formerly owned by Rod Stewart tops $1 million at Coys auction | Coys photo

A Lamborghini Miura formerly owned by entertainer Rod Stewart sold for £909,000 ($1,112,588) Saturday at Coys inaugural Classic & Sports Car Show auction in Alexandra Palace in London. The P400S model had been restored and upgraded to SV specification. Continue reading

Now there are seven: Worldwide announces Scottsdale auction

An early 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet will be among Worldwide's no reserve offerings | Worldwide Auctions
An early 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet will be among Worldwide’s no reserve offerings | Worldwide Auctions

Worldwide Auctions has announced that it is adding its gavel to Arizona Auction Week, with a sale of about 80 collector cars set for January 18 in Scottsdale’s Old Town district.

That will bring to seven the number of auctions that take place in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area during the annual old-car festival, more than any similar cluster of collector car sales in the U.S.; the Monterey, California, area hosts five auctions during Pebble Beach Concours week. Continue reading

Artcurial’s 10th annual sur les Champs sale does $4.2 million

1999 Hommell Vaillante was inspired by comic book artist's work | Artcurial Motorcars photos
1999 Hommell Vaillante was inspired by comic book artist’s work | Artcurial Motorcars photos

Artcurial Motorcars’ 10th annual Automobiles sur les Champs auction in Paris featured 75 collector vehicles and $4.2 million in sales, led by a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that sold for $727,575 (including buyer’s fees). Continue reading

SEMA Seen: 1911 Indy-winning Marmon Wasp

Ray Harroun customized the 1911 Marmon Wasp with a rear-view mirror | Larry Edsall photos
Ray Harroun customized the 1911 Marmon Wasp with a rear-view mirror | Larry Edsall photos

‘Pioneering Performance” is the theme for the Shell Oil Products US display at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Among the 25 vehicles in the display are a couple of customized Chevys — a 1960 Impala convertible and 2017 Camaro SS — the 1972 Ford Maverick “Project Underdog,” and one of the earliest and best-known of all customized rides, the 1911 Marmon Wasp that won the inaugural Indianapolis 500-mile race. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1930 Ford speed-record-style street rod

The 1930 Ford is streamlined for cheating the wind in speed-record attempts
The 1930 Ford is streamlined for cheating the wind in speed-record attempts

The Bonneville Salt Flats is the coolest place on earth during Speed Week, when a marvelous assortment of racers vie to beat records in what seems like an endless variety of classes. One of the most fascinating facets of this top-speed motorsport is that so many of the teams celebrate vintage forms of hot rodding, from belly tanks to roadsters, that sprang up shortly after World War II.

The Pick of the Day is a street rod built to emulate the streamlining efforts from those early days, a custom 1930 Ford five-window coupe designed to cut through the air with a minimum of effort at a maximum velocity. As it is, the rod is more about dramatic flair than for racing at Bonneville, although one most certainly could run it on the salt. Continue reading

Stutz, ’50s classics and hot rods featured at 2017 Keels & Wheels

Keels & Wheels concours features both collector cars and vintage wooden boats | Keels & Wheels photo
Keels & Wheels concours features both collector cars and vintage wooden boats | Keels & Wheels photo

Stutz, American classics from the 1950s, hot rods and Utilities will be the featured marques at the 2017 Keels & Wheels concours d’elegance, scheduled for May 6-7. Continue reading

Collector Car Appreciation Day set for July 14, 2017

A 1958 Chevrolet Impala coupe on display at a regional show in Prescott, Arizona | Bob Golfen
A 1958 Chevrolet Impala coupe on display at a regional car show in Prescott, Arizona | Bob Golfen

For the eighth consecutive year, a special day for celebration of the old car hobby has been declared – July 14, 2017 – by SEMA and its councils, which will again seek a Congressional resolution to recognize Collector Car Appreciation Day. Continue reading

Goodguys head to Scottsdale for final 2016 event

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Classic Mercury on Goodguys Scottsdale show field | Photos by Hans Marquez

Over 3,000 hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars and trick trucks, all pre-1972, will be showcased in Scottsdale, Arizona, from November 18-20 for the 19th annual Southwest Nationals, the final Goodguys event of the 2016 season.
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