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Cars created and owned by Gabriel Voisin, Edsel Ford on docket for RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction

Gabriel Voisin's own 1927 C14 Lumineuse will be offered for sale at Amelia Island | RM Sotheby's photo by Alexis Gouer
Gabriel Voisin’s own 1927 C14 Lumineuse will be offered for sale at Amelia Island | RM Sotheby’s photo by Alexis Gouer

Cars designed and owned by French automaker Gabriel Voisin and Edsel Ford highlight the early consignments for RM Sotheby’s 18th annual auction at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The one-day sale featuring 100 vehicles is scheduled for March 12, 2016, at the Ritz-Carlton hotel on the island on Florida’s northeast coast. Continue reading

McQueen, Knievel bikes on Bonhams’ Las Vegas docket

Even Knievel rides this 1976 Harley in the Viva Knievel movie | Bonhams photos
Even Knievel rides this 1976 Harley in the Viva Knievel movie | Bonhams photos

Steve McQueen’s Triumph “desert sled,” the only red Vincent White Shadow, a factory Harley-Davidson oval-track racer and Evel Knievel’s screen bike from Viva Knievel highlight the docket for Bonhams’ annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, scheduled for January 7 at Bally’s Hotel & Cassino. Continue reading

ClassicCars.com presents three auction tours during Arizona collector car week

Andy Reid conducting an auction tour
Andy Reid conducting an auction tour at RM Sotheby’s

Readers attending the annual collector car week in Arizona next month have three opportunities to  catch up with auction analyst, sports car expert and ClassicCars.com East Coast editor Andy Reid during any of three exclusive free auction tours.

Andy has been attending these events for more than 20 years and  knows his way around the auction block. Continue reading

New Year, new exhibits at National Corvette Museum

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No, that’s not a Corvette, but it is part of the new American Muscle exhibit at the National Corvette Museum | NCM Photos

The National Corvette Museum opens its 2016 exhibition schedule with American Muscle, featuring hot rods and street rods, running from January 15 to March 25, 2016. On display will be a 1932 Black Coupe, 1934 Ford Coupe, 1934 Ford High Boy Coupe, and 1941 Willis.
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Pick of the Day: 1957 Morris Minor Traveler

The 1957 Morris Minor woodie is said to be in solid, good-running original condition
The 1957 Morris Minor woodie is said to be in solid, good-running original condition

Morris Minor was the little car that put Great Britain back on wheels after World War II. Created under the leadership of visionary British designer Alec Issigonis (later responsible for the Mini), the pert Minor was both durable and stylish, and well over a million were sold between 1948 and 1972.

Many Morris Minors were exported to North America, and the enduring favorite of those was the little two-door, wood-trimmed wagon. The Pick of the Day is one of these woodies, a 1957 Morris Minor Traveler, which the classic car dealer in Marina Del Rey, California, says is in fine original condition after only two owners. Continue reading

New exhibits, car shows this week at automotive museums

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New cars in Mercedes-Benz exhibit | Mercedes-Benz Museum Photo

Today, the Mercedes-Benz Museum opens a new exhibit featuring the major championship trophies from the 2015 season. Also on display at the German museum are two more cars in the Races and Records area at the museum. One of them is the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 WO5 hybrid that Lewis Hamilton used to win the 2014 World Championship Formula 1 Series.

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Gooding lands coachbuilt Ferraris, Alfa and Bugatti for Scottsdale

1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans by Touring valued at $5.75 million to $6.5 million | Gooding photos by Brian Henniker
1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans by Touring valued at $5.75 million to $6.5 million | Gooding photos by Brian Henniker

Gooding & Company has announced the consignment of four coachbuilt cars — a pair of Ferraris, an Alfa Romeo and a Bugatti Type 49 — for its January 29-30 auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The cars are a 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans by Touring, a 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale by Pininfarina, a 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe Speciale by Boano and a 1931 Bugatti Type 49 Grand Sport with coachwork by A.P. Compton & Co. Continue reading

Led by surging later-model supercars, 2015 North American classic car auction sales hit $1.45 billion, Hagerty reports

Hagerty graphic charts total sales volume of North American classic car auctions | Hagerty
Hagerty graphic charts total sales volume of North American classic car auctions | Hagerty

Call them whatever you like – “modern collectibles” or the “emerging segment” or even “later-model performance cars” – the supercars built from the 1980s through the Ford GT of the early years of this century certainly had the pedal to the metal in terms of rising values in the classic car marketplace during 2015. Continue reading

Buick from ‘Rain Man’ entered in 2016 Amelia Island Concours

harlie (Tom Cruise) and Raymond Babbitt (Dustin Hoffman) on the road in the Buick in ‘Rain Man’ | MGM photos
Charlie (Tom Cruise) and Raymond Babbitt (Dustin Hoffman) on the road in the ’49 Buick Roadmaster in ‘Rain Man’ | MGM photos

The Academy Award-winning film Rain Man is celebrated for its two vibrant leading characters: yuppie car dealer Charlie Babbitt, played by Tom Cruise, and his recently discovered autistic older brother, Raymond, with Dustin Hoffman winning an Oscar for his portrayal.

But really, there were three major roles: the Babbitt brothers and the yellow 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible that took them on a life-changing cross-country tour.

One of the two memorable Buicks used in the filming will make its concours debut at the 21st annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in March, after its restoration by Connecticut car guy Wayne Carini of Velocity’s Chasing Classic Cars, who performed the work for the car’s owner, Rain Man director Barry Levinson. Continue reading