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‘Miami Vice’ Testarossa heads for Mecum Monterey sale

The Ferrari Testarossa is an early model with a single rear-view mirror | Mecum
The Ferrari Testarossa was introduced in the third season of ‘Miami Vice’ | Mecum

The most-memorable TV show that best exemplified the decadent and drug-addled 1980s was, of course, Miami Vice. Appealingly absurd, the trend-setting cop show was set in a pastel-hued landscape and mixed in beautiful cars with the beautiful people: Detectives Sonny Crocket and Ricardo Tubbs drove their “beat” in a white 1986 Ferrari Testarossa. Continue reading

Join the ClassicCars.com RM Sotheby’s Insiders auction tour at Monterey 2015

Andy Reid conducting an Auction Tour at an RM sale
Andy Reid conducting an auction tour at RM Auctions

Our readers who are attending the annual collector car week at Monterey, California, next month will  want to be sure to catch up with auction analyst, sports car expert and ClassicCars.com East Coast Editor Andy Reid during a exclusive free  tour of RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction. Andy has been attending these events for more than 20 years and really knows his way around the auction block. Continue reading

Vicari celebrates 20th anniversary, collector car appreciation day with auction in New Orleans

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS | Vicari Auctions Photo

Celebrating its 20th anniversary year, the Vicari Auction Company has teamed with Mardi Gras World to host its fifth annual New Orleans collector car auction July 11 during Collector Car Appreciation weekend. The auction is expected to feature up to 200 cars as well as Disney art and items from Pete Vicari’s personal memorabilia collection. Continue reading

Kidston Trophy will honor pre-war racers at 25th Silverstone Classic

Some of the cars eligible for the Kidston Trophy test at Silverstone circuit | Silverstone Classic photos
Some of the cars eligible for the Kidston Trophy test at Silverstone circuit | Silverstone Classic photos

Billed as the world’s largest vintage racing event, the Silverstone Classic celebrates its 25th anniversary July 24-26 in England with an event that will highlight the return of pre-war sports cars as a racing class with a new and special trophy.

The Kidston Trophy honors adventurer and aviator Glen Kidston. A lieutenant commander in the Royal Navy — once surviving two torpedo strikes in the same day — when not at sea Kidston was setting records on the ground, on two wheels and four, and in the sky. In 1930, Kidston and Woolf Barnato drove a Bentley Speed Six to victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Less than a year later, Kidston would die when his de Havilland Puss Moth broke up while flying through a dust storm over the Drakensberg Mountains in southern Africa. Continue reading

Sydney Allard’s 1956 Palm Beach going to auction

1956 Allard Palm Beach made its debut at Earl's Court auto show | H&H photos
1956 Allard Palm Beach made its debut at Earl’s Court auto show | H&H photos

Sydney Allard’s own 1956 Palm Beach sports car, the one that was on the stand at the Earl’s Court Motor Show, is being offered for sale at H&H’s Chateau Impney Hill Climb auction, scheduled for July 11 in Worcestershire, England. The car is being consigned by Allard’s son, Alan, and grandson, Lloyd, who reacquired the car in 2012 and have restored it since then, H&H said in a news release. Continue reading

Santa Monica road races remembered

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Vintage race car | Peter Darnall Photo

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 17 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows, the Santa Monica History Museum will celebrte the historic 1911 Santa Monica road races.

Santa Monica, California, was the site of early auto races from 1909 through 1919 and the 1911 race will be the subject of presentations from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 17 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica. Continue reading

Celebrity Ferrari set for Russo and Steele Monterey sale

The 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 was formerly owned by Adam Carolla | Russo and Steele
The 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 was formerly owned by Adam Carolla | Russo and Steele

A 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 formerly owned by comedian and media personality Adam Carolla will cross the block at the Russo and Steele auction next month in Monterey, California.

The Series II model, powered by a Columbo V12 engine, is one of 455 examples built and, according to Russo and Steele, one of the best known of surviving examples with a history of prominent ownership since new. The Ferrari is a “matching numbers” example with fully documented mileage and with all services up to date, the auction says. Continue reading

Pininfarina adds book, lifestyle accessories to 85th anniversary celebration

Italian leather goods producer The Bridge worked with Pininfarina on this travel bag | Pininfarina photos
Italian leather goods producer The Bridge worked with Pininfarina on this travel bag | Pininfarina photos

Pininfarina is making the most of its 85th anniversary celebration.

On June 11, at the start of a four-day anniversary celebration, it revealed a massive — 304 pages thick in a hardbound cover and 12×15-inch format — book on the history of the automotive design and coachbuilding company and many of its most outstanding vehicles.

The anniversary celebration was an outdoor motor festival in Turin, Italy, and included the Concorso d’Eleganza Pininfarina, an exclusive concours at Valentino Castle for Pininfarina-designed vehicles and a grand parade through 14 kilometers of streets closed to any other traffic. Continue reading