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Pick of the Day: 1974 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is a second-generation coupe
The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is a second-generation coupe

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary Camaro, an event being celebrated at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in March. With that in mind, the Pick of the Day is a 1974 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 located in Fairfield, Ohio.

Model year 1974 was a watershed time for cars in the U.S. with new federal emissions and safety regulations. It was also the year that Ford delivered the downsized Mustang II and really started focusing more on economy than performance. Happily, Chevrolet did not follow suit and still offered the full-size Camaro with the V8-powered Z28 version for those of us who wanted a performance car. Continue reading

25-year wait might be worth it for this taste of Cappuccino

1991 Suzuki Cappuccino is on the docket at Fort Lauderdale | Auctions America photos
1991 Suzuki Cappuccino is on the docket at Fort Lauderdale | Auctions America photos

When I was one of the editors of AutoWeek magazine, we used to do a semi-regular feature called NFUSS, short for Not For U.S. Sale. These were cars we’d have loved to drive, and for our readers to drive as well, if only they had they been available in the United States automotive market instead of being restricted to their Asian or European homelands.

One of the cars we were eager to feature was the Suzuki Cappuccino, launched in 1991 after being teased two years earlier at the Tokyo Motor Show. Continue reading

Subaru launches celebration of 50th anniversary in America

Subaru was the first with popularly price  four-wheel-drive station wagon | Subaru photos
Subaru was the first with popularly price four-wheel-drive station wagon | Subaru photos

On February 15, 1968, American businessmen Malcolm Bricklin and Harvey Lamm launched Subaru of America. Half a century later, the company has started a year-long celebration leading up to its 50th anniversary.

As early as 1965, Bricklin was importing the Fuji Rabbit motor scooter and the little Subaru 360 car. With Lamm, who had been working in his family’s furniture store, he launched Subaru of America to sell distributor franchises, with 13 spread across the country. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS5

The Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 is said to be a well-preserved, all-original muscle car
The Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 is said to be a well-preserved, all-original muscle car

The Pick of the Day is one of the most desirable of big-block muscle cars, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 coupe, which the seller says is an all-original survivor that looks as good and runs as well as when it came out of the factory.

This is the 360-horsepower LS5 version of the Chevelle SS 454, one tier down from the Holy Grail LS6 with its solid-lifter 454 that cranked out a conservatively rated 450 hp. Still, this LS5 with its heavy-duty Rock Crusher manual transmission should provide plenty of performance satisfaction. Continue reading

Amelia Island Concours to host Camaro’s 50th birthday party

The first Camaro ever built will be part of the concours display | Historic Vehicle Association
The first Camaro ever built will be part of the concours display | Historic Vehicle Association

General Motors was chasing the runaway success of the Ford Mustang when its designers began developing the prototype Chevrolet Camaro. Behind closed doors, a dream team that included such GM stars as Pete Estes, Ed Cole and John DeLorean quickly created a sports coupe that ran right to the heart for Chevy fans.

The design phase was very hush-hush, according to GM insiders, with even the skeptical company brass kept in the dark until the completed Camaro prototype was revealed to them. They were wowed by the sophisticated design of the four-seat coupe, which had been honed by wind-tunnel testing.

For 1967, Camaro was added to the Chevrolet lineup as an unprecedented sixth model. Continue reading

The Finest does only $2.6 million at Boca Raton sale

1997 Lamborghini Diablo sells for $197,000 | The Finest photo
1997 Lamborghini Diablo sells for $189,000 | The Finest photo

The Finest Automobile Auctions sale in conjunction with the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance posted sales of $2.6 million with a 52 percent sell-through rate.

Those figures include the post-block sales that are part of The Finest’s auction format, which includes a 72-hour sales extension after the last hammer drops at the live auction. Nonetheless, only 37 of the 71 lots offered went to new owners. Continue reading

Retromobile remains the king of all shows

The ultimate Bugatti Atlantique with the ultimate childs car: A Bugatti Baby | Dirk De Jager photos
The ultimate Bugatti Atlantique with the ultimate childs car: A Bugatti Baby | Dirk De Jager photos

For a seasoned, die-hard classic car guy, Paris in February means only one thing: Strolling through the city of lights in the cold, snow or no snow, for the granddaddy of indoor collector car fairs — Retromobile.

Billed as a trade show, it attracts people from all over the world to visit the high-profile dealers, special exhibits, manufacturers displays, autojumble, club stands and so on and on and on. Continue reading

Boca Raton concours has become major winter event

Concours featured a magnificent profusion of Auburns, Cords, and Duesenbergs | Jim McCraw photos
Concours featured a magnificent profusion of Auburns, Cords, and Duesenbergs | Jim McCraw photos

At the 11th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, staged at the famous Boca Raton Resort and Club on Florida’s east coast, there was a lot of money to be made, but it was made for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, almost $10 million so far.

The all-volunteer concours (more than 300 persons this year) was founded by megadealer Rick Case and his wife, Rita, and has grown to become one of the major events of the winter in the Southeast. Continue reading

Concours of Texas moving north to Arlington

Texas Rangers baseball field is adjacent to park where concours will take place | Concours of Texas photo
Texas Rangers baseball field is adjacent to park where concours will take place | Concours of Texas photo

The Concours d’Elegance of Texas officially has announced its move from Houston to the Arlington Entertainment District, beginning with its events scheduled for April 21-23, 2017.

The 2017 concours will be the sixth annual three-day vintage vehicle-car celebration, and in addition to the cars will feature luxury lifestyle events in what organizers are calling a “wonderful park setting.” Continue reading

Museums hold car shows this weekend

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Muscle Car City’s monthly car show | Museum photo

Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda, Florida, holds its monthly car show Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free to attend or to show a car. Six awards will be given out and music will be provided by Tom’s Traveling Tunes.

The following weekend, the museum holds its monthly automotive flea market and car corral from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Continue reading