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13 cars from Comer collection going to Mecum’s Monterey sale

1958 Lister-Jaguar 'Knobbly' was owned and raced by Briggs Cunningham | Mecum Auctions photos
1958 Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ was owned and raced by Briggs Cunningham | Mecum Auctions photos

From an ex-Cunningham Lister-Jaguar “Knobbly” sports racer to an unrestored, 39,000-mile Ford Pinto Squire station wagon, and from a 1956 Bimbo racer formerly owned by E.L. Cord to an ex-Bud Moore NASCAR stock car, Colin Comer’s consignments for Mecum’s Monterey auction are eclectic, to say the least.

Oh, and there’s also an Indy car in the mix. Continue reading

Events: Concours, Cadillacs and motorsports champions

The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car is expected for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance | Hilton Head Island Concours
The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car is expected for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance | Hilton Head Island Concours

The 39th annual Concours d’Elegance of America, which actually comprises a weekend of 15 events, will host about 300 rare collector cars from around the world from July 28 through July 30 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.

Featured marques for the main-event concours, which takes place on Sunday, July 30, are Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and Shelby Cobra, while the featured coachbuilder is Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena and the featured body styles are boattail classics, hypercar exotics and Jet Age Juniors. Continue reading

Bookshelf: A welcome perspective on classic sports cars

The book cover
The book cover

Talk with car designers about their processes and one of the things they’ll mention is the importance of the plan view, the view of a vehicle from directly overhead.

There is a perspective seen only from directly above that is vitally important to designers as they seek the proper and pleasing proportions for a vehicle. Yet we, the car-buying and car-driving consumers of those designs, rarely if ever get to enjoy such a perspective, which would require a fairly tall and perhaps tippy ladder or venturing out onto a swaying tree branch over the driveway. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1927 Ford Model T Speedster

The Model T has been fitted with a sporty Speedster body
The Model T has been fitted with a sporty Speedster body

Buying a classic car is really not the most logical decision, and there are a lot of people out there who should think twice when considering buying one. Those people would be happier in a modern sporty car, such as a Dodge Challenger or Porsche Boxster.

Then there are those of us who live and breath classic cars, where every difficulty is merely a challenge to be overcome, and the higher the level of difficulty a collector car presents, the more we enjoy it. It is as if we welcome the potential for adversity, or actually look for it in the cars we buy. Continue reading

Pebble Beach concours to celebrate Isotta Fraschini

The 1995 Pebble Beach best of show, a 1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS, will be at this year's concours | Pebble Beach Concours
The 1995 Pebble Beach best of show, a 1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS, will be shown at this year’s concours | Pebble Beach Concours

Isotta Fraschini, the greatest luxury brand of pre-war Italy, will be celebrated with three full classes at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 20.

Among the opulent cars that will be present on the grass at the 67th annual Pebble Beach Concours will be the marque’s first chassis ever built, a 1901 prototype, and also the last one, a 1948 cabriolet. Continue reading

Gooding adds impressive trio to Pebble Beach docket

1928 Mercedes-Benz S-Type expected to fetch $5 million to $6 million at auction | Gooding & Co. photo by Brian Henniker
1928 Mercedes-Benz S-Type expected to fetch $5 million to $6 million at auction | Gooding & Co. photo by Brian Henniker

A supercharged 1928 Mercedes-Benz sports tourer with what is believed to be one-off bodywork, a Bugatti that is one of the last Type 57 chassis produced, and a 1937 Maserati 6CM with significant racing history have been consigned to the Gooding & Company collector car auction scheduled for August 18-19 at Pebble Beach Equestrian Center in Monterey, California. Continue reading

Auctions America lands ‘most important’ Duesie for Auburn sale

Duesenberg parked in front of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg museum | Auctions America photos by Darin Schnabel
Duesenberg parked in front of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg museum | Auctions America photos by Darin Schnabel

‘The most-important automobile ever offered by Auctions America at Auburn Fall” is what the auction house is calling the 1933 Duesenberg Model SJ “Sweep Panel” Phaeton that will cross the block Labor Day weekend at the annual sale at Auburn Auction Park in northeast Indiana.

The car, bodied by LaGrande, carries Duesenberg engine J-510 and was formerly part of the Lyon Family Collection. Continue reading

Buick passion kept alive by dedicated enthusiasts

A 1948 Buick Super coupe and a 1933 panel delivery at the Buick meet | William Hall photos
A 1948 Buick Super coupe and a 1933 panel delivery at the Buick meet | William Hall photos

Just about all of us knew a nice old lady or fellow who lived down the street with a well-kept classic Buick. Now imagine if all of those ladies and gentlemen decided to converge on one spot at the same time every year. Well, then you would have the Buick Club of America’s National Meet.

This year’s 51st annual Buick meet brought about 360 registered Buicks of all years to Brookfield, Wisconsin, for a mid-summer convention held from July 5-8. Continue reading

Low-mileage future classics on Silverstone sales docket

Ford Sierra Cosworth among low-mileage vehicles on auction docket | Silverstone Auctions photos
Ford Sierra Cosworth among low-mileage cars on the docket | Silverstone Auctions photos

OK, so they’re not quite classics, but they certainly can be considered future classics and — very importantly — they are extremely low-mileage examples being offered at Silverstone Auctions sale July 29-30 at the Silverstone Classic festival at the historic British racing circuit. Continue reading