Category archives: News

Bonhams lands Type 49 roadster for Bugattifest at Greenwich

Labourette-bodied 19332 Bugatti Type 49 roadster early consignment for Greenwich auction | Bonhams photo
Labourette-bodied 19332 Bugatti Type 49 roadster early consignment for Greenwich auction | Bonhams photos

Bugatti is the featured marque for the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, and a 1932 Bugatti Type 49 roadster with coachwork by Labourette will highlight Bonhams’ 10th annual Greenwich Auction, taking place June 4 as part of the concours weekend in Connecticut. Continue reading

What? No Bond, James Bond DB5?

Aston Martins in the windows at Harrod's | Aston Martin photo
Aston Martins in the windows at Harrods | Aston Martin photo

Aston Martin has done a deal with Harrods, the historic London department store, to display a trio of cars in the Knightsbridge display windows. The cars are all new — a DB11, V12 Vantage S and Vanquish S. Continue reading

Gilmore holds movie night featuring Bullitt

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Bullitt recreation Mustang spotted at Ponies at the Pike 2016 | Nicole James photo

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, will show the iconic 1968 film Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset and Robert Vaughn, Saturday at 7:30 p.m on the big screen in the Automotive Heritage Center in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1922 Stoughton Fire Engine

The Stoughton Fire Engine is from the first year the Wisconsin company produced fire trucks
The Stoughton Fire Engine is from the first year the Wisconsin company produced fire trucks

Antique firetrucks are wonderful things, flashy and brassy and honoring brave firefighters who rush into burning buildings to save people. There is a small but dedicated niche of firetruck enthusiasts who love and collect these mammoth pieces of Americana. They all have one thing in common: lots of storage space.

Here in Phoenix, we have the Hall of Flame museum, which despite its quirky name is one of the most-significant collections dedicated to vintage firefighting equipment. It’s open to the public and worth a visit. Continue reading

President’s Ferrari, astronaut’s Cadillac likely to draw interest from Auctions America’s ‘Iron-enriched’ bidder pool

Donald Trump was the original owner of this 2007 Ferrari going to auction | Auctions America photo by Dirk de Jager
Donald Trump was the original owner of this 2007 Ferrari going to auction | Auctions America photo by Dirk de Jager

Auctions America stages its 15th annual Fort Lauderdale collector car sale March 31-April 2 — and this is no April Fool’s Joke: Expect there to be much more interest in a couple of cars with significant ownership history than might otherwise be expected at such an auction.

The cars are a 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 coupe and a 2000 Cadillac Deville DHS sedan, neither of which might normally cause all that much excitement at a classic car auction. However, the Caddy was originally owned by the late astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glenn and the Ferrari’s original owner was a future U.S. President, Donald “Make America Great Again” (by buying an Italian car?) Trump. Continue reading

Oldest Vespa scooter currently offered in online auction

The oldest Vespa is a prototype of the iconic scooter built in 1946 | Catawiki photos
The oldest Vespa is a prototype of the iconic scooter built in 1946 | Catawiki photos

The world’s oldest Vespa scooter, the third prototype built by Piaggio in 1946, is currently being auctioned on the online bidding site Catawiki, with an expected result of $250,000 to $300,000.

That might seem like a whole lot for a simple Italian scooter, but consider this example as a historic artifact from the effort to provide cheap, efficient transportation for a nation devastated by World War II. With many millions produced, the Vespa scooter became emblematic of a youthful Neapolitan lifestyle, and were highly popular around the world. Continue reading

Iconic California customs set for HVA displays in Washington

The McGee Roadster is the embodiment of early hot rod design | Historic Vehicle Association photos
The McGee Roadster is the pure embodiment of early hot rod design | Historic Vehicle Association photos

Three iconic pieces of California custom-car culture take center stage next month on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as the Historic Vehicle Association displays the latest vehicles to be commemorated and recorded in the HVA National Historic Vehicle Register and archived in the U.S. Library of Congress.

The privately owned cars will be shown at separate times during the month in the HVA glass case on the walkway between the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art for passersby to see and admire. Continue reading

Leake lands a 569-mile LaFerrari for its Dallas auction

2014 one-owner, ultra-low mileage Ferrari LaFerrari on Leake's Dallas docket | Leake Auction photos
2014 one-owner, ultra-low mileage Ferrari LaFerrari on Leake’s Dallas docket | Leake Auction photos

Leake Auction Company is known for providing a parade of nice and reasonably priced collector cars across the tandem blocks that are a feature at many of its sales. Typically, those cars sell for tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thousands of dollars.

But at the company’s recent Oklahoma City sale, every car among the top 10 in sales sold for six figures. That achievement could be surpassed at Leake’s upcoming spring sale in Dallas, where the docket will be topped by a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, a car expected to be the most expensive vehicle ever sold by the company that dates to 1972. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible

The Ford Falcon Sprint convertible is said to still wear original paint
The Ford Falcon Sprint convertible is said to still wear original paint

Spring has sprung, so it’s time to dust off the ragtop and go cruising. What, still covered in snow? Be patient because the warm weather will come. It always does.

The Pick of the Day is an homage to spring and rebirth, a baby-blue 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible that’s about certain to make you feel young again. And this car’s youthful appearance is genuine; it is a 53-year-old survivor still wearing its original glossy paint and with just 51,500 miles on its odometer. Continue reading

Royal setting this year for the ‘unexceptional’ car show

The show features exception examples of such ordinary cars as a Citroen and VW Golf | Hagerty UK photos
The show features exception examples of such ordinary cars as a Citroen and VW Golf | Hagerty UK photos

While the cars might be considered ordinary at best, the setting this year is not as the third annual Hagerty’s Festival of the Unexceptional moves to the grounds of Stowe House, Buckingham, the former home of the British Duke of Buckingham.

Set amidst the reportedly splendiferous Capability Brown gardens of the Stowe House, which is located adjacent to the Silverstone racing circuit, what might be considered the concours for the rest of us celebrates “the much maligned and long forgotten ‘ordinary’ classic cars and commercial vehicles of the late 1960s, ’70s and ’80s,” according to the British arm of Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle valuation-tracking company. Continue reading