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Riverside museum collection headed to RM Sotheby’s and Auctions America California sales

 XJ 220, Ford GT, a 2006 Maserati Gran Sport  and Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione | RM Sotheby's photos by Karissa Hosek
XJ 220, Ford GT, a 2006 Maserati Gran Sport and Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione | RM Sotheby’s photos by Karissa Hosek

Nearly 50 vehicles from the Riverside International Automotive Museum will be offered for sale this summer at RM Sotheby’s and Auctions America’s events in California. Most of the cars are going to Auctions America’s June 25-26 sale at Santa Monica with the remaining 15, including Dan Gurney’s first 1966 AAR Eagle Indy racer, headed to RM Sotheby’s annual auction on the Monterey Peninsula in mid-August. Continue reading

British auction house CCA offers its largest docket

1978 Toyota Lite Ace Day van headed to CCA sale | CCA photos
1978 Toyota Lite Ace Day van headed to CCA sale | CCA photos

Everyman’s classics is the theme for the docket for Classic Car Auctions’ sale Saturday at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre in England, where a CCA-record 164 vehicles will be up for bidding.

The vehicles range from what CCA calls “low mileage, time-warp classics” to “excellent value performance cars,” and from barn-found restoration projects to “unusual, rare vehicles to appeal to car collectors of all tastes and budgets.” Continue reading

Nutson’s nuggets at Mecum MidAmerica motorcycle auction

Mecum's MidAmerica motorcycle auction begins Friday just outside Chicago | Larry Nutson photos
Mecum’s MidAmerica motorcycle auction begins Friday just outside Chicago | Larry Nutson photos

About 350 vintage and antique motorcycles line the floor of the Schaumburg Convention Center just northwest of Chicago for this late spring chance for many to get a new old ride for the summer. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Rise & Drive in Chicago

Rise & Drive gathers monthly at a Chicago collector car  hub
Rise & Drive gathers monthly at a Chicago collector car hub

Rise & Drive is Chicago’s twist on the cars-and-coffee cruise-ins taking place across the country.

Now in its third year, Rise & Drive has a new gathering place, the Collectors’ Car Garage. The free event is open to a variety of cars — vintage classics, sports cars, muscle cars, exotics and microcars, with a few hot rods and customs among the nearly 100 cars that attended the most recent monthly gathering. Continue reading

Need a place to park your collector car? GaragePointer might help

This empty garage might be just the place for your car | GarageFinder
This empty garage might be just the place for your car | GaragePointer

It’s a common lament: You’ve just bought another collector vehicle but have no place to store it. Or maybe you’re taking one of your classics to Monterey in August and you need a secure place to keep it when not cruising around the peninsula. The partners behind GaragePointer, a newly launched part of the “sharing” economy, think they have a solution.

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Paris banning older cars from driving in the city

Guided tours of Paris in vintage Citroens could be banned | Paris is Beautiful City Guide
Guided tours of Paris in vintage Citroens could be abolished | Paris is Beautiful City Guide

Another sign that the automotive apocalypse is nigh: Paris has banned all cars registered before 1997, or motorcycles before 2000, from entering the city center during weekdays, starting July 1. Eventually, the French capital will restrict all vehicles more than 10 years old from driving in any part of the city. Fines will be imposed on violators.

That means no more classic Citroens, Peugeots or Renaults that make Paris streets all the more colorful. It also means that those unable to afford newer vehicles won’t be able to drive in the city, which is raising complaints of economic discrimination. Continue reading

Vintage tractor collection brings nearly $2 million at Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ auction

Fenders designed to protect low-hanging branches and fruit make orchard tractors look like they're reading for racing | Larry Edsall photos
Fenders designed to protect low-hanging branches and fruit make orchard tractors look like they’re ready for racing | Larry Edsall photos

A Porsche for only $23,000? It’s true. Because when it comes to collectors of vintage farm tractors, Porsche’s appeal doesn’t match that of brands such as Minneapolis-Moline. (Yes, like Lamborghini, Porsche was in the tractor business, producing diesel-powered farm equipment from the 1930s into the early 1960s.)

Among vintage tractor buyers, at least those attending the Charles Schneider Collection sale staged last weekend by Mecum Auction’s Gone Farmin’ division, it was Minneapolis-Moline that was the brand to buy. Five of the top six sales involved the brand that build farm equipment from 1929 to 1963, when it was enfolded into the White Motor Company. Continue reading

America’s Automotive Trust unites four classic car institutions

The LeMay-America’s Car Museum will serve as the new organization's showcase | William Hall photo
The LeMay-America’s Car Museum will serve as the new organization’s showcase | William Hall photo

America’s Automotive Trust, a new non-profit institution to promote, preserve and celebrate America’s automotive tradition, has pulled together four major classic car entities under a single umbrella to share resources and expertise. Continue reading