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Mecum readies for 30th anniversary Original Spring Classic sale

Indiana State Fairgrounds buildings host Mecum Auction's annual spring sale | Larry Edsall photo
Indiana State Fairgrounds buildings host Mecum Auction’s annual spring sale | Larry Edsall photo

‘My Dad sold his first car collection to start the company,” Frank Mecum said. “He sold his second collection to keep it going.”

And Mecum Auctions, now in its 30th year, is going very well.

“Now,” Frank added of his father, “he’s working on his third collection.” Continue reading

Gilmore Museum receives automotive patent collection

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Patent font and rear designes of 1947 Tucker | Gilmore photos

The Gilmore Car Museum in southwestern Michigan has  inherited a collection of over 396,000 automotive patents for both foreign and domestic brands. The collection represents paper duplicates of automotive-related patents from 1790 to 1999, as well as a comprehensive and searchable database.

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TV series will follow RM Sotheby’s search for consignments

Series will show how RM Sotheby's staff finds and consigns cars such as this D-type Jaguar at Monterey 2016 | Larry Edsall photo
Series will show how RM Sotheby’s staff finds and consigns cars such as this D-type Jaguar at Monterey 2016 | Larry Edsall photo

From late in 2015 and into the fall of 2016, RM Sotheby’s collector car auctions allowed a “fly on the wall” to travel with its staff as it ventured around the world seeking cars to fill the dockets for its auctions. The result is a 10-part television series, Million Dollar Car Hunters.

The hour-long programs are produced by Waddell Media under commission from BBC Worldwide and Britain’s Channel 4, although U.S. distribution has yet to be announced. However, the television production company based near Belfast, Northern Ireland, has a well-established relationship with the Discovery, National Geographic and A&E cable networks in the U.S. The programs also will be seen on BBC Canada. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup truck

Chevy added stylish fiberglass rear fenders to the Cameo's pickup bed
Chevy added stylish fiberglass rear fenders to the Cameo’s pickup bed

Before there were El Caminos, there were Cameo pickups, Chevrolet’s answer to a persistent question: how to provide farmers, construction workers and the like with a truck for work that also could be driven proudly to church on Sunday.

Chevy was first off the block in 1955 with a refined-looking pickup that applied stylish fiberglass rear fenders and tailgate cover, along with unique taillights, trim and a premium interior, to its newly minted Task Force truck design. Fiberglass was chosen for the ease of design and tooling, and because of Chevrolet’s relationship with the fiberglass company that made Corvette bodies. Continue reading

Mustang Boss 429 muscle-car icons head to Indiana auctions

The Mustang Boss 429 at Auctions America has been repaint its factory Royal Maroon | Auctions America
The Mustang Boss 429 at Auctions America is a low-mileage survivor | Auctions America

Limited-production rarity, ferocious capabilities and uniquely aggressive styling, the 1969-70 Ford Mustang Boss 429 is a true icon of the muscle-car era, an A-List celebrity applauded everywhere it goes.

Yet the Boss 429 was an unlikely creation, a piece of high-performance art built by necessity. Just 1,358 of them were produced during the two model years, and they are highly sought after today, not just by Ford enthusiasts but by collectors who recognize how very special they are. Continue reading

Prototypes, Porsches featured in Mitty Speedfest

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2009 No. 230 Corvette Daytona Prototype to race at MItty | HSR photos

Prototype sports cars from the last six decades join featured-marque Porsche as headliners at the 40th annual Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty vintage races, scheduled April 20-23 at Road Atlanta.

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One-off Tojeiro Climax coupe headed across auction block

John Tojeiro created the chassis beneath the Tojeiro Climax coupe | H&H Classics photos
John Tojeiro created the chassis beneath the Tojeiro Climax coupe | H&H Classics photos

Yet another of John Tojeiro’s remarkable automobiles is heading to auction, the one-of-a-kind 1958 Tojeiro Climax coupe joining the docket for H&H Classics Sports & GT Cars sale scheduled for June 6 at the RAC’s Woodcote Park Estate in Surrey, England. Continue reading

Georgia military academy hosts inaugural Champions and Heroes

The Champions and Heroes Time Trials will highlight the weekend | William Hall
The Champions and Heroes Time Trials will highlight the weekend | William Hall

(Editor’s note: The Riverside Military Academy Champions and Heroes event has been postponed until June 2018 because of massive traffic jams created by the fire and collapse of a section of Interstate 85 in Atlanta.)

Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, will host on June 2 to 4 the inaugural Champions and Heroes, a vintage car weekend consisting of a rally, time trials and concours d’elegance, in the small lakeside town one hour northeast of Atlanta.

The venue on the 206-acre campus of the military prep academy aims to approximate in setting and style the European-estate feel of such events as the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Lancia Fulvia

The Lancia Fulvia was only spottily imported to the U.S.
The Lancia Fulvia was only spottily imported to the U.S.

Italian sports cars have a certain intangible something that those from other countries are lacking. It is not so much the engineering or the style as it is the way in which all the parts are put together, and which makes them so much more than the sum of those parts. Somewhere during the assembly process, Italian cars seem to get a sort of soul, which makes them very special.

The cost of entry for these cars can be very expensive, and well-heeled collectors line up for the opportunity to buy the best examples of rare Italian cars, and for very serious money. Continue reading

Level 5 Motorsports heads to Auburn auction

2012 Ferrari 458 GTD used by Level 5 Motorsports | Photos courtesy Auctions America
2012 Ferrari 458 GTD used by Level 5 Motorsports | Photos courtesy Auctions America

Level 5 Motorsports, founded in 2006, was regarded as one of the most successful privateer teams in recent memory in sports car racing and was known to use the best of everything -– cars, drivers, equipment. Working directly with the court-appointed monitor on the upcoming sale, Auctions America is selling the entire racing team collection at no reserve during the Auburn Spring sale, May 11-13 at Indiana’s historic Auburn Auction Park.

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