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New enterprise is an Airbnb for classic and exotic cars

Rental fleet includes (from left) 1984 Ferrari 308, 1964 Shelby Cobra replica, 1958 MG MGA and 1971 Mini Cooper S | Classics&Exotics photo
Rental availability includes (from left) 1984 Ferrari 308, 1964 Shelby Cobra replica, 1958 MG MGA and 1971 Mini Cooper S | Classics&Exotics photo

So you’re going to be sightseeing in the nation’s capital and you want to be seen as well as see the sights. As of this month, you can rent a 1973 Steyre Puch Pinzgauer 712M to carry you and as many as 13 friends and relatives on your tour.

Don’t need a retired Swiss military troop transport? Well, there are 100 other collector vehicles — and the list is growing weekly — available across the country from Classics&Exotics, a sort of Airbnb created to help classic car owners benefit by renting out their vehicles while also getting potential newcomers to the hobby behind the wheel. Continue reading

Car shows and classes at automotive museums

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“The Donald Gilmore Classic” is a pre-WWII car show and swap meet to be held Saturday, May 21st | Gilmore Car Museum Photos

This Saturday the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, features Cars & Carriages from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., celebrating French coachbuilders from the beginning of the automotive age through the end of the 19th Century.

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Unique ‘Gold Corvette’ headed for Mecum’s Indy auction

The 1962 Corvette was restored as it was designed for a styling evaluation | Mecum Auctions
The 1962 Corvette was restored as it was designed for a styling evaluation | Mecum Auctions

Chevrolet in 1962 wanted to celebrate its 50-year golden anniversary in style, so the General Motors Styling Department set out to produce a special-edition color scheme to mark the occasion. Continue reading

Historic reunion: Indycars return to Phoenix

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Scott Dixon leaving the pits during the race | Hans Marquez Photos

The month of May will be consumed by the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, fitting because the event long ago earned its title as “the greatest spectacle in racing.”

But before heading back to Indy, the racers were in Phoenix last weekend for another historic event, their return to a race track that was specially built for their style of competition. Continue reading

New auction house staging initial online sale Saturday

1981 Ferrari 512BBi with 1,600 miles on odometer is among featured lots at The Finest's first sale | The Finest photos
1981 Ferrari 512BBi with 1,600 miles on odometer is among featured lots at The Finest’s first sale | The Finest photos

Bradley R. Farrell and his new The Finest Automobile Auctions stage their first sale Saturday. This inaugural event is an online-only auction featuring some 15 collector vehicles and a variety of automobilia, all available through the Proxibid online portal.

Farrell, who was chief operating officer for the inaugural Keno Brothers automobile auction in 2015, also has The Finest sales scheduled June 11 at Hershey, Pennsylvania, and September 17 at Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado, and already is working on another online-only sale for July. Continue reading

Auctions America does $20 million in sales in Fort Lauderdale

Cars awaiting their turn across the block at Auctions America's Fort Lauderdale sale | Auctions America photos
Cars awaiting their turn across the block at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale sale | Auctions America photos

Auctions America opened its 2016 collector car calendar by posting $20 million in sales last weekend at its 14th annual Fort Lauderdale auction. The sell-through rate was 70 percent, and nearly 40 percent of the bidders were new clients for the auction house. Continue reading

Vintage fire-fighting equipment featured at Charlotte AutoFair

The 'Black Mack' has been hot-rodded with a Viper's V10 engine | Charlotte AutoFair photos
The ‘Black Mack’ has been hot-rodded with a Viper’s V10 engine | Charlotte AutoFair photos

A hot-rodded 1944 Mack fire truck street rod known as the Black Mack will be featured in a special display of firefighting vehicles April 7-10 at the Pennzoil AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

The firefighting display, presented by Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment magazine, includes a 1922 Ford that has served the Farmland (Indiana) Fire Department since it was new; a tiny Scat emergency truck designed to reach fires in crowded buildings; specialized fire units built on an International Harvester Scout and a Ford Bronco; and two trucks that served Kings Mountain, North Carolina, in the 1930s. Continue reading

Mullin museum celebrates Belle Epoque cars and carriages

1922 Hispano-Suiza by Labourdette | Mullin museum photos
1922 Hispano-Suiza by Labourdette | Mullin museum photos

The Mullin Automotive Museum opens its next exhibit, Cars and Carriages, a showcase of Belle Epoque-era French vehicles spanning the transition from horse-drawn to early automobiles, on April 9 at the Oxnard, California, museum.

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Pick of the Day: Steve McQueen’s 1952 Chevrolet camper

The 1952 Chevrolet pickup is reputedly the last vehicle driven by Steve McQueen
The 1952 Chevrolet pickup is reputedly the last vehicle driven by Steve McQueen

Still aching for a drivable piece of Steve McQueen magic, but those million-dollar Porsches are a bit out of reach? Then take note: The vintage Chevrolet camper truck once owned and driven by the late film icon, and apparently the last vehicle he ever drove before his untimely death, is up for sale again.

The Pick of the Day is the 1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup with a hand-built camper shell that McQueen used regularly, which has been verified by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by McQueen family members as well as the California vehicle registration with McQueen’s signature. Continue reading

‘The Professionals’ Capri headed to H&H Classics auction

1978 Ford Capri 3.0S was used in British 'The Professionals' TV series | H&H Classics photos
1978 Ford Capri 3.0S was used in British ‘The Professionals’ TV series | H&H Classics photos

From 1977-1983, Bodie, portrayed by actor Lewis Collins, took on criminals on their own terms in the British television series, The Professionals. His vehicle of choice was a Ford Capri, one of which will be offered at the H&H Classics auction April 20 at Duxford, UK. Continue reading