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Normandy Tank Museum collection headed to auction

Mr Sherman tank with 105mm Howitzer will be up for bidding | Artcurial Motorcars photos
Mr Sherman tank with 105mm Howitzer will be up for bidding | Artcurial Motorcars photos

In the 1980s, Patrick Nerrant began collecting and restoring tanks and other vehicles used in World War II. His sons Stephane and Olivier joined him in the effort, and in 2013 they opened the Normandy Tank Museum at the A10 Airfield in Catz, France, just a few kilometers west of the Omaha Beach D-Day Monument.

Patrick Nerrant is retiring after 35 years of collecting and with his sons has decided to sell his collection at what Artcurial Motorcars is calling The D-Day Sale, scheduled for September 18 at the museum. Continue reading

Star power: John Lennon’s limo going to auction

John Lennon owned and customized this 1956 Austin Princess | RM Sotheby's photos by Stephen Kim
John Lennon owned and customized the interior of this 1956 Austin Princess | RM Sotheby’s photos by Stephen Kim

John Lennon’s 1956 Austin Princess, which carried The Beatles to performances in England and also appeared in the movie Imagine, is among the collector cars on the docket for RM Sotheby’s London sale, September 7 at Battersea Park. Another celebrity car, a 1966 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE cabriolet owned since new by actor James Mason and his family, also will be auctioned. Continue reading

Rob Myers getting award for contributions to classic car hobby

Rob Myers started doing restorations, then added auctions | RM Sotheby's photos
Rob Myers started doing restorations, then added auctions | RM Sotheby’s photos

From restoring old cars in a one-stall garage to building a full-service restoration business with 30 expert craftsmen, Rob Myers has propelled classic cars to best of show honors at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. And in his spare time, he also has built a pretty decent side business, RM Sotheby’s collector car auctions.

For all of his contributions to the collector car hobby, Myers will be presented this week with the Nicola Bulgari Award from America’s Automotive Trust during the Buick Nationals in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Continue reading

Mustang Club seeks world record at Indy celebration

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Previous MCA Event | MCA/ Donald Farr photos

The Mustang Club of America needs more than 766 cars to break the record for the “longest Ford Mustang parade,” and to dethrone the Mt. Hood Mustangs and Fords Club. The MCA’s world-record attempt is scheduled as part of the organization’s 40th anniversary celebration, September 1-4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Pick of the Day: 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle

The Chevelle has been fitted with a big block 454 cid V8 hooked with a four-speed manual transmisson
The Chevelle has been fitted with a big block 454 cid V8 hooked with a four-speed manual transmisson

If you’re yearning for some serious big-block muscle, here’s a Chevelle resto-mod whose plain-Jane appearance belies the massive power lurking under its hood.

The Pick of the Day, a custom 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle coupe, is described by its seller as a former show car with a mighty 454 cid crate engine slipped into its extra-clean engine bay. Hooked up with a Muncie four-speed, 3.73 posi-traction rear and four-wheel Wilwood disc brakes, it has the right ingredients for an impressive performance machine. Continue reading

Bonhams’ Quail sale adds trio of pre-war classics to its docket

1930 Duesenberg Model J  has spent time at Imperial Palace and Blackhawk collections | Bonhams photos
1930 Duesenberg Model J has spent time at Imperial Palace and Blackhawk collections | Bonhams photos

They may not have the provenance of being driven by Tazio Nuvolari or of having been owned by Jane Russell or Diana Ross, but three pre-war cars that are on the docket for Bonhams auction at The Quail in northern California’s Carmel Valley have plenty in their own right to attract bidders.

Bonhams has announced that its sale at The Quail will include a 1904 Mercedes-Simplex 28-32 HP 5-seat rear-entrance tonneau, a 1930 Duesenberg Model J town cabriolet and a 1938 Talbot T23 r-liter cabriolet with coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi. Continue reading

Andy Reid ready to show you around Monterey auction venues

Andy Reid (right) meets a tour group outside the Bonhams tent | Classic Car News photo
Andy Reid (right) meets a tour group outside the Bonhams tent | Classic Car News photo

ClassicCars.com and Classic Car News’ own in-house collector car marketplace expert, our East Coast editor Andy Reid, will lead two free auction venue tours at Monterey, and all you have to do to join in is to sign up in advance. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Vintage racing at Elkhart Lake

Race fans and spectators check out vintage competition cars during the Race Car Parade
Race fans and spectators check out vintage competition cars during the Race Car Parade | William Hall photos

With one of the largest turnouts in recent years, Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, kicked off its signature vintage races of the summer, a four-day track event featuring the 50th anniversary of the Can-Am series and historic gatherings of the UOP Shadow and Corvair Stinger race cars.

The WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman presented by Hawk – known simply to locals and old timers as “Vintage” – is the longest-running retro-race tradition in the Midwest and the highlight of the summer calendar. Continue reading

Gooding consigns rare Ferraris for Monterey auction

The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione is one of the most-highly valued open race cars | Gooding photos
The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione is one of the most-highly valued open race cars | Gooding photos

Four spectacular Ferraris, each of them worth a king’s ransom, will be presented at Gooding & Company’s collector car auction in August during Pebble Beach Concours week. Ranging in years from 1950 to 1962, the four historic Ferraris have a collective estimated value of $49 million to $58 million, which could put Gooding’s Monterey results into uncharted territory. Continue reading

Finally completed, 1959 Tojeiro California headed to Russo and Steele auction in Monterey

1959 Tojeiro California blooms after being hidden away for decades | Russo and Steele and Redline Service photos
1959 Tojeiro California blooms after being hidden away for decades | Russo and Steele and Redline Service photos

I had encountered a couple of John Tojeiro’s automotive creations when they participated in the Copperstate 1000 vintage sports car rally in recent years, and I quickly came to appreciate their engineering and design aesthetics. So when I saw a photo of this 1959 Tojeiro California, its hood, rear deck lid and doors open as if it were a flower in bloom, I had to know more.

I saw the photo when it was included in a news release from Russo and Steele, which has the car on consignment for its upcoming collector car auction next month in Monterey, California. Continue reading