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AACA museum plans return trip to Cuba

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Cuban Cars from Previous AACA Museum Tour | Wayne Hill Photos/ AACA Museum

With two prior sold-out trips, the AACA Museum urges people interested to resister early for a third trip to Cuba, scheduled for April 24-May 2, 2016. The trip promises to provide participants an opportunity to connect directly with the Cuban people and their history with cars.

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Jaguar Land Rover design F-Sleigh concept for Santa

The F-Sleigh designed by Jaguar Land Rover | Jaguar Land Rover photos
The F-Sleigh designed by Jaguar Land Rover | Jaguar Land Rover photos

What would Santa drive is our whimsical poll question this week. But the folks at Jaguar Land Rover design approached that issue from their own perspective, and they share a sketch of the F-Sleigh, a concept for a sled for the jolly one inspired by the new F-type convertible. Continue reading

India’s Mahindra secures controlling interest in Pininfarina

Cisitalia was a breakthrough design by Pinin Farina in late 1940s | Pininfarina photos
Cisitalia was a breakthrough design by Pinin Farina in late 1940s | Pininfarina photos

Pininfarina, one of the last great Italian design houses and coachbuilders, and most likely the most historically important, has new majority ownership as Pincar S.r.l. has agreed to sell its stock in the company to Tech Mahindra Limited and Mahindra & Mahindra, both of India. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1977 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

The 1977 Toyota Land Cruiser sports a fresh coat of red paint and new Bridgestone off-road  tires
The 1977 Toyota Land Cruiser sports a fresh coat of red paint and new Bridgestone off-road tires

Snowed in? Rained out? Mired in mud? No problem. Here’s just the thing for battling your way through another tough winter.

The Pick of the Day is a 1977 Toyota 1977 FJ40 Land Cruiser that is already painted bright red for the Christmas season, equipped with a go-anywhere four-wheel-drive system and a solid reputation for durability. Continue reading

Famed muscle-car collection ready to roar at Mecum auction

The 1969 Yenko Camaro from the Schmeeckle collection will be auctioned by Mecum | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1969 Yenko Camaro from the Schmeeckle collection will be auctioned by Mecum | Mecum Auctions photos

For nearly 20 years, Wayne Schmeeckle worked to compile one of the greatest collections of exceptional American muscle cars from the 1967-71 heyday of the high-performance breed.

Twenty-three of his hand-picked muscle cars, among them the rarest and most-desired examples of the era, are headed to auction next month during Mecum Auctions’ sale in Kissimmee, Florida. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s NYC auction exceeds $72.5 million

Janis Joplin's 1964 Porsche 356 on display | Andy Reid photos
Janis Joplin’s 1964 Porsche 356 on display | Andy Reid photos

Thursday, RM Sotheby’s held its second New York City auction, this time entitled “Driven By Disruption,” and while the cars featured at the sale represented vehicles that changed the way we look at automobiles and that were disruptive forces during their time, the sale itself performed well but was not quite the disruption of the original sale two years ago.

In 2013, the sale of 31 vehicles and seven works of automotive art for nearly $63 million in just a two-hour span sent shockwaves throug the classic car auction industry. Much more was expected this week, especially now that RM and Sotheby’s are full business partners — in 2013, RM held its sale at Sotheby’s, again the site of the auction but now with Sotheby’s owning 25 percent equity in the classic car auction house. Based on RM-Sotheby’s own pre-auction estimates, there were expectations of a sale of perhaps $100 million or more

The sale did hit $72.534 million, and the figure is remarkable when you consider that only 21 of the 31 cars sold, a 67.7 sell-through rate. But more than a third of the total sales came from the sale of one vehicle and more than half of the total was produced by two cars — the 1956 Ferrari 290 MM that sold for $28.05 million — the most paid for any car at auction in 2015 — and the Zagato-bodied 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT that went for $14.3 million, a record for any British car sold at auction. (Prices include buyer’s premium.) Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson readies another huge automobilia sale for Scottsdale auction in January

About 450 piece of historic automobilia will be offered from four private collections | Barrett-Jackson photos
About 450 piece of historic automobilia will be offered from four private collections | Barrett-Jackson photos

Barrett-Jackson wowed the collector-car world last January when Ron Pratte’s monumental collection of cars and automobilia brought in more than $40 million at the Scottsdale auction.

It was a groundbreaking event highlighted by the record sale of Pratte’s horde of vintage automobilia: signs, neon, pedal cars, toys, souvenirs, gas-pump globes and sundry other items from our automotive past, most of it in superb condition.

So what could Barrett-Jackson do for an encore? Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1931 Ford hot rod roadster

The 1931 Ford roadster wears 78 coats of custom lacquer paint, the seller says
The 1931 Ford roadster wears 78 coats of custom lacquer paint, the seller says

History takes many forms, and as with automobiles, an ever-changing progression of styles and tastes. The resurgence of classic street rodding has resulted in rising values for famous custom jobs from the past and the return of some great old show cars to the collector car market.

The Pick of the Day is one of them, a 1931 Ford hot rod roadster from the late 1960s that was originally built by customizer Jim Cooper and recently was owned by famed car designer Chris Ito. With the cruelly ironic name of Cockroach, the show car has survived in original preserved condition for four decades, according to its listing on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading