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Granddaughters go to auction to reclaim a family heirloom

This 1948 Jaguar was owned by Jaguar's deputy chairman | Historics at Brooklands photos
This 1948 Jaguar was owned by Jaguar’s deputy chairman | Historics at Brooklands photos

After discovering that their grandfather’s 1948 Jaguar was going to auction earlier this month at the Historics at Brookland sale, Lucy, Sally, Sarah and Charlotte outbid all others to claim the car. Well, actually to reclaim the car.

You see, this wasn’t just any 1948 Jaguar Mk. IV saloon. The girls’ grandfather was Arthur Whittaker, deputy chairman of the British automaker, and this had been his car, which they were bringing home 67 years after he’d last driven it. Continue reading

Mercedes-Benz sets three vintage racer track days

Mercedes-Benz 190 E This 2.5-16 Evolution II racing car is like the one Roland Asch raced | Mercedes-Benz photos
Mercedes-Benz 190 E This 2.5-16 Evolution II racing car is like the one Roland Asch raced | Mercedes-Benz photos

After a successful debut in 2016, Mercedes-Benz will stage three track days this year in Germany for owners of classic Mercedes racing cars. The dates are March 30 at Hockenheim, August 3 at Zolder and September 19 at Oschersleben. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S

The Porsche 944 Turbo S is fitted with the Club Saort Package of performance upgrades
The Porsche 944 Turbo S is fitted with the Club Sport Package of performance upgrades

Strange as it may sound today, there was a time when the Porsche company feared that the days were numbered for its rear-engine sports cars. Sure, the 911 was beloved by its fans and owners, and fearsome on the track in its many guises, but time was marching on – as well as federal pollution and safety regulations – so Porsche looked to gradually change over to more-customary front-engine, water-cooled sports cars. Continue reading

Goodwood celebrates vintage racing with Facebook Live

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Ford Mustang at Goodwood Members Meeting | Goodwood Circut photos

The 75th Members Meeting, to be held this weekend at England’s Goodwood Motor Circuit, will celebrate cars that competed in the inaugural 1987 World Touring Car Championship and be broadcast through the ClassicCars.com Facebook page.

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Barn-found Rapier highlights Bonhams’ Harlech auction

1925 Lagonda Rapier rediscovered after decades in storage | Bonhams photos
1925 Lagonda Rapier rediscovered after decades in storage | Bonhams photos

Recently uncovered within the coach house of Glyn Cywarch, baronial home of the Britain’s Harlech family, a 1936 Lagonda Rapier 10hp Tourer will be the vehicle highlight of Bonhams’ auction of the property of Lord Harlech. The sale is scheduled for March 29 at Bonhams’ New Bond Street facility in London. Continue reading

Brabhams, Indy racer headline Australian collection auction

Cosworth-powered Brabham BT21 was owned by Jack Brabham's engine builder | Lloyds Auction photos
Cosworth-powered Brabham BT21 was owned by Jack Brabham’s engine builder | Lloyds Auction photos

A collection of American open-wheel and Brabham-built racing cars are being sold March 18 by Lloyds Auctions, an Australia-based sales house. The vehicles come from Brian King’s “The Kings Garage” collection.

The Brabhams are a pair of BG21Bs, one powered by a rare Cosworth SCB four-cylinder engine that is believed to be one of only two or three still in existence. The car was built, owned and raced by Jack Brabham’s engine builder Bob Ilich. To propel the car, Ilich was able to obtain an experimental 1.5-liter SCB Cosworth engine. Continue reading

Ferrari begins 70th anniversary with re-enactment, video

The first Ferrari, the 125 S, leaves the factory complex 70 years ago | Ferrari photos
The first Ferrari, the 125 S, leaves the factory complex 70 years ago | Ferrari photos

On March 12, 1947, Enzo Ferrari drove the first car to bear his name, the 125 S, out of the gates of his modest factory and onto the streets of Maranello, Italy. Seventy years later, on Sunday, March 12, 2017, the Ferrari company recreated that event to kick off the official celebration of the automaker’s milestone anniversary.

Ferrari also released a video (see below) to commemorate the debut. The video begins with the 125 S, a 12-cylinder engine beneath and the Cavallino Rampante on its bonnet, leaving the old factory gates on Via Abetone Inferione, and symbolically passing the baton to the 70th anniversary edition of the LaFerrari Aperta. Continue reading

First Porsche Werks Reunion on Amelia Island scores big time

A sea of Porsches greeted fans and spectators to the  Werks Reunion | Bob Golfen photos
A sea of Porsches greeted fans and spectators to the Werks Reunion | Bob Golfen photos

Porsche fanatics are a competitive bunch, and not just in racing. So, after watching three years of West Coast success for the Porsche Werks Reunion during Monterey Car Week, the East Coast contingent of the Porsche Club of America decided to have its own gathering of the faithful on Amelia Island during Florida’s car extravaganza.

The inaugural Porsche Werks Reunion Amelia Island took place Friday on a golf-course fairway at the Omni Amelia Island Resort, just south of where Gooding & Company held its upscale collector car auction at the same time, including a number of choice Porsche cars for sale. Later in the day, the Amelia Island auction that sponsored the Werks Reunion, Hollywood Wheels, would hold a sale of desirable Porsches. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1984 Ford Mustang GT convertible

He bought this Mustang twice for his wife
He bought this Mustang twice for his wife

Ask the experts about still-affordable cars that are moving at a pretty good clip toward becoming more expensive collectible cars, and a consistent response is Fox-bodied Mustangs.

Pick of the Day is just such a car, a 1984 Ford Mustang GT convertible, and it is still quite affordable, advertised on ClassicCars.com for $9,500 or best offer. Continue reading