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Jet Center event: Luxury lifestyle and charity benefit

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Lamborghini at JetCenter event | Nicole James photos

Live music, local wine and microbrews joined exquisite art, a jet aircraft and several exotic cars at the inaugural AZ Jet Center event held Wednesday evneing at JetLinx Scottsdale as part of Arizona Car Week.

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Gilda, a sublime 1955 turbine car, offered at Barrett-Jackson

The turbine-powered Chrysler Ghia Streamline X 'Gilda' was designed with the aid of a wind tunnel | Barrett-Jackson photos
The turbine-powered Chrysler Ghia Streamline X ‘Gilda’ was designed with the aid of a wind tunnel | Barrett-Jackson photos

From a time when designers and engineers were attempting to blend automobiles with jet aircraft comes the 1955 Chrysler Ghia Streamline X, nicknamed Gilda after the Hollywood film and its glamorous leading lady, Rita Hayworth.

Gilda was a concept car commissioned by Chrysler design chief Virgil Exner and styled by Giovanni Savonuzzi with coachwork by Ghia of Turin, Italy. It was first shown at the 1955 Turin Motor Show, where it created a sensation. Continue reading

Depth of field: New hallmark of the Arizona Concours

Two of the cars in the Lincolns of the Classic Era class at the Arizona Concours d'Elegance | Larry Edsall photos
Two of the cars in the Lincolns of the Classic Era class at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance | Larry Edsall photos

The headlines, here and elsewhere, were about the Bugatti Atlantic which, to no one’s astonishment, won Best of Show accolades Sunday at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance. The Atlantic is so famous, so rare and so spectacularly beautiful a car that it simply overshadowed the rest of the show field. Continue reading

What caught Andy’s eye at Bonhams’ Scottsdale auction

Bonhams has brought a strong selection of cars for the Scottsdale auction | Andy Reid photos
Bonhams has brought a strong selection of cars for the Scottsdale auction | Andy Reid photos

Bonhams is celebrating its fourth year in Scottsdale, and this year’s selection of cars is the best the venerable auction house has ever had here in the desert, as well as being among the best offerings of any of the seven auction companies working Arizona Car Week. This includes my second-favorite car ever offered for sale at any auction anywhere.

As always is the case, Bonhams has a bit of something for every price level, and my picks of cars that I would most want to take home reflect that.

1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce
This beautiful gray Alfa Giulietta is one of the nicer restorations I have ever seen. Not usually my favorite color on these cars, but combined with the red seats, it works wonderfully. I have enough time behind the wheel of these Alfas to know that the driving experience is amazing, and this car is so nice that I would keep it forever.
1958 Alfa Spider
1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88
Those who know me are thinking, “Seriously, a C3 Corvette on a list of cars you want?” Well, seriously, the stigma of the C3 is gone and an L88 is truly a weapons-grade sports car, likely able to keep up with and then easily pass any 275 GTB/4 Ferrari on a vintage rally, and likely to cause much consternation in the process. This car is a great example, and I asked a friend, Bonhams specialist Steffan Frisk, to fire it up. The sound was exciting and immediately made me want it.
1969 L88
2003 Aston Martin Vanquish
The gentleman’s alternative to the L88 Vette, a Vanquish has been on my list for a long time. This example with only 15k miles and in a great black color just ticks all the boxes. These cars are on the rise and I want to buy one before they double in value.
Aston Vanquish
1956 Porsche Speedster
I love Speedsters, especially the early cars with the beehive taillights. The first Porsche I ever drove was a ‘56 Speedster, and it has stuck with me over the years. This Aquamarine Blue Metallic car is an extremely well-restored No. 1 condition car that I would personally love to drive into a No. 2 condition car.
1956 Porsche speedster
1952 Ferrari 340 America
This Ferrari represents the beginning of the marque’s long and storied racing history. It competed in the 1952 Mille Miglia, the 24 Hours of Le mans, and the Targa Florio. It was a factory team car and was driven my Taruffi, Trintignant and Bracco. It is eligible for any and all concours and vintage-racing events and rallies, aside from London to Brighton. How much better does it get in a single car?
1952 Ferrari 340 America
1963 Iso Rivolta
These are the easiest-to-live-with Italian GT cars ever built, with stunning Italian coachwork combined with a reliable Chevrolet Corvette powertrain. This Iso Rivalto has a manual transmission and is a great example of a truly world class GT car. A Iso Rivolta like this in a great color combination of silver paint with maroon leather would make a tour car par excellence. I loved this gentleman express.
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1977 Honda Civic CVCC
This little yellow Civic is the nicest example I have seen since they were new. It needs nothing, and if entered would likely win Best of Show at ClassicCars.com’s Future Classics car show. It is easier to find a really nice Ferrari California Spider for sale than it is a Civic as nice as this one. This is a future classic that is guaranteed to increase in value while it sips very little gas.
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1984 Ferrari 308 GTS QV
Sure it is a 308, but this Ferrari is one of the cars used in one of my favorite TV shows, Magnum P.I. This is the car that is one of my all-time favorite auction cars, second only to the DB5 form the movie Goldfinger. I will in fact be bidding on it, but I expect it to sell for much more than I am willing to spend. I will be test driving it Wednesday to see if it is everything that I hoped it would be.
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Future Classics Car Show packs rooftop garage

Mercedes-Benz AMG GTS enters the car show | Photography by The Function Factory

ClassicCars.com, with support from Car Street Journal and the Function Factory, celebrated future collector cars with a show of their own Monday, set during Arizona Car Week atop a parking garage at the Scottsdale Quarter, an upscale shopping district.

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Bugatti Atlantic wins best of show at Arizona Concours

Bugatti Atlantic is pushed carefully to the red carpet after its battery died | Larry Edsall photos
Bugatti Atlantic is pushed carefully to the red carpet after its battery died | Larry Edsall photos

Organizers of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance provide a roped-off area near the awards presentation area reserved for photographers with media credentials so they can capture images of the cars as they roll up and their owners receive their awards. For all but the last of those awards, the cars approach from stage right, so the photo pen onstage left provides the desired, heads-on vantage. Continue reading

1934 Hudson Terraplane convertible wins Classiccars.com Award at Arizona Concours

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1934 Hudson Terraplane convertible

A 1934 Hudson Terraplane convertible has been selected as the winner of the annual Classiccars.com Award at the 2017 Arizona Concours d’Elegance.

This 1934 Hudson Terraplane convertible was found in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by the current owner’s son. The car was complete but in poor condition and received a comprehensive  3 1/2-year restoration with over 3,000 man hours invested. Continue reading

Pioneering women in racing featured at Arizona Concours

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On stage with St. James were Miranda Seymoure, author of the Bugatti Queen,, and Janet Guthrie, the first woman to compete in the Indy 500 and Daytona 500 | Charles Siritho photos

The lights of the grand ballroom had been dimmed. Over hushed murmurs and the soft sound of rain, Lyn St. James’s took to the stage and said, “Over time, I learned I wasn’t so unique. When you are so often identified as the only woman in this male-dominated sport, it’s like sometimes you are just this strange person, but you don’t feel strange because you love what you do, so it becomes normal to be so unique.”

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Economic impact: Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale boosts local economy by $168 million, study reports

Barrett-Jackson has been the anchor of Arizona Car Week for nearly 50 years | Larry Edsall photos
Barrett-Jackson has been the anchor of Arizona Car Week for nearly 50 years | Larry Edsall photos

After nearly every collector car auction, the auction houses publish on their websites a list of all lots that sold, and for how much. Some also will share information on the high bid on lots that didn’t sell. In most cases, the auction houses also issue a news release listing an overall sales total, a sell-through rate and a list of the 10 lots that brought the most money. Continue reading

Fifth graders enthused with their introduction to car collecting

Fifth graders raise their paddles as they bid on scale models of classic cars | Larry Edsall photos
Fifth graders raise their paddles as they bid on scale models of classic cars | Larry Edsall photos

If you wanted to see enthusiastic bidding on classic cars, you needed to be inside the Worldwide Auctioneers’ tent in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Friday morning when 120 fifth graders were introduced to the wonderful world of collector vehicles. Continue reading