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Museums: Buick Club readies for 50th anniversary celebration

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Ariel view of Buick Nationals venue | AOW Museum photo

More than 700 vintage Buicks and their owners are expected to participate July 30 when the Buick Club of America celebrates its 50th anniversary with the Buick Nationals at Allentown, Pennsylvania. The big show will be open to the public from 9 a.m .until 3 p.m. at the NB Center for American Automotive Heritage compound across from Coca-Cola Park.

All entry donations will benefit the America On Wheels automotive museum in Allentown. Continue reading

Collector car market heats up as we head to Monterey

Hagerty July Market Rating
Hagerty July 2016 market rating

For the first time in four months, the Hagerty Market Rating posted a “sizable increase,” according to the classic car insurance and valuation-tracking company. The July rating of 69.07 is 0.17 points better than the final figure for June. Continue reading

Racing Rewind: 1979 British GP launched Williams team

The Williams FW07 demonstrated the value of ground-effects technology at the British Grand Prix | Sotheby's
The Williams FW07 demonstrated the value of ground-effects technology at the British Grand Prix | Sotheby’s

The British Grand Prix, which took place this past weekend, is one of the most viewed races on the Formula 1 calendar. Many fantastic moments in racing have occurred at the Silverstone Circuit.

One of the somewhat lesser-known but most-spectacular victories at the British GP was during the 1979 race, in which the Williams F1 team won their first competition, and at home, no less. Continue reading

Forest Grove best in show goes to 1935 Mercedes-Benz

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Best of Show 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Sports Tourer | Forest Grove Concours d’ Elegance photo

Owned by Thomas and Rhonda Taffet of California, a 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Sports Tourer was selected as best in show at the 44th annual Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance last weekend at the Pacific University campus in Oregon. The car was shown by its restorer, Jim Frisworld of Oregon.

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Pick of the Day: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray

The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is from the first year of the Sting Ray models
The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is from the first year of the Sting Ray models

So, you’ve been saving up all these years for the perfect classic car to drive and enjoy, and as you scan the listings, you say to yourself: “What is it that I really want? What would be the perfect car for me?”

If you are interested in having an all-American car with some exotic flair and good performance, one that you could drive in rallies and events, and one that you could easily take care of in your garage, it’s hard to beat a vintage Chevrolet Corvette. Continue reading

Sam and Emily Mann consign five cars to RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale, including 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B

RM Sotheby's expects the Manns' 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B to sell for more than $20 million | RM Sotheby's photos by Darin Schnabel
RM Sotheby’s expects the Manns’ 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B to sell for more than $20 million | RM Sotheby’s photos by Darin Schnabel

Sam and Emily Mann are up there at the pinnacle of American car collectors. Vehicles from their collection have won best of show honors at concours across the country, including four times in the past 25 years at Pebble Beach, where only the late Bill Harrah achieved a similar record and where only J.B. Nethercutt exceeded it with six such trophies.

But as years advance, priorities change and the Manns have decided to offer five cars from their collection for sale next month at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, California, where the auction house anticipates that the Manns’ 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B will set “a new auction benchmark for a pre-war automobile.” Continue reading

Jackie Kennedy’s ’61 Lincoln convertible set for Mecum auction

The Lincoln convertible was lent to First Lady Jackie Kennedy by Ford Motor Co. | Mecum Auctions photos
The Lincoln convertible was lent to First Lady Jackie Kennedy by Ford Motor Co. | Mecum Auctions photos

In the sparkling days of Camelot on the Potomac, when John and Jacqueline Kennedy had taken up residence at the White House, Ford Motor Co. smartly lent a new 1961 Lincoln Continental four-door convertible in white to the glamorous First Lady for her personal use.

The historic Lincoln that recalls the excitement and tragedy of the too-brief Kennedy years will be auctioned in Monterey, California, in August at Mecum Auctions sale during Pebble Beach concours week. Continue reading

Martins memorial car show to feature tow trucks

Vintage 1950 Dodge tow truck and pickup were displayed at recent Iola Old Car Show | Larry Edsall photos
Vintage 1950 Dodge tow truck and pickup were displayed at recent Iola Old Car Show | Larry Edsall photos

As the Labor Day weekend began last year, John Martins was on his way back from a job when the tow truck he owned and was driving plunged down an embankment and caught fire. As much as 90 percent of his body sustained second and third-degree burns when he was airlifted to a hospital in Rhode Island.

Although doctors figured he would survive no more than 72 hours, Martins stayed alive for 23 days. Continue reading

GAA Classic Cars offers George Shinn collection

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1956 Ford Thunderbird from the George Shinn collection | GAA Classic Cars photos

Cars from the collection of George Shinn are scheduled to cross the block at the GAA Classic Cars auction July 30, in Greensboro, South Carolina. Shinn is known for his former ownership of several professional sports teams, including the New Orleans Hornets of the National Basketball Association, two minor league baseball teams and a World League of American Football franchise.

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Mecum heads for Harrisburg for third annual collector car auction

A 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback headlines the Harrisburg sale | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback headlines the Harrisburg sale | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions rolls into central Pennsylvania for its third annual Harrisburg sale July 21-23 featuring an estimated 1,000 vehicles on the docket.

Mecum sold about $21 million worth of collector cars during its inaugural Harrisburg auction in 2014, and $20.6 million at last year’s sale (Mecum results do not include buyer fees). Continue reading