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Corvette Museum to guide assembly plant tours

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Corvette assembly plant | NCM Photo

The National Corvette Museum is now managing public tours of the General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant, located just across the highway in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Under the museum’s management, tours will start at 8:30 a.m. and run every 15 minutes until 1:45 p.m. with each tour lasting approximately one hour. Guests get a guided tour that requires walking about a mile in the plant with no purses, cameras, cell phones or backpacks. Guests must wear closed-toe shoes.

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27 Porsche 911s to be auctioned in online sale

A 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera, black with a black-leather interior, is the earliest car in the auction | LiveAuctioneers.com
A 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera, black with a black-leather interior, is the earliest car in the auction | LiveAuctioneers.com

The rapid rise of values for Porsche 911s has brought many of them out of hiding and onto the auction stage, with the earlier model-year cars still commanding unheard-of prices.

The latest Porsche collection to hit the bidding circuit is being offered in an online auction with 27 cars from a private enthusiast ranging from a 1974 911 Carrera coupe to several low-mileage 2013 911s. Pre-auction value estimates range from the low $30,000s to $166,000, with all the cars carrying reserve prices. Continue reading

Toyota Corolla, the world’s best-selling car, marks 50 years

Akio Toyoda, president and CEO of Toyota, in the first Corolla he ever owned | Toyotoa
Akio Toyoda, president and CEO of Toyota, in the first Corolla he ever owned | Toyota photos

For classic car enthusiasts, the Toyota Corolla is pretty much invisible, a ubiquitous economy car that’s long on reliability but short on panache. Corolla’s familiarity might have bred contempt, but consider the fact that it is by far the highest-selling automotive nameplate in history.

More than 43 million Toyota Corollas have been sold worldwide since Toyota introduced its basic sedan to the Japanese market in 1966. The company brought Corolla to the United States two years later, where it hit the ground running and has never stopped. During 2015, Toyota sold nearly 1,000 Corollas every day in the United States, about 363,000 in all. Continue reading

Touge California heads to Mazda’s museum garage

Some of the competitors in the inaugural Touge California in 2015 | Japanese Nostalgic Car photo
Some of the competitors in the inaugural Touge California in 2015 | Japanese Nostalgic Car photos

The second all-Japanese vintage-car road rally, Touge California, takes place Saturday with 11 of the 28 entries wearing Mazda badges, so it seems only fitting that Mazda North American Operations will serve as title sponsor and co-host with the Japanese Nostalgic Car website.

Touge California was founded last year by Ben Hsu, editor-in-chief of Japanese Nostalgic Car, with rally master Patrick Strong. They’d seen vintage rallies such as Targa Florio or Carrera Panamericana, primarily for European cars, and decided classic Japanese vehicles should have such an event as well. Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson picks Proxibid as online bidding partner

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2015 Palm Beach auction arena | Barrett-Jackson Photo

Beginning with Barrett-Jackson’s 14th annual Palm Beach auction next month, online bidders can participate in the sale from anywhere in the world as a result of a partnership between the auction house and  Proxibid, which becomes the exclusive provider of online bidding services.

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‘Captain Kirk’ offers two cars at Palm Beach auction

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William Shatner with his 2002 Aston Martin DB7 Volante and a 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton | Barrett-Jackson Photos

William Shatner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk in the Star Trek TV and movie series, will offer a pair of cars, a 2002 Aston Martin DB7 Volante and a 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton, from his personal collection at Barrett-Jackson’s 14th annual Palm Beach auction, running April 8-10 at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

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‘Topless’ theme for 21st annual Oregon Festival of Cars

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Porsche’s on the show field at previous Festival of Cars | Oregon Festival os Cars Photos

The 2016 Oregon Festival of Cars, set for September 23-25 in Bend, Oregon, will feature “topless” cars of any vintage at the Broken Top Club’s driving range.

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Pair of presidential cars joins national register, will be featured as Cars at the Capital returns to National Mall

President Taft's 1909 White steam car at recreated Shaker Round Barn | HVA photos by
President Taft’s 1909 White steam car at recreated Shaker Round Barn | HVA photos by Casey Maxon

Two more cars are being added to the National Historic Vehicle Register, and they will be on display next month in Washington, D.C., when the Historic Vehicle Association stages its second Cars at the Capital celebration.

Both cars selected for registry honors have presidential ties. They are the 1909 White steam car owned by President William Howard Taft and the 1962 Willys Jeep CJ-6 owned by President Ronald Reagan. Continue reading

Auburn Auction Park schedules monthly Cars & Coffee

Cars & Coffee begins April  9 at Auburn Auction Park | Auctions America photo
Cars & Coffee begins April 9 at Auburn Auction Park | Auctions America photo

Auburn Auction Park is usually the site for Auction America’s big collector car sales — one in late May, the other over the Labor Day weekend. But starting April 9, the huge venue in northeastern Indiana also will be opened to all vehicles for a monthly Cars & Coffee show. Continue reading

BMW restored by Clarion to benefit Barrett-Jackson cancer fund

The 1974 BMW 2002 resto-mod wear European bumpers and sits on BBS wheels | Clarion Builds
The 1974 BMW 2002 resto-mod wear European bumpers and sits on BBS wheels | Clarion Builds

A sharp little 1974 BMW 2002 “resto-mod” that will cross the auction block during Barrett-Jackson’s sale next month in Palm Beach, Florida, has a lot of hope and promise riding on its short wheelbase.

The BMW coupe is the first project completed by Clarion Builds, a restoration initiative created by the Clarion Corporation of audio-system fame, and all proceeds from the sale will benefit cancer research at the Translational Genomics (TGen) Research Institute based in Phoenix. Continue reading