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Shell develops new premium fuel for the engines of old cars

Shell says its V-Power Nitro+ fuel helps protect vintage car engines | Bill Hall photos
Shell says its V-Power Nitro+ fuel helps protect vintage car engines | William Hall photos

Modern gasolines have become a recurring headache for classic car owners. Low octane and unleaded fuel have presented challenges for years, but federally-mandated 10 percent ethanol content has caused new problems with compatibility in vintage fuel-system components.

Recently, Shell Oil Company invited me down to STCH (Shell Technology Center Houston) in Texas to demonstrate what they’re doing to address the needs of the classic car owner with their Shell V-Power Nitro+ premium gasoline. Continue reading

Toyota hides its treasures in plain sight

Some of the wonderful preserved cars on display in the Toyota museum | Nick Kurczewski
Some of the wonderful preserved cars on display in the Toyota museum | Nick Kurczewski

You could drive by Toyota’s automotive treasure chest a million times and never know it was there. Snug in an industrial estate in Torrance, California, surrounded by innocuous boxy buildings with huge “Self-storage” signs on the front, the Toyota USA Automobile Museum could double as a secret headquarters for a James Bond villain. Continue reading

Beaulieu greeting cards let you see and hear classic cars

350-horsepower Sunbeam photographed on Pendine Sands | Beaulieu museum photos
350-horsepower Sunbeam photographed on Pendine Sands | Beaulieu museum photos

Looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer, or maybe you’re just anticipating the car person in your life’s next birthday. Regardless, you probably need to know about the new “sound cards” produced by Beaulieu, Britain’s National Motor Museum, the Hampshire Cultural Trust and a company called Really Wild Cards.

Twenty-one vehicles from the Beaulieu museum’s collection were chosen for the greeting cards. The cover of the car shows a photograph of the car. The surprise comes when you open the card and hear the actual sound of the car’s engine. Continue reading

NYC window displays visions of the automotive future

Best guesses about what we'll be driving aren't always right | HVA photos
Best guesses about what we’ll be driving don’t always prove correct | HVA photos

If you happen to be in New York City doing your holiday shopping, be sure to hustle over to 432 Park Avenue to see a very special window display.

Curated by Michael Shanks, a professor from Stanford University’s Center for Design Research, and presented in conjunction with the Historic Vehicle Association, the display takes a look at three visions of the automotive future as it has been perceived from the very dawn of the automobile age. Continue reading

Window shopping at museum stores with Nicole

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Model T Driving school | Gilmore photo

My immediate family and closest friends are all car-obsessed gear heads, so when it comes to the holidays, a safe go-to gift idea is always something automotive related. In a quest to give my loved ones something unique this year, I turned to museum stores across the United States and browsed online for the perfect gifts.

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Pick of the Day: 1949 Dodge Power Wagon

The Dodge Power Wagon is a civilian version of a WWII military truck
The Dodge Power Wagon is a civilian version of a WWII military truck

While Jeep gets most of the ink as a World War II-derived civilian vehicle, another legendary off-road warrior designed for the conflict also made the switch to civilian life, although with a much-larger footprint: the mighty Dodge Power Wagon.

The Pick of the Day is a terrific, low-mileage 1949 Dodge Power Wagon with enough restoration upgrades to qualify as a resto mod. A brutal-looking pickup truck, the Power Wagon seems ready to wage war on the toughest terrain anywhere. Continue reading

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta, 58 cars from Orin Smith collection join RM Sotheby’s docket for Amelia Island sale

Some of the 58-car Orin Smith collection headed to Amelia Island auction | RM Sotheby's photo by Darin Schnabel
Some of the 58-car Orin Smith collection headed to Amelia Island auction | RM Sotheby’s photo by Darin Schnabel

The consignment of a 58-car private collection has led RM Sotheby’s to expand its 19th annual Amelia Island auction to two days, March 10 and 11, 2017, instead of its customary one-day sale, the auction house announced Tuesday.

The company also said that in addition to the 58 cars from the collection of the late Orin Smith, the Florida sale will include a rare 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, a car RM Sotheby’s says is “one of the most valuable cars ever presented during the Amelia Island weekend.” Continue reading

Pebble Beach accepting entries for 2017 concours d’elegance

Cars undergo scrutiny even before the judges get their turn on the show field | Larry Edsall photos
Cars undergo scrutiny even before the judges get their turn on the show field | Larry Edsall photos

Have a car you think would qualify to be showcased next summer at the 67th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance? You only have until January 9 to get your application into the selection committee.

After applications are received, cars are vetted and a selection committee includes 15 people meets to “share research and compare and contrast possible groupings,” the concours said in a news release, which noted that, “Sometimes cars must be viewed in person” as part of that vetting process. Any conflicting information also must be resolved. Continue reading