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Pick of the Day: 1961 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

The Cadillac Coupe DeVille shows off its sharp-edged styling
The Cadillac Coupe DeVille shows off its sharp-edged styling

As excessive as the 1961 Cadillac seems today, it was actually quite toned down from the wildly ebullient 1959 Cadillac with its towering rocket fins. Sure, there are some serious tailfins here, but General Motors’ new knife-edge styling brought them down to earth.

The Pick of the Day is a 1961 Cadillac Coupe DeVille said to be a two-owner California car in beautiful condition behind a partial restoration. The DeVille is incredibly long, stretching out 18-and-a-half feet, with the strongly horizontal body contours making it look even more so. Continue reading

An amazing Carroll Shelby relic, a 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 used in his driving school, for sale with a seven-figure price tag

The GT350 fastback is one of three used at Carroll Shelby's driving school in the 1960s | Dynamic Motorsports photos
The GT350 fastback is one of three used at Carroll Shelby’s driving school in the 1960s | Dynamic Motorsports photos

The remarkable legacy of Carroll Shelby has many twists and turns, many deviations from his history as a successful racecar driver and Le Mans team leader to the visionary who combined a British roadster with a Ford V8 to create one of the greatest sports cars of all time, the Shelby Cobra.

One of Shelby’s sidelines after heart issues ended his racing career in 1961 was operation of the Carroll Shelby School of High Performance Driving, considered to be America’s first competition-driving school. Shelby ran the innovative school at Riverside International Raceway in California, where his students included racing stars, movie stars, fashion models and an assortment of the rich and famous. Continue reading

American muscle drives Mecum’s Dallas auction to $24.6 million

A 1965 Shelby GT350 sold for $410,000 i Dallas | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1965 Shelby GT350 sold for $410,000 i Dallas | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions sold 756 collector cars during its four-day sale in Dallas last week, posting $24.6 million in transactions and a 73 percent sell-through rate. American muscle cars were a top draw, mostly filling the list of top-10 sellers. Continue reading

Fast cars highlight docket for Australian auction

Streamliner set world speed recording 1997  for vehicle with 500cc or smaller engine | Mossgreen Auctions photos
Streamliner set world speed recording 1997 for vehicle with 500cc or smaller engine | Mossgreen Auctions photos

The world’s fastest 500cc car,  as well as a 1957 Australian racing special that has an invitation to Goodwood and what launched as “the fastest unsupercharged standard British car,” are highlights of the Mossgreen Auctions sale scheduled for November 27 in Melbourne. Continue reading

College students save history of newest car on historic register

Students from College of Charleston did research on the Anderson | HVA photos
Students from College of Charleston did research on the Anderson | HVA photos

A 1920 Anderson, a model Six convertible roadster, has become the first automobile added to the National Historic Vehicle Register because of its local and regional historic significance, the Historic Vehicle Association announced. The HVA credited students at the College of Charleston in South Carolina for preserving that piece of history.

The car is one of only seven known survivors of South Carolina’s first automobile company, which produced 5,500 vehicles from 1916 to 1922. Continue reading

Bidders go berserk over dusty Porsche Speedster on Hilton Head

Stored in a Chicago area garage for 40 years, this Speedster soared beyond its pre-sale estimated value | Auction America photo by Teddy Pieper
Stored in a Chicago area garage for 40 years, this Speedster soared beyond its pre-sale estimated value | Auction America photo by Teddy Pieper

The dirty Aquamarine Blue 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster that went from more than 40 years of storage in a Chicago-area garage to Auctions America’s second sale at the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival figured to sell for as much as a quarter-million dollars.

But bidding sped past that point until the car sold for $665,000 (including buyer’s premium) at the sale Saturday. Continue reading

Driven (briefly): A conquering Titan, plus off-road wagons 

The Nissan Titan Pro 4X won the Extreme Off Road category |  Mark Elias Media Services photos
The Nissan Titan Pro 4X won the Extreme Off Road category

(Editor’s note: Our staff recently did a series of brief drives — either around 30 miles on pavement or on a short but challenging off-road course — in several cars during the media day at the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle awards program held in the Phoenix area. Here are Bob Golfen’s impressions of four of the vehicles he drove during that program.)

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1914 Stutz Bearcat wins best of show at Hilton Head

Best of Show-winning 1914 Stutz Bearcat crosses the awards stand | Andy Reid photos
Best of Show-winning 1914 Stutz Bearcat crosses the awards stand | Andy Reid photos

A 1914 Stutz Bearcat owned by Brian and Trish White of Apex, North Carolina, won best of show honors Sunday at the 15th annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, an event well-staged less than a month after a hurricane struck the resort area.

The best of show was chosen from among  a field of class winners that included cars such as a 1938 Peugeot Darl’Mat 402, a Delahye, a stunning MG Airline coupe and the winning 1914 Stutz Bearcat, which had been  flawlessly restored. Continue reading

Bonhams says cars rolling from auction block to Brighton rally

1904 Renault is top-seller at Bonhams' London to Brighton auction | Bonhams photos
1904 Renault is top-seller at Bonhams’ London to Brighton auction | Bonhams photos

Bonhams’ 13th annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run auction generated $1.5 million in sales Friday. Ninety percent of the lots sold, topped by a 1904 Renault Model U, Type 14/20HP, four-cylinder swing-seat tonneau going to a European bidder for £272,540 ($340,429). Continue reading

ClassicCars.com staff races back to the ’20s in Scottsdale event this weekend

The ClassicCars.com car created by Vintage Kart Company in Arizona
The ClassicCars.com car created by Vintage Kart Company in Arizona

ClassicCars.com is pleased to announce that not only has it partnered with the second annual Grand Prix of Scottsdale, it has   entered the race this weekend with a team.

The Grand Prix of Scottsdale is a celebration of the Jazz Age era  during the weekend of November 4-6, 2016. The  weekend features Jazz Age fashion, a Gatsby Lawn Party and, on Sunday at 10:30 a.m., American-made vintage mini-racers from Vintage Kart Co. will race through downtown Scottsdale.

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