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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

BMW celebrating centennial at Monterey Car Week

BMW North America at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
BMW 3.0 CSi racer on the track at Laguna Seca where Monterey Motorsports Reunion will be held| BMW North America photo

BMW will stage its largest centennial celebration outside Germany during Monterey Car Week, when it is the featured marque at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion; The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering; and at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. BMWs also will participate in the Legends of the Autobahn concours on the Monterey Peninsula. Continue reading

St. John’s, Pebble Beach set their seminar schedules

1904 Pope-Hartford Model B on display at Pebble Beach in 2015 | Larry Edsall photo
1904 Pope-Hartford Model B on display at Pebble Beach in 2015 | Larry Edsall photo

The Pebble Beach and Concours d’Elegance of America have announced the lineups for informational seminars to be presented in conjunction with their respective and upcoming events. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider ‘Duetto’

The early Alfa Romeo Spiders with their tapered tails and covered headlights are most desirable
The early Alfa Romeo Spiders with their tapered tails and covered headlights are most desirable

Fifty years ago, Alfa Romeo launched its most-famous post-war sports car, the “Duetto” Spider. Not everyone liked the Spider’s new Pininfarina styling initially, but over the years, these strikingly beautiful roadsters have caught on, and they are now considered landmark designs.

The Pick of the Day, a 1967 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider Duetto, was originally sold in Frankfurt, Germany, according to the Atlanta, Georgia, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. Although it is titled as a 1968 model, the year it was sold, the VIN verifies that it is actually a 1967 Alfa. Continue reading

Summer Showcase sale offers 175 vintage tractors

1918 Twin City 16-30 offered in original condition | Mecum Auctions/Gone Farmin' photos
1918 Twin City 16-30 offered in original condition | Mecum Auctions/Gone Farmin’ photos

Some 175 vintage tractors and assorted agricultural memorabilia will be offered up for bidding when the Gone Farmin’ division of Mecum Auctions stages its Summer Showcase sale August 6 at Midwest Tractor and Plow in Shorewood, Illinois, some 45 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop.

Among the tractors on the docket are a 1918 Twin City 16-30, a completely original 1921 John Deere Waterloo Boy N, and a pair of steam-powered Keck-Gonnerman tractors — a 1932 30-60 N and a 1936 ZW.

The featured collection at the sale comes from Wayne Greenwood and includes 30 tractors and 200 lots of John Deere memorabilia. Greenwood’s father, Lowell, worked for the John Deere Plow Works for 27 years until retiring in 1962.

Also on the docket is a group of 10 restored John Deere tractors from the Chuck Adelsman Collection.