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Need a place to park your collector car? GaragePointer might help

This empty garage might be just the place for your car | GarageFinder
This empty garage might be just the place for your car | GaragePointer

It’s a common lament: You’ve just bought another collector vehicle but have no place to store it. Or maybe you’re taking one of your classics to Monterey in August and you need a secure place to keep it when not cruising around the peninsula. The partners behind GaragePointer, a newly launched part of the “sharing” economy, think they have a solution.

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Paris banning older cars from driving in the city

Guided tours of Paris in vintage Citroens could be banned | Paris is Beautiful City Guide
Guided tours of Paris in vintage Citroens could be abolished | Paris is Beautiful City Guide

Another sign that the automotive apocalypse is nigh: Paris has banned all cars registered before 1997, or motorcycles before 2000, from entering the city center during weekdays, starting July 1. Eventually, the French capital will restrict all vehicles more than 10 years old from driving in any part of the city. Fines will be imposed on violators.

That means no more classic Citroens, Peugeots or Renaults that make Paris streets all the more colorful. It also means that those unable to afford newer vehicles won’t be able to drive in the city, which is raising complaints of economic discrimination. Continue reading

Vintage tractor collection brings nearly $2 million at Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ auction

Fenders designed to protect low-hanging branches and fruit make orchard tractors look like they're reading for racing | Larry Edsall photos
Fenders designed to protect low-hanging branches and fruit make orchard tractors look like they’re ready for racing | Larry Edsall photos

A Porsche for only $23,000? It’s true. Because when it comes to collectors of vintage farm tractors, Porsche’s appeal doesn’t match that of brands such as Minneapolis-Moline. (Yes, like Lamborghini, Porsche was in the tractor business, producing diesel-powered farm equipment from the 1930s into the early 1960s.)

Among vintage tractor buyers, at least those attending the Charles Schneider Collection sale staged last weekend by Mecum Auction’s Gone Farmin’ division, it was Minneapolis-Moline that was the brand to buy. Five of the top six sales involved the brand that build farm equipment from 1929 to 1963, when it was enfolded into the White Motor Company. Continue reading

America’s Automotive Trust unites four classic car institutions

The LeMay-America’s Car Museum will serve as the new organization's showcase | William Hall photo
The LeMay-America’s Car Museum will serve as the new organization’s showcase | William Hall photo

America’s Automotive Trust, a new non-profit institution to promote, preserve and celebrate America’s automotive tradition, has pulled together four major classic car entities under a single umbrella to share resources and expertise. Continue reading

Modern Bandit Trans-Am stars at GM Nationals

Bandit Trans-Am by Trans Am Worldwide
Bandit Trans-Am of Trans Am Worldwide | Carlisle Events photo

Having secured the exclusive rights to the Trans Am brand, Trans Am Worldwide, formerly recognized as Trans Am Depot, plans toi showcase its modern take of the 1977 Bandit Trans Am at the Carlisle GM Nationals, June 17-19, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Two more ‘barn-find’ Jaguar E-Types coming to auction

Partially disassembled, the 1963 Jaguar XK-E was in storage 20 years | Classic Car Auctions photos
Partially disassembled, the 1963 Jaguar XK-E was in storage 20 years | Classic Car Auctions photos

Just when you thought all the derelict barn-find Jaguars had been found and sold at auction, here come a couple of early E-types rescued from long-term storage and heading to sale June 18 in England by Classic Car Auctions.

The strong values of the iconic XK-Es seem to be the catalyst for more owners of forlorn project Jags to cash them in. Classic Car Auctions say the cars, a valuable 1963 3.8-liter hatchback coupe and a somewhat less-desirable 1966 4.2-liter 2+2 coupe, are “both ideal candidates for restoration projects.” Continue reading

410 Superamerica Superfast best at Pininfarina concours

Bob and Anne Lee's 410 Superamerica Superfast takes best of show at Pininfarina concours | Pininfarina photos
Bob and Anne Lee’s 410 Superamerica Superfast takes best of show at Pininfarina concours | Pininfarina photos

A Ferrari 410 Superamerica Superfast from the Robert M. Lee Collection was selected last weekend as best of show at the Concours d’Elegance Pininfarina in Alassio, Italy.

Lee, who died earlier this year, twice had cars win best of show honors at Pebble Beach and was the founder of Hunting World, which had more than 100 retail outlets on three continents. A resident of Sparks, Nevada, Lee also led several expeditions to China and was credited with the rediscovery of Marco Polo sheep and the documentation of their migration.

The best of show award at the concours honoring Sergio Pininfarina was presented to Lee’s widow, Anne.

Lancia Flaminia Speciale judged most elegant
Lancia Flaminia Speciale judged most elegant

Lee also endowed a special award for the most elegant car at the Pininfarina concours. That award went to a 1963 Lancia Flaminia Speciale Pininfarina from the Lopresto Collection.

The four-day celebration of the Italian design and coachbuilding compay featured a parade from the Piazza Partigiani through the streets to the waterfront of the port of Alassio.

The chairman’s award went to a 1983 Ferrari 512 BB, the City of Alassio award for the best convertible went to a 1947 Bristol 400 and the most fashionable honors went to a 1951 Lancia Aurelia B50. The Sergio Pininfarina award, given to a car selected by the Pininfarina family, went to a 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast.

1947 Bristol 400 judged best convertible
1947 Bristol 400 judged best convertible

Historic Holden, Aussie-built ’37 Chevy headed to auction

Charlie Mccarran's Canowindra Motors has become a showcase of Holden history | Burns & Co. photos
Charlie Mccarran’s Canowindra Motors has become a showcase of Holden history | Burns & Co. photos

Charlie McCarron became a Holden dealer in 1959 and has run Canowindra Motors until recently. But at age 84, McCarron has decided it’s time to sell his collection of more than 60 vehicles, including only the 46th vehicle produced by the Australian arm of General Motors.

The auction, run by Burns & Co., is set for October 1-2 at McCarron’s dealership and at the Canowindra Show Grounds in New South Wales. In addition to more than 60 vehicles, dealership signs, workshop equipment, new old stock, spare parts and other items will be offered. Continue reading

Roush celebrates 40 years of performance at Carlisle

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1969 Gapp and Roush Super Stock Mustang convertible | Nicole James photos

After five years and multiple championships in partnership with Wayne Gapp, Jack Roush in 1976 launched his own company, Jack Roush Performance Engineering to build engine and to work with a variety of racing teams. Last weekend at the Ford Nationals at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the 40th anniversary of Roush’s company was celebrated with a display of significant Roush cars.

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