A car with royal history and one seen several decades ago on British television set world auction price records for their respective makes and models Wednesday at H&H Classics sale at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. Continue reading
The bidder who paid then-record $18.3 million at a Bonhams auction two years ago finally has won the right to possess his 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus, a car known as the “Fearsome Four-Nine.” Continue reading
In the midst of on-again, off-again spring weather in the Midwest, members of the Chicago-based classic car group Fuelfed braved 30-degree temperatures and a wintry drizzle to hold their season-opening driving event in the northern suburb of Lake Forest, Illinois.
Club members displayed their American and European cars in “The Fuelfed Open,” an informal gathering that was supposed to shake off winter’s chill and help them reconnect for the upcoming driving season. Continue reading
There were 110 historic vehicles and their drivers and co-drivers facing rain, hail, sleet and snow on a 700-mile Flying Scotsman vintage rally that turned out to be the most challenging in the event’s eight-year history. At the finish, a 1931 Talbot 105 Alpine manned by Gareth Burnett and Martyn Turner won, ending Bentley’s winning streak.
No. 11057 wasn’t only the 10th and therefore the last of the 1968 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spiders, it was the only example originally sold in Europe of the car like the one Steve McQueen drove in the original The Thomas Crown Affair.
As a result, RM Sotheby’s expects 11057 to be “one of the most valuable automobiles offered at auction in 2016” when it crosses the block at the auction house’s Monaco sale scheduled for May 14.
RM Sotheby’s expects the NART Spider, which also was the third-to-last of all the 275 models built, “to fetch in excess of €19 million,” according to the auction house news release. That number translates to $21.59 million. Continue reading
‘I thought it was a good test, and that’s exactly what it was,” Bradley Farrell said of the first online sale staged last week by his new The Finest Automobile Auctions. Continue reading
During gas-rationed World War II when every driving errand had to be considered carefully, Crosley Motors of Cincinnati produced teeny, tiny cars that became popular because of their fuel mileage. After the war, Crosley tried to stay relevant by upgrading its pint-size offerings with such things as a sporty roadster.
The Pick of the Day is one of those, a 1949 Crosley Hot Shot built in the company’s waning years of production. Just 12 feet long and weighing 1,100 pounds soaking wet, the Hot Shot was diminutive even by small sports car standards; the contemporary MGTC from the U.K. outweighed it by several hundred pounds. Continue reading
For the ninth time in the past year, the Hagerty Market Rating fell in April. While still in the range of an expanding market, the 69.34-point rating marks a drop of 0.44 points compared with the March figure. Continue reading
The second edition of the Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat in South Carolina was staged this past weekend. The three-day event has stepped up a notch from its inaugural effort with a rally, car corral day and concours d’elegance featuring better cars and enhanced organization.
Among the class winners were the formerly Fatty Arbuckle-owned 1919 Pierce Arrow, a Maserati A6GCS, and a stunning 1936 Auburn 852 S/C Boattail Speedster.
While many thought that the purple Pierce would drive off with top honors, judges surprised by awarding the Best of Show to the 1936 Auburn, a car owned and driven regularly by Gordon Logan.
Among Shelby enthusiasts, Joe McMurrey of Longview, Texas, is in a class of his own with an impressive collection of performance cars imprinted with the special touch of the man himself, Carroll Shelby, whose birthplace is just an hour away.
McMurrey has consigned 17 of his cars, and not just Shelbys but exciting examples from GM and Mopar as well, for Mecum’s 29th annual Original Spring Classic auction held May 17-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Continue reading