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First hypercar ‘holy trinity’ boasted by RM Sotheby’s

The 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder is the only one produced in  “Paint to Sample” Arrow Blue | RM Sotheby's photos
The 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder is the only one produced in “Paint to Sample” Arrow Blue | RM Sotheby’s photos

The “holy trinity” of modern hypercars. That’s what RM Sotheby’s is calling the trio of spectacular road-going hybrid-performance machines from Italy, Germany and Great Britain that will be auctioned May 27 during its Villa Erba sale on the shores of Lake Como in Italy. Continue reading

Desert Classic at Phoenix to feature vintage Indy cars

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Driven by Roberto Guerrero, this car won the 1987 Checker 200 at Phoenix Raceway | Classic Racing Times photo

Some of the most legendary cars in open-wheel racing history will be displayed, both on and off the track, as part of the Vintage Desert Classic, an added feature to the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix weekend April 28-29. Continue reading

Dozen collector cars included in Skinner auction

1909 Ford Speedster among cars from Eugene Bunce collection | Skinner Auctions photos
1909 Ford Speedster among cars from Eugene Bunce collection | Skinner Auctions photos

Although it’s being billed as a Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments auction, a dozen collector cars produced between 1909 and 1963 are on the docket for Skinner’s spring sale scheduled for April 28 in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Continue reading

Ford performance leads Mecum’s $21.7 million sale in Houston

A 1969 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible rolls off the block after its   $250,000 sale | Mecum Auctions
A 1969 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible rolls off the block after its $250,000 sale | Mecum Auctions

Led by a quartet of Ford performance cars, Mecum Auctions sold $21.7 worth of collector vehicles, not including auction fees, during its three-day Houston sale last weekend, up from last year’s $20 million Houston auction. The sell-through rate was a solid 70 percent with 554 cars sold out of 793 offered. Continue reading

What will be the fate of this Fast and Furious car at auction?

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1968 Dodge Charger used in Fast and Furious movies | Carlisle Auctions Photos

The Fate of the Furious, the eighth movie in the Fast and Furious series, opens this weekend in theaters across the country. And just a week later, fans of the films will be able to bid on a screen-used car from the movies during the three-day Spring Carlisle auction in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Fort Lauderdale Auto Museum opens in South Florida ‘Xtreme Action Park’

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Fort Lauderdale Auto Museum has opened its doors within Xtreme Action Park | Museum phtoos

The Fort Lauderdale Auto Museum has opened its doors within Xtreme Action Park, an indoor entertainment complex in South Florida. The museum is the third created by real estate developer Michael Dezer. each composed of vehicles from his personal collection, which is estimated at 1,600 cars housed between Ft Lauderdale, Miami and Las Vegas.

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Pick of the Day: 1955 Studebaker President

The Studebaker President was adorned with a massive chrome front end
The Studebaker President was adorned with a massive chrome front end

Studebaker was so much ahead of the styling curve during the mid-1950s, thanks to famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy, who also created the Coca-Cola bottle, the Lucky Strike cigarette pack and, later, the iconic Studebaker Avanti, among many other designs ranging from streamlined locomotives to stylish toasters.

The Pick of the Day, a 1955 Studebaker President two-door sedan, was an extension of the 1953 Starliner coupe, with which Loewy and his team set Studebaker apart from other U.S. automakers with a low and sleek family car that brought sporty design to the American mainstream. Continue reading

Porsches, Ferraris among biggest losers in Hagerty Value Rating

Earlier Porsche 911s have seen slow appreciation lately | Bob Golfen
Earlier Porsche 911s have seen slow appreciation lately | Bob Golfen

How the mighty have fallen! Following that Biblical moment, here is the latest compilation of biggest losers in the collector car market, as determined by the numbers crunchers at Hagerty classic car insurance and valuation.

Hagerty Vehicle Rating’s Bottom 25 list for the second quarter is dominated by once-roaring European sports cars, including Porsche 911s and the earlier 356s that saw such a meteoric climb in recent years. Not that the bottom is dropping out of Porsche sales, but appreciation has been minimal as of late. Continue reading

Turns out, losing your car keys can be a good thing

Car's owner lost her keys after driving only 80 miles so car sat in underground garage | Coys photos
Car’s owner lost her keys after driving only 80 miles so car sat in underground garage | Coys photos

More than 20 years ago, a 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500 was purchased at the Normand of Mayfair dealership as a birthday present for a woman in England. After driving the car only 80 miles, the new owner lost her keys — and never drove the car again!

After being stored in an underground garage in the upscale Knightsbridge area of London, the car was rediscovered (underground garage find?) and was offered up for bidding this week at Coys’ Spring Classics auction at the Royal Horticultural Halls. Continue reading

Benedict Castle awards top concours news this week

The 1936 Mulholland Speedster and a 1930 Cadillac 452 V16 won Best of Show honors | Benedict Castle Concours d’Elegance
The 1936 Mulholland Speedster and a 1930 Cadillac 452 V16 won Best of Show honors | Benedict Castle Concours d’Elegance

The 1936 Mulholland Speedster and a 1930 Cadillac 452 V16 won Best of Show honors at the fourth annual Benedict Castle Concours d’Elegance in Riverside, California. Continue reading