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Pick of the Day: 1949 Dodge Power Wagon

The Dodge Power Wagon is a civilian version of a WWII military truck
The Dodge Power Wagon is a civilian version of a WWII military truck

While Jeep gets most of the ink as a World War II-derived civilian vehicle, another legendary off-road warrior designed for the conflict also made the switch to civilian life, although with a much-larger footprint: the mighty Dodge Power Wagon.

The Pick of the Day is a terrific, low-mileage 1949 Dodge Power Wagon with enough restoration upgrades to qualify as a resto mod. A brutal-looking pickup truck, the Power Wagon seems ready to wage war on the toughest terrain anywhere. Continue reading

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta, 58 cars from Orin Smith collection join RM Sotheby’s docket for Amelia Island sale

Some of the 58-car Orin Smith collection headed to Amelia Island auction | RM Sotheby's photo by Darin Schnabel
Some of the 58-car Orin Smith collection headed to Amelia Island auction | RM Sotheby’s photo by Darin Schnabel

The consignment of a 58-car private collection has led RM Sotheby’s to expand its 19th annual Amelia Island auction to two days, March 10 and 11, 2017, instead of its customary one-day sale, the auction house announced Tuesday.

The company also said that in addition to the 58 cars from the collection of the late Orin Smith, the Florida sale will include a rare 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, a car RM Sotheby’s says is “one of the most valuable cars ever presented during the Amelia Island weekend.” Continue reading

Pebble Beach accepting entries for 2017 concours d’elegance

Cars undergo scrutiny even before the judges get their turn on the show field | Larry Edsall photos
Cars undergo scrutiny even before the judges get their turn on the show field | Larry Edsall photos

Have a car you think would qualify to be showcased next summer at the 67th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance? You only have until January 9 to get your application into the selection committee.

After applications are received, cars are vetted and a selection committee includes 15 people meets to “share research and compare and contrast possible groupings,” the concours said in a news release, which noted that, “Sometimes cars must be viewed in person” as part of that vetting process. Any conflicting information also must be resolved. Continue reading

ClassicCars.com presents 3 Arizona auction tours

Andy Reid conducting an Auction Tour at RM Auctions
Andy Reid conducting an Auction Tour at RM Sotheby’s

ClassicCars.com visitors attending the annual collector car week in January in Arizona have three opportunities to catch up with auction analyst and Classic Car News East Coast editor Andy Reid during three exclusive and free auction tours.

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Prototype Porsche, Zagato Astons on RM Sotheby’s Paris docket

Of the 13 Porsche 901 prototypes, only this one was a cabriolet | RM Sotheby's photos by Tim Scott
Of the 13 Porsche 901 prototypes, only this one was a cabriolet | RM Sotheby’s photos by Tim Scott

RM Sotheby’s continues to fill out the docket for its Paris auction during Retromobile week, revealing Tuesday that the only Porsche 901 cabriolet prototype and a pair of Zagato-bodied Aston Martins will join the 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 raced by Scuderia Ferrari as featured vehicles for the sale.

Carrying a pre-auction estimated value of €850.000 to €1.000.000 ($850,000 to $1.06 million), the Porsche is one of 13 pre-production cars produced as Porsche readied a successor for its 356 and is the only cabriolet among that baker’s dozen. Later, the car was used by Porsche to develop its 911 Targa concept. Continue reading

Steve McQueen’s ‘Le Mans’ inspires a graphic novel

Artist said Steve McQueen appeared in a dream, suggesting graphic novel based on  'Le Mans' movie | Garbo Studio illustrations
Artist said Steve McQueen appeared in a dream, suggesting graphic novel based on ‘Le Mans’ movie | Garbo Studio illustrations

Artist Sando Garbo claims that Steve McQueen appeared in a dream in 2013 and told Garbo to create a graphic novel based on McQueen’s epic Le Mans movie. Three years later, Garbo and his team have produced that book. Based on images being shared with the media, Steve McQueen in Le Mans is a lushly illustrated, 64-page, 2-pound hardcover book that might have served as a finely detailed storyboard for the actual movie. Continue reading

‘Bugatti Queen’ at Arizona Concours women-in-racing seminar

Pre-war racing legend Hellé Nice poses on a Bugatti grand prix car | Miranda Seymour archive
Pre-war racing legend Hellé Nice poses on a Bugatti grand prix car | Miranda Seymour archive

It’s not every day you get to drive a million-dollar Bugatti. Author Miranda Seymour remembers well the day when Bugatti restoration expert and preservationist Tim Dutton let her have a chance behind the wheel of a sought-after 35S model.

“Tim took me out in one on the open road, told me it was being sold for a million the next day, and then he let me drive it,” she recalled excitedly. “The feeling of exhilaration is like no other, especially if you are out on the road, ducking between trucks and trying to get the hang of having a gear shift outside of the car.” Continue reading

Aston Martin, Ferrari Dino top Bonhams’ December sale

1967 Aston Martin DB6 has been upgraded to Vantage specification | Bonhams photos
1967 Aston Martin DB6 has been upgraded to Vantage specification | Bonhams photos

An updated 1967 Aston Martin DB6 and a 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT each sold for more than $400,000 as Bonhams Motoring Department wrapped up its 2016 schedule with its December Sale last week. The sale produced £3.839,388 ($4.87 million) in transactions from the auction of collector cars, motorcycles and automobilia.

The ’67 DB6 was a four-owner car that was restored in 1997 and updated to Vantage specification. Aston Martins were popular with bidders, taking three of the four top-sales spots and four of the top-10. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1959 Edsel Corsair convertible

The Edsel Corsair has been restored to what looks like new condition
The Edsel Corsair has been restored to what looks like new condition

Everybody knows the story of Edsel, the premium car division created by Ford in the late 1950s that was such an abysmal failure that its very name became shorthand for any kind of notable product disaster. (Note: esteemed Classic Car News editor Larry Edsall’s name is spelled differently, so he gets a pass.)

Yet there are those contrarian souls who gravitate toward Edsels as collector cars because they are rare (Edsel sales were not so hot, and as once-unappreciated cars, survival today is spotty), because they look quite distinctive, and since they were basically Fords under their skin, they are reasonably good cars despite their public disgrace. Continue reading