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Deere me: This car is not farm implement

This 1917 Velie was one of the cars produced by John Deere's grandson | Premier auction photos
This 1917 Velie was one of the cars produced by John Deere’s grandson | Premier auction photos

Today we know John Deere for its green-and-yellow farm tractors, but more than a century ago, the company from Moline, which forms a quarter of the Quad Cities on either side of the Mississippi River, also was in the motorcar business. Continue reading

AACA, CCCA to share historic national meet at Auburn, Indiana

'Triple Crown' event will be joint meet of CCCA and AACA this spring in Auburn, Indiana | Auctions America image
‘Triple Crown’ event will be joint meet of CCCA and AACA this spring in Auburn, Indiana | Auctions America image

An historic event is scheduled to take place May 11-13 when the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Classic Car Club of America plan to stage their first joint national meet. The “Triple Crown” Meet is to be held in conjunction with Auctions America’s annual Auburn Spring weekend at the Auburn Auction Park in northeastern Indiana. Continue reading

Coys, ‘Razor Edge’ Lagonda return to London Olympia

1936 'Razor Edge' Lagonda made its debut 81 years ago at the Olympia | Coys photos
1936 ‘Razor Edge’ Lagonda made its debut 81 years ago at the Olympia | Coys photos

Auction house Coys returns to its birthplace February 18 with a sale of 70 collector vehicles at The Olympia Historic Automobile Fair & Auction, a new “ultra-luxury and lifestyle event” in the Olympia London. Continue reading

Services set for Branson auction, museum founder Mark Trimble

Mark Trimble has a collection of some 1,200 outboard motors | Larry Edsall
In 2014, Mark Trimble staged an sale of many of his 1,200 outboard motors | Larry Edsall

Funeral services are scheduled Saturday for Mark Trimble, founder of the Branson Auctions and a long-time collector of collector cars, vintage aircraft and historic outboard boat engines. Trimble died February 11 in Hollister, Missouri. He was 85. Continue reading

Restoration starts on last of the repairable sinkhole Corvettes

1962 Corvette is pushed from the Skydome to the garage where it will undergo restoration | Corvette museum photos
1962 Corvette is pushed from the Skydome to the garage where it will undergo restoration | Corvette museum photos

Three years after the sinkhole beneath the Skydome opened and swallowed eight cars at the National Corvette Museum, work to restore the last of the restorable cars has begun at the museum, where visitors can view that work in progress. Continue reading

British company to replicate Mini Mk 1 body shells

British Motor Heritage showed the replacement Mini body shell in November | British Motor Heritage
British Motor Heritage showed the replacement Mini body shell in November | British Motor Heritage

Complete body shells for the iconic first-generation Mini Mk 1 will soon start production by British Motor Heritage. The company that long has supplied replacement bodies for later Mini models from 1976 on, as well as repair panels for the early models, plans to start production of Mk 1 bodies in April. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan S

Volkswagen Tiguan is a a modest-looking but sharp driving little SUV  | Volkwagen photos
Volkswagen Tiguan is a a modest-looking but sharp driving little SUV | Volkwagen photos

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a modest-looking compact SUV in a market in which extravagant styling and trim are major selling points. The interior is pretty standard stuff, too. Nothing to get excited about.

But what Tiguan lacks in panache it makes up for in drivability. This is what Volkswagen does well, presenting a car or SUV that feels solid and performs above par. The 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four is lively, the steering is quick and precise, and the handling is surperior for this popular class of little truckette. Continue reading

Artcurial rocks out with $34 million Retromobile auction

A 1959 Cadillac Eldorado convertible on the block in Paris | Artcurial Motorcars photos
A 1959 Cadillac Eldorado convertible on the block in Paris | Artcurial Motorcars photos

The team from Paris-based Artcurial Motorcars felt like rock ’n roll stars this past weekend when more than 3,000 people crowded into the auction area in the Parc des expositions Porte de Versailles for the company’s annual Retromobile sale, especially with French rocker Johnny Hallyday’s music playing as two of his vehicles were sold for charity.

The sale generated $34 million in transactions with a 73 percent sell-through rate. And that was just the collector cars that sold on Friday. On Saturday, the auction continued with nearly 450 automotive mascots from the Vincent Saja collection and with an additional sale of art and automobilia. Continue reading

Significant competition cars set for Gooding’s Amelia Island sale

The 1977 Porsche 934/5 racer is a “true one-off” that won the 1981 Australian Sports Car Championship | Gooding & Company photos
The 1977 Porsche 934/5 racer is a “true one-off” that won the 1981 Australian Sports Car Championship | Gooding & Company photos

Historic race cars that performed in international competitions at Le Mans, Nurburgring, Fuji and a host of other famous venues will be auctioned during Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island, Florida, sale on March 10.

Leading the pack are three intriguing examples of performance machines, including two Porsches and a famed rotary-powered Mazda that competed in endurance races as the factory entry. Continue reading

Former missile plant converted into new car museum

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1957 Chevy Bel Air and 1954 Buick Skylark to be part of new museum | Photo courtosey of the Providence Journal/Steve Szydlowski

A former missile manufacturing plant on the Raytheon Co. campus in Rhoad Island has had its 114,000-square-foot space gutted and is slated to open in June as the Newport Car Museum with space for separate showrooms, events, a library, and storage space for about 60 cars. Fifty of the cars to be housed within the new museum come from a collection amassed by Gunther and Maggie Buerman, the driving force behind the project.

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