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Sale of unique Alfa Romeo Buano coupe in Scottsdale refocuses question of restoration vs. preservation

The coachbuilt 1955 Alfa Romeo 3500C SS coupe was first shown at the Turin Motor Show | Bob Golfen photos
The coachbuilt 1955 Alfa Romeo 3500C SS coupe was first shown at the Turin Motor Show | Bob Golfen photos

Once again, the Gooding & Company auction presented some interesting “barn find” European sports cars at its Scottsdale sale, including one of the signature cars of the event, a one-a-kind 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe Speciale, in distressed yet picturesque condition.

With evocative coachwork by Buano created for display at the 1955 Turin Motor Show, the Alfa was a center of attention at Gooding, even with a cracking repaint in an incorrect red color and some rough-looking dents on top of the alloy right-front fender. Continue reading

In Arizona, bids on 911s, E-types show changing marketplace

A Jaguar E-type on the block at Gooding & Company sale Friday | Andy Reid photos
A Jaguar E-type on the block at Gooding & Company sale Friday | Andy Reid photos

Hagerty, the classic car insurance and price-tracking company that supplies our daily Arizona Auction Week sales figures, notes that it has an eye on how the market has shifted in comparison with the same sales a year ago. Today, it looks at sales of the Porsche 911 and Jaguar E-type. Continue reading

The Terlingua Mustang returns, with ‘750-plus’ horsepower

A Ford GT40 with a pair of the new Terlingua Mustangs | Matthew Fink photos
A Ford GT40 with a pair of the new Terlingua Mustangs | Matthew Fink photos

The Terlingua Mustang is back, and with a vengeance.

The original Terlingua Mustang was one of Carroll Shelby’s most successful racing efforts. In 2006, the Terlingua name returned to the road, though with a V6 engine boosted to 375 horsepower.At Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction venue, Shelby American introduced a new version, the Terlingua Racing Team Mustang, which is built on a Shelby Mustang Super Snake platform with a supercharged Ford Coyote 5.0-liter V8 engine producing “750-plus” horsepower. Continue reading

February features educational programs at automotive museums

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1946 Ford at the LeMay Museum | ACM Photos

The Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head, Maine, kicks off its Winter Education Series  with a presentation Saturday by author-curator Charles Jacobs entitled “The Zeppelin Hindenburg.” Following presentations in the series are February 27 with  former Group 44 driver, John “Mac” McComb presenting “the Greatest Race Car Driver You’ve Never Heard Of;” March 26 with David Percival, sidecar motorcycle racer and owner of DP Motorsport,  presenting “Sidecar Racing;” and  April 30 with writer and museum professional Mark Wilkins presenting “The Lafayette Escadrille.” Continue reading

Today is the automobile’s 130th birthday

The original Patent Motor Wagon on display at the Mercedes-Benz Museum | Mercedes-Benz photos
The original Patent Motor Wagon on display at the Mercedes-Benz Museum | Mercedes-Benz photos

On January 29, 1886, Carl Benz applied for a patent on his “gas-powered vehicle.” In other words, it was 130 years ago today that the automobile was born, though it wouldn’t be until later in that year that Gottlieb Daimler, working independently of Benz, actually built the first motorized carriage.

While Daimler’s vehicle had four wheels, Benz had actually built what was considered the world’s first automobile the previous year when he installed a one-cylinder, four-stroke engine in his three-wheeled “patent motor car.” Continue reading

Panelists hope their vision of 2020 is, indeed, 20/20

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Steve Serio on left, Jim Pickering in middle, Carl Bomstead on right | Matthew Fink Photos

Sports Car Market magazine’s team  gathered Thursday at the Gooding & Company auction tent in Scottsdale to look at the classic car market today and to saw what they also see for the year 2020. The first focus was on five vehicles: a Triumph TR6, Porsche 356 CS/C, Jaguar E-type, Ferrari 250 GT and Mercedes-Benz 300SL.

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Muscle cars dominate sales list as Mecum exceeds $90 million in hammer prices at Kissimmee

Mecum's Kissimmee auction drew huge crowds | Mecum photos by Maggie Pinke
Mecum’s Kissimmee auction drew huge crowds | Mecum photos by Maggie Pinke

Hemi-powered muscle cars dominated the top-10 sales list last week at Mecum Auction’s annual auction in Kissimmee, Florida, as total sales topped $91 million. Mecum expects that figure to climb to nearly $93 million when post-block sales are completed.

Unlike other classic and collector car auction companies, Mecum reports hammer prices rather than final prices, which include buyer’s fees. With such fees, final Kissimmee auction figures should exceed the $100 million mark. Continue reading

American muscle showing its strength on the auction block

Barrett-Jackson kicks off the auction action this week in Arizona | Matthew Fink photos
Barrett-Jackson kicks off the auction action this week in Arizona | Matthew Fink photos

If you go strictly by overall numbers, the 2016 Arizona Auction Week is off to a very slow start. Ah, but there are other numbers that may be quite significant…

Through Wednesday night, only Barrett-Jackson has been selling cars, and the $14.6 million in total sales is less than half the amount that the auction house had posted through Wednesday a year ago. But remember: Last year, Barrett-Jackson had a special Tuesday sale of much of Ron Pratte’s stunning collection. Continue reading