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Super Chevys, fast Fords, custom cars headline Branson Auction

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1957 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery | Branson Auctions Photo

Super Chevys, fast Fords, and dozens of classic, collector, and custom cars are set to cross the block during Branson Auctions 38th annual Fall auction October 14-15 at the Branson Convention Center in Branson, Missouri.

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Pick of the Day: 1956 Porsche 550 Spyder Beck replica

The Porsche 550 Spyder is an affordable replica
The Porsche 550 Spyder is an affordable replica

Last week, Bonhams auction announced the stunning sale of an original preserved 1956 Porsche 550 Spyder for $6.1 million, a world record by far for the mid-engine roadster made famous by the demise of actor James Dean in his “Little Bastard” on a Southern California highway.

So there goes yet another cool collector car sailing out of sight for most of us. But if authenticity is not key to your enjoyment of this most memorable of early Porsche road/race cars, there is another, less-painful way to obtain a reasonable facsimile. Continue reading

Jim Collier’s collection is a Chevrolet showcase

A split-window 1963 Corvette and 1932 Chevrolet roadster from the Collier Collection will be featured at the Atlanta Concours d'Elegance
A split-window 1963 Corvette and 1932 Chevrolet roadster from the Collier Collection will be featured at the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance

(Editor’s note: When someone mentions the Collier Collection, collector car enthusiasts automatically think of Miles Collier and the Revs Institute/Collier Collection in Naples, Florida. But the inaugural Atlanta Concours d’Elegance will showcase another Collier Collection, this one founded by a Georgia native son.)

Ella and James Collier and their 1932 Chevrolet Phaeton | Atlanta concours photos
Ella and James Collier and their 1932 Chevrolet Phaeton | Atlanta concours photos

‘My first car was given to me by an uncle. It was a ’36 Ford, and that’s the last Ford I’ve ever owned,” said James Collier, who was just turning 16 when his uncle gave him that car. Today, Collier is 79 and six cars from his collection will be featured October 8-9 at the inaugural Atlanta Concours d’Elegance at Chateau Elan. Continue reading

Mazda sending seven cars to Japanese Classic Car Show

1967 Cosmo Sport 110S | Mazda photos

As Japanese classic cars continue to gain interest in the collector car market, the Japanese Classic Car Show, now in its 12th year, has grown to be the largest classic Japanese car show in the United States with support from Japanese automakers.

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Hagerty’s health of the collector car market check falls again

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Hagerty graph

For the second month in a row, the Hagerty Market Rating, a complicated algorithm designed to take the pulse each month of the collector car marketplace, fell again in the mid-August to mid-September time period. Based on a 100-point scale, the September rating is 67.74.

Although the number dropped more than half a point from the 68.32 figure for August, it still is within the “expanding market” range, which means the market is neither flat nor overheated. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Velorex 16/350 cyclecar

The Velorex 16/350 cyclecar has a fabric and weighs less than 700 pounds
The Velorex 16/350 cyclecar has a fabric body and weighs less than 700 pounds

Basic transportation could hardly be more basic than the Pick of the Day, a three-wheeled Czechoslovakian cyclecar. Modeled in the 1930s after the three-wheeled Morgan of Great Britain, the tiny 1969 Velorex 16/350 features a button-on fabric body, a two-cylinder two-stroke engine and an unladen weight of 683 pounds. Continue reading

Museums: NFL’s Seahawks help the LeMay share its classic cars

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1966 Ford Mustang to be seen at Shell | LeMay – ACM photo

As part of Shell’s Blue Friday promotion with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, the LeMay – America’s Car Museum, located in Tacoma, Washington, is set to show the 1957 Chevrolet Nomad and 1966 Ford Mustang participating in the Drive Home II – an 11-day road rally from Boston to Detroit – at Shell stations along the Puget Sound tonight, and September 23, 30, and October 1.

In addition to seeing the cars, visitors can meet Seahawks’ Blitz and the Seagals, and participate in memorabilia giveaways. Continue reading

Mecum hits $13.4 million in sales at first Louisville auction

A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 after selling for $255,000 | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 after selling for $255,000 | Mecum Auctions photos

American muscle cars, Corvettes and Shelbys led the bidding at Mecum Auctions’ inaugural collector car auction in Louisville, Kentucky, which scored $13.4 million in total sales for 440 vehicles plus “Road Art” automobilia. About 730 vehicles crossed the block. Continue reading

Hagerty chart shows biggest losers in classic car depreciation

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The Hagerty collector car insurance and valuation company recently released the 31st edition of its closely watched Hagerty Price Guide after a period of ups and downs and mood swings in the classic car market.

Among the results were a number of high-profile cars that have depreciated after several years of climbing in value. Among them, such modern supercars as the Ford GT and the Porsche Carrera GT, as well as vintage favorites such as the Toyota 2000GT and the Ferrari Dino 246 GT. Even some so-called blue-chip collector cars, such as the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, softened slightly. Continue reading

Gordon Murray’s OX cart, Ford’s tequila shots, plus news ‘n’ notes

OX is designed by Gordon Murray for supply deliveries in the developing world | Global Vehicle Trust photos
OX is designed by Gordon Murray for supply deliveries in the developing world | Global Vehicle Trust photos

Did you know that Gordon Murray has designed a truck, that Ford has a joint venture with tequila-maker Jose Cuervo or that a team at my alma mater may have found a way to recycle rubber? And that’s just for starters as we catch up on some news that we shouldn’t have overlooked… Continue reading