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Amelia Island Concours to host Camaro’s 50th birthday party

The first Camaro ever built will be part of the concours display | Historic Vehicle Association
The first Camaro ever built will be part of the concours display | Historic Vehicle Association

General Motors was chasing the runaway success of the Ford Mustang when its designers began developing the prototype Chevrolet Camaro. Behind closed doors, a dream team that included such GM stars as Pete Estes, Ed Cole and John DeLorean quickly created a sports coupe that ran right to the heart for Chevy fans.

The design phase was very hush-hush, according to GM insiders, with even the skeptical company brass kept in the dark until the completed Camaro prototype was revealed to them. They were wowed by the sophisticated design of the four-seat coupe, which had been honed by wind-tunnel testing.

For 1967, Camaro was added to the Chevrolet lineup as an unprecedented sixth model. Continue reading

The Finest does only $2.6 million at Boca Raton sale

1997 Lamborghini Diablo sells for $197,000 | The Finest photo
1997 Lamborghini Diablo sells for $189,000 | The Finest photo

The Finest Automobile Auctions sale in conjunction with the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance posted sales of $2.6 million with a 52 percent sell-through rate.

Those figures include the post-block sales that are part of The Finest’s auction format, which includes a 72-hour sales extension after the last hammer drops at the live auction. Nonetheless, only 37 of the 71 lots offered went to new owners. Continue reading

Retromobile remains the king of all shows

The ultimate Bugatti Atlantique with the ultimate childs car: A Bugatti Baby | Dirk De Jager photos
The ultimate Bugatti Atlantique with the ultimate childs car: A Bugatti Baby | Dirk De Jager photos

For a seasoned, die-hard classic car guy, Paris in February means only one thing: Strolling through the city of lights in the cold, snow or no snow, for the granddaddy of indoor collector car fairs — Retromobile.

Billed as a trade show, it attracts people from all over the world to visit the high-profile dealers, special exhibits, manufacturers displays, autojumble, club stands and so on and on and on. Continue reading

Boca Raton concours has become major winter event

Concours featured a magnificent profusion of Auburns, Cords, and Duesenbergs | Jim McCraw photos
Concours featured a magnificent profusion of Auburns, Cords, and Duesenbergs | Jim McCraw photos

At the 11th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, staged at the famous Boca Raton Resort and Club on Florida’s east coast, there was a lot of money to be made, but it was made for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, almost $10 million so far.

The all-volunteer concours (more than 300 persons this year) was founded by megadealer Rick Case and his wife, Rita, and has grown to become one of the major events of the winter in the Southeast. Continue reading

Concours of Texas moving north to Arlington

Texas Rangers baseball field is adjacent to park where concours will take place | Concours of Texas photo
Texas Rangers baseball field is adjacent to park where concours will take place | Concours of Texas photo

The Concours d’Elegance of Texas officially has announced its move from Houston to the Arlington Entertainment District, beginning with its events scheduled for April 21-23, 2017.

The 2017 concours will be the sixth annual three-day vintage vehicle-car celebration, and in addition to the cars will feature luxury lifestyle events in what organizers are calling a “wonderful park setting.” Continue reading

Museums hold car shows this weekend

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Muscle Car City’s monthly car show | Museum photo

Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda, Florida, holds its monthly car show Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free to attend or to show a car. Six awards will be given out and music will be provided by Tom’s Traveling Tunes.

The following weekend, the museum holds its monthly automotive flea market and car corral from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 2005 Honda S2000

The Honda S2000 is a strong candidate to become a classic in the future
The Honda S2000 is a strong candidate to become a classic in the future

When the talk turns to future classics, one of the first Japanese cars that pops into mind is the Honda S2000, a quick and aggressive little roadster with an engine that loves to rev. The S2000 is something of a throwback to the British sports cars of the ’60s, and it has earned a reputation as a raw and demanding hot rod that rewards the driver with its unique style and performance.

The Pick of the Day is a 2005 Honda S2000, a second-generation model that had received a minor facelift and an engine enlarged to 2.2 liters from 2.0. The 2.2-liter engine delivers a peak of 237 horsepower at a lofty 7,800 rpm but only a comparably mild 162 pounds-feet of torque at 6,800 rpm. Continue reading

Amelia Concours honors Porsche’s ‘giant-killer’ four-cam racers

Pioneering Porsche racer Bob Holbert at the wheel of a  718 RS60 | Amelia Island Concours archive photos
Pioneering Porsche racer Bob Holbert at the wheel of a 718 RS60 | Amelia Island Concours archive photos

The magic of Porsche engineering was at full chat in the early 1950s when the upstart sports car company revealed its remarkable and groundbreaking flat-four engine with four overhead camshafts, two per side.

Designed by Ernst Fuhrman, the complex engines were small in displacement but mighty in high-revving output, and they quickly earned Porsche the reputation of a giant killer on international race tracks at the top of the competition game. Continue reading

ClassicCars.com offers 2017 Amelia Island auction tour

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Andy leads tour during Arizona Car Week | Nicole James photos

Classic Car News readers attending the annual collector car weekend on Florida’s Amelia Island can tour the RM Sotheby’s auction preview with ClassicCars.com East Coast editor Andy Reid.

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