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2005 Ford GT top seller at Greensboro auction

Successful bidder receives congratulations | GAA photos
What generation gap? Successful bidder receives congratulations | GAA photos

A 2005 Ford GT sold for $257,500 to top all cars that crossed the block at GAA Classic Cars’ recent auction in Greensboro, North Carolina, where 72 percent of the 560 vehicles offered went to new owners. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1951 Ford F1 pickup truck

The Ford F1 pickup looks to be in fine, restored condition
The Ford F1 pickup looks to be in fine, restored condition

Ford recently celebrated another milestone, the 100th anniversary of its first work truck, the Model TT. Essentially a big-boned version of the Model T automobile, the TT set the stage for generations of purpose-built workhorses that continue through today’s F-Series pickup, for many years the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.

The Pick of the Day is a 1951 Ford F1 pickup, one of the Dearborn automaker’s post-war redesigns as the economy got booming again and tradespeople sought out trucks that were not only job worthy but modern and stylish. Continue reading

Silver sells Arizona auctions to classic car dealer Emmett Rice

Mitch Silver (left) sells more than classic cars; Silver Auctions Arizona purchased by Emmett Rice | Larry Edsall photo
Mitch Silver (left) sells more than classic cars; Silver Auctions Arizona has been purchased by Emmett Rice | Larry Edsall photo

Over the course of the past 20 years, Mitch Silver’s trio of annual collector car auctions on the Fort McDowell reservation in Arizona have provided both vintage vehicles for sale and a respite from the sales extravaganzas taking place not far to the west in Scottsdale and Phoenix. Those auctions will continue, but with new ownership. Continue reading

Classic cars provide family fun at Hagerty’s first fest

Everyone smiles when it's family day in classic cars | Hagerty photos
Everyone smiles when it’s family day in classic cars | Hagerty photos

This might be the ultimate endorsement for the classic car hobby: Entire families — children and parents and grandparents alike — putting down their smart phones to participate in the joy of driving.

“We had children as young as 2 in pedal cars, and 60 and 70-year-olds in gas-powered cycle cars,” Tabetha Hammer, senior manager for car culture for Hagerty, said after the classic car insurance and value-tracking company staged its first Family Car Fest. Continue reading

Vintage racers, fans swarm to Monterey for Rolex Reunion

1964 Mercury Comet Caliente | Bonhams photos
1964 Mercury Comet Caliente | Bonhams photos

Rolo Malschafsky has always enjoyed the sport of racing – “I’ve done it all my life,” he said, “work permitting.” This year, Malschafsky, local to the Monterey area, plans to take on the legendary Corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 17-20, behind the wheel of his 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente hardtop coupe.

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Ferrari loses rights to Testarossa name in Germany

A 1990 Ferrari Testarossa with its famous side strakes | Barrett-Jackson
A 1990 Ferrari Testarossa with its famous side strakes | Barrett-Jackson

In a surprise decision, a German court has ruled that Ferrari does not have exclusive rights to the name Testarossa, allowing a toy company to use the famed moniker for a number of its products.

As a result, the long-held Ferrari nameplate -– Italian for “red head” as in the crimson color of the cars’  valve covers –- could soon appear in Germany on a variety of consumer products, from electric shavers to bicycles. So one might shave in the morning with a Testarossa, then drive a Testarossa into the office. Continue reading

Winged Mopars lead $20 million Mecum auction in Harrisburg

A low-mileage 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird was the star of the show | Mecum Auctions
A low-mileage 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird was the star of the show | Mecum Auctions

Led by a pair of Mopar “winged warriors,” Mecum Auctions claimed $20 million in sales (not including auction fees) from its collector car sale this past weekend in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which included a Gone Farmin’ auction of vintage tractors and equipment.

The collector car auction boasted a 74 percent sell-through rate with 636 vehicles going to new homes. American muscle cars from the 1960s and ’70s dominated the results, with seven of the top 10 sellers coming from the muscle era. Continue reading

Andy’s Excellent Adventure: Driving coast-to-coast to Monterey

The 33-year-old 944 is ready to roll, coast to coast | Andy Reid photos
The 33-year-old 944 is ready to roll, coast to coast | Andy Reid photos

So with Monterey Car Week on the horizon, what could be more fitting — or perhaps crazy? — than to drive there, East Coast to West Coast, and not in just any car, but a 33-year-old sports car?

The car in question is a 1984 Porsche 944. Peter Lombardo, owner of the classic car dealership Lombardo Motorcars in Berlin, Connecticut, found the car in question for me. He knew I was looking for a 944 and when he saw the car he knew that it was the one for me. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1988 Porsche 924S

The Porsche 924S was powered by the engine and transmission of the upmarket 944
The Porsche 924S was powered by the engine and transmission of the upmarket 944

It seems that everywhere you look, people are talking about the four-cylinder, front-engine Porsche transaxle cars. The 924 and 944 quite literally kept Porsche in business during a rough patch in the 1970s and ’80s. They were affordable Porsches, and they made great first Porsches for many people to introduce them to the sports car brand.

Like any Porsche aimed at the lower end of the market, they depreciated badly, to the point where you could buy for one as little as $3,500. And like other budget Porsches, such as the once-ridiculed and now wildly popular mid-engine 914, they have started to appreciate and are finally considered collectible Porsches, with prices rising accordingly. Continue reading

Monterey’s incredible array of collector car events

A 1936 Pierce-Arrow 602 roadster rolls through the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance | Bob Golfen
A 1936 Pierce-Arrow 602 roadster rolls through the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance | Bob Golfen

The week leading up to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is so loaded up with car shows and concours that it’s nearly impossible to attend them all. A great problem to have, considering that each is pretty special and, with few exceptions, could be a standalone event anywhere else.

But Monterey Car Week is the great gathering of the collector car clan, and there is enough interest and participation to maintain this high level of events, and to make them some of the best in the country. Whatever the special niche of your collector car universe, there’s likely to be something here that will scratch that old-car itch. Continue reading