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Pick of the Day: 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

The Monte Carlo looks well-finished in shiny black paint and original black interior
The Monte Carlo looks well-finished in shiny black paint and original black interior

Here’s a sleeper they’ll never see coming, a 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that looks more like a disco-era bar crawler than a performance machine. Despite appearing attractively stock, this “personal luxury” coupe is packing a high-performance 383 stroker V8 under its hood, linked with a Turbo 400 automatic.

That should make for some quick getaways from the stoplight. The private seller in Charleston, South Carolina, advertising the Chevy on ClassicCars.com says the engine and transmission were professional built, and that the car is currently used as a daily driver. Continue reading

Modern supercars top Leake’s 45th anniversary auction

2006 Ford GT tops all sales at Leake's 45th Tulsa anniversary auction | Leake Auction photos
2006 Ford GT tops all sales at Leake’s 45th Tulsa anniversary auction | Leake Auction photos

Leake Auction celebrated its 45th anniversary as a collector car auction house last weekend with a three-day sale in the River Spirit Expo center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, featuring 599 lots, which sold at a 75 percent sell-through rate for a total of $8.2 million.

“Tulsa is our flagship sale and it is always nice to be in our home town,” Richard Sevenoaks, president of Leake Auction Company, said in a news release. “Celebrating 45 years in this business is a true honor. Continue reading

Jaguar Land Rover opens Classic Works sales and service facility

Classic Works facility does restoration, sales, service and even produces new "old" vehicles | Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works photos
Classic Works facility does restoration, sales, service and even produces new “old” vehicles | Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works photos

Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works has opened its new facility in Coventry, England, which the company calls the “original Motor City” — at least as far as England is concerned — and where Jaguar Classic-built vehicles will receive test drives from Le Mans-winning driver Andy Wallace before delivery to their owners.

Jaguar Land Rover Classic Legends is the name being given to the vehicles for sale, restoration and to those being maintained in the company’s own collection. Further, public tours of the new facilities will begin in September at a cost of £49 ($62.39 at the current exchange rate) per person. Continue reading

New AACA award to pick the best Restoration of the Year

A 1930 Packard at the AACA meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania | Andy Reid
A 1930 Packard at the AACA meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania | Andy Reid

The Antique Automobile Club of America has initiated a new annual award, the Zenith Award for the Restoration of the Year, which will be chosen this year from 20 vehicles selected from AACA meets held during 2016.

Two exquisite cars from each of last year’s meets were chosen to compete for the award, with 13 manufacturers represented. The earliest car is a 1903 Holley and the newest a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette. Of special interest is a 1934 Duesenberg and a faithfully restored 1964 Ford Galaxie Holman & Moody NASCAR race car. Continue reading

Dear Deeres: Vintage tractors bring $2.5+ million at auction

1964 John Deere 8020 sells for $160,000 | Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin' photo
1964 John Deere 8020 sells for $160,000 | Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin’ photo

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ sale of the Ron Drosselmeyer collection of vintage John Deere tractors generated more than $2.5 million in sales with more than 175 tractors sold.

The sale was the second of a private collection by Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ division, which has a third such auction scheduled July 14-15 in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada, where the George Nesbitt Allison-Chalmers collection will be offered.

Leading the Drosselmeyer sale was a massive 1964 John Deere 8020, an articulated 4-wheel-drive “muscle tractor” that sold for $160,000 (Mecum reports hammer prices, which do not include buyer’s fees).

The top 10 sales of the auction were:

  1. 1964 John Deere 8020, $160,000
  2. 1958 John Deere 620 Hi-Crop Gasoline, $60,000
  3. 1955 John Deere 40V All-Fuel, $55,000
  4. 1954 John Deere 70 Hi-Crop LP, $50,000
  5. 1952 John Deere G Hi-Crop All-Fuel, $46,500
  6. 1959 John Deere 630 Standard LP, $46,000
  7. 1959 John Deere 730 Hi-Crop LP, $45,000
  8. 1958 John Deere 720 Hi-Crop All-Fuel, $43,000
  9. 1959 John Deere 730 Hi-Crop Diesel, $41,500
  10. 1955 John Deere 60 Hi-Crop All-Fuel, $40,000

(Auction results do not include buyer fees)

The 1958 620 Hi-Crop Gasoline tractor was one of only 24 built while the 1955 40V All-Fuel was one of only three produced by the famed tractor producer.

Ferrari hits 70 with birthday party set for Pebble Beach Concours

A 1959 Ferrari 250 TR 59/60 Fantuzzi Spyder at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours | Bob Golfen
A 1959 Ferrari 250 TR 59/60 Fantuzzi Spyder at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours | Bob Golfen

Ferrari marks its 70th anniversary during 2017, and the North American celebration will be held in an appropriate location: the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.

Four classes of Ferraris will compete on the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links on Sunday, August 20, including special classes for Ferrari Major Race Winners and Ferrari One-Off Spéciales. At the same time as the Pebble Beach Concours, Ferrari North America will be hosting the Ferrari 70th Anniversary Concours, with more cars lined up on the golf course’s first fairway. Continue reading

Bringing it home: Mecum adds trucking to its auction business

Semi tractor trailers sporting Mecum graphics are used for collector vehicle transport | Mecum Auctions
Semi tractor trailers sporting Mecum graphics are used for collector vehicle transport | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions has branched out from the auction business and into collector car-transportation, offering its buyers a means to bring their prizes home in enclosed trailers emblazoned with the Mecum logo.

The new Mecum Auto Transport service, launched in April, already has transported some significant vehicles to auction, such as the collection of the late Chevrolet Dealer Bob McDorman to the recent Indianapolis sale, as well as providing delivery of cars sold at auction. More than 1,000 collector vehicles consigned to auction or purchased from various Mecum auctions have been transported for customers so far, according to Mecum. Continue reading

Vintage racing: Goodwood looks back, but also to the future

The Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates its 25th year with a theme of “Perks of Performance – Motorsports game-changers” on June 29-July 2 in England. Since it first ran in 1993, the event allows enthusiasts to get up close and personal with motorsports legends, favorite cars, and also catch a glimpse of new cars.

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Pick of the Day: 1974 Porsche 914 1.8

The once-unappreciated Porsche 914 has a renew fan base and  values that are rising
The once-unappreciated Porsche 914 has a renew fan base and values that are rising

If you showed up at a Porsche club meeting even 20 years ago with a 914, you likely would be viewed as barely qualifying for membership. If the car was a 914/6, well that was a bit different. But with a standard four-cylinder 914, you were basically tolerated and mostly ignored.

It’s funny how the passage of time changes people’s perspectives. During the past few years, the mid-engine Porsche 914 has had quite a renaissance, becoming a bona fide collectible Porsche right alongside the 356 and the 911. In fact, the Porsche 914 was celebrated a few years back at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, where 10 of these great little cars graced the field and drew good-sized crowds to see them. Continue reading