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Inaugural Future Classics Car Show fills High Street district with a diverse array of cars and people

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Car being led to its space in the show | Photo by Hans Marquez

With support from Car Street Journal and NICOclub.com, ClassicCars.com took over High Street in Phoenix to stage the inaugural Future Classics Car Show Monday evening.

All 100 spaces along the street through the upscale shopping district were filled with cars dating from the 1975 through 2005 model years. Continue reading

‘Mormon Meteor’ takes best of show at Arizona concours

John Carefoot stands next to the 1935 Duesenberg SJ Special on the red carpet at the Arizona Concours d'Elegance | Larry Edsall photos
John Carefoot with the 1935 Duesenberg SJ Special after driving onto the red carpet at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance | Larry Edsall photos

One of America’s most famous and historic cars, the 1935 Duesenberg SJ Special known as the “Mormon Meteor,” added another accolade Sunday when judges selected the huge but streamlined and bright yellow vehicle as the best of show at the third annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance. Continue reading

Zagato, Mays share the magic of automotive design

Several of Zagato's contemporary collectibles were on display at the Arizona Biltmore | Larry Edsall photos
Several of Zagato’s contemporary collectibles were on display at the Arizona Biltmore | Larry Edsall photos

J Mays, who caused intentional disruption of the design of Audi, Volkswagen and Ford vehicles, was running through slides that displayed some of his best work as he did his presentation during a design symposium Saturday that was part of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance weekend in Phoenix.

Mays showed vehicles such as the Audi Avus, the Shelby GR1 and Jaguar F-type concept cars, but then he came to the ensuing slide. Continue reading

‘Monumental Muscle’ is million-dollar muscle at Mecum

1970 Hemi 'Cuda convertible sells for $2.765 million Friday at Kissimmee auction | Mecum Auction photos by Maggie Pinke
1970 Hemi ‘Cuda convertible sells for $2.675 million Friday at Kissimmee auction | Mecum Auction photos by Maggie Pinke

Dana Mecum had said that the parade of “Monumental Muscle” across the auction block Friday at Kissimmee, Florida, would be unprecedented. Turns out he was not incorrect as a standing-room-only gathering of bidders and viewers at Osceola Heritage Park saw three cars sell for $1 million or more, and the auction’s top 10 list blown to bits. Continue reading

Painting under fire: An evening with Masha

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Masha with one of her paintings | Matthew Fink photography

As I walked up the steps inside of the Penske Racing Museum in Scottsdale,  I could see the Arizona sky was lit with bright oranges, yellows, red, and purple. It seemed as though the sky was on fire. What a wonderful way to kick off Arizona Auction week, I thought.

As they arrived, other visitors also marveled at the colors, but not just those in the sunset, because being honored this Friday evening were two special people, Masha, an artist from the Ukraine, and long-time racing driver Brian Redman.
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Five George Barris customs on Barrett-Jackson block

The 1966 Dodge SuperVan is outfitted as a mini discotheque | Barrett-Jackson photos
The 1966 Dodge SuperVan is outfitted as a mini discotheque | Barrett-Jackson photos

George Barris, the legendary King of  Kustomizers, left us late last year at the age of 89, but the many unique custom cars that he and his crew created over the decades remain as testimony to his innovative and often quirky imagination.

Five cars with the George Barris touch will be up for sale at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction January 23-31, including a fanciful custom Dodge van and a mink-lined 1970 Corvette built for actress Farrah Fawcett. Continue reading

Resto-mod ’62 Corvette moves to top of Kissimmee sales chart

1962 Chevrolet Corvette hammers sold for $135,000 | Mecum photo by Magie Pinke
1962 Chevrolet Corvette hammers sold for $135,000 | Mecum photo by Magie Pinke

A 1962 Chevrolet Corvette resto mod, built over a tube-frame chassis with C4/C5 suspension and LS1 engine, not only was the top car Thursday at Mecum Auctions sale in Kissimmee, Florida, but became the high-seller of the auction so far. The car hammered sold for $135,000.

A 1968 Shelby GT500KR Ford Mustang also exceeded the previous leader, a 2014 BMW i8 Hybrid, when it sold Thursday for $130,000. Continue reading

Musty Maserati ‘barn find’ heads for Gooding Scottsdale auction

The 1962 Maserati Spider Vignale is a rare model in 'barn-find' condition | Gooding photos
The 1962 Maserati Spider Vignale is a rare model in ‘barn-find’ condition | Gooding photos

Enid, Oklahoma, doesn’t seem like the sort of place where you might unearth a rare and valuable coachbuilt Maserati convertible, but that is where this dusty “barn find” was discovered after at least 20 years stored inside a private garage.

In as-found condition and still wearing British license plates, the 1962 Maserati 3500 GTi Vignale Spider will be auctioned during Gooding & Company’s sale January 29-30 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Continue reading