On our side of the pond, we call them swap meets. Ah, but once again, the British have a way with words and thus the 50th International Autojumble last weekend, with more than 36,000 people going to the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu to buy parts and pieces and assorted automobilia from 2,378 vendors.
Ten rare 2009-10 Corvettes from a single private collector are to be offered September 10 at Dan Kruse’ 42nd Hill Country Classic auction at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas.
Ken Callison’s first hot-rod project took a 1938 Chevrolet coupe that had been used as a chicken coop and turned it into a rolling work of art that’s still on the road today. That’s right: coupe to coop and back to coupe.
After serving as a machinist in the Navy, Callison went to work at Ford in 1970, but continued to produce parts for his and friends’ car projects. But 30 years ago, Callison got a request for a billet aluminum steering column, and an automotive aftermarket specialist company was born. Continue reading
A one-off 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia was awarded Best in Show honors at England’s Royal Concours of Elegance, held this year at Windsor Castle as part of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebration. Continue reading
Long, low and minty fresh. This imaginatively customized 1956 Lincoln Capri hardtop coupe has to be one of the most outrageous builds ever featured as Pick of the Week.
The Lincoln is a stunning car, which seems more like an entry in a national custom car show than a vintage classic looking for a new home. From the photos, the proportions look spectacular and the interior crosses over between that of a concept car and a funky low rider. Continue reading
A year ago, Bonhams’ inaugural auction in conjunction with the Arts & Excellence event at Chantilly, France, produced $7.5 million in total sales. This past weekend, the auction house’s second sale at the Chateau de Chantilly posted more than $10.04 million in sales, more than half of it coming from a single vehicle.
That vehicle was a 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster offered with a great story. Continue reading
Fresh from its record-setting sale in Monterey and its participation in Auction America’s huge Labor Day event in Auburn, Indiana, RM Sotheby’s is back at it September 7 with its 10th annual London Auction, again being held in conjunction with the Concours of Elegance, which this year is being held at Windsor Castle as part of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebration. Continue reading
As classic car events become more numerous, many strive for that elusive quality of “authenticity” that separates them from the pack. The famous Goodwood Revival vintage race in England plays upon the British people’s sense of history and frolic, requiring participants to wear period attire to access the paddock, creating a seamless panorama of the automotive past.
Here in the New World, we former colonists have been reticent about playing dress-up and eschewing modern conveniences. So how does the Ephraim Hillclimb and Concours, which will be held Saturday in the village of Ephraim, Wisconsin, succeed where others fail in capturing the full essence of a vintage motoring event? Continue reading
They had the yachts, they had the waterfront, and they certainly had the beautiful cars. They even had the fog. Pebble Beach? Nope. The Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance…one week later and 2,276 miles apart.
The event, now in its 11th year, is under new leadership and has a new name. Formerly known as the Milwaukee Masterpiece, the re-brand reveals the event’s aspirations to become the premier concours d’elegance in the Midwest. Continue reading
Even though he was skeptical when the invitation was extended, and even though he knows it will take two or three years for a new event to grow to critical mass, Leake Auction Company president Richard Sevenoaks is eager to catch the wave of the Detroit renaissance with Leake’s inaugural sale September 8-9 at the MotorCity casino hotel near downtown Motown. Continue reading