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Pick of the Day: Steve McQueen’s 1952 Chevrolet camper

The 1952 Chevrolet pickup is reputedly the last vehicle driven by Steve McQueen
The 1952 Chevrolet pickup is reputedly the last vehicle driven by Steve McQueen

Still aching for a drivable piece of Steve McQueen magic, but those million-dollar Porsches are a bit out of reach? Then take note: The vintage Chevrolet camper truck once owned and driven by the late film icon, and apparently the last vehicle he ever drove before his untimely death, is up for sale again.

The Pick of the Day is the 1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup with a hand-built camper shell that McQueen used regularly, which has been verified by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by McQueen family members as well as the California vehicle registration with McQueen’s signature. Continue reading

‘The Professionals’ Capri headed to H&H Classics auction

1978 Ford Capri 3.0S was used in British 'The Professionals' TV series | H&H Classics photos
1978 Ford Capri 3.0S was used in British ‘The Professionals’ TV series | H&H Classics photos

From 1977-1983, Bodie, portrayed by actor Lewis Collins, took on criminals on their own terms in the British television series, The Professionals. His vehicle of choice was a Ford Capri, one of which will be offered at the H&H Classics auction April 20 at Duxford, UK. Continue reading

The Race of Gentlemen adds West Coast date in 2016

Ready to race on the New Jersey shore | Andy Reid photos
Ready to race on the New Jersey shore | Andy Reid photos

Last year I somehow attended more than 30 classic car events, everything from vintage races to concours to auctions, to local cruise-in shows. Of all these events, the one that was the most amazing, and in terms of the cars and motorcycles in attendance and the people I met there, as well as the overall tone and feel of the event, was The Race Of Gentleman in Wildwood, New Jersey.

The race of Gentleman, or TROG, is basically a Goodwood Festival for the hot rod hobby. The weekend includes parties, car and bike shows — both formal and informal, —and the main event, which is racing these cars and motorcycles on the beach they way they did in the old days in places such as Ormond Beach, Florida. Continue reading

The first International Jaguar Festival launches in Scottsdale

A 1938 SS 100, the precursor of Jaguar sports cars, will be displayed at Sunday's show | Photos by Terry Larson
A 1938 SS 100, the precursor of Jaguar sports cars, will be displayed at Sunday’s show | Photos by Terry Larson

The inaugural International Jaguar Festival has roared into Scottsdale, Arizona, this week, marking the first time that all 66 Jaguar clubs in the United States, Canada and Mexico have come together for a multi-day homage to the cars of Coventry.

The main public event of the enthusiast convention happens Sunday when the Jaguar Concours d’Elegance, Historic Timeline and Racing Heritage Display take to the lawns of the ritzy Scottsdale Plaza Resort. Some 150 Jaguar sports cars, race cars and saloons (sedans to us Yanks) dating back to the 1930s and ahead to next year will be spread across the grass. Continue reading

Death Valley, in August, in decrepit cars — what could go wrong?

So does Pinto with fire warning badge automatically catch fire in Death Valley in August? | Larry Edsall photos
Will Pinto with fire-warning sign spontaneously flame in August heat in Death Valley? | Larry Edsall photos

(Editor’s note: Yes, we know today is April Fool’s Day, but the following story is not a joke.)

‘I have never set foot in Death Valley in the summer because I’ve been too terrified,” Jay Lamm admitted as he talked about his plan not only to visit the hottest place on the planet this August, but to bring along a couple dozen of his friends. Although they might be former friends by the conclusion of the inaugural LeMons Hell on Wheels Rally ’16. Continue reading

Corvette Museum to guide assembly plant tours

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Corvette assembly plant | NCM Photo

The National Corvette Museum is now managing public tours of the General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant, located just across the highway in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Under the museum’s management, tours will start at 8:30 a.m. and run every 15 minutes until 1:45 p.m. with each tour lasting approximately one hour. Guests get a guided tour that requires walking about a mile in the plant with no purses, cameras, cell phones or backpacks. Guests must wear closed-toe shoes.

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27 Porsche 911s to be auctioned in online sale

A 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera, black with a black-leather interior, is the earliest car in the auction | LiveAuctioneers.com
A 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera, black with a black-leather interior, is the earliest car in the auction | LiveAuctioneers.com

The rapid rise of values for Porsche 911s has brought many of them out of hiding and onto the auction stage, with the earlier model-year cars still commanding unheard-of prices.

The latest Porsche collection to hit the bidding circuit is being offered in an online auction with 27 cars from a private enthusiast ranging from a 1974 911 Carrera coupe to several low-mileage 2013 911s. Pre-auction value estimates range from the low $30,000s to $166,000, with all the cars carrying reserve prices. Continue reading

Toyota Corolla, the world’s best-selling car, marks 50 years

Akio Toyoda, president and CEO of Toyota, in the first Corolla he ever owned | Toyotoa
Akio Toyoda, president and CEO of Toyota, in the first Corolla he ever owned | Toyota photos

For classic car enthusiasts, the Toyota Corolla is pretty much invisible, a ubiquitous economy car that’s long on reliability but short on panache. Corolla’s familiarity might have bred contempt, but consider the fact that it is by far the highest-selling automotive nameplate in history.

More than 43 million Toyota Corollas have been sold worldwide since Toyota introduced its basic sedan to the Japanese market in 1966. The company brought Corolla to the United States two years later, where it hit the ground running and has never stopped. During 2015, Toyota sold nearly 1,000 Corollas every day in the United States, about 363,000 in all. Continue reading

Touge California heads to Mazda’s museum garage

Some of the competitors in the inaugural Touge California in 2015 | Japanese Nostalgic Car photo
Some of the competitors in the inaugural Touge California in 2015 | Japanese Nostalgic Car photos

The second all-Japanese vintage-car road rally, Touge California, takes place Saturday with 11 of the 28 entries wearing Mazda badges, so it seems only fitting that Mazda North American Operations will serve as title sponsor and co-host with the Japanese Nostalgic Car website.

Touge California was founded last year by Ben Hsu, editor-in-chief of Japanese Nostalgic Car, with rally master Patrick Strong. They’d seen vintage rallies such as Targa Florio or Carrera Panamericana, primarily for European cars, and decided classic Japanese vehicles should have such an event as well. Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson picks Proxibid as online bidding partner

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2015 Palm Beach auction arena | Barrett-Jackson Photo

Beginning with Barrett-Jackson’s 14th annual Palm Beach auction next month, online bidders can participate in the sale from anywhere in the world as a result of a partnership between the auction house and  Proxibid, which becomes the exclusive provider of online bidding services.

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