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Early unrestored Mustangs highlight Allentown museum exhibit

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Ron Hermanns 1964 1/2 Mustang featured in the exhibit | AOW Museum photos

The Ford Mustang marked the dawn of a new era in the American automobile business, creating not only a new niche but a new mind-set that would become an indelible part of American life. Mustang was “fast, fun and affordable,” and quickly became a public sensation.

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George W. Bush’s pickup in another Barrett-Jackson charity sale

The F-150 crew cab was used by George and Laura BUsh to travel around their ranch and entertain guests | Barrett-Jackson photos
The F-150 crew cab was used by George and Laura Bush to travel around their ranch and entertain guests | Barrett-Jackson photos

The 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch Super Crew pickup truck that former President George W. Bush purchased after leaving the White House makes its third trip to a Barrett-Jackson auction this week. Once again, it will be sold to benefit a charitable cause.

The big white-and-tan pickup, which Bush drove on his ranch in Crawford, Texas, will cross the block during Barrett-Jackson’s sale in Palm Beach, Florida, which takes place today through Saturday. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Community Foundation of Cleveland and Bradley County, Tennessee. Continue reading

Small but mighty, 1939 MG wins Flying Scotsman vintage rally

Supercharged 1939 MG TB on its way to victory in the 9th Flying Scotsman vintage rally | Endurance Rally Association photos
Supercharged 1939 MG TB on its way to victory in the 9th Flying Scotsman vintage rally | Endurance Rally Association photos by Gerard Brown

A supercharged 1939 MG TB won the 9th Flying Scotsman vintage rally last weekend, becoming the smallest vehicle driven atop the awards podium since 2011, when a Riley 12/4 took the title. Continue reading

Mecum plows up $3.7 million at first 2017 Gone Farmin’ auction

A vintage John Deere rolls onto the block at Gone Farmin' auction | Mecum Auctions photos
A vintage John Deere rolls onto the block at the Gone Farmin’ auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division generated nearly $3.7 million in sales with a 93 percent sell-through rate at its first auction of the season, the Spring Classic at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, Iowa. Continue reading

Not fake news: Trump’s Ferrari soars at Auctions America sale

The Ferrari F430 F1 originally owned by Donald Trump crosses the block | Auctions America photos
The Ferrari F430 F1 originally owned by Donald Trump crosses the block | Auctions America photos

A low-mileage 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 coupe formerly owned by the President of the United States received a major Trump bump at auction last weekend. Auctions America sold the Ferrari, along with its vehicle title bearing the name Donald J. Trump, for $270,000, about $100,000 above its non-celebrity value, during the annual auction in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The President’s Ferrari landed in fifth place among the highest-selling cars at the auction, which reached $17.3 million in sales, with 76 percent of more than 400 vehicles sold. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1985 Jaguar XJS

The Jaguar XJS coupe has been driven fewer than 21,000 miles
The Jaguar XJS coupe has been driven fewer than 21,000 miles

There is something magical about a sports or GT car with a V12 under its hood. The V12 is the mythic engine layout that has won hundreds of races, used in everything from F1 cars to some of the most famous sports cars in the world.

As a result, cars powered by V12 engines also are some of the most expensive collector cars available. An entry-level Ferrari V12 will cost you at least $70,000, while other V12 cars, even modern Aston Martins, will leave you with little change left from that amount. Continue reading

Petersen museum ‘Seeing Red’ with special Ferrari exhibit

A 250 GTO will be among 11 red Ferraris in Petersen museum's special display | Petersen photo by Scott Williamson Photodesign Studios
A 250 GTO will be among 11 red Ferraris in Petersen museum’s special display | Petersen photo by Scott Williamson Photodesign Studios

When the Petersen Automotive Museum reopened after being remodeled inside and out, it was the red-ribboned exterior that drew the most comment. But it was the “Precious Metal” display in the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery on the second floor that drew the longest and longing attention of car enthusiasts.

Arrayed around the gallery were some of the world’s most spectacular vehicles, all of them wearing silver-colored bodywork. Long-time car collector and Petersen board member Bruce Meyer had convinced each car’s owner to loan their vehicles to the museum for an extended period. Continue reading

McDorman collection headed to Mecum’s Indy auction

1962 Chevrolet Corvette from the McDorman collection | Mecum Auctions photos
1962 Chevrolet Corvette from the McDorman collection | Mecum Auctions photos

Forty-two cars, a Wells Fargo stagecoach, three customized golf carts and an amazing assortment of Road Art from the Bob McDorman collection will be offered at Dana Mecum’s 30th annual Original Spring Classic auction scheduled for May 16-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

McDorman was well-known in central Ohio and beyond for his long-time Chevrolet dealership ownership and for his collection of primarily Chevrolet vehicles, especially Corvettes. He had been enshrined in both the Bloomington Gold Great Hall and the National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame. Continue reading

Pan Am Classic Rally offers a US cross-country road trip

A Vauxhall competes on Bespoke Rallies' South American event | Bespoke Rallies photos
A Vauxhall competes on Bespoke Rallies’ South American event | Bespoke Rallies photos

If you have or can borrow a classic car, have $35,000 to spare and have no commitments from June 14 to July 13, you might be interested in learning there are still a few spots left on the inaugural Pan Am Classic Rally, an event organized by Britain’s Bespoke Rallies organization.

The group’s first Pan Am event starts in Savannah, Georgia and ends in Seattle, though there is provision for bailing out when the competitive event reaches San Francisco on the Fourth of July on the 15th of the 21 legs of the trip. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1909 Pierce-Arrow motorcycle

The Pierce Four, made by Pierce-Arrow, was the first four-cylinder motorcycle in the U.S.
The Pierce Four, made by Pierce-Arrow, was the first four-cylinder motorcycle in the U.S.

Anybody who knows anything about vintage cars knows about Pierce-Arrow, a premier maker of luxury automobiles through the 1930s. Less known is the company’s brief foray into motorcycles, producing the first four-cylinder model in the U.S., a bike that was far ahead of the competition.

The Pick of the Day is a handsome example of the first year of production, a 1909 Pierce Four, made by Pierce-Arrow’s fledgling motorcycle division. It is a very innovative motorcycle for the era, with shaft drive and large-diameter frame tubing that  served to contain both gasoline and motor oil. Continue reading