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Driven: Ferrari F50, and my continuing education

Larry Crane rides as Paul Frere masters the Ferrari F50 at the Fiorano circuit
Larry Crane rides along and learns as Paul Frere turns masterful laps in the Ferrari F50 at the Fiorano circuit

A lap of Pista de Fiorano, Ferrari’s on-site testing facility for all production and F1 cars, lived in my head. My first laps there were in a 328GTB. I returned to experience the first Testarossa and again for the 512TR. Then, on the 50th anniversary of the marque, we were given the opportunity to try the F50. Continue reading

Shoes for driving, and fine dining, from Piloti

Piloti Competizione shoes are designed for the race track | Piloti photos
Piloti Competizione shoes are designed for the race track | Piloti photos

So you love the red, white and black Piloti Competizione shoes you wear when you drive your vintage sports car on the track, but they really aren’t appropriate in the office, let alone the evening when you’re dining in a fancy restaurant.

But driving-shoemaker Piloti — Piloti is Italian for “drivers” — now has a solution, a new line of Italian-made luxury footwear that, managing director Michelle Massicotte said, can go “from the car to the office to the opera or to the cafe.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

The Rolls-Royce is beautifully finished in Highland Green
The Rolls-Royce is beautifully finished in Highland Green

Usually it is really easy for me to find a Pick of the Day, but today I tried something different. I wanted to find a very special car that could be bought for a bargain price. After about three hours of searching, I think I have found just the car, definitely something I would love to have in my own garage.

My pick is this stunning 1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, a magnificent luxury automobile offered for the cost of an average new car. Continue reading

Custom ’36 Packard is America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

A Packard named the 'Mulholland Speedster' was picked at the 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show | AMBR photos
A Packard named the ‘Mulholland Speedster’ was picked at the 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show | AMBR photos

Low and long, and emulating the great coachbuilt cars of the 1930s, a custom 1936 Packard called the “Mulholland Speedster” was selected as America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

The winning Packard special, built by Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods and owned by Bruce Wanta, was selected at the culmination of the three-day show that featured more than 1,000 hand-built street rods and custom cars. More than 40,000 people attended the show. Continue reading

Leake offers 50-car ‘Leaded Gas’ collection at no reserve in OKC

Pontiac built one-off pickup for division's president | Leake Auctions photos
Pontiac built one-off pickup for division’s president | Leake Auctions photos

Fifty cars from the Leaded Gas Classics and the Jim McLane collection will be offered at Leake Auction Company’s February 24-26 Oklahoma City sale at no reserve, the auction house has announced. McLane owns the Leaded Gas Classics dealership and car collection based in Alabaster, Alabama.

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Reborn Alvis to be on display at London Classic Car Show

The 1935 Bertelli-bodied 4.3-litre Alvis Sports Coupe is being replicated | Alvis Car Company photos
The 1935 Bertelli-bodied 4.3-litre Alvis Sports Coupe is being replicated | Alvis Car Company photos

Fifty years after it stopped building cars, the famed British brand Alvis has returned with a series of continuation models that celebrate the marque’s road and racing successes of the past. These cars, and the historic originals that inspired them, will be shown February 23-26 during the London Classic Car Show.

Among the vintage Alvis cars on display will be a stunning 1966 Graber-bodied TF21 and a 1937 4.3 drophead coupe (convertible) with Lancefield coachwork. Both of these cars are being replicated for Alvis customers. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II

The Plymouth Belvedere packs a 440 cid big-block V8
The Plymouth Belvedere packs a 440 cid big-block V8

The Pick of the Day is a classic piece of big-block Mopar muscle, a 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II hardtop that looks like it just rolled off a ’60s drag strip. Powered by a 440cid V8 with performance tweaks, and its body and interior in stock trim, this Plymouth looks ready to blow the doors off all comers.

The midsize Belvedere has a great look for a no-nonsense performance car, with its razor-sharp body design and stark roofline. The unadorned style only adds to the implied message of massive power lurking within. Continue reading

Big Bentley ‘Bobtail’ racer set for RM Sotheby’s Florida auction

The 1928 Bentley 'Bobtail' wears a body designed by Vanden Plas | RM Sotheby's photos
The 1928 Bentley ‘Bobtail’ wears a body designed by Vanden Plas | RM Sotheby’s photos

One of the mammoth factory cars raced by the Bentley team as the Roaring ‘20s drew to a close, the famed 1928 Bentley 4½-Litre Le Mans Sports “Bobtail” that competed twice in the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be offered for sale during RM Sotheby’s auction at Amelia Island, Florida, in March.

The Bentley Bobtail, chassis No. KM3088, raced at Le Mans in 1928 and 1929, placing third overall in the latter race. It also finished second overall at the 1929 Brooklands Double Twelve at an average speed 81.39 mph. Continue reading

Final figures: Arizona auctions post $262.8 million in sales, second-best year so far

Cars and people compete for space at Barrett-Jackson | Larry Edsall photo
Cars and people compete for space at Barrett-Jackson | Larry Edsall photo

(Editor’s note: Up to now, results being reported from the Arizona Car Week auctions have been preliminary figures, based on Hagerty reporters at each of the seven sales venues. But the auction houses themselves have done their post-sales accounting and provide the following official results:)

Final accounting by the seven auction houses with sales during Arizona Car Week shows total sales of $262.8 million. Sales were up more than $12 million compared with 2016, and the 2017 sales total was the second-best sales week in Arizona auction history, exceeded only in 2015. Continue reading

Car collectors uncover the secret of Henderson motorcycles

This man used a tablet computer to carefully film every inch of the 1912 Henderson Four | Larry Edsall photos
This man used a tablet computer to carefully film every inch of the 1912 Henderson Four | Larry Edsall photos

When it comes to the letter H in the motorcycle alphabet — which runs from Aprilia to Zundapp — Harley (as in Harley-Davidson) overwhelmingly dominates in terms of quantity. But the vintage bikes produced in the early 20th century by the brothers William and Thomas Henderson have become increasingly popular in the past few years at such events as Mecum Auctions’ 26th annual sale taking place this weekend at the South Pointe casino and exhibit hall in Las Vegas.

What’s driving up demand for those Hendersons (or should we say, who’s riding those Hendersons) are not traditional motorcycle enthusiasts who are adding Hendersons to their collections. Continue reading