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Bonhams lands California Spider for Scottsdale sale

The 11th of 54 such short-wheelbase cars joins the docket for Scottsdale in January | Bonhams photos
The 11th of 54 such short-wheelbase cars joins the docket for Scottsdale in January | Bonhams photos

Bonhams has announced that a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT short-wheelbase California Spider, one of the world’s most-valuable collector cars, will be available at its upcoming Arizona Auction, scheduled for January 19, 2017, at the Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale.

Bonhams said the car is the 11th of only 54 such Pinin Farina-designed, Scaglietti-built roadsters. It notes the car, No. 2277 GT, was on display at the 1961 Brussels Motor Show in Belgium and, as documented by marque expert Marcel Massini, retains its original body and driveline and comes with its factory build sheets. Continue reading

Mecum heads to Southern California for collector car auction

A lavishly customized 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille is an Anaheim feature | Mecum Auction photos
A lavishly customized 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille is an Anaheim feature | Mecum Auction photos

Mecum Auctions rolls into Southern California on Thursday for its annual three-day sale at the Anaheim Convention Center, with about 750 muscle cars, customs and classics offered for bidding. Continue reading

Royal Enfield marketing vintage-inspired bikes for the masses

The showroom at Royal Enfield's new facility in MIlwaukee | William Hall photos
The showroom at Royal Enfield’s new facility in MIlwaukee | William Hall photos

Royal Enfield, the world’s oldest continuously operating motorcycle brand, is settling into its new North American headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after a  grand opening September 10.

Located in a former leather-goods factory on the high street in the city’s trendy warehouse district, the classic British brand hopes to sell tradition from the hometown of that other traditional motorcycle manufacturer, Harley-Davidson. Continue reading

Packard in the pond and more from Hilton Head concours

The Stutz Bearcat that later in the day won Best of Show honors at Hilton Head | Andy Reid photos
The Stutz Bearcat that later in the day won Best of Show honors at Hilton Head | Andy Reid photos

Long-term, the 2016 Hilton Head Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance likely will be remembered for two things: That organizers were able to stage the event so soon after Hurricane Michael ripped through the area and as the concours where the Packard went into the pond.

It seemed something of a miracle that the 15th annual concours on South Carolina’s island playground could take place in the aftermath of such a significant storm, a tribute to the festival, resort and others who went well above and beyond just to put everything back together. Continue reading

Modern exotic muscle on Leake’s Dallas docket

Cars such as this 2012 McLaren MP4-12C should appeal to young, affluent collectors | Leake Auction photos
Cars such as this 2012 McLaren MP4-12C should appeal to young, affluent collectors | Leake Auction photos

The Dallas market gets its second collector car auction of the month when Leake Auction Company stages its annual Dallas Fall sale November 18-20 at Market Hall. It was just two weeks ago that Mecum Auctions held its annual event in Dallas.

“We do not feel that it hurts,” said Richard Sevenoaks, president of Leake Auction. “They bring awareness to the industry in a positive way — this helps everyone. Continue reading

Hilton Head has something special for Saturday showgoers

Porsches align for a club display at the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival's car club day | Andy Reid photos
Porsches align for a club display at the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival’s car club day | Andy Reid photos

The final weekend of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance includes a twist that many other concours have copied — a Saturday car club jamboree.

This event brings together a variety of car clubs, many of the car specific groups, some more regional in nature, and invites members to show their cars on the same fields that will host the concours on Sunday. Continue reading

First Ferrari 250 GTO to race being offered for sale

British newspaper reports asking price is $56 million for second 250 GTO built | Talacrest photos
British newspaper reports asking price is $56 million for second 250 GTO built | Talacrest photos

British collector car specialist Talacrest announced Thursday that is will be the agent for the sale of Ferrari 250 GTO No. 3387, which it says is the second 250 GTO produced, was used by the Ferrari factory for testing and development, and then was delivered to NART — the North American Racing Team — for which Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien drove the car to second overall and first in class at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1962. Continue reading

Museums offer free admission to veterans

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The Original Hybrid exhibit | Studebaker National Museum

Today, many car museums, including the Blackhawk Museum on the West Coast and the Owls Head Transportation Museum on the East Coast, offer free admission to all active military and veterans. The Owls Head also will offer free rides in its Model T vehicles, weather permitting.

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Pick of the Day: 1961 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

The Cadillac Coupe DeVille shows off its sharp-edged styling
The Cadillac Coupe DeVille shows off its sharp-edged styling

As excessive as the 1961 Cadillac seems today, it was actually quite toned down from the wildly ebullient 1959 Cadillac with its towering rocket fins. Sure, there are some serious tailfins here, but General Motors’ new knife-edge styling brought them down to earth.

The Pick of the Day is a 1961 Cadillac Coupe DeVille said to be a two-owner California car in beautiful condition behind a partial restoration. The DeVille is incredibly long, stretching out 18-and-a-half feet, with the strongly horizontal body contours making it look even more so. Continue reading

An amazing Carroll Shelby relic, a 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 used in his driving school, for sale with a seven-figure price tag

The GT350 fastback is one of three used at Carroll Shelby's driving school in the 1960s | Dynamic Motorsports photos
The GT350 fastback is one of three used at Carroll Shelby’s driving school in the 1960s | Dynamic Motorsports photos

The remarkable legacy of Carroll Shelby has many twists and turns, many deviations from his history as a successful racecar driver and Le Mans team leader to the visionary who combined a British roadster with a Ford V8 to create one of the greatest sports cars of all time, the Shelby Cobra.

One of Shelby’s sidelines after heart issues ended his racing career in 1961 was operation of the Carroll Shelby School of High Performance Driving, considered to be America’s first competition-driving school. Shelby ran the innovative school at Riverside International Raceway in California, where his students included racing stars, movie stars, fashion models and an assortment of the rich and famous. Continue reading