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‘On the Road’ auction: French collector’s American cars

1948 Chrysler New Yorker among the American cars collected by the late Andre Weber | Artcurial Motorcars photos
1948 Chrysler New Yorker among the American cars collected by the late Andre Weber | Artcurial Motorcars photos

Andre Weber was a scrap medal dealer who also had a gas station on land in what was a rural area on France’s national road 14 a few dozen miles from Paris. As Paris grew, so did Weber’s businesses, which added more filling stations as well as Lancia, Autobianchi and Honda dealerships.

But Weber’s passion was for American cars of a bygone era, and over a period of some 50 years he bought and repaired and maintained and drove them, and now they are being offered at auction from his estate. Continue reading

Owls Head museum site for 39th New England auction

Bidders check out cars at the 2015 New England auction | Owls Head museum photos
Bidders check out cars at the 2015 New England auction | Owls Head museum photos

Monterey isn’t the only place to be in mid-August. There’s the Woodward Dream Cruise in the middle of the country and at the far end of the nation from California, the 39th annual New England Auto Auction takes place at the Owls Head Transportation Museum on the coast of Maine.

The museum will host an auction vehicle preview August 15-19 with the cars and automobilia up for bidding on the 19th and 20th. This is the inaugural year for automobilia at the sale. Continue reading

Hagerty hosts future designers at ‘test garage’ debut

Recently retired GM Design chief Ed Wilburn talks about automotive careers | Hagerty photo
Recently retired GM Design chief Ed Wilburn talks about automotive careers | Hagerty photo

Hagerty launched its latest effort to assure a future generation of car enthusiasts when it debuted the “Hagerty Test Garage” program late last month in conjunction with the Buick Club of America’s 50th anniversary car show.

Youths from 12 through 18 were invited to the Historic Vehicle Association’s new national laboratory for a classroom-style session led by Ed Welburn, recently retired vice president of GM Design. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1951 Ford Deluxe convertible

The 1951 Ford is described as being in immaculate preserved condition
The 1951 Ford is described as being in immaculate preserved condition

With all the attention given to so-called barn finds and other such derelicts from the past, how great is it to discover an all-original, preserved classic that’s old enough to apply for Medicare yet shows remarkably low mileage, looks wonderful and is ready to drive.

The Pick of the Day, a 1951 Ford Deluxe convertible, has just 39,127 on its odometer and is described by its seller as a “spectacular survivor that runs and drives like new.” Continue reading

Prototype Porsche 356/912 ‘missing link’ at Mecum auction

The Porsche 356/912 was one of six prototypes built for the upcoming 912 model | Mecum Auctions photos
The Porsche 356/912 was one of six prototypes built for the upcoming 912 model | Mecum Auctions photos

Porsche prices have been on a dramatic rise in recent years, especially for those cars with special performance features, racing history or celebrity provenance. Mecum’s auction in Monterey, California, presents yet another rare and unusual example, essentially a “missing link” between the original 356 models that established the brand and the subsequent four-cylinder 912 versions of the iconic 911.

The factory-documented 1965 Porsche 356B/912 coupe prototype is one of six cars built to test the automaker’s plan to create a less-expensive edition of the 911, which was introduced in 1963 to great acclaim but also some trepidation about its relatively high price. The idea behind the 912 was to market a sports car with the new look of the six-cylinder 911 but with the mechanical components of the beloved 356. Continue reading

Hilton Head celebrates centennial of Anderson, the South Carolina car

The Anderson was produced from 1916 through 1925 | Hilton Head Motoring Classic photos
The Anderson was produced from 1916 through 1925 | Hilton Head Motoring Classic photos

Since 1994, BMW has been building a variety of vehicles in South Carolina, where Volvo and Mercedes-Benz plan to open assembly plants in the next two or three years. But many don’t realize that the state’s automotive history spans a full century.

That figures to change this fall when the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance celebrates the Anderson Motor Company, which produced cars in Rocky Hill, South Carolina, from 1916 through 1925. Continue reading

Hot August Nights displays top 10 2016 Cup finalists at MAG

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One of the 50 contestants in the Hot August Nights Cup competition | Nicole James photos

Known for its Show-n-Shine competition, Hot August Nights narrowed a list of 50 elite cars  to the top 10  Friday in the competition for the Hot August Nights Cup. The competition  is fierce as the award is one of the most prestigious in the country, giving entrants the opportunity to win over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Continue reading

Museums: Inside the track with Jesse Alexander

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Race photographed by Jesse Alexander | Photos courtesy of the Petersen Museum

The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles opens a new exhibit Saturday to honor Jesse Alexander, considered to be one of the world’s best motorsports photographers. The opening includes a screening of a documentary film at Alexander and his work as well as a live “Q and A” session with the photographer.

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HVA unveils National Automotive Heritage Laboratory

HVA president Mark Gessler speaks at the unveiling | Jed Rapoport photos
HVA president Mark Gessler speaks at the unveiling | Jed Rapoport photos

At a reception last week, the Historic Vehicle Association staged the formal opening of its National Automotive Heritage Laboratory, a facility designed for doing laser scanning and measurement and archival photography of entire automobiles, as well as providing library research space, all in support of documenting the most significant automobiles in American history for future generations. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1960 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe

The 1960 Chevrolet Impala is one of the desirable 'bubble' hardtop coupes
The 1960 Chevrolet Impala is one of the desirable ‘bubble top’ coupes

The Pick of the Day, a 1960 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe, is an audacious spaceship of a car. With chrome-plated rockets shooting along its flanks, compete with vapor trails, and a bubble-top roofline that’s more glass than steel, the Impala seems to be swiftly flying low even when parked at the curb.

And those tailfins, like a pair of actual wings (rumor was that at high speeds, they could provide some treacherous lift). They were inherited from the 1959 model year Chevy, of which the ’60 model was seen as a toned-down version of that baroque design. As all Chevy folk know, the unique tailfins disappeared for ’61, never to be seen again. Continue reading