Mazda unveiled the MX-5 Miata in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show. The car was designed to fill a void left by the lightweight British and Italian sports cars of the 1950s and ’60s. Nearly 36,000 units were sold in the first year of production as the car put smiles on the faces of drivers from various countries, cultures and age groups.
Janis Joplin’s 1964 Porsche 356, Nicholas Cage’s 1967 Ferrari 275/GTB 4, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz “gullwing” 300SL and a 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 are among some two dozen vehicles to be showcased in “The Golden Age of Sports Cars, 1949-1967,” a special exhibit at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan.
The exhibit opens October 1 and runs until April 2017. Continue reading
The first four-wheeled Honda seen in Great Britain was a roadster very much in line with the small sports cars made famous in the UK by the likes of MG and Triumph. Never officially imported to the United States, the S800 was nonetheless the first Honda seen here that was not a motorcycle.
Honda celebrates the 50th anniversary of the S800’s debut outside Japan with the restoration of a red 1967 model that is to be ready for the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June 2017. The refurbishing project, which Honda says will be done with respect for the roadster’s age and patina, is now under way at Le Riche Automobile Restorers in Jersey. When completed, the car will be added to Honda’s heritage press fleet for display at British events. Continue reading
‘Swedish Speed and Style” came to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on September 15-18 for the Volvo Club of America’s National Meet, held in conjunction with the 31st annual Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival at the Road America race track.
Competition cars swelled the ranks of the event, which along with perfect weather made for one of the largest turnouts in the Vintage Festival’s recent history. Continue reading
The Arizona Concours d’Elegance, a celebration of fine automobiles at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort, has announced that the magnificent 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic coupe from the Mullin Automotive Museum will be shown at the Concours on January 15, 2017.
One of the greatest automotive jewels of the Art Deco era, the Bugatti Atlantic will star in a special class of Bugatti automobiles, adding its elegant form to the Art Deco ambiance of the Arizona Biltmore, which was completed in 1929. Continue reading
More than 1,000 people attended Artcurial Motorcars D-Day Sale this month in Catz, Normandy, where all lots offered by the Normandy Tank Museum Collection sold for a total of $4,160,436, a figure that more than doubled the highest pre-auction estimate. Continue reading
Ever wonder what the most popular cars are for members of the Cadillac & LaSalle Club? According to the club’s Potomac Region chapter, the cars most-owned by members of the national club are 1941 and 1976 Cadillacs.
With that in mind, the Potomac Region’s annual fall car show will be a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the 1941 Cadillac. Continue reading
There’s something about these little beach cars that get people excited. The Fiat Jolly, with its wicker seats, cutaway doors and fringe top, is the sunny poster child of this quirky collector car niche, but there are a few other European models that have been fashioned into seaside cruisers. It’s easy to see why. What could be more fun?
The Pick of the Week is a rare find, what is said to be a totally authentic and documented 1974 Volkswagen Thing Acapulco Edition. The vast majority of VW Things were of the standard setup -– strange unto itself -– while only around 400 Acapulcos were built during a three-month period in 1974, according to the listing on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading
The Historic Vehicle Register launched by the Historic Vehicle Association will become the National Historic Vehicle Register if legislation introduced by Michigan Sen. Gary Peters wins congressional approval. The bill would authorize the Dept. of Interior to establish a federal register of historic vehicles, basically giving federal approval to the HVA effort. Continue reading
The idea of Hagerty’s Swap to Street Challenge sprouted from a simple concept often heard at the Hershey Swap Meet, that you could build an entire car from the used parts found on the grounds of the sprawling event.
Last year was the maiden voyage of Swap to Street. Starting with a decrepit 1946 Ford half-ton pickup pulled out of the Michigan mud, a team of four Hagerty employees took on the task of getting the truck back on the road, the challenge being to accomplish the feat during the four days of the AACA Fall Hersey Swap Meet and locating the needed parts at the meet. Continue reading