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It’s a $341,700 homecoming for famed British bike

Philip Vincent on the 1938 Rapide, with Ray Pett standing | H&H Classics photos
Philip Vincent on the 1938 Rapide, with Ray Pett standing | H&H Classics photos

One of Britain’s “Holy Grail” motorcycles has returned home sold for
£275,000 ($341,700) at H&H Classic auction this week at Donington. The 1938 Vincent-HRD Series-A Rapide was built by Ted Hampshire and at one time was owned by Alan de Cadenet.

The bike, one of only 78 produced between 1936 and 1939, was discovered recently in a “job-lot” collection in Japan. Only 50 of the Series-A Rapides are known to still exist, H&H Classics reported. Continue reading

Racing History Project announces 2017 events

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Pair of SCCA Trans-Am Mustangs at Laguna Seca vintage race, Trans-Am series was created by John Bishop | Nicole James photos

The Racing History Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting auto racing history, has announced its 2017 schedule, which includes three events, all taking place at the Wally Parks NHRA Museum in Pomona, California.

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McCormick set to sell American muscle and customs

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1938 Pontiac Business Coupe | McCormick Photos

The 30th anniversary of McCormick’s Classic Car Auctions comes to a close November 18-20 at the Palm Springs Convention Center in California with 580 cars set to cross the block during the three-day sale. Among the highlights are low-mileage examples of American muscle and an array of custom creations.

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Are women buying into the collector car hobby?

Of the more than 200 cars at Pebble Beach in August, four were entered as being solely owned by a woman| Larry Edsall photo
Of the more than 200 cars at Pebble Beach in August, four were entered as being solely owned by a woman| Larry Edsall photo

‘More women than ever join the classic car market,” the headline on the news release reported. “Numbers grow by 40 percent in the last two years.”

Forty percent growth in two years? How did we miss this surge?

Well, it turns out we did not. Continue reading

Record-setting 1958 Lotus Elite paces Silverstone sale

Restored 1958 Lotus Elite Series I going from auction block to British TV show | Silverstone Auctions photos
Restored 1958 Lotus Elite Series I going from auction block to British TV show | Silverstone Auctions photos

Silverstone Auctions’ recent two-day sale at the Classic Motor Show in Birmingham, England, posted an 80 percent sell-through rate and total sales of £5.8million ($7.2 million).

The star lot was a 1958 Lotus Elite Series I, which sold for a record price — £121,500 (nearly $152,000) — which was well beyond its pre-sale estimated value. The car will be featured on the British television program For the Love of Cars and had been restored by Ant Anstead, who was joined on the stage for the bidding by the Channel 4 television crew. Continue reading

Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ does $3 million at season finale sale

1922 Waterloo Boy N tractor tops sale at $55,000 | Mecum Auctions photos
1922 Waterloo Boy N tractor tops sale at $55,000 | Mecum Auctions photos

Nearly 2,000 people attended the Iowa Premier sale last week at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, where nearly 95 percent of the vintage tractors, signs, farm relics and toys offered by Gone Farmin’ division of Mecum Auctions sold for nearly $3 million. Continue reading

Street rodders share 2017 show schedule

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This 1931 Ford hot rod roadster is similar to cars seen at NSRA shows | ClassicCars.com photo

The National Street Rod Association has announced its 2017 show schedule, which comprises 11 events spanning the United States with features such as swap meets, a woman’s world, and various awards.

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World’s earliest sports car, 1914 ‘Prince Henry,’ headed to auction

The 'Prince Henry' on the road somewhere in France | Bonhams photos
The ‘Prince Henry’ on the road somewhere in France | Bonhams photos

What is purported to be the world’s first sports car — the 1914 Vauxhall 24hp “Prince Henry” Sports Torpedo — will be offered for sale for the first time at Bonhams’ Bond Street auction, scheduled for December 4 in London.

Also on the docket for the auction will be a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster, a two-owner 1963 Aston Martin DB5 and an all-original 1968 Maserati Mistral Spyder. Continue reading

Goodguys announce 2017 event schedule

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Camaro at Goodguys Southwest nationals | Photography by Hans Marquez

The Goodguys Rod and Custom Association, which wraps up its 2016 calendar this weekend at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona, has released its 2017 show schedule. The schedule includes 20 events across the United States with several celebrating significant anniversaries. Continue reading

German TV star curates three-sale series for Auctionata

Customized Mercury leadsled among offered in Auctionata's curated auction series | Auctionata photos
Customized Mercury leadsled among offered in Auctionata’s curated auction series | Auctionata photos

German online auction house Auctionata has recruited Lina van de Mars to curate three sales in November and early December.

The highly tattooed van de Mars is a rock-band drummer and German automotive television personality. She was working at an auto repair shop when she was discovered by what now is Germany’s Sport1 channel. In 2004, a show, Tuning TV, was built around her and two other women who worked on cars. Since then her star has risen. For the past two years, she has been the “car expert” at channel Sat1 and also hosts her own radio show, Mars, Cars, Stars. Continue reading