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Mercedes-Benz marks 60th anniversary of the 300 SL roadster

A 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster heads out for the start of last year's Copperstate 1000 | Bob Golfen
A 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster heads out for the start of last year’s Copperstate 1000 | Bob Golfen

Mercedes-Benz was flush with the success of its 300 SL “Gullwing” coupe, known internally as W198, after it was introduced in 1954. But open sports cars were the thing, especially in the all-important U.S. market, so the Stuttgart company set out to create an evocative roadster based on the Gullwing that retained the coupe’s style and performance.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster was revealed to the public 60 years ago at the 1957 Geneva Auto Show, where the bold, high-performance touring car was greeted with widespread acclaim from the press and public. This year, Mercedes celebrates the 60th anniversary of the introduction of what has become a highly valuable and sought-after collector car. Continue reading

Howey -In-The-Hills and its hyphenated hoot of a car show

A 1933 Harley-Davidson with package-truck sidecar among the many and various cars at the show | Jim McCraw photos
A 1933 Harley-Davidson with package-truck sidecar among the many and various cars at the show | Jim McCraw photos

The setting was as familiar as Pebble Beach, Meadow Brook, or St. John’s. A car show on a beautiful golf course on a sunny Sunday afternoon. But this wasn’t one of the big ones. Instead, this was a local annual car show held at the beautiful Mission Inn & Resort in the tiny community of Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida, the American town with more hyphens in its name than any other. Continue reading

Monaco ’57, electric-vehicle history, Coys sale on Essen agenda

1957 Monaco Grand Prix cars featured in special exhibit | Essen photo
1957 Monaco Grand Prix cars featured in special exhibit | Essen photo

A special exhibit recalling the 1957 Grand Prix of Monaco, another on the 135-year history of electric vehicles (1882-2017), displays of classic products by 25 automakers and a Coys collector car auction are some of the highlights scheduled for the 29th Techno-Classica Essen, which runs from April 5-9 in the Gruga Halle at Messe Essen, Germany. Continue reading

Jekyll Island show launches with an impressive debut

A vintage Riley among other two- and four-wheel vehicles at inaugural Caffeine and Octane at The Beach show | Andy Reid photos
A vintage Riley among other two- and four-wheel vehicles at inaugural Caffeine and Octane at The Beach show | Andy Reid photos

First, there was the Caffeine and Octane monthly car show, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. the first Sunday of every month, rain or shine, in Dunwoody, Georgia. It is a wonderful event attracting hundreds of cars and thousands of classic car fans.

Next came the Caffeine and Octane television show on Velocity. It is one of the most entertaining programs on the network and ticks all the boxes for what makes a good television show as it features fun on-air personalities — custom car and motorcycle builder Bryan Fuller, champion motorcycle drag racer Ricky Gadsen, and classic car collector, concours judge, restorer and all-around guru Skip Smith — as well as great cars and great stories about the cars and the people who own them. Continue reading

Celebrities with classics announce Lemo, a ride-hailing service

Jay Leno is part of the group unveiling the new Lemo ride-hailing company | Photos courtesy CNBC Jay Leno's Garage
Jay Leno is part of the group unveiling the new Lemo ride-hailing company | Photos courtesy CNBC Jay Leno’s Garage

Who needs Uber or Lyft? Now there’s a ride-hailing service that picks you up in a classic vehicle.

Called Lemo because of a certain big-jawed, car-collecting entertainer’s involvement in the program, this new service is ready to hit the road and carry you to your desired destination. Continue reading

What’s a Studebaker concept doing at the 20th annual BOP show?

Dale Sexton tells yet another person about his AVX, an Avanti-bodied Pontiac Firebird | Larry Edsall photos
Dale Sexton tells yet another person about his AVX, an Avanti-bodied Pontiac Firebird | Larry Edsall photos

For the 20th year in a row, owners of vintage Buicks, Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs parked their cars on a sunny Sunday at the Scottsdale Pavilions shopping center, site the previous evening of the country’s longest-running weekly car show. Annually, the BOP show attracts rows of beautiful Buicks, outstanding Oldsmobiles, and pleasing and even powerful Pontiacs.

In recent years, a few groovy GMC trucks have been included, and this year some cool Cadillacs were invited as a test to see how things might go should the shows organizers — the 20th annual BOP show was hosted by the Desert Renegades Pontiac Club and the Cactus GTO Club of Arizona — decide to expand the event to officially include GM’s luxury brand in future years.

And yet, the car that seemed to be drawing the most attention was a prototype Studebaker. Continue reading

Ferrari trio highlights H&H Classics’ War Museum auction

1958 Ferrari PF coupe rebodied as a California Spider | H&H Classics photos
1958 Ferrari PF coupe rebodied as a California Spider | H&H Classics photos

Three Ferraris formed the focal point for H&H Classics’ Duxford auction at Britain’s Imperial War Museum this week. The auction, with 121 cars on its docket, generated sales of £4.4 million ($5.51 million).

But of particular note were a 1958 Ferrari 250GT PF coupe that had been rebodied as a LWB California Spider; a 2001 Ferrari 360 Spider formerly owned by soccer star David Beckham; and a 1964 Ferrari 330GT Nembo Spider from the estate of Richard Allen and being sold to benefit the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service. Continue reading

Williams collection joins Leake docket for Dallas auction

1962 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is among the cars from the David and Laura Williams collection going to auction | Leake Auction photos
1962 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is among the cars from the David and Laura Williams collection going to auction | Leake Auction photos

The story goes that in 1995, David Williams bought an orange Ford Mustang Mach 1, made a “for sale” sign and sat on a street corner. The car sold quickly and a business was born.

Two decades later, Fast Lane Classic Cars has a four-building campus in St. Charles, Missouri, just northwest of St. Louis, and more than 40 cars from the David and Laura Williams collection have been consigned at no reserve to Leake Auction Company’s Dallas Spring sale scheduled for April 21-23. Continue reading

Owls Head to restore Fokker, sets model Festival & Kite Week

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Fokker to be restored | OHTM photo

The Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine has achieved its goal of raising $50,000 to restore its Red Barron Fokker aircraft.

The museum is scheduled to host its annual Midcoast Model Festival, April 8-9 from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Kit Week, April 17-21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Continue reading

Pick of the day: 1972 Jeep Commando

The Jeep Commando has remained in stock condition, down to its factory wheels and hubcaps
The Jeep Commando has remained in stock condition, down to its factory wheels and hubcaps

Despite its militaristic name, the Commando was a civilized version of Jeep, in relation to the classic CJ models, designed with a longer wheelbase and more interior space to compete with such interlopers as the Ford Bronco and International Scout.

The Pick of the Day is a 1972 Jeep Commando that appears to be in very good condition with new paint and a fresh interior in stock specifications, unusual for a vehicle that is more-often altered with an array of off-roading upgrades and custom “improvements.” Even the set of new wheels and hubcaps are factory spec, according to the seller, a Roswell, Georgia, dealer. Continue reading