Category archives: News

Jolson, Garroway, DJ cars on Gooding’s Arizona docket

Original 'Today Show' host Dave Garroway was first owner of this 1938 Jaguar SS | Gooding photo by Matt Howell
Original ‘Today Show’ host Dave Garroway was first owner of this 1938 Jaguar SS | Gooding photo by Matt Howell

Cars formerly owned by jazz singer Al Jolson, television newsman Dave Garroway, and Los Angeles disc jockey B. Mitchel Reed will add celebrity provenance to the docket for Gooding & Company’s annual Scottsdale auction, which is scheduled for January 20-21, 2017.

The cars are a 1932 Packard Twin Six 906 individual custom convertible sedan once owned by Jolson, a 1938 Jaguar SS 100 3 1/2-liter owned by the Today Show host, who also was a sports car racer, and a barn-found 1958 Porsche 356 A Speedster Super once owned by the popular DJ. Continue reading

2016 top stories: 10 – Automobiles in art museums

Sculptural curves grace the tail fins of the Alfa Romeo 'BAT' cars at the Frist museum in Nashville | Larry Edsall photo
Sculptural curves grace the tail fins of the Alfa Romeo ‘BAT’ cars at the Frist museum in Nashville | Larry Edsall photos

The collector car community and the nation’s art museums both owe a huge “thank you” to Ken Gross, who not only has found a way to convince those museums to display classic cars just as they showcase Renoirs or Picassos, Rodins or Calders, but also a way to convince owners of some of the most exotic and expensive of collector cars to release them to those museums for several months at a time. Continue reading

Beaulieu will do ‘pop-up’ autojumble at classic car show

You can find pretty much anything auto related at the autojumble | Beaulieu photos
You can find pretty much anything auto related at the autojumble | Beaulieu photos

What you might recognize as a rummage sale is called a jumble in England.

Back in 1967, the Montagu Motor Museum held a jumble that was different. Everything for sale on the museum’s lawn was related to transportation, from car parts to books, advertising signs to hood ornaments. They called it an autojumble and it was the first of its kind in the U.K. Continue reading

Historic rally group celebrates 30th anniversary

rally2
Classic Rally car from first race | British Motor Museum photos

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Historic Rally Car Register returns to the British Motor Museum in England on January 14 for “Open Day,” a chance for enthusiasts to connect with the cars, drivers and those who organize rally events in the United Kingdom.

Continue reading

AACA Museum comments on ‘merger situation’

Staff at AACA Museum (above) say it offered land on its campus for new AACA headquarters | AACA Museum photo
Staff at AACA Museum (above) say it offered land on its campus for new AACA headquarters | AACA Museum photo

(Editor’s note: Classic Car News received a response Tuesday from the AACA Museum to recent reports about the end of merger talks with the Antique Automobile Club of America. We share that response below.)

The old car hobby recently learned of the Antique Automobile Club of America’s decision to defund and end formal relations with the AACA Museum.  The two organizations have been in merger negotiations for approximately two and one half years and at one point had a jointly signed letter of intent to move forward.  The Club reneged on their commitment and ultimately rejected a total of 11 different proposals from the Museum before announcing their decision to end the relationship. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Shelby Cobra continuation

The Shelby Cobra is a continuation model with a fiberglass body
The Shelby Cobra is a continuation model with a fiberglass body

There’s a big difference between kit cars and continuation cars, as pointed out in a story last week on ClassicCars.com. And while there are many examples of Shelby Cobra kit cars, the one presented today is a real factory continuation car.

The Pick of the Day is a 1965 Shelby Cobra CSX 4000-series car with full documentation from Shelby Automotive, according to the Sarasota, Florida , dealer advertising the sports car on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Driven: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 75th Anniversary Edition

The Jeep Wrangler feels right at home in the Arizona desert | Bob Golfen photos
The Jeep Wrangler feels right at home in the Arizona desert | Bob Golfen photos

The four-door Jeep Wrangler is such a brilliant product, combining the freedom and joy of the venerable CJ with the practicality of a crossover SUV. There are compromises in ride and convenience, but for many people, those are outweighed by the go-anywhere capability and rugged image of the Jeep.

With four doors, more-refined interiors and reasonably accommodating back seats, such Jeeps can pass as viable family transporters. The familiar two-door Wrangler would be fine for singles or couples, not so much for a foursome where the rear seat is more of an afterthought. Continue reading

Kids will meet classics at NextGen Autofest

Former GM design head Ed Wilburn leads Hagerty Test Garage session at Hershey | Hagerty photo
Former GM design head Ed Wilburn leads Hagerty Test Garage session at Hershey | Hagerty photo

‘There is a popular belief that young people don’t like cars anymore,” said McKeel Hagerty, chief executive of his family-owned collector car insurance and valuation-tracking company.

“We see a different story,” he continued. “While attitudes and preferences do change with each generation, we see a very large and growing population of young people who are interested and want to get involved with automotive activities. Because of this, we are excited to partner with the Arizona Concours’ NextGen Autofest to foster the magic connection between people and cars.“ Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Plymouth Barracuda fastback

The Plymouth Barracuda was restored to its original red-on-red motif
The Plymouth Barracuda was restored to its original red-on-red motif

Plymouth Barracudas have the distinction of being produced for exactly one decade to the day (April 1, 1964 to April 1, 1974), with the third and last generation of ‘Cudas becoming best-known among muscle car collectors.

The Pick of the Day is from the final year of the second generation, a 1969 Plymouth Barracuda fastback, all dressed in red, from its body to its interior to its red-line tires. The Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, private seller describes it in the ClassicCars.com ad as a true H-code car powered by a high-performance 383 V8 as well as a Formula S car with improved handing. Continue reading