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F1 Ferrari, Indy Lotus among historic racers at Bonhams auction

The 1964 Lotus Type 34 is known as the winningest Indy Lotus of all time | Bonhams photos
The 1964 Lotus Type 34 is known as the winningest Indy Lotus of all time | Bonhams photos

Bonhams, which has dubbed its 2017 California auction “Year of the Race Cars,” has announced two more historic competition cars -– an F1 champion Ferrari and an Indy 500 Lotus –- to its docket for the 20th annual collector car sale at the Quail Lodge in Carmel during Monterey Car Week. Continue reading

Motorcycle champion’s collection headed to auction

Ivan Mauger's 1977 championship ride will be offered at auction | Bonhams photos
Ivan Mauger’s 1977 championship ride will be offered at auction | Bonhams photos

Ivan Mauger, considered the greatest speedway motorcycle racer of the 20th Century, won a record nine world championships in speedway and long-track competition. In October, his personal collection of motorcycles and trophies and memorabilia will be offered for sale at Bohams’ Autumn Stafford auction. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible

The Falcon Sprint convertible is an eye-catching red-on-red with period-correct sport wheels
The Falcon Sprint convertible is an eye-catching red-on-red with period-correct sport wheels

Shortly before the advent of the Mustang as a midyear 1964 model, the hot ticket among compact Fords was the Falcon Sprint. The monster success of the Mustang overshadowed the freshly redesigned Falcons -– from which the pony cars were derived -– but today, the 1964 Falcon has a dedicated fan base all its own.

The Pick of the Day is a top-of-the-line 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible, of which just over 4,200 were built that model year. The Sprint served as a halo model for Falcon, its 260 cid V8 putting a performance spin on the economy brand, but this one has been updated with the later 289 V8 and Mustang C4 automatic transmission. Continue reading

Hudson museum friends have 3 more months for funding plan

The late Eldon Hostetler assembled nation's best collection of Hudsons | Larry Edsall photo
The late Eldon Hostetler assembled nation’s best collection of Hudsons | Larry Edsall photo

Hostetler’s Hudson Collection has received a 90-day reprieve from the possible auctioning off of what many consider to be the nation’s best collection of cars produced by the historic American automaker.

A group known as the Friends of the Shipshewana Hudson Automobile Museum were granted a 90-day extension last week, town manager Bob Shanahan told ClassicCar News. Continue reading

Queen’s Daimler draws a crowd at H&H auction

2001 Daimler Majestic was specially produced for Queen Elizabeth II | H&H Classics photo
2001 Daimler Majestic was specially produced for Queen Elizabeth II | H&H Classics photo

Although a 1929 Bugatti Type 44 Vanvooren “saloon” produced the highest sales figure of H&H Classics’ auction at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, England, it was another vehicle on the docket that attracted three television crews to the sale.

The car that attracted so much interest was a 2001 Daimler Majestic 4.0 LWB that sold for £43,700, the equivalent of $57,500. Continue reading

Registration still open for free Monterey auction tours

Andy Reid explains the auction process | Nicole James photo
Andy Reid explains the auction process | Nicole James photo

For the third year in a row, ClassicCars.com offers free tours of three of the auction venues during Monterey Car Week, and there’s still time to register.

Two of the tours will be led by our resident collector car and auction analyst Andy Reid, who has been leading such tours for a dozen years. Continue reading

Coys doing South Africa Concours charity auction

Cars at the inaugural Concours South Africa in 2016 | Coys photos
Cars at the inaugural Concours South Africa in 2016 | Coys photos

British auction house Coys will stage its first classic car and automobilia sale Saturday at the Concours South Africa, with proceeds going to charity.

The only multi-marque concours in South Africa was held for the first time in 2016. It runs for four days, August 3-6 at the Sun City resort complex. Continue reading

For Elkhart Lake vintage races, it truly does take a village

Spectators react as race cars thunder along Elkhart Lake's streets | William Hall photos
Spectators react as race cars thunder along Elkhart Lake’s streets | William Hall photos

It’s astounding that many people have attended racing events for years at Wisconsin’s famous Road America without ever setting foot inside the actual village, Elkhart Lake. While the track remains the focal point, the surrounding area’s unique celebration of motorsports culture can best be experienced in the quaint Victorian-era town and rural areas.

With the influx of GIs returning home from post-WWII Europe, the resort town in southeastern Wisconsin’s hilly Kettle Moraine region embraced sports-car racing as a way to stimulate tourism. The village of Elkhart Lake proactively abandoned racing on its public roads following a tragic racing accident involving spectators  at Watkins Glen, New York.  A few years later, in 1955, it opened the four-mile marvel known as Road America. Continue reading

Originality showcased at Misselwood Concours

1963 Chevrolet Corvette still looks showroom fresh more than 50 years after production | Andy Reid photos
1963 Chevrolet Corvette still looks showroom fresh more than 50 years after production | Andy Reid photos

The focus this year for the Misselwood Concours was original, preserved rather than restored cars.

Several such vehicles were presented, including a completely original 1963 Chevrolet Corvette roadster owned by the same family since new, as well as a 1980 Mazda RX-7 special edition that looked just as it did when it left the factory. Continue reading

100 years ago, Ford rolled out its first work truck

The Ford F-100, like this 1953 model, was a staple of American farm life | Ford photos
The Ford F-100, like this 1954 model, was a staple of American farm life | Ford photos

Another automotive centennial is upon us, and this is a significant one: the 100th anniversary of Ford trucks. One-hundred years ago, Ford produced the first Ford TT, a vehicle designed specifically as a work truck, with a short open cab and heavy-duty frame that allowed it to carry a one-ton payload.

This was during the reign of the ubiquitous Ford Model T passenger cars, which were sometimes privately converted into purposeful trucks, among myriad other modifications. It wasn’t until 1925 that Ford produced a factory pickup version of the Model T, though it was still a lightweight car under its utility body. Continue reading