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Prototype Porsche 356/912 ‘missing link’ at Mecum auction

The Porsche 356/912 was one of six prototypes built for the upcoming 912 model | Mecum Auctions photos
The Porsche 356/912 was one of six prototypes built for the upcoming 912 model | Mecum Auctions photos

Porsche prices have been on a dramatic rise in recent years, especially for those cars with special performance features, racing history or celebrity provenance. Mecum’s auction in Monterey, California, presents yet another rare and unusual example, essentially a “missing link” between the original 356 models that established the brand and the subsequent four-cylinder 912 versions of the iconic 911.

The factory-documented 1965 Porsche 356B/912 coupe prototype is one of six cars built to test the automaker’s plan to create a less-expensive edition of the 911, which was introduced in 1963 to great acclaim but also some trepidation about its relatively high price. The idea behind the 912 was to market a sports car with the new look of the six-cylinder 911 but with the mechanical components of the beloved 356. Continue reading

Hilton Head celebrates centennial of Anderson, the South Carolina car

The Anderson was produced from 1916 through 1925 | Hilton Head Motoring Classic photos
The Anderson was produced from 1916 through 1925 | Hilton Head Motoring Classic photos

Since 1994, BMW has been building a variety of vehicles in South Carolina, where Volvo and Mercedes-Benz plan to open assembly plants in the next two or three years. But many don’t realize that the state’s automotive history spans a full century.

That figures to change this fall when the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance celebrates the Anderson Motor Company, which produced cars in Rocky Hill, South Carolina, from 1916 through 1925. Continue reading

Hot August Nights displays top 10 2016 Cup finalists at MAG

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One of the 50 contestants in the Hot August Nights Cup competition | Nicole James photos

Known for its Show-n-Shine competition, Hot August Nights narrowed a list of 50 elite cars  to the top 10  Friday in the competition for the Hot August Nights Cup. The competition  is fierce as the award is one of the most prestigious in the country, giving entrants the opportunity to win over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Continue reading

Museums: Inside the track with Jesse Alexander

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Race photographed by Jesse Alexander | Photos courtesy of the Petersen Museum

The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles opens a new exhibit Saturday to honor Jesse Alexander, considered to be one of the world’s best motorsports photographers. The opening includes a screening of a documentary film at Alexander and his work as well as a live “Q and A” session with the photographer.

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HVA unveils National Automotive Heritage Laboratory

HVA president Mark Gessler speaks at the unveiling | Jed Rapoport photos
HVA president Mark Gessler speaks at the unveiling | Jed Rapoport photos

At a reception last week, the Historic Vehicle Association staged the formal opening of its National Automotive Heritage Laboratory, a facility designed for doing laser scanning and measurement and archival photography of entire automobiles, as well as providing library research space, all in support of documenting the most significant automobiles in American history for future generations. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1960 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe

The 1960 Chevrolet Impala is one of the desirable 'bubble' hardtop coupes
The 1960 Chevrolet Impala is one of the desirable ‘bubble top’ coupes

The Pick of the Day, a 1960 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe, is an audacious spaceship of a car. With chrome-plated rockets shooting along its flanks, compete with vapor trails, and a bubble-top roofline that’s more glass than steel, the Impala seems to be swiftly flying low even when parked at the curb.

And those tailfins, like a pair of actual wings (rumor was that at high speeds, they could provide some treacherous lift). They were inherited from the 1959 model year Chevy, of which the ’60 model was seen as a toned-down version of that baroque design. As all Chevy folk know, the unique tailfins disappeared for ’61, never to be seen again. Continue reading

Top motorcycles at Mecum offered by renowned scientist

Dr. J. Craig Venter with some of the vintage motorcycles in his collection | Mecum Auctions photos
Dr. J. Craig Venter with some of the vintage motorcycles in his collection | Mecum Auctions photos

Participants in the Mecum MidAmerica Motorcycle Auction in Monterey may not realize it, but some of the most-significant vintage bikes that will cross the block come from the collection of a famed scientist who led the first successful effort to sequence human DNA.

Dr. J. Craig Venter leads an institute where teams of scientists perform research in various fields of genomics, including human, microbial, plant, environmental and synthetic technologies. He also heads a company to develop products using synthetic genomics technology, and another called Human Longevity Inc. that’s focused on extending the human life span. Continue reading

1967 Shelby GT500 earns highest hammer price at GAA sale

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Auctioneer on the block assisting in sale of Corvette | GAA Classic Cars photos

On the final day of the GAA Classic Cars sale at Greensboro, South Carolina, a restored 1967 Shelby GT500 brought the highest hammer price  of the sale — $122,500.

GAA Classic Cars reported a 65 percent sell-through rate for the three-day auction but did not report an overall sales total. Continue reading

Simply Japanese show draws more than 1,200 cars to Beaulieu

Classic Datsun Z car on the show field at Beaulieu's Simply Japanese rally | National Motor Museum photos
Classic Datsun Z car on the show field at Beaulieu’s Simply Japanese rally | National Motor Museum photos

Owners of 1,248 Japanese cars drove them to Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu last weekend for the museum’s fifth annual Simply Japanese rally. Continue reading

Road-racing star Don Roberts and ‘The Winningest Cobra’ readied for RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey

Don Roberts racing the 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra at Phoenix International Raceway in 1966
Don Roberts racing the 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra at Phoenix International Raceway in 1966 | Courtesy of Don and Sharon Roberts

A number of great Shelby Cobras will cross the block during RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, California, including the very first one ever built by Carroll Shelby. But only one of those cars has the right to be called “The Winningest Cobra” of all time.

That roadster is number CSX2473, a 1964 Cobra 289 that scored a record number of victories during its heyday in SCCA racing and other events from 1966 through 1973, including three years as an SCCA divisional champion. Of course, there’s also a “winningest driver” to go along with the winningest Cobra, and his story is inextricably linked with that of CSX2473. Continue reading