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Dodge signs as Mecum Auctions’ automotive sponsor

A 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T convertible sold at Mecum in Florida for $1.65 million | Mecum Auctions
A 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T convertible sold at Mecum in Florida for $1.65 million | Mecum Auctions

Hellcats and Vipers will soon be roaring at Mecum Auctions as Dodge becomes the exclusive automotive sponsor for the auction company, Mecum said Wednesday. The new partnership starts next week with Mecum’s inaugural sale in Louisville, Kentucky.

The performance brand for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Dodge will become part of Mecum’s auctions, advertising, publications, online presence and social media, Mecum said in a news release. Part of the deal is for Dodge to offer thrill rides and demonstrations with 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats and Charger SRT Hellcats, as well as the V10-powered Dodge Viper at some Mecum events, starting with Louisville. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Jaguar XK-E Series II

The Jaguar E-type finds itself in a lush yard of tall grass
The Jaguar E-type finds itself in a lush yard of tall grass

OK, I admit it. The only reason I chose this Pick of the Day is so I could run this exceeding weird picture. It shows a Jaguar XK-E convertible awash in tall grass looking like a stricken ship at sea, stuck behind some old buildings where it’s apparently been for some time, barely visible because of the foliage.

The vibrant graffiti art on the brick walls only adds to the eerie strangeness of this shot. Continue reading

Mecum Auction heads for Kentucky loaded with muscle cars

A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 LS6 convertible leads the stars in Louisville | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 LS6 convertible stars in Louisville | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions continues its busy schedule with the inaugural Louisville, Kentucky, sale September 8-10 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. More than 1,000 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles are expected, according to Mecum.

American muscle cars and ’50s classics will be featured at the sweeping event, the 12th of 17 auctions that Mecum has scheduled this year, including tractor and motorcycle sales. The most recent Mecum sale in Monterey, California, resulted in total sales of $50 million. Continue reading

Britain celebrates cars and fashion at Salon Prive

Morgan will unveil electric 1909 Editon EV3 model at Salon Prive | Salon Prive photos
Morgan will unveil electric 1909 Editon EV3 model at Salon Prive | Salon Prive photos

The 11th annual Salon Privé, self-proclaimed as England’s “most prestigious luxury supercar show & concours d’elegance” opens today and runs through Saturday at Blenheim Palace, where it promises “something for everyone, including crowning the finest classic cars, celebrating high-fashion and experiencing modern-stay supercars at close quarters.” Continue reading

Galpin Motors launches search for long-lost 1952 custom Ford

The custom 1952 Ford convertible as seen in the pages of 'Motor Trend' | Galpin Motors
The custom 1952 Ford convertible as seen in the pages of ‘Motor Trend’ | Provided by Galpin Motors

Galpin Motors of Southern California has launched a search for a memorable piece of the auto dealer’s history, a long-lost 1952 Ford convertible known as the Galpin Custom that was the dealership’s first customized car, built to showcase future design possibilities.

The original dealership, Galpin Ford, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and would like to have its unique “Ford of the future” to display. Galpin Motors and Galpin Auto Sports is offering an unspecified reward for information to help locate the car, including any photos, magazine articles, original parts or the car in its entirety, in whatever condition it is in. Continue reading

Auctions America staging festival atmosphere for Auburn sale

1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator among featured cars at Auburn | Auctions America photos
1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator among featured cars at Auburn | Auctions America photos

While the 60th Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival is the main attraction for car enthusiasts to head to northeast Indiana for the Labor Day weekend, the annual collector car auction at the Auburn Auction Park just south of the city has become something of a mini-festival in its own right. Continue reading

Walking Wendell, the mechanical elephant, will cross the block at Auctions America’s Auburn sale

Wendell is an elephant-sized cybernetic animal | Auctions America photos
Wendell is an elephant-sized cybernetic animal | Auctions America photos

Perhaps the most unusual item on a collector car auction docket, at least since Barrett-Jackson drew national news coverage when it sold Robosaurus, is Wendell the mechanical elephant, which carries a pre-auction estimated value of $250,000 to $400,000 as it walks into Auction America’s Auburn Fall sale this weekend. Part of the sale proceeds will benefit a local charity. Continue reading

Sold: 40 untouched classic cars reach $300,000 at auction

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This 1956 Ford Thunderbird was the highest sale, earning $27,100 | Repocast photos

Talk about barn finds: Scott Miedema, whose Repocast specializes in the recovery and sales effort within the Miedema Asset Management Group, was able to find and offer at auction a western Michigan family father’s untouched for 30 years collection of 40 classic cars.

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Photo quiz answers: Did you spot the fakes?

A vintage Ford Tri-Motor passenger plane from over The Shakedown | WIlliam Hall photos
A vintage Ford Tri-Motor passenger plane passes over The Shakedown | WIlliam Hall photos

Last week, we asked readers to view eight photographs and determine which ones were authentic, period pictures of classic cars taken between 1950 and the early 1970s. If you haven’t seen them, here’s the link: Photo Quiz. This is your spoiler alert.

We suggested there could be details in the photos that would give the game away, and asked our astute readers to point them out. Continue reading