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Benetton F1 racer joins Bonhams’ Spa sale docket

Schumacher was among the car's drivers | Bonhams photos
Schumacher was among the car’s drivers | Bonhams photos

The Benetton B-191-02 car that was driven by Robert Moreno, Nelson Piquet and Michael Schumacher during the 1991 Formula One racing season is featured on the docket for Bonhams’ Spa Classic auction scheduled for May 21. Continue reading

Super Chevy tour returns with additional cities for 2017

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Super Chevy show overview | Super Chevy photos

The 31st annual Super Chevy Show tour kicks off April 7 in Memphis, Tennessee, and visits seven additional sites through a season that concludes October 14 at Tucson, Arizona. Organized by the magazine and website, Super Chevy, organizers said demand led to the addition of more cities to its annual schedule of events. Continue reading

Mecum scores $7.3 million in sales at Kansas City auction

A Ford Thunderbird crosses the block during the Kansas City sale | Mecum Auctions photos
A Ford Thunderbird crosses the block during the Kansas City sale | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions hit $7.3 million during its two-day sale in Kansas City, Missouri, this past weekend, with 309 vehicles sold as were 74 pieces of road art. The auction offered a total of 491 vehicles with 63 percent of them sold. Continue reading

Family affair keeps the Gurney Eagles flying

The restored Penske  Racing Team transporter with the 1972 Mark Donahue Sunoco AAR Eagle race car | William Hall
The restored Penske Racing Team transporter with the 1972 Mark Donahue Sunoco AAR Eagle race car | William Hall

Rick Dresang was a broke teenager living in Plymouth, Wisconsin when he snuck into nearby Road America in the trunk of his buddy’s car to watch Mark Donohue’s record-setting 1973 SCCA Can-Am race. A confirmed gearhead, the young race fan’s dreams that night were undoubtedly colored Penske blue and yellow. Continue reading

Dragonsnake, Monical cars lead Worldwide’s Arlington auction

This 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra 'Dragonsnake' was independently built but is officially recognized | Worldwide Auctioneers photos
This 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra ‘Dragonsnake’ was independently built but is officially recognized | Worldwide Auctioneers photos

Cars built and collected by Texans highlight Worldwide Auctioneers’ 16th annual Texas auction, which moves to a new venue for its April 21-22 sale. Instead of the Houston area, the Texas Classic Auction will be held at the Arlington Convention Center between Dallas and Fort Worth.

The move coincides with the location for the sixth annual Concours d’Elegance of Texas, scheduled for April 23. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Corvair Monza Spyder turbo coupe

The turbocharged version of the first-generation Corvair was called the Spyder
The turbocharged version of the first-generation Corvair was called the Spyder

You might have noticed that in the past few years, air-cooled Porsches have had a serious boost in value. Not just 356 and 911 sports cars either; even more pedestrian models such as the 914 have followed suit. This spillover has started to move towards alternative rear-engine, air-cooled cars, including many Volkswagen models and recently, the Chevrolet Corvair.

The compact Corvair was built from 1960 to 1969 in two different series, and there were various sub models with different engine and trim options. Among the most desirable were the turbocharged models, called the Corvair Spyder in the first series and in the second series, renamed the Corsa. Continue reading

‘Top-down fun’ offered by Barrett-Jackson at Palm Beach sale

A featured car is the 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR originally owned by actor Lee Marvin | Barrett-Jackson photos
A featured car is the 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR originally owned by actor Lee Marvin | Barrett-Jackson photos

Barrett-Jackson holds four auctions every year and each one has its own character, with certain types of collector cars hitting the spot among bidders and spectators depending on the venue.

At the Palm Beach, Florida, auction, the focus is on convertibles, popular in the relaxed atmosphere for cruising along the coastline. The upcoming sale in West Palm Beach, which takes place April 6-8, has stocked a boatload of open-air pleasure craft among about 500 collector cars that will cross the block, all of them at no reserve. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1952 Jaguar XK 120

The Jaguar XK 120 was owned and driven by  John Lesseter who co-wrote and directed the animated film 'Cars'
The Jaguar XK 120 was owned and driven by John Lesseter who co-wrote and directed the animated film ‘Cars’

What could be more wonderful than the most-voluptuous of all 1950s roadsters, gorgeously restored and ready to drive? How about one that was owned, driven and loved by the man who created the most-celebrated animated films about cars?

The Pick of the Day is such a roadster, a gleaming black 1952 Jaguar XK 120 properly fitted with spats on its rear wheels and hunkered down in purposeful glory, and formerly owned by John Lassetor, who co-wrote and directed Cars and Cars 2. Continue reading

Bentley’s first Le Mans racer entered in Britain’s Royal concours

This four-seat Bentley was its first entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans | Royal Concours photos
This four-seat Bentley was its first entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans | Royal Concours photos

The first Bentley to race at Le Mans is among the first batch of cars revealed by the Britain’s Royal Concours of Elegance as it begins announcing the 60 vehicles to be included in the September 1-3 event at Hampton Court Palace.

The Bentley is a 1922 3-Litre (No. 141) which will travel from Australia for the concours. The car finished fourth at Le Mans in 1923 with a four-seat Park Ward body, laying the foundation for victories by the Bentley Boys in 1924 and from 1927-1930. Continue reading

Forget barn-found, Bonhams lands castle cache for Spa sale

A trove of collector cars discovered at a Swiss schloss | Bonhams photos
A trove of collector cars discovered at a Swiss schloss | Bonhams photos

If “barn finds” are the holy grails of the collector car hobby, Bonhams wonders how it should describe a dozen cars discovered within a Swiss schloss, or castle, and now on the docket for Bonhams Spa Classic auction scheduled for May 21 at the Spa-Francorchamps racing circuit in Belgium.

The cars, including a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, will be sold at no reserve; high bid takes each of them home. Continue reading