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Car collectors uncover the secret of Henderson motorcycles

This man used a tablet computer to carefully film every inch of the 1912 Henderson Four | Larry Edsall photos
This man used a tablet computer to carefully film every inch of the 1912 Henderson Four | Larry Edsall photos

When it comes to the letter H in the motorcycle alphabet — which runs from Aprilia to Zundapp — Harley (as in Harley-Davidson) overwhelmingly dominates in terms of quantity. But the vintage bikes produced in the early 20th century by the brothers William and Thomas Henderson have become increasingly popular in the past few years at such events as Mecum Auctions’ 26th annual sale taking place this weekend at the South Pointe casino and exhibit hall in Las Vegas.

What’s driving up demand for those Hendersons (or should we say, who’s riding those Hendersons) are not traditional motorcycle enthusiasts who are adding Hendersons to their collections. Continue reading

This car matters: Meyers and his Manx at the Classic Auto Show

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“Old red,” the very first of Meyers buggies’ | Nicole James photos

The Historic Vehicle Association developed a documentary project  designed to collect, preserve and share stories that celebrate the impact automobiles have made in history, culture, and the lives of everyday people. Bruce Meyers, the creator of the first fiberglass-bodied dune buggy – known as the Meyers Manx —  appeared in one of the first HVA documentaries and “Old Red,” Meyers’ first dune buggy, is part of a special  Grand Boulevard showcase of more than 50 vehicles at the inaugural Classic Car Show this weekend in the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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What makes Arizona Car Week special? It’s the people

Sunset makes this E-type Jaguar appear to glow as it awaits its turn on the block at Russo and Steele auction | Larry Edsall photos
Sunset makes this E-type Jaguar appear to glow as it awaits its turn on the block at Russo and Steele auction | Larry Edsall photos

I had an epiphany of sorts during Arizona Car Week 2017. Well, actually two of them:

  1. You can’t be everywhere at once, so don’t even try.
  2. The best part of the gathering of the clan of the car, in this case here in the Valley of the Sun, really isn’t the cars, as spectacular as they are, but the people they bring, and in the case of Arizona Car Week, they’re brought to the place where I live. How cool is this: I get to see amazing cars, talk with fascinating people, and sleep each night in my own bed.

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At auction: ‘The Duesenberg of motorcycles’

A Crocker overshadows many collectible motorcycles marques | Larry Edsall photos
A Crocker overshadows many collectible motorcycles marques | Larry Edsall photos

Perhaps it’s enough for car guys to learn that the Crocker is considered “the Duesenberg of motorcycles.” Yes, the brand was that big of a deal with those who were fortunate enough to have bought one of the rare machines back in the 1930s and early ’40s, and it remains true for those who acquire one today on the rare occasions when they are available at vintage motorcycle auctions.

What brings this all up is the Bonhams’ seventh annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, which was held Thursday in the convention center of the Rio Hotel and Casino. Featured was a 1937 Crocker small-tank hemi-head V-twin. Continue reading

Susan Eley Fine Art museum home to ‘car-art’ exhibit

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CAR BURNED BY WILDFIRE | Carolyn Monasra photos

The Susan Eley Fine Art museum, located in New York City, has opened “Vroom Vroom Beep Beep,” a group exhibition featuring paintings and photographs by Charles Buckley, John Conn, Victor Honigsfeld, Valeri Larko, Beñat Iglesias López, Carolyn Monastra, Maria Passarotti and Ruth Shively. The exhibit will run through Febuary 24. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1953 Nash Healey roadster

The Nash-Healey looks like a solid restoration candidate
The Nash-Healey looks like a solid restoration candidate

Barn-find classics continue to be fascinating outliers in the collector car market, the romantic lure of a desirable car presented in as-found condition seeming to trump common sense. What used to be ratty restoration candidates have become collector’s items.

One such car sold during Arizona Car Week was a derelict 1958 Porsche 356 A Speedster all primered up with a rat’s nest interior that went for an amazing $341,000. This was not a car with a lovely patina that you could drive in shabby-chic glory but something you’d want to rush off to the restoration shop ASAP. Yes, Porsche Speedsters are crazy valuable, but that price was a stretch. Continue reading

Top Porsche models at no reserve in RM Sotheby’s Paris auction

The all-black is a 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S 3.6 one of just 17 built  | RM Sotheby's
The all-black is a 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S 3.6 one of just 17 built | RM Sotheby’s

The Porsche parade moves on to Paris as RM Sotheby’s auctions off 13 sports cars from the German marque, part of a private collection representing a variety of years and types, all at no reserve. The Porsches are the first wave from a 42-car Swiss collection that the auction house plans to dole out at various auctions this year.

With Porsche values remaining in the upper atmosphere, RM Sotheby’s has scheduled a significant number of them for its February 8 sale that takes place during the famed Retromobile festival. Besides the 13 cars from the collection, the auction will feature a 1970 Porsche 917/10 prototype endurance racer with competition history. The car is valued between $5 million and $6 million. Continue reading

A Shelby Bronco? There was one, and a Boss Bronco as well

Carroll Shelby had his crew do engine swap when he got the first Ford Bronco prototype in 1966 | Gateway Bronco photos
Carroll Shelby had his crew do engine swap when he got the first Ford Bronco prototype in 1966 | Gateway Bronco photos

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised: The very first Ford Bronco produced ended up in Carroll Shelby’s hands, and he immediately replaced the six-cylinder engine with a 289-cubic-inch V8.

Not only that first Bronco’s story but the truck itself were shared last week at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction, where the first Bronco, the prototype for the 1969 Boss Bronco and several resto-modded Broncos were on display in the Gateway Bronco booth. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 MGC GT

The MGC GT has a six-cylinder engine under its hood
The MGC GT has a six-cylinder engine under its hood

John Thornley, the chairman of MG Car Company, always wanted to create a more budget-minded version of the Aston Martin DB4. His first attempt was the MGB GT, a two-door hatchback model based on the popular MGB roadster. But it was his second attempt, the MGC GT, that really nailed it.

When the MGC with its inline-6 engine was introduced, it was not well-received by the motoring press, and considered by many to be the less-nimble big brother of the four-cylinder MGB. They cited poorer handling and a lack of adequate power to motivate the extra weight of the car. It did not help that, reportedly, all the test cars initially provided by MG had tires holding only 20 psi of air pressure; they should have had 36 psi. Continue reading

RideTech transforms a truck in 48 hours at Barrett-Jackson

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1968 GMC C10 on Autocross layout | Photos by RideTech and Nicole James

Talk about pressure: Imagine taking a car to an auction, doing a complete upfit on the premises and then selling the vehicle 48 hours later!

That’s precisely what RideTech, an aftermarket suspension company, did last week at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale, where it transformed a 1968 GMC C10 pickup truck and then sold it for $82,500 (price includes buyer’s fees). Continue reading