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NYC window displays visions of the automotive future

Best guesses about what we'll be driving aren't always right | HVA photos
Best guesses about what we’ll be driving don’t always prove correct | HVA photos

If you happen to be in New York City doing your holiday shopping, be sure to hustle over to 432 Park Avenue to see a very special window display.

Curated by Michael Shanks, a professor from Stanford University’s Center for Design Research, and presented in conjunction with the Historic Vehicle Association, the display takes a look at three visions of the automotive future as it has been perceived from the very dawn of the automobile age. Continue reading

Window shopping at museum stores with Nicole

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Model T Driving school | Gilmore photo

My immediate family and closest friends are all car-obsessed gear heads, so when it comes to the holidays, a safe go-to gift idea is always something automotive related. In a quest to give my loved ones something unique this year, I turned to museum stores across the United States and browsed online for the perfect gifts.

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Pick of the Day: 1949 Dodge Power Wagon

The Dodge Power Wagon is a civilian version of a WWII military truck
The Dodge Power Wagon is a civilian version of a WWII military truck

While Jeep gets most of the ink as a World War II-derived civilian vehicle, another legendary off-road warrior designed for the conflict also made the switch to civilian life, although with a much-larger footprint: the mighty Dodge Power Wagon.

The Pick of the Day is a terrific, low-mileage 1949 Dodge Power Wagon with enough restoration upgrades to qualify as a resto mod. A brutal-looking pickup truck, the Power Wagon seems ready to wage war on the toughest terrain anywhere. Continue reading

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta, 58 cars from Orin Smith collection join RM Sotheby’s docket for Amelia Island sale

Some of the 58-car Orin Smith collection headed to Amelia Island auction | RM Sotheby's photo by Darin Schnabel
Some of the 58-car Orin Smith collection headed to Amelia Island auction | RM Sotheby’s photo by Darin Schnabel

The consignment of a 58-car private collection has led RM Sotheby’s to expand its 19th annual Amelia Island auction to two days, March 10 and 11, 2017, instead of its customary one-day sale, the auction house announced Tuesday.

The company also said that in addition to the 58 cars from the collection of the late Orin Smith, the Florida sale will include a rare 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, a car RM Sotheby’s says is “one of the most valuable cars ever presented during the Amelia Island weekend.” Continue reading

Pebble Beach accepting entries for 2017 concours d’elegance

Cars undergo scrutiny even before the judges get their turn on the show field | Larry Edsall photos
Cars undergo scrutiny even before the judges get their turn on the show field | Larry Edsall photos

Have a car you think would qualify to be showcased next summer at the 67th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance? You only have until January 9 to get your application into the selection committee.

After applications are received, cars are vetted and a selection committee includes 15 people meets to “share research and compare and contrast possible groupings,” the concours said in a news release, which noted that, “Sometimes cars must be viewed in person” as part of that vetting process. Any conflicting information also must be resolved. Continue reading

ClassicCars.com presents 3 Arizona auction tours

Andy Reid conducting an Auction Tour at RM Auctions
Andy Reid conducting an Auction Tour at RM Sotheby’s

ClassicCars.com visitors attending the annual collector car week in January in Arizona have three opportunities to catch up with auction analyst and Classic Car News East Coast editor Andy Reid during three exclusive and free auction tours.

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Prototype Porsche, Zagato Astons on RM Sotheby’s Paris docket

Of the 13 Porsche 901 prototypes, only this one was a cabriolet | RM Sotheby's photos by Tim Scott
Of the 13 Porsche 901 prototypes, only this one was a cabriolet | RM Sotheby’s photos by Tim Scott

RM Sotheby’s continues to fill out the docket for its Paris auction during Retromobile week, revealing Tuesday that the only Porsche 901 cabriolet prototype and a pair of Zagato-bodied Aston Martins will join the 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 raced by Scuderia Ferrari as featured vehicles for the sale.

Carrying a pre-auction estimated value of €850.000 to €1.000.000 ($850,000 to $1.06 million), the Porsche is one of 13 pre-production cars produced as Porsche readied a successor for its 356 and is the only cabriolet among that baker’s dozen. Later, the car was used by Porsche to develop its 911 Targa concept. Continue reading

Steve McQueen’s ‘Le Mans’ inspires a graphic novel

Artist said Steve McQueen appeared in a dream, suggesting graphic novel based on  'Le Mans' movie | Garbo Studio illustrations
Artist said Steve McQueen appeared in a dream, suggesting graphic novel based on ‘Le Mans’ movie | Garbo Studio illustrations

Artist Sando Garbo claims that Steve McQueen appeared in a dream in 2013 and told Garbo to create a graphic novel based on McQueen’s epic Le Mans movie. Three years later, Garbo and his team have produced that book. Based on images being shared with the media, Steve McQueen in Le Mans is a lushly illustrated, 64-page, 2-pound hardcover book that might have served as a finely detailed storyboard for the actual movie. Continue reading