‘I thought it was a good test, and that’s exactly what it was,” Bradley Farrell said of the first online sale staged last week by his new The Finest Automobile Auctions. Continue reading
During gas-rationed World War II when every driving errand had to be considered carefully, Crosley Motors of Cincinnati produced teeny, tiny cars that became popular because of their fuel mileage. After the war, Crosley tried to stay relevant by upgrading its pint-size offerings with such things as a sporty roadster.
The Pick of the Day is one of those, a 1949 Crosley Hot Shot built in the company’s waning years of production. Just 12 feet long and weighing 1,100 pounds soaking wet, the Hot Shot was diminutive even by small sports car standards; the contemporary MGTC from the U.K. outweighed it by several hundred pounds. Continue reading
For the ninth time in the past year, the Hagerty Market Rating fell in April. While still in the range of an expanding market, the 69.34-point rating marks a drop of 0.44 points compared with the March figure. Continue reading
The second edition of the Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat in South Carolina was staged this past weekend. The three-day event has stepped up a notch from its inaugural effort with a rally, car corral day and concours d’elegance featuring better cars and enhanced organization.
Among the class winners were the formerly Fatty Arbuckle-owned 1919 Pierce Arrow, a Maserati A6GCS, and a stunning 1936 Auburn 852 S/C Boattail Speedster.
While many thought that the purple Pierce would drive off with top honors, judges surprised by awarding the Best of Show to the 1936 Auburn, a car owned and driven regularly by Gordon Logan.
Among Shelby enthusiasts, Joe McMurrey of Longview, Texas, is in a class of his own with an impressive collection of performance cars imprinted with the special touch of the man himself, Carroll Shelby, whose birthplace is just an hour away.
McMurrey has consigned 17 of his cars, and not just Shelbys but exciting examples from GM and Mopar as well, for Mecum’s 29th annual Original Spring Classic auction held May 17-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Continue reading
The Petersen Automotive Museum, located in Los Angeles, California, is throwing it back to the ’80s with their “Back to the Future” month. Celebrations begin April 20 as the museum becomes the new home of the Back to the Future DeLorean.
A 1936 Delahaye 135 Figoni-Falaschi 135 Competition Convertible owned by Ken and Ann Smith won Best in Show honors in addition to the French Curves Class at the 12th annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance last weekend.
Yes, there were the Agnellis and their Fiats, and Enzo and his red racing cars, but there are those who will tell you that it was Gianni Mazzocchi who really put Italy on wheels. And now many of Mazzocchi’s own cars will be offered for sale as the Quattroruote Collection at RM Sotheby’s auction May 14 at Monaco. Continue reading
Imagine this: The old, beat-up carcass of a Porsche 911 decomposing over in the corner for years, the one apparently used by kids as a playhouse, turns out to be an important competition car with an impressive history in endurance racing.
The derelict 1972 911 2.5 S/T was discovered by a collector in an unidentified U.S. location, according to the Porsche Classic division of Porsche AG, and he somehow recognized it for what it was: a highly prized race car that included among its competitions the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans, in which it finished first in the GT class and 13th overall. Continue reading
Barrett-Jackson posted $23.2 million in sales last weekend at its 14th annual Palm Beach auction in Florida. The sell-through rate was 96.3 percent. Significantly for the auction house, 42 percent of those bidding were newcomers to buying at Barrett-Jackson.