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Museums team up to present ‘Hoosier Made: World Driven’ exhibit

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Gallery of classics at ACD Museum | ACD Museum photo

In honor of Indiana’s bicentennial, three automotive museums — the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, the Studebaker National Museum and the Kokomo Automotive Museum — have teamed to present an exhibition titled, Hoosier Made: World Driven.

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Coys lands Paris Motor Show as collector car auction venue

Poster for the 2016 Paris Motor Show | images from Coys
Poster for the 2016 Paris Motor Show | images from Coys

Britain-based collector car auction house Coys has announced it will stage a “major classic and sports car auction” in conjunction with the Paris Motor Show (Mondial de L’Automobile) on October 8. Continue reading

Classic Profile: The rare Duesenberg Model X

Hotelier and real estate investor Arnold Kirkeby was a famed owned of the Duesenberg Model X | Courtesy of the author
Hotelier and real estate investor Arnold Kirkeby was a famed owned of the Duesenberg Model X | Courtesy of the author

The Duesenberg brothers introduced their first production road car in 1920. The Straight Eight (later called the Model A) was an innovative and well-made machine. Regardless, the brothers (underfunded from the start) struggled to find enough customers to keep the company viable.

When E. L. Cord (through Auburn) purchased the bankrupt Duesenberg Company in 1926, Fred Duesenberg was already experimenting with a new iteration of the Straight Eight. It is thought that about dozen Model X chassis had been manufactured by the time of Cord’s acquisition. The Model X featured a re-worked Model A suspension and a larger displacement (260 cubic inches) mono-block straight-8 engine. Continue reading

ClassicCars.com giving away Iola Old Car Show tickets

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Chevy truck at Iola Old Car Show | Iola photo

Each year more than 2,300 show cars make their way to the town of Iola in north-central Wisconsin to participate in one of the largest classic and collector gatherings in the Midwest, the Iola Old Car Show and Swap Meet. This year ClassicCars.com is a sponsor and is giving away 12 pairs of show tickets valid for the entire event, which takes place July 7-9.

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Deputy Hogg and Daisy Duke to visit Carlisle Chrysler Nationals

Dukes Of Hazzard cast, Catherine Bach, Tom Wopat, John Schneider | Photo courtesy of Tom Wopat

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals from July 15-17, Catherine Bach and Rick Hurst, known for their roles as Daisy Duke and Deputy Cletus Hogg in the TV show, the Dukes of Hazzard, are slated to be available for photos and to sign autographs at the three-day Mopar event in Pennsylvania.

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‘Barn find’ Jaguar XK-E reigns at British auction

The 'barn-find' Jaguar E-Type is a desirable early model | Classic Car Auctions
The ‘barn-find’ Jaguar E-Type is a desirable early model | Classic Car Auctions photos

A musty “barn-find” 1963 Jaguar E-type coupe was the top seller at Classic Car Auctions’ sale last weekend at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre in the U.K., garnering £66,000 ($97,000) including auction premium, more than doubling its pre-sale high estimate.

Bidders in the room battled 12 phone bidders, according to CCA, for the rights to the dirt-encrusted, partially dissembled XK-E that was recently pulled from storage after 20 years. The right-hand-drive coupe was described by the auction house as an “ideal candidate for restoration.” Continue reading

Russo and Steele Newport Beach auction hits $6.4 million

The 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo coupe is unique in the factory 'paint sample' color of Pearl Yellow Gold | Russo and Steele photos
The 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo coupe is unique in the factory ‘paint sample’ color of Pearl Yellow Gold | Russo and Steele photos

Modern exotics led the bidding during Russo and Steele’s fourth annual collector car auction in Newport Beach, California, which hit $6.4 million in total sales. That figure was down from last year’s $7.2 million sale, but well ahead of the 2014 results.

A pair of low-mileage 2006 Ford GTs were at the head of the pack, where these “instant collectable” sports coupes have been landing regularly in many sales, by Russo and Steele as well as other auction companies. Continue reading

Found after decades, Costin Nathan racer heads to H&H auction

Costin Nathan being sold as a restoration project | H&H Classics photos
Costin Nathan being sold as a restoration project | H&H Classics photos

Discovered by a company hired to remove everything from a property, the Costin Nathan racing car will be offered for bidding as a restoration project July 10 at H&H’s Chateau Impney Hillclimb sale in the British Midlands. The car had been hidden away for 45 years. Continue reading

Packard, Ferrari earn top honors at Ault Park

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1932 Packard Custom Dietrich 904 Stationary Coupe and 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S N.A.R.T. Spider win Best of Show | Ault Park concours photo

A Dietric-bodied 1932 Packard Custom 904 stationary coupe owned by Gene and Sally Perkins of Greenwood, Indiana, was awarded best of show at the 39th annual Ault Park Concours d’Elegance in Cincinnati while a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB Spider owned by Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Virginia, gained the Esprit de Sport trophy.

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Artcurial showcases star cars for Le Mans Classic auction

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta posed on the Le Mans racing circuit | Artcurial Motorcars photos
Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta posed on the Le Mans racing circuit | Artcurial Motorcars photos

Paris-based Artcurial Motorcars has released the star cars for its auction July 9 at the Le Mans Classic.

Held every other year in conjunction with the vintage racing weekend at the full and famed Circuit de la Sarthe, the auction and various car shows are based at the Bugatti Circuit, a section of the longer 24-hour race course. Continue reading