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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

Simeone adds classics to Philly’s new car show

Some of the vehicles in Simeone's 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show display | Museum photos
Some of the vehicles in Simeone’s 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show display | Museum photos

As it does annually, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum will provide people attending the Philadelphia Auto Show with something to see other than the newest in bright and shiny sheet metal. The Simeone will participate in a display of vintage vehicles. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1938 Dodge pickup truck

The Dodge pickup is a three-quarter-ton long bed restored to original
The Dodge pickup is a three-quarter-ton long bed restored to original

As demonstrated again last week during the auctions of Arizona Car Week, old pickup trucks are hot commodities these days, especially those that have been restored to original. It’s hard not to feel nostalgia at the sight of a shapely classic truck, which often were handsomely styled despite their utilitarian purposes.

While most vintage pickups you see preserved or restored are Fords or GM trucks, the Pick of the Day is an unusual 1938 Dodge pickup. Pre-war Dodge trucks are fairly rare, and this heavy-duty, three-quarter-ton long bed usually would have been subjected to rough hauling duties and unlikely to have survived, but this lucky one lives on. Continue reading

At $259.8 million, Arizona auction sales are second-highest ever

1963 Jaguar E-type sold at Bonhams tops the charts for Arizona Car Week 2017 | Larry Edsall photo
1963 Jaguar E-type sold at Bonhams tops the charts for Arizona Car Week 2017 | Larry Edsall photo

Seven days, 3,486 vehicles and $259.8 million later, preliminary figures for the 2017 Arizona auctions are in. Compared with last year, more vehicles were offered, more were sold and $9 million more traded hands, according to Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle valuation-tracking company that monitors each of the seven auctions that took place during the week. Continue reading

Super-sized Barrett-Jackson is bucket-list auction that has it all

All eyes and cameras were turned toward Justin Bieber instead of his Ferrari 458 Italia  | Bob Golfen photos
All eyes and cameras were turned toward Justin Bieber instead of his Ferrari 458 Italia | Bob Golfen photos

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale is a collector-car auction like no other, as brassy and oversized as a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado, as crowded with passionate fans as a political convention, and as packed with popular attractions as a state fair. There’s no Ferris wheel, but there should be.

From barbecued turkey legs to the most pristine of vintage automobiles, Barrett-Jackson excels in what it does best: attracting the most folks to the collector car hobby. It does so by way of a grand, sprawling spectacle that attracts 200,000 ticket holders each year to the Scottsdale venue as well as what has become a global audience of millions of TV watchers. Continue reading

Artists explore the car and its role in American culture

‘The car is so much more than a machine that moves people from point A to point B. It is a symbol of freedom, an emblem of America’s pioneering spirit, a status symbol, a mark of one’s wealth, and sometimes, a sad substitute for a home or a temporary place to lay one’s head. In addition to driving (pardon the pun) the nation’s economy and commerce, the car has played an important role in American culture – high and low—making appearances in advertisements, pop songs, film and fine art.”

— news release announcing ‘Vroom Vroom Beep Beep’

Out West, by Beñat Iglesias López, oil on panel, 10 x 10 inches
Out West, by Beñat Iglesias López, oil on panel, 10 x 10 inches

‘Vroom Vroom Beep Beep” is a group exhibition by eight artists and photographers celebrating American car culture in a show running through February 24 at the Susan Eley Fine Art gallery on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Continue reading

Total sales higher, average price lower at Arizona auctions

1960 Chevrolet engineering Research Vehicle (CERV) 1 - sold $1.32 million
CERV I, historic Chevrolet prototype/concept car, sells for $1.32 million at Barrett-Jackson | Bob Golfen photo

With a day of sales to go at some locations, total on-the-block revenues at the collector car auctions taking place in Arizona this week already have surpassed year-ago numbers, according to Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle valuation-tracking company that monitors all sales at major American auction venues. So far this week, sales have totaled $251.1 million, which is $1.1 million more than the figure for the entire 2016 sales week. Continue reading