Category archives: News

Pick of the Day: 1967 Fiat Dino 2.0 coupe

The Fiat Dino coupe shows just 40,000 miles on its odometer
The Fiat Dino coupe shows just 40,000 miles on its odometer

Something rare, Italian, stylish, and with an engine designed by Ferrari, but you don’t have to raid the 401K to afford it.

That would describe the Pick of the Day, a low-mileage 1967 Fiat Dino coupe powered by a 2.0-liter V6 created by famed engine designer Aurelio Lampredi, and nicely styled by Giorgetto Guigiaro while at Bertone, and with an asking price under $50,000. Continue reading

LaFerrari helps Leake post $10.3 million at Dallas auction

LaFerrari sells for a Leake Auction-record $3.7 million | Leake photos
LaFerrari sells for a Leake Auction-record $3.7 million | Leake photos

Highlighted by what is believed to be only the fifth public sale of a Ferrari LaFerrari, Leake Auction Company’s Dallas spring event posted $10.3 million in sales with a 66 percent sell-through rate last weekend in Dallas Market Hall.

The sale of a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari for $3.7 million was the obviously highlight of an event that concluded with a party for bidders and consignors at the Gas Monkey Live bar and grill. Continue reading

Carlisle Spring fling: Cars, parts and even an auction

An aerial view of the Carlisle Spring classic car gathering in Pennsylvania | Carlisle Events photos
An aerial view of the Carlisle Spring classic car gathering in Pennsylvania | Carlisle Events photos

More than 100,000 people ventured through the gates last weekend for the opening event of the car show/swap meet season in the Northeast, the annual Spring Carlisle, staged by Carlisle Events at the fairgrounds in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

“America’s Automotive Hometown came to life with an international audience, all focused on one thing: the classic and collector car hobby,” the organizers said in their latest news release. Continue reading

The Petersen salutes the All-American Racer, Dan Gurney

At Bonneville in 1950, Ted Bear (far left), engine-builder Raymond Torres, driver Dan Gurney and '29 Ford roadster-owner Skip Hudson
At Bonneville in 1950, Ted Bear (far left), engine-builder Raymond Torres, driver Dan Gurney (waving) and ’29 Ford roadster-owner Skip Hudson

Daniel Sexton Gurney’s father retired from a career in the aural glories of opera and moved his family to the wind-pushed murmurs of the citrus-covered foothills of Riverside, California. Tall, slender, handsome Dan was immediately became known as the prototypical California kid — and would be for the next 60 years (and counting). Continue reading

Rally car star on H&H Classics auction docket

Chassis 001 has undergone restoration at Prodrive, where the rally car was developed | H&H Classics photos
Chassis 001 has undergone restoration at Prodrive, where the rally car was developed | H&H Classics photos

The Subaru Impreza WRC97 (chassis No. 001) that helped the automaker win its third consecutive World Rally manufacturers’ championship in 1997, will drive onto the block at H&H Classics Sports & GT cars auction, scheduled for June 6 at the RAC’s Woodcote Park Estate in England.

The sale is being conducted in conjunction with Motor Sport magazine’s Hall of Fame program at the same location. Continue reading

Keels and Wheels, Cannonball Run headline concours news

Keels and Wheels combines classic and exotic cars with vintage wooden boats | Keels and Wheels Concours
Keels and Wheels combines classic and exotic cars with vintage wooden boats | Keels and Wheels Concours

The 22nd annual Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance, a weekend celebration of classic cars and wooden boats, takes place May 6 and 7 at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. About 200 cars and 100 boats are expected for the show, which this year features classes for the automobiles of the Stutz Motor Company, American ’50s classics, and Hot Rods, and boats by Utilities. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

The Z28 brought back performance to the Camaro
The Z28 brought back performance to the Camaro

When Chevrolet introduced the third-generation Camaro in 1982, it was a serious upgrade compared with the car it replaced. The second-generation Camaro was introduced in 1970, and with each passing year, it grew heavier, slower and more cobbled together. It was a car that needed a makeover, and the 1982 model accomplished this by bringing back some modicum of engine performance, terrific handling and a great modern look.

The star of the Camaro lineup was the Z28, and the Pick of The Day is one of the first-year cars, a 1982 Camaro Z28 located in Ontario, Canada. Continue reading

Trans-Am, Can-Am featured at inaugural Laguna Spring Classic

IMG_5158
Vintage Trans-Am race during the Rolex Reunion | Nicole James photos

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has added a vintage racing event to its 2017 calendar, the Spring Classic set for May 19-21. The three-day event was created to showcase racing in nine classes from several different era,s but the primary focus is on race cars from the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s.

Continue reading

Busted! Taking a ride around Mercedes’ ‘Wall of Death’

Three Mercedes-Benz, including a 1984-era motorcoach, on the high-banked test track
Three Mercedes-Benz, including a 1984-era motorcoach, on the high-banked test track | Daimler photo

We were in Germany for the introduction of a new Mercedes-Benz, or perhaps it was one of the automaker’s press previews of the company’s newest technology. On second thought, I think it was a technology-based event because my recollection is that we had just watched a pre-production 500SL slammed into a solid wall as part of the crash-testing program all vehicles must endure before they can be sold to the public. Continue reading

Oh Deere: Huge collection fills Gone Farmin’ auction docket

Ron Drosselmeyer's collection of more than 175 vintage John Deere tractors going to auction | Mecum Auctions photos
Ron Drosselmeyer’s collection of more than 175 vintage John Deere tractors going to auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Like so many youngsters who grew up on family farms, Ron Drosselmeyer was sitting up atop a tractor from the time he could keep from falling out of the metal seat. But not everyone who grew up on a family farm is still there, nor have they made a hobby of collecting vintage tractors as Drosselmeyer has. Continue reading