Category archives: Features

Photo quiz: Can you spot the fakes?

Is this a genuine vintage photograph? You decide | Photos courtesy of the author
Is this a genuine vintage photograph? You decide | Photos courtesy of the author

Which of the following pictures are not old car photographs from the 1950s-early 1970s?  Add your comments to tell us which clues you spot that give them away.  Answers next week. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Over the past weekend, I was beyond thrilled to cover vintage racing at the Rolex Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during Monterey Car Week. I quickly became infatuated with the cars racing in the 1966-1972 historic Trans-AM class, and one in particular – a Grabber Green 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302. Continue reading

Lost and Found: The ‘King of Rock-n-Roll’s BMW

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Ulrich Knieps, Director of BMW Classic, presents Elvis’ 1957 BMW 507 | Nicole James photos

BMW produced only 253 examples of its 507 sports car in 1957 and one of them, chassis 70079, has taken a particularly mysterious journey. Recently discovered in northern California and  restored in Munich, Germany, the car formerly owned by Elvis Presley was shown to the public for the first time Thursday during the Rolex Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, where the brand is celebrating its centennial celebration during Monterey Car Week.

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Best of Bob’s picks at RM Sotheby’s in Monterey

The first Cobra built by Carroll Shelby is among RM Sotheby's auction cars | Bob Golfen photos
The first Cobra built by Carroll Shelby is among RM Sotheby’s auction cars | Bob Golfen photos

Among RM Sotheby’s fantastic array of collector cars are some real stars. First off, there’s the 1955 Jaguar D-type that was the overall victor in the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans, and which remains intact and original after its busy racing career, raising its value to the stratosphere.

The curvaceous race car with its famous asymmetrical tailfin — the auction house calls the most important Jaguar in the known universe — is valued at $20 million to $25 million. Continue reading

5 Worst Behaviors Seen at Concours and Car Shows

The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance demands good manners from both entrants and spectators | Larry Edsall
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance demands good manners from both entrants and spectators | Larry Edsall

Just in time for the granddaddy of all car shows, The Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, and such Monterey Car Week events as Concorso Italiano and The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, here are 5 Simple Rules of what not-to-do at these public car exhibitions: Continue reading

Window shopping with Nicole at Russo and Steele at Monterey

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“Art Car” Porsche 911 | Nicole James photos

For what feels like months, the Classic Car News team has been sharing stories -– almost daily -– of the unique cars set to cross the various auction blocks this week in Monterey. Wednesday, I got to see some of those cars as I went window shopping and day dreaming at Russo and Steele. Continue reading

Eye Candy: 7th annual Little Car Show

The 7th annual Little Car Show was held in downtown Pacific Grove | Larry Edsall photos
The 7th annual Little Car Show was held in downtown Pacific Grove | Larry Edsall photos

Glamorous Pebble Beach may be the overwhelming star of Monterey Car Week, but don’t feel sorry at all for the nearby community of Pacific Grove, even if the ocean views aren’t nearly as spectacular along the village’s section of the famed 17 Mile Drive

It costs large to go to Pebble Beach, whether you’re preparing a car for the concours d’elegance, renting a room at the Lodge, or even just buying an admission ticket for the concours — and that’s after you’ve paid the entry fee just to drive on the precious but indeed panoramic Pebble portion of 17 Mile Drive. Continue reading

What Larry likes at Bonhams’ Quail sale

A 1970 Cadillac Coupe Deville is among the cars scheduled to cross the block Friday at Bonhams' Quail auction | Larry Edsall photos
A 1970 Cadillac Coupe Deville is among the cars scheduled to cross the block Friday at Bonhams’ Quail auction | Larry Edsall photos

One of the premises behind our auction picks stories is that we don’t care about the prices or even necessarily the provenance of the collector vehicles on display. What matters here is purely personal taste: We give our reporters and editors the freedom to wander around an auction house’s offerings and then share what they liked the best. Continue reading

Reggie Jackson giving back: Sharing stories, selling cars

At age 70, baseball star and car collector Reggie Jackson joins Rick Cole Auctions | Larry Edsall photos
At 70, baseball star/car collector Reggie Jackson joins Rick Cole Auctions | Larry Edsall photos

These days, at the age of 70, baseball Hall of Famer and long-time and well-known car collector Reggie Jackson is selling a lot more cars than he’s buying.

“It’s time to turn them over,” Jackson said while leading a search through the nooks and crannies of his garage for the hubcaps missing from a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette coupe that’s headed to the Rick Cole Auction this week on California’s Monterey Peninsula. Continue reading

What Larry likes at Mecum’s Monterey auction

A Bugatti Veyron is among the amazing cars on the docket at Mecum's auction in Monterey | Larry Edsall photos
A Bugatti Veyron is among the amazing cars on the docket at Mecum’s auction in Monterey | Larry Edsall photos

OK, so maybe only a third of the 600 vehicles expected to cross the block this week at Mecum’s’ annual Monterey “The Daytime Auction” were on the grounds of the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa when I arrived early Tuesday afternoon. But it’s Monterey Car Week and I was eager to get out and see some cars, so we’re presenting my choices even though there’s so much more yet to come.

But before sharing my picks with you, a group of cars I’d like in my collection and cars on which you might actually want to bid, I would be negligent not to note how much Mecum has upped its game this year here on the Monterey Peninsula. Continue reading