To celebrate the first of October, which signals the beginning of frightful Halloween festivities right around the corner, I have selected a spooktacular Pick of the Day, a 1959 Cadillac hearse. Continue reading
With millennials entering the classic car market, new trends are beginning to emerge and some of those trends were noted at the Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson collector car auction last weekend at the Mandalay Bay Event Center. While Jeeps and JDM didn’t steal the show, their presence was heavy and they performed well on the block alongside exotics, muscle cars, and others.
(JDM is shorthand for Japanese Domestic Market vehicles.) Continue reading
This was my first time among those attending the Japanese Classic Car Show that takes place each year in Long Beach, California. Like all first things, no matter how many people you ask or how much research you do, you are never quite prepared or know what to expect for your first time at a show. Here are five things I learned:
I love getting lost in the beautiful paint, the glimmering chrome and the exotic cars that come to Barrett-Jackson at each auction location, and have learned each site seems to bring out a different style of cars. Maybe it’s because I am in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, but the cars being offered for Barrett-Jacksons’ eighth year in Vegas are to die for. The cars, bikes, trucks and even boats are all show-stoppers in their own right, making it difficult to select just which ones I’d want to take home.
While Barrett-Jackson is primarily known for auctioning classic and collector vehicles, a fun attraction offered away from the bidding block is a ride and drive experience hosted by various automotive manufacturers. Friday in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, I had the opportunity to do test drives in the 2015 Ford Ecoboost Mustang and V6-powered Chevrolet Camaro and go for rides in a 2015 Ford Mustang V8, 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 2015 Dodge Viper and a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
After winning 38 of the 48 major races during the 1970 NASCAR season, the 1970 Plymouth Superbird was outlawed from NASCAR the following year, making the car very notorious and highly desirable. Only 1,935 cars were produced for customers and prices have skyrocketed, making the cars unattainable for the everyday enthusiast.
Editor’s note: This is the final in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold September 24-26 during Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction.
The first-generation Chevrolet Camaro went on sale in September 1966 for the 1967 model year and ran through 1969 as Chevy’s answer to the Ford Mustang, and was a new rear-wheel-drive GM F-body platform.
Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold September 24-26 during Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction.
The Dodge Challenger was produced from 1969-1974 using the Chrysler E platform and sharing components with the Plymouth Barracuda in an effort to rival the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. Continue reading
Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold September 24-26 during Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction.
The Mercedes-Benz 190SL is a two-door luxury roadster produced from 1955 to 1963. The 190SL provided an attractive and more-affordable alternative to the Mercedes-Benz 300SL of the time, sharing its basic styling, engineering, detailing and fully independent suspension. Continue reading
Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold September 24-26 during Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction.
The build for this 1955 Chevrolet Nomad began in April 2012, starting with a Southern California-raised rust-free car that was retired to a garage in 1973. This vehicle presents all-original sheet metal, including all floors, with a replacement recessed firewall for modern engine and transmission fusion.