Category archives: Features

Museums: Cars and coffees — and memories

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August Cars and Coffee at Blackhawk museum | Blackhawk photos

The Blackhawk Museum’s Cars and Coffee from 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. this Sunday will honor the memory of Craig Andrews, a regular Cars and Coffee participant with his black 2014 Corvette and supporter of the museum’s children’s education programs. In his memory, the museum in Danville, California, will extend complimentary tickets to all participating car owners. The museum opens at 9 a.m.

The AACA Museum opens a newly renovated Route 66 exhibit in the main gallery on October 5 during its “Night at the Museum” event. Food and cocktails are available with a Route 66 flair along with a silent auction, entertainment and automotive artist gallery. Wayne Carini, host of Chasing Classic Cars, presents “A Collector Car Conversation” with car collector Ralph Marano and moderator Bill Warner, founder and chairman of the Amelia Island concours.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1913 Ford Model T custom ‘King T’ roadster

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1913 Ford Model T custom “King T” roadster | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 18th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Las Vegas Auction.

Introduced in 1908, the Ford Model T was hand-built until 1914 when it was then made on a moving assembly line. By 1927, Ford had produced over 15 million rugged and affordable Model Ts, the record holder for a single-model produced until 1972, while the model became known as the car that put the world on wheels during the course of its 19-year production run.

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RM Southeby’s reveals ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ collection for Italian sale

Some of the more than 430 cars to be offered at no reserve at the Duemila Ruote auction | RM Sotheby's photos
Some of the more than 430 cars to be offered at no reserve at the Duemila Ruote auction | RM Sotheby’s photos

Earlier this month at its auction in London, RM Sotheby’s announced an addition to its 2016 sales calendar, the offering of a large private collection to be held this fall in northern Italy. Wednesday, the auction house shared details of what it is calling the “Duemila Ruote,” the sale of 2,000 Wheels,  which it says is the largest automotive-themed private collection sale ever in Europe.

The sale will include more than 430 cars, 150 motorcycles, 60 boats, and hundreds of bicycles and items of automobilia — all offered without reserve. The sale, which also will include several bobsleds, will be held the weekend of November 25 in Milan in conjunction with the Milano AutoClassica — the Classic & Sports Car Show. Continue reading

Pick of the day: 1961 Chevrolet Impala

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Pick of the Day, 1961 Chevrolet Impala

As the owner of a naturally aspirated car, boost has a certain appeal. Turbo spooling is enough to get my adrenaline going, but the mention of twin turbos brings to mind the phrase “I literally can’t even.” So much so, that the Pick of the Day, a 1961 Chevrolet Impala, was selected because of just those two words: twin turbos.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1933 Chrysler Imperial CL 4-door sedan

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1933 Chrysler Imperial CL 4-door sedan | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 17th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Las Vegas Auction.

In 1908, Kansas farmer Walter P. Chrysler bought his first car. Shortly after, Chrysler became the plant manager for Buick under Charles Nash and later succeeded him as Buick’s president. Chrysler left Buick in 1925, and Chrysler’s namesake company became incorporated, the newest entry of what would become the “big three.”

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1951 Ford F1 Pickup

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1951 Ford F1 Pickup | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 16th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Las Vegas Auction.

In 1948, Ford launched the F-series, which became their best-selling line of pickups. The first trucks, the F1, featured styling from the era’s passenger cars and what became known as the “million-dollar cab.” Development costs earned it the nickname.  The cab was larger and more spacious than those of previous Ford pickups.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1947 Cadillac custom Woody Station Wagon

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1947 Cadillac custom Woody Station Wagon | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 15th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Las Vegas Auction.

Offered from the Tammy Allen collection without reserve, set to cross the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction block, this 1947 Cadillac began its life as a Miller-bodied hearse before it was transformed into a custom woody wagon.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1953 Buick Skylark convertible

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1953 Buick Skylark convertible | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 14th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Las Vegas Auction.

In addition to Cadillac and Oldsmobile, Buick celebrated its golden anniversary in 1953 with a special edition convertible. Buick based the Skylark on the existing top-of-the-line Roadmaster convertible.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1941 Packard 120 convertible

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1941 Packard 120 convertible | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 13th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Las Vegas Auction.

Packard enjoyed success during the 1920s, however that changed when the great depression hit and vehicle sales fell from 50,000 cars to just 7,000. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1941 Ford ‘Gray Ghost’ custom pickup

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1941 Ford ‘Gray Ghost’ custom pickup | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 12th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Las Vegas Auction.

Over the course of automotive history, pickup trucks primarily were purpose-built work vehicles — until relatively recently. Old-style pickups have been increasingly used to create hot rods, once seemingly made exclusively from 1930s roadsters and coupe platforms.

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