Category archives: Features

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda

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1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 11th 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.

Launched in 1970, the third generation of the Plymouth Barracuda was a force to be reckoned with and a purpose-built performer whose main mission was to kick asphalt and take names.

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Pick of the Day: 1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R

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1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R

As I prepare for the Japanese Classic Car Show in Long Beach this weekend, I can’t help but think about monster hunting. Not just any monster though; I am looking for Godzilla. As elusive as the 1950s Japanese movie monster from which it draws its nickname, the Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R, acts as the forbidden fruit of the future-classics realm.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1954 Kaiser Darrin supercharged convertible

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1954 Kaiser Darrin supercharged convertible | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 10th 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.

Developed in Detroit and made to compete against European roadsters being imported to the United States in a post-war era, the Kaiser Darrin featured an attractive design and was the first fiberglass sports car in America, beating  the Chevrolet Corvette into production by one month.

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Come for the cars, but stay for the art

Children draw images of the 1934 Packard 1107 Twelve Convertible Victoria | Larry Edsall photos
Children sketch the 1934 Packard 1107 Twelve Convertible Victoria | Larry Edsall photos

Back when I was a daily newspaper sports editor in Michigan, I’d be sure to assign myself to cover a couple of Notre Dame football games each season. No, I wasn’t a fan of the Fighting Irish football team — “no cheering in the press box” is the sportswriter’s creed — but I was a fan of the campus. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1939 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 touring sedan

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1939 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 touring sedan | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the ninth 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 without reserve from the Tammy Allen Collection during Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction, this 1939 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 touring sedan is one of just 638 produced for the ’39 model year.

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At auction today: One collector’s Cadillacs, and more

Water spots the 1939 Cadillac Series 90 V16 5-passenger coupe that is part of Doug Houston's collection | Larry Edsall photos
Leak in roof left water streaks on the 1939 Cadillac Series 90 V16 5-passenger coupe that is part of Doug Houston’s collection | Larry Edsall photos

The notice caught my eye: An estate auction of classic cars, including nine Cadillacs ranging from a 1938 60 Special sedan to a 1970 DeVille convertible, and two of them with V16 engines beneath their hoods. I needed to know more. Continue reading

Driven: 2015 Nissan Maxima Platinum

Nissan Maxima has been upgraded with more-dramatic styling, larger interior and improved driving dynamics | Bob Golfen photo
Nissan Maxima has been upgraded with more-dramatic styling, larger interior and improved driving dynamics | Bob Golfen photo

The winding, tree-lined roads in and around Monterey and Pebble Beach, California, are like a carnival ride for people who want to hunker down and drive. Indeed, the legendary road race near Pebble Beach Lodge started in the same year as the famed Concours d’Elegance that marked its 66th anniversary this year.

I was driving those same roads recently as I helped cover the Monterey Car Week car shows and auctions for ClassicCars.com. The 2016 Maxima loaned to me by Nissan seemed at first like an unlikely craft for such fun duty, being a fairly large sedan loaded up with luxury features, but the Japanese automaker’s promise of a “4-door sports car” turned out to be not so far off the mark. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T

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1971 Dodge Challenger R/T | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the eighth 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.

To rival the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge released its own pony car, the Challenger, for the 1970 model year. Based off the Chrysler E-body, the Challenger was available with nearly every engine in Chrysler’s lineup and provided an unrivaled number of trim options.

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Jim Collier’s collection is a Chevrolet showcase

A split-window 1963 Corvette and 1932 Chevrolet roadster from the Collier Collection will be featured at the Atlanta Concours d'Elegance
A split-window 1963 Corvette and 1932 Chevrolet roadster from the Collier Collection will be featured at the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance

(Editor’s note: When someone mentions the Collier Collection, collector car enthusiasts automatically think of Miles Collier and the Revs Institute/Collier Collection in Naples, Florida. But the inaugural Atlanta Concours d’Elegance will showcase another Collier Collection, this one founded by a Georgia native son.)

Ella and James Collier and their 1932 Chevrolet Phaeton | Atlanta concours photos
Ella and James Collier and their 1932 Chevrolet Phaeton | Atlanta concours photos

‘My first car was given to me by an uncle. It was a ’36 Ford, and that’s the last Ford I’ve ever owned,” said James Collier, who was just turning 16 when his uncle gave him that car. Today, Collier is 79 and six cars from his collection will be featured October 8-9 at the inaugural Atlanta Concours d’Elegance at Chateau Elan. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1958 Austin-Healey 100-6 BM4 roadster

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1958 Austin-Healey 100-6 BM4 roadster | Barrett-Jackson photos

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

In 1953 Austin-Healey started production with the 4-cylinder 100-4 model and in 1956 offered a new 6-cylinder car that featured revised bodywork, including two small rear jump seats for children. The design came straight from the in-house talent at Healey Motor Company and with the body atop a muscular chassis, utilizing a 90-inch wheelbase.

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