Category archives: Features

Five things I learned at the Japanese Classic Car Show

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Classic car at 11th annual JCCS | Nicole James Photos

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:

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Window Shopping with Nicole at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas

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.

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Ride ‘n’ Drive: Mustangs, Camaro, Corvette, Viper and Hellcat at Barrett-Jackson

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2015 Dodge Viper at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas ride and drive track | Matthew Fink Photos

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.

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Pick of the Day: 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird replica

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1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird replica

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.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Twin Turbo

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Twin Turbo | Barrett-Jackson Photo

Editors 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.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas: 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A

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Editors 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

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas: 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible

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1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible | Barrett-Jackson Photo

Editors 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

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas: 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom Wagon

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1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom Wagon | Barrett-Jackson Photo

Editors 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.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas: 1974 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 455 Super Duty

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The 1974 Pontiac Firebird and Trans Am Super Duties were the last of the high-performance cars from the ’70s. A total of 943 were produced for the 1974 model year. Of that number, only 212 were equipped with the Pontiac 455 Super Duty engine and 4-speed transmission, and this is one of them, with less than 9,500 actual miles.

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Driven: 2015 Nissan Murano SL

Nissan stepped up the styling for the third-generation 2015 Murano
Nissan stepped up the styling for the third-generation 2015 Murano | Bob Golfen

My first glimpse of the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano revealed what seemed to be a deep and rather extreme contour in the sheet metal just ahead of the rear wheel. From a distance, it looked like the body pushed in more than six inches, creating a narrow waist more akin to an exotic sports car than a family crossover.

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