Category archives: Features

Pick of the Day: 1956 Buick Special Estate Wagon

1956 Buick Special Estate Wagon
1956 Buick Special Estate Wagon

For the 1956 model year, Buick built 13,770 four-door station wagons, including some 4,545 upscale versions of what was known as the Estate Wagon. This is one of the survivors, and the North Chicago classic car dealership offering it for sale says it’s a two-owner original with only 54,035 miles on its odometer. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Kia Sedona SXL

Optional chrome-trimmed rocker panels enhance the look of the 2016 Kia Sedona SXL | Larry Edsall photos
Optional chrome-trimmed rocker panels enhance the look of the 2016 Kia Sedona SXL | Larry Edsall photos

Stylish is not an adjective often used to modify minivan, but if you need a versatile vehicle that seats as many as eight people, the 2016 Kia Sedona SXL is as stylish as you’re likely to find. Provided, of course, you opt for the SXL Technology Package which not only includes the chrome-accented side sills that give this minivan is stylish, even sleek appearance, but:

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016: 1999 Shelby Series 1 Roadster

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1999 Shelby Series 1 Roadster | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the eleventh in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.

Indefatigable automotive icon Carroll Shelby dreamed of designing, building and distributing a vehicle to recapture the hearts and imagination of American sports car enthusiasts post the success of the Cobra and other various Shelbys. At age 70, the legendary snake-charmer set out to create a rarefied machine known as the Shelby Series 1 as a modern day update on the Shelby Cobra theme.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016: 1950 Ferrari 195 S Inter Superleggera

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1950 Ferrari 195 S Inter Superleggera | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the tenth in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.

The 195 Inter was essentially the second Ferrari model built for street use. Regarded as an upgraded 166 Inter, the 195 used a V12 engine designed by Gioacchino Colombo utilizing technology such as Tony Vandervill’s Thinwall bearings to achieve a reliable high rpm speed that was unusually exotic for the early 50’s.

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New Year’s resolutions, intentions and wishes for the classic car community

Barn-found Maserati | Larry Edsall photos
Barn-found Maserati | Larry Edsall photos

For car collectors everywhere, larger garages.

For the automotive archeologists, more barn finds. There doesn’t seem to be anything that excites the hobby quite as much as the discovery of a dust-covered classic behind doors that have been closed for a few decades. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016: 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1

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1970 Buick GSX Stage 1 | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.

Buick has always had a stodgy image of being the car your grandmother drove, but in 1970 it set out to change all that with the debut of the GSX, a car that put Buick on the performance map next to the likes of the Chevrolet’s Chevelle and Pontiac’s GTO Judge, thanks in part to General Motors pulling a long-standing corporation-wide restrictions on engine displacement.

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2015 top stories: No. 1 – Sold! A piece of RM goes to Sotheby’s

1964 Ferrari 250 LM brings $17.6 million at RM Sotheby's Monterey sale | RM Sotheby's photos
1964 Ferrari 250 LM brings $17.6 million at RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale | RM Sotheby’s photos

It’s not as if RM Auctions was struggling on its own. But the blockbuster news back in mid-February was that Sotheby’s, a British auction house established in 1744 (and the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange) was taking a 25 percent equity interest in Rob Myers’ classic car restoration and auction business. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Ford Mustang

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1967 Ford Mustang made to look like the 1967 Terlingua Mustang

“I’ve always been a fan of historic race cars but never had the budget for a genuine race car driven by one of the greats like Jerry Titus,” said the owner of our Pick of the Day, a 1967 Ford Mustang made to look like the 1967 Terlingua Mustang.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016: 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

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1989 Porsche 911 Speedster | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.

When Porsche debuted the 911 Speedster in 1989 it brought back a lot of fond memories for enthusiasts of earlier models, evoking the spirit of the Porsche Speedsters from the 1950s, in part due to its low-cut and raked windshield.

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2015 top stories: No. 2 – Keno Brothers launch their own classic car auction company

Keno Brothers' auction preview was part art museum, part car show | Renato Zacchia photos for Keno Brothers
Keno Brothers’ auction preview was part art museum, part car show | Renato Zacchia photos for Keno Brothers

It was huge news back in mid-January, just as everyone was gearing up for the big Arizona classic car auction week, when word came from New York City that the Keno twins, Leigh and Leslie, widely known for their entertaining evaluations of vintage furniture on television’s Antiques Roadshow, were launching their own collector car auction house.

While best known for their roles on the Public Broadcasting Service’s weekly art and antiques program, the Kenos were very familiar to the car-collecting community. They helped their father, Ron, as he collected and restored cars. They had their own collections. They participated in vintage racing. They were judges at major concours d’elegance. Very quietly, they recruited others to join them in a fund that bought classic cars as an investment. Continue reading