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2015 top stories: No. 3 – Generational shift of car collectors

The iconic Lamborghini Countach has risen in value as a new generation enters the market | Mecum Auctions photos
The iconic Lamborghini Countach has risen in value as a new generation of collectors enters the market | Mecum Auctions

The passing of the generations has a profound effect on the collector car market. As each generation ages and passes on, the classics that they desire gradually fall out of favor, replaced by later models. We saw that as the World War II generation faded, so did popular interest in pre-war classics and ’50s cruisers, replaced by post-war sports cars, GTs and muscle cars as the Baby Boomers came of age.

During 2015, the influence of the next generation of car collectors became evident as the members of Gen X and the Millennials arrived on the scene and sought out the supercars, performance cars and popular sport compacts from the 1980s and ’90s. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016: 1950 Oldsmobile 88 Futuramic Custom Coupe

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1950 Oldsmobile 88 Futuramic Custom | Barrett-Jackson Photos

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

Oldsmobile had successfully challenged the garage-built hot rod in 1949 with its smooth and quick Rocket 88. The new car used the Futuramic B-body platform from the lightweight 76-model chassis but paired it with the powerful new Rocket V8 engine. This combination of a relatively small light body and large, powerful engine made it a precursor to the muscle car.

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2015 top stories: No. 4. – Cashing in on private collections

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Carroll Shelby’s 1966 Cobra Super Snake sold as part of the Ron Pratte Collection | Bob Golfen Photos

In January, it was Ron Pratte’s collection of cars and automobilia selling for more than $40 million at Barrett-Jackson. Next it was RM Sotheby’s turn with father and son Paul and Chris Andrews paring their collection for nearly $54 million at a single-vendor sale and with the anonymous single-owner Pinnacle Collection bringing $67 million in a special one-day sale at Monterey. In between, Leake Auctions sold 150 cars from the Klairmont Collection. Later, Bonhams handled the Frederiksen Collection in Denmark, where sales totaled $24 million.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible | Barrett-Jackson Photos

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

The seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette was introduced in 2014 and was the first to bear the Corvette Stingray name since a third-generation model in 1976.

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2015 top stories: No. 5 — Skydome, Petersen reopen

Tape on floor shows outline of the cave beneath the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum | Larry Edsall photos
Tape on floor shows outline of the cave beneath the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum | Larry Edsall photos

Two of the most important buildings to the classic car community reopened in 2015, one after a disaster, the other after what easily could have been a disaster. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale: 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible

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1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible is set to cross the block at the January auction | Barrett-Jackson Photos

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

The 1953 Eldorado represents Cadillac’s introduction to the new era of automotive design, again proving the brand’s dominance in the growing luxury car segment.

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2015 top stories: No. 6 – Edison concours, new auctions join the classic car calendar

Edison's Glenmont home in New Jersey is site of new concours | photos courtesy edisonconcours.org
Edison’s Glenmont home in New Jersey is site of new concours | photos courtesy edisonconcours.org

Brand new classic car events launched during the past 12 months and a number of young events grew nicely during the year.

Of the new events, two come most immediately to mind, the Edison Concours d’Elegance and the Keno Brothers auction. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale: 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible

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1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible | Barrett-Jackson Photos

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

A total of 216 L88 Corvettes were produced during 1967-1969 as what was essentially a factory racing option, powered by the 427/430 horsepower V8 and heavy-duty four-speed transmission. The L88 package for the Corvette included all the ingredients to allow the everyday driver to destroy any potential competition at local track events, while the pros were able to dominate the 12 hours of Sebring, 24 hours of Daytona, FIA GT and the SCCA A Production Competition.

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2015 top stories: No. 7 — Staying the course in Monterey

An 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Touring Spider on the grass at the Pebble Beach Concours| Bob Golfen Photos
An 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Touring Spider on the grass at the Pebble Beach Concours| Bob Golfen

You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as the best-of-show winner was announced. After last year’s choice of a post-war car, a custom-bodied 1954 Ferrari coupe that flew in the face of hide-bound tradition, the 2015 victor was a suitably classic pre-war icon, a very elegant 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A cabriolet.

So the forces of generational change had not taken over completely, as some Pebble veterans feared. But elsewhere on the Monterey Peninsula in early August, the tide was still rising as European sports cars and race cars from the late 1940s through the early ’70s – especially Ferraris and Porsches – continued to rule many of the collector-car auctions and car shows that preceded the 65-year-old concours. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale: 1970 Camaro “Grinch”

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1970 Camaro “Grinch” | Barrett-Jackson Photos

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

Prepare to be disturbed this Christmas day as the “Grinch” makes its way through Whoville, screaming as much as the driver likes with its 602 horsepower LS3 engine mated to a Bowler 5-speed transmission. Of course this gnarly “Grinch” could be none other than a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro built by the RingBrothers.

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