Category archives: Features

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser convertible pace car

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1957 Mercury Turnpike pace car | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 13th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered at the 46th annual Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction, this 1957 Indy 500 Pace Car was restored to concours condition in 2000 and has been driven only 32 miles since the completion of the work.

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Imported from Japan, sold in Virginia: JDM classics  

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1988 Toyota Crown Hearse with JDM body mods | Duncan Imports & Classic Cars photos

What is probably the largest collection in the United States of right-hand-drive Japanese cars is located at Duncan Imports and Classic Cars in Christiansburg, Virginia, where Gary Duncan has more than 300 of what are known as JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) vehicles. Continue reading

2016 top stories: 6 – Inaugural Future Classics show a multi-generational delight

1995 Nissan 240SX | Hans Marquez photos

The inaugural Future Classics Car Show, hosted by ClassicCars.com with organizational support from Car Street Journal and NICOclub.com, was staged in January at the start of Arizona Auction Week and attracted more than 100 cars to the upscale High Street shopping district in north Phoenix.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1918 La Bestioni Boattail Speedster

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1918 La Bestioni Boattail Speedster | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 12th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered during the 46th annual Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction, this 1918 Le Bestioni boattail speedster is the product of retro auto designer and classic restorer Gary Wales of Woodland Hills, California. The creation mimics the giant two-man racing cars ruled the road-racing circuits around the world by incorporating the original design elements along with modern safety features that blend and enhance the overall performance, allowing the driver and co-pilot to safely navigate with modern driving conditions.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO

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1969 COPO Chevrolet Camaro | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 11th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered without a reserve at the 46th Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction, this 1969 COPO Chevrolet Camaro is finished in rare Daytona Yellow paint with a white interior.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1929 Ford ‘Alumatub’ Hot Rod

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1929 Ford ‘Alumatub’ Hot Rod | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 10th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered without a reserve at the 46th annual Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction, the 1929 Ford “Alumatub” hot rod was handcrafted by Boyd Coddington on the Discovery Channel TV show American Hot Rod.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster

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1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the nineth in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered without a reserve at the 46th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, this 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL roadster is from the Charlie Thomas collection.

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Driven: 1970 Buick Electra 225 Custom Limited Sport Coupe

1970 Buick Electra 225 is a muscle machine minus the machismo | Nick Kurczewski photos
1970 Buick Electra 225 is a muscle machine minus the machismo | Nick Kurczewski photos

Who doesn’t love the power and drama of a good, old-fashioned American muscle car? The genre always suggests images of wild racing stripes, ram air hood intakes, fat tires, and an engine bay bursting with a massive V8 engine.

So why are we so smitten with this big brown Buick? It’s definitely no Road Runner when it comes to visual impact – sorry, there is no SubLime green or Go ManGo paint job to be found here. Continue reading

2016 top stories: 10 – Automobiles in art museums

Sculptural curves grace the tail fins of the Alfa Romeo 'BAT' cars at the Frist museum in Nashville | Larry Edsall photo
Sculptural curves grace the tail fins of the Alfa Romeo ‘BAT’ cars at the Frist museum in Nashville | Larry Edsall photos

The collector car community and the nation’s art museums both owe a huge “thank you” to Ken Gross, who not only has found a way to convince those museums to display classic cars just as they showcase Renoirs or Picassos, Rodins or Calders, but also a way to convince owners of some of the most exotic and expensive of collector cars to release them to those museums for several months at a time. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1932 Ford Highboy

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1932 Ford Highboy

It’s a dream for some to display a car in the SEMA Show – the time it takes to get the car there can be expensive and stressful, but it could be an extremely rewarding experience. Some cars are built to demonstrate various products, and are borrowed from private owners by the brands, while others are built by aftermarket companies specifically to show for the exposure.

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