Category archives: Features

Driven: 2016 GMC Terrain AWD Denali

2016 GMC Terrain AWD Denali is division's second best-selling vehicle | Larry Edsall photos
2016 GMC Terrain AWD Denali is division’s second best-selling vehicle | Larry Edsall photos

It’s no surprise that the full-size Sierra pickup truck is the best-selling vehicle at GMC dealerships. Though I was surprised to learn that the second-best seller at those stores isn’t the big Yukon sport utility or the smaller but still three-row Acadia crossover, or even the Canyon mid-size pickup.

The second-best seller in the GMC lineup is the division’s smallest vehicle, the Terrain, a compact (though its design makes it look larger) crossover with seating for five and, in its upscale Denali trim, a lot of luxury features that may be why the Terrain is selling so well. Continue reading

Historic reunion: Indycars return to Phoenix

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Scott Dixon leaving the pits during the race | Hans Marquez Photos

The month of May will be consumed by the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, fitting because the event long ago earned its title as “the greatest spectacle in racing.”

But before heading back to Indy, the racers were in Phoenix last weekend for another historic event, their return to a race track that was specially built for their style of competition. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1988 Chevrolet Sprint custom V8

Fat back tires are the only giveaway that  there's something up with this 1988 Chevy Sprint
Fat back tires are the only giveaway that there’s something up with this 1988 Chevy Sprint

It is widely accepted that a sleeper car has various mods to make it a high performance vehicle while nothing on the exterior of the car would indicate that it was anything special.

Our Pick of the Days is a 1988 Chevrolet Sprint, an econo-box minicar that has been transformed into the ultimate sleeper car, retaining its unassuming stock exterior but packed with a shocking amount of muscle. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2016: 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC

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1968 Ferrari 330 GTC | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the final in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold April 8-10 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Palm Beach Auction. 

Introduced at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari 330 GTC filled the gap between the sporting 275 GTB and the more luxurious 330 GT 2+2. The 330 GTC merged a number of desirable aspects from other Ferraris of the time and was molded into a very well-rounded automobile.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2016: 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

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2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold April 8-10 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Palm Beach Auction. 

Developed by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren’s production ran from 2003-2010 before it was succeeded by the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2016: 2006 Heritage Edition Ford GT

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2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold April 8-10 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Palm Beach Auction. 

The Ford GT40 moved from famous to legendary on September 29,1968 when Lucien Bianchi and Pedro Rodriguez drove the car to victory at the 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Sporting Gulf Oil’s powder blue and orange colors, the No. 9 GT40 finished five laps ahead of the second-place Porsche 907 to secure Ford’s third straight victory at the LeMans classic, a string of victories that began in 1966 with Henry Ford II’s demand to “beat Ferrari’s ass.”

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Hagerty graph shows impact of million-dollar car sales

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders would love the Graph of the Week from Hagerty, the classic car insurance and valuation company, because it’s about how the 1 percenters get all the attention while spending most of the money.

For Bernie, the 1 percent comprises those multi-millionaires and billionaires who seem to get richer all the time. For classic car fanatics, the 1 percent are those seven- and eight-figure cars that the millionaires and billionaires buy and sell at auction. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2016: 2005 Porsche Carrera GT

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2005 Porsche Carrera GT | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold April 8-10 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Palm Beach Auction. 

In 1998, the FIA and ACO, governing body for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, changed regulations, effectively ending the Porsche 911 GT1 and LMP1-98 race cars. At the time, Porsche had planned on developing a Le Mans prototype for 1999. However, the project was mostly abandoned as Porsche set its sights on developing the Cayenne SUV with involvement from Volkswagen and Audi.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2016: 1962 Chevrolet custom roadster

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1962 Chevrolet Corvette custom roadster | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold April 8-10 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Palm Beach Auction.

Chevrolet introduced its Corvette in 1953 after an enthusiastic pubic reaction to the concept car. However, due to rushed production and a wimpy six-cylinder engine, the Corvette struggled through its initial years, failing to fulfill the public’s expectations.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2016: 1953 Buick Skylark convertible

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1953 Buick Skylark | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold April 8-10 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Palm Beach Auction.

Created to celebrate Buick’s 50th anniversary, the Skylark joined the Oldsmobile 98 Fiesta and Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado as the top-of-the-line, limited-production specialty convertibles introduced for the 1953 model year as part of General Motors promotion of its leadership in design. Of the three, Buick proved to be most successful, in part because of its less expensive price tag.

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