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Jim Collier’s collection is a Chevrolet showcase

A split-window 1963 Corvette and 1932 Chevrolet roadster from the Collier Collection will be featured at the Atlanta Concours d'Elegance
A split-window 1963 Corvette and 1932 Chevrolet roadster from the Collier Collection will be featured at the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance

(Editor’s note: When someone mentions the Collier Collection, collector car enthusiasts automatically think of Miles Collier and the Revs Institute/Collier Collection in Naples, Florida. But the inaugural Atlanta Concours d’Elegance will showcase another Collier Collection, this one founded by a Georgia native son.)

Ella and James Collier and their 1932 Chevrolet Phaeton | Atlanta concours photos
Ella and James Collier and their 1932 Chevrolet Phaeton | Atlanta concours photos

‘My first car was given to me by an uncle. It was a ’36 Ford, and that’s the last Ford I’ve ever owned,” said James Collier, who was just turning 16 when his uncle gave him that car. Today, Collier is 79 and six cars from his collection will be featured October 8-9 at the inaugural Atlanta Concours d’Elegance at Chateau Elan. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1958 Austin-Healey 100-6 BM4 roadster

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1958 Austin-Healey 100-6 BM4 roadster | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Las Vegas Auction. 

In 1953 Austin-Healey started production with the 4-cylinder 100-4 model and in 1956 offered a new 6-cylinder car that featured revised bodywork, including two small rear jump seats for children. The design came straight from the in-house talent at Healey Motor Company and with the body atop a muscular chassis, utilizing a 90-inch wheelbase.

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Driven: Charging the Hill in a 1973 Alfa Romeo Berlina.

Typical Alfa body roll -- stable but neutral handling up the hill | Photo by ronaldnelson.zenfolio.com
Typical Alfa body roll — but stable and neutral handling up the hill | Photo by ronaldnelson.zenfolio.com

To the unfamiliar, the state of Wisconsin is shaped like the palm of your right hand. Look at the tip of your thumb. That’s Door County, our destination for the Ephraim Hillclimb and Concours held each September. And this month we’re seeing the hill from behind the wheel of a mid-‘70s European sporting sedan.

Taking inspiration from our own Nicole James’ article on the new Alfa Romeo 4C, I thought a story on the “Old 4C” — Alfa’s venerable all-aluminum twin-cam, Hemi-headed inline four two-liter engine — would be appropriate. In this case, the vessel for that iconic motor is not the stylish GTV, but it’s four door famiglia-car cousin, the Berlina. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 2008 Dodge Viper SRT/10 Hurst 50th anniversary convertible

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2008 Dodge Viper SRT/10 Hurst 50th anniversary convertible | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Las Vegas Auction. 

Known for performance automotive parts since 1958, Hurst chose to celebrate its golden anniversary in 2008 by creating 50 special-edition Viper coupes and convertibles.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1956 Chevrolet custom Sport Touring sedan

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1956 Chevrolet custom Sport Touring sedan | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Las Vegas Auction. 

Offered at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction October 13-15, and without reserve price, is this 1956 Chevrolet custom Sport Touring sedan from the Tammy  Allen collection.

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Driven: 2015 Vintage Kart Co. Mini Racer

Vintage Kart of Mesa, Arizona, produces its Mini Racer in kit or turnkey form | Larry Edsall photos
Vintage Kart of Mesa, Arizona, produces its Mini Racer in kit or turnkey form | Larry Edsall photos

A cyclecar got its name from the fact that it was part motorcycle and part car. Like an early-era motorcycle, a cyclecar had a small, air-cooled engine and rode on skinny, cycle-style wheels and tires. Like an early-era motorcar, it had four wheels and the driver — and sometimes even a tandem-seated passenger — sat within bodywork and used a steering wheel and pedals to stop, to go and to turn. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1952 Cadillac Series 62 convertible

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1952 Cadillac Series 62 convertible | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Las Vegas Auction. 

After World War II, automakers were eager to produce new designs. By 1949, new models started to appear. Cadillac had displaced Packard as the leader in the luxury car segment with flashy styling and high performance and was the choice of a new generation of buyers.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1955 Chevrolet ‘The Retrolet’ custom coupe

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1955 Chevrolet ‘The Retrolet’ custom coupe | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the third in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Las Vegas Auction. 

This 1955 Chevrolet known as “The Retrolet” was built by Scott Winfield between 2002 and 2003 and is offered from the Tammy Allen collection without reserve during the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction, October 13-15.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1947 ‘Black Bart’ Studebaker Starlight coupe

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1947 “Black Bart” Studebaker Starlight coupe | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 2nd in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Las Vegas Auction. 

Offered without reserve from the Tammy Allen collection to cross the Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson block October 13-15 is a 1947 Studebaker Starlight coupe dubbed “Black Bart.” Built by award-winning builder Tony Carlini. “Black Bart” is the 4-wheel version of the late builder’s one-time line of custom show motorcycles.

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