Category archives: Features

Driven: 2017 Mazda3 5-door Grand Touring

2017 Mazda3 5-door Grand Touring is updated inside and out | Larry Edsall photos
2017 Mazda3 5-door Grand Touring is updated inside and out | Larry Edsall photos

From one end of the lineup to the other, there are few automakers who produce cars that are as much fun to drive as does Mazda. Yes, indeed, there is that Miata “zoom-zoom” in every Mazda vehicle, but it actually pre-dates the MX-5, going back to such vehicles as the RX-7 and the 323 GTX, that hoot-to-drive, road-legal rally car. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 Chevrolet 210

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1955 Chevrolet 210

The Pick of the Day combines Chevrolet big-block power with classic American styling for a visually stunning custom creation built to perform on the street. Listed on ClassicCars.com, this pro-touring 1955 Chevrolet 210 has graced the cover of Super Chevy and was featured in Chevy High Performance, while the builder, Brent Jarvis of Performance Restorations, has been seen in Hot Rod, and Popular Hotrodding with other builds.

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Passion as enterprise: Mecum offers car-guy dreams at real-guy prices

Something for everyone: '50s convertible, Corvette and 2004 Ferrari 575 Maranello | Larry Crane photos
Something for everyone: ’50s convertible, Corvette and 2004 Ferrari 575 Maranello | Larry Crane photos

Mecum Auctions’ Los Angeles 2017 sale last week was produced at the storied Pomona fairgrounds — now Fairplex — long-established epicenter of Southern California car enthusiast thought and action. True to the facilities’ welcome to all who play in the hobby, Mecum delivered on its promise as “every-man’s auction company” to present a broad selection of vehicles “from entry-level to museum-grade” with sale prices of cars from just a few thousand dollars to several hundred thousand.

There in is the carefully groomed reason that Dana Mecum’s auction company, created in 1988, has become the volume leader in “collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art sales” throughout the United States. Continue reading

10 tricks to make your car stand out at auction

A pair of vintage Pontiac Firebirds on stage at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction | Bob Golfen
A pair of vintage Pontiac Firebirds on stage at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction | Bob Golfen

With more collector car auction venues and consignments than ever before, how do you make your car stand out from the crowd at auction?  Buyers fall in love with a particular car because of its condition, uniqueness and story. There are a number of easy ways to communicate those factors, which can add excitement to your sale.

Take a look at these presentation ideas that will make buyers take a longer look at your car. Continue reading

Retromobile remains the king of all shows

The ultimate Bugatti Atlantique with the ultimate childs car: A Bugatti Baby | Dirk De Jager photos
The ultimate Bugatti Atlantique with the ultimate childs car: A Bugatti Baby | Dirk De Jager photos

For a seasoned, die-hard classic car guy, Paris in February means only one thing: Strolling through the city of lights in the cold, snow or no snow, for the granddaddy of indoor collector car fairs — Retromobile.

Billed as a trade show, it attracts people from all over the world to visit the high-profile dealers, special exhibits, manufacturers displays, autojumble, club stands and so on and on and on. Continue reading

We drive friendly Fiats at the Bondurant school

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Fiat 500 Abarth used at Bondurant school | photos by Charles Siritho and Nicole James

Dodge Vipers line the entrance of the Bob Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. They seem ready to strike at any moment. Meanwhile, menacing Dodge Hellcats stare you down. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

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1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition

Imagine buying a new muscle car – something iconic and inherently cool – only to hardly ever drive it and leave it largely untouched. For me, that would be torture and I don’t know how long I’d last before the desire to not only drive the car but modify it would become overwhelming. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Ford Escape SE

2017 Ford Escape is company's second-best seller | Ford photos
2017 Ford Escape is company’s second-best seller | Ford photos

The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling automotive apparatus in the United States for going on 3 1/2 decades. That comes as no surprise. However, I was surprised to learn that Ford’s second-best seller is its compact crossover utility, the Escape.

I might have thought it would be the Mustang, or even the Focus. Turns out, it’s the Escape. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1998 Bentley Continental R coupe

The Bentley Continental Turbo R is capable of exceptional performance
The Bentley Continental Turbo R is capable of exceptional performance

One of my favorite things about the collector car hobby is finding a car that was once very expensive and buying it at the bottom of its depreciation cycle. I have done this quite few times, and in every case, I ended up driving a great car that increased in value over my ownership so that when I sold it, I had essentially owned it for free.

Lately, I have been looking closely at the Bentley Continental R coupe built from 1991 until 2002. Over that period, Bentley built only 1,236 of them, and when new, they cost northward of $300,000. Continue reading

‘Motoring thru Time’ presents history on a roll in Phoenix

A 1955 Buick and a 1955 Chevy hooked up with vintage travel trailers | Bob Golfen photos
A 1955 Buick and a 1955 Chevy hooked up with vintage travel trailers | Bob Golfen photos

The city of Phoenix grew up around the automobile, sprawling out across the broad desert valley where ancient Native American tribes had created farming communities linked to canals. Now, the links are highways, and the Phoenix metro area is home to about 4.6 million people.

Phoenix also is one of the few cities in the country to support its own vintage-car celebration, “Motoring Thru Time: Where the transportation past meets the future,” hosted every February by the city’s Parks and Recreation department. Continue reading