Category archives: Features

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast: 1984 Ferrari 512 BBI

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1984 Ferrari 512 BBI | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold June 23-25 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Northeast Auction. 

Produced from 1977 through 1985, the 512 Berlinetta Boxer BB was never officially exported to the United States, making a stateside sighting an uncommon experience.

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Faces at the Races: Vintage motorcycles at Road America

Race bikes, show bikes and plenty of people at the vintage-motorcycle races and show at Road America | William Hall photos
Race bikes, show bikes and plenty of people at the vintage-motorcycle races and show at Road America | William Hall photos

You meet the most interesting people at a racetrack. Here are just a few we encountered during the recent AHRMA Vintage Motorcycle races and Rockerbox Motofest at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast: 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird

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1970 Plymouth Superbird | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold June 23-25 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Northeast Auction. 

Once upon a time in NASCAR racing, Chrysler designers and engineers were granted unrestricted access to the outer edges of their own imaginations. Sheer horsepower and advanced aerodynamics led to a car designed not only to conquer the track, but to bring “The King,” Richard Petty, back on the track and to the brand.

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Driven: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro RS convertible

Bestickered 2016 Chevrolet Camaro RS with a covered bridge in upstate New York | Larry Edsall photos
Bestickered 2016 Chevrolet Camaro RS with a covered bridge in upstate New York | Larry Edsall photos

It has long been my contention that if you’re buying a coupe, you want the most powerful engine available. However, if you’re buying a convertible, you don’t need that much power. Hey, if you’re driving a convertible to the race track, it’s to spectate, not to compete. Convertibles are designed for top-down cruising, not for trail braking.

Thus when I knew I was going to take part in the ELK Charity Challenge, a legal-speeds road rally from Detroit to Lake Placid — and as long as I’d gone that far, when the event was over I’d continue on to Maine to visit a couple of car museums — I contacted Chevrolet and asked if I could borrow a new Camaro convertible for the trip. But I had one stipulation (who says beggars can’t be choosers?): I wanted the base version of the new Camaro, the one with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback

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1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold June 23-25 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Northeast Auction. 

In the late 1960s, Ford created a big-block engine designed to compete in NASCAR against Chrysler’s dominating 426 Hemi V8. In the quest to homologate its 429 cid “semi-hemi” engine, Ford created the 1969-1970 Mustang Boss 429, a limited-production pony car. With just over 1,350 built during the two-year run, that was one of the most sought after performance machines of the muscle-car era.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast: 2005 Ford GT custom coupe

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2005 Ford GT custom coupe | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold June 23-25 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Northeast Auction. 

The Ford GT40 moved from famous to legendary during a string of victories at Le Mans that began in 1966 with Henry Ford II’s demand to “beat Ferrari’s ass.” Shelby American and Holman-Moody delivered with a commanding 1-2-3 finish in 1966 to end Ferrari’s dominance over the previous six years.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast: 1962 Jaguar XKE Series 1 roadster

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1962 Jaguar XK-E Series 1 Roadster | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold June 23-25 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Northeast Auction. 

After winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1955, 1956 and 1957 with its D-type, Jaguar was concerned that its newest technology had not passed down to its road cars. As a result, the XK-E, or E-type, was created and delivered a combination of performance and style at an affordable price in 1961.

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Pick of the Day: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro

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1968 Chevrolet Camaro

In the ’60s and ’70s, car enthusiasts sought to provide that special something they felt Detroit left out of the equation. They substituted style for stock with killer stance, sparkling mag wheels, engines that towered out of the hoods, and paint schemes that would have embarrassed even the most stereotypical ’70s custom van.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible

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1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the forth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold June 23-25 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Northeast Auction. 

The shark-inspired Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray of the late 60s was set to make its debut in 1967, but a debate over the coupe’s roof design pushed the model back to 1968, making the 1967 Corvette the Corvette that almost didn’t happen.

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Owner celebrates 50 years with his 1936 ‘Nippy’ Austin 7

Bertie Fowler and his 1937 'Nippy' Austin 7 | National Motor Museum photos
Bertie Fowler and his 1937 ‘Nippy’ Austin 7 | National Motor Museum photos

How many people have owned the same car for 50 years?

Perhaps it’s more that you might think.

Regardless, one of them, British resident Bertie Fowler, will attend his 50th National Austin 7 Rally on July 3 at Beaulieu, which will be hosting the event for the 54th year in a row, “one of the longest unbroken runs for a one-marque club using the same venue for its annual event,” the National Motor Museum said in a news release. Continue reading