Category archives: Features

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: John Lennon’s 1956 Austin Princess

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John Lennon’s 1956 Austin Princess | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 21st 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 1956 Austin Type A135 was formerly owned by rock ‘n’ roll legend John Lennon and was featured in the 1972 documentary film Imagine.

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Driven: 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4×4 Double Cab

2016 Tacoma with TRD Off-Road package during recent media event in Phoenix | Mark Elias Media Services photo
2016 Tacoma with TRD Off-Road package during recent media event in Phoenix | Mark Elias Media Services photo

We were so eager for our time with the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we being one of my sons-in-law, one of my grandsons and me.

My son-in-law had owned a Toyota pickup when he was an undergrad at Arizona State University, and his truck carried him back and forth each school year from Seattle to Tempe. An MBA, nice career in finance and a family later, he’s been thinking it’s about time to swap his aging Corolla for something new, maybe another truck. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1964 Cheetah

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1964 Cheetah | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 20th 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, this 1964 Cheetah, No. 006, was built for competition at Bill Thomas Race Cars in Anaheim, California.

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After 9 decades, family gives Renault racer to Simeone museum

1907 Renault was one of the cars ordered byWilliam K. Vanderbilt | Simone museum photo
1907 Renault was one of the cars ordered byWilliam K. Vanderbilt | Simone museum photo

The Simeone Museum has received what it is calling a “landmark gift,” an iconic 1907 Renault Racing Roadster given to the museum by its owner for the past nine decades.

“The story of this wonderful gift requires a bit of explanation, which we proudly reiterate,” the museum said in its news release. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1962 Chevrolet Corvette ‘heavy-duty brake fuelie’

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1962 Chevrolet Corvette ‘heavy-duty brake fuelie’ | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 19th 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 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible “Fuelie” has two tops and is powered by a 327 engine rated with 360 horsepower and mated to a 4-speed manual transmission.

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2016 in Larry’s rearview mirror

Pit stop at the Tire Rack for a new set | Larry Edsall photos
Pit stop at the Tire Rack for a new set of Michelins | Larry Edsall photos

I’m a reporter and writer by trade, but when it comes time to look back at 2016, it’s my camera that provides the road map. And when people ask me how I’ve put nearly 100,00 miles on a three-year-old pickup truck, I suppose I should just suggest they read the following: Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1960 Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle

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1960 Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 18th 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 Barrett-Jackson  Scottsdale auction is one of the most important pieces of American automotive history, the Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle (CERV) 1.

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2016 top stories: 1 – Demographic shift churns the marketplace

Gray is great and bald may be beautiful, but a new generation of bidders is turning out for collector car auctions | Larry Edsall photo
Gray is great and bald may be beautiful, but new generations of bidders are turning out for collector car auctions | Larry Edsall photo

‘Among other notable trends, the company continued to welcome increasing participation from a younger generation of collectors (under 50 years of age), as well as experience dramatic online growth. Approximately 20 percent of bidders at RM events this year participated online, representing a 12 percent increase on the previous year, proving that you longer need to be physically present in the sale room.”

— RM Sotheby’s in its 2016 year-end news release

And it wasn’t just RM Sotheby’s that witnessed a demographic shift at its auctions in 2016. New and younger bidders were participating in seemingly every collector car auction in 2016. At some sales, half of those bidding were Gen-Xers (basically those aged 35 to 50), and even Millennials (aged 18 to 34) are showing up with numbers hanging from lanyards. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1934 Packard Eight rumble seat coupe

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1934 Packard Eight rumble seat coupe | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 17th 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 1934 Packard 2/4-passenger coupe underwent restoration in 2005 and was shown at the Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, where it won a Lion Award and a blue ribbon.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible

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1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 16th 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 1968 Shelby GT500 KT convertible has a documented history and is listed in the Shelby American Automobile Club.

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