Category archives: Features

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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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2016: 1960 Cadillac Fleetwood ‘Thundertaker’ custom limo

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Custom 1960 Cadillac limousine known as the “Thundertaker” | Barrett-Jackson Photos

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

Offered at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction at no reserve is Lot 388, a custom 1960 Cadillac limousine known as the “Thundertaker.” In addition to being nationally recognized and featured at SEMA, in Hot Rod magazine and on the Discovery Channel, the Thundertaker is the result of a four-year, 10,000-manhour build by Bryan Fuller and his team at Fuller Moto in Atlanta.

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Pick of the Day: 1982 Toyota Celica Supra

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1982 Toyota Celica Supra

For a long time, cars that were made in the ‘70s and ‘80s were considered non-collectable, in particular those cars that were also of Japanese descent. As a result, many were neglected. But recently, interest  has been growing and values have been rising for unmolested or low-mileage cars from this era, such as the Pick of the Day, a 1982 Toyota Celica Supra.

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Driven: 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350

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1965 GT350 along side 2016 GT350 | Nicole James Photos

My entire opinion of the newest Mustang changed at the push of a button. That was the push-to-start button on the 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350, staged on the grid at the West Track of Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park just south of Phoenix.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2016: 1957 Ford Skyliner F-code retractable hardtop

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1957 Ford Skyliner F-code retractable hardtop | Barrett-Jackson Photos

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

In 1957 Ford’s chief of styling George W. Walker successfully challenged the norm with the company’s “equaflair” design expressed in the Fairlane series. All of the refinements set forth in the new Fairlane helped to reassure buyers that they needn’t look elsewhere to meet their wants or needs.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2016: 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code convertible

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1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code convertible | Barrett-Jackson Photos

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

For what would be the Ford Thunderbird’s final year as the “Baby Bird,” subtle design changes were made to enhance the elegant styling. The car also underwent some mechanical refinement.

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Driven: 2016 Dodge Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker

Plum Crazy is a Dodge 'heritage hue'  that's back on some Challengers and Chargers for 2016| Larry Edsall photos
Plum Crazy is a Dodge ‘heritage hue’ that’s back on some Challengers and Chargers for 2016| Larry Edsall photos

We talk quite a bit at our weekly Classic Car News meetings at ClassicCars.com headquarters about “future classics,” cars you can buy and drive today that a decade or so down the road will be considered collectible. I’ve spent the last week driving just such a car, a 2016 Dodge Challenger, but not just your ordinary if slickly styled coupe but one equipped with the 392 Hemi Scat Pack set up and Shaker hood.

But not just any 392 Hemi Scat Pack setup and Shaker hooded Challenger but one of a limited run wearing a “heritage hue,” Plum Crazy. Continue reading