Category archives: Features

Larry picks his favorites at Worldwide Auctioneers sale

Historic Auburn auto facility is site of annual Worldwide Auctioneers' Labor Day weekend sale | Larry Edsall photos
Historic Auburn auto facility is site of annual Worldwide Auctioneers’ Labor Day weekend sale | Larry Edsall photos

For the ninth year in a row, Worldwide Auctioneers, which is based in Auburn, Indiana, stages its annual Labor Day weekend collector car sale in its hometown. But not just in its hometown but in the historic L-29 Cord Building that for the rest of the year serves as the site of the National Auto & Truck Museum of the United States. Continue reading

Old cars + young drivers = future car guys (and gals)

1962 Chevrolet Bel Air among cars owners offered for teaching new drivers to shift for themselves | Hagerty photos
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air among cars owners offered for teaching new drivers to shift for themselves | Hagerty photos

‘I had so much fun driving so many different cars, though my favorite had to be the 1962 Chevy Bel Air,” 15-year-old Micah Hemenway said after her recent Hagerty Driving Experience.

Hemenway and her family drove more than seven hours from Pittsburgh to the western Chicago suburb of Aurora so she could take part in the program that not only exposes young drivers to classic cars, but actually puts them behind the wheel of collector cars with manual transmissions. Continue reading

World’s fastest electric car leaves us breathless, literally

Potential customers take a look at the Concept_One, world's fastest electric car | Larry Edsall photos
Potential customers take a look at the Concept_One, world’s fastest electric car | Larry Edsall photos

Once we reached a deserted stretch of roadway, Mate Rimac asked if I wanted to feel the full accelerative power of the Concept_One. I responded in the affirmative. Rimac tapped various places on the iPad-like device on the car’s center console, secured his grip on the steering wheel, and I assume he floored the accelerator because I was thrust back against my seat by g forces sufficient to keep me from expanding my lungs to inhale. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1953 Buick Super Riviera

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1953 Buick Super Riviera

It’s one thing to modify a vehicle and create a totally outrageous – sometimes unrecognizable – custom car, but sometimes more impressive are the builds with nearly unnoticeable modifications, allowing the car to retain its classic look with recognizable lines.

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Driven: 2016 Chrysler 300S

2016 Chrysler 300S gets a thumb's up from James Dean (or at least his sign) | Larry Edsall photos
2016 Chrysler 300S gets a thumb’s up from James Dean (or at least his sign) | Larry Edsall photos

At first quick glance, you might not notice anything different about the 2016 Chrysler 300S. But look more closely and you can see the S on the decklid badging, the blacked-out accents, the 20-inch Hyper Black-finished wheels, subtly sculpted side sills and the deck lid spoiler.

Look inside and you see the letter “S” stitched into the front seat backs. Continue reading

Photo quiz answers: Did you spot the fakes?

A vintage Ford Tri-Motor passenger plane from over The Shakedown | WIlliam Hall photos
A vintage Ford Tri-Motor passenger plane passes over The Shakedown | WIlliam Hall photos

Last week, we asked readers to view eight photographs and determine which ones were authentic, period pictures of classic cars taken between 1950 and the early 1970s. If you haven’t seen them, here’s the link: Photo Quiz. This is your spoiler alert.

We suggested there could be details in the photos that would give the game away, and asked our astute readers to point them out. Continue reading

Photo quiz: Can you spot the fakes?

Is this a genuine vintage photograph? You decide | Photos courtesy of the author
Is this a genuine vintage photograph? You decide | Photos courtesy of the author

Which of the following pictures are not old car photographs from the 1950s-early 1970s?  Add your comments to tell us which clues you spot that give them away.  Answers next week. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Over the past weekend, I was beyond thrilled to cover vintage racing at the Rolex Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during Monterey Car Week. I quickly became infatuated with the cars racing in the 1966-1972 historic Trans-AM class, and one in particular – a Grabber Green 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302. Continue reading

Lost and Found: The ‘King of Rock-n-Roll’s BMW

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Ulrich Knieps, Director of BMW Classic, presents Elvis’ 1957 BMW 507 | Nicole James photos

BMW produced only 253 examples of its 507 sports car in 1957 and one of them, chassis 70079, has taken a particularly mysterious journey. Recently discovered in northern California and  restored in Munich, Germany, the car formerly owned by Elvis Presley was shown to the public for the first time Thursday during the Rolex Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, where the brand is celebrating its centennial celebration during Monterey Car Week.

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Best of Bob’s picks at RM Sotheby’s in Monterey

The first Cobra built by Carroll Shelby is among RM Sotheby's auction cars | Bob Golfen photos
The first Cobra built by Carroll Shelby is among RM Sotheby’s auction cars | Bob Golfen photos

Among RM Sotheby’s fantastic array of collector cars are some real stars. First off, there’s the 1955 Jaguar D-type that was the overall victor in the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans, and which remains intact and original after its busy racing career, raising its value to the stratosphere.

The curvaceous race car with its famous asymmetrical tailfin — the auction house calls the most important Jaguar in the known universe — is valued at $20 million to $25 million. Continue reading