Category archives: Features

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1970 Plymouth Superbird

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1970 Plymouth Superbird | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 28th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered from the Charlie Thomas Collection during the 46th annual Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction, this 1970 Plymouth Superbird is powered by an original V-code 440 cubic-inch Six Pack V8 rated at 390 horsepower.

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Driven: 1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport

1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport is part of the Bulgari collection | Nick Kurczewski photos
1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport is part of the Bulgari collection | Nick Kurczewski photos

The 1950 Town & Country Newport coupe was the swan song for Chrysler’s wonderful wood-sided luxury cars. As some of the most expensive models in Chrysler’s lineup, these “woodies” were often the car of choice for celebrities and movie stars.

Yet, even the brightest name on the biggest marquee eventually fades away. By the time 1950 rolled around, the Town & Country’s time in the spotlight was drawing to a close. Ironically, despite being in its last year, Chrysler opted to roll out an entirely new variant. Continue reading

Catalogs create excitement for Arizona Car Week auctions

Big rear wing marks Mercedes 190 E Evo | RM Sotheby's photos by Robin  Adams
Big rear wing marks Mercedes 190 E Evo | RM Sotheby’s photos by Robin Adams

Every time I see her, Nicole James of our staff asks me if I’m excited about Arizona Car Week. The auctions, concours and social events affiliated with them are all new to an eager 20-something, so I play the old been-there/done-that curmudgeon and usually grumble something about a week of lost sleep. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider conversion

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1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider conversion | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 27th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered during the 46th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, this numbers-matching 365 GTB/4 coupe was professionally converted to a 365 GTB/4 Spider by Richard Straman in the 1980s.

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Jim’s gems at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction

Amazing drag racing vehicles are crossing the block at Mecum's Kissimmee auction | Jim McCraw photos
Amazing drag racing vehicles are crossing the block at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction | Jim McCraw photos

To experience this collector car auction, the world’s largest, you would really need to stick around in central Florida’s sunshine for about 10 days, eat three or four meals daily, shoot about a thousand photos, and try to comprehend its sheer size and scope.

The 2017 version of the Mecum Kissimmee auction brought three fabulous collections into the spotlight: the Williams collection, the Jackee and Gary Runyon collection, and the Don Fezell collection, each containing some of the most historic and sought-after muscle cars and drag race cars of the 1960s. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid

Toyota went all out in enhancing the styling of the new Prius Prime | Bob Golfen photos
Toyota went all out in enhancing the styling of the new Prius Prime | Bob Golfen photos

Toyota pulled out all the stops in styling the all-new Prius Prime, creating something that seems like a cross between a space probe and a Lamborghini. That’s a good thing, raising its hipness quotient considerably and making the plug-in hybrid look as high-tech on the outside as it is underneath.

The Prius Prime is new for 2017 and is another effort by Toyota to market a plug-in car with the clean economy of a pure electric vehicle with the practicality of a hybrid. The last go-round for a plug-in Prius resulted in less-than-stellar reviews, most complaining that it seemed like a half-hearted effort that didn’t work all that well. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: Steven Tyler’s 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder

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Steven Tyler’s 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 26th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

From the personal collection of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Grammy winner Steven Tyler, this Hennessey Venom GT Spyder will be offered Friday, January 20, around 7 p.m. during the 46th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible

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1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air III convertible | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 25th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered during the 46th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, this 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible was originally built at the Baltimore Plant and shipped April 22, 1969, to Bowan McLean Motorcar Company in Vancouver, British Columbia. Continue reading

Rick Rawlins: The automobilist as curator

Rick Rawlins with the Barney Oldfield-liveried 1909 Benz at Pebble Beach
Rick Rawlins with the Barney Oldfield-liveried 1909 Benz at Pebble Beach | Rawlins archive photos

The trove of treasures in Rick Rawlins’ checkerboard jewel box represents the historic touch-points in the century-long narrative of a dream set for a well-read aficionado. In his hands, the race cars are raced and the touring cars are toured and everything is in show car condition. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1930 Duesenberg J Dual-Cowl Phaeton

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1930 Duesenberg J Dual-Cowl Phaeton | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 24th 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 1930 Duesenberg J  is bodied in the  LaGrande Dual-Cowl Phaeton style.

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