Category archives: Features

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast: 1966 Porsche 911

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1966 Porsche 911 | Barrett-Jackson photos

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

The Porsche 911 made its debut in 1963 as a two-door sports car built to be larger and more powerful than the Porsche 356 it would eventually replace. Since the car’s inception, it has undergone continuous development, though the basic concept has remained.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast: 2004 Ford GT Prototype CP-1

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2004 Ford GT Prototype CP-1 | Barrett-Jackson photos

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

Drawing inspiration from Ford’s GT40 of the 1960s, the Ford GT was an mid-engine two-seat sports car produced in 2005 and 2006. Its successor, also the Ford GT, is slated for production as a 2017 model and is racing this summer in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where the GT40 beat Ferrari 50 years ago.

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Backstory: How a Petunia bloomed into the Ford GT

Ford GT CP-1 will be offered up for bidding at Barrett-Jackson's Connecticut auction | Barrett-Jackson photos
Ford GT CP-1 will be offered up for bidding at Barrett-Jackson’s Connecticut auction | Barrett-Jackson photos

Automaker mergers were all the rage in the late 1990s. Daimler-Benz absorbed Chrysler in 1998 and a few months later, Ford acquired Volvo. Believe it or not, one result was the Ford GT, the supercar that celebrated Ford’s centennial and whch has become an increasingly valuable collector car.

One of the most important of those GTs — Confirmation Prototype 1 — will cross the block later this month at Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural New England auction. You can read the Countdown to Barrett-Jackson story today for details; in this story, I’ll share the backstory of the GT program and CP1, as based on research for my book, Ford GT: The Legend Comes to Life (published in 2004 by Motorbooks). Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast: 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham

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1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham | Barrett-Jackson photos

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

Introduced in 1953, the Cadillac Eldorado was the automaker’s launch into the new era of automotive design, proving again the brand’s dominance in the growing luxury car segment.

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Pick of the Day: 1959 Chevrolet Apache

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1959 Chevrolet Apache ‘slammed’ to show stance

There is just something so inherently cool about trucks from the mid to late ‘50s. This era of automobiles benefited from the birth of the aftermarket industry, which kicked off at the conclusion of World War II when manufacturers switched from producing war-related items to performance parts and cosmetic enhancements, among other things. The aftermarket industry made it possible for enthusiasts to personalize their cars and trucks, which gave way to the hot rod culture.

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Does your collection include Soap Box Derby racers?

Gravity racers are displayed on the floor, benches and walls of the Soap Box Derby hall of fame and museum | Larry Edsall photos
Gravity racers are displayed on the floor, benches and walls of the Soap Box Derby hall of fame and museum | Larry Edsall photos

Twice during a recent week, I encountered very unexpected but very impressive vehicle collections. One was in America’s Midwestern heartland. The other was on the rocky, rugged coast of Maine. While the geography was very different, the vehicles were very similar. They were Soap Box Derby racers, which with age and history are both classic and collectible. Continue reading

Classic Profile: Checkered past of 1929 Duesenberg J-183

The Duesenberg J-183 with its original Derham town car body | Courtesy of the author
The Duesenberg J-183 with its original Derham town car body | Courtesy of the author

The fascinating history of 1929 Duesenberg chassis 2201 (engine J-183) starts with the handsome town car body seen in the photo and created by Enos Derham. The Derham Body Company was one of the longest-lived American coachworks, surviving two world wars.

The company was founded by Joseph Derham as the Rosemont Carriage Works only a few miles west of Philadelphia. Enos Derham, the youngest of four brothers that followed their father into the firm, would end up running the company. They were known for their formal coachwork and bodied many great brands including Duesenberg. Interestingly, the company’s building survived, becoming the home to Chinetti & Garthwaite in the 1960s, the U.S. distributor for Ferrari. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1957 Ford Ranch Wagon

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1957 Ford Ranch Wagon

There is really something to be said for a good paint job on a car. When done by a skillful professional, it can breathe much-needed fresh air into a build or give the car its own unique, long-lasting look. But because beauty is in the eye of the beholder, an unusual custom paint job sometimes can make a vehicle difficult to sell.

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Pick of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport

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1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

The idea of a project car can be very alluring: you obtain a blank canvas that can be transformed into the car of your dreams, be it highly modified or bone stock. For some, the glamour is short-lived as funds dry up or attention is lost during the often years-long process of restoration. Others withstand the challenges and complete their project cars exactly as they had envisioned them.

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Bookshelf: The racing life of Augie Pabst documented

Augie Pabst at the wheel of a Maserati Tipo 61 'Birdcage' in the early 1960s | Photos courtesy of Tim Kemmis and Dalton Watson Publishing
Augie Pabst at the wheel of a Maserati Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage’ in the early 1960s | Photos courtesy of Tim Kemmis and Dalton Watson Publishing

August Uihlein Pabst was born with Hollywood looks and a Blue Ribbon surname. Like many of his generation, he caught the sports car bug early and aspired to go beyond his beer-baron birthright and prove himself on the meritocracy of the racetrack.

A new biography, Augie Pabst: Behind the Wheel ($79, Dalton Watson Fine Books) captures the remarkable career of the 1959 USAC and 1960 SCCA road-racing champion through the eyes of longtime friend and fellow racer Bob Birmingham. The 367-page hardcover is filled with exclusive pictures and newspaper clippings, as well as accounts of fellow drivers from the golden era of road racing. Continue reading