Classic Car News https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:09:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.9 Petersen announces new exhibits, sets 5-year targetshttps://news.classiccars.com/petersen-announces-new-exhibits-sets-5-year-targets/ https://news.classiccars.com/petersen-announces-new-exhibits-sets-5-year-targets/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:35:50 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=83177 Read More

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In keeping with its mission of being an educational institution as well as a car museum, officials of the Petersen Automotive Museum shared details at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance of upcoming exhibitions and of the museum’s five-year plan.

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Two museums to benefit from Leake’s Detroit auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/two-museums-benefit-leakes-detroit-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/two-museums-benefit-leakes-detroit-auction/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:25:42 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=83167 Read More

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Two classic car museums will benefit from the sale of three cars at Leake Auction Company’s inaugural MotorCity auction scheduled for September 9-10 in downtown Detroit.

A 1931 Ford Model A-400 will be sold to benefit the Classic Car Club of America Museum while proceeds from the sales of a 1941 Cadillac Series 62 and a 1989 Cadillac Seville will go to the Cadillac & LaSalle Club Museum. Both museums are located on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum in southwestern Michigan.

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Renault returns to Bonneville with Etoile Filante and Dauphinehttps://news.classiccars.com/renault-returns-bonneville-etoile-filante-dauphine/ https://news.classiccars.com/renault-returns-bonneville-etoile-filante-dauphine/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:20:18 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=83194 Read More

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In September 1956, the streamlined Renault Etoile Filante set four world speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats, two of which still stand.

Earlier this month, the Etoile Filante (Shooting Star in French) was back on the alkaline surface in Utah, and along with it the French automaker sent a Renault Dauphine, a car celebrating the 60th anniversary of its first sale in the American automotive marketplace.

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Pick of the Day: 1955 Jaguar D-type replicahttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1955-jaguar-d-type-replica/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1955-jaguar-d-type-replica/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:05:13 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=83231 Read More

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Many of us are still shell-shocked by the monumental prices fetched by the top cars at the Monterey Car Week auctions, with seven selling for more than $10 million. These include the top sale of the week, that of the historic 1955 Jaguar D-type roadster that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1956 and went to a new owner at RM Sotheby’s auction for a stunning $21,780,000 (including fees).

Now that’s a chunk of change, which 99.9 percent of us would be hard-pressed to pony up. The Pick of the Day offers another, more-affordable route for those who would like to celebrate the majesty of Jaguar’s fabulous endurance racer, just not with an eight-figure price tag.

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Driven: 2016 Ford Transit Connect Wagonhttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-2016-ford-transit-connect-wagon/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-2016-ford-transit-connect-wagon/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:00:35 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=81989 Read More

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I’ve been fascinated by the Ford Transit Connect ever since I did a short drive in the initial Turkish-built version that first arrived in the United States several years ago. More compact commercial vehicle than minivan, the tall and roomy trucklet seemed a more versatile and practical alternative to the typical grocery getter while also providing a great canvas for the delivery needs of the small business owner or contractor.

I liked the Transit Connect so much that last year I inquired of Ford if one equipped with seats and windows instead of delivery racks and windowless side panels might be available for my annual summertime trip, with a daughter or two and assorted grandchildren, to Florida to visit my mother.

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Atlanta ready to launch its inaugural concours d’elegancehttps://news.classiccars.com/atlanta-ready-launch-inaugural-concours-delegance/ https://news.classiccars.com/atlanta-ready-launch-inaugural-concours-delegance/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:30:40 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=81975 Read More

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Now that we’ve survived Monterey Car Week and the Woodward Dream Cruise, is there anything left on the horizon before much of the country has to put its collector cars away for the winter?

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Salvadori’s Frazer-Nash ‘Replica’ on Bonhams’ Goodwood dockethttps://news.classiccars.com/salvadors-frazer-nash-replica-bonhams-goodwood-docket/ https://news.classiccars.com/salvadors-frazer-nash-replica-bonhams-goodwood-docket/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:25:50 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82038 Read More

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In 1949, a Frazer-Nash finished third in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, prompting the car company to produce some 50 Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica for the road and, well, for the race track as well, as it turned out.

One of those cars, a 1951 model formerly owned and raced by Britain’s Roy Salvadori, will be offered for sale September 10 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction at the Goodwood racing circuit in Chichester, West Sussex, England.

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Price plateau on the peninsula for Monterey auctionshttps://news.classiccars.com/price-plateau-peninsula-monterey-auctions/ https://news.classiccars.com/price-plateau-peninsula-monterey-auctions/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:02:10 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=83073 Read More

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The “best of the best” cars did very well at the auctions held during Monterey Car Week 2016 with seven selling for $10 million. But between them, those seven accounted for nearly a third of the $344.9 million in sales at the five auctions, according to preliminary figures compiled by Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle value-tracking company that has observers at each of the sales.

World record auction prices were paid on the Monterey Peninsula for American, British, French and prewar cars.

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Eye Candy: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2016https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-pebble-beach-concours-delegance-2/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-pebble-beach-concours-delegance-2/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:36:06 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=83000 Read More

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Walking once again between rows of yesterday’s automobiles at the 66th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance brings something akin to déjà vu. Yet even after repeated annual visits to the granddaddy of all American concours, the show always seems fresh, with a surprise around every turn.

This year, if you looked toward scenic Stillwater Bay, there was a stunning lineup of 17 champion Ford GT40 endurance racers, including the three that crossed the finish line 1-2-3 in 1966 to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 50th anniversary of which was celebrated at Pebble.

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1936 Lancia Astura takes Best of Show at Pebble Beachhttps://news.classiccars.com/1936-lancia-astura-takes-best-show-pebble-beach/ https://news.classiccars.com/1936-lancia-astura-takes-best-show-pebble-beach/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:19:07 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82973 Read More

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A 1936 Lancia Astura cabriolet with coachwork designed by Pinin Farina won Best of Show honors Sunday at the 66th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Runners-up in the strong more than 200-vehicle field were a 1931 Stutz DV-32 convertible Victoria by LeBaron and a 1938 Delahaye 165 cabriolet with coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi.

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Seven cars from historic race reunite at Rolex Reunionhttps://news.classiccars.com/seven-cars-historic-race-reunite-rolex-reunion/ https://news.classiccars.com/seven-cars-historic-race-reunite-rolex-reunion/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:15:03 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82981 Read More

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In 1972, the Sports Car Club of America Trans-Am racing series staged the fourth event of its season at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York. The series was in its seventh year and, in hindsight, is considered to the end of the series’ golden era.

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Eye Candy: The Corkscrew at Laguna Secahttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-corkscrew-laguna-seca/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-corkscrew-laguna-seca/#comments Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:04:29 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82934 Read More

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Essentially a racetrack is just a series of straightaways connecting a variety of turns -– and usually located well out town in the middle of nowhere. But with any track, it’s the memories made over time that make it special.

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Another major auction record falls at RM Sotheby’shttps://news.classiccars.com/another-major-auction-record-falls-rm-sothebys/ https://news.classiccars.com/another-major-auction-record-falls-rm-sothebys/#comments Sun, 21 Aug 2016 13:31:49 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82923 Read More

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Records continued to fall at the collector car auctions Saturday on the Monterey Peninsula. Friday, RM Sotheby’s was the site of the highest prices ever paid for a British car and an American car sold at public auction. Saturday, an RM Sotheby’s bidder paid a record price for a prewar car when a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider sold for $19.8 million.

Observers from Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle valuation-tracking company, also reported what they called “another amazing result” as an alloy-bodied, long-wheelbase 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider went for $18.5 million at Gooding & Company, which also got $13.5 million for a 1960 250 GT SWB Competizione Coupe in a post-block transaction.

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Eye Candy: Concorso Italianohttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-concorso-italiano/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-concorso-italiano/#comments Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:03:01 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82875 Read More

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With some of the world’s greatest Italian sports cars from the past and present standing nearby, Ruben Ruiz’s minivan was a source of constant attention. Of course, this was Concorso Italiano and this was no ordinary minivan.

Ruiz was more than happy to give curious spectators tours of his 1958 Fiat Multipla 600, which he called “the most visited car in this whole place.”

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McPherson College welcomes Pebble Beach Class of 2023https://news.classiccars.com/mcpherson-college-welcomes-pebble-beach-class-2023/ https://news.classiccars.com/mcpherson-college-welcomes-pebble-beach-class-2023/#comments Sun, 21 Aug 2016 01:10:42 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82861 Read More

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Folks involved with McPherson College’s automotive restoration program unveiled a vehicle Saturday they hope students will have restored so well that the 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S convertible will be invited to be judged on the 18th fairway at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance come 2023.

You read that number correctly — 2023 — as in seven years from now.

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Eye Candy: Concours d’Lemonshttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-concours-dlemons/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-concours-dlemons/#comments Sun, 21 Aug 2016 00:19:04 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82820 Read More

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According to its website, the Concours d’Lemons is a celebration of “the Oddball, mundane and truly awful of the automotive world.” But I would call it more of the island of misfit cars. This fun and zany event has been going on in Monterey for a number of years and draws those cars that have no place else to go, mainly because no one wants them anywhere else.

What you will find there year to year is anyone’s guess, but you can usually expect to see a Yugo or two, a Pontiac Aztek, a number of products created by AMC (all of which explains why they are no longer in business), as well as other cars that when new were less than wonderful. Think Chevy Vegas, unloved microcars, and cars from Renault.

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Preserving the past: Blain Foundation cars racing at Laguna Secahttps://news.classiccars.com/preserving-past-blain-foundation-cars-racing-laguna-seca/ https://news.classiccars.com/preserving-past-blain-foundation-cars-racing-laguna-seca/#comments Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:32:41 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82807 Read More

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As the largest event during Monterey Car Week, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a museum in motion with 550 authentic, period correct cars with varying degrees of racing provenance competing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California.

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Auction records fall for British and American carshttps://news.classiccars.com/auction-records-fall-british-american-cars/ https://news.classiccars.com/auction-records-fall-british-american-cars/#comments Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:05:23 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82789 Read More

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“Numbers are expected to climb as those auctions move higher into their dockets today and overall figures should soar Friday as Bonhams stages its one-day auction at The Quail and RM Sotheby’s opens its two-day sale in downtown Monterey.”

— Classic Car News, Friday, August 19 report from Monterey Car Week

Well, there’s a prediction that proved correct — and then some — as records were set Friday for the most ever paid at auction for both an American car and a British car, and where the star car at yet another sale also sold for a big number.

The huge numbers were posted in a packed-to-overflowing auction area in downtown Monterey, where a bidder at RM Sotheby’s reached $21.78 million for the 1954 Jaguar D-type XKD501 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and where someone ponied up $13.75 million for the first 1962 Shelby Cobra (CSX2000). Both were world auction records for cars from their respective countries.

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Eye Candy: 14th annual The Quail, a Motorsports Gatheringhttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-14th-annual-quail-motorsports-gathering/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-14th-annual-quail-motorsports-gathering/#comments Sat, 20 Aug 2016 05:52:43 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82685 Read More

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Legendary driver Jackie Stewart smiled with joy as he listened to the deep metallic thrum of an ancient Ferrari competition V12. This was a call of the wild for the enthusiasts at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, and a crowd quickly formed around the stunning performance machine from a lifetime ago as the owner revved the booming engine.

The car was a 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina Spyder with a lush patina of age and use. A short time later, it became apparent that this Spyder was special indeed as the concours judges declared it best of show winner for the 14th annual Quail.

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Eye Candy: Legends at the Autobahnhttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-legends-autobahn/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-legends-autobahn/#comments Sat, 20 Aug 2016 05:44:22 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82727 Read More

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For two years, Eric, a California native, drove past a 1967 BMW 2002 in Oakland. Drawn to the car, he left notes on it and in a nearby mailbox, offering to buy the car from whomever owned it. One day, he got a call, and the BMW he had been lusting after was his.

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Eye Candy: 3rd annual Porsche Werks Reunionhttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-3rd-annual-porsche-werks-reunion/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-3rd-annual-porsche-werks-reunion/#comments Sat, 20 Aug 2016 02:02:00 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82638 Read More

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The Porsche Werks Reunion continues its soaring popularity as Porsche owners from around the country converged for a massive gathering of the faithful Thursday at the Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel, California.

Now in its third year, the Werks Reunion has established itself as a mainstay of Monterey Car Week, with the booming values and collectability of Porsches happening at just the right time for this single-marque event.

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Eye Candy: Pacific Grove Rotary concours and auto rallyhttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-pacific-grove-rotary-concours-auto-rally/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-pacific-grove-rotary-concours-auto-rally/#comments Sat, 20 Aug 2016 01:18:06 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82589 Read More

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While the elite gathered around their automobiles Friday at The Quail, the Legends and the Werks, the cool kids drove into downtown Pacific Grove and parked along several blocked-off blocks of Lighthouse Avenue for what was basically a cruise-in car show.

Except, of course, the 22nd annual Pacific Grove Rotary concours and auto rally is not a cruise-in at all but a cruise-out, because after the car show, the participants and their cars leave en masse for a drive along the coastal western edge of the Monterey Peninsula, past Cypress Point, Spyglass Hill, Spanish Bay, the Point Pinos lighthouse on such scenic routes as 17 Mile, Sunset Drives and Ocean View Avenue.

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Monterey auctions under way, a vintage motorcycle leads packhttps://news.classiccars.com/monterey-auctions-underway-vintage-motorcycle-leads-way/ https://news.classiccars.com/monterey-auctions-underway-vintage-motorcycle-leads-way/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:42:12 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82566 Read More

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Monterey Car Week auctions opened Thursday with Mecum Auctions and Russo and Steele starting their sales, which insurance and vehicle value tracker Hagerty reported as tracing very close to 2015 numbers. According to Hagerty observers at both venues, Mecum did $3.7 million in sales at an average vehicle price of $30,541 last year, while the respective numbers Thursday were $1 million and $29,144.

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Eye Candy: 2016 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegancehttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-2016-pebble-beach-tour-delegance/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-2016-pebble-beach-tour-delegance/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 06:43:09 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82440 Read More

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If you cannot afford the $325 it costs to be a spectator at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the best way to see the cars — and in many ways even if you can pony up that ticket price —is the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance held the Thursday before the concours.

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Lost and Found: The ‘King of Rock-n-Roll’s BMWhttps://news.classiccars.com/lost-found-king-rock-n-rolls-bmw/ https://news.classiccars.com/lost-found-king-rock-n-rolls-bmw/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 06:10:55 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=82505 Read More

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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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