Classic Car News https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:35:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.14 Pre-auction estimates exceeded at Bonhams’ bike salehttps://news.classiccars.com/pre-auctions-estimates-exceeded-bonhams-bike-sale/ https://news.classiccars.com/pre-auctions-estimates-exceeded-bonhams-bike-sale/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:35:14 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102640 Read More

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With a barn-found 1949 Vincent HRD 988cc White Shadow Series-C project bike selling for £163,900, which is more than $210,000 and nearly three times its high pre-sale estimated value, Bonhams motorcycle department enjoyed its Spring Stafford Sale on Sunday with a 90 percent sell-through rate and total sales of £2,132,257 (more than $2.73 million).

The sale was held in conjunction with the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show. Prices reported include buyer’s fees.

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Bonhams mounts 18th annual Aston Martin auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/bonhams-mounts-18th-annual-aston-martin-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/bonhams-mounts-18th-annual-aston-martin-auction/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:30:35 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102517 Read More

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For the 18th year, Bonhams holds its all-Aston Martin auction at the legendary British automaker’s ancestral home at Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, with the sale taking place on May 13 and offering vehicles spanning more than six decades of the exclusive and very valuable motorcars.

The Aston Martin sale, which includes the associated Lagonda marque, is highlighted by a rare 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante, a drophead (British for convertible) with a pre-auction estimated value between £700,000 and £900,000 ($896,000 to $1,152,000).

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Record-setting ’33 Napier-Railton on display in Londonhttps://news.classiccars.com/102512/ https://news.classiccars.com/102512/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:25:40 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102512 Read More

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The 1933 Napier-Railton Special that broke 42 speed records in its heyday will represent classic cars at the 2017 London Motor Show, scheduled for May 4-7 at Battersea Evolution in England’s capital city.

Like most auto snows, the London event will feature around 130 new cars from a variety of automakers. But it also will showcase the car that in 1935 recorded a lap at 143.44 miles per hour around the Brooklands Outer Circuit.

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Best British car ever? Experts pick the Minihttps://news.classiccars.com/best-british-car-ever-experts-pick-mini/ https://news.classiccars.com/best-british-car-ever-experts-pick-mini/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:20:11 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102368 Read More

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Britain’s largest weekly automotive magazine, Auto Express, and a panel of automotive experts have selected the Mini as the Best of British, the all-time best car produced on the island nation.

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Pick of the Day: 1970 Ford Torino King Cobrahttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1970-ford-torino-king-cobra/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1970-ford-torino-king-cobra/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:05:28 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102525 Read More

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Crank the way-back machine to 1969 and the “aero wars” taking place in American stock car racing between Chrysler and Ford. Chrysler had its Dodge Charger 500 and Ford responded with the Torino Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II with Boss 429 powerplants. So Chrysler upped the ante with the high-winged, pointed-nose Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Superbird.

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Leake auction strikes gold with $3.7 million sale of LaFerrarihttps://news.classiccars.com/leake-auction-strikes-gold-3-7-million-sale-laferrari/ https://news.classiccars.com/leake-auction-strikes-gold-3-7-million-sale-laferrari/#comments Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:30:57 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102545 Read More

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Leake Auction Company had an excellent day Saturday in Dallas, where it sold an ultra-exotic 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari for $3.7 million. The LaFerrari is the highest-priced vehicle ever sold at auction by Leake, which was founded in 1972.

Leake’s auction dockets are customarily filled with reasonably priced collector cars, so

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Goodwood to feature Ferraris, game-changing race carshttps://news.classiccars.com/goodwood-feature-ferraris-game-changing-race-cars/ https://news.classiccars.com/goodwood-feature-ferraris-game-changing-race-cars/#comments Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:30:14 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102503 Read More

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Ferrari’s 70th anniversary and “game-changing” racing cars of all marques will be the featured themes of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, scheduled for June 29-July 2 at the Goodwood House in West Sussex, England.

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Mecum readies for 30th anniversary Original Spring Classic salehttps://news.classiccars.com/mecum-readies-30th-anniversary-original-spring-classic-sale/ https://news.classiccars.com/mecum-readies-30th-anniversary-original-spring-classic-sale/#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:35:22 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102305 Read More

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‘My Dad sold his first car collection to start the company,” Frank Mecum said. “He sold his second collection to keep it going.”

And Mecum Auctions, now in its 30th year, is going very well.

“Now,” Frank added of his father, “he’s working on his third collection.”

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Gilmore Museum receives automotive patent collectionhttps://news.classiccars.com/gilmore-museum-receives-automotive-patents/ https://news.classiccars.com/gilmore-museum-receives-automotive-patents/#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:15:33 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102478 Read More

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The Gilmore Car Museum in southwestern Michigan has  inherited a collection of over 396,000 automotive patents for both foreign and domestic brands. The collection represents paper duplicates of automotive-related patents from 1790 to 1999, as well as a comprehensive and searchable database.

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TV series will follow RM Sotheby’s search for consignmentshttps://news.classiccars.com/tv-series-will-follow-rm-sothebys-search-consignments/ https://news.classiccars.com/tv-series-will-follow-rm-sothebys-search-consignments/#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:10:10 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102491 Read More

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From late in 2015 and into the fall of 2016, RM Sotheby’s collector car auctions allowed a “fly on the wall” to travel with its staff as it ventured around the world seeking cars to fill the dockets for its auctions. The result is a 10-part television series, Million Dollar Car Hunters.

The hour-long programs are produced by Waddell Media under commission from BBC Worldwide and Britain’s Channel 4, although U.S. distribution has yet to be announced. However, the television production company based near Belfast, Northern Ireland, has a well-established relationship with the Discovery, National Geographic and A&E cable networks in the U.S. The programs also will be seen on BBC Canada.

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Pick of the Day: 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup truckhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1956-chevrolet-cameo-pickup-truck/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1956-chevrolet-cameo-pickup-truck/#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:05:58 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102454 Read More

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Before there were El Caminos, there were Cameo pickups, Chevrolet’s answer to a persistent question: how to provide farmers, construction workers and the like with a truck for work that also could be driven proudly to church on Sunday.

Chevy was first off the block in 1955 with a refined-looking pickup that applied stylish fiberglass rear fenders and tailgate cover, along with unique taillights, trim and a premium interior, to its newly minted Task Force truck design. Fiberglass was chosen for the ease of design and tooling, and because of Chevrolet’s relationship with the fiberglass company that made Corvette bodies.

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Mustang Boss 429 muscle-car icons head to Indiana auctionshttps://news.classiccars.com/mustang-boss-429-muscle-car-icons-head-indiana-auctions/ https://news.classiccars.com/mustang-boss-429-muscle-car-icons-head-indiana-auctions/#comments Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:30:54 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102387 Read More

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Limited-production rarity, ferocious capabilities and uniquely aggressive styling, the 1969-70 Ford Mustang Boss 429 is a true icon of the muscle-car era, an A-List celebrity applauded everywhere it goes.

Yet the Boss 429 was an unlikely creation, a piece of high-performance art built by necessity. Just 1,358 of them were produced during the two model years, and they are highly sought after today, not just by Ford enthusiasts but by collectors who recognize how very special they are.

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Prototypes, Porsches featured in Mitty Speedfesthttps://news.classiccars.com/prototypes-porsches-featured-mitty-speedfest/ https://news.classiccars.com/prototypes-porsches-featured-mitty-speedfest/#comments Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:25:37 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102378 Read More

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Prototype sports cars from the last six decades join featured-marque Porsche as headliners at the 40th annual Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty vintage races, scheduled April 20-23 at Road Atlanta.

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Driven: 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster/GT C Roadsterhttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-mercedes-amg-gt-roadstergt-c-roadster/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-mercedes-amg-gt-roadstergt-c-roadster/#comments Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:20:05 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102255 Read More

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The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster is fast, expensive, and sexy. I could stop right there, because that summarizes this brand-new Mercedes-Benz better than anything else.

The hood stretches a veritable mile in front of the cockpit. The rump is nicely rounded. The twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V- delivers a whopping 469-horsepower, or 550 hp in the range-topping GT C Roadster model.

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Pick of the Day: 1956 Chevrolet Bel Airhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1956-chevrolet-bel-air/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1956-chevrolet-bel-air/#comments Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:05:41 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102402 Read More

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With Spring upon us I can’t help but daydream of road trips – those perfect moments when you don’t have a care in the world, the windows are down, and your favorite song is on the radio. The Pick of the Day, a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air, looks as though it’s been patiently waiting for a drive and is sure to break some necks with its eye-catching two-tone red and white paint along with matching red wheels.

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One-off Tojeiro Climax coupe headed across auction blockhttps://news.classiccars.com/one-off-tojeiro-climax-coupe-headed-across-auction-block/ https://news.classiccars.com/one-off-tojeiro-climax-coupe-headed-across-auction-block/#comments Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:30:44 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102290 Read More

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Yet another of

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A backhanded compliment for classic cars in Canadahttps://news.classiccars.com/backhanded-compliment-classic-cars-canada/ https://news.classiccars.com/backhanded-compliment-classic-cars-canada/#comments Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:25:24 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102298 Read More

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‘Canadian driving club bans newer cars over safety concerns,” reads the headline on the autofocus.ca website report that the BMW Club Canada’s Trillium chapter in Toronto has banned new cars with modern automated forward braking and lane-departure and correction systems from track events because those systems “pose a danger to drivers at speed.”

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Georgia military academy hosts inaugural Champions and Heroeshttps://news.classiccars.com/georgia-military-academy-hosts-inaugural-champions-heroes/ https://news.classiccars.com/georgia-military-academy-hosts-inaugural-champions-heroes/#comments Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:20:35 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102345 Read More

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(Editor’s note: The Riverside Military Academy Champions and Heroes event has been postponed until June 2018 because of massive traffic jams created by the fire and collapse of a section of Interstate 85 in Atlanta.)

Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, will host on June 2 to 4 the inaugural Champions and Heroes, a vintage car weekend consisting of a rally, time trials and concours d’elegance, in the small lakeside town one hour northeast of Atlanta.

The venue on the 206-acre campus of the military prep academy aims to approximate in setting and style the European-estate feel of such events as the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.

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Rewind: 1967 Chevrolet Camarohttps://news.classiccars.com/rewind-1967-chevrolet-camaro/ https://news.classiccars.com/rewind-1967-chevrolet-camaro/#comments Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:10:07 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102164 Read More

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(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

Seen dramatically erupting from a volcano, Chevrolet introduced its “fiery, new creation,” the 1967 Camaro SS, “the new car that’s something else, something never before seen in a driving machine.”

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Pick of the Day: 1965 Lancia Fulviahttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1965-lancia-fulvia/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1965-lancia-fulvia/#comments Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:05:24 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102334 Read More

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Italian sports cars have a certain intangible something that those from other countries are lacking. It is not so much the engineering or the style as it is the way in which all the parts are put together, and which makes them so much more than the sum of those parts. Somewhere during the assembly process, Italian cars seem to get a sort of soul, which makes them very special.

The cost of entry for these cars can be very expensive, and well-heeled collectors line up for the opportunity to buy the best examples of rare Italian cars, and for very serious money.

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Level 5 Motorsports heads to Auburn auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/level-5-motorsports-heads-auburn-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/level-5-motorsports-heads-auburn-auction/#comments Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:15:03 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102284 Read More

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Level 5 Motorsports, founded in 2006, was regarded as one of the most successful privateer teams in recent memory in sports car racing and was known to use the best of everything -– cars, drivers, equipment. Working directly with the court-appointed monitor on the upcoming sale, Auctions America is selling the entire racing team collection at no reserve during the Auburn Spring sale, May 11-13 at Indiana’s historic Auburn Auction Park.

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Pick of the Day: 1953 Mercury Monterey convertiblehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1953-mercury-monterey-convertible/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1953-mercury-monterey-convertible/#comments Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:05:41 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102239 Read More

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The Pick of the Day is the kind of stylish Mercury that comes to mind when you hear, “Crazy ‘bout a Mercury/Lord I’m crazy ‘bout a Mercury/I’m gonna buy me a Mercury/And cruise it up and down the road.”

The pale-yellow 1953 Mercury Monterey convertible advertised on ClassicCars.com is a “solid Southern California car” with a still-shiny older repaint, the Houston-based dealer says. The stylish ragtop comes complete with full wheel covers, fender skirts and wide-whitewall tires for a period look that still resonates today.

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Driven: 2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T SELhttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-volkswagen-passat-1-8t-sel/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-2017-volkswagen-passat-1-8t-sel/#comments Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:00:18 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102085 Read More

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Turns out Carroll Shelby was right.

Ol’ Shel’ once told me that all you really needed in any car was 170 horsepower. That was plenty to get going and to keep up with traffic at — and even beyond — whatever speeds might be posted on the fastest of American freeways.

Of course, in his next breath, Shelby told me about a 1,000-horsepower engine he and his team were building for their latest Ford Mustang project.

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First hypercar ‘holy trinity’ boasted by RM Sotheby’shttps://news.classiccars.com/first-hypercar-holy-trinity-boasted-rm-sothebys/ https://news.classiccars.com/first-hypercar-holy-trinity-boasted-rm-sothebys/#comments Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:30:55 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102217 Read More

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The “holy trinity” of modern hypercars. That’s what RM Sotheby’s is calling the trio of spectacular road-going hybrid-performance machines from Italy, Germany and Great Britain that will be auctioned May 27 during its Villa Erba sale on the shores of Lake Como in Italy.

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Pick of the Day: 1975 BMW 2002https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1975-bmw-2002/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1975-bmw-2002/#comments Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:05:13 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=102179 Read More

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Pick of the Day is a 1975 BMW 2002 being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a private owner who purchased the car in California in 2012.

“It was a blue-plate California car and what interested me most about it was the absolute lack of rust and solid floorboards/trunk/frame along with solid everything else,” the seller, located in Algonquin, Illinois, says in the classified advertisement for the car.

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