Classic Car News https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:30:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Pick of the Day: 1979 Toyota Celica Suprahttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1979-toyota-celica-supra/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1979-toyota-celica-supra/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:30:31 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=55121 Read More

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For too many years, conventional car-guy wisdom determined that Japanese cars would never rise to the level of collectability, and that the late 1970s and ’80s were wastelands of forgettable vehicles.

The Pick of the Day is yet another Japanese car from the era that challenges that mindset: a 1979 Toyota Celica Supra liftback that is a rare survivor of the disco days. And it could have a

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Cars and Coffee weekend at automotive museumshttps://news.classiccars.com/cars-coffee-weekend-automotive-museums/ https://news.classiccars.com/cars-coffee-weekend-automotive-museums/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:20:22 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=55131 Read More

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Saturday, August 29, the Kansas City Automotive Museum in Olathe, Kansan, hosts a Cars and Coffee from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Later in the day the museum stages a Cruiseum Poker Run, starting at 3:00 p.m. with stops at the Carriage Houses of Johnson County, Goodyear, and KC Auto Gifts Accessories. The after party begin at 5:00 p.m. at the museum.

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Palos Verdes Tour d’Elegance registration openhttps://news.classiccars.com/palos-verdes-tour-delegance-registration-open/ https://news.classiccars.com/palos-verdes-tour-delegance-registration-open/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:10:25 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54680 Read More

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The Palos Verdes Tour d’Elegance seeks participants for the driving tour held in association with the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance. The tour on roads on the Palos Verdes Peninsula is scheduled from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on September 19 and is limited to 50 participants.

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Ultra-rare Shelby Cobra 289 Dragonsnake heading to auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/ultra-rare-shelby-cobra-289-dragonsnake-heading-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/ultra-rare-shelby-cobra-289-dragonsnake-heading-auction/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:30:29 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54963 Read More

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Only four Shelby Cobra 289 Dragonsnakes were ever built, destined for drag strips where they showed the same winning ways in a straight line that they had already shown on twisting road courses.

Cobra number CSX2472 was one of them, originally planned as a Shelby race team car but instead built to the unique specifications of a private owner in 1965. The fire-breathing Dragonsnake is indeed a rare high-performance Cobra and it goes to auction September 5 during Worldwide Auctioneers’ eighth annual sale at the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Automobile Museum complex in Auburn, Indiana.

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Edsel Ford’s fret comes true… 100 years laterhttps://news.classiccars.com/edsel-fords-fret-comes-true-100-years-later/ https://news.classiccars.com/edsel-fords-fret-comes-true-100-years-later/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:25:56 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54939 Read More

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Back in 1915, Edsel Ford and some of his buddies drove from Michigan to San Francisco to attend the world’s fair, the Panama Pacific International Exposition. Ford fretted at one point that he feared the possibility of being robbed in Arizona, which even three years after becoming an official state remained very much a Wild West wilderness.

Ford and his party passed through Arizona unharmed, though awed by the state’s Grand Canyon. However, his fears came true for the Historical Vehicle Association team that retracing Ford’s route 100 years later.

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Pick of the Day: 1980 BMW M1https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1980-bmw-m1/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1980-bmw-m1/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:20:16 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54911 Read More

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Hand-built between 1978 and 1981 as a homologation special for sports-car racing is the iconic, mid-engine BMW M1, considered to be the one and only exotic supercar ever built by the Bavarian automaker. The E26 M1 is among the rarest BMW models built with a total of 453 produced. Of those, 399 were designed for street use and the rest were built for the sole purpose of racing.

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Classic profile: 1930 duPont Series G Special Sport Sedanhttps://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1930-dupont-series-g-special-sport-sedan/ https://news.classiccars.com/classic-profile-1930-dupont-series-g-special-sport-sedan/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:15:55 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54845 Read More

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As you’ve probably guessed, I enjoy searching for old photos of early cars. During Monterey Classic Car Week, this means a stop at Automobilia Monterey, and it was there that I found this image of a uniquely bodied duPont Series G Special Sport Sedan.

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Breaking News: Barrett-Jackson ends Hot August Nights auctionshttps://news.classiccars.com/breaking-news-barrett-jackson-ends-hot-august-nights-auctions/ https://news.classiccars.com/breaking-news-barrett-jackson-ends-hot-august-nights-auctions/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 03:31:48 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=55094 Read More

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After three years of holding collector car auctions in Reno, Nevada, during Hot August Nights, Barrett-Jackson told city officials Wednesday that the auction would not return in 2016.

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Permanent exhibit to honor LeMay museum founderhttps://news.classiccars.com/permanent-exhibit-honor-lemay-museum-founder/ https://news.classiccars.com/permanent-exhibit-honor-lemay-museum-founder/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:35:10 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54699 Read More

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The LeMay – Americas Car Museum, in Tacoma, Washington, is opening a new permanent exhibit called “Lucky’s Garage” in honor of the museum’s founder, Harold E. LeMay.

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Eye Candy: Saturday evening car show at the Whippy Diphttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-saturday-evening-car-show-whippy-dip/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-saturday-evening-car-show-whippy-dip/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:30:30 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54594 Read More

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Every summertime Saturday evening around 6, the cool cars arrive. They roll off Michigan’s two-lane Route 30 and onto the grassy lot behind the Whippy Dip, an ice cream parlor that serves hot dogs, barbecue, beverages and other light fare to the local folk in the community of Sanford and to traffic off U.S. 10, a highway that runs from Saginaw Bay to Lake Michigan, connecting Midland and Bay City with the north-central section of the state’s Lower Peninsula.

Among the regulars at the weekly car show are members of the Cruisin’ Classics, a group of nearly three-dozen classic car owners who live in and around Gladwin, a three-stoplight town about 25 miles northwest of the Whippy Dip.

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Pick of the Day: 1991 Lotus Esprit Turbohttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1991-lotus-esprit-turbo/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1991-lotus-esprit-turbo/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:25:09 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54899 Read More

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The prices for exotic cars from the 1980’s and 1990’s have gone ballistic in the past year, but there is still a European car out there that can be had for used Camry money, and that is the Lotus Esprit Turbo.

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Coys readies its biggest, tastiest all-Porsche auction in Englandhttps://news.classiccars.com/coys-readies-biggest-tastiest-porsche-auction-england/ https://news.classiccars.com/coys-readies-biggest-tastiest-porsche-auction-england/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:20:34 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54883 Read More

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What’s being billed as the world’s largest and most-exclusive auction of historic Porsches will be held at an English castle next month.

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Auctionata offers 40 cars at online auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/auctionata-offers-40-cars-online-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/auctionata-offers-40-cars-online-auction/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:05:18 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54679 Read More

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German online auction house Auctionata will do its next sale August 31 with some 40 vehicles on the docket.

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38th Owls Head auction sets a recordhttps://news.classiccars.com/38th-owls-head-auction-sets-record/ https://news.classiccars.com/38th-owls-head-auction-sets-record/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:35:55 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54670 Read More

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The Owls Head Transportation Museum’s 38th annual New England Auto Auction  posted a record $2.8 million in sales with 150 of the 187 vehicles selling.

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Pick of the Day: 1929 Ford Model A roadsterhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1929-ford-model-roadster-2/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1929-ford-model-roadster-2/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:30:46 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54753 Read More

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“Dry lake” means something different in Southern California than it does in the rest of the world. Speed-obsessed hot rodders since the late 1940s have viewed the flat, dusty expanses of prehistoric lake beds as perfect places to go fast, fast enough to break records, and to do so in an automotive style that created an entire subculture.

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Brass Era cars featured in Bonhams’ Simeone salehttps://news.classiccars.com/brass-era-cars-featured-bonhams-simeone-sale/ https://news.classiccars.com/brass-era-cars-featured-bonhams-simeone-sale/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:20:52 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54635 Read More

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On October 5, and for the fourth year in a row, Bonhams will conduct a “Preserving the Automobile” auction at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Museum founder Fred Simeone, a renowned surgeon, has been a champion of preserving rather than restoring historically important vehicles, and Bonhams notes in its news release that the sale “is wholly distinct in its focus on authentic, historically accurate and unrestored motorcars.”

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Eye Candy: Simply Classics & Sports Car at Beaulieu museumhttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-simply-classics-sports-car-beaulieu-museum/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-simply-classics-sports-car-beaulieu-museum/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:15:15 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54734 Read More

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Despite the weather forecast, the sun greeted the Simply Classics & Sports Car show, one of the flagship events on the calendar of the Beaulieu museum in England.

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Driven: 2015 Nissan Rogue SVhttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-2015-nissan-rogue-sv/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-2015-nissan-rogue-sv/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:05:12 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54579 Read More

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I do not understand why Nissan calls its compact crossover the Rogue, but after spending two weeks driving one — including a trip from Phoenix to Monterey and back — I certainly understand why this is the company’s second best-selling vehicle in the United States.

According to Merriam-Webster, my favorite source for such things, a rogue is a “vagrant or tramp, a dishonest or worthless person (scoundrel), a mischievous person, a horse inclined to shirk or misbehave, an individual exhibiting a chance and usually inferior biological variation.”

Yikes! Who would want to drive a vehicle that meets any of those definitions?

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Pick of the Day: 1950 Chevrolet Fleetlinehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1950-chevrolet-fleetline/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1950-chevrolet-fleetline/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:35:51 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54559 Read More

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It took Chevrolet until the 1949 model year to introduce new post-war styling. According to the Standard Encyclopedia of American Cars, the new design integrated the front bumpers and lowered the fenders, hood and roof.

The roof itself presented the buyer with an option: the Styleline with a notch-back design or the Fleetline fastback. Opt for the DeLuxe version and you got your Fleetline with fender skirts that accentuated the car’s bustle-back tail treatment.

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The need for speed at Oregon Festival of Carshttps://news.classiccars.com/need-speed-oregon-festival-cars/ https://news.classiccars.com/need-speed-oregon-festival-cars/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:25:32 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=39140 Read More

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The Oregon Festival of Cars celebrates its 20th anniversary September 18-20 and will focus on The Need for Speed as the theme of its big car show at the Broken Top club in Bend, about 180 miles southeast of Portland.

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London to Brighton returns to Crawley High Streethttps://news.classiccars.com/london-brighton-returns-crawley-high-street/ https://news.classiccars.com/london-brighton-returns-crawley-high-street/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:20:08 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54523 Read More

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Last year, organizers of Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run altered the course a bit to include the Harrods Stop at Crawley, where the Honda Gatwick dealership cleared the new cars out of its garage area so those on the tour could enjoy some refreshments and perform any needed running repairs out of the wind, wet and cold.

“While the participants were happy with the warm and dry environment from which to enjoy their well-earned refreshments, the local community felt rather short-changed,” the organizers reported in a recent news release.

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Poll Results: Classic, custom or resto, how would you rather finish your classic car project?https://news.classiccars.com/poll-results-classic-custom-resto-rather-finish-classic-car-project/ https://news.classiccars.com/poll-results-classic-custom-resto-rather-finish-classic-car-project/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:55:38 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54864 Read More

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The Question of the Week for the week of August 17th, 2015 asked you: Classic, custom or resto, how would you rather finish your classic car project?

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Monterey memories – concours and cars showshttps://news.classiccars.com/monterey-2015-memories-concours-and-cars-shows/ https://news.classiccars.com/monterey-2015-memories-concours-and-cars-shows/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 09:30:55 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54502 Read More

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So many events, so little time. That could be the marketing slogan for Monterey Classic Car Week, when a seemingly countless number of car shows, concours, exhibits, rallies, parties, dinners and, of course, auctions crowd the days leading up to the vaunted Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday.

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NSRA presents ‘Outstanding Use of Color’ award winnershttps://news.classiccars.com/nsra-presents-outstanding-use-color-award-winners/ https://news.classiccars.com/nsra-presents-outstanding-use-color-award-winners/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 09:20:51 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54377 Read More

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The National Street Rod Association has announced winners for the “Outstanding Use of Color” award, given at the Street Rod Nationals held in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Recap shows $403.2 million in auction sales at Montereyhttps://news.classiccars.com/recap-shows-403-2-million-auction-sales-monterey/ https://news.classiccars.com/recap-shows-403-2-million-auction-sales-monterey/#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09:35:57 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=54533 Read More

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With Mecum and Bonhams each reporting more $40 million in sales, with Gooding at $128 million and RM Sotheby’s soaring to $172.9 million, the top-end of the collector car auction action on the Monterey Peninsula was very strong again this year. And that strength could be reinforced once Rick Cole Auctions reports the results of its bid-by-smartphone sale.

According to Hagerty, which not only insures classic cars but tracks their value (in part by monitoring in person each auction venue in January in Arizona, in March at Amelia Island and in August at Monterey), previously tabulated all auction sales on the peninsula last week as totaling some $396.8 million.

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