Classic Car News https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:17:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.11 Weather or not, bidders spending at Arizona auction venueshttps://news.classiccars.com/weather-not-bidders-spending-arizona-auction-venues/ https://news.classiccars.com/weather-not-bidders-spending-arizona-auction-venues/#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:08:06 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=95390 Read More

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Rainy weather didn’t appear to dampen bidders Friday at the Arizona collector car auctions, where the total so far — $187.1 million in sales — represents a 17 percent boost compared with results  through Friday a year ago.

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Maserati Ghibli heads Mecum’s flagship sale in Floridahttps://news.classiccars.com/maserati-ghibli-heads-mecums-flagship-sale-florida/ https://news.classiccars.com/maserati-ghibli-heads-mecums-flagship-sale-florida/#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:35:23 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=95366 Read More

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A Maserati Ghibli Spyder led Mecum’s auction of just under 2,000 collector vehicles during the mammoth sale last week in Kissimmee, Florida, considered to be the biggest annual collector car auction in the world. With nearly 2,700 vehicles offered, the auction boasted a 75 percent sell-through rate and a total of $86 million in sales, not including auction fees.

The Road Art auction that accompanied the collector car sale had a 93 percent sell-though, with 1,260 pieces of automobilia, parts and collectables sold for a total of $2.5 million, not including fees.

Additionally, ticket sales were up 20 percent compared with last year, the auction house reported, and a record number of page views during the 10-day event were garnered on its website.

But the overall results were down from last year’s.  Sales totaled nearly $95 million with the buyer fees added, compared with the year-ago record number of more than $100 million with fees added. The 2016 auction was boosted by million-dollar-plus results for two Hemi-powered Plymouth ‘Cuda convertibles and a Dodge Challenger Hemi convertible, which added about $6.6 million to the bottom line.

This year, there were no seven-figure cars. The top-selling 1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Spyder hammered at $920,000. The bright-yellow Maserati was followed by a 1967 Chevy Corvette 427 convertible, the only-known 435-horsepower Vette originally painted black with a blue interior, that went for $775,000. All reported Mecum results are hammer prices without buyer fees.

A modern supercar, a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, reached third-highest at $625,000, while a famed 1963 Chevrolet Impala Z11 race car with the nickname “Old Reliable IV” went for $525,000. A specially equipped 1957 Chevrolet Corvette “Big Brake Airbox” was hammered at $450,000.

The top-10 sales for Mecum’s annual Florida auction were:

1. 1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Spyder at $920,000
2. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible at $775,000
3. 2005 Porsche Carrera GT at $625,000
4. 1963 Chevrolet Impala Z11 “Old Reliable IV” at $525,000
5. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake Airbox at $450,000
6. 1963 Pontiac Catalina Swiss Cheese at $430,000
7. 1980 BMW M1 at $400,000
8. 1963 Chevrolet Impala Z11 at $340,000
9. 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition at $327,500
10. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe at $300,000

(All Mecum sales results are hammer prices without auction fees)

Mecum’s next sale is its inaugural Los Angeles Auction, held February 17-18 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. For information, visit the Mecum website.

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Collector car experts explain how to stay ahead of the gamehttps://news.classiccars.com/collector-car-experts-explain-stay-ahead-game/ https://news.classiccars.com/collector-car-experts-explain-stay-ahead-game/#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:30:51 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=95331 Read More

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Passion rules the collector car hobby, but it’s always good to ride an upward trend and sell your automotive pride and joy for a profit.

That was the overarching message delivered Friday morning during a seminar of collector car industry experts entitled “Revving up Your Investments with Collector Cars,” presented by Coker Tire at the Russo and Steele collector car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Larry’s likes at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale salehttps://news.classiccars.com/larrys-likes-russo-steeles-scottsdale-sale/ https://news.classiccars.com/larrys-likes-russo-steeles-scottsdale-sale/#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:20:27 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=95341 Read More

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The cars are cool but what I really like best about Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction this year is the new venue. After several years in what otherwise was a rough, open field near the intersection of Scottsdale Road and the Loop 101 freeway, the auction this year has moved to its new home, the northwest corner of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

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Shelby American unveils 50th anniversary Super Snakehttps://news.classiccars.com/shelby-american-unveils-50th-anniversary-super-snake/ https://news.classiccars.com/shelby-american-unveils-50th-anniversary-super-snake/#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:15:38 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=95376 Read More

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Shelby American unveiled its 2017 Super Snake Mustang at the Ford Performance exhibit within Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of Carroll Shelby’s iconic car.

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Bids and buys strong as Arizona auctions build toward weekendhttps://news.classiccars.com/bids-buys-strong-arizona-auctions-build-toward-weekend/ https://news.classiccars.com/bids-buys-strong-arizona-auctions-build-toward-weekend/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:15:25 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=95298 Read More

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With action at five venues, Thursday was the first full day of auctions during Arizona Car Week 2017 and, notably, overall totals were 30 percent above 2016 figures through the same point in the week, according to Hagerty, the insurance and value-tracking company that staffs each of the Arizona sales.

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Mopar performance muscles in at RM Sotheby’s Arizona auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/mopar-performance-muscles-rm-sothebys-arizona-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/mopar-performance-muscles-rm-sothebys-arizona-auction/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:30:51 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=95268 Read More

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‘You don’t usually see these kinds of muscle cars here.”

That was the comment from a passerby at RM Sotheby’s auction as she walked by a group of vintage Mopar performance machines at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, where the sale is being held.

Big pre-war classics and high-end sports cars are what come to mind at RM Sotheby’s, although the Arizona auction generally features a fairly wide range of collector cars. Still, a solid contingent of mighty 1960s muscle cars is somewhat unexpected in such polite society. Those more likely are found headlining the boisterous Barrett-Jackson or Russo and Steele auctions, both of which specialize in American ground pounders.

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Window shopping at Silver Auctions with Nicolehttps://news.classiccars.com/window-shopping-silver-auctions-nicole/ https://news.classiccars.com/window-shopping-silver-auctions-nicole/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:25:53 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=95277 Read More

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With 600 cars on its docket, Silver Auctions celebrates its 20th anniversary with its annual Arizona Car Week sale at Fort McDowell.

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Famed Lamborghini engineer Paolo Stanzani dead at 81https://news.classiccars.com/lamborghini-engineer-paolo-stanzani-dead-81/ https://news.classiccars.com/lamborghini-engineer-paolo-stanzani-dead-81/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:38:02 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=95233 Read More

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Paolo Stanzani, a mechanical engineer and one of the fathers of the Lamborghini Miura, died Wednesday at the age of 81.

With Giampaolo Dallara and designer Marcello Gandini, Stanzani created not only the revolutionary Miura in 1966 but subsequent Lamborghini vehicles, including the Countach.

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Worldwide’s Arizona debut includes two million-dollar saleshttps://news.classiccars.com/worldwides-arizona-debut-includes-two-million-dollar-sales/ https://news.classiccars.com/worldwides-arizona-debut-includes-two-million-dollar-sales/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:35:19 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=95139 Read More

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Worldwide Auctioneers made its debut Wednesday night at Arizona Car Week with a well-attended — standing-room-only — sales room and  a nicely loaded 82-car docket that was so well received that two cars each sold for a million dollars or more.

The million-dollar cars were a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L-88 roadster and a 1955 Lancia Aurelia GT B24S Spider America.

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Andy’s favorites at RM Sotheby’s Arizona auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/andys-favorites-rm-sothebys-arizona-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/andys-favorites-rm-sothebys-arizona-auction/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:30:15 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=95205 Read More

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Over the years, RM Sotheby’s Arizona Auction at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix has consistently featured cars that are right in the middle of the pulse of current market conditions.

This year is no different, with much of the inventory being either up-and-coming collector cars or serious muscle cars. Of course, these are mixed in with the usual assortment of high-value classics. RM Sotheby’s Arizona sale is one of my favorites of the year.

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What Bob would take home from Gooding’s Scottsdale auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/bob-take-home-goodings-scottsdale-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/bob-take-home-goodings-scottsdale-auction/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:30:04 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=95145 Read More

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As usual, Gooding & Company’s selection of collector vehicles is quite impressive, making it difficult to whittle my favorites to a mere nine. Forgetting about values and such (this is an exercise in dreaming, after all), I tried to hit a wide range of types and vintages without indulging my own desires. Too much.

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No-reserve drifting with Vaughn Gittin Jr.https://news.classiccars.com/no-reserve-drifting-vaughn-gittin-jr/ https://news.classiccars.com/no-reserve-drifting-vaughn-gittin-jr/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:25:24 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=95136 Read More

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Barrett-Jackson recently teamed with “professional fun-haver” Vaughn Gittin Jr. to create “No Reserve Drifting,” a video showcasing the world champion drifter’s abilities as he slides around the 74-acre WestWorld auction site in his 450-horsepower 2017 Ford Mustang RTR Spec II.

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Jet Center event: Luxury lifestyle and charity benefithttps://news.classiccars.com/jet-center-event-luxury-lifestyle-charity-benefit/ https://news.classiccars.com/jet-center-event-luxury-lifestyle-charity-benefit/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:15:54 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=95168 Read More

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Live music, local wine and microbrews joined exquisite art, a jet aircraft and several exotic cars at the inaugural AZ Jet Center event held Wednesday evneing at JetLinx Scottsdale as part of Arizona Car Week.

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What Andy likes at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/andy-likes-barrett-jacksons-scottsdale-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/andy-likes-barrett-jacksons-scottsdale-auction/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:10:16 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=95121 Read More

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If you have never attended the Barrett-Jackson season opener in Scottsdale and love cars as much as we do, this is definitely something that has to be seen to be believed. The auction is most definitely one of the seven wonders of the automotive world.

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Gilda, a sublime 1955 turbine car, offered at Barrett-Jacksonhttps://news.classiccars.com/gilda-sublime-1955-turbine-car-offered-barrett-jackson/ https://news.classiccars.com/gilda-sublime-1955-turbine-car-offered-barrett-jackson/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:35:19 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=95007 Read More

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From a time when designers and engineers were attempting to blend automobiles with jet aircraft comes the 1955 Chrysler Ghia Streamline X, nicknamed Gilda after the Hollywood film and its glamorous leading lady, Rita Hayworth.

Gilda was a concept car commissioned by Chrysler design chief Virgil Exner and styled by Giovanni Savonuzzi with coachwork by Ghia of Turin, Italy. It was first shown at the 1955 Turin Motor Show, where it created a sensation.

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Depth of field: New hallmark of the Arizona Concourshttps://news.classiccars.com/depth-field-new-hallmark-arizona-concours/ https://news.classiccars.com/depth-field-new-hallmark-arizona-concours/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:30:25 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=94970 Read More

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The headlines, here and elsewhere, were about the Bugatti Atlantic which, to no one’s astonishment, won Best of Show accolades Sunday at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance. The Atlantic is so famous, so rare and so spectacularly beautiful a car that it simply overshadowed the rest of the show field.

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The car show that celebrates the future, todayhttps://news.classiccars.com/car-show-celebrates-future-today/ https://news.classiccars.com/car-show-celebrates-future-today/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:25:13 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=95059 Read More

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Set during Arizona Car Week, the second Future Classics Car Show, presented by ClassicCars.com, drew more than 100 produced since the mid-1970s to be displayed and appreciated atop a parking garage at the Scottsdale Quarter.

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What caught Andy’s eye at Bonhams’ Scottsdale auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/caught-andys-eye-bonhams-scottsdale-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/caught-andys-eye-bonhams-scottsdale-auction/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:20:30 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=95034 Read More

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Bonhams is celebrating its fourth year in Scottsdale, and this year’s selection of cars is the best the venerable auction house has ever had here in the desert, as well as being among the best offerings of any of the seven auction companies working Arizona Car Week. This includes my second-favorite car ever offered for sale at any auction anywhere.

As always is the case, Bonhams has a bit of something for every price level, and my picks of cars that I would most want to take home reflect that.

1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce
This beautiful gray Alfa Giulietta is one of the nicer restorations I have ever seen. Not usually my favorite color on these cars, but combined with the red seats, it works wonderfully. I have enough time behind the wheel of these Alfas to know that the driving experience is amazing, and this car is so nice that I would keep it forever.
1958 Alfa Spider
1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88
Those who know me are thinking, “Seriously, a C3 Corvette on a list of cars you want?” Well, seriously, the stigma of the C3 is gone and an L88 is truly a weapons-grade sports car, likely able to keep up with and then easily pass any 275 GTB/4 Ferrari on a vintage rally, and likely to cause much consternation in the process. This car is a great example, and I asked a friend, Bonhams specialist Steffan Frisk, to fire it up. The sound was exciting and immediately made me want it.
1969 L88
2003 Aston Martin Vanquish
The gentleman’s alternative to the L88 Vette, a Vanquish has been on my list for a long time. This example with only 15k miles and in a great black color just ticks all the boxes. These cars are on the rise and I want to buy one before they double in value.
Aston Vanquish
1956 Porsche Speedster
I love Speedsters, especially the early cars with the beehive taillights. The first Porsche I ever drove was a ‘56 Speedster, and it has stuck with me over the years. This Aquamarine Blue Metallic car is an extremely well-restored No. 1 condition car that I would personally love to drive into a No. 2 condition car.
1956 Porsche speedster
1952 Ferrari 340 America
This Ferrari represents the beginning of the marque’s long and storied racing history. It competed in the 1952 Mille Miglia, the 24 Hours of Le mans, and the Targa Florio. It was a factory team car and was driven my Taruffi, Trintignant and Bracco. It is eligible for any and all concours and vintage-racing events and rallies, aside from London to Brighton. How much better does it get in a single car?
1952 Ferrari 340 America
1963 Iso Rivolta
These are the easiest-to-live-with Italian GT cars ever built, with stunning Italian coachwork combined with a reliable Chevrolet Corvette powertrain. This Iso Rivalto has a manual transmission and is a great example of a truly world class GT car. A Iso Rivolta like this in a great color combination of silver paint with maroon leather would make a tour car par excellence. I loved this gentleman express.
iso
1977 Honda Civic CVCC
This little yellow Civic is the nicest example I have seen since they were new. It needs nothing, and if entered would likely win Best of Show at ClassicCars.com’s Future Classics car show. It is easier to find a really nice Ferrari California Spider for sale than it is a Civic as nice as this one. This is a future classic that is guaranteed to increase in value while it sips very little gas.
honda
1984 Ferrari 308 GTS QV
Sure it is a 308, but this Ferrari is one of the cars used in one of my favorite TV shows, Magnum P.I. This is the car that is one of my all-time favorite auction cars, second only to the DB5 form the movie Goldfinger. I will in fact be bidding on it, but I expect it to sell for much more than I am willing to spend. I will be test driving it Wednesday to see if it is everything that I hoped it would be.
magnum pi 308
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Future Classics Car Show packs rooftop garagehttps://news.classiccars.com/future-classics-car-show-packs-rooftop-garage/ https://news.classiccars.com/future-classics-car-show-packs-rooftop-garage/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:47:01 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=94954 Read More

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ClassicCars.com, with support from Car Street Journal and the Function Factory, celebrated future collector cars with a show of their own Monday, set during Arizona Car Week atop a parking garage at the Scottsdale Quarter, an upscale shopping district.

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Larry’s likes at Worldwide’s Scottsdale auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/larrys-likes-worldwides-scottsdale-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/larrys-likes-worldwides-scottsdale-auction/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:30:54 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=94930 Read More

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I failed.

My mission was to go Monday morning to the Worldwide Auctioneers preview in Scottsdale, Arizona, and do to one of our “Pick6” selections, choosing around half-a-dozen vehicles that will be offered at the sale and to select and share them with you.

With only 82 vehicles in the auction catalog, I briefly wondered if I’d even find six that I really liked, and that’s our minimum requirement for this feature.

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Bugatti Atlantic wins best of show at Arizona Concourshttps://news.classiccars.com/bugatti-atlantic-wins-best-show-arizona-concours/ https://news.classiccars.com/bugatti-atlantic-wins-best-show-arizona-concours/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:35:08 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=94900 Read More

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A newbie’s notes from Mecum Kissimmeehttps://news.classiccars.com/newbies-notes-mecum-kissimmee/ https://news.classiccars.com/newbies-notes-mecum-kissimmee/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:30:17 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=94862 Read More

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We are not rookies at most places. Been to the Daytona 500. The bike races and the 24 Hours of Daytona, too. Been to the Indy 500. Bonneville seven times. Five trips to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Talladega. Charlotte. Pocono. MIS. Numerous F1 races around the world. Sebring. St. Pete. Miami. Road America. Road Atlanta. Colorado Grand. California Mille. Driving schools at Ontario, Sears Point, Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta, Michigan, and Las Vegas. Lots of concours events over 35 years, from Pebble Beach to Greenwich to Meadow Brook to Amelia Island.

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Pick of the Day: 1957 Chevrolet 210https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1957-chevrolet-210/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1957-chevrolet-210/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:05:59 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=94783 Read More

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(Editor’s note: With Arizona Car Week underway, Pick of the Day goes on hiatus after today, but it will be back Tuesday, January 17.)

Talk about a case of deja vu! So here I am, clicking through the classified ads on ClassicCars.com, searching out my Pick of the Day, only to discover a car that looks just like the one my parents bought new back when I was a youngster.

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1934 Hudson Terraplane convertible wins Classiccars.com Award at Arizona Concourshttps://news.classiccars.com/1934-hudson-terraplane-convertible-wins-classiccars-com-award-arizona-concours/ https://news.classiccars.com/1934-hudson-terraplane-convertible-wins-classiccars-com-award-arizona-concours/#comments Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:01:55 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=94716 Read More

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A 1934 Hudson Terraplane convertible has been selected as the winner of the annual Classiccars.com Award at the 2017 Arizona Concours d’Elegance.

This 1934 Hudson Terraplane convertible was found in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by the current owner’s son. The car was complete but in poor condition and received a comprehensive  3 1/2-year restoration with over 3,000 man hours invested.

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