Classic Car News https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:30:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.7 Bob Golfen goes ‘Vespa Cool’ at Phoenix art museumhttps://news.classiccars.com/bob-golfen-vespa-cool-phoenix-art-museum/ https://news.classiccars.com/bob-golfen-vespa-cool-phoenix-art-museum/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:30:22 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=67032 Read More

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‘Vespa Cool’ is the title of a lecture to be presented by our own Bob Golfen at 7 p.m. February 17 at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Golfen, associate editor at ClassicCars.com and Classic Car News, is the author of How to Restore and Maintain your Vespa Motor Scooter.

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Pick of the Day: 1920 Ford Model T Speedsterhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1920-ford-model-t-speedster/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1920-ford-model-t-speedster/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:25:21 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=67460 Read More

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Vintage racing has been booming as old-car hobbyists, dedicated track stars and well-financed collectors discover the joys of getting a classic competition machine out for some friendly (or heated) wheel-to-wheel sport. But such fast fun can be expensive, as prices for historic race cars soar (the most expensive car ever sold at auction is a Ferrari 250 GTO racer) and the costs of competing put many racing wannabes in the stands instead of on the track.

The Pick of the Day offers something of a compromise, a 1920 Ford Model T Speedster that is an affordable piece of U.S. racing history, track ready and updated with modern safety features, with an asking price of just $25,995. This could be the hot ticket for a non-wealthy driver ready to challenge an oval or road course in vintage style.

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Valentine’s Day weekend events at automotive museumshttps://news.classiccars.com/valentines-day-weekend-events-automotive-museums/ https://news.classiccars.com/valentines-day-weekend-events-automotive-museums/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:20:30 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=67479 Read More

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On Saturday, the Gilmore Car Museum, located in Hickory Corners, Michigan, invites enthusiast’s to “Beer our Valentine” at the Pint with the Past fundraising event from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online for $35 per person or $40 at the door.

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Bentley’s first Le Mans racer on display at London showhttps://news.classiccars.com/bentleys-first-le-mans-racer-display-london-show/ https://news.classiccars.com/bentleys-first-le-mans-racer-display-london-show/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:05:04 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=67015 Read More

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The first Bentley to race at Le Mans will be displayed at the London Classic Car show February 18-21 before returning to the French racing circuit this summer to take part in the Le Mans Classic race competition.

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Amelia Island Concours celebrates unique hand-built ‘concepts’https://news.classiccars.com/amelia-island-concours-celebrates-unique-hand-built-concepts/ https://news.classiccars.com/amelia-island-concours-celebrates-unique-hand-built-concepts/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:35:29 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=67431 Read More

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The classic car world is filled with stories, some of them modern-day parables repeated with narratives as familiar as the Bible tales we learned as kids. And there are endless other stories, those that lie under the surface of most vintage cars seen at a show or auction.

But Geoffrey Hacker loves the little-known stories of individual effort and unique vision that surround the privately hand-built “concept cars” of mid-century America. Hacker and fellow enthusiast Rick D’Louhy are obsessed with unearthing these automotive artifacts and bringing them back to their former glory, like master artworks rediscovered and revered.

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The Interview: Ken Blockhttps://news.classiccars.com/interview-ken-block/ https://news.classiccars.com/interview-ken-block/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:20:36 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66842 Read More

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Ford has produced the Focus RS for some time, but only for the European market — until now. At the recent Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, the first North American 2016 Ford Focus RS crossed the block and brought $550,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Ken Block was there to talk briefly about the car and to help boost the bidding to benefit charity.

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Pick of the Day: 1983 Jeep CJ7https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1983-jeep-cj7/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1983-jeep-cj7/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:05:40 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=67379 Read More

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If you watched the Super Bowl, you probably took note of the evocative and star-studded 60-second Jeep commercial during the half time break featuring Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Jeff Goldblum and the dinosaurs from Jurassic World. The Terminator even made an appearance. In addition to these more recognized figures, the commercial featured 60 portraits in total of other famous and ordinary people who helped shape Jeep’s 75 year history in addition to different Jeep models throughout its history.

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Driven: 2016 Toyota 4Runnerhttps://news.classiccars.com/driven-2016-toyota-4runner/ https://news.classiccars.com/driven-2016-toyota-4runner/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:00:46 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66848 Read More

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So many automakers have moved their sport utility vehicles to unibody “crossover” architecture that I’d almost forgotten what it was like to drive a real body-on-frame model. Fortunately, Toyota still makes such a vehicle, what it calls a “full-capability SUV,” the 4Runner.

Toyota has been producing the 4Runner for more than 30 years. Still at true SUV, the 4Runner rides on a truck-style frame and offers a 4×4 powertrain for true go-anywhere capability along with the capability of towing 5,000 pounds, whether it’s a boat or camper or ATV or motorcycle trailer.

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Hagerty picks 10 future collector cars for 2016 ‘Hot List’https://news.classiccars.com/hagerty-picks-future-collector-cars-2016-hot-list/ https://news.classiccars.com/hagerty-picks-future-collector-cars-2016-hot-list/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:35:00 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=67397 Read More

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Hagerty once again has gazed into its crystal ball and released the annual “Hot List” of 2016 cars foreseen to be collector cars of the future because of their unique qualities of style and performance.

The 10 choices of future collectibles are sporty cars from the U.S., Europe and Japan that “stand out as likely collector cars within the next 25 years,” Hagerty, the insurance and valuation company, said in a news release. Each car is a 2016 model with an MSRP of less than $100,000.

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Pick of the Day: 1978 Triumph TR7 coupehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1978-triumph-tr7-coupe/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1978-triumph-tr7-coupe/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:25:42 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=67389 Read More

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When the Triumph TR7 was introduced in 1975, the ads called it “The Shape of Things to Come.” That was definitely the case as the wedge-shaped TR7 penned by Triumph designer Harris Mann was definitely a futuristic design, taking off from such shapes as those of the Lotus Esprit and Ferrari 308 GT4. Being this divergent from past Triumph design, though, TR7 was not what the average Triumph owner was hoping for, and the sports car was not very welcomed by the Triumph faithful.

The Pick of the Day is a 1978 Triumph TR7 coupe located in Windham, Maine, and is apparently a legitimate one-owner car with just 37,415 miles on its odometer and, according to the private seller, a completely original car that has been garaged since new.

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Vaydor kit car display at Winter Florida AutoFesthttps://news.classiccars.com/vaydor-kit-car-display-winter-florida-autofest/ https://news.classiccars.com/vaydor-kit-car-display-winter-florida-autofest/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:20:31 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66836 Read More

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Carlisle Events is set to show Vaydor kits cars at the Sun ‘n Fun complex in Lakeland, Florida, during the Winter Florida Autofest, which takes place February 25-28.

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Historic E-type racer goes at show, then to auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/historic-e-type-racer-goes-show-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/historic-e-type-racer-goes-show-auction/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:10:09 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66751 Read More

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A 1961 Jaguar E-type 3.8 Competition Roadster, one of the first E-types prepped for racing, will be on display February 18-21 at the London Classic Car show before being offered for sale at the H&H Classics Duxford auction in April.

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Houston, Nashville art museums to feature ‘Gross’ carshttps://news.classiccars.com/houston-nashville-art-museums-feature-gross-cars/ https://news.classiccars.com/houston-nashville-art-museums-feature-gross-cars/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:35:11 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66722 Read More

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Ken Gross is at it again, and this time it will be art museums and their patrons in Houston and Nashville that will benefit from Gross’ curatorial talent.

From February 21 through May 30, the exhibition “Sculpted in Steele: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929-1940” will be featured at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and from May 27 through October 9, “Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945 to 1975” will be at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Pick of the Day: 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Amhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1979-pontiac-firebird-trans/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1979-pontiac-firebird-trans/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:25:50 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=67371 Read More

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Still steamed that you missed out on that 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, the Smokey and the Bandit promo car that sold at Barrett-Jackson for a whopping $550,000 while actor Burt Reynolds looked on from the podium?

Fret not because the Pick of the Day is an essentially similar 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in the same black paint and gold trim. And while this one might not have the celebrity provenance of the Barrett-Jackson car, it doesn’t have the outlandish price tag, either.

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Goodguys announces 2016 Hall of Fame Road Tourhttps://news.classiccars.com/goodguys-announces-2016-hall-fame-road-tour/ https://news.classiccars.com/goodguys-announces-2016-hall-fame-road-tour/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:20:47 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66830 Read More

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Goodguys has announced its 2016 Hall of Fame Road Tour dates and locations. The tour is set to begin at Roadster Shop Headquarters in Mundelein, Illinois, on Saturday, September 24, and will travel 1,000 miles in five days to the Goodguys 24th Lone Star Nationals at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas.

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Six Nations Shootout featured at London Classic Car showhttps://news.classiccars.com/six-nations-shootout-featured-london-classic-car-show/ https://news.classiccars.com/six-nations-shootout-featured-london-classic-car-show/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:10:43 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66757 Read More

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It’s called the Six Nations Shootout, a contest to be staged at the London Classic Car Show which takes place February 18-21. The idea is to allow show visitors to see 10 classic vehicles from each country and then vote on which country has produced the best cars.

The countries are Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. The cars will be parked along the show’s centerpiece Grand Avenue.

“The Six Nations on The Grand Avenue started as a bit of fun, but as we have been curating each nation’s representatives it has developed more of a serious edge,” show director Bas Bungish said in a news release.

“Each country has some serious metal ready to uphold their national pride so it’s really hard to decide which one might come out on top by the time the show closes. Ultimately the decision lies with the visitors to the show.”

Britain will be represented by cars from the likes of AC, Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar, Jensen and Lotus, including a 1925 Bentley 3-liter in British Racing Green, an E-type, a Jensen FF, AC Ace, Lotus Esprit and Aston Martin Lagonda.

The French display will include vehicles such as the Renault 5 Turbo and Peugeot 205 T16.

The Lamborghini Miura supposedly destroyed in the opening scene of the 1969 movie The Italian Job (it was a stunt double that actually was wrecked by a mafia-controlled bulldozer) will be part of the Italian entry to include cars from Ferrari, Fiat, Lancia and Maserati, among them the Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopio, a Fiat Dino, a Ferrari 250 Lusso and the only non-red Ferrari F40.

German cars are to include an original Audi quattro, a Porsche 356 Speedster and several BMWs, including a CSL “Batmobile,” an original 328 and an Mi.

Representing Japan will be a Datsun 240Z, a 1972 Skyline GT-R, a Toyota 2000GT and a Toyota Sports 800, and the Prodrive Subaru Impreza rally car, among others.

American cars will include an original Ford Thunderbird, a Cadillac Series 62 coupe, and others yet to be announced.

The show will be held in the ExCeL center in London’s Docklands.

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Artcurial sets records at its Retromobile auctionshttps://news.classiccars.com/artcurial-sets-records-retromobile-auctions/ https://news.classiccars.com/artcurial-sets-records-retromobile-auctions/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:35:38 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=67002 Read More

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Artcurial Motorcars has posted $62.6 million in sales (56.1 million euros for its two-day collector car auction as part of Retromobile in Paris. The overall sales figure is a 21 percent improvement over the company’s 2015 sale in its hometown, a sale that made headlines last year by including the sensational barn-found Baillon Collection.

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Eye Candy: Retromobile 2016https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-retromobile-2016/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-retromobile-2016/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:30:37 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66861 Read More

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Just as January in Arizona signals the start of a new year for classic car enthusiasts in the United States, the first week of February kicks off the season in Europe with Retromobile, which is the largest show of its kind worldwide.

Held in the exposition parcs of downtown Paris, Retromobile is the place to see and to be seen, and the number of languages you’ll hear as you visit the displays and auctions is astonishing.

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Corvette Funfest 2016 celebrates C5 Corvette’s 20th anniversaryhttps://news.classiccars.com/corvette-funfest-2016-celebrates-c5-corvettes-20th-anniversary/ https://news.classiccars.com/corvette-funfest-2016-celebrates-c5-corvettes-20th-anniversary/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:20:08 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66839 Read More

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Corvette FunFest 2016 is set to celebrate the C5 Corvettes 20th anniversary during the four-day event, September 15-18 at the Mid America Motorworks’ Corporate campus in Effingham, Illinois. The event will have a display showcasing the C5 from concept, including the CERV 4b, C5 Alpha- and C5 Beta-build Corvettes as well as completion cars and the C5 Z06.

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Goodguys add Duel in Des Moines to autocross schedulehttps://news.classiccars.com/goodguys-add-duel-des-moines-autocross-schedule/ https://news.classiccars.com/goodguys-add-duel-des-moines-autocross-schedule/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:10:17 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66833 Read More

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Due to the popular growth of the AutoCross series at Goodguys Rod & Custom Association events, a Duel in Des Moines has been added to the 25th anniversary Heartland Nationals taking place July 1-3 at the Iowa Fairgrounds.

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Pick of the Day: 1955 Land Rover Series Ihttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1955-land-rover-series/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1955-land-rover-series/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:00:41 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66783 Read More

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John “Hannibal” Smith of The A-Team loved it “when a plan comes together,” which meant that something turned out correctly despite a series of mistakes and setbacks. Here at Classic Car News, we love it when people selling their vehicle provide wonderfully detailed descriptions of their cars or trucks. Case in point: the Pick of the Day, a 1955 Land Rover Series I.

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Poll results: Hagerty offers its list of the 10-best rock ’n’ roll car songs. Which is your favorite?https://news.classiccars.com/poll-results-hagerty-offers-list-10-best-rock-n-roll-car-songs-favorite/ https://news.classiccars.com/poll-results-hagerty-offers-list-10-best-rock-n-roll-car-songs-favorite/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 08:55:05 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=67365 Read More

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The Question of the Week for the week of February 1st, 2016 asked you:  Hagerty offers its list of the 10-best rock ’n’ roll car songs. Which is your favorite?

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Students learn to shift for themselves in concours carshttps://news.classiccars.com/66426/ https://news.classiccars.com/66426/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:25:35 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66426 Read More

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Imagine learning how to manipulate a manual transmission in a car worth a million dollars?

But that’s what happened the morning before the third annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance when several concours participants shared their vehicles with students at the Hagerty Driving Experience.

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2016 Arizona auction sales total tops $256 millionhttps://news.classiccars.com/66937/ https://news.classiccars.com/66937/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:20:17 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66937 Read More

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Now that they’ve had time to check their figures and to add in post-block sales, the six collector car auction houses doing business last month in Arizona report total combined sales of more than $256 million.

While that figure is less than the nearly $293 million in sales last year, a number that was boosted by the sale at Barrett-Jackson of the huge Ron Pratte Collection, the $256 million total exceeds the strong 2014 auction sales results of more than $248 million.

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Eye Candy: ClassicCars.com Future Classics Car Showhttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-classiccars-com-future-classics-car-show/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-classiccars-com-future-classics-car-show/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:10:42 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=66628 Read More

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The inaugural ClassicCars.com Future Classics Car Show, open to vehicles from 1975-2005, took over High Street in Phoenix and photographer Hans Marquez was there to capture these images.

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