Classic Car News https://news.classiccars.com Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:30:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.10 Senate bill would endorse National History Vehicle Registerhttps://news.classiccars.com/senate-bill-endorse-national-history-vehicle-register/ https://news.classiccars.com/senate-bill-endorse-national-history-vehicle-register/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:30:13 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86442 Read More

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The Historic Vehicle Register launched by the Historic Vehicle Association will become the National Historic Vehicle Register if legislation introduced by Michigan Sen. Gary Peters wins congressional approval. The bill would authorize the Dept. of Interior to establish a federal register of historic vehicles, basically giving federal approval to the HVA effort.

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They’re at it again: Hagerty crew to build Ford Model A with parts found at Hershey Swap Meet in just four dayshttps://news.classiccars.com/theyre-hagerty-crew-build-ford-model-parts-found-hershey-swap-meet-just-four-days/ https://news.classiccars.com/theyre-hagerty-crew-build-ford-model-parts-found-hershey-swap-meet-just-four-days/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:25:16 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86303 Read More

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The idea of Hagerty’s Swap to Street Challenge sprouted from a simple concept often heard at the Hershey Swap Meet, that you could build an entire car from the used parts found on the grounds of the sprawling event.

Last year was the maiden voyage of Swap to Street. Starting with a decrepit 1946 Ford half-ton pickup pulled out of the Michigan mud, a team of four Hagerty employees took on the task of getting the truck back on the road, the challenge being to accomplish the feat during the four days of the AACA Fall Hersey Swap Meet and locating the needed parts at the meet.

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Pick of the Day: 1969 Plymouth Fury III convertiblehttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1969-plymouth-fury-iii-convertible/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1969-plymouth-fury-iii-convertible/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:05:44 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86208 Read More

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Plymouth’s full-size Fury was clothed with new, wider and longer sheet metal for the 1969 model year and, notes The Standard Catalog of American Cars, was available in — count ’em — 17 models and five series.

The series were Fury I, II and III, Sport Fury and VIP. Fury I was your basic full-size car, available as a 214.5-inch-long sedan or 219.1-inch station wagon. Fury II added brightwork trim as well as a coupe architecture and a station wagon with third-row seating.

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Eye Candy: 20th annual Ypsilanti Orphan Car Showhttps://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-20th-ypsilanti-automotive-heritage-museum-orphan-car-show/ https://news.classiccars.com/eye-candy-20th-ypsilanti-automotive-heritage-museum-orphan-car-show/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:30:49 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86067 Read More

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There are several things that make the annual Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti, Michigan, a special event.

There’s the fact that it’s in Ypsilanti, in Riverside Park and not far from Willow Run, where everything from World War II bombers to GM Hydramatic transmissions and from Kaisers and Frazers to Chevrolet Corvairs were assembled.

Ypsi is where Preston Tucker had his home. It also was home to what is believed to be the first Dodge dealership outside Detroit. The store became a Hudson franchise and when Hudson quit producing cars, it became a storehouse for Hudson parts and expertise and eventually evolved into the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1941 Packard 120 convertiblehttps://news.classiccars.com/countdown-barrett-jackson-las-vegas-2016-1941-packard-120-convertible/ https://news.classiccars.com/countdown-barrett-jackson-las-vegas-2016-1941-packard-120-convertible/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:00:25 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86515 Read More

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Editor’s note: This is the 13th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Las Vegas Auction.

Packard enjoyed success during the 1920s, however that changed when the great depression hit and vehicle sales fell from 50,000 cars to just 7,000.

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Aspen/Snowmass results endorse new auction house’s missionhttps://news.classiccars.com/aspensnowmass-results-endorse-new-auction-houses-mission/ https://news.classiccars.com/aspensnowmass-results-endorse-new-auction-houses-mission/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:35:59 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86481 Read More

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One of Bradley Farrell’s missions in launching the immodestly named Finest Automobile Auctions company was to break some traditions. One of those traditions was “grinding,” putting pressure on consignors to lower their reserve prices when bids on their vehicles were falling short of those levels on the auction block.

Instead, Farrell would extend the bidding period, by as much as 72 hours after action on the block had ended. He believed that someone who would bid only to a certain level during the public auction would be willing to increase a bid when away from the heated auction environment.

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Roof-top experience: Italian motoring group’s 50th anniversaryhttps://news.classiccars.com/rooftop-experience-automotoclub-storico-italianos-50th-anniversary/ https://news.classiccars.com/rooftop-experience-automotoclub-storico-italianos-50th-anniversary/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:30:52 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86255 Read More

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Last weekend, the ASI — Automotoclub Storico Italiano — celebrated its 50th anniversary. As the governing body for all clubs related to anything running with an engine, ASI has always been located in the heart of the Italian motoring industry — Torino.

At the anniversary kickoff, a symposium was held earlier in the week at the Torino Auto Museum in conjunction with FIVA, the Fedération Internationales des Véhicules Anciens, which also celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. FIVA has member organizations in 65 nations, including the Historic Vehicle Association in the U.S., all dedicated to the preservation, protection and promotion of historic vehicles and related culture.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1941 Ford ‘Gray Ghost’ custom pickuphttps://news.classiccars.com/countdown-barrett-jackson-las-vegas-2016-1941-ford-gray-ghost-custom-pickup/ https://news.classiccars.com/countdown-barrett-jackson-las-vegas-2016-1941-ford-gray-ghost-custom-pickup/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:55:22 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86498 Read More

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Editor’s note: This is the 12th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Las Vegas Auction.

Over the course of automotive history, pickup trucks primarily were purpose-built work vehicles — until relatively recently. Old-style pickups have been increasingly used to create hot rods, once seemingly made exclusively from 1930s roadsters and coupe platforms.

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Motorcycle Cannonball celebrates record ride centennialhttps://news.classiccars.com/motorcycle-cannonball-celebrates-record-ride-centennial/ https://news.classiccars.com/motorcycle-cannonball-celebrates-record-ride-centennial/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:13:48 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86384 Read More

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Participants in the coast to coast “Race of the Century,” organized by the Motorcycle Cannonball, faced with rain, strong winds and 60-degree temperatures as they made their Thursday way from Page to Williams, in northern Arizona.

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RM Sotheby’s highlights historic Duesenbergs at Hershey auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/rm-sothebys-highlights-historic-duesenbergs-hershey-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/rm-sothebys-highlights-historic-duesenbergs-hershey-auction/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:35:44 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86348 Read More

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RM Sotheby’s holds its 10th annual auction in Hershey, Pennsylvania, next month in conjunction with the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Eastern Division Fall Meet. The sale is headlined by a pair of significant Duesenbergs owned by the same family for more than 50 years.

One of those Duesenbergs, a 1930 Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton that is one of only three of the open cars originally bodied by coachbuilder Walter J. Murphy, is the highest valued car at the auction, estimated at $1.6 million to $2 million.

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Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival: Report and photo galleryhttps://news.classiccars.com/elkhart-lake-vintage-festival-report-photo-gallery/ https://news.classiccars.com/elkhart-lake-vintage-festival-report-photo-gallery/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:30:35 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86311 Read More

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Amateur auto racing is an activity whose lifeblood is discretionary income, and as such it’s often a barometer of a healthy economy. If the huge field in attendance at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin’s Road America Vintage Festival last weekend was any indicator, enthusiasm for classic cars is at an all-time high, and things are looking pretty good.

Now in its 31st year, the Vintage Sports Car Driver’s Association Vintage Festival takes advantage of mild late-season weather over the backdrop of this quaint resort town to present a true connoisseur’s event.

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Museums participate in Smithsonian free dayhttps://news.classiccars.com/museums-participate-smithsonian-free-day/ https://news.classiccars.com/museums-participate-smithsonian-free-day/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:25:49 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86360 Read More

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The 12th annual Smithsonian Magazine “Smithsonian Museum Day” is Saturday, September 24.  To celebrate, museum goers who present a “Museum Day Ticket” will be granted free admission to participating museums across the country.

The ticket is available online and can be used several participating car museums.

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Pick of the Day: 1940 Ford Tudor veteran of WWIIhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1940-ford-tudor-veteran-wwii/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1940-ford-tudor-veteran-wwii/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:05:23 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86339 Read More

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This old Ford two-door sedan is truly a veteran, not just as an original survivor and bona fide ‘barn find,’ but as an actual Army veteran of World War II. It was owned by an Army general who used it in the U.S. during the war, and in occupied Germany after the conflict.

The Pick of the Day, a 1940 Ford Tudor, still wears the coat of Army Green paint that the general ordered for his official wartime wheels. Obvious clinkers are the added-on bright-yellow wheels and whitewall tires that no self-respecting military man would ever wear. The next owner would be wise to tone them down in keeping with the car’s otherwise original condition.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1970 Plymouth ‘Cudahttps://news.classiccars.com/countdown-barrett-jackson-las-vegas-2016-1970-plymouth-cuda/ https://news.classiccars.com/countdown-barrett-jackson-las-vegas-2016-1970-plymouth-cuda/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:55:25 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86373 Read More

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Editor’s note: This is the 11th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Las Vegas Auction.

Launched in 1970, the third generation of the Plymouth Barracuda was a force to be reckoned with and a purpose-built performer whose main mission was to kick asphalt and take names.

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Hilton Head going Hollywood for festival, concourshttps://news.classiccars.com/hilton-head-going-hollywood-festival-concours/ https://news.classiccars.com/hilton-head-going-hollywood-festival-concours/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:30:57 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86160 Read More

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Each year, the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance reserves an area for a special exhibit under the theme of “Life.” For example, last year it was “Life in the Suburbs” featuring family vehicles from the 1950s and early ‘60s.

This year the theme is “Life on the Silver Screen” and will feature four-wheeled celebrities in an exhibit sponsored by the South Carolina Film Commission.

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Barn-find recovery of Jaguar E-type recorded in photoshttps://news.classiccars.com/barn-find-recovery-jaguar-e-type-recorded-photos/ https://news.classiccars.com/barn-find-recovery-jaguar-e-type-recorded-photos/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:30:48 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86224 Read More

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The extraction of an early Jaguar E-type 3.8-liter coupe from a sodden wooden barn in the English countryside, where it had languished for four decades, was captured beautifully in photographs taken by H&H Classics, which will auction the car next month in England.

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Students will go from Gilmore museum garage to The Great Racehttps://news.classiccars.com/85966/ https://news.classiccars.com/85966/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:25:08 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85966 Read More

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Next summer, The Great Race for vintage vehicles will approximate one of the historic Dixie Highway routes as it runs from Jacksonville, Florida, to Traverse City, Michigan.

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Pick of the Day: 1991 Nissan Skyline GT-Rhttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1991-nissan-skyline-gt-r/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1991-nissan-skyline-gt-r/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:05:51 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86241 Read More

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As I prepare for the Japanese Classic Car Show in Long Beach this weekend, I can’t help but think about monster hunting. Not just any monster though; I am looking for Godzilla. As elusive as the 1950s Japanese movie monster from which it draws its nickname, the Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R, acts as the forbidden fruit of the future-classics realm.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1954 Kaiser Darrin supercharged convertiblehttps://news.classiccars.com/countdown-barrett-jackson-las-vegas-2016-1954-kaiser-darrin-supercharged-convertible/ https://news.classiccars.com/countdown-barrett-jackson-las-vegas-2016-1954-kaiser-darrin-supercharged-convertible/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:55:18 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86248 Read More

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Editor’s note: This is the 10th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Las Vegas Auction.

Developed in Detroit and made to compete against European roadsters being imported to the United States in a post-war era, the Kaiser Darrin featured an attractive design and was the first fiberglass sports car in America, beating  the Chevrolet Corvette into production by one month.

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Come for the cars, but stay for the arthttps://news.classiccars.com/come-cars-stay-art/ https://news.classiccars.com/come-cars-stay-art/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:30:58 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=85924 Read More

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Back when I was a daily newspaper sports editor in Michigan, I’d be sure to assign myself to cover a couple of Notre Dame football games each season. No, I wasn’t a fan of the Fighting Irish football team — “no cheering in the press box” is the sportswriter’s creed — but I was a fan of the campus.

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Bonhams’ White sale generates nearly $4 million for charityhttps://news.classiccars.com/bonhams-white-sale-generates-nearly-4-million-charity/ https://news.classiccars.com/bonhams-white-sale-generates-nearly-4-million-charity/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:25:31 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86124 Read More

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Cars, motorcycles, watches, cameras and automobilia were among the several hundred items sold Monday at a single-owner collection auction in England, where the former possessions of Robert White generated nearly $4 million at a Bonhams auction for cancer-fighting charities on the south coast of England.

Robert White founded one of England’s largest photographic retailers and had become close friends with Jay Leno after selling the American entertainer and car collector a Brough Superior motorcycle. White died last year of cancer and instructed that his collection be sold to benefit the cancer centers at two British hospitals.

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Dragone readies for inaugural Boston Cup auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/dragone-readies-inaugural-boston-cup-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/dragone-readies-inaugural-boston-cup-auction/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:20:39 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86149 Read More

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The Dragone family has been selling classic cars at its dealership in Westport, Connecticut, for decades. It began when Peter Dragone returned from World War II and with his three brothers starting buying and selling used cars and restoring and selling classics.

A few years ago, the Dragones added auctions to their sales menu. Saturday, they stage their first auction away from home with the inaugural Boston Cup Auction, being held at the Revere Hotel the day before the annual Boston Cup concours on the Boston Common.

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Leake likes Detroit, but may change date for 2017 auctionhttps://news.classiccars.com/leake-likes-detroit-may-consider-different-date-2017-auction/ https://news.classiccars.com/leake-likes-detroit-may-consider-different-date-2017-auction/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:15:46 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86134 Read More

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‘This was our first year in Detroit and we do believe that Detroit will be a prosperous market for us,” Richard Sevenoaks, president of Lakes Auction Company, said in the aftermath of the family firm’s inaugural Motor City collector car auction.

However, the auction wasn’t very prosperous in its first year, with total sales of $1.5 million and a sub-50 percent sell-through rate.

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Pick of the Day: 1979 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolethttps://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1979-volkswagen-beetle-cabriolet/ https://news.classiccars.com/pick-day-1979-volkswagen-beetle-cabriolet/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:05:43 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86178 Read More

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Model year 1979 marked the end of importation for the beloved VW Beetle. After being produced in Germany continuously since 1946, this was it for the U.S.-legal version.

It also was the end of an era, and Volkswagen celebrated by offering the Cabriolet as it’s single Beetle offering for ‘79. These cars were still handmade by the Karmann factory, and fit and finish were superb.

The Pick of the Day is a silver-over-black 1979 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet in time-warp condition with only 14,000 miles showing on its odometer. The VW is offered by a private seller in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, who has owned the car since the 1990s, buying it with 12,000 miles and driving it sparingly ever since.

The car has been consistently garage kept, the seller says in the listing on ClassicCars.com, and the photos show a car that appears to be in very good driver condition.

The final edition Beetle Cabriolet was based on the Super Beetle, which offered improved suspension and more storage, as well as a bit more performance. These last cars also offered fuel injection, which makes the car more drivable and easier to maintain.

The convertible tops are masterpieces of craftsmanship, equal to the top on a Rolls-Royce Corniche. That makes it both a nice open car and a very civilized closed car when the top is up. With this century’s Beetle now in its second generation, the market for the original, rear-engine cars is likely to continue their popularity.

A final-edition Beetle Cabriolet makes a perfect first-time classic car that delivers fun and affordable ownership in equal proportions. Every part is available and just about anyone can work them with a decent set of tools and John Muir’s How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive guide to maintenance and repair “for the ‘compleat’ idiot.”

During the past decade, VW convertibles have done well at auction, and low-mileage cars like this one tend to sell for serious money at such auctions as Barrett-Jackson and Mecum. The asking price for this VW is a reasonable $14,500 or best offer, and it looks like a good deal for such a low-mileage example.

According to Jay Leno, every classic car collection should have at least one Volkswagen, and this car would be a good candidate to fill that Beetle-sized hole.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1939 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 touring sedanhttps://news.classiccars.com/countdown-barrett-jackson-las-vegas-2016-1939-cadillac-fleetwood-series-75-touring-sedan/ https://news.classiccars.com/countdown-barrett-jackson-las-vegas-2016-1939-cadillac-fleetwood-series-75-touring-sedan/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:55:16 +0000 https://news.classiccars.com/?p=86172 Read More

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Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Las Vegas Auction.

Offered without reserve from the Tammy Allen Collection during Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction, this 1939 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 touring sedan is one of just 638 produced for the ’39 model year.

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