Phoenix, Arizona (July 2015) – Classic car “barn finds” represent one of the hottest segments in the hobby, as desirable vehicles coming out of long-term storage become increasingly valuable. Here’s the latest gem: a 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster recently uncovered after more than 50 years by ClassicCars.com, and now for sale on the website.
Phoenix (May 7, 2015) –In honor of Mother’s Day, ClassicCars.com, the world’s #1 marketplace for collector cars, recently asked its 100,000+ blog followers what kind of car their mothers drove when they were children. The number one answer is the iconic Chevrolet Bel Air with 16 percent of the vote. Continue reading
Phoenix (March, 2015) – ClassicCars.com, the world’s largest online marketplace for classic and collector vehicles is proud to sponsor Carlisle Events in 2015.
With a long history as a respected leader in the automotive hobby, Carlisle Events produces and powers 14 collector car events a year covering four cities and two states, with a range of swap meets, specialty shows, and auctions.
ClassicCars.com will be supporting all events as a leading sponsor, and the ClassicCars.com team will be in attendance at the Spring Carlisle event in Pennsylvania and at the Fall Florida event.
Well-known car collector, concours judge and writer Andy Reid has joined ClassicCars.com as East Coast Editor for the blog.
Reid was only 15 years old when he bought his first car, a 1968 Fiat 124, and it wasn’t long before he squandered his college fund on a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars, “none of them normal or reasonable,” is how he puts it. Oh, and that 150 total doesn’t include the classic motorcycles or scooters he’s owned.
Although he liked the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona enough to own it twice, his dream machine is a Ferrari 365 California Spider, but not just any of them — he wants the one bearing serial number 9889, which is the only one in azzurro metallizzato and still wears that original paint. He first saw this car in the early 1980s in the Illustrated Ferrari Buyers Guide and decided then and there that it was the car he wanted. The car photographed in the book was 9889. He had the opportunity to drive the car a few years ago when it was on sale at the Christies’ Pebble Beach auction. The car exceeded his expectations and caused him to want it even more.
In the meantime, he recently bought a 1996 BMW Z3 007 Goldeneye limited edition, “the only limited edition Bond car offered to the public.” He looked for a perfect example of the Bond Z3 for four years before finding the perfect car. Being a huge Bond fan, this car is likely to stay in his collection for many years, especially as it is likely the best example in the world.
After working in film, television and advertising, Reid helped launch several Internet-based companies. He was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications.
For those fortunate Classiccars.com Blog readers who plan to attend the annual collector car weekend at Amelia Island, Florida, in mid-March his year, you’ll want to be sure to catch up with auction analyst, sports car expert and ClassicCars.com Blog East Coast Editor Andy Reid during one of his auction tours. Andy has been attending these events for more than 20 years, and really knows his way around the auction block.
ClassicCars.com will host his auction preview tour of the RM Auction on Thursday, March 12 at 11 a.m.
This is your chance to get an expert opinion on whichever car catches your eye, to find out more about the process of buying and selling a car at auction, and to learn the details of buyer and seller commissions, taxes, transport after the auction and everything in between.
Even if you aren’t bidding, there’s a lot to learn by going behind the curtain at one of these major auctions.
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The 1955 Talbot Grand Sport Lago T-26 has been selected as the winner of the inaugural Classiccars.com Award at the 2015 Arizona Concours d’Elegance.
1955 Talbot Grand Sport Lago T-26
Alberto & Julie Gutierrez, Albuquerque, NM
Nineteen T-26 Grand Sports were constructed. Only 11 still exist. Each Grand Sport is different in detail but shares the seamless coach built body supplied by Facel-Metallon. No. 111-017 is the third to the last car produced before the factory closed in 1956. Finished in rouge with beige leather interior, it was delivered to Monsieur Regy on July 4, 1955. It is the only one equipped with the factory competition package, which includes Dunlop 204 racing tires, Borgo sport Pistons, triple Solex carburetors with low-restriction air cleaners, hotter cam, lightweight bumper eyes, driving lights, unique side-exit exhaust with cut-out and a quick-fill gas inlet in the trunk.
The classic and collector car community voted as follows:
1955 Talbot Grand Sport Lago T-26 36%
1933 Packard 1005 Convertible Coupe. 27%
1953 Ghia Cadillac Series 62. 13%
1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow. 12%
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing”. 12%
Our staff has selected five exceptional cars as candidate for the inaugural ClassicCars.com Award which is being awarded as part of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance taking place today at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel and Spa in Phoenix. Now, we need you to decide which of those cars receive the trophy.
Here’s what you, the classic and collector car community, do to take part. See the details about each of the cars below, you also can watch video of each of the cars on the ClassicCars.com Facebook page, and then vote via that page – or right here on the blog – for your favorite.
The winner will be announced at 5 p.m. today, both here and on our Facebook page.
1955 Talbot Lago T-26 Grand Sport Lago Competizione
Owners: Alberto & Julie Gutierrez
Nineteen T-26 Grand Sports were constructed. Only 11 still exist. Each Grand Sport is different in detail but shares the seamless coachbuilt body supplied by Facel-Metallon. No. 111-017 is the third-to-last car produced before the factory closed in 1956. Finished in rouge with beige leather interior, it was delivered to Monsieur Regy on July 4, 1955. It is the only one equipped with the factory competition package, which includes Dunlop 204 racing tires, Borgo sport pistons, triple Solex carburetors with low-restriction air cleaners, hotter cam, lightweight bumperettes, driving lights, unique side-exit exhaust with cut-out and a quick-fill gas inlet in the trunk.
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing”
Owner: Dennis Nicotra, New Haven, CT
This is the first “Gullwing” delivered – Chassis #4500003 was originally owned by legendary American sportsman Briggs Cunningham. This 300SL was likely a pre-production car not intended for sale, but it was renumbered by the factory to fulfill Cunningham’s rush order. Accordingly, it exhibits numerous physical differences compared with most production Gullwings, including a shorter body and many hand-formed components. It was shown at Watkins Glen in 1955 and won the first-place prize. It has recently undergone a full restoration in Germany.
1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow
Owner: Academy of Art University, San Francisco
In 1933, Pierce-Arrow unveiled a radically new streamlined sedan named the Silver Arrow at the New York Auto Show. Priced at $10,000, it was announced with the slogan “Suddenly It’s 1940!” Pierce-Arrow stylist Phil Wright subjected his unique design to extensive wind-tunnel testing, resulting in a tear-drop shape with steeply angled grille, flush front fenders, concealed side-mount spares and tapered rear body. The steel coachwork was constructed in-house and mounted to the top range “1236” chassis. Power comes from a massive V12 engine mated to a three-speed manual gearbox. Professional driver Ab Jenkins drove one to 115 mph at Bonneville. Only five were constructed and just three remain.
1933 Packard 1005 Convertible Coupe
Owners: Aaron & Valerie Weiss, San Marino, CA
The Packard Model 1005 Twelve was the pinnacle of the company’s 1933 model line. Only 520 were produced, each powered by a 445 cubic-inch engine producing 160 horsepower. The company’s marketing slogan was, “Ask The Man Who Owns One.” This one has driven off with the Classic Car Club of America’s Premiere Award, scoring 100 of a possible 100 points as well as trophies from several concours.
1953 Cadillac Series 62
Owner: Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles
This flamboyant coupe by Ghia was originally owned by Hollywood actress Rita Hayworth – her soon-to-be-ex-husband, Prince Ali Khan, the world’s wealthiest man at the time, gave it to her after he spotted it on Ghia’s display stand at the 1953 Paris Motor Show and bought it outright. Because of the celebrity connection, the show car was henceforth known as the Rita Hayworth Cadillac. The coupe was one of two built by Ghia and combines the exotic looks of an Italian custom with powerful and reliavle Cadillac running gear, built on the Series 62 chassis.
Phoenix, AZ– January 10, 2015 – Today, ClassicCars.com announced the launch of the ClassicCars.com One-Step eBay Listing Program, which provides classic car dealers unprecedented ease in listing their inventory on eBay Motors.
The program is targeted at both high- and low-volume classic and collector car dealerships. To participate, dealers simply log into their ClassicCars.com Dealer Dashboard and select vehicles to publish on eBay Motors. From there, ClassicCars.com and eBay utilize proprietary platform technology to automatically create effective eBay listings, using a listing format and template designed to facilitate buyer-seller communications.
“This exciting program combines the power of ClassicCars.com’s 2.5 million monthly in-market shoppers with eBay’s world-class marketplace in a truly unique way,” said Roger Falcione, Founder and CEO of ClassicCars.com. “In working directly with the eBay Motors team, we have been able to test many listing options available within eBay’s platform in order to identify those that best help our dealers be successful.”
Dealers participating in pre-release trials lauded the amount of time saved to publish listings compared to other third-party solutions.
“The ClassicCars.com tool for listing on eBay with one click is painless and instant” said Matthew Riley, Vice President of Operations, Streetside Classics.
The ClassicCars.com eBay One-Step Listing Program is available exclusively to qualified members of the ClassicCars.com Dealer Network. Interested dealers should contact a ClassicCars.com Dealer Network Representative at (888) 757-8851.
About ClassicCars.com:ClassicCars.com is the world’s most comprehensive online resource for classic vehicle buyers, sellers, dealers and auctions. Our car community reaches more than 2.5 million car enthusiasts a month and focuses on supporting their interest in the collector car hobby/industry with a vibrant marketplace and industry-leading blog. ClassicCars.com is transforming the collector car buying and selling experience through strategic technology development, superior personal customer service and innovative products and services, while establishing the largest community of collectors and enthusiasts. For additional information, please visit www.classiccars.com
Phoenix (Oct. 14, 2014) — In the spirit of Halloween, ClassicCars.com, the world’s #1 marketplace for collector cars, recently polled its visitors to determine the scariest TV and Movie vehicle of all time. Christine, Stephen King’s indestructible Plymouth Fury with a sinister personality, took top honors.
Coming in at #2 is the menacing, rusty 1953 Peterbilt tanker truck from Steven Spielberg’s Duel. The 1971 film, Spielberg’s first feature-length movie, featured a salesman played by Dennis Weaver being stalked on rural roads by the truck. The viewer never sees the driver, which made the Peterbilt look like it was driving itself, honking its loud, terrifying horn on its own.
Rounding out the top three is The Munsters Mobile, otherwise known as the Munsters Koach. While the TV show itself was a comedy, the customized Ford Model T looked like a hot rod coffin on wheels. Built by well-known TV and movie car builder George Barris, The Munsters Mobile was actually three Ford Model Ts cut up and assembled by hand into one seriously creepy family car. The fact that the show was aired in black and white only adds to the eeriness.
“While there’s no doubt that Christine is a very scary vehicle, we were a bit surprised that the truck from Duel and the Munsters Mobile made the top three,” said Roger Falcione, CEO of ClassicCars.com. “Either way, this was a very fun poll to host and we always enjoy the feedback from our website visitors.”
The following are complete results of the ClassicCars.com poll:
Christine – 46 percent
The 1953 Peterbilt from Duel – 18 percent
The Munsters Mobile – 9 percent
The 1943 Chevrolet Coe Van from Jeepers Creepers – 7 percent
The Hearse in Phantasm – 6 percent
The custom 1971 Lincoln Mark III in The Car – 5.5 percent
The Evil Goblin Semi Truck in Maximum Overdrive – 4.5 percent
The custom Chopper in Ghost Rider – 4 percent
About ClassicCars.com – ClassicCars.com is transforming the collector car buying and selling experience through strategic technology development, superior customer service and innovative products and services. ClassicCars.com is the world’s largest provider of classic car marketing services bringing buyers, sellers, and enthusiasts together. Our car community reaches more than 2.5 million car enthusiasts a month and focuses on supporting their interest in the collector car hobby and industry.
Orange County, CA (September, 2014)–Escrow.com, the pioneer of online escrow services, and ClassicCars.com, the leading digital marketplace for collector cars, today announced a partnership to provide the safest and most secure way of purchasing classic motor vehicles on the Internet.
Under the agreement, Escrow.com and ClassicCars.com will be working together to offer an enhanced, secure and seamless transaction for buyers and sellers utilizing an easy to use platform designed to meet their needs.
Per the most recent annual report by the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), auto fraud accounts for 12 percent of all online purchase scams, totaling $64 million in consumer losses.
ClassicCars.com is a vibrant marketplace for buyers and sellers, attracting more than 2.5 million visitors a month, with an inventory of more than 30,000 cars for sale.
”The growth of ClassicCars.com over the years has been impressive and their desire to provide an environment that focuses on safety has truly been remarkable,” said Brandon Abbey, Escrow.com President and Managing Director. “We are excited to offer our safe transactional platform to ClassicCars.com and their enthusiasts around the world.”
As the leading online escrow service, Escrow.com reduces the potential risk of fraud by acting as a trusted third party that collects, holds and disburses funds according to Buyer and Seller instructions. Escrow.com is a government licensed and regulated online escrow company compliant with Escrow Law.
“We are constantly developing new and unique programs that will help serve the needs of not only our current audience, but also to help attract and engage future enthusiasts to help grow the collector car hobby for years to come,” said Roger Falcione, President and CEO ClassicCars.com. “Partnering with Escrow.com to provide safe and secure transactions is key to that success.”
About Escrow.com – Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, Escrow.com, a privately held company, has pioneered the process of online escrow services. The Company, founded in 1999 by Fidelity National Financial, has established itself as the leading provider of secure business and consumer transaction management on the Internet. Escrow.com is a government licensed and regulated online escrow company compliant with Escrow Law.
About ClassicCars.com – ClassicCars.com is transforming the collector car buying and selling experience through strategic technology development, superior customer service and innovative products and services. ClassicCars.com is the world’s largest provider of classic car marketing services bringing buyers, sellers, and enthusiasts together. Our car community reaches more than 2.5 million car enthusiasts a month and focuses on supporting their interest in the collector car hobby/industry.
For more information about the Escrow.com and ClassicCars.com partnership, please go to http://classiccars.com/resource-guide/167CC-services-safe-n-secure-transactions.html.