ClassicCars.com Makes the 2015 Inc. 5000 List with Three-Year Sales Growth of 108%

Phoenix, Arizona (August 2015) – ClassicCars.com is proud to announce that they have earned position #3166 on the 2015 Inc. 5000.

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Rare ’57 Porsche Speedster Leaves ‘The Barn’ After More Than 50 Years

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.

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ClassicCars.com finds out what classics Mom drove in honor of Mother’s Day

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

Andy Reid joins the blog as East Coast Editor

Andy Reid spent his college money on a Ferrari
Andy Reid spent his college money on a Ferrari

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.

 

Join the ClassicCars.com RM Auction preview tour at Amelia Island

Andy Reid conducting an Auction Tour at RM Auctions
Andy Reid conducting an auction tour at RM Auctions

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.

Email news@classiccars.com or phone 480-285-1600 to register!

 

1955 Talbot Grand Sport Lago T-26 wins inaugural Classiccars.com Award at Arizona Concours d’Elegance

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 Lago T-26 Grand Sport Lago Competizione
1955 Talbot Lago T-26 Grand Sport Lago Competizione

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%

Classiccars.com giving inaugural award at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance

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

1955 Talbot Lago T-26 Grand Sport Lago Competizione
1955 Talbot Lago T-26 Grand Sport Lago Competizione

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

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL "Gullwing"
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing” | Dan Savinelli

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

The 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow is a rare showpiece | Arizona Concours
The 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow is a rare showpiece | Arizona Concours

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

1933 Packard 1005 Convertible Coupe
1933 Packard 1005 Convertible Coupe

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

The 1953 Cadillac Ghia was originally owned by screen actress Rita Hayworth | Petersen Museum
The 1953 Cadillac Ghia was originally owned by screen actress Rita Hayworth | Petersen Museum

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.

 

ClassicCars.com and eBay Motors create streamlined listing process for classic car dealers

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

 

Christine claims creepiest car in ClassicCars.com census

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.

Article in The Sunday Herald – Chicago