My Classic Car: Richard’s 1964 Chevrolet Corvette

Son is scheduled to take ownership next year  | Richard Simon photos
Son is scheduled to take ownership next year
| Richard Simon photos

I bought this car from my neighbor in 1972 as I saw her drive home in a new 1973 Corvette with automatic transmission. She got the 1964 Corvette as a high school graduation present and very rarely drove it as she did not enjoy a four-speed manual transmission. Continue reading

Muscle cars, Corvettes take Chicago by storm

A colorful  circle of 1971 Boss 351 Mustangs at Chicago’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals | William Hall photos
A colorful circle of 1971 Boss 351 Mustangs at Chicago’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals | William Hall photos

‘We rolled out the cold weather for you,” I said to Bobby Unser. “You sure did,” replied the three-time Indy 500 Champion, who was making an appearance in Chicago for the 2016 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. Two days earlier, it was 70 degrees, but on this day, the thermometer read 28.

Fortunately, this annual gathering of iconic American automobiles takes place inside the toasty, modern Stephens Convention Center near O’Hare Airport, away from the brisk winds outside. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible

The Corvette Stingray convertible wears the desirable Bronze paint color
The Corvette Stingray convertible wears the desirable Bronze paint color

For 1970, Corvette buyers had the option of a Bronze paint hue that turned out to be a one-year-only color for the C3 generation. Later generations brought back a similar shade, but the1970 Bronze color became sought after for its richness and depth, and because it set off the car’s curvaceous lines so well.

The Pick of the Day is a perfect example, a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible in that glowing color, offered on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Concord, North Carolina. The transplant of a bigger V8 engine and a big-block hood add to this one’s allure. Continue reading

Mecum rolling into Dallas with four-day, 1,000-vehicle auction

A 1960 Chevy Corvette roadster is part of  the Ron Whorter Collection | Mecum Auctions
A 1960 Chevy Corvette roadster is part of the Ron Whorter Collection | Mecum Auctions photos

With a contingent of around 1,000 vehicles ranging from farm tractors to muscle cars, Mecum’s sixth annual Dallas auction seems to fulfill the “something for everyone” credo that animates its nationwide sales.

The auction starts Wednesday with the sale of 130 cars from the Ron Whorter Collection, most of them at no reserve. The Ruidoso, New Mexico, real-estate developer has compiled an enviable trove of desirable cars that heavily favors Chevrolet Corvettes but also includes some fantastic street rods, muscle cars and American classics, including pre-war models. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Lou’s 1966 Chevrolet Corvette

'80s TV show inspired the purchase of this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette
’80s TV show inspired the purchase of this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette

Back in the ’80s there was a TV series called Stingray that featured actor Nick Mancuso and a black C-2 Corvette coupe. I was so impressed seeing that Stingray that I promised myself someday I would own one like it.

Well, 30 years later, I found my dream car in California were it lived its entire life. I bought it from its second owner, who had done a body on restoration several years earlier. Continue reading

Spanky Assiter starts new collector car auction in Texas

Spanky Assiter, the former lead auctioneer for Barrett-Jackson, is at it again, this time heading an auction of more than 150 collector cars in Amarillo, Texas. As an added bonus for the Texas crowd, Assiter’s wife Amy, a veteran auctioneer in her own right, will also be working the sale.

Spanky Assiter's reading glasses make him easily  recognizable
Spanky Assiter’s reading glasses make him easily recognizable | Assiter Auctioneers

The new Amarillo Collector Car Auction takes place October 8 at the Amarillo Tri-State Exposition Fairgrounds, with the team from Assiter Auctioneers running the show in partnership with Vintage Autohaus & Imports of Amarillo. Continue reading

Corvettes cruise into Dan Kruse’ 42nd Hill Country Classic

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Ten rare 2009-10 Corvettes to be auctioned | Dan Kruse Classic photos

Ten rare 2009-10 Corvettes from a single private collector are to be offered September 10 at Dan Kruse’ 42nd Hill Country Classic auction at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas.

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My Classic Car: Bill’s 1967 Chevrolet Corvette

At last, the car of Bill Miller's dreams, a '67 L71 | Bill Miller photo
At last, the car of Bill Miller’s dreams, a ’67 L71 | Bill Miller photo

As a young boy growing up in southern California, I remember seeing a Sebring Silver ’63 split-window coupe on the way to church every Sunday. To me, it was the most exciting car that I had ever seen. Continue reading