Mustang most popular search, ClassicCars.com data reveals

Map shows most popular searches in each state for 2016 | ClassicCars.com graphic
Map shows most popular searches in each state for 2016 | ClassicCars.com graphic

There are several ways to check the pulse of the collector car marketplace. There are auction results, buyer’s guides, and expert analysis. But another is to see what cars people are searching for the most on ClassicCars.com. With more than 30,000 vehicles for sale by private sellers, classic car dealers and auction houses, the website is the world’s largest collector car marketplace.

For the 2016 calendar year, the Ford Mustang was the most searched-for car. It also led in state-by-state statistics as the most searched-for collector vehicle in 13 of the 50 states. Continue reading

Automotive milestones, ’40 Fords, and roads for Hot Wheels

Mitsubishi putting 1917 Model A on modern hybrid platform | Mitsubishi MMA photo
Mitsubishi putting 1917 Model A on modern hybrid platform | Mitsubishi MMA photo

You may not recognize the automobile in the photograph, but that’s likely because only about 20 of them were produced, and it happened a century ago, and most likely they all remained in Japan. The 1917 Model A, largely based on the Fiat Tipo 3 though using all Japanese-produced parts, including a four-cylinder engine, was the first motorcar by the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1960 Ford Thunderbird

Pick of the Day
Pick of the Day, 1960 Ford Thunderbird

The first-generation two-seat Ford Thunderbird is always a favorite among classic and collector car owners, which sometimes leaves the second generation largely overlooked. I’ve recently taken notice of them and can’t get over the funky futuristic styling, most notably the taillights.

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Pick of the Day: 1956 Ford F-100

Brightly colored 1956 Ford F-100 is our Pick of the Day
Brightly colored 1956 Ford F-100 is our Pick of the Day

The yellow-and-maroon paint scheme may not be to everyone’s liking (of course, that can be changed), but the seller of the Pick of the Day, a 1956 Ford F-100, notes that the pickup is a “very original” fat-fender example with a completely overhauled 272 cid Y block V8 and four-speed manual gearbox. Continue reading

Collector car market shifts toward affordability, experts say

The compact Ford Bronco has risen in value and popularity | Barrett-Jackson
The compact Ford Bronco has risen in value and popularity | Barrett-Jackson

Affordability seems to be key in the current collector car market, with buyer interest shifting down market while values of high-end classics and exotics stagnate or even decline slightly, according to the latest findings from Hagerty, the classic car insurance and valuation company. Continue reading

Keels and Wheels, Cannonball Run headline concours news

Keels and Wheels combines classic and exotic cars with vintage wooden boats | Keels and Wheels Concours
Keels and Wheels combines classic and exotic cars with vintage wooden boats | Keels and Wheels Concours

The 22nd annual Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance, a weekend celebration of classic cars and wooden boats, takes place May 6 and 7 at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. About 200 cars and 100 boats are expected for the show, which this year features classes for the automobiles of the Stutz Motor Company, American ’50s classics, and Hot Rods, and boats by Utilities. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra

Ford built a pair of these 1970 Torino King Cobras as part of a proposed NASCAR project
Ford built a pair of these 1970 Torino King Cobras as part of a proposed NASCAR project

Crank the way-back machine to 1969 and the “aero wars” taking place in American stock car racing between Chrysler and Ford. Chrysler had its Dodge Charger 500 and Ford responded with the Torino Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II with Boss 429 powerplants. So Chrysler upped the ante with the high-winged, pointed-nose Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Superbird. Continue reading

Ford performance leads Mecum’s $21.7 million sale in Houston

A 1969 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible rolls off the block after its   $250,000 sale | Mecum Auctions
A 1969 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible rolls off the block after its $250,000 sale | Mecum Auctions

Led by a quartet of Ford performance cars, Mecum Auctions sold $21.7 worth of collector vehicles, not including auction fees, during its three-day Houston sale last weekend, up from last year’s $20 million Houston auction. The sell-through rate was a solid 70 percent with 554 cars sold out of 793 offered. Continue reading

Rewind: The unexpected 1964 Ford Mustang, coming April 17


(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

In 1964, Ford debuted the Mustang, a car for those who “want stick-shift action and room for four,” that was “designed to be designed by you.”

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Pick of the Day: 1928 Ford Model A Rootlieb Speedster

This 1928 Ford Model A may be the first to wear the Rootlieb Speedster bodywork
This 1928 Ford Model A may be the first to wear the Rootlieb Speedster bodywork

Founded in 1973, Rootlieb Manufacturing produces metal hoods and other panels for the collector car restoration industry. The Pick of the Day is a 1928 Ford Model A Rootlieb Speedster that is believed to be the first Rootlieb-bodied example.

Being offered through an advertisement on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Leesburg, Florida, the car’s previous owner was Henry Rootlieb and the car could indeed be the one used in Rootlieb sales brochures for its roadster kit. Continue reading