What Andy likes at Auction America’s Hilton Head auction

Some of the diverse lineup of collector cars at the Hilton Head auction | Andy Reid photos
Some of the diverse lineup of collector cars at the Hilton Head auction | Andy Reid photos

This marks the second year for the Auctions America Hilton Head auction held as part of the Hilton Head Motoring Festival.  Just as last year’s, this sale literally has something for every kind of collector regardless of interest.

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Artist donates 12,000-pound brick Pontiac to Gilmore museum

'Mom's Favorite Car' arrives on trailer at Gilmore museum's vintage Shell station | Gilmore photos
‘Mom’s Favorite Car’ arrives on trailer at Gilmore museum’s vintage Shell station | Gilmore photos

We often write about classic cars as rolling sculpture. Well, the newest vehicle at the Gilmore Car Museum truly is a sculpture, but since it is made of 12,000 pounds of bricks, it doesn’t really roll.

“Mom’s Favorite Car” is the name of the bas-relief brick sculpture that artist Paula Blincoe Collins has donated to the museum. Collins, who has done more than 200 brick sculptures, created the car for the recent ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Pontiac GTO convertible

The 1967 Pontiac GTO is painted a brilliant white
The 1967 Pontiac GTO is painted a brilliant white

With the start of August a few days away, I cringe at the thought of endless Arizona summer days with temperatures hot enough to bake cookies inside your car. Fortunately, adventure is on the horizon and I can’t help but daydream about cruising the streets of Reno during Hot August Nights or sightseeing along the Pacific Coast Highway near Monterey.

Of course, to do either, you would need the right classic car, and a convertible at that. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1951 Pontiac Streamliner

The Pontiac's  chrome details still look shiny after 65 years
The Pontiac’s chrome details still look shiny after 65 years

There was a time when people thought cars should look like rocket ships or jet fighters, when chrome was lavishly applied to evoke a notion of motion. In the late ’40s and early ’50s, Pontiac was the GM brand that brought the Buck Rogers universe into the family garage.

The Pick of the Day is a rare survivor of that era, a 1951 Pontiac Streamliner fastback coupe that the private seller in Lakeside, California, describes as a former “barn find” with 80,000 miles, and which remains in original, unmolested and, most importantly, running and driving condition. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1973 Pontiac GTO

1973 Pontiac GTO was the final year for the LeMans-based muscle car
1973 Pontiac GTO was the final year for the LeMans-based muscle car

‘You will definitely stand out in the sea of Camaros and Mustangs with this GTO,” the seller of the Pick of the Day promises. “I gain more attention and discussions at the local car shows than I ever did with my 66 GTO!”

The Pick is a 1973 Pontiac GTO located in Rogers, Minnesota, and which can be yours for $24,900 “or best offer.” Continue reading

Modern Bandit Trans-Am stars at GM Nationals

Bandit Trans-Am by Trans Am Worldwide
Bandit Trans-Am of Trans Am Worldwide | Carlisle Events photo

Having secured the exclusive rights to the Trans Am brand, Trans Am Worldwide, formerly recognized as Trans Am Depot, plans toi showcase its modern take of the 1977 Bandit Trans Am at the Carlisle GM Nationals, June 17-19, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Pick of the Day: 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

The 1979 Pontiac Trans Am is emblazoned with the famous golden eagle, aka screamin' chicken, on its hood
The 1979 Pontiac Trans Am is emblazoned with the famous golden eagle, aka screamin’ chicken, on its hood

Still steamed that you missed out on that 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, the Smokey and the Bandit promo car that sold at Barrett-Jackson for a whopping $550,000 while actor Burt Reynolds looked on from the podium?

Fret not because the Pick of the Day is an essentially similar 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in the same black paint and gold trim. And while this one might not have the celebrity provenance of the Barrett-Jackson car, it doesn’t have the outlandish price tag, either. Continue reading