Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016: 1963 Pontiac Catalina ‘Swiss Cheese’

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1963 Pontiac Catalina “Swiss Cheese” | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the 21st in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.

The Collingwood Motors “Tonto VI” 1963 “Swiss Cheese” Catalina may share the same external envelope as every other Catalina of similar vintage, but its four tires bear down on Earth with only 3,300 pounds of weight. That’s nearly 900 pounds less than its regular production equivalent.

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My Classic Car: Barnett’s barn-found 1967 Pontiac GTO

The road home from Colorado to San Diego in the barn-found GTO | Barrett Canfield photos
The road home from Colorado to San Diego in the barn-found GTO | Barrett Canfield photos

For the last few years, I’ve been spending evenings with my 11-year-old son, Rhodes, looking for interesting cars online that we could “Fly and buy” and have a fun road trip, and then a father son project to work on together. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Dan’s 1987 Pontiac Formula Firebird

Top down | Dan Groppenbecker photos
Top down | Dan Groppenbecker photos

I had a 1988 Pontiac Formula Firebird when was a young man, but we live in a city where there are many hills and rear-wheel drive is not ideal. It was my everyday driver and I had to sell to get a front wheel-drive car. Continue reading

Mecum collector-car auction in Chicago surpasses $13 million

The 1961 Chevy Corvette Big Brake Fuelie crosses the block at the Mecum Chicago auction | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1961 Chevy Corvette Big Brake Fuelie crosses the block at the Mecum Chicago auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum sold more than $13 million worth of collector cars during its three-day Chicago auction, held October 8-10, as 494 vehicles went to new owners. Continue reading

Prized muscle cars highlight Mecum’s Chicago auction

An original 1966 fiberglass prototype of the AMC AMX will be auctioned in Chicago | Mecum Auctions photos
An original 1966 fiberglass prototype of the AMC AMX will be auctioned in Chicago | Mecum Auctions photos

Muscle cars rule at Mecum’s upcoming Chicago auction, with around 1,000 collector cars expected for the annual sale October 8-10 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas: 1974 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 455 Super Duty

day6_74PontiacFirebirdtransam_5daysleftEditors note: This is the sixth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold September 24-26 during Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction.

The 1974 Pontiac Firebird and Trans Am Super Duties were the last of the high-performance cars from the ’70s. A total of 943 were produced for the 1974 model year. Of that number, only 212 were equipped with the Pontiac 455 Super Duty engine and 4-speed transmission, and this is one of them, with less than 9,500 actual miles.

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Vicari celebrates 20th anniversary, collector car appreciation day with auction in New Orleans

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS | Vicari Auctions Photo

Celebrating its 20th anniversary year, the Vicari Auction Company has teamed with Mardi Gras World to host its fifth annual New Orleans collector car auction July 11 during Collector Car Appreciation weekend. The auction is expected to feature up to 200 cars as well as Disney art and items from Pete Vicari’s personal memorabilia collection. Continue reading

Pick of the day: 1969 Pontiac Bonneville convertible

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Once upon a time in America, people drove long and large, and in cars to which those adjectives also applied. But there was something even more special about the cars in this era: They not only were long and large but had powerful engines and, best of all, roofs that could be retracted from above the passenger compartment to provide an open-air driving experience. Continue reading

Return of the Bandit to Carlisle

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Burt Reynolds in the 1977 Bandit Trans Am | Carlisle Events Photos

A 1977 Bandit Pontiac Trans Am owned by Burt Reynolds was sold at the Spring Carlisle auction but will return to be shown as part of the 2015 Carlisle GM National taking place June 26-28 at the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Fairgrounds. Continue reading

Mecum kicking off inaugural Denver auction

A 1969 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air IV will be featured in Denver | Mecum photos
A 1969 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air IV will be featured in Denver | Mecum photos

Mecum Auctions adds another event to its busy schedule with the inaugural Denver sale June 26-27 at the Colorado Convention Center. The auction company promises 700 muscle cars, sports cars, customs and classics will cross the block.

American muscle will be the featured attraction, headlined by a rare 1969 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air IV (Lot S114), one of just nine such automatic coupes produced and one of only two built with a column shifter. Continue reading