Author Archives: Angelo Van Bogart

‘First funny car’ 1964 Dodge Charger to hit block

A 1964 Dodge Charger? Believe it. Dodge didn’t shake the earth with the Charger model name on a production car until 1966, of course, but there were earlier rumblings with the name. In 1964, Dodge built an open-cockpit Charger show car based on the 1964 Polara/440/330 platform. That same year, three 330 coupe drag...

Nevada Exempts Hobby Cars from Emissions Tests

SEMA ACTION NETWORK LEGISLATIVE UPDATE Nevada legislation (A.B. 2) to exempt classic vehicles and classic rods from emissions inspections if owners pay a one-time $6 fee and submit a certification that their vehicle will not be driven more than 5,000 miles per year was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval.  Under previous law,...

Last DTS added to renowned car collector’s garage

DETROIT — Nicola Bulgari, an avid car collector and vice chairman of the Bulgari luxury goods firm, prefers not to dwell on the sheer number of automobiles in his car collection. “Is it important?” Bulgari asked. “Is it the number or the quality that matters?  It’s the quality.” Bulgari buys each car for a...

Will first LS6 Chevelle coupe fly off the block?

Russo and Steele will offer a very special 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 — the first production LS6 coupe built — at its Monterey sale this August. Cars of this caliber are the norm on the Monterey Peninsula during mid-August when several concours events and auctions converge there to make the central California coast a...

Illinois bill would expand use of antique vehicles

SEMA ACTION NETWORK LEGISLATIVE ALERT Illinois Bill to Expand Use of Antique Vehicles Approved by House; Moves to Senate Transportation Committee Legislation (H.B. 3256) to provide for an expanded-use antique vehicle registration class that would allow antique vehicles and replicas to be driven without limitation during the warmer part of the year (April 1...

Tennessee exempts some older vehicles from emissions tests

SEMA ACTION NETWORK LEGISLATIVE ALERT Tennessee Bill to Exempt Certain Older Vehicles from Emissions Tests Signed Into Law   Legislation (H.B. 688) to exempt vehicles more than 25-years old from the state’s annual emissions inspection and maintenance program was signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.  To qualify for the exemption, these vehicles must...

After 72 years, Bugatti to be finally fitted with coach work

Celebrated Southern California Collection Partners with Renowned Coachbuilder to Complete a Jean Bugatti Masterpiece Oxnard, Calif. (April 27, 2011) – The Peter Mullin Automotive Museum Foundation, organized to support nonprofit public charities that are dedicated to the study, preservation and public display of classic automobiles or public education regarding classic automobiles, has selected Automobile...

Twin Cities car, parts stash comes up for sale

We get leads on cars, events and auctions from all over, but this one came from someone particularly near and dear to me: my grandmother! She learned that a stash of old cars in Newport, Minn., near my hometown, will be auctioned. The cars were owned by Bill Knauff, a legend among the gear...

Connecticut proposes 400% tax increase on collector car owners

PROPOSED 400% TAX INCREASE FOR CONNECTICUT ANTIQUE CAR OWNERS WOULD HAVE NEGATIVE OVERALL ECONOMIC IMPACT Connecticut Legislature Targets 1% of State Population in Move to Increase Tax Revenue Traverse City, Mich. (April 15, 2011) – The Connecticut State Legislature is actively considering a bill targeted at collector car owners that would result in a...