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Q&A with Kit Foster: March 26, 2015

Q. This lamp was found in the attic of an old garage.  It is embossed “USA” on the top. Thanks for any information you can provide. — Pam Frink, Hill City, S.D. A. It looks like many brass auto lamps of the period, but the “USA” brand gives a clue. Soon after the United...

1930 Cord L29 Brooks Stevens Speedster (right) and a 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spyder win Best of Show at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours. (Photo credit: Neil Rashba)

Cord L29 and Alfa Romeo win best of show at Amelia Island Concours

  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance named a 1930 Cord and 1932 Alfa Romeo Best in Show winners on Sunday, March 15, during the 20th annual event which attracted a record-breaking crowd of 32,000 over the course of the weekend. “The Amelia,” known for its innovative car classes, showcased more than...

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Barn Find: Bonner 1964 Ford Thunderbolt uncovered

Rare muscle machine originally owned and raced by the late Phil Bonner was recently discovered in a Georgia barn Story and photos by Al Rogers Last January I received a phone call from Jason Thompson, a trusted friend and muscle car enthusiast, regarding a 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt stowed in a barn in northern...

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The Case of the Man with a Wooden Leg

  It’s been 15 years since I started VanDerBrink Auctions, and I can say that I’ve seen a lot of interesting things. We love when people come to our auctions to buy and have a good time, and I enjoy talking to people and listening to their stories. Our sellers also enjoy you coming...

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Project Impala: Restoring a 1981 Chevy Impala coupe

Old Cars Weekly will track the restoration of a 1981 Chevrolet Impala coupe. Watch as we make our project car road ready – with a budget. Why on earth restore a 1981 Impala? We’ll tell you why — and begin to show you how — in the first in our forthcoming video series showing...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: March 12, 2015

Q. I don’t know if anyone followed up on [the Oct. 30 question about fake sidewalls made by Bearfoot Sole Co. in Wadsworth, Ohio], but since I live near Wadsworth I Googled it. What I found is that the current location is occupied by a rubber products company: Goldsmith & Eggleton, Inc., 300 1st...

Don “Big Daddy” Garlits Dragster 1964 NHRA Nationals Class Winner.

Pit Stop: Don ‘Big Daddy’ Garlits coming to Iola Car Show

  Don “Big Daddy” Garlits will rumble and roar into the 43rd annual Iola Old Car Show, to be held July 9-11 in Iola, Wis. The legendary race car driver and engineer, known as the father of drag racing, and his Swamp Rat 12-A dragster will be attending the show on July 10-11 to...

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Overseas barn find: Rare Aston Martin DBS for sale

  The last original Aston Martin DBS to come off the production line has been found in a barn in Surrey and will be auctioned by international auctioneers COYS in London on March 10. The car was discovered by Chris Routledge, the managing partner of the auction house, and is one of the features...

Q&A with Kit Foster: March 5, 2015

Q. In the Jan. 15, 2015, issue, “Arizona Hot Picks,” it is said that the Olds featured “is a near-perfect 996-point car.”  What is the 996 referenced to? I’m guessing a classic car rating system, but would like clarification.  Also, how does one become qualified to be a car show judge? — Clark Mefford,...

Lot 145, Amelia Island | 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet by Pinin Farina

Sotheby’s buys ownership stake in RM Auctions

Sotheby’s has announced it will be acquiring a 25 percent ownership interest in RM Auctions, which will now be known as RM Sotheby’s. Sotheby’s and RM have previously collaborated on a number of successful sales in both the United States and Europe, most notably the November 2013 Art of the Automobile auction in New...