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A classic hot rod stolen from a dealer in Mankato Monday is on its way home after being recovered in the Twin Cities, but the story isn't as simple as it sounds. (Photo: KARE)

1987 Grand National stolen twice in 24 hours

  MANKATO, Minn. – A news story with a “twist” from our friends at KARE 11 News out of the Twin Cities. On Feb. 9, a 1987 Buick Grand National, valued at nearly $40,000, was taken from Unique Specialty and Classic Cars in Mankato after three men broke in around 4 a.m. The crooks...

1956 Valkyrie on display.

Bortz Cadillac LaSalle concepts to take center stage this summer

  Three out of five of the most important Cadillac LaSalle concept cars in private hands will be featured at the Cadillac Grand National meet in Brookfield, Wis., a suburb of Milwaukee. Joe Bortz said that the Bortz Auto Collection was very honored when the Cadillac and LaSalle Club invited three of the Cadillac...

The price of patina: 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB California Spider had been stored indoors but showed the ravages of time. Still, it outsold RM’s restored 250 GT/L by a factor of nine at a heady $18.5 million.

Paris auctions break records: Baillon barn finds go through the roof

  By Kit Foster Rétromobile, the Paris winter old car festival, is fast becoming the “Scottsdale of Europe,” with auctions three days running. RM, Bonhams and the French house Artcurial now have sales in rapid succession, beginning on the evening of opening day, this year Wednesday, February the 4th. RM, in its second year...

Lot 59. Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider 1961 – COLLECTION BAILLON
Sold : 16 3M€ / 18,5M$ / 12,1£ including commission
(estimate : 9,5 – 12 M€ )

Baillon Collection nets world record auction price for Ferrari

  PARIS – Artcurial Motorcars’ sale of the Baillon Collection has achieved a world-record auction price for a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, which sold today for $18.5 million. This is also a record for a lot sold at auction by Artcurial. The Collectors’ Car Department at Artcurial Motorcars announced in December...


Fraud Talk: Uh-oh, he got Maaco

Dissatisfied ’Vette owner attempts misguided lawsuit While surfing the Internet, I found a blog with a frantic plea from an obviously infuriated Corvette owner who wished to unite with other car owners to start a class action lawsuit against Maaco “for poor workmanship.” Wait a minute — he wanted to file a class action...

Peter Heydon of Ann Arbor, Michigan placed the 1927 Duesenberg Model X Speedster he donated to the permanent collection of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in its art deco showroom Friday morning.  It is now on display for visitors to admire and relish in its uniqueness.

‘Rarest of rare’ Duesenbergs donated

  The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is excited to announce the donation of the 1927 Duesenberg Model X speedster donated by Rita & Peter Heydon of Ann Arbor, Mich. This automobile fills a gap in the history of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, tells and shows the evolution of design and innovation...

Arizona's top lot honors go to RM Auctions and this 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Scaglietti, which sold for $9,625,000.

Arizona auctions provide strong start to 2015

  The January auctions in Arizona are often considered a bellwether for the hobby, and if that is true, 2015 is off to a strong start. The sales totals accumulated by Hagerty show that a total of $292.8 million worth of iron sold in Scottsdale and Phoenix last week, a figure that surpassed last...


Old Cars seeks quality car photos for 2016 calendar

Would you like to see your vehicle pictured in the 2016 Old Cars Weekly Reader Rides collector calendar? The Old Cars Weekly staff invites readers to submit color slides, transparencies or digital images of their vehicles for use in our 2016 calendar. Your vehicle just might be included among the 13 (one cover and...

Jay Leno’s 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8, Estimate: $50,000-$80,000
(Image copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photo by Brian Henniker)

Jay Leno to auction 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 in support of USO

  SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Gooding & Company has announced that USO CEO & President J.D. Crouch II, 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, and USO Board Member General George Casey, along with Hollywood’s champion of car collecting and long-time USO supporter Jay Leno, will present the comedian’s 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8...