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Old Cars Weekly’s news stories give you the latest information on collecting classic cars. Yes, even old cars have something new to talk about. Whether it’s a barn find or interesting court case, see what has the classic car community buzzing.

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...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: February 12, 2015

Q. On page 12 of the Dec. 4 issue, Dave Ring, Ponca City, Okla., shared a photo of a Chrysler turbine calendar. That perpetual (not so perpetual after all) calendar was given to the public who participated in the 1962 Turbo Dart, Turbo Fury dealer test ride program. Chrysler sent the Turbo Dart and...

Lot 59. Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider 1961 – COLLECTION BAILLON
WORLD RECORD AUCTION PRICE FOR THIS MODEL
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...

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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...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: February 5, 2015

Q. I have had this magneto for many, many years. It may have been for one of my father’s cars (1925-’26). It is stamped “Bosch 2616410 eD4-V, Made in USA.” Any value? Can someone use it? — Harvey Waltersdorf, Rehoboth Beach, Del. A. It will probably have value to someone who can use it....

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...

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Wisconsin Model A Ford Club celebrates 50 years

  The Wisconsin Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America will celebrate a half century in the old car hobby Feb. 22 with its 50th Annual Greater Milwaukee Indoor Winter Swap Meet, one of the Midwest’s largest indoor swap gatherings and a fixture for Model A enthusiasts in the region. According to...