Old Car News

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Q&A with Kit Foster: August 28, 2014

Q. Regarding Jim Ackmann’s lamp in the July 3 Q&A, it is a Chevrolet “Heritage Lamp.” It was awarded to Chevrolet service managers who achieved performance goals set by the Chevrolet Motor Division back in the mid 1960s. I still have my father’s lamp. He was the service manager at Merrill Chevrolet, Natick, Mass.,...

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Mullin debuts restored ’31 Bugatti

The Mullin Automotive Museum, a Southern California institution devoted to the preservation of French art and automobiles from the Art Deco era, debuted its restored 1931 Bugatti Type 50 S (chassis no. 50117) at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in mid-August. An extremely rare example, chassis no. 50117 is one of only a...

Autoseum is closing its doors

That’s right the Autoseum in Mineola, N.Y., is closing its doors August 24 at 3pm! This Sunday, from 10am-3pm, will be the last chance for the public to visit the Autoseum… until October 20. Don’t worry, they aren’t going anywhere! Over the next 2 months they plan to freshen up and revamp the museum...

Auburn, Duesenberg and Cord to be offered at Auburn Fall. (Courtesy of Auctions America)

Auburn gears up for annual classic weekend

  The focus of the collector car world returns to the Classic Car Capital of America, August 27 – 31 as Auctions America hosts its annual Auburn Fall event at Indiana’s historic Auburn Auction Park. Spanning more than four decades, the Labor Day Weekend tradition, held during the famous Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, is...

In 1954, Mercury added the Sun Valley hardtop to its Monterey lineup. A tinted, Plexiglas half roof allowed passengers a view of the sun and the stars from the car’s interior, and 9,761 of the sun-worshipping model were sold in 1954. This example remains in remarkable condition for languishing in a salvage yard.

High and dry parts, cars at Idaho’s L&L Classic Auto

Take a minute to think about how much the old car hobby — as well as life itself — has changed in the past half century. Little is the same as it was 50 years ago, but one constant has been L&L Classic Auto. This salvage yard located in Wendell, Idaho, has been a...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: August 21, 2014

Q. From 1960 to 1970, aged 8 to 18, I grew up along a rural stretch of busy two-lane highway in central Indiana. The road was highly traveled and the section that went past our house was straight as a ribbon for several miles. Even though the speed limit back then was 65 mph,...

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GAA sees success in Summer Auction

By Charles H. Farley The GAA Summer Auction of over 500 cars is over, July 22-24, but folks are still talking about it. The sell-through rate was close to 70 percent and the gate receipts well over $7 million. How did the cars that OCW was watching do, and how did our predictions/estimates hold ...

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1937 Rolls Royce returning to Milwaukee Masterpiece show field

MILWAUKEE  — An eye-catching 1937 Rolls Royce, owned by Larry Klairmont, Klairmont Kollections, Chicago, Ill., is returning to The Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’ Elegance show field for 2014. In 2005, at the inaugural Milwaukee Masterpiece, the Klairmont Rolls captured the first People’s Choice award. From 1936 to 1939, only 727 chassis were constructed by...