Nostalgia Highway

The American V8 — Undisputed master of inexpensive power

By William G. Sawyer
Editor at Large
The Virtual Driver


(February  19, 2017) DETROIT — Ever since Henry Ford popularized the V8 engine in 1932 it’s been the power plant of choice for everyone from bank robbers to teens drag racing on Woodward Avenue, and professional racers. Once Chevrolet introduced their 265 cubic inch small block engine in 1955 the floodgates opened and the American V8 took its place as the undisputed master of inexpensive but explosive power in a variety of applications.

Why park when you can play? Classics meant for winter driving

(February 17, 2017) PHOENIX, Ariz. — For most classic car owners, when the temperatures drop it’s time to tuck away and protect their classic cars. However, knowing which classics are best suited for blustery winter months can help lower storage costs and provide year-round enjoyment rain or shine. 

Hagerty adds 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio to 'Hot List'

(February 13, 2017)  AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — With more than 105 years of brand history based around racing performance, Italian style and innovative technologies, Alfa Romeo vehicles have always been one of the most desired among collectors and enthusiasts; and now the classic car experts at Hagerty — the leading insurance provider for classic vehicles — are highlighting the Alfa Romeo Giulia

Reborn 1978 Range Rover will debut in France this week

(February 6, 2017) OXFORD ROAD, Coventry, UK — Salon Rétromobile 2017 will see the world debut presentation of the next in the "Reborn" series of expertly sourced and comprehensively restored Classic Land Rovers.

Range Rover Reborn is a new program offering prospective customers the unique opportunity to purchase an original and highly collectible vintage Range Rover, direct from Land Rover Classic in the UK.  The launch of Range Rover Reborn builds on the successful introduction of Land Rover Series I Reborn last year.

Heavily modified 1936 Packard wins top prize at 68th annual roadster show

(January 31, 2017) RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — The Grand National Roadster Show has recognized the top vehicles of its 68th annual show where over 400 individual awards were given out during the closing ceremony on Jan. 29. The prestigious America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) was awarded to Troy Ladd, Ken Reister took America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle, the Al Slonaker Memorial Award was presented to Ron Manier and the inaugural Pete Chapouris Memorial Award was given to Matt Gordon.

1984 MG Metro Turbo to star at Silverstone auction

(January 27, 2017) WARWICKSHIRE, England — A remarkably original 1984 MG Metro Turbo with just 7,317 miles on the clock has been consigned by Silverstone Auctions to its Race Retro Classic Car Sale taking place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on Feb. 25 and 26.

With just two owners from new, the time-warp, concours winning Metro Turbo is expected to tempt bidders nationwide on auction day, representing a unique opportunity for MG collectors, as well as a potentially lucrative investment prospect, estimated at £16,000 to £20,000 ($20,000 to $25,000).

Second year of Atlantic Concours creates traditions, new additions

(January 27, 2017) ATLANTA, Ga. — As the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance enters its second year within the highly competitive and globally recognized collector car realm within the U.S. market, the Sept 30-Oct. 1 weekend’s premier automotive showcase takes on a broader format with a larger range of entries already in place. 

Barrett-Jackson breaks 40 vehicle sales records at Scottsdale auction

(January 24, 2017) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson kicked off its 46th year by breaking more than 40 vehicle auction sales records (as verified by Hagerty Data) during the 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, held Jan. 14-22 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. During the automotive lifestyle event, 1,719 vehicles were consigned, the most at one auction in the company’s history, with vehicle sales totaling approximately $100 million at a 99.5-percent sell-through rate.

Mecum exceeds $86 million at Kissimmee auction

(January 21, 2017) Mecum Kissimmee 2017, the world’s largest collector-car auction held Jan. 6-15, at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla., achieved more than $86 million in total sales. Of the nearly 2,700 vehicles to cross the auction block throughout the 10-day auction, a total of 1,981 vehicles were sold, accounting for a 75-percent sell-through rate, an astonishing accomplishment for a reserve-based auction platform.

Mecum to debut Los Angeles collector-car auction

(January 20, 2017) LOS ANGELES — Mecum Auctions will join the long and historic list of car-related events at the Fairplex, Feb. 17-18, with an estimated 600 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, Hot Rods, Resto Mods and more to cross the auction block.