Nostalgia Highway

Mecum's $39 million Arizona auction smashes first-year event record

(March 25, 2019) WALWORTH, Wis.— Mecum Auctions’ inaugural Phoenix·Glendale collector-car auction — held March 14-17 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., — saw more than 1,300 vehicles cross the auction block in just four days with sales totals climbing to more than $39 million, an 85-percent increase over Mecum’s previous record total for an inaugural event.

1931 Duesenberg Model J earns top honors at Classic Auto Show

(March 20, 2019) COSTA MESA, Calif.  — A pristinely conditioned 1931 Duesenberg Model J earned the Award of Excellence: Grand Boulevard Walk of History honors at the third annual Classic Auto Show, held at the OC Fair & Event Center this past weekend.  The honor capped a weekend celebration highlighted by record attendance, display of more than 1,500 rare vintage cars and the presentation of 25 awards.

Gooding & Company's sales at Amelia Island hit $22 million

(March 19, 2019) AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — Gooding & Company realized $22,047,980 in a single day at the company’s 10th annual Amelia Island Auction, held on March 8, including three of the top 10 sales across all auction houses. The most anticipated and talked-about event of the week continued to impress, as President David Gooding and auctioneer Charlie Ross sold 78 of 89 lots for an exceptional 88% sales rate, resulting in an average price of $282,666 per car sold.

Vintage Air releases updated 1969 Camaro SureFit climate control systems

(March 18, 2019) SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Vintage Air, the leading manufacturer of complete performance air conditioning systems for muscle cars, hot rods and street rods, has announced the release of its updated Gen IV SureFit air conditioning system for the 1969 Camaro. The new system is available as both a Complete Kit and Evaporator Kit and features several new upgrades including fenderwell hose routing and infinite blower fan speed adjustments.

Volkswagen celebrates 70 years of the iconic Beetle at Amelia Island

(March 8, 2019) HERNDON, Va. — This Sunday — March 10 — the People’s Car will make its debut at one of the most prestigious collector-car events in the world, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. To celebrate both the final year of the current-generation Beetle and the 70th anniversary of the first Beetle being sold in the U.S., the Concours is hosting a class for Beetle cars with custom coachwork.

The Concours, now in its 24th year, traditionally features a special class that stands apart from concours orthodoxy.

Three million-dollar Porsches coming to auction at Amelia Island

(March 5, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Gooding & Company has announced a trio of rare competition Porsche models to be offered at the company’s annual Amelia Island Auction on March 8. Included is a 1979 Porsche 935, one of only seven examples built by the factory for 1979, a 1987 Porsche 962C built by Kremer with a fantastic Le Mans pedigree, and a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Lightweight that has been restored to its factory specification and livery.

Barrett-Jackson continues fueling collector car trends at Palm Beach

(March 5, 2019) PALM BEACH, Fla. — Barrett-Jackson made history in Scottsdale this January by selling more cars at No Reserve than ever before, while identifying a number of key collector car market trends that the company will continue to fuel during the 17th Annual Palm Beach Auction, April 11-13, at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

The growing demand for professionally built Resto-Mods along with new and classic imports — trends that have long been predicted by Barrett-Jackson’s Craig Jackson and Steve Davis — will make up an enviable part of this year’s Palm Beach Auction.

The story of one of the world's most extraordinary and valuable vehicles

(February 23, 2019) Elegant, sporty, luxurious and rare. These are four of many epithets that can be applied to Bugatti. But there is one model for which they are especially appropriate: the Type 57 SC Atlantic Coupé is not just one of the Bugatti legends but perhaps the greatest. Only four of these cars were created between 1936 and 1938. Three of these extraordinary coupés are still in existence. They are regarded as the most valuable cars in the world. The automotive world has been searching for the fourth Atlantic for over 80 years.

'Import and Japanese Experience' to debut at third Classic Auto Show

(February 20, 2019) COSTA MESA, Calif. — The impact of the burgeoning Japanese import automotive culture will be highlighted at the upcoming Third Annual Classic Auto Show, as a curated display of  some of the country’s finest “Import and JDM cars” and special panel discussions featuring influential builders and executives will be offered to show guests.

“The Import and Japanese Experience” will feature a collection of 16 pristinely conditioned vehicles, led by a 1970 Toyota Crown, a 1974 Mazda RX-3 and a 1973 Datsun 240Z. 

More vintage vehicles confirmed for third annual Classic Auto Show

(February 12, 2019) COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Petersen Automotive Museum’s 1948 Tucker Torpedo and a 1937 Lincoln Zephyr V12 Coupe are among the priceless vehicles just confirmed for the third annual Classic Auto Show, which will take place March 16-17 at the OC Fair & Event Center. Comedian, Adam Carolla, who will serve as the show’s Grand Marshal, will also bring two entries from his treasured collection of race cars.