Nostalgia Highway

Paul Cowland learns to drive 1903 Knox for London to Brighton run

(October 22, 2021) LONDON — Hagerty is a partner of the 2020 RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, taking place on Sunday Nov. 7,  and Hagerty will take part in the famous event in its 1-cylinder 1903 Knox, a regular participant in the event. The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the world's longest-running motoring event, the first run taking place in 1896 to celebrate the Locomotives on Highways Act 1896, which liberalized motor vehicle laws in the United Kingdom. Today, participating cars must have been built before 1905.

Rare Renault Clio V6 being auctioned by Collecting Cars

(October  21, 2021) An incredibly rare 2005 Renault Clio V6 showing only 980 miles from new is set to break auction world records for the mid-engined hot hatch when it goes under the hammer this week. Bidding is underway and ends at 2:20 p.m. on Oct. 27.

Mecum Gone Farmin’ vintage tractor auction Nov. 11-13

Aultman & Taylor 30-60

(October 16, 2021) WALWORTH, Wis. — The 2021 Mecum Gone Farmin’ Fall Premier vintage tractor auction will be held at the new and  modern Bend XPO venue on the Mississippi River in East Moline, Ill.,  Nov. 11-13. This action-packed auction event will feature 400 vintage tractors, 100 vintage trucks and 375 lots of Road Art available for on-site inspection and purchase. Currently, there are 17 private tractor collections consigned to the Fall Premier auction, and they include International, John Deere, Oliver, Allis-Chalmers, and Ford.

A father-daughter duo's journey to restore a 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit

(October 8, 2021) BRISTOL, Tenn. — George Linke grew up around car racing and tinkering on vehicles with his family. During the pandemic, Juliana, 7, expressed interest in helping her dad with home projects from painting to building a backyard deck. Keen on feeding her curiosity, Linke allowed her to watch, learn and participate where she could. Eager to give her more hands-on experience, Linke got an idea to start a new project together — restoring a car.

Mecum Chicago 2021 collector car auction set for Oct. 21-23

1956 Buick Century

(October 6, 2021) Mecum Auctions will hold Mecum Chicago 2021 — the area’s only annual collector car auction event — this Oct. 21-23 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill. The auction will feature an estimated 1,000 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, trucks, exotics, Hot Rods, customs and more to cross the auction block.

1979 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 S in national vehicle register

(September 30, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 S, chassis number 1121112, is well known for being the star of the 1981 comedy film The Cannonball Run. Exactly 40 years after the film’s release, considered one of the most iconic car movies of all time, the Countach, one of its stars, has made history by being included on the National Historic Vehicle Register of the United States Library of Congress, managed by Hagerty Driver’s Foundation, on the shortlist of just 30 cars to date considered of national importance for the United States.

The groundbreaking 1930s Stout Scarab was 'the first minivan'

By Jeff Peek
Hagerty Automotive History   

(September 29, 2021) “The world’s first minivan.” Few automotive honors are less sexy than that dubious title. Unless, of course, you look like the 1930s Stout Scarab. The Art Deco, aerodynamic, head-turning multi-passenger vehicle created a stir eight decades ago. Its powers have not waned. Designed and built by engineer William B. Stout, the Scarab’s shape not only resembled the beetle for which it was named, but it also aptly represented what Egyptians believe about the winged insect — that it symbolizes rebirth and renewal.

Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost re-enacts London-Edinburgh run 110 years later

(September 23, 2021) History literally repeated itself recently, as Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 1701 re-enacted its astonishing run in the 1911 London-Edinburgh Trial. The car, designed as an "Experimental Speed Car," won the original event locked in top gear for the entire 799-mile return trip between the two capitals. Given the primitive state of Britain's Edwardian roads, its average speed of 19.59 mph was highly impressive — and its then unheard‑of fuel efficiency of over 24 mpg even more so.

Barrett-Jackson Houston auction hits $37.5 million led by Cruise car

1979 Porsche 928 driven by Tom Cruise in "Risky Business"

(September 20, 2021) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  —  Barrett-Jackson continued at full throttle during the Inaugural Houston Auction at NRG Center in Houston, Texas, this past weekend, with $37.5 million in total sales. Strong prices for collectible vehicles combined with tremendous turnout led to many world auction records and a rising demand for American-made Resto-Mods, quality customs and vehicles with celebrity provenance.

Mecum Dallas Collector Car Auction achieves $36.8 million in overall sales

2019 Lamborghini Aventador

(September 17, 2021) Mecum Auctions achieved continued success in Dallas this past weekend, with the annual auction event at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas featuring 1,101 cars on offer throughout four days of heated auction action. The Sept. 8-11 event saw overall sales reach $36.8 million as 946 vehicles hammered sold for a strong 86% sell-through rate.