Nostalgia Highway

Petersen Automotive Museum marks 90th anniversary of iconic 1932 Ford



(May 25, 2022) LOS ANGELES — The Petersen Automotive Museum will honor the 90th anniversary of the 1932 Ford with a new national holiday, Hot Rod Day on June 11, and celebrate the special day with its new “Ford Fever: The Deuce Turns 90” exhibit in the Ross and Beth Myers Gallery. Opening to the public on June 11, the new exhibit includes a definitive collection of groundbreaking 1932 Fords such as Doane Spencer’s historic Highboy and the influential McGee Roadster.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe sells for $143.1 million



(May 20, 2022) STUTTGART, Germany — A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955 has been sold at auction for a record price of 135 million EUR ($143.1 million) to a private collector. This icon of automotive history is an absolute rarity – one of just two prototypes built at the time. Named after its creator and chief engineer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, it is considered to be one of the finest examples of automotive engineering and design by automotive experts and enthusiasts worldwide.

20 collections, 3,000 vehicles, 2,400 road art items at Mecum Indy



(May 9, 2022) WALWORTH, Wis. — Dana Mecum’s 35th Original Spring Classic auction, the company’s annual flagship event, has attracted more than 20 private collections, an estimated 3,000 classic and collector vehicles, and 2,400 Road Art and memorabilia items for this year’s nine-day event, and all of it will be offered for sale at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis May 13-21.

New 'Caffeine and Octane' episodes premiere May 14 on MotorTrend TV



(April 27, 2022) ATLANTA —  Caffeine and Octane, the integrated brand behind North America’s largest monthly car show held at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, Ga., announces the return of its internationally acclaimed “Caffeine and Octane” series to broadcast television. Starting May14 “Caffeine and Octane” fans can watch all-new episodes on MotorTrend TV.

2,400 road art and memorabilia offerings slated for Mecum’s Indy Classic



(April 27, 2022) WALWORTH, Wis. — More than 2,400 lots of Road Art and memorabilia and nine private collections have been consigned for auction at Dana Mecum’s 35th Original Spring Classic to take place this May 13-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, and all of it will be offered at no reserve. Most of the items will be offered from a designated, Road Art-exclusive auction block, and Monday, May 16, will be dedicated solely to the offering of Road Art.

Renovated Mazda Museum in Hiroshima to reopen in May



(April 22, 2022) Mazda Motor Corporation’s Museum, located in its Hiroshima (Japan) headquarters, has undergone a full renovation. The museum showcases historic vehicles and exhibits of the company’s history since its foundation more than a century ago. Due to open to the public on May 23, the museum’s spatial design and displays have seen a complete makeover with the aim of providing customers and people in the community with a space in which they can grow closer to Mazda, as well as to strengthen the museum’s role as a base for communication of the Mazda brand.

World’s oldest Bentley T-Series gets new life



(April 15, 2022) CREWE, England — After decades of being off the road and in storage, the very first Bentley T-Series is being brought back to life after the start of a complete wheels-up restoration. The 6¼-liter pushrod V8 has been started for the first time in at least 15 years, and the engine and gearbox have proven to be in good condition despite their extended rest.

Mecum Houston 2022 sets another record with $34.5 million in sales


1967 Pontiac Monkeemobile Replica

(April 12, 2022) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions’ first three live auction events in 2022 reached a record-setting total of nearly $300 million, and the auction house’s most recent event in Houston, Texas, kept the streak going strong with another record total coming in at $34.5 million. The 2022 auction, held March 31-April 2, saw 1,047 vehicles cross the auction block with an 86% sell-through rate achieved.

Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach to feature large docket of Resto-Mods


1967 Chevrolet Camaro

(April 4, 2022) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson is heading to Florida with a large docket of professionally built Resto-Mod vehicles that will cross the block with No Reserve during its 2022 Palm Beach Auction at the South Florida Fairgrounds, April 7-9. Fueling the growing demand for classic collectible vehicles with modern drivetrains and cutting-edge technology, Barrett-Jackson’s Resto-Mod offerings in Palm Beach include a custom 1967 Chevrolet Camaro owned by UFC Hall of Famer and former two-time defending Middleweight Champion Rich “Ace” Franklin.

Remarkable $66.3 million achieved at Mecum Glendale 2022



(March 24, 2022) The fourth annual Mecum Glendale, Arizona, auction at State Farm Stadium, held March 16-19, became the most successful iteration yet as $66.3 million in overall sales was achieved. The total marks a 53% increase over last year’s Glendale auction, and sell-through for the reserve-based auction reached 78% as 1,285 of all 1,657 lots offered ultimately hammered sold.