June 2023

Mecum's Road Art Auction achieves $10.9 million in sales

Memorabilia auction sells 92%
of nearly 4,000 lots offered

(July 1, 2023) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions recently added The World’s Largest Road Art Auction to its impressive list of annual events. The automotive memorabilia-focused auction was held June 20-25 at Mecum’s company headquarters in Walworth and featured nearly 4,000 lots of neon, tin and wooden signs, gas pumps and globes, pedal cars, posters and more on offer.

Historic experimental Chrysler jet car gets feature-length documentary

Watch the in-depth documentary
on the Chrysler Turbine Car here

(June 30, 2023) TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Hagerty Drivers Foundation has debuted documentary on the history of the Chrysler Turbine Car.  The film "The Chrysler Turbine Car: Engineering a Revolution" traces Chrysler’s groundbreaking efforts beginning in the 1950s to disrupt the automotive industry with its multimillion-dollar turbine research program.

Winter in Wisconsin

This post-war Chevrolet pickup, its duties at an end, lives in retirement during a Wisconsin winter. For several years after its 1947 redesign, Chevrolet was the number one truck in sales in America.
(Photo by Jerry Brown)

Jerry Seinfeld takes possession of one-off 911 Classic Club Coupe

(June 30, 2023) PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. —  The 911 Classic Club Coupe, sold during the Broad Arrow auction celebrating 75 years of Porsche sports cars at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, has been delivered to its new owner. Comedian and collector Jerry Seinfeld personally took possession of the one-off creation based on a 911 Carrera (996 generation) during the annual Porsche Parade being held by the club in Palm Springs.

Electrify America to add Tesla-style NACS connector by 2025

(June 30, 2023) Electrify America has announced it will add the North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector to Electrify America and Electrify Canada’s fast charging networks as part of the company’s commitment to broaden charging solutions for electric vehicle (EV) drivers today and in the future. NACS was introduced by Tesla, who has started opening its vast network of Superchargers to non-Tesla brands.

Gas prices drift lower as drivers prepare for July 4th travel

(June 30, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Drivers hitting the road for the Fourth of July holiday will find the gift of lower gas prices across most of the country. AAA forecasts that more than 50 million people will celebrate the nation’s birthday by traveling, with a record 43.2 million going by car. The national average for a gallon of gas fell four cents since last week to $3.54.

2024 Lexus ES sedan gets minor changes with base price of $43,190

(June 29, 2023) PLANO, Texas  — The top-selling sedan in the Lexus lineup, the ES, sees minor changes for the 2024 model year, including a new available Technology Package and 18-inch wheels with Vapor Chrome finish that come standard for the Ultra Luxury grade. Starting price including destination is $43,190. The 2024 ES continues to cater to a diversity of lifestyles with three available powerful engines, all-wheel drive capability and two F SPORT models. The new 2024 ES is expected to arrive in dealerships this summer.

Ford donates Bronco wildland firefighting rig to National Park Service

Vehicle will aid National Park Service
firefighters at Bandelier Monument

(June 29, 2023) DEARBORN, Mich. — As the threat of wildfires increases, Ford and the Bronco Wild Fund are donating a Bronco Badlands SUV with Sasquatch off-road package to the National Park Service for use in Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos, N.M., where it will operate as a firefighting command vehicle.  

2024 BMW X1 M35i xDrive brings 312 horsepower; starts at $50,000

(June 29, 2023) A performance model with unmistakable M character takes its place at the top of the new BMW X1 range. The new 2024 BMW X1 M35i xDrive builds on the emotional driving pleasure that lies at the heart of BMW’s compact Sports Activity Vehicle with an injection of the power, agility and precision for which M models are celebrated. Its 2.0-liter 4-cylinder motor is part of the new modular generation of BMW Group Efficient Dynamics engines and uses M TwinPower Turbo technology to produce 312 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.