Throughout The Car Industry
Here are some quick takes on the potential dramas and traumas of buying and selling used cars...
Tags: Barn Finds, Bandit Trans Am, Peter Max Sued, classic cars
Some movies are great films according to the critics. As a guy watching a movie, sometimes I agree with the critics, and sometimes I don't.
Aside from the artistic masterpieces, there are other movies that are just plain fun to watch. Everyone may not see what is good about a given film, and it may be impeachable, but there is no accounting for taste.
Tags: Burt Reynolds Trans Am, Smokey and the Bandit, Mecum Auctions, Wellborn Musclecar Museum
They say that everything is big in Texas, and the statement is true when you stop and think about it. The state itself is huge, there is a big sky overhead when you hit the open road, and there is a number of big cities.
NOOOOOO!!! MONICA!!! Those were the famous words, yelled by rapper-turned-actor Ja Rule, as Paul Walker hit the NOS and flew past him in the street race scene on the first Fast & Furious movie. When the film came out in 2001, this heavily modified Integra GS-R was a rockstar in the tuner world. It graced magazine covers and served as inspiration for countless Integra-owning boy racers. And now it can be yours, if the price is right!
Tags: acura integra, fast and furious
The Aston Martin company has been associated with some very influential automobiles over the years. Aston Martin was originally founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, a pair of early British automotive enthusiasts.
If you are interested in buying a classic car, you can look around in your hometown, scan the classified ads in your local newspaper (be it the paper or online edition), or visit classic car sites online.
Two "B"s Bring Two TV "Reals" (and a Fake) To Auction: a Starsky Torino and the BtC Buick and BLS Pegasus
So, let’s say you read my article on the BTTF DeLorean (Seriously. Say it.) and found that either the going rate for a film-fake—or the car itself—was not for you. But you still want to have something Tinsel-Townie to parade in front of your friends. What can you do?
Well, have I got a deal (or three) for you! Sure, the silver screen they (sort of) appeared on was smaller—and usually less silver—but that doesn’t (necessarily) mean that TV-used cars should be worth any less (even though they are).
Here we have two cars from Branson Auctions’ Spring 2014 sale, April 11-12 in Branson, MO, and one from Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach 2014 sale in—this is too easy—Palm Beach, FL, the same weekend. From these two auction houses come three distinct types of made-for-TV cars: a replica of a car everyone knows, an actual movie prop that might be a little famous, and a similarly real-deal vehicle from a show evenIdidn’t know ever existed.
Sure, they're not the most famous of cars—and the one here that is most famous is a fake—but when you're looking for star-quality cars on a Second Director's Assistant's budget, well, fame has its price. And you can't afford it. So...
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Classics, Exotics, Good, Bad & Ugly, Miscellaneous, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Starsky & Hutch, Behind the Candelabra, 1976 buick century wagon 350, piano keys, matt damon, michael douglas, 1975 Ford Torino 351, striped tomato, zebra three TV television film movie replica clone authentic real
Owning a car that was once driven by a famous rock star would make you feel like, well, a rock star. Of course, there are varying degrees of rock star, and there are varying degrees of car.
When it comes to car-nerd-ery, I’m a 100-percent Christine Plymouth person, but I can see the appeal in owning a sorta-kinda Back to the Future DeLorean like the one not sold at Branson Auctions’ Spring (April 11-12) 2014 sale in—you guessed it—Branson, MO.
These kinds of cars seem to run a traditional route from private listings to eBay Motors and then to places like this, a medium-sized real-time auction in the Midwest. Heck, you can even buy one “new” from several places that I will mention later. And apart from the $541k—yes, you read that right—one-and-only authentic-and-in-private-hands movie-used DeLorean extant, there's a pretty established market with an equally-established average price.
At $62,500 this lot was smack where it should have been price-wise. Why didn’t it sell? I can only assume—as I will in a second—but I'm cool with that if you are. As for now, know this: I think that the owner of this BTTF replica would like to go back in time, take that bid and run. Then again, that would mean his DeLorean time-machine actually works, which would make even half-a-million bucks seem worth less than .01 jigawatts…
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Auto Shows, Car News, Classics, Concept Cars, Exotics, Miscellaneous, Special / Limited Edition, Technology
Tags: Back to the Future 1981 DeLorean BTTF flux capacitor, time circuits, mr fusion, time travel, movie replica clone
Living, as I do, in Southeast Michigan, I am constantly subjected to Canadian radio stations, with their better playlists, fewer commercials, and just general all-around better listening experiences. Granted, Detroit was/is the home of Motown, but that’s not really my thing. No, when it comes to classic and modern rock—plus pretty much anything else that makes your ears bleed in a good way—you’ve got to set your radio to something Canuck.
So I’m not quite sure why I was so surprised to find two of the most important and sought-after new(ish) Heavy Metal Mustangs for sale in Toronto this weekend, at Collector Car Productions April 5-6 sale in Toronto. Not only do they have a “Mint 1-of-1 Prototype Pre-Production” 2012 Boss 302 for sale, there's a reverse-color 2012 Boss 302 Laguna Seca, too.
[Granted, that doesn’t leave you much time to get your papers in order, but it’s not like anybody’s going to care if you’re border-hopping OUT of the U.S., right?...]
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Auto Shows, Exotics, Racing, Reports, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 prototype pre-production Laguna Seca Edition Canada Totonto Spring Classic Car Auction 2014 Collector Car Productions unique
Ford's Freakiest F-350 Has Been Sold in Chicago. And Now That We Can Track It, We Should Kill It... With Fire!
As you might have read in an article a colleague of mine wrote a while ago, the 1994 Dodge Ram displayed at that year’s Detroit Auto Show is blamed/praised as the pickup design that set the tone for every rig that’s followed. And for that, we all—yes, ALL—should kiss the ring of anyone involved in the creation—and implementation—of that truck.
Posted In: Auctions, Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Exotics, Good, Bad & Ugly, Miscellaneous, Special / Limited Edition, Videos
Tags: 1994 Ford Power Stroke Concept Truck by Ford Special Projects detroit auto show dodge ram direct-injected turbo-diesel 7.3 liter diesel V-8 engine