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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
If you’re someone who follows eBay car sales on a regular basis—which I’m sure you aren’t—you’d see that the great rise in automotive sales prices at “real-world” auctions aren’t being mirrored by their online counterparts.
Yes, $5,546,234 is a lot of money for just five cars—especially as they sold amidst a sea of rusty Dusters and mold-attacked Cadillacs—but eBay nonetheless seems to attract only high-end new car dealerships’ listing dollars which are meant mostly to move now-out-of-fashion used exotics.
Still, watch things long enough and you’ll find that there are some really, really expensive, to-die-for modern hypercars on eBay every now and again. It just so happens that this time it was five basically all at once. Enjoy!
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Exotics, Racing, Reports, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: ebay motors bugatti veyron gran sport maserati mc12 ferrari enzo dino 246 GTS Rolls Royce Phantom II auctions online coupe convertible sedan
There’s a joke that goes, “Do you want to know the easiest way to make a small fortune? Start with a big one.” And it just so happens that there are very few ways to do that faster than buying an aged exotic automobile at auction and then trying to keep it looking/running as-new.
Yes, a Roller, a Mercedes, and a Maserati can be had for MasterCard money. Just make sure none are ever sold to you.
Sure, these cars were lovingly assembled and packed to the rafters with only the finest in leathers, woods, and wools, but these businesses know from long experience that exotic cars—like any other rich persons’ fashion items—are not meant to be used year after year; it’s all about what’s new, next and never, ever used.
What it means for you, however, is that you can spend a pittance on purchasing a ride that will allow you to—honestly—tell others that you own a Mercedes, a Maserati or even a Rolls-Royce. [Just remember: The operative term here—as I will show you—is “tell”. This is a trio of funds-hungry vampires just waiting to bankrupt you in a thousand different ways, and they will impress no one that even glances at them…]
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Exotics, Good, Bad & Ugly, How-To Articles, Miscellaneous, Car Reviews
Tags: 1985 Maserati Bi-Turbo 1971 Mercedes-Benz 220 sedan 1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II
FOR SALE – 1969 Chevrolet Corvair, Glacier Blue, all original, 15 miles...Interested? You’ll need to go to Texas to get it, but it’s definitely worth the trip.
Posted In: Auctions, Car News, Classics, Miscellaneous
Tags: chevrolet, corvair, auction, gm
Car dealerships must keep inventory up in order to give buyers as many choices as possible. Different makes, different colors, and different options must be available at a hands-on level. If a buyer doesn’t see what he’s looking for he may find it at another dealership and decide to purchase there. It’s not too difficult with new cars. Manufacturers track what is selling where and maintain the needed inventory in cooperation with individual dealerships. Used cars are a different story. Dealers can’t count exclusively on trade-ins, although some of these are recycled and resold without ever leaving the lot. Most of the used inventory you see, however, comes from auctions.
Literal TONS of Classic American Iron Went for Pennies on the Pound at Auctions America's Fall Carlisle Sale
I’ve owned a lot of cars in my day(s)—or at least possessed them, as registering them is a hassle when you’re not looking to keep the car more than three months—but there have been only a precious few that really made me miss them once they’d gone.
Sure, her 400 cu. in. V8 really ran on only seven cylinders, nothing power-operated worked on a consistent basis, and I’d still be waiting for her to hit 60 mph from rest if I hadn’t given up and sold her 15 years ago.
But in the pre-eBay days a car-crazed youth like myself could actually find (semi) running cars that people just wanted gone from their garages, driveways, etc…. FOR FREE! Nowadays, however, everything’s worth something—just check out any “official” price guide—and you’ll see that the kind of USS California-sized battlewagons that you couldn’t GIVE AWAY in the 1980s and ‘90s are being stripped, shredded, and sent to China as scrap.
So, mark my words, people: we are living in the very last era of the semi-free super-sized land yacht. Oh, and parts are still plentiful and cheap, mechanics still know how to work on them and there is nothing—NOTHING—that can work on the ladies like a queen-sized, velour-covered rear seating area... [Author’s note: Your results may vary.]
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Good, Bad & Ugly, Miscellaneous, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Auctions America October sale in Carlisle 1985 AMC Eagle Wagon Limited 1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Coupe 1984 Buick Riviera 1979 Lincoln Continental Town Car
Mecum's Anaheim Sale Shows You Can Be a Big-time, Old-school Baller on an Itty-bitty Modern Minicar Budget
You, I am afraid, are more than likely a dork.
What do you drive? Some middling import toss-away? An American econobox you think’s cool ‘cause it has a tea tray bolted to its decklid? Look: I’ll bet you my salary for this article if you could pick your car out of a lot filled with a thousand random machines.
I could. In a heartbeat. She’s a 19-foot-long wood-sided station wagon, low and wide, and with just enough chrome to make a Chris Craft boat builder wish they could take credit for her design. Sure, I and the gentlemen at the local Shell station are on a first-name basis, but so many people stop me just to express their admiration for her still existing while memories are all that’s left of her assembly-line sisters that $80 fill-ups are always worth it.
Now station wagons may not be your thing, but that doesn’t exclude you from the Sub-$4k Cool Old Car Club I just started. All you need is a sub-$4k vehicle in great shape inside and out—including relatively as-new performance—a budget of about ten times that (often every month) to refuel and “fiddle” with it (and an AAA card when “fiddling” doesn’t suffice, which it NEVER does). But, hey, nobody ever said supreme coolness came cheap…
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Exotics, How-To Articles, Miscellaneous
Tags: 1975 Caddy Eldorado Coupe 1987 Jaguar XJS 1989 Pontiac Firebird 1985 Mercedes 500SEL Mecum Auctions anaheim ca 1984 Chevy Corvette coupe
You Have The Right to Remain Terrified by Mecum's Fully-kitted Ex-California Highway Patrol 2002 Camaro B4C
No. It can’t be. NO! But it’s a… a Camaro! Then the unmistakable round red “takedown” light pops on and I know the California Highway Patrol has me dead to rights. And forget about fleeing. Not that I ever would, but the test Nissan Maxima I was bombing down I-5 in would be meat on the table for a car like what I found to be the first “B4C” (police) package ’02 Camaro in that neck of the woods.
First thing out of the officer’s mouth—hand to God—was, “Dang. I thought you were going to run. They say these Camaros’ll do almost 150, but without a suspect to chase we can’t exceed 100.” Then I, professional wordsmith that I am, offered an equally shocking, “Sorry to disappoint you.”
He laughed, I tried to laugh back, and he let me go. And as I watched his shark-like black-and-white police-package Z28 slide off into the night, I swore one day I’d have one just like it, lights, labels, and all. And if I was in Anaheim, CA during Mecum’s Nov. 21-23 auction, I really could’ve. But [insert excuse why here] someone beat me to it. And for a price I STILL can’t believe…
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Good, Bad & Ugly, Miscellaneous, Safety, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: mecum california highway patrol CHP Chevrolet Camaro 2002 B4C police auction ford mustang SSP cop cars
What does the serious Shelby collector do once he’s scratched all the usual itches? Cobras? You’ve got at least one each of the 260s, 289s, 427s, and 428s. Mustangs? You’ve got a garage full of G.T. 350s of every stripe (including at least one real-deal “R”) and a field full of G.T. 500s, open and shut, “KR” and not. Heck, you’ve even got the Holy Grail of Shelbys in your stable, a one-of-nearly-none Cobra Daytona Coupe.
Well, my friend, as Mecum’s recent auction in Anaheim shows, there’s a whole ‘nother volume in the Encyclopedia of Shelby, and—if you act right now—you can build yet another collection of that wily Texan’s wares for a relative song.
Well, that, and a MUCH bigger building…
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Car News, Exotics, Miscellaneous, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: mecum auction shelby series 1 dodge durango supercharged sp360 ram van mustang california special
In case you missed it, last weekend's Lambrecht Chevrolet auction was huge, colossal, monumental. Over 10,000 people descended on the tiny town of Pierce, Nebraska, all hoping for a glimpse of the 500+ cars that a small town Chevy dealer had been squirreling away since 1946. By Sunday night, some 3,400 bidders had participated in automotive history, as they paid record prices for the cars from this now-famous collection. So how did the Lambrecht's retirement fund fare? Let's find out...
If you're into cars, then you've probably heard a few 'urban legends' about an all-original Hemi Cuda, or some ultra-rare Duesenburg tucked away in some old guy's garage/barn. More often than not, those stories are just tall-tales. However, some wind up being true (just ask Jay Leno). But all the automotive legends that you've ever heard pale in comparison to the true story of Ray Lambrecht, the Nebraska Chevrolet dealer who stashed cars away for over 50 years. Now his monstrous collection is coming up for auction, and the car-comics from Top Gear USA are going to be there.
Tags: lambrecht chevrolet, topgear, top gear, Wheels of Fortune, History Channel, USA