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HEEEYYYYY!!! The Fonz's Triumph Motorcycle Up For Auction

On: Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 4:58PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Few characters in the history of television are legends on the same level as The Fonz. Hell, even on his worst day, The Fonz gave us timeless pop culture—his jumping over a shark on waterskis in a 1977 episode, inspired the phrase "jump the shark," which has come to identify the point of no return where something popular starts a downward spiral from its peak.

Okay, my admiration for all things Fonzie has a point that has to do with automobiles, I promise. The 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 once ridden by Fonz in Happy Days will go up for auction next month.


Mecum Brought The Weird And Wacky To Its Dallas Sale, Too

On: Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 2:37PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Life at a modern car auction like Mecum’s October 6-8 Dallas sale doesn’t revolve around ’69 Camaros and 1950s fin-tails alone. In fact, in order to fill out every slot on every planned sales day, the large majority of lots are actually filled with the mildly-collectible, the odd-but-mundane and the lightly-used/late-model “just a” cars.

But hidden among the 80 Camaros and 95 Mustangs and the bazillion other “usual” lots are the truly unique, interesting and just plain weird. They are what my grandfather would call a “hammer without a nail,” but if you have a particularly-bizarre itch that needed scratching—say for the “fastest F450 in the world”—then these might be right up your alley.

So join me for a trip through the seven wackiest lots—actually eight, but two were linked—Mecum had on offer, from a $12,500 Honda to a $333,000 Camaro. They may not be your cup of tea to own, but you can’t say that they’re not “interesting” in their own way(s)…


1978 Ford Mustang II Cobra II

On: Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 3:16PM | By: Peter C Sessler


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The 1974-1978 Mustangs aren’t known for high performance or even low performance. Like any car, you’ll find there are enthusiasts who like these cars—it’s just that there are fewer.

The Mustang, after the downsizing it took in 1974, looked like it was a winner for Ford—but unfortunately, sales started to decline after 1974. But not to worry, the Fox-based Mustangs were already in the works—but it took time for them to get into production, so in the meantime, Ford had to do with what was available.

Performance always sold for the Mustang. Throaty exhaust pipes, big tires, and lots of stripes always helped the Mustang. And, so, that was done for the Mustang. By 1978, the Cobra II Mustang was the “hot” Mustang, and everyone one who came within 50 feet of the car would instantly know that this was a Cobra II Mustang, as it was plastered on each door.


Mecum Offers Monster Muscle Sextet For Street Or Strip In Dallas

On: Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 2:14PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Unlike the Sotheby’s Australian auction I covered a few days ago, Mecum could pretty safely say it had something for just about everyone at its October 6-8 Dallas auction. And in my trilogy of features on the sale, I’m going to try and do the same thing.  

First off are six feature cars built with "speed contests" in mind, with four that’d require trailers to take them home after a day of play and two that could be driven to, in and from a day at a drag strip—or road course—provided you kept the shiny side up (and left some "meat" on the tires).


 

1967 Ford Mark IV - Ford's Reponse To Enzo

On: Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 9:17AM | By: Peter C Sessler


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In the 1960s, Ford Motor Co. was into racing big time - the reason being that whatever you raced on Sunday, customers would come and buy the car on Monday. It was a simple process - win on Sunday, sell on Monday.

The same formula applied to sports car racing, but it would be better (i.e. cheaper) if Ford just bought another sports car manufacturer, changed the name to Ford and watch the sales take off. The only problem here was Enzo Ferrari, owner of the most successful sports car manufacturer company who also had the most winning-est race cars around, did not want to sell out to Henry Ford II.

Henry Ford II was not your easy-go-lucky car manufacturer. When he wanted something, he would go out and get it. And so from 1964 to the end of 1967, epic duels between Ford and Ferrari took place which pushed the development of sports cars to a new level and which also provided thrilling competition for spectators to see.


Sotheby's Australia Presents An Eclectic Octet At Its "Important Collectors' Motor Cars By Public Tender" Event

On: Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 10:15AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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As I mentioned in my companion article, things at the Sotheby’s Australia’s Oct. 13-17 “Important Collectors’ Motor Cars” event in Sydney are a little bit different from what most of you are used to, in keeping with the usual way of doing business for this “largest Australian-owned, internationally operated fine art auction house”.

Put simply it’s a “sealed-bid” event wherein bidders “tender” (submit) their maximum offer on each desired lot directly to the auction house which then tallies the entries and notifies the “winner.” In fact, there is no actual auction “event,” and apart from several available “preview” days, there is no “in-person” component to the sale at all. [See my feature on the public tender process itself HERE for more info.]

Though if you think the process is strange, wait until you get a load of the very varied vehicles on offer....


1985 Ford Mustang GT

On: Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 9:07AM | By: Peter C Sessler


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The 1985 Mustang GT was significant in the long life of Mustangs—especially the high performance models, which in this case happen to be the GT models. You have to consider what came before the 1985 Mustang GT.

Performance Mustangs since 1974, at best, only looked like performance models. Yes, there were the Cobra II models, and let’s not forget the King Cobra models, but they could not perform. Even the “hot” 4.2-liter V-8 models of 1980-1981 were rated at only 119hp (120hp for 1981). Now that is really pathetic for a car that twelve years earlier was pumping out 375hp with the Boss 429 model. Still, you have to start somewhere.

And so, by 1985, Ford was taking small steps to regain the performance image—in fact and in looks.


The Chevrolet Mako Shark II

On: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 3:55PM | By: Peter C Sessler


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In the 1960s, the neatest car around was the Mako Shark II. The Mako Shark II, which debuted in April 1965, was a Chevrolet Concept car which was destined to become the latest model Corvette—which it finally did, in 1968.


1994 Ford Boss Concept Mustang

On: Sun, Oct 2, 2011 at 9:23AM | By: Peter C Sessler


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This 1994 Mustang is not one you can buy—in fact, it is a concept car. It was built by SVE (Special Vehicle Engineering—Ford Motor Co.) as the right car to challenge a 572 c.i. Chevrolet ZL-1 Camaro. Which car is the fastest? The drag race took place in January, 2000—but without definitive results. Oh well, it still makes for interesting reading!


Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 10:28AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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They don't make'em like they used to, right? Well, it seemed that no one was aware of that in 2005, when the retro car craze was at its peak. Everywhere you looked, there was a new Mustang that looked like an old Mustang, a new Dodge Magnum that looked like an old hemi-station wagon, a new GTO to recall the Goat's of days gone by, and even a new Thunderbird to remind you how good the original really was. But, just when you thought you couldn't possibly see one more car that reminded you of a car you already saw years prior, Ford brought the house down with one of, if not, the best retro-themed car ever built:  The Ford GT.


Fans Strike Back: Celica Search Continues

On: Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 3:46PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Uber fandom is a serious business, and the folks over at the official Star Wars blog take no exception. Yet, few cult-classic franchises exist which garner as much love and controversy from the public-at-large as Star Wars. After revolutionizing the filmmaking process, changing the perception of sci-fi space epics, and staying in the spotlight decades later, Star Wars remains a series worthy of high honor. The devout writers on the official blog have been diligently searching for a very particular 1977 Celica Liftback GT since the mid 1990s. Just recently they released yet another public service announcement that the search continues, that this Celica must be found.

They’re ardently seeking the whereabouts of the first officially sanctioned Star Wars custom car, which was awarded in some kind of promotion-type sweepstakes several months after A New Hope hit the open market.