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Categories: Classics

Fans Strike Back: Celica Search Continues

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

1977 Star Wars Celica Liftback GT test 2

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.

Making Over $441k The Type 2 Way At B-J's Las Vegas Sale

On: Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 2:37PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Lot 352.2 -- 1961 VW Crew Cab Double Cab Truck test 2

I’m what you’d call a station wagon guy, so I can’t really see why world-record-style prices are being showered upon just about every 1960s-vintage Volkswagen Type 2 that hits the auction block, whereas relatively little love—and money—is offered for any of my beloved wood-sided 1970s-style battlewagons.

Now I assumed that this phenomenon was limited to the "Holy Grail" of VW Buses, the “23-Window Samba”—one of which hammered sold at an eye-watering $217,800 at Barrett-Jackson’s Orange County auction in June—but that firm’s Las Vegas sale this very week showed otherwise.

Eight of these upper-end 1960s VeeDub Buses and Bus-based trucks were sold, including two 23-Windows. And while none surpassed the $110,000 sale price of a 21-Window Bus at this event last year—or other similarly-high-flying prices at various other auctions this year—they did pull down a respectable $441,100 in total.

The 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 2:13PM | By: Peter C Sessler

The 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible test 2

The 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500s are delicious! All you have is to look at them—they are prettiest of all Shelby Mustangs. You say you like scoops and grilles? No problem—the Shelby has nine of them. Do they work? Well, it is doubtful if they do. How about stripes? The Shelby has flashy wide side stripes—but what is really pretty is the convertible’s roll bar. Not that the hardtop doesn’t have a roll bar—it does—but you can really see the convertible’s roll bar—and it has a vinyl cover as well. The 1969 Shelby is looking for action and is ready to go.

World's Oldest Running Car Up For Auction

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 11:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

World's Oldest Running Car Up For Auction test 2

Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler are credited with each having developed the first internal combustion cars in 1886. Those developments paved the way for the modern ICE-powered cars that we drive today, and Mercedes Benz has been celebrating the 125th anniversary of this accomplishment all year.

Two years before Benz and Daimler, this De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout was built. According to RM Auctions, the 1884 Steam Runabout is the world's oldest car still in running condition. And it will be up for auction in two weeks.


The 1969-70 Boss 429 Mustang

On: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 3:35PM | By: Peter C Sessler

The 1969-70 Boss 429 Mustang test 2

Ford built quite a few special cars during the 1960s. Some were built by others for Ford—the Shelby Mustangs are probably the best known of these. But, by 1968, Ford decided that they could build these types of cars themselves. They would be able to exercise more control, build a better product, and, quite possibly, save some money in the process. Since most of the cars had something to do with racing one way or another, the end result would be greater showroom traffic and, thus, more sales. After all, this was the reason Ford was doing it all.

The Boss 429 was a bit different. The Boss 429 was an engine that was to be used in the NASCAR races, not a car. Still, in the end, Ford decided to use the engine in a special Mustang and call that Mustang Boss 429 as well.

The Icon CJ3B Looks As Good As It Crawls

On: Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 12:02PM | By: David Walter

The Icon CJ3B Looks A Good As It Crawls test 2

Meet the Icon CJ3B. It’s not a Jeep or a Willys. It’s not a Land Cruiser either. It's just… an Icon.

Despite what it may look like, it’s actually a new vehicle—currently hand-built in Los Angeles, CA. Although they resemble those classic 4x4s, Icon’s vehicles are completely custom built—rather than being some sort of off-roading Frankenstein’s monster.

Jensen Interceptor Revived

On: Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 11:11AM | By: Chris Weiss

Jensen Interceptor Revived test 2

Lately, I've been getting a real lesson in automotive history. Brands that I've never necessarily heard of have been crawling out of the woodwork to introduce revived badges from years or decades ago. The latest is British marquee Jensen, which will be bringing a reinvented version of its Interceptor grand tourer to the forefront in the next few years.

While Jensen was originally a British marque, the name is now owned by Healey Sports Cars Switzerland Ltd. However, because Switzerland is better equipped to build watches and mountain transportation, the company will leave the engineering to the Brits, having hired CPP Global Holdings to design and build the car in the U.K.

100 Years Of Chevrolet - 1969 Camaro Named G.O.A.T.

On: Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 3:12PM | By: Chris Salamone

1969 Chevy Camaro test 2

You may remember a little competition we had at AutoShopper.com back in July when we asked fans which Chevy, in their opinion, was the greatest of all time. It seems Chevrolet had the same discussion and, surprisingly, with a lot of the same results—although on a much larger scale. After 124,368 votes cast, and defeating the 1970 Chevelle SS in the final round, the 1969 Camaro earned the distinction of being the best Chevrolet of the past century.

In truth, the competition really wasn’t even close. The 1970 Chevelle SS earned 18,449 votes or just shy of 15% of the total. On the other hand, the 1969 Camaro earned 25,058 votes or just over 20% of the total.

September Car Shows: The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

On: Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 9:32AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

September Car Shows: The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year! test 2

It's the most wonderful time of the year

With the car shows gathering

And everyone saying "Is that a 4:11 rear?"

It's the most wonderful time of the year

It's the hap-happiest season of all

Mecum-aro Math At St. Charles Sale: 1969 + 427 = $$$

On: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 3:15PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Mecum-aro Math At St. Charles Sale: 1969 + 427 = $$$  test 2

I’ve covered the newer-end of the Camaros on sale at Mecum’s September 15-18 St. Charles auction at the Pheasant Run Resort, but no automotive scribe worth their salt could cover Camaros and not cover those born of its sweetest vintage, 1969.

So, here are that year’s finest fire-breathers, super-powered ’69 Camaros that feature the king of all Camaro motors, the mighty 427-cu.in. V8. Of the seven, only two are “genuine,” but great pains have been taken in constructing all of them to at least seem like they COULD be genuine (which I’m not sure is a good thing).

Still, at least here you’ll be able to see what a REAL Yenko or COPO Camaro will go for even in the face of some pretty convincing fakes. I’ll bet that a lot of 427 Camaro fans could overlook authenticity in favor of having the similar ass-kickitude—at a much cheaper price—in their driveways that these “clones” can provide.

What about you?...

1971-89 Mercedes-Benz SL

On: Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 9:29AM | By: Peter C Sessler

1971-89 Mercedes-Benz SL test 2

The updated SL made its debut is Europe in 1970, but it wasn’t available for sale in the U.S.A. until 1971. The new SL wasn’t based on the previous Pagoda 230/250/280 SL; instead, Mercedes-Benz used the chassis from the W114 sedan model along with six and V-8 engines from the W116 S-Class.

The result was a car that looked a lot bigger than the previous SL. However, it actually wasn’t much larger, at least in the beginning. The first American SL had a wheelbase that was 2.9 inches longer, its length was 3.8 inches more, its width at 1.5 inches and its height at 1.00 less. It was the styling that made it seem much larger. It’s paired round 5.25 inch headlights and fluted taillights made the car appear much wider and longer. And in 1974, when the longer bumpers were mandated, that added 13.6 inches to the car’s length. Different bumpers were again used in 1986 which were 2 inches shorter.