Nostalgia Highway

Petersen Automotive Museum adds new vehicles to the vault


1959 Deutsch-Bonnet HBR5 Coupe

(April 1, 2021) LOS ANGELES — The Petersen Automotive Museum has added eight new vehicles to The Vault presented by Hagerty, offering guests an updated tour experience. New Vault cars include a 1959 Deutsch-Bonnet HBR5 Coupé, 2015 Chevrolet Camaro art car, 1964 Chevrolet Impala “Gypsy Rose,” 1960 Plymouth XNR Replica, 1982 Knight Industries Two Thousand “K.I.T.T.” car, 1948 Bentley Mk VI “New Look” Saloon, 1939 Packard Twelve Landaulet, and 1974 Dale Mock-Up.

Mecum Glendale 2021 auction records $42.3 million in sales


1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe

(March 25, 2021) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions, outdid itself once again, setting a new record-high sales total for its Glendale, Ariz., auction. Held March 18-20 at State Farm Stadium, the 2021 auction reached $42.3 million in overall sales totals, a more than 14% increase over Mecum’s first auction in Glendale, which itself had been a record-setting event as the highest-grossing inaugural event in company history.

World’s oldest Aston Martin coming to Concours of Elegance

(March 22, 2021) LONDON — The Concours of Elegance, presented by A. Lange & Söhne, will host the oldest surviving Aston Martin during its 2021 event at Hampton Court Palace in September. Aston Martin ‘A3’ was the third car ever built by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, and was extensively driven by the founders. This year, it celebrates its centenary.

Parnelli Jones’ famed 'Big Oly' Ford Bronco Baja Racer to be auctioned


(March 19, 2021) WALWORTH, Wis. — The most recognizable Ford Bronco in the world and the first “super car” of off-road racing—piloted by one of the most diverse and successful drivers in motorsports history — will be offered for sale to the public for the very first time this May. The famed 1969 Ford Bronco Baja 1000 Racer known as “Big Oly” — still owned by its even more famous pilot Parnelli Jones — is slated to cross the Mecum auction block at the company’s 34th annual Original Spring Classic auction May 14-22 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.



Petersen Automotive Museum to reopen to the public Thursday, March 25

(March 17, 2021) LOS ANGELES — The Petersen Automotive Museum will reopen to the public on Thursday, March 25  with new exhibits, new vehicles and a new schedule of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. To express its gratitude to all those on the front line during this challenging time, the museum will offer verified health care workers and first responders complimentary admission for themselves and up to three immediate family members for the rest of 2021.

The Steve Todhunter Collection headlines Mecum Glendale Car Auction

(March 6, 2021) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions will host its third annual auction in Glendale, Ariz., at State Farm Stadium this March 18-20, and the anticipated 1,200-car lineup will be headlined by the awe-inspiring collection of Steve Todhunter, which comprises 20 vehicles ranging from seven pristine, low-mile Ferraris to a 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra FAM previously owned by late actor Paul Walker.

Sound and color added to 1920s New Jersey street scene

(February 28, 2021) The hustle and bustle of Kinney Street in Newark, N.J., comes to life in this old film from the 1920s with color and sound added creating the feeling of actually being there. Notice all the electrified street cars on the street.

Ringbrothers unveils custom 1968 Mercury Cougar

(February 26, 2021) SPRING GREEN, Wis.  — Ringbrothers, a custom car builder and parts manufacturer, today unveiled its latest creation — a resto-mod 1968 Mercury Cougar. The Cougar makes a healthy 460 horsepower from its Ford Coyote 5.0L V8 engine connected to a 10-speed paddle-shifted automatic transmission borrowed from the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Carroll Shelby's personal Cobra 427 Super Snake to be auctioned

(February 22, 2021) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson has announced that CSX 3015, the only remaining 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake built personally for Carroll Shelby, will be auctioned as part of a private collection crossing the block during the Scottsdale Auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale, March 20-27. Seventeen additional collectible vehicles from the collection will be offered with No Reserve, including a rare 1955 Ford Thunderbird VIN 005, which is the first-production Thunderbird ever sold to the public.

1911 Reeves Octoauto was an 8-wheel technological marvel

By Jeff Peek
Hagerty

(February 21, 2021) Eight is enough — exactly the right amount, as it turns out, when it comes to the number of wheels on a car. In 1911, Milton Reeves tested that theory with an eight-wheel vehicle he called the Octoauto. The odd-looking automobile wasn’t his first creation or his last, but it was definitely Reeves’ most significant, even though it wasn’t a financial success. Reeves, a native of Indiana who was born during the Civil War, was among the early architects of the horseless carriage in the late 1880s. In fact, his initial iteration is widely considered the fourth or the fifth American automobile ever created.

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