Nostalgia Highway

100 years ago first Rolls-Royce rolled off Massachusetts assembly line

By Larry Edsall
Classic Car Journal

(January 20, 2021) On Jan. 17, 1921, a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost rolled off an assembly line, but it wasn’t in Derby, England. Instead, that car and 2,945 that followed were assembled in Springfield, Mass. “These Rolls-Royce ‘Springfield’ Motor cars benefited from the creativity of U.S. coach builders including Brewster, Willoughby, Merimac and Hollbrook, and brought us some wonderful early commissions,” the British automaker noted in a news release celebrating the centennial of its American production effort.

2021 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance to feature ‘Weird & Wonderful’ Class


1948 Tasco prototype

By Sports Car Digest

(January 17, 2021) On May 23, the 26th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will feature a special class that will showcase The Amelia’s affection for encompassing a wider view of the established normal and traditional Concours concept. With the previous “Cars of the Cowboys” and “What Were They Thinking” classes being appreciated despite their non-traditional status, this year’s special class will be the "Weird & Wonderful."

South Bend Lathe brought the product to the customer in 1930

Source: The Old Motor

(January 10, 2021) The South Bend Lathe Works, named after the city in Indiana, where it is located was formed in 1906 by John J. and Miles W. O’Brien, twin brothers, who were born in Ireland. The pair were trained tool and die-makers that started the manufacturing firm after receiving their mechanical engineering degrees from Purdue University in Indiana.

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction moved to March 20-27

(January 6, 2021) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  — Barrett-Jackson and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, and the City of Scottsdale have announced the revised dates for two major automotive events at WestWorld of Scottsdale in 2021. The flagship Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction will be held March 20-27, while the Goodguys 11th FiTech Fuel Injection Spring Nationals is slated for April 16-18.

Series production of the Volkswagen Beetle began 75 years ago in Wolfsburg

(December 31, 2020) HERNDON, Va. — On Dec. 27, 1945 series production of the Volkswagen Limousine began. Referred to internally as “Type 1,” and later becoming world-famous as the “Beetle,” the vehicle’s unique success story started in Wolfsburg thanks to the strategic vision of British Major Ivan Hirst.

Visit these five museums to see rare and vintage Volkswagens


1967 Volkswagen Type 2 double door camper at America's Car Museum

(December 23, 2020) Automotive museums across the U.S. have helped preserve some of the world’s rarest Volkswagens and feature everything — from a never-been-titled 1974 Karmann Ghia to a 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 Bus that is a piece of civil rights history. With expansive collections available to the public, anyone can admire these classic cars.

The Volkswagen Beetle GSR — A classic in yellow and black

(December 17, 2020) While the Volkswagen Beetle may be one of the most recognizable cars in the world, one of its most eye-catching variants is lesser known – the GSR yellow and black striped speed racer.  The GSR is a flashy, sporty, bumblebee-colored car that was the answer to years of requests from Beetle fans for a sportier version of the classic coupe.

Mecum closes 2020 with $14.7 million auction in Houston


1941 Ford Custom pickup

(December 10, 2020) — Mecum’s classic and collector car auction held in Houston last weekend resulted in $14.7 million in total overall sales. The event topped off a successful run of six such large-scale, live auctions held by the company in various major cities around the country over the past eight weeks.

Hagerty unveils its annual 'Bull Market' of enthusiast cars

(December 8, 2020) TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Hagerty’s fourth annual Bull Market list features the enthusiast cars, trucks, and motorcycles that the company’s market experts predict will increase in value over the next 12 months. But the list isn’t tailored to get-rich-quick flippers, it’s aimed at prospective owners who want to find, buy, and drive a cool vehicle they love.

Lunaz to begin production of electric classic 1970-1994 Range Rovers

(December 7, 2020) SILVERSTONE, England — Lunaz, a leading creator of electric classic cars, has announced the first tranche of production availability for classic electric Range Rovers. The company, based in Silverstone, England, will create an initial run of 50 of the luxury SUVs built in the ‘classic era’ between 1970 and 1994.  Since unveiling Jaguar, Bentley and Rolls-Royce electrified classics, Lunaz has been consistently asked by its global customer base to apply its re-engineering and restoration approach to these cars.

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