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Mecum exceeds $74 million in return to live auctions in Indianapolis

(July 22, 2020) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions held its most successful Indianapolis auction to date as the 33rd annual flagship event climbed to just more than $74 million in overall sales. In all, the 2020 auction was host to 1,800 vehicles and more than 6,000 Road Art lots offered over nine auction days, July 10-18. The sprawling Indy lineup ultimately achieved an overall sell-through rate of 90% as the vehicles alone reached an exceptional 78% sold. Notably, 346 of the vehicles offered were sold to online-only bidders for a total of $10.3 million.

Barrett-Jackson kicks off collector car tours on Oct. 7


Barret-Jackson photo

(July 21, 2020) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The automotive auction company Barrett-Jackson is launching exclusive Collector Car Road Tours kicking off the 2020 tours with an event that begins Oct. 7 at Summit Racing in McDonough, Ga., and ends on Oct. 13 in Key West, Fla.  Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Road Tours will include weeklong and weekend tours, open to all types of collectible vehicles.

Hobbyists return to car restoration projects during pandemic

(July 13, 2020) With time to spare and nowhere to go during lockdown, many classic-car owners have seized the opportunity to finally make progress on a restoration project — or two. Rob Dibble saw the overabundance of time at home as an opportunity to pursue his passion for car restoration. The corporate development entrepreneur has been working remotely in Charlotte, North Carolina, and his flexible schedule allowed him to focus on the restoration of his 1969 Volkswagen dune buggy.

Remembering the Volkswagen 'Max' Beetle

(July 9, 2020) HERNDON, Va. — In 2008, Volkswagen of America began looking for a unique spokesperson — someone who could eloquently embody the brand’s ideals, but at the same time remind us that Volkswagen is a company that knows how to have a little fun, too. Identifying just the right person presented a long road ahead; it became clear that not just any celebrity superstar would do. With the help of advertising agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky, the unforgettable black 1964 Beetle we simply know as “Max” was fast-tracked to primetime.

Eddie Vannoy collection reaches $15 million in sales by Mecum

(July 9, 2020) JEFFERSON, N.C. — Mecum Auctions in June offered the private museum collection of Eddie Vannoy at an on-site auction in Jefferson, N.C., resulting in a strong overall sales total of $15 million, a number that significantly exceeded pre-auction expectations. Nearly 100 classic and collector cars and a total of more than 3,000 Road Art items from the museum crossed the auction block and hammered sold during the five-day live auction event, which was held June 26-30.

A collection of automotive-themed billboards from the 1920s

(July 4, 2020) It's always fun to look back on days gone by and reminisce about how things used to be. Here you will find some interesting automotive-themed billboards from almost a century ago, all from the East Coast. The 1920s billboard pictures reside at Duke University in Durham, N.C., from the Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing history collection.  

The ultimate beach cruiser — 1974 Volkswagen Acapulco Thing

(July 3, 2020) The Volkswagen Type 181 — commonly referred to as “The Thing”— has always been a fun summer classic for drivers who enjoy a cool and wildly original type of ride. The removable doors, retractable soft top and folding windshield provided a driving experience unlike any other Volkswagen. The 181 has also spawned one of the more unusual models ever to wear the Volkswagen badge — the Acapulco Thing.  

The history of the Volkswagen Passat in the United States


1987 VW Quantum Syncro

(June 22, 2020) HERNDON, Va. — Most Volkswagen fans think that the Golf is currently the longest-lived Volkswagen nameplate, but that honor actually belongs to the Passat, which went on sale a year before the Golf in Europe, in 1973. Based on the Audi 80, the Passat was initially sold in two- and four-door fastback sedan and three- and five-door hatchback form, with a wagon joining one year later.

A Florida father-son mechanic duo restores vintage Volkswagens

(June 20, 2020) Gregg Ammerman has loved vintage Volkswagens ever since he purchased his very first car, a watermelon green Super Beetle, in 1982. His passion for the brand has grown over time, and now the former Army mechanic shares his love for car restoration with his youngest son, Dalton Ammerman.

Hagerty partners with Drive Toward a Cure program

(June 19, 2020) Hagerty, the automotive lifestyle brand driving a community of car lovers, is partnering with non-profit Drive Toward a Cure to encourage enthusiasts to do what we all enjoy the most — to ‘get out and drive!’  Over 75 days of Summer 2020 — beginning the first day of summer, June 21 and with a winner to be announced on Labor Day — licensed motorists nationwide can appreciate drives near or far and enter to win prizes based on the mileage they drive and sharing their experiences on social media, all the while, benefitting Parkinson’s Disease awareness, research, and patient care.

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