Nostalgia Highway

Legendary Rapid Transit Cuda consigned to Mecum Auctions Indy 2023

(April 15, 2023) WALWORTH, Wis. — Hidden away for more than 50 years, unrestored and retaining both its custom metalwork and lacquer paint dating back to circa 1971, the legendary Rapid Transit Cuda — one of the four original Plymouth Rapid Transit System Caravan traveling road show cars — has been unveiled. The rare and historic car will be offered at auction at Dana Mecum’s 36th Original Spring Classic May 12-20 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

Innovative front wheel drive Alvis Grand Prix race car resurrected

(April 13, 2023 KENILWORTH, UK — The sole surviving Alvis Grand Prix racing car, once abandoned in a scrapyard in Coventry, is being revived by The Alvis Car Company, its original creator. It is set to mark its first public appearance in Chiba City, Japan, at Automobile Council 2023, 96 years after its race debut at the 1927 Junior Car Club 200 Mile Race at Brooklands.

Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction features desirable European sports cars

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

(April 12, 2023) PALM BEACH, Fla. —  Barrett-Jackson is giving bidders the chance to drive home in the European sports car or supercar of their dreams during this year’s Palm Beach Auction, April 13-15, at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Some of the most desirable European cars included in this year’s docket feature an 885-horsepower 2018 McLaren 720S, a 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider and two 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS models featuring the Weissach Package, including with just 80 actual miles.

$56 million in total sales achieved at Mecum Glendale 2023

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing sells for $1.8 million

(April  6, 2023) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum’s Glendale 2023 classic and collector car auction, held March 28-April 1 in Glendale, Ariz., reached $56 million in total overall sales as 1,266 lots hammered sold. With a total 1,667 lots offered throughout the five-day auction, a sell-through rate of 76% was achieved, and individual sales were led by a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing that brought $1.815 million.

Barrett-Jackson celebrating 20 years in Palm Beach with auction April 13-15

1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova SS

(March 27, 2023) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  — Barrett-Jackson is returning to South Florida with its ultimate automotive lifestyle event April 13-15 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Celebrating 20 years in Palm Beach, the 2023 Palm Beach Auction will once again be the East Coast’s epicenter for collector car enthusiasts featuring a docket of coveted collectible vehicles, dozens of sponsor and exhibitor displays, and thrill rides in the latest performance vehicles from Dodge, Toyota, Ford, and Chevrolet.

World’s most famous hot rod donated to the Petersen Museum

(March 20, 2023) LOS ANGELES — A recent donation to the Petersen Automotive Museum will ensure that generations to come can enjoy one of the quintessential American hot rods.
Renowned car collector Bruce Meyer recently handed over the keys to his 1932 Ford “McGee Roadster” to Terry L. Karges, executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum.

120-car collection to headline Mecum Houston auction April 13-15

1969 Plymouth Road Runner

(March 19, 2023) WALWORTH, Wis. — Nearly 120 highly respected and sought-after American classics from the Horton Classic Car Museum in Nocona, Texas, will be offered at no reserve as part of the estimated 1,000 total vehicles to be offered at auction at Mecum Houston 2023. The annual event will return to Houston’s NRG Center this April 13-15 with a characteristically diverse and desirable selection of classic and collector vehicles.

Los Angeles traffic jam in the post-war 1940s

(March 15, 2023) If you think the horrific modern rush hour traffic in cities across the country is a new phenomenon, perhaps no more than a half century old — think again.

Amelia Earhart Cord added to National Historic Vehicle Register

(March 8, 2023) TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — This International Women’s Day, the Hagerty Drivers Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, announced Amelia Earhart’s 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton as the 33rd vehicle to be inducted into the National Historic Vehicle Register, the only federally recognized program to document the historical and cultural significance of the automobile. Later this year, the Foundation will announce the 34th vehicle to be added to the Register.

Spreading the LUV — A brief history of Detroit’s mini-trucks

1972 Chevrolet LUV

Benjamin Hunting

(March 4, 2023) It might be hard to imagine, given the current, cutthroat state of the pickup truck segment, but there was once a time when these task-focused haulers were largely an afterthought to the bean counters in Detroit. Fifty years ago, before King Ranches and Longhorns lined their interiors with enough leather to reach from Lansing to Laredo, trucks were barebones affairs built to get the job done and sold to customers who honestly weren’t expected to use them as daily drivers.