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Paul Cowland learns to drive 1903 Knox for London to Brighton run

(October 22, 2021) LONDON — Hagerty is a partner of the 2020 RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, taking place on Sunday Nov. 7,  and Hagerty will take part in the famous event in its 1-cylinder 1903 Knox, a regular participant in the event. The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the world's longest-running motoring event, the first run taking place in 1896 to celebrate the Locomotives on Highways Act 1896, which liberalized motor vehicle laws in the United Kingdom. Today, participating cars must have been built before 1905.

Chevrolet Performance unveils 1,004-horsepower crate engine

(October 21, 2021) DETROIT – Chevrolet Performance has introduced the ZZ632/1000 crate engine — the largest and most powerful crate engine in the brand’s history. The naturally aspirated 632-cubic-inch V-8 produces 1,004 horsepower and 876 lb-ft of torque.

Rare Renault Clio V6 being auctioned by Collecting Cars

(October  20, 2021) An incredibly rare 2005 Renault Clio V6 showing only 980 miles from new is set to break auction world records for the mid-engined hot hatch when it goes under the hammer this week. Bidding is underway and ends at 2:20 p.m. on Oct. 27.

Mecum Las Vegas 2021 total sales exceed $22 million


1975 Lincoln Continental Mark IV Batmobile


(October 15, 2021) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions kicked off its October Takeover on a strong note this past weekend in Las Vegas, with the annual auction event finding continued success and total overall sales that reached $22.3 million. With 590 vehicles crossing the block Oct. 7-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the auction saw high-quality offerings lead to active bidding both on-site and online, resulting in 508 vehicles hammering sold for a strong 86% sell-through rate.



Touring the Motor City in the backseat of a 1953 Chrysler New Yorker


Devin Sykes's 1953 Chrysler New Yorker taxi (Devin Sykes and Vintage Taxi Tours photo)

By Racheal Colbert
The Classic Cars.com Journal

(October 11, 2021) Located in Detroit, Michigan, is an old rusted 1953 Chrysler New Yorker cab that’s still in service  —  yet only for scheduled tours to explore the motor city. Sykes, the owner of the classic Chrysler and Vintage Taxi Tours, has always had a passion for Detroit history as a car-enthusiast who has owned 20 pre-1980 classics from ‘20’s sedans to ‘60’s Chrysler muscle cars.

GM Motorama 1956 Chevrolet Belair cutaway show car


Photo courtesy of auto historian Alden Jewell

The Old Motor

(October 9, 2021) Since the early 1900s, automakers have created cutaway show cars and components that reveal the intricate details of the chassis, bodywork, and drivetrain. By removing sections of the exterior and interior, car buyers can get a fascinating look at the engineering and makeup of a vehicle. The “show quality” preparation of all parts, components, finishes, and extra bright work could dazzle prospective purchasers.

A father-daughter duo's journey to restore a 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit

(October 7, 2021) BRISTOL, Tenn. — George Linke grew up around car racing and tinkering on vehicles with his family. During the pandemic, Juliana, 7, expressed interest in helping her dad with home projects from painting to building a backyard deck. Keen on feeding her curiosity, Linke allowed her to watch, learn and participate where she could. Eager to give her more hands-on experience, Linke got an idea to start a new project together — restoring a car.

Mecum Chicago 2021 collector car auction set for Oct. 21-23


1956 Buick Century convertible

(October 6, 2021) Mecum Auctions will hold Mecum Chicago 2021 — the area’s only annual collector car auction event — this Oct. 21-23 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill. The auction will feature an estimated 1,000 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, trucks, exotics, Hot Rods, customs and more to cross the auction block.

1979 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 S in national vehicle register

(September 29, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 S, chassis number 1121112, is well known for being the star of the 1981 comedy film The Cannonball Run. Exactly 40 years after the film’s release, considered one of the most iconic car movies of all time, the Countach, one of its stars, has made history by being included on the National Historic Vehicle Register of the United States Library of Congress, managed by Hagerty Driver’s Foundation, on the shortlist of just 30 cars to date considered of national importance for the United States.

Groundbreaking 1930s Stout Scarab was 'the first minivan'


Flickr/Wade Brooks

By Jeff Peek
Hagerty Automotive History   

(September 29, 2021) “The world’s first minivan.” Few automotive honors are less sexy than that dubious title. Unless, of course, you look like the 1930s Stout Scarab. The Art Deco, aerodynamic, head-turning multi-passenger vehicle created a stir eight decades ago. Its powers have not waned. Designed and built by engineer William B. Stout, the Scarab’s shape not only resembled the beetle for which it was named, but it also aptly represented what Egyptians believe about the winged insect — that it symbolizes rebirth and renewal. Appropriately enough, Bill Stout did a whole lot of rebirthing and renewing in his day, both before and after the Scarab.

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