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Porsche celebrates 70 years selling cars in America

1948 Porsche 356

(September 28, 2020) ATLANTA — It was autumn 1950 when a fateful meeting between Professor Ferdinand Porsche and Max Hoffman led to the decision that a fledgling German automotive manufacturer from humble beginnings would begin exporting its sports cars to America. The result was the creation of a bond stronger than anybody could have imagined, and this year, Porsche is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its arrival into the American market.

The first Porsche sports car received its certification for road use in Germany on June 8, 1948, meaning the history between the brand and the U.S. goes back almost to the very beginning. The young sports car company caught the eye of a visionary New York-based salesman. 

Ringbothers completes and delivers 1971 Chevy K5 Blazer

(September 28, 2020) SPRING GREEN, Wis. — Custom car builder and parts manufacturer Ringbrothers recently completed and delivered a 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer commissioned by hip-hop superstar Future. The Blazer features a 6.2-liter LS3 engine that produces 430 horsepower and is mated to a 4L80-E transmission. A custom BASF British Racing Green paint scheme is atop a body refinished with 3M products, while gold 18-inch HRE wheels complete the look.

A guide to common problems and how to fix them for Triumph TR4, TR4A

(September 25, 2020) The 1961-1967 Triumph TR4 represented a new breed of British sports car. Its modern lines, and accessories such as wind-up windows and face-level ventilation, were a big departure from earlier TR3 models. While TR4 mechanical parts may not have been new, the introduction of IRS (independent rear suspension) on the TR4A set a new benchmark for sports cars of that era.

Lexus, McLaren among headliners at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction

2012 Lexus LFA

(September 18, 2020) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson will offer a docket that includes an impressive selection of contemporary collectibles, all with no reserve, during the 2020 Fall Auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Oct. 22 -24, 2020. Among the most significant crossing the block is a 2012 Lexus LFA, which is one of only 178 sold in the U.S. market, and a 2017 Blade Silver McLaren 570S  with only 2,831 actual miles.

Restored 1961 MGA Outlaw headlines Petersen digital gala, auction

(September 14, 2020) LOS ANGELES — The Petersen Automotive Museum will auction off several lots through online auction house Bring a Trailer as part of its upcoming digital gala experience on Sept. 26. Significant auction highlights include a fully restored 1961 MGA Outlaw and a six-night stay in a Scottish castle complete with a private chef and house staff. Additional lots for auction encompass a once-in-a-lifetime ride with driver Bruce Canepa in a Porsche 935 at Sonoma Raceway and a very special vehicle allocation that will be announced next week.

BBC film depicts 'The Golden Age of the British Sports Car'

1965 MG Midget

(September 9, 2020) The BBC produced a documentary several years ago tracing the history of the British sports car during the decades of the 1950s and 1960s. The film covers many of the famous sports cars of that era from the Jaguar E-Type to the MG to the Austin Healey — and interesting owner experiences.

Collector Car Network sees continued online growth

(September 9, 2020) PHOENIX — Arizona-based collector car enterprise, the Collector Car Network, continues to show impressive local growth in a rapidly changing collector car industry. It is comprised of four brands:, the Journal, the Future Collector Car Show, and the soon-to-be-launched online collector car auction, AutoHunter.

Live Mecum Auction in Kissimmee brings $18.6 million in sales

1934 Packard Coupe Roadster

(September 8, 2020) WALWORTH, Wis. — More than $18.6 million in overall sales was achieved at the recently held live Mecum classic and collector car auction in Kissimmee, Fla. With more than 800 vehicles crossing the auction block in just three days, Aug. 27-29, the reserve-based auction achieved a 65% sell-through rate as 518 cars hammered sold.

Mecum internet auction to offer auto parts tied to Hemmings legacy

(September 2, 2020) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions is set to offer a selection of used and reproduction parts from Old Standard Auto Parts, a business started by the Hemmings family, as well as a headlight and tail-light visor business and inventory started by a former owner of Standard Auto Parts and several pieces that tie directly to Ernie Hemmings of Hemmings Motor News fame via its online, time-based auction platform, Mecum On Time. The online auction is set to begin on Sept. 16 and close on Sept. 19.

Sixty-five years later, the beauty of the Karmann Ghia endures

(August 27, 2020) When the Volkswagen Beetle became a hit in America during the ‘50s and ‘60s, it won over buyers for its utility, its frugality and its driving dynamics – not its unusual approach to automobile design. Even Volkswagen ads would later compare it to the Apollo lunar module with the tagline: “It’s ugly but it gets you there.”


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