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Led by the much-anticipated charity sale of the first-production 2020 mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette, Barrett-Jackson scored the highest-grossing collector car auction in its history during the 49th annual Scottsdale sale. The total was more than $141 million (including auction fees), with $129.7 million from its largest-ever docket of more than 1,900 vehicles, $7.625 million raised through
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American Car Collector Magazine put on an expert panel at the Barrett-Jackson Auction venue featuring well known collector/columnists giving their opinions on the state of Buy-Sell-Hold for specific special-interest cars. In 2020, things are clearly changing. Electric, hybrid. A perception that the next generation is not interested in cars. Some of that was dispelled during
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Winter is here, and that means it’s time yet again for your annual reminder that winter tires are a worthwhile investment, even if you live in an area that rarely sees frozen stuff falling from the sky.  This year’s message comes courtesy of BMW. For the demonstrations, BMW fitted M4 coupes with winter and summer
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Electric motorcycles are coming to market quickly and Vancouver-based Damon has a new spin on two-wheeled emission-free riding. The Damon Hypersport HS was announced last month and made an appearance this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The electric motorcycle comes with active safety features that help keep its rider safe and
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At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Lamborghini revealed that the Huracán EVO is the first car to integrate Amazon Alexa to control vehicle systems. Other automakers have integrated Alexa, but only for cloud-based controls. With voice commands, drivers can adjust climate control, interior lighting, seat heating, and even drive modes through Alexa.
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The Lexus LFA has been out production for seven years, and yet the luxury automaker sold three new examples of its supercar in 2019. Even more surprising, that means LFA sales increased by 50 percent year-over-year with two sold in 2018. Lexus built only 500 examples of the LFA worldwide, and only 178 came to
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Keen to toy with its latest purchase, Volkswagen Group planned to return Bugatti to its glory days. The original Bugatti folded in the mid-20th century, only to be revived for fewer than 10 years in 1987. In 1998, VW Group rescued Bugatti when it purchased the brand. Flush with cash, VW tinkered with Buggati’s mission.
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As we begin a new year, we take time to remember some of those in the classic car community who left us in 2019 (presented here in chronological order of their passing): Peter Giddings, vintage racer Michael T. Lynch, historian and author Glen Wood, longtime NASCAR team owner Robert Hubbard, inventor of the HANS device
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Syd Mead, car designer turned artist known for looking far into the future, and the visionary behind such movies as “Blade Runner,” “Aliens” and “Tron,” died December 30. He was 86. Mead was a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for two years in Ford’s advanced design studio.
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