NYPD shows off its vintage patrol cars

NYPD shows off its vintage patrol cars - photos by Benjamin PrestonIt’s been years since the New York City Police Department painted its cars with the classic black and green livery, but the memory is still alive among a few. The NYPD museum, housed for now on Governor’s Island in New York Harbor, hosted a car show last week featuring many of the old black-and-greens (and one new one), as well as...
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Turning Tucker’s dream into reality is families’ affair

The Tucker Torpedo concept car build was a work-in-progress when displayed recently at the AACA MuseA man who has once gotten automobiles into his blood can never give them up. . .” — Preston Tucker The Tucker has been a collector car almost since it was new. With a limited production and a fascinating story (made into a movie in 1988 by none other than Francis Ford Coppola), the Tucker has always been a sought-after collector car...
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When Chevrolet made Ford a better car for racing

Believed to be a re-creation, ’26 Ford Frontenac will cross the block at Branson AuctionHenry Ford may have put the world on wheels, but, as strange as it may seem, it was Louis Chevrolet who made Ford’s Model T’s into winning racing cars. One such car, a 1926 Ford Model T Frontenac, is on the docket for the Branson Auction, scheduled for October 20-21 at the popular tourist town in Missouri. According to the auction...
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Mecum to auction rights to Excelsior-Henderson motorcycle brand

Classic Henderson motorcycle featured at Mecum's Las Vegas motorcycle auction in 2017 | Bob Golfen pOnce part of the American motorcycle ‘Big 3,’ the former Schwinn-produced motorcycles now cherished by collectors awaits someone to launch its revival One of the biggest dreams in the collector car world is resurrection of an iconic brand, and from time to time, the rights to a marque become available. Such will be the case January 27...
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Former Peron Packard parade car up for bidding

Evita Perón 1939 Packard Super Eight Derham PhaetonIn 1983, Raymond Plaster went to a collector car auction in Tulsa, Oklahoma, hoping to bring home a V12 Packard that was supposed to be on the docket. When that car didn’t show up for the sale, Plaster bought another Packard, a 1939 Super Eight Derham Phaeton in sorry shape. Plaster and his wife, Carol, would spend much of the next 19 years...
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Why do Montana Highway Patrol officers wear 3-7-77 on their uniforms?

1977 Montana Highway Patrol car at Deer Lodge museum--Photo by Larry EdsallPrison and car museum display shares theories for why those numbers are on MHP insignia. Although I’ve driven across Montana a few times, I’ve not (yet) been paid a visit by a Montana Highway Patrol officer. But during my recent visit to the Old Montana Prison & Auto Museum in Deer Lodge, I noticed a signboard parked near the...
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Woodies, Corvettes and the Blackhawks reign at Mecum’s Chicago auction

A 1948 Packard woody wagon will be featured in Chicago | Mecum Auctions photosMecum Auctions arrives in Chicago with an expected 1,000 collector cars for a three-day auction Collector cars from a host of private collections will be among the offerings starting today when Mecum Auctions rolls into the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Chicago for a three-day sale. An expected 1,000 vehicles are expected to cross...
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You’ll do the driving to get to Greyhound bus museum

Greyhound bus museum -- Photos by Larry EdsallYou need to get to Hibbing, Minnesota, to visit the memorial to the birthplace of an American travel system Greyhound’s famous advertising jingle instructed folks to “take the bus and leave the driving to us.” But if you want to learn more about the history of the more-than-century-old passenger-transporting company, you’ll...
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Who gets what from the price at the pump?

Fuel pumpFuel-pump producer breaks down who gets what from a gallon of gasoline Once you’ve calmed down and stopped cussing about the price you pay at the pump when you refill your car, be it classic or contemporary, have you ever wondered about where your money is going? So has Auteria, a Texas-based supplier of fuel-pump assemblies produced in...
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Rare American classics to be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s Hershey sale

The first Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow will be auctioned at Hershey | RM Sotheby's photosRM Sotheby's readies its 11th annual collector car auction during AACA fall gathering in Hershey, Pennsylvania, featuring American pres-war classics and early brass-era cars. Grand American pre-war classics, brass-era cars dating back to 1900 and a hot rod that is among the most-significant of all time are highlights of RM Sotheby’s 11th...
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‘Ghost’ E-type reappears and heads to auction

First left-hand drive 1971 Jaguar E-type 2+2Thought to have disappeared more than 30 years ago, the first left-hand drive 1971 Jaguar E-type 2+2 is on the docket for H&H Classics auction Not only has H&H Classics secured the “ghost” Jaguar E-type as a no-reserve offering for its auction November 15 at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, UK, but thinks it finally has...
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Lexus LFA: Buy it now — while it’s still affordable

Lexus LFA - RM Sotheby's photos by Tim ScottLike the heralded Toyota 2000GT, the Lexus LFA is rare and fast -- and just starting to accelerate in the collector car marketplace Every once in a while, sheer brilliance comes from an unexpected place. Take, for example, Richard Branson. On paper, he is a dyslexic who, when leaving school, without a college degree, was told he would either end...
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Classic cars rated top ‘passion’ investment over the long run

Coutts Passion indexRare musical instruments are accelerating quickly, but since 2005, collector cars have best met the need for enjoyable investments From major newspapers and the International Investment newsletter to Musical Instrument Professional, the Coutts Passion Index 2017 has been getting a lot of attention recently. Since 2005, Coutts has tracked various...
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Classic cars rated top ‘passion’ investment over the long run

Coutts Passion indexRare musical instruments are accelerating quickly, but since 2005, collector cars have best met the need for enjoyable investments From major newspapers and the International Investment newsletter to Musical Instrument Professional, the Coutts Passion Index 2017 has been getting a lot of attention recently. Since 2005, Coutts has tracked various...
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WD-40 and Vaccar turbocharge an off-road classic

WD-40 and Vaccar Bronco buildWD-40 and Vaccar team on a restoration build to be unveiled at 2017 SEMA Show and later auctioned for charity. WD-40 Company is teaming with builder Aaron Vaccar and The Vaccar Company on a restoration build that blends old and new: an iconic 1966 Ford Bronco equipped with a turbocharged EcoBoost drivetrain. Continuing WD-40’s eight-year...
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Caterham Seven SuperSprints sell out in just seven hours

Caterham Seven SuperSprintCaterham set a company sales record with its limited-edition Seven SuperSprint, selling all 60 of them in seven hours at the Goodwood Revival. Well, that didn’t take long. All 60 limited-edition Caterham Seven SuperSpints sports cars that debuted last Friday at the Goodwood Revival in England sold out in just seven hours. That’s sixty...
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Caterham Seven SuperSprints sell out in just seven hours

Caterham Seven SuperSprintCaterham set a company sales record with its limited-edition Seven SuperSprint, selling all 60 of them in seven hours at the Goodwood Revival. Well, that didn’t take long. All 60 limited-edition Caterham Seven SuperSpints sports cars that debuted last Friday at the Goodwood Revival in England sold out in just seven hours. That’s sixty...
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