May 23, 2007
THREE hundred classic and exotic cars will be featured at the second annual Los Angeles Concours d'Elegance on June 3 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The show will include 31 classes of horseless carriages, prewar and postwar classics and more than 50 vintage race cars, including the striking 1925 Round Door Rolls-Royce and a 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II. Midget race cars driven at the Rose Bowl in the 1940s will also be on display. The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 30, 1985 |
Beatle John Lennon's psychedelic Rolls-Royce sold for more than $2 million Saturday after fierce bidding at a rock 'n' roll memorabilia auction at Sotheby's, the auctioneer said. "Applause broke out at the million-dollar mark and the auctioneer had to call for quiet," said Sotheby's spokesman Joseph Dougherty. Canadian businessman Jim Pattison, chairman of Expo '86 in Vancouver, bought the car for $2,299,000.
April 26, 1995
Showy Cars on Block: More than 300 classic, collector and special interest cars will be on the block in Orange County May 6 and 7 at the annual Newport Beach Classic & Collector Car Auction. The event, staged on the grounds of the Hyatt Newporter Hotel, is expected to draw about 10,000 collectors, dealers and looky-loos. Featured cars include the 1977 Rolls Royce that Frank Sinatra gave his wife as a wedding gift and a 1962 Dual Ghia Coupe whose pedigree includes Dean Martin as its first owner.
September 15, 2007 |
From "Animal House" to "Entourage," reverse-opening car doors have long been Hollywood code for cool. Automakers have once again gotten the message about "suicide doors" -- though you're not likely to see that phrase in any advertising campaigns. After all but disappearing from car design in the 1970s, the distinctive clamshell-style doors are staging a comeback, led by popular vehicles such as the Honda Element and the Toyota FJ Cruiser.
January 15, 2003 |
The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is not a local production anymore. It provides the domestic brands as well as the "implants" -- import car brands that have become permanent U.S. fixtures -- with an annual chance to flex their muscles. This year the unspoken theme of the show is that you can have it all. Name your niche and there's a vehicle -- either already here or on the way -- to fill it.
December 31, 1998 |
From stumbling beginnings as a cluster of cars in a baseball stadium parking lot, the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction has evolved into a global showroom of classic, vintage, celebrity and collector automobiles. Next month, 28 years after that first hammer fell at the opening, Tim Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, Reggie Jackson, David Spade and other celebrity collectors are expected to join an estimated 1,700 bidders from 14 countries in spending upward of $17 million on 800 cars.