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Abandoned Cars: Junk or Treasure

Car restorers dream of finding an abandoned classic and restoring it to its former glory.  Check out these 60 abandoned cars found in France last year:

These vehicles were part of the collection of Roger Baillon, who spent several decades rescuing cars from the scrap heap in the hopes of opening a car museum.  When his financial empire collapsed, he was forced to sell some and abandon the rest.

In 2014 his grandchildren inherited the estate and discovered this treasure trove.

A few weeks ago this collection was auctioned off, fetching $28.5 million for the estate and setting several records for sales.

The prize of the collection was a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB.  It sold for a record $18.5 … Read the rest

How to Put on Tire Chains

You might have an all-wheel drive car with snow tires and think it’s awesome in the snow. You’re probably right. However, there are some situations where even snow tires aren’t enough. It’s time to chain up.


First, of course, you have to buy chains for your car. They are sold in specific sizes, so buy the ones that fit your tires. There is a lot of variety in prices, but even the cheap ones are decent enough in a pinch. Once you have them home, practice putting them on. Your first time putting on chains should be on a safe, flat, and dry surface on a warm sunny day. Do not try to figure out how they work at … Read the rest

Rim Review: Mandrus Wheels Mannheim Rim

This month’s Rim Review gives you a close up look at the Mannheim Rim. It’s a product in the Mandrus Wheels line made specifically for Mercedes Benz vehicles, though it can be used on other cars.

In the video below, Glenn walks you through some of the benefits of buying a rim that was specifically designed for a given car.  He also talks about the specs and available sizes of this rim. It comes in chrome and gunmetal with mirror cut face and lip.

2015 Detroit Auto Show Review

2015 North American International Auto ShowThe hype and hyperbole are over for the year, as the 2015 North American International Auto Show wrapped up January 25th. There were massive hits and utter failures that left industry reporters and automotive enthusiasts with a lot to talk about. The floor space was filled with exotics, driverless cars, hydrogen cars, and even 3D printed cars. There was something for everyone, but like at Detroit’s old Cobo center, we have a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get started.

Car/Truck of the Year

Early in the show, the automotive press voted and generally came to an agreement on the most important new production vehicles launched at the Detroit show. Surprising absolutely no one is Ford’s new … Read the rest

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake Sells at Barrett-Jackson

The last remaining Super Snake went on the block at Barrett Jackson. Two were made, but the other was destroyed. This 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 was once owned by Carroll Shebly and was the highlight of the Ron Pratte Collection auctioned off in Scottsdale earlier this month.

The video below shows the bidding on this truly one-of-a-kind car. While the final bid of $4.7 million did not meet the reserve price, the Shelby family purchased the car immediately following the close of bids for a final price of $5.1 million.

Some other famous cars that sold at the event had TV/film credentials:
“I Love Lucy” 1955 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible — $220,000
“The Beverly Hillbillies” Custom Truck — $275,000
“Christine” … Read the rest

Barrett Jackson Auction – 1991 Ferrari F40 Coupe

Barrett-Jackson auctions new, classic, and rebuilt vehicles. In Scottsdale, one car that fell into the latter category was a 1991 Ferrari F40 Coupe that sold for $742,500.00 (including the buyers commission).

Presented by the legendary Reggie Jackson, this Ferrari was restored by Fast N’Loud Gas Monkey Garage.

Watch the exciting auction below:

1st 2016 Shelby GT350R Mustang

Barrett Jackson is best known for auctioning off classic, vintage, and one-of-a-kind cars. However, they also have a reputation for offering the newest cars, right off the assembly line, like the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R. The winning bid was $1 million.

This new Mustang has the first VIN — #0001 — and the winner was invited to pick up the car from the Chairman at Ford World Headquarters in Michigan.

Best of all, the auction, which you can watch below, was to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. With additional donations the auction raised over $1.1 million for the charity.

1950 GM Futurliner Sells for $4.1 Million

One of the featured vehicles at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson auctions in Scottsdale was a 1950 General Motors Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus from the Ron Pratte Collection. Only 12 of these were made with just nine surviving — and only three of those are in running order.

Pratte is donating the proceeds from this bus to the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF). Many active duty and veteran military personnel were present for the auction. The winning bid was $4.1 million. An additional $650,000 was raised by donors at the event to support the AFF.

Below you can watch an interview discussing the Parade of Progress Tour Bus and then a video of the auction itself.