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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.

Barrett Jackson 2015 Off & Running

The biggest of car auctions is underway in Scottsdale, AZ. The 2015 Barrett Jackson auction kicked off on Saturday with the first every Family Value Day. The event runs through next Sunday but is already doing better than last year. Over the opening weekend attendance was up 22% compared to 2014.

Much of the weekend was devoted to previewing cars that will go on the block later and to auctioning off automobilia. On Monday, the auctions were in earnest, with sales of $1.5 million for the 94 cars that went on the block.

Check out the videos below to get a feel for what it’s like to be on the floor in Scottsdale and a preview of upcoming auctions. Follow … Read the rest

Best New Cars for 2015

Every year, manufacturers bring out new or revised vehicles, making every new year an exciting time for auto enthusiasts. 2015 is no different, and even has a few shockers that look to shake up the auto buyer’s idea of normal. Say hello to 2015’s best cars. You’re going to like them.

Ford Mustang

2015 Ford MustangFirst up is the one that has been everywhere the last half of 2014, and there’s a reason: the new Mustang rocks. Gone is the clunky live axle, replaced by a well thought out independent suspension that lets you feel the road, but not its harshness. A new EcoBoost four cylinder sits between the v6 and v8, with 310 hp. Prices start around $25,000, but expect to … Read the rest

Start off 2015 with Arizona Auctions

With 2015 only days away, most car fans are looking toward Arizona as January brings the annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event. The annual auction, which lands in Arizona January 10th-18th, features some of the most famous and expensive cars and some of the most exciting bidding.

With over 1,400 items on the block, the highlight of the event for many will be the Ron Pratte Collection. This special collection includes over 120 historic vehicles. Here are some previews of the Pratte Collection:

If you can’t get tickets for Barrett Jackson, consider checking out the other big auction in Arizona. January 15-16, 2015 is the RM Auction in Phoenix:

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Preventing Winter Rust

Rust is the enemy of every classic car. Unless you are in the business of bodywork, rust is a major annoyance that if left untreated can turn into an expensive repair. Let’s take a look at how to prevent rust, and how to repair your vehicle if it has minor rust issues.

First though, you might be asking “Why does my car rust in the first place?” Good question. Rust is the result of a chemical change in the metal. Basically, exposure to oxygen and water causes iron and steel to give up electrons, which slowly turn the metal into a weaker hydrated iron oxide, or what we know as rust. Some factors that increase the speed of the chemical … Read the rest

SEMA 2014 Videos

Did you miss the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas?  Here’s a few videos to help you feel like you were there.

In case you didn’t know, SEMA stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association. Every year they have a massive show at the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week.  While the general public is excluded from the event, the media attends and reports on all the new trends. There are also exhibitions held in conjunction with the show, like the custom car cruise, that allows the general public to get a taste of what’s hot in hot rod customization, tricked out trucks, and prototype racers.

Car Nation highlight video:

2015 Mustangs at SEMA:

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National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

On average, 30 people are killed by drunk drivers every day in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While accidents happen, the sad fact is drunk driving is not an accident; it is the result of poor choices. Like many other poor choices, drunk driving is a preventable crime.

drive soberTo this effect, the President of the United States designates each December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is the deadliest time to be on American roadways, with thousands killed and injured each holiday season. The NHTSA reports 1 in 3 fatal accidents are caused by drunk or impaired drivers. The damage isn’t just limited to people. … Read the rest