Nissan has big plans for the U.S. launch of the 2017 GT-R NISMO. In addition to plans to launch it at the 2016 Japanese Classic Car Show in Long Beach, California, the company has plans to team up with Matchbox for a very special model depicting the GT-R that started it all. Continue reading »
If you missed Part 1 of our coverage of the Lake Mirror Classic, feel free to check it out here – although, Part 1 was sort of a teaser leading up to now.
As expected, this year’s Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival and Auction was a blast! There were so many beautiful cars – a long line of Ferraris, a block of AC Cobras, a hill of Mustangs and so much more! The weather was absolutely perfect too.
We were there, DSLR cameras in hand. We’re just now getting a chance to upload and rifle through the thousands of pictures.
Stay tuned for more!
It’s October, and for those of us in Central Florida that means three things: 1) pumpkin-flavored everything, 2) slightly milder weather (highs in the upper-80s/lower-90s), 3) and the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival and Auction. October 19-21, hundreds of beautiful cars and thousands of eager enthusiasts will fill the picturesque streets of downtown Lakeland and surround the restored 1920’s, art deco-inspired Lake Mirror promenade.
When the dust settled on Sept. 2 and the last of over 1,000 cars crossed the block at Auction America by RM’s four-day Labor Day soiree, more than $18.6 million in sales were reported with a $456,500 ’35 Duesey heading the list.
And while the bottom of the “Top Five” list was a $181,500 ’32 Auburn, the rest of the reported 78 percent of sales were for much, MUCH less expensive machines. So, to show that even at an auction held at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival regular folks can spend “credit card money” and come home with something, um… no, just “something.” That’s all I’m promising here.
Seven cars with sale prices below $4k follow, and while I can’t vouch for their relative worth, I can say that they all sold at or near their parts/scrap values, so not much harm could be done – financially at least. They all could mechanically fail tragically, burst into flames and/or explode…
Imagine, if you will, the early 1970s. Japanese cars and trucks arrived in America and the vast majority of patriots scoffed with an air of superiority. How could anyone appreciate such unfortunately tiny, dependable little cars? The bigger, the better: the best cars were the most arrogant, least dependable showboats on the road.
Then something unexpected happened. The Oil Crisis caused fuel prices to rise, and people started to see small car ownership as a potentially rational decision – enter America’s newfound love for practicality.