Dec 242012
1936 - 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial-Roadster
Image source: Georg Schwalbach (GS1311) via Flickr

The year also showed the strength of a resurging passion for vehicles from the past, with growing sales results for collector cars at every level, from Ford to Ferrari.

Here are 10 of the most intriguing collector-car sales of 2012 (totals include bidder fees):

  • 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster – The top seller of the year, hitting $11.77 million at Gooding and Company’s Pebble Beach auction in August. A record for a Mercedes-Benz sold at auction, the magnificent Von Krieger Special carries with it a fascinating documented history of ownership by a German baroness.
  • 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage – With its evocative heritage including service as a camera car during the filming of Steve McQueen’s Le Mans,, the GT40 was sold at RM Auction’s Monterey sale for a whopping $11 million, the highest price on record for an American car sold at auction.
  • 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing – One of the highlights of the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction was the $2 million sale of this classic in pristine original condition with only 4,000 miles on its odometer. By far a record price for a steel-body (rather than alloy) Gullwing, but nobody doubted that it was worth it.

via VINTAGE: 10 Great Collector-Car Sales.

Also, see  hard-to-find vintage racking jackets.

May 092012

Do you miss the days when the Sunbeam Tiger was in action? Or would you want to see the Porsche 944 racing again? Maybe you’re more of a muscle car guy. The Plymouth Barracuda. That car is always a treat. Same with the Shelby GT350 Mustangs. Cars that have been long gone but remain entrenched in our hearts.

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1970 Plymouth Barracuda

Good news is that they’re still around. There are plenty of car lovers who maintain vintage sports cars as treasured collection and race them at the same time. Through the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), organized races are scheduled for fun, thrill, and pleasure. These races feature fast cars that haven’t come out of production line in many years. Exotic cars such as Alfa Romeo GTV, Aston Martin DB4, and Lotus 23B are often seen side-to-side with other cars from the past like the Datsun 240Z, AC Cobra 427, and other, now vintage, sportscars. It’s definitely worthwhile to wear your vintage racing jacket from your closet to fit in with the crowd.

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1971 Number 240 Datsun 240Z driven by Jim Lenehan in SVRA Class 8 (BP)

So check out the SVRA racing schedule. There might be a race scheduled near you.