The annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance brings incredible cars for display. Here's some of the beauties that sold.
While Amelia Island kicks off the global concours circuit with smaller crowds than at the Pebble Beach Concours in California, the cars lining this pristine slice of northern Florida coastline are just as significant.
That $6.6 million Delahaye, a 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster from 1937, became the most valuable car to ever sell at auction in Amelia. The French-built two-tone roadster, known to its last owner as the "French mistress," was derived from a racing chassis with a body fashioned by Parisian coachbuilder Figoni et Falaschi and illustrator Georges Hamel. According to RM Auctions, the Torpedo caused a legal controversy when Figoni et Falaschi refused to credit Hamel for his work, and their resolution was to affix a small brass plaque with his nickname "Geo Ham" on three of the 13 cars, including this one.
Father of current Ford chairman William Clay Ford, Jr. was also owner of Detroit Lions.
William Clay Ford, the last surviving grandchild of automotive icon Henry Ford and current director emeritus of Ford Motor Company, died at his home near Detroit on Sunday. He was 88. The cause of death was pneumonia.
He is also the father of current Ford chairman William Clay Ford, Jr., and “the last direct link to the days when the company belonged entirely to the Ford family, the company’s largest shareholder and the last Ford family member to be a confidant of founder Henry Ford,” according to the New York Times. The newspaper added that he “once steered a car from his grandfather Henry’s lap.”
Although William Clay Ford never got the chance to run the family business like his older brother Henry Ford II, he served as vice chairman from 1980 to 1989 and headed the company’s influential finance committee from 1987 to 1995.
He starting working at Ford on the assembly line during summer vacations while attending Yale. After graduating in 1949 with a degree in economics, he worked for Ford in sales and advertising and later in industrial relations, helping to negotiate a contract with the United Auto Workers.
New preview gives better look at retro-inspired Bumblebee, 'old-school' Optimus Prime — and yes, robot dinosaurs.
After months of promotional pictures, car reveals and a 30-second teaser that debuted during this year’s Super Bowl, we now have the first trailer for the upcoming "Transformers: Age of Extinction" film.
The fourth movie in director Michael Bay’s robotic car series, Age of Extinction is a reboot of sorts, bringing along with it new stars (most notably new leading man Mark Wahlberg) and a new gaggle of "star cars" — which is all we really care about anyway, right?
Let’s take a look at what we’ve seen and what we know so far about the vehicles of Age of Extinction.
The 2014 Fiat 500L and Chrysler SUVs from 2012-2013 need software updates.
The 2014 Fiat 500L, when equipped with the dual-clutch automatic transmission, can be slow to shift out of park or engage other selected gears. A "microcontroller" controlling the transmission can fail due to "certain temperature extremes."
In most cases, dealers will install a software update to correct the problem, but on about 200 cars the shift module may need to be physically replaced to work with the new software. A total of about 18,100 cars are affected in the U.S.
Another 25,250 SUVs -- the 2012-2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango -- are being recalled to fix the braking system. Specifically, there may not be enough brake fluid circulating through the system during a panic stop, which could cause the pedal to feel softer than normal.
Electric 3-wheeler has maneuverability of a motorcycle, cabin of a car and ease of vehicle sharing.
If futurist predictions come true, the global population will become increasingly urbanized, leading to the further growth of “mega cities” — and to what’s been termed as global gridlock as more vehicles take to the roads.
Toyota’s solution is the i-Road, a compact all-electric three-wheeled vehicle that has been turning heads on the streets of Toyota City, Japan, for its unusual appearance as well as its potential. The i-Road’s rear third wheel (think of it as a reverse tricycle) gives it a pivotal form of operation that’s similar to riding a motorcycle, although it’s more stable and therefore safer — and also fun.
Like a motorcycle or bicycle, the i-Road can weave through traffic and is far more maneuverable than a car since it takes up less space. Unlike a motorcycle, the i-Road has an enclosed canopy so the driver won’t get windblown and can stay warm and dry.
Entire surface is an LCD display that can be switched off to reveal a conventional mirror.
Some rearview mirrors have small LCD monitors embedded in them to display an image from a backup camera. But now Nissan has introduced what it calls the world’s first rearview mirror that incorporates a full LCD monitor as well as a traditional mirror, and that offers the best of both worlds by switching between the two.
The LCD built into the mirror housing is connected to a high-resolution camera at the rear of the vehicle. Nissan said this combination eliminates a traditional mirror’s blind spots and the obstructed views caused by a car’s C-pillars. The LCD mirror and camera combination also doesn’t have to deal with other visual impediments such as tall passengers in the rear seats or a cargo compartment stacked with luggage.
With a special roll cage and suspension and a massive set of wheels and tires, it could turn heads even in Crimea.
All eyes are on the Crimea because of the standoff between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukraine and its Western allies. But if this crazy Russian custom car were to enter the scene it would turn heads -- and maybe bring some much needed levity to the tense situation.
One community college in Washington state speaks out about Chrysler's legal order to destroy its rare Dodge Viper within two weeks.
Chrysler has ordered students of a small community college in Olympia, Wash., to destroy a Dodge Viper GTS Coupe. And it’s not just any Viper GTS coupe, either — it’s the fourth Viper model off the production line that's been sitting for the past seven years at South Puget Sound Community College.
The pre-production car was donated, along with 92 other Vipers, by Chrysler to technical schools nationwide that offer automotive programs. The problem is, according to professor Norm Chapman, that despite the fact that these Vipers were educational tools that were never meant to see the open road, a couple of them "got loose." And predictably enough for a car with a 8.0-liter V10 underhood and no traction control or ABS to speak of, they were involved in accidents. So now, to mitigate lawsuits, the mint condition example you see before you with VIN number four is going bye-bye.
This particular Viper, while appearing to be a stock GTS coupe, is a prototype from 1992. It has a 600-horsepower V10 engine, a 2,200-pound fiberglass body with a "makeshift hard-top," according to the Tacoma News Tribune. When the GTS debuted in 1996, it came with a 450-horsepower V10 and more conventional body construction with a heavier curb weight.
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Clifford Atiyeh has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own. Raised in Volvos, he has grown to love fast, irresponsible vehicles of all kinds. He is the senior news editor at MSN Autos and also reports for Car and Driver, Road & Track, The Boston Globe and other publications.
In the garage: 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (not his)
Doug Newcomb has covered car technology for over 20 years for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Edmunds.com. In 2008, he published his first book, "Car Audio for Dummies" (Wiley). He lives and drives in Hood River, Ore., with his wife and two kids, who share his passion for cars and technology.
In the garage: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, two 1984 Chevrolet Blazers, 2008 Honda CR-V
James Tate learned to drive stick at age 13 in a 1988 Land Cruiser - in La Paz, Bolivia. He's since been a mechanic, on a pit crew and has wrenched on every car he's owned since his first 1989 Honda CRX Si (and won't stop until the car is a 1973 Porsche 911 RS). His work has appeared in Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Automobile and others.
In the garage: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera, 1988 BMW M5
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