Trying My Best to be Media Social

Not much better than hanging out at Jay's Library

Not much better than hanging out at Jay’s Library

I find the media convergence to be very exciting. Although it can be a bit dizzying to an old school dog like me. For my life and business, Facebook and Twitter don’t really fit to well, which is why I’m not active on these platforms. Of course this website is a must, and I quite enjoy doing this blog, and hope you enjoy visting.. I’ve done some other social media segments recently that I hope you’ll consider checking out. And they are described below.

Jay Leno’s Garage

Jay Leno, besides being one of the best ever late night talk show hosts, is without question among the world’s great comics. He’s just naturally funny, and a fine and very nice man. His sense of humor is positively wicked, and of course anyone viewing this site or blog knows him as The Ever Supreme Car Guy that he is. You’ve probably visited his website, JayLenosGarage.com, and if not then you must. Jay does great video segments with us book authors when we publish new books, and helps us plug new releases. The segments are logically enough called “Jay Leno’s Book Club.” And he’s been most generous with me each time I’ve published a new book, and has had me as a guest to talk about it.

Here’s a recent segment that I participated in, and I hope you’ll agree includes one way cool and outstanding ex-James Garner off-road racer. My continued thanks to Jay and his small but highly professional production crew for having me as a guest…

Cars, Yeah!

Another site of interest to car guys and gals is Cars, Yeah! Hosted by the knowledgeable and enthusiastic Mark Greene, this is a site primarily for Podcasts with all sorts of great folks from the automotive community. Mark asks thought-provoking questions of his guests, and does a very professional job producing these segments.
Here’s mine:

http://carsyeah.com/ourportfolio/matt-stone/

Petersen Car Stories

From past stories and blogs, you likely know that one of my very Happiest Places on Earth is the famous Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. It also does a fine podcast series with car folks called Car Stories. Here’s mine…

http://shoutengine.com/CarStories/matt-stone-6171

Horseless Carriage Club Tour

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Photography by Kirk Gerbracht and Linda J. Stone

I figured I better post these photos before they become as old as the cars in this wonderful event. Each December, the Horseless Carriage Club of Southern California hosts one of those “not to be missed” gatherings. They do a multi-stage drive event that gathers at and launches from the massive parking lot a Irwindale Speedway. There aren’t many rules or restrictions, other than it’s not a hot rod run, so original style please and restored pre-WWII only.

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Hundreds of great cars show up for the gathering, and as you can imagine, it results in a fabulous impromptu car show. You pay a few bucks to park, and that’s it. Otherwise, stroll the lots and rows of early tin, and enjoy. Lots of people to talk to, and many of California’s most influential car collectors show up.

and Heeeeeeeeeerrrrr's Jay...

and Heeeeeeeeeerrrrr’s Jay…with 3/4s of Bruce just on the right

My friends Bruce Meyer and Jay Leno, just to name a couple. Collector car auction house proprietor David Gooding often shows up at the wheel of one of his vintage classics.

Nice Blokes Indeed: Mike Brewer and Edd China

Nice Blokes Indeed: Mike Brewer and Edd China

 

Me and Edd; Mike and I are about the same general size and dimension; if the old boy ever gets tired of the Wheeler Dealer racket, I'd be happy to take his spot.

Me and Edd; Mike Brewer and I are about the same general size and dimension; if the old boy ever gets tired of the Wheeler Dealer racket, I’d be happy to take his spot.

This time (now actually last year) the extra special celebs were Edd China and Mike Brewer of Wheeler Dealer TV fame. And what nice and enthusiastic gents these two most affable Brits turned out to be. Great guys, great fun chatting with them and doing selfies.

 

Remember that back in the Ford Model T days, motoring was a big adventure, and you had to dress and be ready for any conditions.

Remember that back in the Ford Model T days, motoring was a big adventure, and you had to dress and be ready for any conditions.

Many of the participants and their co-pilots dress up in period garb; most of it quite charming, some of it dorky or just fun.

No trailer queens at this deal; its all about the driving.

No trailer queens at this deal; its all about the driving.

 

Lots of dream steam machines at this gig...

Lots of dream steam machines at this gig…

And then when it’s time for them to roll off on their tour, everyone lines up along the parking lots big exit and watches all the cars leave — very cool since you get to see, hear, and oft times smell the old hardware in action.  This is my favorite aspect of the event, but there’s something for everyone and everyone for something — a great way to spend a morning.

Anybody know of a nice Model A Touring for sale?

Calendar Alert: Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle show weekend coming in June

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“Every time I start thinking the world is all bad, I start
seeing some people out having a good time on motorcycles and it makes me take another look,”
-Steve McQueen

Chino Hills, CA – Prepare for your own good time at the 8th Annual Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show, June 5th and 6th, 2015. Taking place at Boys Republic, 1907 Boys Republic Drive, Chino Hills, CA, this year’s event takes another look at the documentary film, “On Any Sunday”. Directed by Bruce Brown, the cult classic is credited with setting the standard in motorcycle racing photography.

The action will begin Friday evening, June 5th, with a silent auction and wine tasting. An “On Any Sunday” themed dinner, with live auction, will follow, prepared and served by students of Boys Republic.

The car and motorcycle show will take place Saturday, June 6th. Discounted pre-registration is open online at www.stevemcqueencarshow.com and closes May 1, 2015. Due to space limitations, pre-registered vehicles will receive priority display placement.

The Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show has experienced steady growth and increasing popularity, witnessed by the exhibition of 375 classic cars and motorcycles at the 2014 event. Approximately 5,000-plus attendees perused the grounds, enjoying an up close and personal view of these collectible vehicles.

Over the past seven years, the car and motorcycle show has raised more than $700,000, with a goal for 2015 of reaching the one million dollar mark. Last year alone, nearly $280,000 was donated to Boys Republic. Established in 1907 as a private, non-profit community for at-risk teens, Steve McQueen attended the school from 1947-49. The actor credited the school with turning his life around and pointing him on the path to stardom. McQueen never forgot Boys Republic, and remained involved with the school, even after he became a Hollywood star and legend. The McQueen family continues that association
today.

Saturday schedule: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Admission is $10. Children under 12 are free.

For show updates and registration information: www.stevemcqueencarshow.com

All proceeds from the event will benefit Boys Republic, 1907 Boys Republic Drive, Chino Hills, CA.

Got Junk in your Trunk? Just call Ellen!

Proving yet again that good things come in small packages, my friend Ellen is a classic subcompact, something just over five feet tall, but packs big energy and personality into an efficiently sized package.  Here she proudly dislays some schwagly goodies she picked up to go with her new 997.

Proving yet again that good things come in small packages, my friend Ellen is a classic subcompact, something just over five feet tall, but packs big energy and personality into an efficiently sized package. Here she proudly dislays some schwagly goodies she picked up to go with her new 997.

The pert, charming redhead in the photo above is my friend Ellen, and yes boys, the gray 911 she’s standing with is hers. Not a boyfriend’s, brother’s or husband’s, but 100% all hers. She’s a serious gearhead girl, a Bondurant trained pilota, and just terribly neat and organized, as is her office, her home, her car, and herself. Neat clean and put together…all of the above.

We’ve all seen cars that appear as if someone is living in them. Now I don’t mean to belittle homeless folks who actually do have to live in their cars. I mean the hapless, messy, disorganized slobs who treat their cars as an extra junk drawer. Ellen recently recounted to me the story of one such co-worker of hers, a young woman whose normally four seater Mazda3 was so filled with crap that it became a one-seater, with barely enough room in that one seat for the driver. I don’t know this woman’s name but she and Ellen recently decided to clean this pile up and get her organized.  It only makes sense that this woman asked Ellen for help, as Ellen’s cars are always detailed to show quality and neat as a pin.

Ellen told me the story, thusley, and I’m still chuckling over it….

“Two garbage bags were filled with none other than…garbage. Another garbage bag was filled with shoes, another full of clothes. She found an envelope with $750 in cold hard cash. The trunk was also stuffed and emptied out. Took a while to get it all vacuumed. While I washed the car, she continued to go through stuff that came out of the car. Makeup, jewelry, sports equipment. Exhausting.

Then after a good wash, dry, and clay barred a little. Then she joined to wash the wheels. I cleaned the inside and all windows. I waxed and she took it off.

Amazing how good it ended up looking. She was on her cell at one point and heard her say ‘I can pick up uncle from the airport, I have room now!’.  Yep, it was so bad she could not carry a single passenger.

I think that it got so out of control she didn’t know where to start.”

They vacuumed, they polished, they cleaned, waxed, buffed and treated and now the car has room for four plus luggage.  Imagine losing, or finding, an envelope with $750 cash in it.  I’m happy when I find seventy five cents worth of quarters in my seat cushions, I’d pass out for an extra $750 I didn’t know, or didn’t remember, I had.

Let’s see if this girl can keep up her car’s new image.

Remembering Pontiac

Some news I thought you might enjoy from my friends at the Automobile Driving Museum…

Remembering the Pontiac

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(El Segundo, CA) The Automobile Driving Museum (ADM), a non-profit automotive museum that preserves and educates of historic automobiles will be hosting a “Remembering the Pontiac” event on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jim Wangers “The Godfather of the GTO” will be the special guest speaker delivering his “Royal Pontiac” presentation.

Jim Wangers, autobiographer of Glory Days and the marketing genius that worked for the division’s contract advertising agency, McManus, John and Adams. The legendary “ad man” for Pontiac and the marketer behind the Pontiac GTO and several other Pontiac specialty cars, Wangers helped establish the “muscle car” of the Sixties to its rightful niche in the history of American car marketing.

Royal Pontiac became the “unofficial” testing garage for Pontiac’s high performance cars and equipment. Wangers organized the entire Royal Pontiac program, which remains to this day one of the most respected and important landmark mail-order performance automotive sources ever established. A Royal “Bobcat” is today one of the hobby’s most collectible muscle cars.

The Remembering the Pontiac event will be open to all pre-70’s Pontiac cars. The Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA 90245. Requested donations of $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children (11-17) and 10 and under are free. For more information about the ADM, visit: www.theADM.org, Twitter @TheADMorg, and Facebook at /TheADMorg.

About the Automobile Driving Museum (ADM):
Stanley Zimmerman and Earl Rubenstein, long time car collectors and friends, founded the ADM in 2001. The museum was started as a place where car enthusiast could experience riding in a piece of automotive history. Known as the only museum in the country that takes their guests for a ride in their historic cars. Now, a destination for many tourists and an attraction for auto enthusiasts all over the world, the ADM has a collection of over 130 automobiles that will take you back through automotive history.

Coming Soon — My New Book: Exotic Barnfinds

 

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Like most of us hopeless carfools, I love great barnfind cars and stories. So I decided it was time to publish my own compendium of them. My friend Tom Cotter really identified the genre with his successful “…in the Barn” series of books, and publishing vets Jerry Heasley and Wally Wyss have also done very well with them.

In order to set my book apart from the others, I decided to focus on the fast and sexy stuff: Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, and such, plus a few great Shelbys.  In other words, no ’46 Plymouths in here.  Not that I have anything against ’46 Plymouths, but exotic they are not.  Another goal here is to share fresh stories that hopefully you’ve not read a dozen other places.  And these cars, stories, and photos come from all over the world.

The large format, softbound, all color Exotic Barnfinds will be published by CarTech Books, at a bargain retail price of $24.95, and you can buy it publisher direct from them, as larger bookstores like Barnes and Noble, or on Amazon.  It’ll be available this October, and here’s the rest of the scoop:

Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: CarTech (October 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613252021
ISBN-13: 978-1613252024
Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches

Driven: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon Pickups

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The “compact truck” segment, as we knew it, is largely dead. It was the segment launched in the late 60s and particularly early 70s with those charming, cheap to buy and easy to live with little trucks like the Ford Courier, Datsun 2000 pickup, Toyota HiLux and who could forget, the Chevy Luv. I liked these trucks, they made sense at the time; smaller engines to cope with high for the time fuel prices, reasonable payloads for their size, low price of entry, easy to drive. They were great, and millions were sold. Then they began to grow; there were extended cabs, then V-6 engines began to creep onto the options list. They got larger, heavier, and more expensive. And now those that are left in the segment are “mid-sized” pickups, offering the styling and most of the power and options of what we used to call “half-ton” pickups. Or now, more correctly full sized trucks. Because above them, now are heavy-duty and Super-Duty pickups.

What used to be small, medium, and large in the truck market is now "medium, full and Heavy-Duty"

What used to be small, medium, and large in the truck market is now “medium, full and Heavy-Duty”

So what of the compact to medium sized truck segment? The previous best selling Ranger has gone bubye, as has the Dakota and its Mitsubishi versions. The Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma have gotten larger and are both being prepped for a long overdue remodel. And Chevy and GMC limped along for years with the previous generation Canyon and Colorado; slightly warmed over versions of South American model pickups that never quite found happiness here.They looked a little dorky, powered by a pair of not quite right powertrains; an anemic inline four and a harsh-sounding not-powerful-enough inline-five that nobody really liked.

But that’s all over, as GM has thrown them out with the bathwater, brewing up a pair of absolutely new, now mid-sized pickups that borrow a lot from their full sized siblings, the well done and super popular Silverado and Sierra. The frames cop a lot of their design and technology from those of the big boys, and they are available in a wide variety of cab and bed configurations. There are again two engine choices, but good ones this time. The base economy minded motor is a 2.5-liter Ecotec four good for 200 horsepower and 191 pounds-feet of torque. Not big numbers but enough to move the trucks smartly about town when empty or lightly loaded. The up option engine is GM’s now ubiquitous 3.6-liter VVT direct injection V-6, spooling out 305 horse and 269 pounds feet of twisty goodness. Standard with the I-4 in certain models is a 6-speed manual transmission, with most other versions running a 6-speed automatic. GM has already announced that four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine option is on the way in a year or two, and I can’t wait to sample that.

All new chassis and body structure designs are super strong, light for their strength, and offer high levels of standard features

All new chassis and body structure designs are super strong, light for their strength, and offer high levels of standard features

GM has packed so much technology into these trucks. And base equipment levels are high; in other words, no more drum brake models. Even the base-ist, strippedest four-cylinder “work truck” model has finely tuned aerodynamics, standard back up cameras, and four-wheel disc brakes. Plus too much other stuff to mention. And loads of sound deadening materials to keep the quiet; no more drumming, rattling metal pickups.
Power rack and pinion steering is also standard, as is StabiliTrak electronic stability control. and lots of other stuff.

Canyon shows off its GMC Professional Grade design language to good effect

Canyon shows off its GMC Professional Grade design language to good effect

Colorado packs lots of Silverado into its styling, and GM did up this handsome piece as a fun example of the personalization options available to buyers of these rigs

Colorado packs lots of Silverado into its styling, and GM did up this handsome piece as a fun example of the personalization options available to buyers of these rigs

 

Other than styling and design, very little differentiates between the Chevy and the GMC version. All of the aluminum looking trim in the cabin of the GMC is real aluminum; its nice to touch and feel it be a little cold, like real metal, tap it with your finger and you can tell its metal not plastic — nice. Plus GMC offers one additional four wheel drive system not found on the Chevy, other than that, they are virtually the same, pick the one you like and you’ll be happy knowing you didn’t leave anything on the tale by not selecting the other.

The new cabins are comfy, well appointed, handsome, and made of high quality materials, something you wouldn't say about the old Canyon and Colorado interiors

The new cabins are comfy, well appointed, handsome, and made of high quality materials, something you wouldn’t say about the old Canyon and Colorado interiors

 

Active shutters behind the grille open and close to optimize between aerodynamic efficiency and cooling air needs -- smart stuff

Active shutters behind the grille open and close to optimize between aerodynamic efficiency and cooling air needs — smart stuff

I drove every engine and body configuration with the exception of the “base” four cylinder, manual transmission, rubber floormatted work truck version. And these trucks are terrific to drive. The size is really smart, not to big and not too small, especially if you don’t have huge payload needs, and drive this as your every day ride. Speaking of ride, its smooth over any surface. Particular attention was paid to tuning the body and chassis twisting frequencies, and to body mountings. Some trucks, when they run over bumpy terrain at any kind of speed, tend to get their chassis wiggling, then the body wiggles on top of it; think of a large bowl of Jello that just won’t stop. Not so these new GMs, all of that tendency has been engineered out. Seating is super comfy, and visibility is excellent.

Great engines too. The four isn’t overly punchy, but its enough especially if a lower purchase price and max fuel economy is paramount. Most buyers will get the V-6; this engine has really become the new “small-block Chevy” in that it does everything well and is used across the GM lineup; from Cadillacs to trucks to vans to Camaros, and in these new mid size trucks. Its punchy, smooth, and relatively economical. The six speed autobox is a perfect dance partner, always in the right gear at the right time.

Downsides? Not many, these trucks are superbly engineered, well finished, beautifully built, handsome, strong, and fine to drive.  And very smartly sized; they’re easy to park, have bigger carrying capacity than the old compacts, yet still fit in most two car garages. If I had a wish it would be that the GMC wouild be more differentiated from the Chevy in ways that really matter, beyond the brand specific styling. We had a GMC pickup when I was a kid, and it looked different, plus it had a big thumping GMC only V-6 engine that you couldn’t get in a Chevy. Maybe the Canyon ought to get a V-8 performance option; imagine a GMC Caynton sport truck with a 6.2-liter V-8, sport suspension and some serious rubber. Or an ultra work or off-road version with the V-8.  Or maybe a highly focused, diesel powered off-road model.  I dunno, something more here please.

How good are GM’s new mid-sizers; good and great enough to win Motor Trend’s 2015 Truck of the Year award, no small feat I assure you.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Get all the details, techs, specs, and ordering info at Chevrolet.com or GMC.com.

Job well done, GM.

Number Crunching the Arizona Collector Car Auction Week

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These results are tabulated by the good folks at Hagerty Collector Car Insurance, and while you may really enjoy people paying tons and tons of money for collector cars, or alternately, you may hate it, the information is always interesting to say the least.  So here’s the numbers according to www.hagerty.com

I didn’t make it to every sale, but most of them, so a few photos here by Kirk Gerbracht and yours true.  If you’ve never done auction week in Arizona, I’d suggest it for your bucket List.

Thanks…MS

 

Scottsdale Auction Week
January 18, 2015 (Results through January 17, 2015)

Listed below are the raw results witnessed by Hagerty during the live auctions and may not factor in any post-sale deals that have occurred.  These numbers include the appropriate buyer’s premiums.

Overall through Saturday from all auction companies
Cumulative Total: $276.4M
2,304/2,687 lots sold: 86% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $119,946

Overall Top 10 Sales from all auctions through Saturday:
1. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM Coupe Sold For $9,625,000 (RM)
2. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Coupe Sold For $9,405,000 (Bonhams)
3. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Sold For $7,700,000 (Gooding & Company)
4. 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet Sold For $4,070,000 (Gooding)
5. 1950 General Motors Futurliner Bus Sold For $4,000,000 (Barrett-Jackson)*
6. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Coupe Sold For $3,657,500 (RM)
7. 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Spyder Sold For $3,300,000
7. 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car Sold For $3,300,000 (Barrett-Jackson)
9. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 Coupe Sold For $2,750,000 (RM)
9. 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO Coupe Sold For $2,750,000 (RM)
*Car sold for charity

2014 Cumulative Results through Saturday
Cumulative Total: $239.3M
2,076/2,510 lots sold: 83% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $115,248

Results broken down by Auction Company

 

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BARRETT-JACKSON
Cumulative Total through Saturday: $120.7M
1,458/1,480 lots sold: 99% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $82,749

Overall Top 10 Sales:
1. 1950 General Motors Futurliner Parade Of Progress Tour Bus Sold For $4,000,000*
2. 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car Sold For $3,300,000
3. 1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Coupe Sold For $1,650,000
4. 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster Sold For $1,595,000
5. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe Sold For $1,100,000
6. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 320B Cabriolet Sold For $1,045,000
7. 2016 Shelby Mustang GT350 Coupe Sold For $1,000,000*
8. 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Sold For $800,000
9. 2015 BMW M5 Sedan Sold For $700,000
10. 1936 Delahaye “Whatthehaye” Street-Rod Sold For $671,000
*Car sold for charity

Saturday total: $51.6M
258/280 lots sold: 92% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $200,164

Top 10 Saturday Sales:
1. 1950 General Motors Futurliner Parade Of Progress Tour Bus Sold For $4,000,000*
2. 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car Sold For $3,300,000
3. 1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Coupe Sold For $1,650,000
4. 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster Sold For $1,595,000
5. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe Sold For $1,100,000
6. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 320B Cabriolet Sold For $1,045,000
7. 2016 Shelby Mustang GT350 Coupe Sold For $1,000,000*
8. 1936 Delahaye “Whatthehaye” Street-Rod Sold For $671,000
9. 1991 Ferrari F40 Coupe Sold For $638,000
10. 2005 Ford GT Coupe Sold For $605,000
*Car sold for charity

2014 Results through Saturday
Cumulative Total: $100.9M
1,246/1,255 lots sold: 99% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $80,942

BONHAMS
Overall total: $24.8M
73/84 lots sold: 87%
Average Sale Price: $340,058

Overall Top 10 Sales:
1. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Coupe Sold For $9,405,000
2. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe Sold For $1,375,000
3. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Sold For $1,237,500
4. 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 R&P Roadster Sold For $1,017,500
5. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Sold For $902,000
6. 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Coupe Sold For $748,000
7. 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Roadster Sold For $671,000
8. 1914 American Underslung 646 5-Passenger Touring Sold For $528,000
9. 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Coupe Sold For $511,500
10. 1948 Automobile Shippers Special Indy Roadster Sold For $473,000

Overall 2014 Results for comparrison
Total: $23.5M
86/101 lots sold: 85% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $272,890

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GOODING & CO
Overall Total: $51.5M
114/126 lots sold: 91% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $451,900

Overall Top 10 Sales:
1. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Sold For $7,700,000
2. 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet (closed headlight) Sold For $4,070,000
3. 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder Sold For $2,420,000
4. 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 Coupe Sold For $1,980,000
5. 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Coupe Sold For $1,925,000
6. 1959 BMW 507 Roadster Sold For $1,815,000
7. 1988 Porsche 959 Sport Coupe Sold For $1,705,000
8. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder Sold For $1,595,000
9. 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Sold For $1,567,500
10. 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 R&P Roadster Sold For $1,155,000
10. 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S Coupe Sold For $1,155,000

Saturday total: $26.2M
58/62 lots sold: 94% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $451,735

Top 10 Saturday Sales:
1. 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet (closed headlight) Sold For $4,070,000
2. 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder Sold For $2,420,000
3. 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 Coupe Sold For $1,980,000
4. 1988 Porsche 959 Sport Coupe Sold For $1,705,000
5. 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Sold For $1,567,500
6. 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S Coupe Sold For $1,155,000
7. 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 R&P Roadster Sold For $979,000
8. 1936 Auburn 852 Supercharged Boattail Speedster Sold For $770,000
9. 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe Sold For $698,500
10. 1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 Coupe Sold For $682,000

Overall 2014 Results for comparison
Total: $48.9M
109/117 lots sold: 93% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $448,730

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RM Auctions
Overall Total: $59.8M
104/123 lots sold: 86% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $574,863

Overall Top 10 Sales:
1. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM Coupe Sold For $9,625,000
2. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Coupe Sold For $3,657,500
3. 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder Sold For $3,300,000
4. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 Longnose Coupe Sold For $2,750,000
4. 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO Coupe Sold For $2,750,000
6. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder Sold For $2,365,000
7. 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SVJ Coupe Sold For $1,897,500
8. 1962 Ferrari 250 SII Cabriolet Sold For $1,705,000
9. 1965 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS Coupe Sold For $1,650,000
10. 2005 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione Coupe Sold For $1,622,500

2014 Results for comparison
Total: $45.6M
108/126 lots sold: 86% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $421,884

RUSSO AND STEELE
Cumulative Total through Saturday: $16.1M
337/550 lots sold: 61% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $47,728

Overall Top 10 Sales:
1. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Sold For $1,430,000
2. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Sport Coupe Sold For $335,500
3. 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Sportsroof Sold For $330,000
4. 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Coupe Sold For $302,500
5. 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster Sold For $286,000
6. 1970 Plymouth Cuda Hemi Hardtop Coupe Sold For $247,500
7. 2001 Prevost XL Sold For $206,250
8. 1959 Echidna Chassis #2 Roadster Sold For $162,800
9. 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman Cabriolet Sold For $151,250
10. 1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Sold For $143,000

Saturday total: $8.4M
99/171 lots sold: 58%
Average Sale Price: $85,275

Top 10 Saturday Sales:
1. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Sold For $1,430,000
2. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Sport Coupe Sold For $335,500
3. 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 SportsRoof Sold For $330,000
4. 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Coupe Sold For $302,500
5. 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster Sold For $286,000
6. 1970 Plymouth Cuda Hemi Hardtop Coupe Sold For $247,500
7. 2001 Prevost XL Sold For $206,250
8. 1959 Echidna Chassis #2 Roadster Sold For $162,800
9. 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman Cabriolet Sold For $151,250
10. 1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Sold For $143,000

2014 Results through Saturday for comparison
Cumulative Total: $17.3M
348/580 lots sold: 60% sell-through rate
Average Sale Price: $49,829

SILVER
Cumulative Total through Saturday: $3.5M
218/324 lots sold: 67%
Average Sale Price: $16,039

Overall Top 10 Sales:
1. 1956 DeSoto Firedome Convertible Sold For $85,320
2. 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Coupe Sold For $82,080
3. 1997 Lamborghini Diablo Sold For $71,280
4. 1931 Packard Standard 8 Convertible Sold For $64,800
5. 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Sold For $60,480
6. 1975 Porsche 911 Sold For $59,940
7. 1932 Ford Hi-Boy Roadster Sold For $56,160
8. 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle 396/325 Hardtop Coupe Sold For $52,380
9. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Sport Coupe Sold For $48,600
10. 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe Sold For $44,280

Saturday total: $2.0M
110/160 lots sold: 69%
Average Sale Price: $17,994

Top 10 Saturday Sales:
1. 1956 DeSoto Firedome Convertible  Sold For $85,320
2. 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Coupe Sold For $82,080
3. 1997 Lamborghini Diablo Sold For $71,280
4. 1931 Packard Standard 8 Convertible Sold For $64,800
5. 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Sold For $60,480
6. 1975 Porsche 911 Sold For $59,940
7. 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle 396/325 Hardtop Coupe Sold For $52,380
8. 1951 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Sold For $43,200
9. 1952 Chevrolet Custom Sold For $38,880
10. 1955 Ford Fairlane Sunliner Convertible Sold For $35,100

2014 Results for comparison
Total: $3.1M
179/331 lots sold: 54%
Average Sale Price: $17,414

SHELBY AMERICAN LAUNCHES 2015 SHELBY GT MUSCLECAR FOR ENTHUSIASTS WORLDWIDE

Anticipation in what lies beneath...

Anticipation in what lies beneath…

This news from my friends at Shelby American…

photos by Kirk Gerbracht 

My friend, Shelby American's official Vice President of fun and nitrous, Gary Patterson, takes the media and assembled crowd of fans for a walk around the new Shelby GT.

My friend, Shelby American’s official Vice President of fun and nitrous, Gary Patterson, takes the media and assembled crowd of fans for a walk around the new Shelby GT.

LAS VEGAS – Jan. 16, 2015 – Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), launched the first global Shelby GT muscle car, which is based on the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT. One of the most popular cars in Shelby history the 627 HP 2015 Shelby GT was unveiled today at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in Ford Motor Company’s booth. Shelby is now taking orders with delivery of cars planned for the beginning of the second quarter of 2015.

Shelby CEO Mr. Conway, quoted just below, is the white haired gent in the middle of this lineup

Shelby CEO Mr. Conway, quoted just below, is the white haired gent in the middle of this lineup

“This 2015 Shelby GT incorporates all of the engineering lessons we’ve learned building high performance vehicles over the past 50 years,” said Joe Conway, co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American “With the international distribution of the current Ford Mustang, we worked closely with our partners to develop a car that can be offered in both North America and overseas. It’s the first Shelby muscle car in our history designed from day one to be a truly global vehicle.”

Lots of special Ford people on hand, including Patricia and Bob Bondurant here with Patterson

Lots of special Ford people on hand, including Patricia and Bob Bondurant here with Patterson

In 2007, Ford Division, Carroll Shelby and Ford Racing created the Shelby GT. Beginning as 4.6L Mustang GT’s assembled at Ford, they were shipped to Shelby in Las Vegas for transformation. Around 8,000 Shelby GT’s were built from 2007 to 2008 and the wildly popular car dominated its SCCA racing class. In 2013, Shelby American returned the Shelby GT to its lineup after a five year hiatus.

New GT isn't cheap, but packs high levels of exclusive vehicle specific content and lots of opportunity for personalization to make your Shelby GT truly YOUR Shelby GT

New GT isn’t cheap, but packs high levels of exclusive vehicle specific content and lots of opportunity for personalization to make your Shelby GT truly YOUR Shelby GT

“We took a new approach with the 2015 Shelby GT,” said Shelby American Vice President of Operations Akos J. Feher. “We had a lot of fun designing these cars and ended up building the most powerful Shelby GT ever offered without sacrificing reliability. All exterior parts were designed and developed in-house, with every component exclusive to Shelby. We only used lightweight carbon fiber for all the aerodynamic components, including the brand new hood. The components were designed to allow a high level of customization for our customers, like the new billet aluminum front grilles.”

Who doesn't like Big Power?  Shelby supercharges the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 up to 627 horse

Who doesn’t like Big Power? Shelby supercharges the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 up to 627 horse

Every aspect of the Shelby GT is enhanced to create a potent all-around performer. Like it’s predecessor, this car features Ford Racing Performance Parts including a 627 HP supercharger, performance handling kit and half shafts. Gearing has been upgraded 3.73 gears and paired with chrome-tipped Borla exhaust. The Shelby GT rides on a staggered set of WELD Racing wheels shod with sticky Michelin tires.

This car loves the twisties and can handle the curves thanks to the new performance handling kit. The Wilwood six piston front brakes ensure the car can stop on a dime. The base car’s good looks are enhanced by adding a new hood with functional air vents and other functional aerodynamic components like a 2-piece rear diffuser. All of the Shelby exclusive exterior parts are made of carbon fiber; they are not only functional but also look great either painted or unpainted. Shelby exclusive front grilles, made entirely out of billet aluminum highlight the already aggressive nose of the car.

Let 'em in!  Instead of the usual media only press conference, the Shelby GT reveal was held in the Ford Booth at Barrett-Jackson with the public and all Shelby enthusiasts welcome.  One Shelby exec commented that this was critical "because without the public, our customers and our fans, we got nuthin"

Let ‘em in! Instead of the usual media only press conference, the Shelby GT reveal was held in the Ford Booth at Barrett-Jackson with the public and all Shelby enthusiasts welcome. One Shelby exec commented that this was critical “because without the public, our customers and our fans, we got nuthin”

A Shelby GT can be built based on either a manual or automatic Mustang GT, is 50 state emissions legal in the USA and runs on pump gas. Shelby’s most demanding customers can order a ’15 Shelby GT with a long list of options including a 700+HP performance upgrade, adjustable suspension, upgraded big brake kit, and a number of interior upgrades.

“The 2015 Shelby GT is a nicely balanced muscle car that does everything well, whether on the track or on the drag strip” said Gary Patterson, Shelby American Vice President of Strategic Sales and Media Relations. “This post-title program takes performance to extreme levels. At the same time, the styling is sleek yet uniquely American with touches from Shelby history. Based on the fantastic new Ford Mustang platform, the Shelby GT can easily double as formidable daily driver and then run rings around the competition at track events.”

Already nice Mustang GT cabin becomes that much nicer with lots of Shelby upgrades

Already nice Mustang GT cabin becomes that much nicer with lots of Shelby upgrades

This is a post-title program; Ford dealers worldwide can contact Shelby American to build a Shelby GT based on a car owned by a customer or one of their 2015 Mustang GT fastbacks or convertibles. Each car will be issued a Shelby American CSM number for documentation in the official Shelby American Worldwide Registry to maximize potential collectability.

“The demand for Shelby vehicles, parts and products around the globe continues to skyrocket,” said Neil Cummings co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing. “In addition to a superb facility in Las Vegas, Shelby is establishing mod shops worldwide. This will allow enthusiasts worldwide who have access to a Ford Mustang to transform it into a Shelby GT locally.”

The price of the base Shelby GT modification, not including the Ford Mustang GT, is $39,995. Customers can build their Shelby GT online at http://www.shelbyamerican.com/2015shelbygt.asp or call (702) 942-7325/ (844) 974-3529.

About Shelby American, Inc.
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles; it offers the Shelby GT, 1000, GT500 Super Snake and GTS post-title packages for the 2005-2015 Ford Mustang. Shelby American also builds the Shelby Raptor muscle truck and Shelby Focus ST hot hatch. For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.com.

MOTOR4TOYS SHOW A HUGE SUCCESS

Like I said, Lots of Lambos...

Lots of Lambos…

I wanted to show you photos from and tell you about this great event, which took place in early December, before talking about a holiday toy and fun raiser show seemed too strange in the new year.

Lots of Lotii too...

Lots of Lotii too…

 

Plenty of Porsches...

Plenty of Porsches…

 

and Volumes of Vettes...

Volumes of Vettes…

Motor4Toys is an annual show held in a massive office complex parking lot dedicated to a great day with cars, and as a ginormous toy drive and fund raiser for underpriviledged kids. There are a lot of volunteers behind the effort, but the driver of it all is an enthusiast named Dustin Troyan. Troyan is also the key fig behind a well known San Fernando Valley, California cruise in called Supercar Sunday. He’s also the kingpin of a small automotive enthusiast publishing company and produces a free magazine that’s pretty well done, and I read every issue.

and Thankfully, Tons of Toys...job well done Dustin and Company!

and Thankfully, Tons of Toys…job well done Dustin and Company!

No matter, M4T’s goal was to gather 70,000 toys (no typo) for the 2014 holiday season. There’s no charge to get into the show, nor any cost to enter your car…except the donation of a new unwrapped toy. This gig now draws many thousands of cars and people, and the combined effort assembled a literal mountain of toys. It was a heartwarming site to see the piles and piles of stuff that people donated. Some very generous folks also donated a ton of money too; last I heard that kitty was up over $70,000.

Big Props to these attractive and friendly Elf bunnies who goodnaturedly posed for countless happysnaps and selfies with an appreciative crowd

Big Props to these attractive and friendly Elf bunnies who goodnaturedly (if that’s even a word) posed for countless happysnaps and selfies with an appreciative crowd

I don’t know Dustin well, although we’ve communicated a few times about automotive publishing, but I commend him and his band of volunteers for putting this event on. It’s a lot of work for a lot of people, and certainly a high return on that investment.

Next year’s event will likely again take place in early December, and if you are anywhere near the left coast, you should check it out. It’s strictly a run what you brung deal, and you’ll see everything from rat rods to high end Porsches, Lambos, and LOTS of Ferraris.

Check out more of these great Kirk Gerbracht photos…and keep an eye on this show for next year at www.motor4toys.com

I can't think of another car that drew any more attention than did this Barn Fresh Shelby GT350.  Not a runner, it was towed to the show and always had a crowd around it wanting to know its story

I can’t think of another car that drew any more attention than did this Barn Fresh Shelby GT350. Not a runner, it was towed to the show and always had a crowd around it wanting to know its story

 

Definately not a runner, but appreciated for what it was.  It deserves, and will likely receive a frame off restoration

Definately not a runner, but appreciated for what it was. It deserves, and will likely receive a frame off restoration

 

This notice was taped in the window, and is all we know about this Shelby Mustang's story

This notice was taped in the window, and is all we know about this Shelby Mustang’s story

 

Lots of muscle on hand, this one really got my Goat (sorry...)

Lots of muscle on hand, this ’68 GTO really got my Goat (sorry…)

 

And what guy doesn't want a woody?

And what guy doesn’t want a woody? (OK, also sorry…)

 

As I said, its run what ya brung, and something for everyone...see you here next December.

As I said, its run what ya brung, and something for everyone…see you here next December.