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Rare Model J Duesenberg on Auction

If you’re in the hunt for a rare classic car and money’s not a problem, then you’re in with a chance of owning a 1929 Duesenberg.

This Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton in original blue livery will fall under the hammer in August when Gooding & Co of Santa Monica hold their annual auction at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The Duesenberg still has its original motor, chassis, and LeBaron Dual-Cowl Phaeton coach work. Anticipated price is anywhere from $2 million to $2.75 million.

If, like the vast majority of us, you’re not going to be bidding for this beauty, then console yourself by owning a Duesenberg fine art print or poster. Go check out our Duesenberg Prints and Posters for more.

Ferrari Owners Show their Finest

The Washington Times (Communities) reports that Ferrari owners came out in force at the fifth annual Concorso Ferrari in Pasadena, displaying cars with a combined value of more than $100 million.

According to the report, the event, under the auspices of the Southwest Region of the Ferrari Club of America, was first held in 2008. It gives club members the chance to show their classic Italian sports cars on the Colorado Boulevard in Old Pasadena.

As participation is limited to 150 of the finest Ferraris – both new and old – a bit of arithmetic ($100m / 150) suggests that the average value of the cars on display is around $660,000! Not sure if that’s realistic?

In any event, if you’re a Ferrari fan (and who isn’t?), do check out this great selection of Ferrari Posters.

Ferrari 250 GTO Sold for Record Price

A 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO has reportedly been sold for £20.2 million by British businessman Jon Hunt, making it the most expensive car ever sold in Great Britain.

This makes it the world’s second most expensive car ever sold, behind a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC that was sold for a whopping price tag of “between £20 and £26 million” in 2010.

The Ferrari 250 GTO, number 5095, was bought by Mr Hunt in 2008 for £15.7 million, which was a world record at the time.

This model Ferrari is regarded as the world’s most sought-after car because only 39 were built in a two-year period between 1962 and 1964. When it first appeared, a new model could be had for £6,000!

The Ferrari 250 GTO was assembled with a V-12, three-litre motor developing 300bhp giving it a top speed of 174 mph.

NB – don’t forget to browse our eye-catching gallery of Ferrari Fine Art Prints and Posters to see more examples of these classic European beauties.

Classic car collectors will be salivating at the prospect of acquiring some of the world’s rarest collectible automobiles when Texan Dick Burdick’s Museum Collection goes under the hammer on March 3, 2012.

The auction, by Dan Kruse Classics auction house, takes place at the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History in Rosansky, near Austin, Texas.

The collection of 87 classic cars includes a 1970 Silver Show Rolls Royce owned by Johnny Cash, Cornelius Vanderbilt’s Silver Ghost Town Car, Countess Porceri’s 1933 Duesenberg Model J Sports Sedan, Lorraine & De Dietrich VDC Two Seat Racer from The Great Race and, amazingly, a 1969 Chevrolet Corvair Coupe with only 14 miles on the clock.

The car once owned by Countess Proceri, a 1929 Duesenberg Franay limo with a divider window, is one of only two ever built and was shown in the 1931 and 1934 Paris Show.

Other cars being auctioned include a 1906 International Harvester Truck, 1910 Empire Little Aristrocrat Sportabout, a 1921 Studebaker 4DR Touring Car, a 1930 Cadillac “Madam X” V-16 Rumbleseat 2DR Sedan, a 1939 Mercury Eight 2DR Convertible, a 1949 Super Deluxe Ford Coupe, and a 1950 Packard Custom Sedan.

The Central Texas Museum of Automotive History, founded by businessman and and philanthropist Dick Burdick in 1980, was dedicated to the collection, restoration, education and preservation of historic automobiles, accessories and historical data.

Now, after 32 years, Burdick will be moving his facility to his hometown of San Marcos, Texas alllowing for this unique auction of eminently collectible automobiles, most without reserve.

Friday, February 17 through March 2, 2012. 10am – 5pm (Sundays 12 N – 5pm CST).

Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 10am PST
Located at the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History
2502 Highway 304 in Smithville, Texas

Driving America, billed as the world’s premier automotive exhibition, opens on January 29 at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

The exhibition, while centered around a unique collection of historically important vehicles, will also feature original artifacts, digital displays, interactive media, and personal accounts.

Driving America, which aims to highlight the profound impact of the automobile on American culture, promises to be one of the largest automotive exhibitions of its kind. It covers a massive 80,000 square feet and includes more than 100 vehicles and more than 60 cases of artifacts.

See Driving America for more about the exhibition.

And, if you’re interested in motor cars, please don’t forget to browse our superb selection of Ford Prints and Posters.

Hottest Cars of 2012

Playboy, better known for its pictures of hot girls, has come up with a list of “Hottest Cars of 2012”.

Playboy’s Car of the Year is the Jaguar XKR-S, while the selection of hottest cars, in alphabetical order is:
Audi A7
Bentley Continental GTC
BMW 1-Series M Coupe
Fiat 500
Ford Mustang Boss 302
Hyundai Veloster
Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
Lexus CT 200h
Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG
Range Rover Evoque

Visit the site – – and vote for your favorite from the list.

Also, don’t forget to check out our great selection of Classic Car Prints and our 2012 Car Calendars.

2012 Car Calendars

From dedicated petrolheads to those who simply appreciate fine automobiles and classic cars, our 2012 Car Calendars will be much admired and appreciated. If you’re needing a practical but inexpensive gift for someone who loves cars, look no further!

The range of wall calendars, desk calendars, and poster calendars, showcase a mix of auto classics, covering Super Cars, Dream Cars, European classics from Porsche and Ferrari to VW Beetles and the Mini, Concept Cars and all-American favorites like the Corvette and Mustang, plus muscle cars and hot rods.

For the full selection fo 2012 calendars now available for ordering online, see the Calendars page.

Chevy Classics from Last 100 Years

It’s Chevrolet’s 100th birthday today! The US auto manufacturer, which is the top-selling car brand of all time, has produced many memorable cars over the past 100 years. Check out the above site for photos of the following Chevy classics:

1911, first Chevrolet

1914 Royal Mail

1925 Chevrolet House Car

1932 Chevrolets

1935 Master Deluxe 4 door sedan

1946 Suburban

1948 Chevrolet Wood Wagon

1954 Chevrolet patrol car

1954 Bel Air convertible

1955 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier

1955 Bel Air Nomad Station Wagon

1958 Bel Air

1958 El Camino

1962 Chevrolet Chevy II

1963 Malibu

1964 Corvair

1965 Chevrolet Suburban

1967 Chevy pickup

1967 Camaro

1969 Camaro RS

1972 Vega

1974 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

1976 Chevette.

1977 Chevrolet Caprice Classic

NB – Don’t forget to browse our great selection of Chevy Posters and Fine Art Prints!

Dita Von Teese Shows off her Vintage Beauties

Watch the video below to see famous pin-up model Dita Von Teese talking about, and driving, two of her vintage cars, a 1939 Packard 128 and a ’46 Ford Super Deluxe convertible.

The 30s, says Dita, produced the most elegant of cars and her Packard, in original Packard French Blue, epitomises the cars of the period. The Packard was one of the top cars of the time, “notoriously the kind of car that gangsters drove — they were fast, they were slick, they were cool”.

Dita, who bought her first classic car while she was still working in a strip club, says she’s made money on all the vintage cars she’s bought over the years.

Buying Classic Cars on a Budget

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According to Bloomberg, the classic car market is branching in two directions: on the one side are the best-of-breed models where prices are continuing to rise, while on the other side are the “rest”, where sales and prices are stagnating.

Evidently results from classic car auctions are ahead of forecasts, with sellers scoring highly on sales of high-ticket vehicles like Ferraris. In contrast, your “average” classic car is bringing less rewarding returns as these autos become more difficult to sell.

To find out what the budget collector can expect, see the article “Ten Classic Cars for Under $5,000” as selected by readers of Jalopnik.

See also our selection of Classic Car Posters, as previewed below:

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