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2017 Chicago Auto Show Welcome

Newest Technology on Display at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show

It’s hard to imagine the Chicago Auto Show getting even bigger. They already boast over 1 million square feet of show space. But with 55,000 additional square feet of space added for this year’s show, that’s exactly what’s happening. The industry is bigger than ever! Friend of Cars On Line, Doug Bennett was at this year’s show to photograph some of the top displays.

There’s something for everyone!

The Chicago Auto Show gave participants a chance to take some of the industry’s newest vehicles out for a drive on one of the show’s five indoor test tracks. Mazda, Kia, Ford, and Subaru let show goers get behind the wheel and take vehicles onto the road. Ford had it’s famous mustang on the dynamometer, and Chevy brought something for kids and adults alike to enjoy; a life-sized LEGO Batmobile!

Want more from the Chicago Auto Show? Click here to go to their webpage. The show runs through February 20th, 2017.

2017 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award Tribute

The 2017 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award  tribute will feature a Batmobile display.

2017 Detroit Autorama, Celebrating 65 Years!

The 2017 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award presentation is just around the corner! Join the Cars-On-Line.com Car Show team February 24-26, 2017 as we cover all the shining moments from “America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show.” This year’s Detroit Autorama will feature a special tribute to the Ridler Award winners of the past.

The Detroit Autorama is where custom car builders come to display their work and contend for the most sought-after trophy of them all: the Ridler Award. Friday’s opening day will reveal the top eight cars – The Great 8 – competing for the coveted Don Ridler Trophy. The winner will be announced Sunday night. Over 1,000 cars are expected to be on display at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit during this year’s event.

Below you’ll find some Ridler Award winners from years past.

To see photos of all the past Ridler Award winners take a look at the links below from the Detroit Autorama website:
2010’s | 2000’s | 1990’s | 1980’s | 1970’s | 1960’s

While you wait for the 2017 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award tribute to arrive, here is a review of last year’s show. The Detroit Autorama has been running annually for 65 years and is the feature event of the Michigan Street Rod Association. Sponsors for this year’s event include Meguiars and O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.

2017 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award Winner Chosen

1936 Packard Roadster nicknamed "The Mulholland Speedster" wins 2017 America's Most Beautiful Roadster Award

A 1936 Packard Roadster nicknamed “The Mulholland Speedster” wins the 2017 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award here at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

 

2017 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

POMONA, CA, Sunday, January 29, 2017 — A 1936 Packard Roadster was chosen as the 2017 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster here at the Pomona Fairplex during the closing moments of the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show. In the final moments of the 68th Annual Roadster Show the crowd saw the ten-foot trophy go to the Packard custom creation owned by Bruce Wanta. It was built by Troy Ladd and his crew from Hollywood Hot Rods in Burbank, CA. This is the first time in 68 years that the top award has gone to a Packard.

Bruce Wanta wins 2017 Americca's Most Beautiful Roadster Award for his 1936 Packard.

Bruce Wanta, owner of the 2017 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, holds trophy (center) while Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods looks on (left.) Their 1936 Packard Roadter won the award here at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

Bruce Wanta’s “Mulholland Speedster” 1936 Packard Roadster.

Cars On Line’s Bob Boberg interviewed Bruce Wanta after the awards presentation. Click the video window below to hear and see what Wanta had to say about this historical achievement:

 

The America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award winner was chosen from a field of 13 finalists. There were 650 show cars on display in ten indoor buildings here at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show at the Pomona Fairplex. Over 1,000 cars will be on display outside.

Here are the AMBR contenders for 2017:

Nice paint on this 1932 Ford Roadster Pickup owned by Matthew Gordon.

We immediately noticed a Rick Dore creation called “After Shock”, a 1937 Ford Custom with exotic car looks and features.

Photo-journalist Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com captured this video of “After Shock” during the opening festivities at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show:


Shawn Killian’s 1928 Lincoln Roadster Brings Chrysler Firepower to the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show. Will it be this year’s AMBR?

A hot rod worth the name entered by Wayne Johnson.

Dan Peterson’s “The Hill Country Flyer”

Don Lindfor’s 1932 Ford Roadster Pickup.

Bill Grant’s 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster.

Scott Hawley’s 1932 Ford Roadster in a dark blue.

Canadian Gordon Gray brought his 1932 Ford Roadster.

Matt Taylor brought his 1927 Dodge Roadster.

Metallica rock star James Hetfield is showing his old school 1932 Ford Roadster.

Jim McPherson’s 1934 Ford Phaeton.

The America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy is equivalent to a West Coast version of the Ridler Award. It is one of the most coveted awards in the street rodding world. The 68th Annual O’Reilly Grand National Roadster Show runs January 27-29, 2017 at the Pomona Fairplex.America's Most Beautiful Roadster trophy

The top cars in the country are here to compete for a place in their class. And the very best of the best will be considered as contenders for the 2017 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster.

Here is what the coveted award looks like (see photo, right.) It is ten feet tall and takes four men to move it. When Al and Mary Slonaker started the National Roadster Show in 1950, Al came up with the idea of having a statuesque trophy to impress on people the importance of the award. Originally the trophy stood 8 1/2 feet tall, but more recently it had to be modified to hold more winners. The art deco designs of the Ganat Brothers of San Francisco are now priceless collectibles, and this trophy is one of their creations. In years past this show was called the Oakland Roadster Show. Back then no one ever dreamed it would have the world wide attention that it gets today.

Follow this link to view more cars and photos from the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California.

2017 Grand National Roadster Show Begins This Weekend

1936 Packard Roadster at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show

A 1936 Packard Roadster nicknamed “The Mulholland Speedster” was chosen America’s Most Beautiful Roadster 2017 here at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

 

2017 Grand National Roadster Show
America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Chosen

POMONA, CA, Sunday, January 29, 2017 — At the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show this evening, a 1936 Packard Roadster was chosen as America’s Most Beautiful Roadster. The close of the 68th Annual Roadster Show saw the ten-foot trophy go to the Packard custom creation owned by Bruce Wanta of Bellevue, Washington. It was built by Troy Ladd and his crew from Hollywood Hot Rods in Burbank, California.

1936 Packard Roadster at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show

Bruce Wanta and the whole crew at Hollywood Hot Rods

Bruce Wanta’s “Mulholland Speedster” 1936 Packard Roadster.

The concept for the car was done by eBlack Design. All of the fenders and original lines were refabricated from metal by Hollywood Hot Rods. The car was displayed last year at the Grand National Roadster Show in bare metal. Eleven months later we see the gorgeous results. The big V-12 Lincoln engine is fed by Winfield Double D carbs and energized by a vintage Latham supercharger. The interior was done in leather by Mark Lopez.

Here is an interview with Bruce Wanta, the owner of the 1936 Packard Roadster:


The America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award winner was chosen from a field of 13 finalists.

1937 Ford Exotic Roadster

1927 Dodge Turtleback Roadster at 2017 Grand National Roadster Show

1927 Dodge Turtleback Roadster

See photos and vidoes of all the top contenders at the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster page.

The 68th Annual O’Reilly Grand National Roadster Show ran January 27-29, 2017 at the Pomona Fairplex. Once again this year, Cars On Line.com covered the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California for our readers. Our photo-journalists Bob and Donna Boberg of eClassicAustos.com supplied the photos and video here in Pomona for the weekend show.

The top cars in the country are here to compete for a place in their class. There were 650 show cars on display in ten indoor buildings here at the Pomona Fairplex. Over 1,000 cars were on display outside. One whole building here at the Pomona Fairplex was packed with Woodies sponsored by the Southern California Woody Club. Many of these cars you may have seen at the Doheny Wood or Wavecrest Woodie Show.

There also was a whole display building at the Fairplex featuring only Tri-5 Chevys. Here is a slide show of what we saw.

 

Famed NASCAR crew chief and TV personality Ray Evernham was at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona to promote his 1958 Chevy Impala from the movie American Graffiti. Evernham, after 15 years of trying, acquired the car and has restored it. He is shown in the photos with Candy Clark, the blonde who was in the ’58 Impala in the movie.

 

2016 Daytona Turkey Run Car Show Biggest in the U.S.

2016 Daytona Turkey Run Car Show

With weather in the low ’70s all day it could not have been a more perfect day here at the 2016 Daytona Turkey Run Car Show on Sunday. They say there were 151,000 spectators at the show over the Thanksgiving weekend which ended today. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

 

2016 Daytona Turkey Run Car Show Sunday …

The weather here at the 2016 Daytona Turkey Run Car Show could not have been any more perfect. You could tell the spectators here were having the time of their lives. So were we. There were over 151,000 spectators here during Thanksgiving Weekend.

Just how big is this 2016 Daytona Turkey Run Car Show, you ask? Well, we happen to have a video to show you.

 

We got a chance to review some of the cars in the giant Cars 4 Sale Corral where all the cars were for sale. There are a couple of bargain cars here you may be interested in. If you need more information about them contact us at Cars-On-Line.com and we’ll connect you with the sellers. Check these cars out:

 

Great Rides On The Showfield Today in Daytona Beach …

The 2016 Daytona Turkey Run Car Show is the largest Show and Swap in the U.S. So this weekend Cars On Line’s Car Show team is in Daytona Beach, Florida to bring you all the action from the Turkey Run. It will be held at the Daytona International Speedway, November 24-27, 2016. We always find some great stories and great cars here on Thanksgiving Weekend. Follow the photos and videos from our car show team on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

 

2016 Daytona Turkey Run Car Show Dream Build …

As a crowd of spectators waited for the unveiling of the Dream Build, the Saturday edition of the 2016 Daytona Turkey Run Car Show was well underway. Not only did they reinact the reveal of this one-off 1955 Chevy 3100 Custom, but they auctioned it off for charity right here on the infield of the Daytona International Speedway. The winning bid was placed by Loraine and Todd Dotson of Orlando, Florida. They paid $150,000, with the proceeds going to local charities. It was all captured for a special edition of the South Beach Classics TV show on the Velocity Channel. Here is how it looked:

They called it the “Grand Reveal.” Under the canvas cover on the infield here at the 2016 Daytona Turkey Run Car Show was a classic custom pickup built specifically for this year’s Turkey Run. In fact, all the parts used to build this truck were sourced from the parts vendors in the giant Turkey Run Swap Meet here at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Ted Vernon, from the South Beach Classics TV show on Velocity Channel was on hand. Then the builders, Complete Auto Body from Waldorf, Maryland, took the cover off this gorgeous 1955 Chevy 3100 Stepside Custom.

 

Celebrity Display of Tribute Cars from the 1960’s …

If you are a fan of 1960’s TV shows, you’re gonna’ love this slideshow. Remember the Monkees, Munsters and Green Hornet?

Some of the old Daytona area race cars will be displayed in the NASCAR pits. This year, they expect more than 6,000 cars to be on display in the show and for sale. There are always some great deals to find here. And the Swap Meet area is gigantic. Indeed, it takes up most of the pit area and infield at the Daytona International Speedway.

This page will be updated in real time. Be sure to bookmark it. We’ll be bringing you stories like these all weekend.

2016 Goodguys Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona

2016 Goodguys Southwest Nationals

2016 Goodguys Southwest Nationals Finale …

During the 2016 Goodguys Southwest Nationals this afternoon, a young Gilbert, Arizona couple had the thrill of their lives. Their ticket number was announced identifying them as the winner of the 2017 Goodguys Giveaway Car, a 1963 1/2 Ford Galaxie Custom built for Pro Touring. Leila Crupi could not stop screaming for joy as her husband Chris signed the acceptance form from Goodguys. Chris told us he has been a Ford Galaxie collector for years. The award could not have gone to a more fitting couple.

As the 19th Annual 2016 Goodguys Southwest Nationals came to a close this afternoon, Goodguys’ Grand Finale was in all measures one of the best major events in Goodguys’ history. The final Goodguys event for the 2016 car show season was held here in Scottsdale, Arizona, November 18-20, 2016. It is fair to call it “the biggest and the best” Goodguys show of the year. This is the show where all of the award winners for the past year are invited to soak up a little Arizona sunshine. Click the video window to see a snippet of the action:

As always, Cars On Line is here to cover all the exclusive action. You can view our photos and videos on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Below,  see the 2016 Top 12 Cars and Trucks of the Year. They are sponsored by Meguiars.

Over 3,000 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks, 1972 and older, were registered to display on the show grounds at Westworld in Scottsdale (on the outskirts of Phoenix.) Here is a look at some of the cars in contention for the Southwest Nationals this weekend. See a video of the awards ceremony on our Facebook page.

 

Duel in the Desert at 2016 Goodguys Southwest Nationals …

Danny Popp of Cincinnati, Ohio won the Duel in the Desert today at the 19th Annual 2016 Goodguys Southwest Nationals. For most of the afternoon, Scott Fraser’s aluminum bodied 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra was turning in times a full second faster than Popp and his other competitors. But on the final run with Popp and Fraser competing for first place, Popp ran a 63.859 while Fraser ran a 63.9. It was that close. Popp wins a $3,000 cash prize.

Here is a video of the final round of the Goodguys Autocross Shootout during the 2016 Goodguys Southwest Nationals. It’s called the Duel in the Desert, and today it surely was:

All the top Autocross winners for the 2016 Goodguys Car Show season were invited to be here today. These cars have all won major Autocross events during the year. They were here today to win the biggest cash award of the year. But it wasn’t about the money. It was an intense competition to gain the title of Autocross Champion of the Year.  Here are some to the top cars in the Goodguys Shoutout here in Scottsdale on Saturday:

Of the top Pro Class drivers from previous Goodguys events this year, all the winners were invited to the big “shootout” wild west style.  Former winner Danny Popp, Detroit Speed’s Ryan Matthews and Scott Fraser, whom you met last week in Pleasanton, were all here to compete. Two-time Indy winner Al Unser, Jr ran his 1970 Camaro in the Autocross as well. This one was worth watching.

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is one of the premier car show promotions companies in the U.S. Their 2016 Goodguys Southwest Nationals is the final show of the 2016 car show season. It is an event every Goodguys member wants to attend because you can’t turn around here without bumping into another 2016 winning show car. But don’t worry, if you can’t make it to the show in person, you can follow all the action here on this page.

 

 

2016 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours D’Elegance

1953 Maserati wins Best of Show at 2016 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival

1953 Maserati wins Paul Doerring Award at 2016 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival this afternoon. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival Winners …

The 2016 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival an Concours D’Elegance honored a 1914 Stutz Bearcat as Best of Show this afternoon. The vintage Stutz open roadster was chosen for the top award by the concours judges here today.  Brian and Trish White of Apex, North Carolina, brought their antique motorcar to the Concours event this weekend here on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. And the competition here on the judging field was intense.

Every concours competition seems to produce automotive designs that are so rare and elegant we catch our breath just to view them. To find a 1953 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spyder in such amazing condition is a privilege we all shared here at the 2016 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival today. The Paul Doerring Award winner is indeed a rare model of Maserati. The A6GCS was built from 1953 to 1955 with just 52 examples ever produced. Only 48 had the Spyder body as four Pininfarina Berlinetta coupes were also produced.

 

Top Awards in the Car Club Showcase on Saturday

Saturday was a busy day here at the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Cars On Line’s Car Show Team was on hand to cover all the action as the Car Club Showcase judging was held in the late afternoon sun. Almost simultaneously Auctions America was presiding over the 2016 Hilton Head Island Auction at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa next door. Our Car Show Team is here on Hilton Head Island to cover all the action for you in photos and vidoes.

Here are the top award winners at the Car Club Showcase on Saturday. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

Our photo journalist, Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com captured this video of the Concours event. They reported over 500 cars registered at the event this year. It was their most successful event ever hear at Hilton Head Island in spite of the recent Hurricane Matthew.

Goodguys 27th Autumn Get-Together To Be Held in Pleasanton, CA

2016 Goodguys Autumn Get-Together

Fast Rides and Good Times at the
Goodguys 27th Autumn Get-Together …

California Thunder came to the Winners Circle at the Goodguys 27th Autumn Get-Together this afternoon. The rumbling of hot rods and customs could be heard throughout Alameda County Fairgrounds as they rolled to the Winners Circle for their trophies.  This is the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association’s last California event of the year, running November 12-13, 2016.  Click the video window to view award winners:

Cars On Line.com is here covering  all the action live on the Left Coast. You’ve seen some spectacular photos and videos on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages so far. Registered show car owners got dash plaques for displaying their collector and specialty vehicles in these special areas: Trick Truck Corral, Vettes For Vets, 4X4 Jamboree, Homebuilt Heaven and the YoungGuys display. Here are some of the cars you’ve seen in our posts so far.

Later the Nitro Thunderfest Dragster Exhibition drew a huge crowd. It’s loud.

As always the Giant Swap Meet area at the Autumn Get-Together is the place to uncover all those hard-to-find parts. And the Cars 4 Sale Corral had cars of interest for collectors to buy.

Special indoor displays during the Goodguys 27th Autumn Get-Together will include: Building A- Truck Display, Building C- Low Riders hosted by Deadend Magazine, Building Q – D ’Elegance Display hosted by the Blackhawk Museum.

Award winning cars and trucks will be honored in the Winner’s Circle on Sunday. We’ll be on hand to bring you the winners and interviews with their owners. If you can’t make it to the show you ‘ll see all the top cars here on this page. Don’t forget to bookmark it to follow our coverage starting on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

 

Popular Autocross Competition at Goodguys …

We met Bruce Cambern in the Autocross pits at the Goodguys 27th Autumn Get-Together here today. You won’t believe what he runs on the autocross course. Cambern is the only original owner of a 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra who still has his car. And you want to know what he does with it? Yup! He runs it in the Goodguys Autocross competition — a real deal original Shelby Cobra CSX 3170. You’ve gotta see these photos.

Scott Fraser drives the Cobra for Cambern. Today he turned a 58-second time. He is the current leader in the Pro Class here at the Goodguys 27th Autumn Get-Together. Here is what it looks like to do the course in 58 seconds.

Finalists in the Goodguys Autocross competition will meet in Scottsdale, Arizona next week to vie for the Goodguys Autocross Champion award in the Pro Class.  Stay tuned to the Cars On Line ClassiCarNews page to find out more.

2016 Goodguys Southeastern Nationals in Charlotte, NC

2016 Goodguys Southeastern Nationals

Check one off the bucket list. Collector cars cruising the Charlotte Motor Speedway Under the Lights. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

Fast Rides and Good Times at the
2016 Goodguys Southeastern Nationals …

The 2016 Goodguys Southeastern Nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina was a good example of how the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has mastered the art of putting on great car shows. The popular Goodguys Autocross competition was very competitive. The Autocross competition is now one of the most popular events at this year’s Goodguys events. We talked to Ryan Mathews, the driver for the Detroit Speed team. The interview was before the Goodguys Award ceremony at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. There it was announced that he had won the Autocross Pro Class.

The 2016 Goodguys Southeastern Nationals held their awards ceremony in the Winners Circle at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Many of the award winners we saw here today will be finalists for the Goodguys top awards at Phoenix next month. See them in the slider below:

People come from all over the Carolinas and surrounding states to get their fill of nostalgia and good times. In fact, many of our newsletter readers who harkened to the call to meet in Charlotte this weekend got a chance to mark one off their bucket list. Hundreds of show car owners and hobbyists were able to Cruise Under the Lights on the hallowed Charlotte Motor Speedway. It was a sight to see.

This Goodguys 23rd Annual Pennzoil Southeastern Nationals will be a memorable occasion for our readers. Over 2,500 cars registered for the Show & Shine all three days. The Goodguys Car Show, Swap Meet and Cars 4 Sale Corral are a huge draw for spectators and buyers during one of the nation’s premier car shows. (To get more information on how to register your car, or how to get tickets for the show click this link.) We were able to shoot photos of some of the Goodguys finalists for top awards here today. The awards will be announced later.

We hope our Cars On Line newsletter readers are enjoyed a weekend of hot rods and muscle cars with us as our Cars On Line car show team was on the scene in Charlotte to report live from the 2016 Goodguys Southeastern Nationals, October 21-23, 2016. Photo journalists Bob and Donna Boberg covered the event in real time with stories and photos. Also watch for their posts on the Cars On Line Facebook and Twitter pages. Here are some of the general photos they captured:

Here is more video of the Goodguys Autocross. We have heard that this event is a favorite of young families who attend Goodguys events:

If you enjoyed our coverage of the 2016 Goodguys Southeastern Nationals, you may want to make plans to attend the next Goodguys event in your area. Click this link to see the rest of the schedule of Goodguys events for 2016.

 

 

 

Auctions America’s Fall Auburn Auction Continues Tradition

Auction America's Fall Auburn Auction

Auctions America’s Fall Auburn Auction

Auctions America’s Fall Auburn Auction continues a tradition in Auburn, Indiana. Every Labor Day Weekend they hold a huge classic car auction during the Auburn-Cord-Duesnberg Festival.

Cars On Line is in Auburn to provide live on-the-spot coverage exclusively for our readers. So sit back and enjoy the show. Saturday’s sale was the “prime time” event here in Auburn as some of the finest vintage classics and exotic cars in the country were sold here yesterday. Here are some of the top cars sold at the Auburn Auction Park:

 

Cars On Line newsletter readers have been getting previews of some of Auctions America’s Fall Auburn Auction cars in the COL newsletter.  Our Cars On Line.com team were looking at those prime time cars on Saturday.  Click through to our Facebook page for commentary. Our Facebook followers were active in the discussion.  Final sales prices have just been listed on the Auctions America website,  click this link to research sales prices. Auctions America provided a live stream during the auction so that you could view and hear the auction. Our readers were watching the live stream on their tablets or computers as they discussed the sale on our Facebook page.

Auctions America’s Fall Auburn Auction happens every year on Labor Day Weekend. It is a tradition to have the big auction sale on the same weekend as the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival. This was the 60th year that this Festival in Auburn, Indiana has been held. It’s purpose was to honor the three big motorcar companies which were headquartered here under the guidance of E.L. Cord, the owner and founder of Cord, also owned Auburn Motor Company and the Duesenberg brand. There is so much history here that it is almost like you’ve stepped back in time to experience this festive weekend. Click here to read the story our Cars On Line team wrote about the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival.

The next Auctions America sale will be at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, November 5, 2016, during the Hilton Head Motoring Festival and Concours D’Elegance. Click here for details.

Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival Reunion

Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival Concours in Eckhart Park

Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival … Labor Day
Homecoming in Auburn, Indiana

AUBURN, Indiana, Septemer 5, 2016 — We’re wrapping up our Labor Day Weekend with a tour of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum here in Auburn, Indiana. The state of Indiana could well have been called the heart of the automotive industry instead of Detroit. If things had gone his way E.L. Cord would have made that happen. His fledling automotive empire here in Auburn never reached the heights of his expectations, but he had his days. The Art Deco new car showroom he built here in Auburn attests to that. Let’s see what we can find inside:

The offices of E.L. Cord are all intact and even the sales meeting room and board room are maintained as they were back in the day. The most interesting rooms upstairs are the design studios of Gordon Buerhig and Alan Leamy. All of this history unfolds for you as you walk through the same hallways that Cord and his staff did in the 1930s.

Here in the historic automobile capitol of Indiana we know this great Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival is wrapping up after a week of festivities. Each year,  this Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival  just keeps getting better. The homecoming for all Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg automobiles and their owners is well attended. Our Cars On Line team is on the beat, bringing you the stories and photos from the show.

The weather was perfect for the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival Concours D’Elegance on Saturday morning here in Auburn, Indiana. The Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival is in full gear, running August 28-September 5, 2016. Right here at the headquarters of the Auburn Automobile Company, Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs were designed and produced. Today our Cars On Line team captured all the action as classic Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs gathered for the morning concours in Eckhart Park. Then this afternoon they paraded down Jackson Street through downtown Auburn. It was an incredible sight to see. So we thought we’d let you see it here. Click the video window below to view:

Our Cars On Line.com team of photographers has put together a slideshow of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival Parade on Saturday. Check out a sample of the hundreds of classic motorcars in the parade:

That’s what Auburn, Indiana has always been about. The Auburn Automobile Company, which produced Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs, was headquartered here in the middle of town. And on Labor Day Weekend every year all the cars return for their homecoming, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. The town is already packed with classic car hobbyists.

 

Our Cars On Line.com team will be here to cover all the action at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival again this year. It is one of our favorite shows.

Auctions America's Fall Auburn Auction to sell this 1933 Duesenberg J Berline by Franay

1933 Duesenberg Berline by Franay sold on Saturday for $675,000. Click to preview.

Meanwhile at the Auburn Auction Park, the Fall Auburn Auction by Auctions America will run September 1-4, 2016. Some of the finest classic motorcars will be on sale here to the highest bidder along with muscle cars, street rods and customs. Click here to get a review of Saturday’s Auctions America Fall Auburn Auction. Bookmark this page and we will post sales prices as soon as they are available. Cars On Line newsletter readers have been getting previews of some of the top cars every week in the newsletter. Our Cars On Line.com team will be bringing you the prime time cars on Sunday. Be sure to watch our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on what the top cars sell for.

Every evening in downtown Auburn, the streets near the heart of the city are packed with classic cars from yesteryear. The logo says:  “Come celebrate the legacy of the Auburn Automobile Company in Auburn Indiana, where automobile and art converge.”  One of the billboards on the way to Auburn says, “It’s not just a car … its a Time Machine.”

“Blu-By-U” Pro Builder Pick at NSRA 2016 Nationals

NSRA 2016 Street Rod Nationals

“Blu-By-U”, a 1931 Ford Roadster owned by Chris Evans, wins the Cars-On-Line.com Pro PIck at the NSRA 2016 Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky this weekend. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

’31 Ford Roadster Wins Pro Builder Pick at NSRA 2016 Nationals …

A 1931 Ford Roadster called “Blu-By-U” was picked by Cars-On-Line.com’s Facebook fans as their choice for the Pro Builder Pick at NSRA 2016 Nationals here in Louisville, Kentucky. The announcement came on Monday when 805 Cars-On-Line.com Facebook fans voted for the 1931 Ford Roadster as their top pick among the Builders’ Showcase in the Workman building at the NSRA Nats. “Blu-By-U” was restored as an old school roadster by Charly’s Garage of Mesa, Arizona.

Click the slider to view more photos:

We interviewed Charley Spencer of Charly’s Garage here in Louisville before the announcement of the Pro Builder Pick at NSRA 2016 Nationals. He told us all about the amazing build on “Blu-By-U” the 1931 Ford Roadster. Click video window below:

 

Thirty custom car builders displayed their latest creations in the Harold Workman North Wing of the Kentucky Expo Center during the NSRA 2016 Street Rod Nationals here in Louisville, Kentucky. We gave our Facebook and Twitter a preview of the top cars during the weekend.  Our fans voted with their “Likes” on our Facebook page. We announced the winner of our unofficial Facebook poll for Pro Builder Pick at NSRA 2016 Nationals here on Monday night.

Here is a slider with some of the top contenders for our unofficial Pro Builder Pick at NSRA 2016 Nationals.

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The top cars for the Pro Builder Pick at NSRA 2016 Nationals were interviewed during the weekend. Below are videos of the interviews with the top builders from around the country.

This 1955 Chevy Nomad is among the acclaimed builds here at the Builder’s Showcase in the Workman building. We had a chance to talk with Scott France of Classic Car Studio in Brentwood, Missouri. He told us about the build on this truly one-of-a-kind Nomad. Cars On Line newsletter readers will recognize Classic Car Studio as one of our Dealer Network classic car dealers. But they also run a well-known shop in Brentwood where they turn out restorations and custom builds like this. They built this one for Art Boze, Jr. Click the video window to view more photos and the interview.

 

We talked to Ryan Korek of Korek Designs in New Berlin, Pennsylvania today. He told us about the build on a 1952 International Pickup which Korek Designs built for Dave & Cindy Gutelins.

 

“Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should,” says Bob Rutlidge of Rutter’s Rod Shop in Hickory, North Carolina. His shop built a 1973 Plymouth Cuda Resto Mod for owner Chris Reid. He told us he kept the original lines, but included many subtle custom mods. Watch the video as he explains.

 

Karl Schulman of Garret’s Rod Shop in Columbus, Ohio talks about their 1966 Mustang Custom. Newsletter readers will remember a few weeks ago we saw it in the Goodguy’s Street Machine of the Year competition in Columbus.

 

We met Jerry Sanders with his gorgeous 1934 Ford Woodie Wagon in the Builders’ Showcase here at the Kentucky Expo Center during the NSRA 2016 Street Rod Nationals. He had a unique story about how he built this one from a Hercules wood body.

 

NSRA 2016 Street Rod Nationals

Cirlce of Winners in Kentucky Expo Center

Circle of Winners at the NSRA 2016 Street Rod Nationals in the Kentucky Expo Center here in Louisville. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

 

Winners at 2016 NSRA Street Rod Nationals …

Rockin’ the Kentucky Expo Center on Sunday, the huge Circle of Winners was presented inside Freedom Hall as all the top cars were honored here at the 2016 NSRA Street Rod Nationals on Sunday. One of the coveted categories is called the Pros’ Picks where top professional builders are asked to chose their favorite built street rods and custom cars. Also included in the Circle of Winners were the UPS Commercial picks, an award for outstanding use of color, the Mopar Country entries, and a special award called the Long Distance award for the car that had traveled farthest to exhibit here in Louisville.

Here is a slider of the winners:


On Saturday they announced the winner of the 1932 Ford Woodie Wagon, NSRA’s Giveaway Car this year. Mr and Mrs Johnny Patterson from Speedwell, Tennessee have been presented with the NSRA’s top prize, the custom built ’32 Ford Woodie. See photos in the slider here:

The National Street Rod Association also announced that 10,047 rods, customs and muscle cars registered for the show here at the NSRA 2016 Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky this weekend.

Thousands of street rods came thundering along the Ohio River for the NSRA 2016 Street Rod Nationals happening in Louisville, Kentucky. The 47th Annual event ran August 4-7, 2016 at the Kentucky Expo Center. This is a big show. It is the signature event of the year for the National Street Rod Association.

Cars On Line was here all weekend reporting on the NSRA 2016 Street Rod Nationals for our readers. The NSRA is one of the oldest and largest street rod clubs in the U.S. They really know how to put on a car show. So our photo journalists, Bob and Donna Boberg of eClassicAuto.com, were on hand to take photos and video of the event. Watch for their posts on Facebook and Twitter.  If you love the American hot rod, you’ll want to see the NSRA 2016 Street Rod Nationals through our camera lens.

1931 Ford Roadster built by Charly’s Garage, Mesa, AZ

Our Cars On Line Facebook fans selected their choice for Pro Builder Pick at NSRA 2016 Nationals. The unofficial winner chosen by our fans was a 1931 Ford Roadster called “Blu-By-U.” Be sure to click this link to see our choice and all the contenders in the Builders’ Showcase here at the Kentucky Expo Center for the NSRA 2016 Street Rod Nationals. Our report on the Pro Builders’ Showcase includes many video interviews talking with the builders themselves.

In addition to the 10,000+ street rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and resto mods, there was a giant manufacturers area with all the new innovations and equipment related to custom car building. They say over 300 manufacturers are here to show you their products and innovations during the NSRA 2016 Street Rod Nationals.

 

Goodguys PPG Nationals Hot Rod Action

Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus

Cars On Line.com was on hand to cover the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. This was the best Goodguys Nationals ever. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

 

Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus  …

The Goodguys PPG Nationals was one of the wildest weekends ever here in Columbus, Ohio, July 8-10, 2016. Talk about action! This is one of Cars On Line’s favorite shows all season. But this weekend was truly something special.

The 1939 Oldsmobile Model 60 Convertible that won the Ridler Award this winter in Detroit achieved legendary status by taking the title of Goodguys Classic Instruments’ Street Rod of the Year for 2016.

1939 Olds Goodguys Street Rod of the Year at the Goodguys PPG Nationals

1939 “Olds Cool” is chosen Classic Instruments’ Street Rod of the Year for 2016. It also won the Ridler Award at Detroit this winter. Click here to see more photos of this legendary 1939 Oldsmobile Model 60 Convertible from the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

Likewise, here at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, a 1969 Coyote Mustang was awarded the prestigious PPG Street Machine of the Year trophy for 2016.

1969 Coyote Mustang wins PPG Street Machine of the Year at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus

1969 Coyote Mustang wins PPG Street Machine of the Year for 2016 at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus. Click here to see more pictures. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

 

There we were at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio as thousands of street rods and customs were arriving from all over the country. This is Goodguys premier show with over 6,500 hot rods, customs, muscle cars and classic trucks expected to register to be displayed here.  The PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, July 8-10, 2016 is the biggest show of the year for Goodguys. Of course, the Cars On Line.com car show team arrived in Columbus to cover all the action. The Goodguys Columbus Nationals, held at the Ohio Expo Center,  is one of our favorite shows all year. (Follow this link for schedules of events for the Goodguys PPG Nationals this weekend. Photo journalists Bob and Donna Boberg of eClassicAutos.com were on hand to cover all the action for Cars On Line.com.

What we didn’t know is how much fun it is to attend the Goodguys Nostalgia Drags at the National Trail Raceway on Friday night. Man, it was worth the trip just to be there.  Click the video window below to get a taste of the action during the Nostalgia Drags at the Goodguys PPG Nationals:

Here are a few photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com as he captured some of the fun. Does this bring back some memories?

 

The most popular event at Goodguys shows this year has been the Goodguys Autocross sponsored by Optima Batteries. All of the contenders for the Street Machine of the Year Award must participate in the Autocross competition as part of the qualifying process.

1972 Corvette wins Goodguys Autocross

The 1972 Corvette driven by Danny Popp wins the big check for $5,000 for JRI Shocks during the Autocross Shootout on Saturday.

Goodguys Autocross winner JRI Shocks, with driver Danny Popp

(Follow this link to find out more about Goodguys Autocross events.)

 

Country music star James Otto was playing LIVE Friday night, July 8th at the TGIF party at the Crowne Plaza Columbus! The concert was presented by our friends at RideTech.

Thursday Poker Run – Register by 10am. Then there will be the Thursday Registration Party – Noon-4pm at the Ohio Expo Center Cardinal Lot, with DJ and food available Noon-2pm.

One of the last big surprises at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus on Sunday was the awarding of the Goodguys 2016 Giveaway Car, a 1932 Ford Roadster.  As this photo indicates, Gaylord Schroeder of Covington, Washington was ecstatic when his key started the Giveaway Car. Twenty-two Goodguys Nationals winners were eligible to win the award. Goodguys Rod & Custom Association gave out twenty-two keys to the eligible winners. When it came Schroeder’s turn to put his key in the ignition, it not only fit, but it started the hot rod right up. It was a moment Schroeder will never forget.

Gaylord Schroeder wins a 1932 Ford Roadster at the Goodguys PPG Nationals

Here is a shot of the 22 Nationals winners eligible to win the 1932 Ford Roadster Goodguys Giveaway car.

2016 Goodguys Giveaway car, a 1932 Deuce Roadster

 

This is the one Goodguys event you just can’t afford to miss. Click here to find out how to get tickets. If you order your tickets online the week before the show you can get them at a discount from the price at the gate.  Active military and veterans can receive a $5 discount at the gate if they bring their military ID.

 

Goodguys 25th Heartland Nationals

Goodguys 25th Heartland Nationals

Cruisin’ the Iowa State Fairgounds was part of the show when the Goodguys 25th Heartland Nationals came to town in Des Moines this weekend. Sunday was the final day of the show.

 

Sunday at Goodguys 25th Heartland Nationals …

The weather held out to make it a great show as the Goodguys 25th Heartland Nationals closed out their final day at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Sunday. It was great cruisin’ weather as everyone got in line to parade throughout the fairgrounds.

Cars On Line.com was here in Des Moines this weekend to cover all the action at this giant Goodguys event as they celebrated their “Silver Anniversary” for this show. It was big … with over 4,000 vehicles pre-1972 here on Saturday. The Iowa State Fairgrounds is so big you have to cruise the grounds just to see all the cars. Cars On Line readers were checking in on this page for the last three days to see all the top cars at the show. You can also catch our posts on Facebook and Twitter. We did several Periscope broadcasts on Twitter here at the show. You can replay them by clicking on the video window on our Twitter page.

On Sunday they awarded the:
Meguiars Magnificent Masterpiece Award
Goodguys 2016 Vintage Air CUSTOM ROD OF THE YEAR
Goodguys 2016 MSD MUSCLE CAR OF THE YEAR
Goodguys 2016 Griots Garage MUSCLE MACHINE OF THE YEAR
Goodguys 2016 Scotts Hot Rods TRUCK OF THE YEAR – EARLY (through ‘52)
Goodguys 2016 LMC Truck Parts TRUCK OF THE YEAR – LATE (’53 through ‘72)
Here are the winners:

 

The winners of the Builders Choice Awards were in a special display on Saturday and Sunday north of the VI building. See the winners here in a slide show:

 

Five regional winners will be picked at the Goodguys 25th Heartland Nationals to compete in the Goodguys Top 12 competitions at the end of the year. Regional winners here at Des Moines will have a chance to compete for the Top 12 in Scottsdale, Arizona during the 19th Annual Southwest Nationals, Nov 18-20, 2016. However the winners will not be announced until October, 2016. Cars On Line.com will show you all of the top cars in the running from Des Moines this weekend.

Here is a slider to show you some of the show quality cars and trucks we’ve seen so far:

 

Of course, there are always some great cars that just show up in Des Moines. Just for “braggin’ rights” here are some of the cars we spotted in Des Moines that deserve mention:

The most popular event at the Goodguys shows this year has been the Goodguys Autocross sponsored by Optima Batteries. It will be called the “Duel in Des Moines” as mid-westerners get a chance to shake out the cob webs and go fast on a fairly difficult autocross course. Celebrity drivers such as Al Unser, Jr and Bobby Unser even took the course laying down some fast times.

The first 5,000 spectators through the turnstiles on Saturday were given American flags to celebrate the 4th of July, and our nation’s independence.

Watch for our broadcasts on Twitter. Here is a live streamed interview with one of the Builders Choice Award winners:

 

And if you think this was a big show, wait till you see where we’ll be next week when Goodguys holds their biggest show of the year at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus. Click the link for a preview of the show.

 

 

2016 Auburn Spring Auction by Auctions America

1959 Ford Skyliner Retractable

A 1959 Ford Skyliner Retractable show off on the auction block at the 2016 Auburn Spring Auction in Auburn, Indiana on Friday night. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

“Prime Time” Saturday At The Auburn Spring Auction …

Join us at the 2016 Auburn Spring Auction by Auctions America this weekend with live coverage of the event right here on this page. You can follow all the auction action here as we invite you to watch the live stream of this event by Auctions America from the Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana. You can watch the auction via a live stream on your smart phone, tablet or on your computer. Click here to watch right now.

Saturday is “Prime Time” at the 2016 Auburn Spring Auction and we are witnessing an historic sale of important collector vehicles. Hundreds of collector cars are crossing the auction block during this the last day of the auction event. Cars On Line’s roving photo journalist Bob Boberg will be capturing some of today’s event in photos for us. His posts on Twitter and Facebook will cover much of the live action today.

Here are some of the cars we’ll be watching in the Saturday sale here at the 2016 Auburn Spring Auction by Auctions America:

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Lot # 734
No Reserve – America’s Car, Continental kit, dual exhaust, fender skirts
Sold for $51,000
1957 Buick Roadmaster Riviera 1957 Buick Roadmaster Riviera Coupe
Lot # 754
From the Wayne Carini Collection
Value: $25,000 – $35,000
1933 Pierce-Arrow Model 836 1933 Pierce-Arrow Model 836
Lot # 756
From the Wayne Carini Collection
Sold for $48,000
1957 Mercury Monarch Lucerne Convertible 1957 Mercury Monarch Lucerne Convertible
Lot # 758
Canadian Mercury, tri-toned red/black/white
Sold for $41,500
1931 Auburn 8-98 Phaeton 1931 Auburn 8-98 Phaeton
Lot # 776
Dual Sidemounts, Lycoming Straight 8
Sold for $82,500
1970 Pontiac GTO Judge 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge RA III
Lot # 777
Hurst 4-speed, console shifter, Orbit Orange
Value: $95,000 – $110,000
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible
Lot # 784
One of only 500 Caribbeans produced
Value: $80,000 – $90,000
1948 Nash Ambassador Suburban Woodie  1948 Nash Ambassador Suburban Woodie
Lot # 786
Only 130 built, high quality restoration
Sold for $60,000
1967 Chevelle Malibu Convertible 1967 Chevelle Malibu Convertible
Lot # 792
We judged this one to be a low No. 3 condition
Click here to read our review
Sold for $14,000
1933 Ford Speedster 1933 Ford Speedster
Lot # 800
Looks just like an Alloway Speedster
Sold for $26,500
1970 Boss 429 Mustang 1970 Boss 429 Mustang
Lot # 811
Only 16,700 miles, unrestored original
Sold for $217,000
1968 Shelby GT500 1968 Shelby GT500
Lot # 813
Reserve was off at $100,000
Sold for $145,000
1968 Camaro RS Z/28 1968 Camaro RS Z/28
Lot # 816
Said to be excellent mechanically, 302, 4-spd, 12-bolt
Sold for $39,000
1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet
Lot # 849
1 of 201 cabriolets produced, V-12
Sold for $50,000
1953 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible 1953 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible
Lot # 853
Sweet car, Rocket 303 ci V8
Sold for $51,000
1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner
Lot # 857
Exceptional car with one partial repaint
Sold for $22,000

 

Goodguys Spring Lonestar Nationals in Ft Worth, Texas

Goodguys Spring Lonestar Nationals

Registered car show participants at the Goodguys Spring Lonestar Nationals will be eligible to cruise the famous Texas Motor Speedway.

Goodguys Spring Lonestar Nationals in Texas …

We finally had some great weather for a car show here in Ft Worth, Texas on Sunday. That really brought out the crowds to see  the Goodguys Spring Lonestar Nationals.

Over 2,000 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks produced through 1972 were on hand for the Goodguys show.  Registered car owners had a chance to compete on the Goodguys Autocross course, plus parade their cars on the Texas Motor Speedway track on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. One of the outstanding features of this show for spectators is the Nitro Thunderfest Dragster exhibit. Texas Area Classic Chevy’s will be the honorary club for the show. Of course, show goers will be impressed with the giant swap meet area where you can see parts from private vendors as well as displays from the major national distributors, plus buyers will be treated to one of the best Cars4Sale corrals in the state.

Goodguys Spring Lonestar Nationals

A 1956 Chevy 150 Handyman Wagon owned by Greg and Julie Cochran won the Way Cool Wagon award here at the Goodguys Spring Lonestar Nationals.

Goodguys Spring Lonestar Nationals

Joe Pigford’s 1932 Ford Resto Rod has taken one of the Builder’s Choice awards here at the Goodguys Spring Lonestar Nationals.

 

1969 Pontiac GTO at Goodguys Spring Lonestar Nationals

Steven B’s 1969 Pontiac GTO has been named as a finalist in the Goodguys Muscle Car of the Year competition. It is an MSD sponsored car. Award winner will be announced on Sunday.

The weekend started rainy and overcast on Friday at the Goodguys Spring Lonestar Nationals  in Ft Worth, Texas. But that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of show goers. Texas rodders have been anxiously awaiting the 6th Annual Goodguys Spring Lonestar Nationals, March 11-13, 2016, because it means the show car season is underway.

On Sunday during the awards ceremony the 2016 Goodguys Muscle Car of the Year award will be selected. Watch for the announcement on the Cars On Line Twitter page that afternoon.

Here’s a video Goodguys has sent us as one of their event promos:

Below is a list of Goodguys events for 2016. Watch for the ones in your area.
Goodguys 2016 Events Schedule

 

2016 Amelia Island Concours Best Car Show on the East Coast

2016 Amelia Island Concours winners

The 2016 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance Best of Show and the Concours de Sport winners have been announced. Let the champagne fly! (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

2016 Amelia Island Concours on Sunday …

The finale of the 2016 Amelia Island Concours saw a 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II win the Concours D’Elegance Best of Show and a rare 1952 Pegaso Z102 Cupula win the Concours de Sport. It was a fine conclusion to the whirlwind weekend of legacy antique, vintage and classic cars so rare that you would only see them here on Amelia Island.

To earn a Best of Show at Amelia Island is much like getting a Best of Show at the venerable Pebble Beach Concours in California. Each year the Amelia Island Concours awards a Best of Show in two categories.

The 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Brewster Town Sedan has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance. It is believed to be from the Nethercutt Collection and also won a Palos Verdes Concours Best in Class in 2015. The Nethercutt Collection is owned by the Merle Norman Cosmetics family with Jack and Helen Nethercutt on the board of the Nethercutt Collection.

The 2016 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance goes to a vintage classic motorcar, while the Concours de Sport goes to a classic sports car.

The coachwork by the Empresa Nacional de Autocamiones SA in Spain, a Spanish bus and truck company, and the “bubble top” glass trunk by designer Wilfredo Ricart, mark the 1952 Pegaso Z102 Cupula as a unique classic exotic sports car, possibly the rarest of its era.  This particular Pegaso was built for a President of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Trujillo. After his assassination, the government sold the car to a New York businessman. It’s most comphrehensive restoration was done in 1987. It is an 8-cylinder coupe.

This year there was a special display for the Spanish made Pegaso sports cars. Of the 87 ever built 15 were present here at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours, quite a coup for this historic show.

“This show brings in cars from all over the world,” our photojournalist Bob Boberg told us. “In its 21st year, the concours is growing in prestige and excitement. You see cars here that you’ll never see anywhere else.” Boberg captured the show in photos and video for our Cars On Line.com readers. Here are some of the other cars from the showfield at the Gulf Course of Amelia Island.

Want to see some very special cars that showed up at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours? Click view window below:

On Saturday at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours we covered the RM/Sotheby’s Auction. What a blend of vintage motorcars, race cars and American classics. Here are some of the top sales for the RM/Sotheby’s sale.

The show which started on Friday ran through Sunday, March 13, 2016. For the main event, a world class exhibition of automotive history has convened here with 250 rare vehicles from collections from around the world. We’re at The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton.

Photo journalist Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com has captured all the action this weekend for our readers, just as if you were here yourself. You can also follow our posts on Facebook and Twitter. The highlight of the show weekend was the announcement of the 2016 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance Best of Show awards on Sunday afternoon.

In addition, there are four major auction houses setting up on Amelia Island to add some interesting vintage car sales to the event. Yesterday as the 2016 Amelia Island Concours was officially underway, the buzz was all about the sale of the Jerry Seinfeld Porsche collection. Seinfeld, comedian and star of the TV sitcom which bore his name,  took the stage at the Gooding & Company Auction here to introduce the high profile auction sale. He cheered from the sidelines as his rare Porsches were sold for big $$$.

Last night, on Thursday, the Bonhams Auction drew a packed crowd of bidders as their docket of fine motorcars set a new record for this sale. See the photos of the top sales in the slider below:

The top sale at the Bonhams Auction was a 1937 Bugatti 57SC Sports Tourer by Vanden Plas. Armed with a generous amount of international buzz from the preceding weeks, this very special pre-war car had the auction tent packed to capacity with bidders and spectators. With a starting bid of $6 million, the bidding quickly rose to $8 million. Then, followed by strong applause from the audience, the car sold to a private American collector for a total sum of $9,735,000, making it the most valuable 57S ever sold at auction and the most valuable pre-war car ever sold at Amelia Island.

A Connecticut-built 1896 Armstrong Phaeton Hybrid was also sold during the Bonhams Auction. As the oldest – and likely the very first – known modern hybrid-driven car in the world, this landmark automobile predates the Lohner-Porsche by four years and the Toyota Prius by 100 years. Amazing all in attendance as it drove around the grounds, the Armstrong was purchased for $483,400 by renowned Dutch collector Evert Louwman, who indicated it will be proudly displayed at his museum in The Hague, Netherlands for all to enjoy.

Be sure to stay tuned to this page for all the trending news from the 2016 Amelia Island Concours. Get the auction prices here and on our Twitter feed.

Follow this link to review our coverage of the 2015 Amelia Island Concours.