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Spring 2017 Collector Car Value Report by Cars-On-Line.com

Spring 2017 Collector Car Value Report

In the Spring 2017 Collector Car Value Report just published by Cars-On-Line.com, the value on  a 1965 Jaguar XKE Convertible is rapidly going up. Prices are rising on these E-Type droptops. Find more in the COL Jaguar Section online. See the comparisons to last year’s prices in the COL Report below.

Spring 2017 Collector Car Value Report

In the recent Cars-On-Line.com Market Trends Report, prices on collector cars have done something we have not witnessed in the 25 years our website has been in business on the internet. Collector car values this year have failed to move up or down by even one percent. That is the definition of a flat market, in our view. The report covers the sales prices of collector and specialty cars during the early months of 2017.

Cars-On-Line’s market analysis shows that classic Jaguars are in the fast lane for accelerating values. Our statistical test models for Jaguar XK AND XKE series cars show prices are up 28.7 percent in just the past five months. Whereas, the average value of a 1967 Jaguar V12 E-Type Roadster in 2016 was $71,904, the same car today would be worth $138,600 today.  In this case the XKE Roadster is up almost double what it was averaging at auctions last year. The highest price paid for a 1967 Jaguar V12 E-Type Roadster in the past five months was a whopping $213,000. Many are predicting that the rarest of the Jaguars, D-types and classic racing Jaguars will be commanding prices similar to the popular 1960’s Ferraris.

Among classic American cars, Pontiacs and Studebakers are continuing to increase in value. However, what is driving Pontiac collector car values now are not the GTO prices, but the prices on Firebirds and Trans Ams. Fords and Mopars are continuing to move slightly upward in value as well.

Here is the sample group of collector cars which change hands frequently in the collector car market. Compare average values between 2015 and 2016. The column 2008 shows what collector car values were in 2008 at the height of the collector car market prior to the economic recession when prices took a tumble.

Year, Make Model Condition 2008 2016 2017 
1928 Ford Model A Roadster No. 2 $23,100 $19,900 $25,267
1955 Ford F100 No. 2 $23,100 $24,267 $28,800
1956 Ford Crown Victoria No. 2 $33,500 $33,500 $35,325
1956 Ford Sunliner No. 2 $49,800 $52,400 $47,400
1957 Ford Retractable No. 2 $53,700 $44,500 $44,333
1957 Ford Thunderbird No. 2 $55,500 $44,625 $51,320
1965 Mustang Convertible No. 2 $33,800 $31,313 $37,550
1966 Shelby GT350 No. 2 $164,100 $172,688 $185,750
1967 Shelby GT500 No. 2 $191,000 $161,000 $137,625
1967 Mustang GT Fastback (S CODE) No. 2 $26,500 $66,300 $65,713
1969 Mach 1 Mustang (M CODE) No. 2 $37,400 $46,817 $40,981
1969 Mach 1 428 CJ (R CODE) No. 2 $81,000 $67,578 $61,380
1969 Boss 429 Mustang No. 2 $269,500 $281,375 $282,850
1970 Boss 302 Mustang No. 2 $85,000 $72,433 $69,655
1970 Ford Torino 429 CJ No. 2 $45,900 $63,300 $77,300
1954 Corvette No. 2 $111,600 $72,025 $78,856
1955 Bel Air Hardtop No. 2 $32,200 $36,725 $37,538
1955 Bel Air Convertible No. 2 $64,750 $76,167 $65,033
1956 Nomad No. 2 $77,000 $58,600 $54,350
1957 Bel Air Hardtop No. 2 $62,700 $51,407 $49,420
1957 Bel Air Convertible No. 2 $94,500 $80,159 $77,963
1957 Cameo Pickup No. 2 $26,250 $43,933 $51,600
1958 Chevy Impala Convt (348 Tripower) No. 2 $99,000 $120,450 $76,187
1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe No. 2 $71,400 $93,107 $93,760
1963 Impala SS 409 Convertible No. 2 $55,100 $66,200 $57,333
1967 Chevelle SS 396 No. 2 $54,400 $46,308 $50,178
1967 Camaro Convertible No. 2 $28,700 $32,000 $39,283
1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible No. 2 $250,500 $163,667 $144,640
1969 Camaro Z/28 No. 2 $81,675 $64,632 $72,875
1969 Camaro Pace Car No. 2 $67,000 $65,500 $62,467
1970 Chevelle SS 396 No. 2 $55,825 $53,750 $53,633
1970 Chevelle LS6 454 No. 2 $98,580 $100,000 $113,625
1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible No. 2 $29,400 $53,950 $43,000
1968 AMC AMX No. 2 $16,800 $33,333 $26,900
1960 Metropolitan Convertible No. 2 $9,450 $10,000 $13,198
1957 Chrysler 300 Hardtop No. 2 $60,900 $55,900 $59,197
1957 Desoto Adventurer Convertible No. 2 $170,000 $205,500 $246,000
1957 Dodge Sweptside Pickup No. 2 $15,400 $49,625 $45,500
1957 Dodge Royal Lancer No. 2 $24,500 $26,600 $57,445
1967 Dodge Coronet R/T No. 2 $22,400 $32,300 $31,767
1969 Dodge Charger R/T No. 2 $73,500 $57,290 $62,667
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T No. 2 $118,500 $112,000 $88,093
1970 Dodge Challenger T/A No. 2 $89,600 $72,000 $63,919
1970 Dodge Super Bee No. 2 $54,000 $58,581 $68,893
1967 Plymouth GTX No. 2 $51,500 $36,133 $39,832
1970 Plymouth Cuda AAR No. 2 $99,900 $88,583 $83,775
1970 Plymouth SUPERBIRD No. 2 $156,000 $162,417 $146,485
1970 HEMI Cuda No. 2 $261,400 $242,688 $240,225
1970 Cuda 340 Convertible No. 2 $49,000 $73,000 $65,590
1970 Plymouth Road Runner No. 2 $80,300 $49,450 $43,627
1957 CADILLAC S62 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $54,950 $77,698 $71,850
1959 CADILLAC S62 HARDTOP No. 2 $21,000 $47,967 $43,300
1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $16,800 $37,100 $34,938
1937 PACKARD V-12 VICTORIA CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $103,600 $275,000  $247,500
1953 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $42,000 $90,100 $94,950
1957 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN HT No. 2 $18,900 $25,500 $27,100
1965 PONTIAC GTO (389 TRIPOWER) No. 2 $35,000 $62,233 $53,667
1967 PONTIAC GTO CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $42,700 $72,400 $55,844
1968 FIREBIRD CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $19,600 $33,133 $39,350
1970 PONTIAC GTO JUDGE No. 2 $56,700 $53,500 $69,397
1973 TRANS AM SUPER DUTY No. 2 $45,000 $80,000 $97,667
1977 BANDIT TRANS AM No. 2 $18,000
1954 SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $72,450 $136,000 $118,550
1957 ROADMASTER CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $32,900 $88,200 $88,200
1970 BUICK GS STAGE 1 CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $89,000 $135,000 $113,500
1957 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE No. 2 $62,500 $105,000 $107,833
1970 OLDS 442 W30 No. 2 $57,800 $96,533 $75,375
1967 AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 BJ8 No. 2 $35,000 $84,500 $80,250
1967 JAGUAR XKE ROADSTER No. 2 $64,050
1956 JAGUAR XK140 (MC) Roadster No. 2 $130,900 $111,000 $117,833
1957 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN HAWK No. 2 $19,800 $51,500 $79,633
1950 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION No. 2 $12,600 $18,500 $18,300
1953 STUDEBAKER REGAL No. 2 $16,100 $23,600 $23,200
1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI No. 2 $19,600 $25,850 $33,933
1946 HUDSON SUPER SIX PICKUP No. 2 $17,500 $23,998 $24,850
1951 HUDSON HORNET 2-DR No. 2 $18,200 $28,400 $24,950

2017 Auburn Spring Auction by Auctions America

1941 Packard One-Eighty Convertible by Darrin at 2017 Auburn Spring Auction

The 1941 Packard One-Eighty Convertible Victoria by Darrin was the top sale here at the 2017 Auburn Spring Auction on Saturday. The hammer went down at $330,000 (although the official price you will read in the paper will be $363,000 which includes the sales commission.) The winner was a phone-in bidder. Great buy! (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)


2017 Auburn Spring Auction Saturday Sale …

Prime Time Saturday at the 2017 Auburn Spring Auction saw the biggest crowd of bidders vying for the top selections to cross the auction stage here in Auburn, Indiana today. About midway through the afternoon the promo car for the show, a 1941 Packard One-Eighty Convertible Victoria designed by Dutch Darrin took the stage. It looked so elegant and spectacular in its auction stance that jaws dropped. It was no surprise when the bidding drove the price up to the reserve at $270,000. The phones lit up and the winning bidder was indeed a phone bidder. The hammer dropped at $330,000. It was the top sale of the day.

1941 Packard One-Eighty Convertible Victoria at 2017 Auburn Spring Auction

There was a lot to see here at the 2017 Auburn Spring Auction, including one of the best displays of vintage motorcars we’ve witnessed so far this year.  Before the auction this morning we took time to attend the AACA and CCCA Combined Car Show. The showfield was right here on the grounds of the Auctions America Auction Park. What a way to start the day.

Now on to the Auctions America Auction Park arena where the “Prime Time” cars take the stage. History was on display here today. Here is what happened on Saturday.

Cars-On-Line’s car show team will covering the 2017 Auburn Spring Auction by Auctions America this weekend. Starting Thursday, May 11, they brought you all the action from one of our favorite car shows. The 2017 Auburn Spring Auction is a fun weekend full of things collectors love, including a swap meet and car corral area on the huge Auctions America Auction Park grounds in Auburn, Indiana. But the main show was Auctions America’s noted sale of classic and collector cars inside the auction arena.

For a full list of cars and trucks auctioned off at the 2017 Auburn Spring Auction follow this link to the Auctions America website.

The big collector car sale was entering high gear today as the 2017 Auburn Spring Auction began selling top collector cars here. Auctions America had the atmosphere humming with the staccato of the auctioneers voice as they brought cars across the auction stage. Old iron looking brand new in many cases. It was a reawakening for the Baby Boomers who had come here to buy the cars of their youth.

Here are a few of the high profile sales from Friday at the 2017 Auburn Spring Auction:

On Thursday at the 2017 Auburn Spring Auction the Auctions America team was busy selling off an incredible collection of race cars and equipment from Level 5 Motorsports. The skinny at the show is that these vehicles and parts were part of an IRS auction liquidation. There are some really unique pieces here and they are going for sweet prices. Race teams all over the country should be watching the live steam from Auburn, Indiana today.

2017 Auburn Spring AuctionOur Cars On Line Car Show team is currently in Auburn to cover the show. Auburn was the headquarters of the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg motorcar companies.  So it is only fitting that this collector car auction is located on the outskirts of this legendary city. The Auctions America Auction Park includes a massive auction arena, auction displays, car show field, swap meet and car corral. On Saturday we covered all the auction action for our readers.  We hope you were able to follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for our commentary.  The show starts at 10 AM EST each day. You can also bid online. Just follow this link to register with Auctions America to become a bidder at future auctions.

The next Auctions America event we will be covering is their Santa Monica Auction, June 24-26, 2017.  Auctions America will team up with RM-Sotheby’s to put on their best show ever. Watch for our previews in the Cars On Line newsletter later this month.


Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster sold at Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction

A 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster was bid up to $1,125,000 just missing its Reserve. It was the highest bid here today at the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction. Later in the auction it was announced that an online bidder bought the car for $1,200,000.


Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction Saturday …

Saturday was prime time at the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction. Cars On Line and its Facebook followers spent much of this afternoon discussing some of the high profile sales here at the first spring sale in Southeastern Florida for 2017. It was a session of fun and entertainment as we hosted an online “happening” with our Facebook community. Our readers watched the Auctions America live stream online. Then many kept another browser window open to join in on our auction discussion on Facebook.

The top sale was a 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster selling to an internet bidder after the it crossed the auction block as a No Sale. Bidding had reached $1,125,000 while it was on the auction block. The online bidder continued to negotiate until late in the afternoon and finally purchased the car for $1,200,000.

In the ’60s, Mercedes-Benz made a name here in the U.S. by exporting its brash 300SL Roadster to an American audience. This 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster benefitted from the European legend, the Gullwing coupes of Grand Prix racing fame. It is one of just 26 built in the final year of 300SL production. It included a higher compression version of the 3.0-liter six cylinder Mercedes engine with a sports camshaft.

Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2017 – Top 10 Sales

Lot 557 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster $1,200,000
Lot 554 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (Manual) $412,500
Lot 496 1990 Lamborghini LM002-A $299,750
Lot 552 2005 Ford GT $280,500
Lot 569 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe $270,000
Lot 225 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster $255,750
Lot 549 2011 Porsche Speedster $243,000
Lot 564 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 $231,000
Lot 566 1966 Shelby GT 350H ‘Hertz’ Fastback $231,000
Lot 510 1997 Lamborghini VT Roadster $211,750

Our Facebook fans enjoyed predicting the value of each car as they approached the auction block. What we like about this auction is that there are always a lot of “blue collar” classic cars and muscle cars offered.  And that means there are always a few bargains. You never know when a buyer will get lucky.

Here is a review of the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction, March 31-April 2, 2017. Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017, Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale sale is billed as South Florida’s premier collector car auction. Bidders from the U.S. and 18 other countries were anticipated to bid on affordable examples of fine American classic and muscle cars and European sports cars. Classic Porsches were very popular and probably got the highest overall average prices at this show.

2007 Ferrari F430 F1A 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe, which was purchased new by President Donald Trump in 2007, still has under 6,000 miles, serviced at Ferrari-Maserati of Long Island. It has a 6-speed paddle shift F1 transmission and Daytona styled wheels. The Rosso Corso red Ferrari F430 is powered by a 4.3L 490-hp V8 engine. The title included President Trump’s Trump Tower, New York address and his distinctive, bold signature. President Trump owned the car for a little over four years. Bidding reached $240,000, and as the president’s Ferrari rolled off the stage it was announced that an internet buyer was still negotiating. Hours later Auctions America came out with a statement that the car ended up selling for $270,000, a price which would be a record for a 2007 Ferrari F430 with the F1 paddle-shifted automatic transmission.

1953 Buick Skylark Convertible at Auctions America Ft Lauderdale AuctionBuick’s big 50th Anniversary celebration was the reveal of the 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible, Lot # 543, the car of the future. And did the future ever look bright for GM’s Buick division. This car showed off what Buick engineer’s were capable of doing. Bid up to $100,000. Did not meet reserve.

1969 Boss 429 Mustang for sale at Auctions America Ft Lauderdale AuctionFord’s entry into NASCAR’s thundering big block wars was the legendary Boss 429 Mustang. Although the Mustang was just a placebo for the Boss 429 motor to be homologated for NASCAR, the 1969 Boss 429 Mustang has become an icon for the muscle car era. The one that will be auctioned off at the Ft Lauderdale sale is a late build among the 859 Boss 429’s produced by Ford in 1969. You may remember it from the feature article written about it in Mustang Monthly magazine. They were expecting over $180,000 for this one. Reserve is off! SOLD for $210,000!

1956 Buick Speical Convertible, Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction

A sweet 1956 Buick Special Convertible, Lot # 478, will go through the auction early in the afternoon on Saturday. It has power steering and power seats. It is expected to go for over $50,000. SOLD for $47,500. Phone bidder bought the car.

1969 Mach 1 Mustang R Code 428CJ at the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction

A Candy Apple red 1969 Mach 1 Mustang 428CJ R Code will be crossing the auction block soon., Lot # 489. Word is you could buy this car for $45,000. Reserve off! SOLD for $43,500!

1970 Dodge Challenger RT/SE

Beautiful 1970 Dodge Challenger RT/SE with the 440 Six Pack will cross the block, Lot # 511. Word is that the reserve might be only $50,000. Bid to $45,000. Word is there may be an internet bidder still negotiating with the owner after the sale.

1969 Pontiac GTO Judge at Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction

A 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air III is Lot # 519. Will it sell for $80,000? Reserve was take off at $70,000. SOLD for $71,000.

1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible

A rare 1949 Hudson Commodore Convertible, Lot # 525, will cross the auction block at the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction this afternoon. What will it sell for? SOLD for $47,500.

1931 Stutz Series MA SV-16

A very rare and desirable 1931 Stutz Series MA “SV16” Cabriolet Coupe, Lot # 531, will be offered at the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction this afternoon. This one will need to bring $120,000 plus. Reserve is off! SOLD for $105,000.

1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2

These classic Ferraris are roaring up in value. Here is a 1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 ready to cross the auction block this afternoon in Ft Lauderdale, Lot # 533. Will the bidding reach $250,000? Bidding went to $130,000. No sale.

1970 Yenko Deuce Nova at the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction

A very rare colored 1970 Yenko Deuce Nova with the LT-1 motor comes documented. It will be Lot # 534. They say this was Don Yenko’s personal driver. Reserve off at $125,000. SOLD! Nicely bought.

1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible with the iconic rear tail fins will be for sale this afternoon. Lot # 547 will need to bring six figures to sell today. Reserve Off! SOLD at $87,500.

In the heart of the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction now with the action coming fast. This rare and desirable vintage 1929 Packard 640 Custom Eight Runabout will be Lot # 550, will need to reach $160,000 to make the reserve. Reserve lifted at $150,000. SOLD for $172,500.

1933 Ford 5-Window Coupe

The most beautiful and elegant street rod in the sale, a 1933 Ford 5-Window Coupe, Lot # 551, is in the afternoon’s sale. It is a three-time Detroit Autorama winner, 1955-57. Bid to $117,000. No sale.

1965 Shelby 289 Cobra

A real 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra is thought to be the top sale of the day here at the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction. It is valued at over $1,000,000. Lot # 562. Bidding rose to $830,000 where it stalled. Did not meet reserve.

1930 Packard Deluxe Eight Seven-Passenger Phaeton

1930 Packard Deluxe Eight Seven-Passenger Phaeton, Lot # 570, reliable show car and tours well. Bidding stopped at $130,000. No sale.

1967 Corvette Big Block 427/435 Convertible at Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction

The iconic look of the 1967 Corvette Big Block 427/435 Convertible, yellow with black stinger, one of the most desirable collector Corvettes in the hobby. Lot # 573. Has transistorized ignition. Will it get six figures? SOLD for $91,000.

Sweet color, 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, Lot # 576, will cross the auction block this afternoon. They expect bids to reach $180,000. Reserve dropped. SOLD for $145,000.

1971 Dodge Challenger Indy Pace Car Convertible

A beautifully done replica of a 1971 Dodge Challenger Indy Pace Car Convertible will be Lot # 441 on Saturday. Click here for more history. Bid up to $45,000, no sale.

1958 Buick Special Convertible, Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction

Look at all that chrome. A 1958 Buick Special Convertible will be Lot # 447 in the early afternoon at the Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction today. Click for more info. Bid up to $43,000, no sale.

1963 Dodge Polara Max Wedge, Auctions America Ft Lauderdale Auction

A real d eal 1963 Dodge Polara Max Wedge car is Lot # 462 in the Ft Lauderdale Auction on Saturday. In very clean condition it is expected to draw over $50,000. Click here for more info. Bid stalled at $39,000.

Also see these very rare lots:
1903 Buckmobile Runabout, estimated to be worth $25,000
1941 Buick Roadmaster Convt, estimated at $75,000
1960 Cadillac Series 62 Convt, might sell for $65,000
1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible, valued at over $80,000
1964 Amphicar 770, valued at over $45,000
1988 Porsche 911 Slantnose Cabrio, No Reserve
1963 Jaguar Series 1 Convt, Jaguar experts must see

You can view the entire auction on the Auctions America website by streaming their live feed. Join Cars On Line for coverage on our Facebook and Instagram pages for commentary on Saturday, April 1. As always, our Facebook friends will join in on the discussion.


2017 Amelia Island Concours – Best Car Show On The East Coast

2017 Amelia Island concours RM/Sotheby's Auction

On Saturday at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours the top sale at the RM/Sothey’s Auction was a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet. The hammer price was $7 million exactly ($7,070,000 including sales commission.) Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.


2017 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance

It was just announced here at the show field during the 2017 Amelia Island Concours that the two top awards went to a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider for Concours de Sport, and a 1935 Duesenberg SJ 582 Dual Cowl Phaeton for the vaunted Concours D’Elegance award.

The ’39 Alfa Spider is part of the A. Dano Davis Collection in Jacksonville, Florida. In its day the right-hand-drive Alfa Lungo Spider was the most desirable sports you could buy.  Only 12 Touring Spiders were ever produced. Only seven were produced with the long chassis as this one has. Most of the Lungo Spiders were used for racing. This car was raced in San Paolo in 1949 and 1950. After that the car disappeared from public notice until 40 years later when it was redone.

The ’35 Duesenberg SJ is owned by Terence Adderley from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It is a Torpedo Phaeton designed by Gordon Buehrig himself. Mr. Adderley said it was one of the last Torpedo Phaetons built. It was born a Duesenberg J with custom coachwork by the A.J. Walker Company. But the Wisconsin buyer was not happy with the car and sent it back to Indianapolis where it was updated with a supercharged SJ-582 engine. It has a 420 ci overhead cam engine. In supercharged form it is said to produce 320 horsepower.

But there was much more to see on the show field on Saturday:

The 2017 Amelia Island Concours, March 10-13, 2017,  will be one for the history books. In its 22nd year, the The Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance moved to a Saturday timeslot for the first time. Usually the concours would be held on Sunday afternoon. For the first time in its history the fast moving Amelia Island Concours staff had to modify their schedule and reset the event for Saturday instead of the normal Sunday venue. The potential for torrential rains on Sunday afternoon was not good news for owners of six figure valued vintage classic cars. So the Concours officials made the call to reset the event for Saturday. The crowds were heavy along the concours field. The change did not seem to dampen the enthusiasm for seeing these incredible vintage motorcars.

This is what it is like to be here at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours:

The Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance is the biggest event of its kind on the East Coast, and rivals the pomp and circumstance of legendary events such as Pebble Beach and the Meadowbrook Concours scheduled for later in the year.

“This show brings in cars from all over the world,” our photojournalist Bob Boberg told us. “In its 22nd year, the concours is growing in prestige and excitement. You see cars here that you’ll never see anywhere else.” Boberg and his wife Donna will capture the show in photos and video for our Cars On Line.com readers.

The show, starting on Friday and running through Sunday, March 13, 2017, is a world class exhibition of automotive history. There were over 300 rare vehicles from collections from around the world. Most of the activity revolves around The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton.

Saturday at the RM/Sotheby Auction

On Saturday we will be there at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours when the RM/Sotheby’s Auction presents some of the most valuable motorcars in the world. What a blend of vintage motorcars, race cars and American classics. Here are some of the top sales for the RM/Sotheby’s Auction.

We will be on hand to capture 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 will be the announcement of the 2017 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance Best of Show awards on Saturday afternoon.

Be sure to stay tuned to this page for all the trending news from the 2017 Amelia Island Concours. Get the auction prices here and on our Twitter feed.


Gooding & Co at 2017 Amelia Island Concours

Among the top events during the 2017 Amelia Island Concours weekend is the Gooding & Company Auction. They stole the show yesterday when a 1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion crossed the auction block for $5,665,000, the top sale so far here at the East Coast’s most exclusive concours show.

Here are the top sales from Friday at the Gooding & Company Auction:


Already on Thursday the Bonham’s Auction saw a seven figure sale. When a 1955 Ferrari Europa GT sold for over $2 million yesterday afternoon the mood was set for more auction action. Here is a review of some of the top marques at the Bonhams Auction:

1966 Corvette Called Split Ray Named Great 8 Pick

1966 Corvette Called Split Ray

A 1966 Corvette called Split Ray made the cut to be one of the Great 8 award winners here at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. It is generally felt that if you make the Great 8 your car is one of the top eight custom show cars in the country. Now owners Dennis Johnson and Scott Roth will be biting their nails until Sunday evening when the 2017 Ridler Award winner will be announced from among the top eight contenders here at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.

The Split Ray monicker is a play on words. The 1966 Corvette called Split Ray has been entered in the Autorama judging in the Radical Sport 1963-67 category. The car was built by The Auto Shoppe of Burlington, Vermont. It is all about speed and performance. The Auto Shoppe even made it “look” fast. It is a true wide body with an extra 6 -3/8ths inches added to the center of the car down the middle. The Corvette is channeled and the gills have been relocated for effect. The front end is dropped and restyled. The floor was dropped and has en enclosed driveshaft. Cooling for the supercharger is integrated into the body.

The engine is an LS9 Superchared 6.2L putting out 638 horsepower, 604 ft-pounds of torque. It features a T56 Magnum 6-speed. The interior is high quality Richmond leather relicate with styling much like a 2015 Z06.

Elegant 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster Wins Ridler Award

Elegant 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster

Buddy Jordan’s 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster will take home the 2017 Ridler Award. The announcement was just made here at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, Michigan. The selection of an elegant high tech 1930’s street rod is a knod to the Detroit show’s roots in the street rodding hobby. Click the video window below:

Nancy and Buddy Jordan’s elegant 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster made the cut Friday to be selected for the Great 8 here at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. No one could have known at that time that it would become a legend in its own time by winning the 2017 Ridler Award. It is a more modern looking build with everything beautifually hand built and fabricated. Everything on this car is a custom modification. The paint and bodywork are exquisite. The design was by Chris Ito and Steve Frisbie. The street rod was built at Steve’s Auto Restorations in Portland, Oregon where they hand built and CNC machined it from aluminum, steel sheet, tube and billet. Amazing effort.

View dozens of photos of the 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster and the awards ceremony:

Steve’s Auto Restorations has long been a leader in steel and aluminum fabrication in the Pacific Northwest. The body was hand crafted from aluminum sheets. The frame was hand built from steel. The front suspension is an independent split tube axle with remote shocks, and rack and pinion steering with CNC machined tie rods. The rear suspension uses CNC machined A-arms, uprights and half shafts; remote shocks, and Mustang IRS third member.

The engine on the 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster is a GM Performance Anniversary Edition 427 using an aluminum block and heads. The transmission is a GM 4L60 with smoothed case, CNC pan, and a CNC machined tapered aluminum driveshaft. The headlight buckets were hand formed, as was the custom shaped rear bumper. Front bumper was CNC machined.

The detail is incredible.

Phoenix Phantom 1929 Ford Pickup Makes Great 8

Phoenix Phantom 1929 Ford Pickup

His Phoenix Phantom 1929 Ford Pickup was one of the cars selected to the Great 8 on Friday here at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. So Dennis Portka of Hamburg, New York is a step closer to his dream today. The car he built with his own two hands will be a contender for the 2017 Ridler Award. Brian Fruzen of the Cars On Line car show team interviewed him when the Great 8 banner was placed in his display.

Dennis told us he spent 24 years putting the details together to complete his Phoenix Phantom 1929 Ford Pickup.  He figures it took 13,500 hours of work to put it together. All of the sheetmetal and bodywork were done by Dennis. He also did the Glasurit paint with basecoat and clearcoat. The upholstery was done by Joe McDonald at Z-Best, with pinstriping by Terry Buczak.

It is almost unheard of these days that a custom car hobbyist working on his own could complete such a project without expensive shop work. And then for him to win a Great 8 award really is a complement to his efforts. We commend Dennis for his accomplishment.


GTP 1932 Ford Tudor Contends for Ridler Award

GTP 1932 Ford Tudor

The GTP 1932 Ford Tudor built by Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop has made the Great 8 in Detroit this weekend. It was announced on Friday that the custom Deuce sedan had made the cut at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. It is now one of the top eight cars in line to be chosen as the 2017 Ridler Award winner here. The car was built for George Poteet of Memphis, Tennessee. Poteet is a long standing patron of the hot rod hobby. He is a former Ridler Award winner.

The detail and aesthetics on this GTP 1932 Ford Tudor are exquisite. e.Black Design out of Portland, Oregon designed the car. (They were also the ones who designed the 1936 Packard, America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the Grand National Roadster Show last month.) The car was initially rendered by known artist and designer Eric Brockmeyer. The engine was designed and built by Automotive Specialists Racing Engines in Concord, North Carolina. The transmission was built by Bowler Performance Transmissions of Lawrenceville, Illinois.

Immediately after hearing that a Pirelli Great 8 award standard had been put in their display, Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop put out this post on Facebook. Click here to see the post.  Alan Johnson is one of the premier builders who is well known for his expertise in build Deuce Ford customs. He will be one of the top builders on the panel for a discussion today starting at 1 PM at the Cobo Center. Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop is located in Gadsden, Alabama.


1941 Ford Pickup Called Gold Standard Great 8 Pick

1941 Ford Pickup Called Gold Standard

A 1941 Ford Pickup called Gold Standard was selected to the Great 8 during Friday’s session of the 2017 Detroit Autorama here in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Anxious owner, Ed Sears of Annapolis, Maryland waited Friday morning when his classic custom pickup was chosen to compete for the legendary Ridler Award. Each of the top eight cars selected to the Great 8 will be a contender to win the vaunted Ridler Award here on Sunday evening.

“The Gold Standard,” Sears’ nickname for his 1941 Ford Pickup, will be a contender for the 2017 Ridler Award as much for its aesthetics as it will be for its great build. It has a Flathead with a detailed Ford 8BA block updated with today’s high performance technology and three Stromberg 97 carburetors. It is bored and stroked, has a Winfield Performance cam and Navarro aluminum heads and manifold. It is ported, polished and relieved, and comes with a serpentine belt system. Quite an impressive engine.

Interestingly, the 1941 Ford Pickup called Gold Standard was built with an electrically operated hood, electric seats and electrical bed cover.

1954 Corvette GM Concept Tribute Competes For the 2017 Ridler Award

1954 Corvette GM Concept Tribute

No surprise, a 1954 Corvette GM Concept Tribute car was picked to be a contender for the 2017 Ridler Award here at the 2017 Detroit Autorama yesterday. It was picked as one of the Great 8 award cars in the competition. The car is a completely refabricated custom tribute to the GM Concept Corvette promoted in the 1954 GM Motorama shows. Larry and Robbie Griffey are the owners from Powell, Tennessee. It was built by Larry Griffey’s Hot Rods & Restorations in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Beginning with a 1954 Corvette Roadster body, Larry Griffey and Chuck Powell did the original body and chassis modifications to create this custom design. They included a removable hardtop and roll-up windows just as GM had done in the 1954 concept car. These features were not actually available on a Corvette until 1956. The build also includes modern day technology, a lower hot rod stance and improved performance and handling. Its features will remind you of the actual Motorama concept car.

Some of the many body modifications to the 1954 Corvette GM Concept Tribute include: a tapered body drop with 2 1/2″ at the front, 1 1/2″ at the A pillar and 1″ at the rear. The body was widened 3″ in the rear and tapered to 1 3/4″ inch wider in the front. The cowl vent was removed and re-contoured to accept a 1956 Corvette windshield. The rear hatch was modified so as to accept a 1956 Corvette removable hardtop. Passenger compartment was reconfigured in real steel to make it safer. All fuel lines, brake lines and cables are hidden. A custom hood scoop was used to accomodate the supercharger. Remote latches were installed, and the doors were split and widened with steel structure to accomodate power windows.

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.


Highest Priced Cars Sold During Arizona Auction Week

1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition Coupe is the highest priced car sold during Arizona Auctions Week

1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition Coupe is the highest priced car sold during Arizona Auctions Week. Hammer price $6,7 million. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

The highest priced cars sold during Arizona Auction Week were not at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction. In fact, the top sale of the week here in the Phoenix area was a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition Coupe which sold for $6.7 million at the Bonham Auction on Friday. The Bonham Auction also produced the third highest price sale on Friday,  a 1962 Ferrari 340 America Spider with a $5.8 million price tag.

Here are some of the highest priced cars sold during Arizona Auctions Week:

Cars On Line.com photo-journalists Bob and Donna Boberg of eClassicAutos.com were here during the high profile auctions in the Phoenix area to record all the action. They covered the top sales at the exclusive auctions that occur here during Arizona Auctions Week. Many high profile auctions are held here to absorb all the buyers that gather here for the Barrett-Jackson Auction each year. It is ironic that none of the top sales actually occured at the Barrett-Jackson itself this year.

While the auctions were well attended again this year, none of the auction houses this year were able to match last year’s total sales figures. Even the highest priced cars sold during Arizona Auction Week failed to match the numbers in last years’s sales.

Follow this link to review the big 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale.


2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction Brings Car Collectors to Scottsdale

Dale Earnhardt, Jr at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction on Saturday

Dale Earnhardt, Jr at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction on Saturday with Craig Jackson (to his left) and Steve Davis (to his right.) Earnhardt’s cars raised $600,000 to benefit Nationawide’s Childrens Hospital. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)


“Prime Time” at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction …

This year at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction celebrity sitings were happening regularly.  One of the high points of the “Prime Time” Saturday collector car sale saw Dale Earnhardt, Jr selling his 2014 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS which he drove in six NASCAR Cup Series races. The Nationwide sponsored car sold for $200,000. All of the proceeds went to benefit Nationwide’s Childrens Hospital.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction on Saturday

Our photo-journalist, Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com was on hand to capture some of the action here in Scottsdale as the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction was selling the high profile collector cars. Here are some of the highlights of the Prime Time Saturday sale.

Go to Cars On Line’s Facebook page to join the conversation. We’ll be glad to answer your questions there.

Huge Friday Sale at 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction …

Friday at 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction was a rockin’ show with rock star Steven Tyler selling his 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder  for $800,000. All the proceeds from the sale will go to benefit Janie’s Fund, a foundation established to help female victims of abuse. They turned up the action another notch as a top quality lineup of great classic and collector cars were be offered for sale.

Friday’s list of offerings here at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction was a stellar selection.

COL Covers the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction …

The reason we are here in Scottsdale this week is to take the temperature of the current collector car market. We believe that the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale has the power to set the stage for an upward trend in collector car prices. Whatever happens here in Scottsdale this week may set the tone for an upward trend in collector car sales for the rest of the year.

The 46th Annual 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction is one of America’s great automotive events. The history, the spectacle, the fervor for classic American steel is intoxicating as the staccato of the auctioneers voice pounds out a cadence that delights the crowd. Every three to five minutes history is made. What we will be watching for are quantifiable numbers which will tell us if collector car prices will go up this year. If average prices on collector cars increase here at the Barrett-Jackson it will most likely happen all across America by this spring.

Yes, it’s that time of year again, and the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Auction is just the cure for the winter blues, especially for collector car owners who are dreamin’ about summer cruising. More important, the world’s premier collector car event is a barometer for collector car values going forward in 2017. There is a lot of optimism here that 2017 could be the year the market starts an upward trend once again. For the past eight years the market has been less than exciting with collector car values flatlining.


1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Chosen As 2016 CAR of the YEAR

The 1988 Lamorghini Countach 5000  has been chosen by Cars On Line.com readers as their 2016 CAR of the YEAR. The contest for 2016 CAR of the YEAR closed on Thursday with 22 percent of respondents voting for the the classic Lamborghini from Gateway Classic Cars in St Louis, Missouri. It was chosen from a field of 14 cars featured during 2016 in the Cars On Line newsletter.

The 1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 defines the term “exotic sports car.” (Click here to view the Lamborghini 5000 in the Gateway Classic Cars ad.) It leant genre to a generation of sports super cars so untamed and beautiful that they excited the primal instincts of a “go-fast” generation. It was our banner story for our first newsletter in December and claimed features such as a high-revving mid-engine V12, canteleavered “Lambo” doors, beautiful ground effects and the road-hugging wing. We are told that this particular Countach 5000, white with red leather interior, is one-of-a-kind made with left hand drive for the U.S. market. The odometer reads just 22,848 kilometers. The 5000 Ouattrovalvole engine produces 420 horsepower, revving up to 7,500 rpm!

The 1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 was chosen from a field of cars featured this year in the Cars On Line newsletter. Our newsletter readers and their friends were invited to vote in the 2016 CAR of the YEAR poll during the last two weeks of December. Cars On Line readers caught wind of the poll when they read about it in the  2016 COL YEAR in REVIEW feature in a recent Cars On Line newsletter. The response from this year.s CAR of the YEAR poll was greater than any other poll we’ve ever run on the COL site.

The car that took second place honors in the poll was a 1969 Ford Torino Talladega which sold earlier in the year after being featured in the Cars On Line newsletter in February of 2016. It received 12 percent of the vote. The celebrity 1930 Ford Old School Coupe, built by Jesse James for Paul Teutul, Sr on the TV show Outlaw Garage, came in No. 3 in the poll with 9 percent of the vote.

For the past two weeks the 2016 CAR of the YEAR poll was promoted on our COL Facebook and Twitter pages. The response was overwhelming with over 450 voters participating.

The fourteen cars chosen for the poll were highlighted in the COL 2016 YEAR in REVIEW, a feature article written for our COL newsletter readers and published with the last two editions of the weekly Cars On Line newsletter. (Click the link to sign up for the free weekly COL newsletter.)

Here is a link to the complete 2016 Cars On Line YEAR in REVIEW with top cars from throughout 2016.

2016 CAR of the YEAR Selections Announced by Cars-On-Line.com

Cars-On-Line.com has announced its candidates for the 2016 CAR of the YEAR. The popular Cars On Line CAR of the YEAR contest gives website’s readers the opportunity to vote for their favorite collector or specialty car featured in the COL newsletter during 2016. The 2016 CAR of the YEAR is chosen by Cars-On-Line’s readers.  The winner will be announced in the last Cars On Line newsletter of the year, on December 30, 2016.

Here are the candidates for Cars-On-Line’s top award. Click the radio button beneath your favorite to chose your selection for 2016 CAR of the YEAR. Then click the VOTE button below to submit your vote.

The 2016 CAR of the YEAR award is all part of Cars On Line’s annual YEAR IN REVIEW. Click here to see the entire 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW from the Cars On Line newsletter.


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.