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Mystery surrounds $3.74 million sale of 1968 Bullitt MustangDetroit Free Press via USA Today
The mystery continues. And so do the tears. The 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt GT driven by Steve McQueen in Hollywood’s legendary action film of the same name emerged to international celebration after being hidden in a family’s garage for 40 years. Now, after touring America and the world for two years, the pony car has been sold to an anonymous bidder for a record $3.4 million — $3.74 million after commissions and fees. “Only one person knows the buyer, and that’s the guy he was on the phone with,” said Sean Kiernan, who put his father’s beloved Highland Green Mustang on the auction block in Kissimmee, Florida, on Jan. 10. “Eventually, it’ll come out. But right now, no one knows. Only Frank. Frank is the only one trusted to know.” (Image: Warner Bros.)  READ MORE


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Barrett-Jackson’s Buy-Sell-Hold panel offers valuable insights, trendsClassicCars.com
American Car Collector Magazine put on an expert panel at the Barrett-Jackson Auction venue featuring well known collector/columnists giving their opinions on the state of Buy-Sell-Hold for specific special-interest cars. In 2020, things are clearly changing. Electric, hybrid. A perception that the next generation is not interested in cars. Some of that was dispelled during the Q&A period. However, the panel had insight like a daytime broadcast of the cable business channels. On the panel were Ken Ligenfelter, famed GM tuner and collector; Elana Scherr, journalist and collector; B. (Brian) Mitchell Carlson, journalist and collector; and Carl Bomstead, journalist and collector.  READ MORE

A 1970 Nissan Z sells for $805,000 to become one of the most expensive Japanese cars ever auctionedRobb Report
If the first couple weeks of 2020 are any indication, it’s going to be a good decade for the classic car market. Days after Steve McQueen’s Bullitt Mustang set auction records, a 1970 Nissan Z hammered down for $805,000 at BH Auction in Tokyo over the weekend. As you might expect, it takes a pretty special Z to sell for such a head-turning sum. And, sure enough, the car in question, a 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R, is quite possibly the rarest and most desirable example of the car still in existence, according to Road & Track. In fact, only 30 to 50 versions of the competition-prepped car were ever produced.  READ MORE

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RM Sotheby’s will offer single-owner collection of 230 carsClassicCars.com
As it readied for its annual Arizona auction of collector cars, RM Sotheby’s announced it will stage a 230-car single-collection auction May 1-2 at Elkhart, Indiana. The docket also will include 30 motorcycles, a wooden boat, collectibles and more, the auction house said in its announcement. “The quality of the cars and the way that the Elkhart Collection has been maintained and looked after is incredible,” Gord Duff, global head of auctions for RM Sotheby’s, was quoted in the news release. “The building that they’ve been housed in is much more than a storage facility and has been designed specifically for the care of collector cars. (Image: RM Sotheby’s)  READ MORE

Masters USA unveils 2020 scheduleRacer
Masters Historic Racing USA will again bring two grids to North American vintage race events — Masters Historic Formula One USA and Masters Endurance Legends USA — on four rounds of its seven-round 2020 calendar. Both Masters Historic Formula One USA and Masters Endurance Legends USA will be part of the May 28-31 Sonoma Speed Festival at Sonoma Raceway and the July 23-26 WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman at Road America.  READ MORE

‘Ford v Ferrari’ gains Oscar nominations, including Best PictureClassicCars.com
“Ford v Ferrari,” the movie that is more about the bond between team manager Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles than it is about the battle at Le Mans between two car companies, has been nominated as one of nine finalists for the 2020 Academy Award as best picture, the academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced. The movie also is one of five finalists for the Oscar for sound mixing, and production team members Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland were nominated for the Oscar for film editing, and Don Sylvester for sound editing. (Image: Fox Studios)  READ MORE
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Barrett-Jackson: Car billed as belonging to late evangelist Billy Graham removed from Barrett-Jackson lineup after questions emergeArizona Republic
The authenticity of a car billed as once being owned by the late-Rev. Billy Graham has come into question, leading Barrett-Jackson officials to pull it from the auction. Barrett-Jackson vets the cars it sells before they hit the auction block and consignors must provide documentation to prove the cars provenance, said Nick Cardinale, executive vice president and general manager of Barrett-Jackson. In this case, the consignor of the 1966 Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine provided auction officials with a Rolls-Royce registry that listed the owner as Billy Graham, whose occupation was listed as “evangelist,” Cardinale said.  READ MORE

SM2A in France has saved hundreds of old Citroëns from the scrapheapClassic Driver
Settled in Mussy-sur-Seine in the Aube region of France, which was first devastated by the loss of its industries thanks to globalisation and subsequently reinvigorated by the success of champagne, Jean-Michel Gallet has long been something of a UFO in the classic car world. But having been born in a Citroën DS and spent much of his childhood travelling around Europe with his parents in their DS21 family car, he was very quickly plunged into the world of mechanical engineering. “I took my first steps in engineering at the age of seven, when I sand-casted aluminium parts by hand and accompanied my grandfather, who was head of an aluminium foundry, to meet his customers,” Gallet recalls. “With him, I learned to observe and listen.”  READ MORE

Mercedes won’t be ‘deluded’ by strong start in Formula ECrash.net
Mercedes is “keeping both feet firmly on the ground” despite its impressive start to life in Formula E ahead of this weekend’s third round in Santiago, Chile. Mercedes made its full Formula E debut at the 2019-20 season-opener at the end of November in Saudi Arabia, where it scored two podium finishes to take an early lead in the teams’ championship. The result far exceeded its pre-season expectations, giving drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries a boost ahead of the campaign’s resumption.  READ MORE

The Bremen Sebring kit car: Lambo style and Beetle pedigreeAutomobile magazine
The huge number of fantastical concept cars being produced in the 1970s and ’80s gave rise to a strong kit-car industry in the same years, and the Bremen Sebring was said to be one of the better-produced kits of the period. The Sebring was created by Al Hildebrand, a U.S. distributor of various fringe cars that included the Brazilian Puma GT, who thought he could produce an improved version of the Sterling kit he was selling. It’s thought that fewer than 1,500 Sterlings and Sebrings were ever built, but this 1985 Bremen Sebring went to Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction this week.  READ MORE

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