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October 12, 2019
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    TOP NEWS What makes a future classic?Classic Driver
What makes a car a “future classic”? One sunny weekend in Warsaw, Błażej Żuławski joined two of his friends, both of whom own cars from the 2000s with great potential, to try and find out. As of late, I’ve been privileged enough to run a Porsche 911 Carrera as my daily driver. The pre-facelift rear-wheel-drive 996 might not seem particularly special from an outsider’s perspective, but it’s a pretty big deal for me as I bought it with my own hard-earned cash.  READ MORE

   RACING & CLASSIC CAR NEWS At these elite schools, the car designers of tomorrow are perfecting their craftRobb Report
Early auto manufacturers focused on functionality over aesthetics, but it wasn’t long before marques and their customers valued the automobile as much for its emotional allure as for its practicality. Before and after World War II, formal courses of study on the subject began to emerge, drawing from the disciplines of fine art, architecture and industrial design, each reflecting the culture and character of its environs. Today, transportation design is more global than ever, and with many aspiring artists in the field vying for so few coveted spots, top students flock to the handful of institutions that have produced some of the biggest names in the business. There is no denying the influence these programs have on the automotive world. (Image: Juan Posada)  READ MORE
 The final Saab is finally going to auctionClassicCars.com
Back in early June, ClassicCars.com reported that the final Saab, a 9-3 Aero Turbo produced at the Swedish automaker’s historic Trollhättan assembly plant in 2014, would be offered for bidding at auction later in the year. Well, later in the year is now and the online auction will be conducted by Bilwebs Auction with proceeds from the sale going to a scholarship fund at Sweden’s University West for study in sustainable mobility, according to NEVS, the electric car company that owns the former Saab facilities.  READ MORE
   MISSED AN ISSUE OF THE VRL NEWSBRIEF? VISIT AND SEARCH THE ARCHIVE TODAY. Auctioneer celebrating 50 years at 15th Artcurial ‘les Champs’ saleClassicCars.com
A 1-of-34 1953 Fiat OttoVu Tipo 106 Sport Berlinetta, a 1924 Bugatti Type 23 Biplace Sport and vehicles from five collections, including a group of 47 motorcycles, highlight the docket for Artcurial Motorcars’ 15th annual Automobiles sur les Champs auction, scheduled for October 27 at the Champs Elysees in Paris. The sale also marks Herve Poulain’s 50th anniversary as an auctioneer. Artcurial notes that Poulain’s passions are contemporary art and speed, and that he has played a significant role in “raising the status of automobiles to that of fine art.” (Image: Artcurial Motorcars/Peter Singhof)  READ MORE
 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2019: Auction resultsSports Car Digest
The Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2019 auction was held Oct. 3-6 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, resulting in $33.3 million in total sales and a 100 percent sell-through rate. In total 677 vehicles sold at Barrett’s 12th annual Las Vegas sale, and $560,000 was raised through the sale of charity vehicles. In addition, 352 pieces of automobilia brought in over $855,800, bringing the total auction sales to over $34.8 million.  READ MORE
 Nissan robots may revolutionize how classic-car parts are madeCNET
If you’ve ever restored a vehicle or just made simple repairs to one, you know how complicated even “basic” cars and trucks can be. It’s one thing to fix a late-model vehicle, just run to your local auto parts retailer and grab the ignition coil, strut assembly, brake caliper or whatever is required to complete the job. But what if you need a replacement rocker panel or some metal trim piece for a low-volume model that’s been out of production for decades? That’s a much more challenging endeavor.  READ MOREClick the images below to join the various VRL owners’ groups in the VRL community
  Dreams don’t cost a fortune at this Swiss auctionClassic Driver
On Oct. 19, a number of exciting classics will once again be offered by Oldtimer Galerie Toffen. And the presale estimates are enticingly low. The strong Swiss franc may currently deter tourists, but for young, meticulously maintained and affordable classic cars, the country’s market is still attractive to overseas buyers. The point is proved with a glance at the catalogue for Oldtimer Galerie Toffen’s next auction, which takes place on Oct. 19 near Bern. (Image: Classic Driver)  READ MORE
 Ford GT key players reveal favorite memories as program endsMotorsport.com
Some of the main players from Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ford GT program share their best moments from the four-year campaign that will wind down this weekend at Petit Le Mans. The program earned 19 wins across the four years, including two triumphs at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona (2017 and ’18) and one at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (2016). Interestingly, although the Ford GT never conquered the 12 Hours of Sebring, the engine devised for the car did, when Ganassi’s Riley-Ford Ecoboost won overall in 2014, driven by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Marino Franchitti won the race outright.  READ MORE
 Is this the coolest C3 Corvette ever? Signs point to yesAutomobile magazine
If you show up to almost any corner-carving competition these days like an autocross, the most competitive cars are typically late-model C5 and C6 Corvettes. Why? They’re relatively cheap, light, and come equipped with easy-to-modify LS engines straight from the factory. Their performance-per-dollar ratio is pretty much unbeatable. On the other end of the spectrum there are the guys that bring out their cool restomod classics. They have style but rarely put up a fight compared to the newer rides. But what about when someone combines the best of both worlds?  READ MORE
 The Pagani Huayra BC doesn’t sound like any other supercarRoad & Track
Pagani’s first car, the Zonda, made a sound reminiscent of an old F1 car. Its naturally aspirated AMG V-12 was a true screamer. The twin-turbo AMG V-12 in the Huayra is a very different animal. Gone is the high-pitched shriek in favor of an angry growl, complete with lots of turbo noise. It’s especially cool in the track-focused Huayra BC.  READ MORE

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