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Collector Car Auction This Weekend!

March 28, 2012

I know I’ve posted about this before but, just as a reminder, Classic Motorcar Auctions’ spring auction is this Saturday at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. I just looked at the updated consignment list and it’s pretty interesting. Some great pre-war Classics will definitely entice the seasoned collector. What I found most [...]

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When Did Korean Cars Become Cool?

March 23, 2012

It wasn’t too long ago when the only reason to buy a Korean made car was the fact that you couldn’t afford anything else. They weren’t well built, they weren’t that attractive and they weren’t even that fuel efficient. They were cheap to buy and, even though you didn’t brag about what you drove, they [...]

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What was your favorite car at the Cleveland Auto Show?

February 28, 2012

A coworker was at the Cleveland Auto Show over the weekend and came in very excited about what he saw. His impression was that it was bigger than it has been in years and the manufacturers were pulling out all stops with their presentations and displays. When I asked him what his favorite car of [...]

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What’s the strangest car you’ve ever owned?

January 20, 2012

OK, I’m addicted to watching the collector car auctions. Last night, I was watching one on television while streaming another one live on my laptop. I am definitely addicted to this strange genre of automotive reality television.  One of the things that attract me to these events are the unique and sometimes odd vehicles that [...]

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It’s January— that means auction fever in Arizona!

January 17, 2012

Yes, it’s January and that means the 2012 auction season officially begins with a bevy of auctions this week in Arizona.  The most famous—or, for some collectors, infamous—of the auctions is the Barrett-Jackson auction, which can also be viewed on the Speed channel.  Amazing as it may seem, a total of six auctions will be [...]

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Classic Motorcar Auctions Spring Auction

January 16, 2012

I just received a notice announcing that Classic Motorcar Auctions will be returning to the John S. Knight Center on March 31 for another collector car auction. With the big auctions coming up in Scottsdale this week, it’s great that we’ll have a taste of that right here in town. CMA always has a wonderful [...]

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What was the greatest automotive failure of 2011?

January 5, 2012

Overall, 2011 was a good year for the auto industry. Ford had huge profits, Volkswagen opened a billion dollar plant in Tennessee and the government got paid back some of the money it put out to save GM and Chrysler. Lots of good news all around but that doesn’t mean everything was rosie. Fiat’s great [...]

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What was Your Childhood Dream Car?

November 15, 2011

A friend from Texas just called to say that he just acquired the car he always dreamed of when he was a kid in Illinois, over fifty years ago. It was a Ford with a custom German body that sat in a persnickety neighbor's garage from the time of his earliest memory until he went [...]

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Who is buying all the new cars?

October 27, 2011

There was an article in the paper the other day that new car and truck sales are up significantly in our region. The big increase was in medium duty trucks, primarily used by small businesses, but new car sales were up a bit also. Anyway you slice it, it's good news but it raises a [...]

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No More Rotary Engine Cars

September 29, 2011

Felix Wankel is one of my heroes. The longtime chief engineer of the extinct auto manufacturer NSU was an amazing automotive pioneer. His greatest contribution to the the industry is the invention of the rotary internal combustion engine, appropriately called the Wankel.  The very first rotary engine car produced was the NSU Wankel Spyder. This [...]

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