Texas fires destroy one collector's 175 classic cars

The good news for one Texas man near the massive wildfires is that his home was merely singed, and his family escaped uninjured. The bad news was what the fire took instead — some 175 classic cars, including a Shelby Cobra and about a dozen Corvettes. » 9/06/11 11:15pm 9/06/11 11:15pm

For $27,000, live the life of riley while riley is away

Elf is eleven in the Deutsch, and today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Riley is truly a Mini that goes to eleven. The seller says it's like a minuscule Rolls Royce but is its price not mini enough? » 9/06/11 8:00am 9/06/11 8:00am

eBay user selling Jaguar that burst into flames mid-auction

The seller of this 1975 Jaguar XJ6L — left sitting for five years — had apparently intended the car not be on fire when it hit eBay. Yet, just after the auction started, so did a conflagration somewhere in the forward compartment. » 8/18/11 2:30pm 8/18/11 2:30pm

Why is this early auto pioneer's body being exhumed?

Samuel Pandolfo had dreams of competing with Henry Ford. His dream nearly came true. Now, 51 years after his death, his body's being exhumed from its grave in Alaska and shipped to St. Cloud, Minnesota — home of the largest automobile factory you've never heard of. » 7/18/11 2:30pm 7/18/11 2:30pm

Spectacular collection of race cars take over Poland

Warsaw’s Verva Street Racing festival has officially made the Polish capital the coolest car city in Central Europe, with 110 cars racing on a street circuit in the middle of town. Famous car people were also in attendance: joining the six vintage Lotus F1 racers were, among others, Jay Kay and the artist formerly… » 7/01/11 4:30pm 7/01/11 4:30pm

The awesome age of the American automobile

Back in the 1930s, America made cars that were the envy and the standard of the world. It wouldn’t surprise Peter Heydon, a retired professor of English from Michigan. This is his big green Lincoln K Series V12 Le Baron Coupé from 1935. » 6/20/11 10:30am 6/20/11 10:30am

Hear 17 cars from Ralph Lauren's awe-inspiring collection

If you can't make the Paris showing of 17 classic vehicles from designer Ralph Lauren's collection for the typical reasons — busy summer polo schedule, breaking in a new yacht captain, etc., etc. — you can at least hear them. » 5/09/11 9:30am 5/09/11 9:30am

Vintage cars descend upon 115-year-old Velodrome

Take a secret 19th century velodrome in the heart of Budapest, a handful of vintage cars and bikes, and a group of petrolheads dressed up in revival gear ready to brave the Siberian chill on an April day, and you’ve got yourself a perfect afternoon. We went along for the ride on the terrifying banked oval in a 1967… » 4/15/11 10:30am 4/15/11 10:30am

Muscle car collection destroyed in fire

An early morning wake up to the news your garage is on fire is every car collector's worst nightmare. That is precisely what happened to Indar Bhan of Eugene, Oregon. » 3/27/11 4:00pm 3/27/11 4:00pm

Lamborghini Espada explodes in flames

An explosion and massive fire in the 700 block of Waddington in Bloomfield Township, MI — just a mile from my ancestral home in Bloomfield Hills, MI — destroyed a vintage 1974 Lamborghini Espada earlier today. Here's a shot of the burned-out Lamborghini. » 3/25/11 6:00pm 3/25/11 6:00pm

One magic moment with a Ralph Lauren car

On an April evening four years ago I wandered into an underground parking garage and happened upon the Mercedes–Benz pictured above: one of Ralph Lauren’s cars to be exhibited in Paris this coming summer. » 3/09/11 2:10pm 3/09/11 2:10pm

Hidden classic cars wait for surgery in Dubai

After discovering the wasting of a Jaguar XJ 220 and the Ferrari Mondial, Phil McGovern of Crank & Piston came across another cache of automotive iron abandoned in the Middle East — this time with a different ending. — Ed. » 3/04/11 2:30pm 3/04/11 2:30pm

Ralph Lauren to exhibit part of car collection for first time

Some of the most precious gems in famed fashion designer Ralph Lauren's incredible car collection will be exhibited for the the first time ever in Paris this spring. » 2/25/11 9:30am 2/25/11 9:30am

Key Fake JFK Ambulance Evidence Also Fake

Throughout the saga of the 1963 Pontiac ambulance that purportedly carried the body of President John F. Kennedy, the Barrett-Jackson auction house touted a metal plate attached to its dash as possible proof of authenticity. Trouble is, it's fake, too. » 1/26/11 5:30pm 1/26/11 5:30pm

Florida Classic Car Dealership Burns To Ground

Witnesses captured footage of a classic car dealership on fire in Fort Pierce, Florida. Although the building is a total loss, the owner said he lost only four of his 70-car inventory. (Hat Tip to $kaycog!) [Youtube] » 11/14/10 4:00pm 11/14/10 4:00pm

The Old Cars of Route 66

Although Route 66 is no longer a commissioned highway, the famous road immortalized in song and dubbed "The Mother Road" by John Steinbeck in The Grapes of Wrath, is still marked with reminders of what made it great. » 11/13/10 11:30am 11/13/10 11:30am

Why Old Cars Suck

I tend to get pretty curmudgeonly about Model Bloat, excessive standard features, and other ills of the current generation of cars, but that sure as hell doesn't mean I think Everything About The Old Days Was Better. Far from it! » 5/30/10 6:00pm 5/30/10 6:00pm

Restoring Classic Cars in the Gaza Strip

Our hero of the day is Palestinian car geek Mahfouz Caberetti, who restores vintage Detroit and Stuttgart iron in the most useless spot on Earth for restoring cars: the Gaza Strip. » 4/16/10 10:00am 4/16/10 10:00am

Citroën SM: The History Of The 140-mph French Supersled

Aaron Severson, editor of Ate Up With Motor, explains what happens when a bunch of tech-mad Frenchmen buy an Italian supercar factory and drink too much at lunch. This is the history of the space-age Citroën SM. —Ed. » 4/13/10 12:00pm 4/13/10 12:00pm

Man Paid To Take Authentic Shelby Cobra

If you've got a legitimate Shelby Cobra chassis and body, pay your storage unit bills or at least claim it before it becomes the property of the towing company paid to remove it. A free, original Cobra? Nice price. » 4/06/10 3:30pm 4/06/10 3:30pm