photo credit: © 2013 Google


Mentioned before on this blog, the Futurliner was produced by General Motors products in its Parade of Progress. They would focus on their new car lineup, some of the product used in them, televisions, probably washing machines, etc. What I have noticed as I looked up the history of these vehicles is that they all seem to have different production years which I think is not likely. Because they were so hard to see out of they had a lot of accidents over the years. GM ran from 1936 to 1941 before World War II and then picked up again in 1953 through 1956. They made 12 to begin with and almost all ended up in junk yards or some other form of storage. Along come the restorers. One ended up as a motor home, one was bought by Oral Roberts to use as a traveling stage. The Roberts bus is thought to be in Central or South America. Some were restored to original condition or are in the process of it. One is in Sweden under restoration. Two have disappeared, one of those might be the Roberts bus. So if you see one out in a field somewhere you should check it out.  One that was restored was sold a few years ago for $4 million and is currently on display in Flint, Michigan.

The one that is coming up for sale started out as nothing. Mostly a rusted-out hulk. This one is considered Number 5 of the lot with 1941 as the year. Because nothing was left but the cab in the hands of the new owner it was given 20,000-pound air-sprung axles front and rear and gets its power from a Cummins NTC-230 855-cu.in. straight-six diesel engine running through an Allison 600-series five-speed transmission. The Cummins is substantially larger than the GMC straight-six gasoline engine that previously powered Futurliner No. 5, so to make it easy to work on the engine once installed, he converted the Futurliner front section into a tilt cab. At the same time, he fabricated a new body section to house the radiator for the Cummins behind the cab, and he made sure to include seating for four and air conditioning inside the cab. While the GM lettering on the nose of the cab is original, they had to source a windshield from somebody in Canada.

It now lives again as a car/truck carrier. And it isn't cheap........ 1-818-419-9989
top photo credit: © 2013 Google
bottom photo credit: Brad Boyajian



Michael Schumacher, all geared up for skiing had a tragic accident yesterday. While skiing in the French Alps he fell striking a rock with his head. Even though he was wearing a helmet he has life threatening brain injuries.

After spending 20 years putting his life on the line in Formula One, winning a record 91 races, seven time world champion this would seem very odd. These F1 guys are always living on the edge, its in their blood.

We can only wish him well.

top photo credit: © 2013 Telegraph
bottom photo credit: © 2013 CBC News



1956 DeSOTO

Beautifully restored western car, stunning Carnival Red and Ebony Black paint, excellent Black and White interior, brilliant chrome, 291 cu in 185 HP Hemi V8, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, Wonderbar radio, side view mirror, spotlight, wide white wall tires, fully serviced and ready to drive, very cool 50"s wagon!

Located in Pennsylvania........1-610-505-8612

photo credit: © 2013 hemmings.com
edited text credit: © 2013 hemmings.com 



While Horseless Carriage Club of America officials say they have not yet totally cleaned up from the aftereffects of the IRS rescinding the club’s 501(c)(3) non-profit status, they are ready to move on from the ordeal with a renewed focus as a club after more than two years of bureaucratic maneuvering. In the months after the IRS declared that it would revoke the HCCA’s 501(c)(3) non-profit status in May 2011 and consider it a for-profit organization, many club members feared that the loss of that status would effectively spell the end for the club. Though the club, founded in 1937, had spent much of its existence as a 501(c)(7) non-profit organization – as a social or recreational club, according to the IRS tax code – it switched to 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 2007, thus enabling donations to the club to become tax deductible (and, the club hoped, resulting in more and larger donations to the club). That change, however, also necessitated that the club provide an educational aspect, and the club had a difficult time proving that it had fulfilled that obligation during a subsequent IRS audit. Richard Cutler, who served as president of the HCCA in 2011 and has since sparred with the IRS on the club’s behalf, wrote on the club’s website that he and other club officials decided that the club wouldn’t just roll over and die. They responded to the revocation with a formal appeal and in the meantime came up with a fallback plan that included the formation earlier this year of two spinoff organizations: the Horseless Carriage Education Institution, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated exclusively to educating the public about horseless carriages and early automotive history, and the Horseless Carriage Club Association, a 501(c)(7) non-profit that would assume the club’s ongoing social activities – its tours, meets, and conventions.

The former organization, with a board of directors but no members, has since assumed about $26,000 of the HCCA’s tax-deductible donations, while the latter organization may not be needed after all.
Though the IRS has since denied the HCCA’s appeal of the revocation, the HCCA pressed on with a plan to revert the original club back to 501(c)(7) non-profit status, allowing it to remain in existence and theoretically reducing the number of hassles regarding the club’s lifetime members and other assets (and thus making the newly formed Horseless Carriage Club Association effectively redundant). “The IRS has been good at providing little in the way of follow-up to questions as they relate to ‘what’s next?’” Cutler wrote. “With the lack of these specifics, we are moving forward with what we believe to be correct. Our goal is to show good intentions reducing the possibility of any further action by the IRS towards our organization. We will take silence as a positive sign. It has been suggested by some that we continue to fight the ruling. All evidence indicates that this will only result in more expense with no change in status. It is time get this behind us and move on.” The club has scheduled a number of tours and other events for 2014, and Cutler wrote that the HCEI has begun to develop relevant educational materials, as per its mission. For more information, visit: www.hcca.org
 photo credit: © 2013 hemmings.com
text credit: © 2013 Dan Stroh/hemmings.com 





Out every Thursday with stories, upcoming events, cars for sale, auction calendar, high-end advertising. Very nicely done, but a little too glitzy for me.

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The artwork of Tim Layzell:


Tim Layzell
Middle Barn
Lower Road
Hinton Blewitt
BS39 5AT
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1761 453076
Mobile: +44 (0) 7974 900 580

e -mail: tim@timlayzell.com




Ayrton Senna, considered to be one of Formula One’s most legendary drivers, was apparently also very much a fan of Honda’s road cars; more specifically the NSX. In total Senna owned three of the mid-engined exotics. Now one of these gems has been listed on eBay for a mere US$180,000.

The latest iteration of the NSX retains very little in the way of its predecessor’s technology and engineering elements. However, for fans of F1, anything with Senna’s name on it carries with it significant historic importance. Now they have the chance to own one of the driver’s personal rides.

Showing only 30,000 miles on the odometer, the 1991 red NSX up for sale was made available to Triple World F1 Champion Ayrton Senna by Honda during his time in Portugal. As the seller notes, "I would like to say 'never been thrashed or raced', but I would be lying as you can see Senna spinning the wheels in the video Racing Is In My Blood. The car was requested specifically by Senna as a loaner when he was the reigning World champion in 1991 and 1992 when he stayed at his Home in the Portuguese region of the Algarve."

The listing goes on to say that prior to being owned by MSCars of Portugal for the last 15 years, the car belonged to a wealthy banker.

Senna’s red NSX can be viewed at the current owner’s property in East Sussex, England or online through eBay.
photo credit: © 2013 gizmag.com
text credit: © 2013 Angus MacKenzie/ guznag.com 



by MacFadden & Sons
266 Christie Road
Greenwich, New York



An interesting newsletter that comes out every Thursday. Great photos, historical events, selected auction results, sports car races and a pleasure to read. Best explained by the 2013 year end editorial by the publisher Jamie Doyle. The current newsletter can be viewed at: 

What a year it has been. With anniversary celebrations galore, auction records broken left and right, and fantastic racing held at venues across the globe, 2013 is one for the books. The end of this remarkable year also leaves us immensely thankful for your continued support, and as always we welcome your comments and feedback that help to improve your experience on Sports Car Digest.
This will be our final newsletter for 2013, but you can count on us being right back in your inbox as soon as the calendar rolls over to another exciting year in the car world.

This week, we have Julien Mahiels’ behind the scenes gallery from one of 2013’s undisputed highlights, the Goodwood Revival. At Goodwood, even just the scenes in the paddock are almost as exciting as the racing itself, and this gallery certainly shows that. From Auction Editor Rick Carey, meanwhile, we have not one but two thorough reports, one from the Bonhams sale at the Simeone Automotive Museum, and one from the Mecum fall sale in Kansas City.

Of course, we’re naturally looking ahead to next year as well, and it’s clear that people will be going mad for all things Maserati. The Italian icon celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2014, and Maserati will be featured at both the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Monterey Motorsports Reunion. We can hardly wait.

We also have results from the Leake Dallas sale, exciting consignments for RM’s upcoming Arizona sale, information from the Cavallino Classic, and a fascinating profile of the Blitzen Benz’s record-breaking run at Brooklands almost exactly 100 years ago.

Most importantly, though, we want to thank you again for a great 2013. Happy Holidays and safe travels from Sports Car Digest.

Jamie Doyle



1961 DODGE

Ready to be noticeably different? This 1961 Dodge Seneca is a result of a very meticulous 3yr. very exacting professional restoration. Nothing overlooked and no expenses spared. This is a concourse 'trailer queen' vehicle. Originally a dry, solid mid western car. Body was completely stripped to bare metal and every part replaced, restored, or n.o.s. Finished in the seldom seen 1961 Dodge color of Rose Mist metallic with a correct contrasting cloth and vinyl interior of charcoal and silver. All nos materials used. Powered by the famous 318 Poly Fire engine. 3 speed heavy duty transmission . Car is equipped with the larger 12" brakes, dual exhaust, and heavy duty rear differential. All of which have been completely rebuilt. For safety and reliability, it has been upgraded with halogen head lamps, concealed electronic ignition, and custom made radial tires. This Dodge is also equipped with the optional spinner wheel covers, back up lamps, radio, heater, rarely seen front and rear bumper guard . Odometer showing only 1300 miles since recent restoration. It is an absolute pleasure to drive. 
Located in Michigan.......1-906-221-6399
photo credit: © 2013 hemmings.com
text credit: © 2013 hemmings.com 


In the 1930s, British sports-car maker MG made exactly 33 of the K3 open-top race car. If you want to buy one now, there are more than 100 to choose from.

No, the defunct carmaker didn’t restart production. The tripling of the K3 fleet is part of the booming trade in fake antique autos as soaring prices for classic cars spur sophisticated counterfeits, according to Bernhard Kaluza, vice president of international antique auto club FIVA.

“In the 1990s, I would find one faked car every five years,” said Norbert Schroeder, who verifies classic cars at TV Rheinland, a Cologne, Germany-based technical testing company. “Now I find up to five fakes a year.”

Vintage cars have gained in appeal, especially since the financial crunch. Auction values have risen more than sevenfold over the past decade, according to data from market tracker Historica Selecta. British auction house Bonhams, which says global sales total more than $1 billion a year, sold a 1954 Mercedes-Benz F1 car for 19.6 million pounds ($32.1 million) in July, setting a world record at auction.

The lure of antique autos is evident in the case of a 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4. Bonhams sold the exact same car in unchanged condition for 230,000 pounds in 2011, more than four times the price paid in 2003, said James Knight, the head of auction house’s motoring department.

Demand remains high. At a Dec. 1 auction, Bonhams, which performs numerous checks before accepting a vehicle, sold dozens of vintage autos, including a 1964 Porsche 904 GTS racing coupe for 1.15 million pounds.

“People with a lot of money prefer to have a classic car in the garage than money in the bank,” said Adolfo Orsi, president of Historica Selecta, a consulting company that specializes in classic cars. “When there is a lot of money, there are fakes. In today’s world, it is possible to replicate everything.”

Sophisticated forgers have been known to buy up old screws and washers, leave reproduced frames in fields to weather and even have parts copied to make fakes harder to detect. FIVA’s Kaluza says counterfeiters even bought an old movie theater in France to get the worn antique leather from the seats.

“The people faking cars are not a few lone wolves,” said TV’s Schroeder, who has traveled as far as California to authenticate cars, including evaluating welding joints and chemically testing the metal to determine its age. “It’s organized crime because it’s expensive to build such cars and you need a good infrastructure to do it.”

Christian Jenny has confronted the risks. The former chief information officer of Zurich Insurance Group AG spent five years proving his rare 1952 Jaguar C-Type convertible was authentic, after another model showed up on the market claiming to have the same identification number.

The owner of 13 vintage Jaguars consulted numerous experts, including Norman Dewis, chief test engineer for the British luxury brand for more than 30 years. With the car valued at about $2.5 million, there was a lot at stake.

“It might be a problem if you tried to sell the car years later,” said Jenny, who is now retired and lives in Thalwil, Switzerland. Verifying the car was “a precautionary measure.”

Authenticating cars isn’t easy. Simon Kidston, a classic-car consultant in Geneva, was offered an Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ racer from the 1960s from a seller who claimed to have discovered the car in a scrapyard in northern Italy.

After consulting numerous sources, Kidston eventually discovered a photo of a car with the same identification number that was involved in a fiery crash at the Sebring race in 1964. The driver only barely escaped.

“It was clear there could be nothing left of the original car,” said Kidston, who rejected the offer.
Other frauds are subtle, like taking an vintage Porsche 911 and turning it into a high-performance 911 RS version, which would quadruple the car’s value.

text credit: © 2013 Leon Mangasarian/Patric Winters/The Detroit News




Mecum Auctions and Mid-America Auctions are going to join hands in Las Vegas for the Mid-America Motorcycle Auction on January 9th. Both companies have been in the auction business for well over twenty years and both do a fine job. If you have been following auctions you know that both are excellent at multiple day auctions, with a fine product, presented well and entertaining auctioneers.

I don't know if this will be a continued partnership through all of Mid-America auctions or just for the Las Vegas auction. Either way it is a good move.

photo credit: © 2013 George Pardos Collection / Mecum Auctions



Peerless Collins Straight 6 Engine 4 door, 5 passenger, 70hp, 288.6 cubic inch engine, 120” wheel base, rear spare wheel, wooden spokes, 3250 lbs. 15,000 original miles VIN #8900603, New Whitewall Tires, Peerless Lockheed Hydraulic Four-Wheel Brakes. Older restoration as original, including mohair upholstery and window curtains. This 1927 Six-90 Sedan is rare and unique…
One of only Three on the “Known Peerless" in Existence” list by the Peerless Motorcar Club.

Peerless outsold Packard in 1920.

They were one of the most expensive luxury cars of the era. The top three in price and status where called the three P"s:

Packard, Pierce Arrow and Peerless.

Peerless Motor Cars (Cleveland, Ohio 1900-1931) was the first company to adopt what would become the standard of automobile design, a front mounted engine driving the rear wheels through a solid drive shaft.

Barney Oldfield shattered world speed records with the Peerless “Green Dragon”

Many collectors believe the Peerless motorcars to be some of the finest automobiles built in the USA in the 1920"s renowned for their high performance and stylish luxury. However, Peerless is the rarest and hardest to find of the “three P"s” as it went out of business in 1932 during the depression.

Located in Florida........1-813-917-9205

photo credit: © 2013 Hemmings
edited text credit: © 2013 Hemmings



by Barons
Surrey Hall
Sandown Park Exhibition
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 8454 30 60 60

photo credit: © 2013 Barons



1971 FIAT 500

by Osenat
 Hotel Des Ventes De Fontainebleau

+33 (0) 1 64 22 27 62

photo credit: © 2013 Osenat


Not that anyone was keeping score, but the crusher contracted to provide cleanup after the sale defeated the preservationists at the Lende Collection Auction held Nov. 2 in Walum, N.D. The sale, presented by VanDerBrink Auctions, offered 122 vehicles, including four vintage tractors. Unfortunately, 66 of those, or 54 percent, received no offer greater than the opening $325 crush bid and were relegated to be squashed.

After the sale, a visibly frustrated Yvette VanDerBrink, head of VanDerBrink Auctions, speculated that much of the reluctance by bidders to make offers on the vehicles stemmed from pre-sale rumors that the three Lende brothers were not in agreement on which brother actually owned the vehicles being auctioned, and that sales might be invalidated due to this family infighting. The three brothers’ collection involves a former salvage operation, and the 122 vehicles in the auction were only a small portion of this overall collection.

After the first 11 vehicles auctioned received no bids exceeding crush rate, VanDerBrink temporarily halted the auction to assure the gathered bidders that she had secured a court order mandating that all sales of the 122 vehicles would be legal and binding.

The top five sales reflected continued bidder reluctance, with a 1959 Chevrolet Impala Nomad station wagon, in No. 4 condition being the top seller at $2,400. It was followed by a ’59 Chevy Bel Air four-door sedan at $1,150, ’57 Ford Country Sedan station wagon at $1,050, ’63 Chevy C10 longbox pickup at $825 and ’64 Chevy Biscayne station wagon at $600.

Two noteworthy bargains were both in No. 4 condition: a 1967 Chevy Chevelle 300 four-door sedan, six-cylinder-powered, that sold for $330, and a ’61 Ford Fairlane four-door sedan, V-8 powered, that sold for $350.

Among noteworthy vehicles not receiving bids and sent to the crusher were a foursome of 1959 Plymouths: Fury, Belvedere and Savoy four-door sedans and a Plaza two-door sedan — all loaded with donor-quality parts; a rust-free ’59 Studebaker Lark two-door sedan; complete ’55 Nash Ambassador Super four-door sedan; complete ’58 Opel Rekord two-door sedan; and a trio of ’66 Ford F-100 pickups, each also containing many donor-quality parts.

The auction also included the sale of a select number of parts, including prewar headlamps and body panels and postwar hubcaps.

photo credit: © 2013 oldcarsweekly.com
text credit: © 2013 Ron Kowalvo/Old Cars Weeklu



1964 PANTHER 650

by Mathewsons
Thornton le-Dale
North Yorkshire
United Kingdom


+44 (0) 1751 474 455

photo credit: © 2013 Mathewsons Auction



by William Bunch
1 Hillman Drive
Chadds Ford, Pensylvania





Safari top. Spanish built "Santana" version with a stronger 2.5 liter engine. Restored a few years ago at considerable expense. Original aluminum body restored without paint to a visually stunning effect, distressed custom saddle leather interior. Runs and drives beautifully. 

Located in California........1-310-827-8665

photo credit: © 2013 checkeredflag.com
text credit: © 2013 checkeredflag.com 




by Bonhams
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 20 7447 7448

photo credit: © 2013 bonhams 1793



featuring The Thomas Kerr Collection
by Dragone
Dragone Motors
176 Post Road West
Westport, Connecticut



1938 CADILLAC V-16

by Auctions America
North Carolina State Fairgrounds
Raleigh, North Carolina


photo credit: © 2013 Auctions America



featuring The Charles Gabus Collection
by Mecum
Kansas City Convention Center
Bartel Hall
Kansas City, Missouri


photo credit: © 2013 Mecum


1979 VW

Anthelhampton House
Dorchester, Dorset
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 1963 363 353

photo credit: © 2013 DVCA




by H & H
Chateau Impney
Droitwich Spa
 United Kingdom

+44 (0) 1925 210 035

photo credit: © 2013 H & H



Royal Horticultural Society
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 20 8618 7888

photo credit: © 2013 COYS


This 1951 Chevy Suburban show stopper gives SUV a whole new meaning. Not many owners would pick this classic and make a show machine out of it but this owner did and boy did he get it right. This is one stunning Suburban. For most owners it starts off as dream, a passion for something unique and something desirable. Our client started with a bone stock 1951 Suburban and took it to a whole other level. This winning 51 Suburban is now being offered for the first time and now you can enjoy gaining all the glory. The owner had the 51 completely disassembled and the frame boxed and smoothed. Then he added a custom Air Ride set-up by Ride-Tech to support the Currie nine inch with a four link in the rear and a power rack and pinion to the front clip supplied by TCI. The 51 stops on a dime with power four wheel disc brakes and muscle is supplied by a ZZ4 Crate engine with 700 R4 transmission. This 51 was taken down to bare metal and was undercoated with Lizard Skin to help suppress heat and noise from coming inside. The stunning interior was completed by Shawn Patterson in Placerville, Ca. The 51 has everything you could ever want or need with power steering, power brakes, ice cold air conditioning and heat, and is finished off with Wheelsmith powder coated smoothies. Custom 8' x 24' Jymglo trailer designed for this Suburban can be purchased separately.

Located in California.........1-619-972-7073

photo credit: © 2013 Auto Trader Classics
text credit: © Auto Trader Classics