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
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.
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
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
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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.
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.
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.
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
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
“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
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 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
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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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