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Featured Classified: 1955 Pontiac

Historically, not a lot has been done to the 1955 Pontiac. In fact, off the top of my head I can't think of a single example from the... continue reading

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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Limited Long-Term Update 1: Just So Handy

Were a couple months into our Chrysler Pacifica Limited loan, and Im beginning to see why the minivan is a perennial parental favorite. Occasionally, Ill get a different vehicle for the weekend, and more often than not I end up missing the baby-friendliness of the Pacifica. Most four-door vehicles these days are fit for baby duty, but having sliding doors makes getting a baby seat in so much easier. For one, you have a much wider opening to work with... [read more]

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2019 Honda Ridgeline AWD Black Edition First Test

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline marches on in the midsize pickup truck segment that welcomes two new players this yearthe Ford Ranger and the Jeep Gladiator . How will the Ridgeline stack up? Before we throw it in the ring, we thought itd be a good idea to get reacquainted with Honda s pickup. The second-generation Ridgeline hasnt changed much since its introduction in model year 2017. Highlights include new colors, more USB ports, streamlined trim levels (from 12 to nine... [read more]

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Barrett-Jackson Celebrates Its Most Successful Auction in History, Hits $131.6 Million in Sales, Sells Over 1,800 No Reserve Vehicles, Fuels Growth of Resto-Mods and Supercars Among Next-Generation Buyers

One of over 1,800 vehicles to cross the block this past week a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition with 3,092 actual miles ( Lot #1313 ) sold for $533,500 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Jan. 21, 2019 Barrett-Jackson made history last week when it sold more than 1,800 vehicles, the largest public No Reserve collector car auction ever held, during its 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction, January 12-20, 2019, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. In total, over 1,800 vehicles sold for over $118 million with... [read more]

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BEAUTIFUL BOWTIES: Top 10 Chevrolets from the 2019 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction

  The results are in! Of the more than 1,800 vehicles that crossed the block during the 48th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, over 600 of them were Chevrolets representing nine decades of the marques amazing automotive history. With all those Chevys to choose from, which ones were bidder favorites? Take a look at the gallery below to find out!   Lot #3007 JEFF GORDON'S 2016 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R $600,000 FOR THE JEFF GORDON CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION Lot #1333 1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE... [read more]

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Rancho Deluxe

In January of 2012, I took the long flight to Australia to hang out with a bunch of like minded souls and participate in the River City Coupe... continue reading

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2019 Subaru Ascent Long-Term Update 1: Hot Time in the Cool City

We have the hottest Ascent. And we have the numbers to prove it. Our new 2019 Subaru Ascent Limited took a trip to Michigans Milan Dragway where technical director Frank Markus got us some test numbers to see how the vehicle stacks up. The surprising part is it bested three other Ascents tested in California. We know geography matters. But Detroits last long-termer, the 2018 Dodge Durango with a naturally aspirated V-8 , achieved virtually identical numbersafter weather correctionin testing... [read more]

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2019 Acura RDX A-Spec Long-Term Update 1: Sporty?

The RDXs A-Spec badges promise sportier performance than the average luxury crossover, connecting the new model to the original RDX better than the previous generation ever did. A 272-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four powers every 2019 RDX, but its not the engines extra 20 horses over Accord 2.0s that intrigues us. Multiple editors have complimented the RDXs engine note, which becomes louder as you move from Comfort to Sport and Sport+ modes. From a stop, our all-wheel-drive Acura reached 60 mph in... [read more]

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An Electrically Assisted Dodge Challenger Could be the Future of Muscle Cars.

Stop the presses! Its looking like the future of Mopars pony car, the Dodge Challenger, is an electrified one. Despite Fiat Chryslers (FCA) SRT division surging forward into the number two slot in segment sales (behind Fords Mustang) with masterful marketing of the Hellcat platform, the days of this fire-breathing, V8-powered muscle car look numbered. The reality is those platforms and that technology we used does need to move on, said FCA CEO Mike Manley at the Detroit Auto Show... [read more]

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Cadillac to Shift from Luxury Brand to EV Brand - Can it Serve as Both?

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
Theres no denying that GM has been floating through turbulent waters lately, missing the mark just a bit at every turn. It wasnt that long ago that the Chevy Silverado failed miserably at a Red Wings Game and the brand has been a little slow to keep up with its main competitors. More recently, the brand killed off its prized plug-in hybrid, the Chevy Volt, but it does have huge plans to introduce as many as 20 new electric models... [read more]

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Barrett-Jackson Raises a Record $9.6 Million for Charity With Help From Celebrities, Top Auto Manufacturers, During 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction

Chevrolet Bumblebee Camaro Collection (Lot #3009), (Lot #3009.1), (Lot #3009.2) (Lot #3009.3) led by U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard from Bulk Fuel Company C, 6th ESB, 4th MLG (from left to right Sgt. Hill, Sgt. Fitz, Sgt. Martinez, and Private fist Class McKinley) SOLD for $525,000 benefiting Operation Homefront SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Jan. 21, 2019 Barrett-Jackson was the epicenter for raising much-needed funds and awareness on behalf of deserving charities nationwide at its 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction, January 12-20, 2019, at... [read more]

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Volkswagen Amarok by Arctic Trucks

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Remember the name Arctic Trucks? They are the same folks whose claim-to-fame was when Jeremy Clarkson and James May drove a customized Toyota Hilux at the North Pole. This company is back in news and this time for working on the Volkswagen Amarok pickup truck. Arctic Trucks calls is the Icelandic-spec version of the VW Amarok.

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SUNDAY IN SCOTTSDALE: More amazing automobilia and collector cars wrapped up the last day of Barrett-Jacksons 48th annual event

  The final day of the 2019 Scottsdale Auction came to a close on Sunday with nearly 200 more vehicles and over 160 pieces of authentic automobilia shining brightly on the block. Records have been broken every day of the collection car auction, and Sunday was no different, when this 1969 Chevrolet K10 pickup sold for $137,500. Nine decades of automotive history were represented today, with a little something for everyone. There was even a 1964 Chris-Craft boat , a... [read more]

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A Hotter Version of The Genesis G70 Sounds Spicy, Doesnt It?

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby)
The Genesis G70 is arguably the best compact luxury sedan on the market today, and if new rumors have any weight to them, the G70 could give birth to a hotter offspring in the near future. Neither Hyundai nor Genesis have confirmed plans to build a performance-spec G70, but Hyundais head product planner, Mike OBrien, dropped an interesting hint at the 2019 North American International Auto Show that suggests that a high-performance version of the G70 could be in the... [read more]

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How would you spend $10K at Scottsdales auctions?

Two very different cars for 10 grand at Russo and Steele.

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The Lotus Esprit Series 1 is probably cooling off

After a $106K sale at Monterey, another quality example sells for $50K in Arizona.

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How Much BMW DNA Can Be Found in the 2020 Toyota Supra?

By info@topspeed.com (Andrei Nedelea)
Compare photos of the 2020 Toyota Supra s interior with what BMW is offering in the 2019 Z4 and two facts become immediately apparent. First, the BMW is much nicer and more modern feeling inside than the Toyota - it looks one generation of cars ahead of it in terms of interior design. Second, the Supras interior is a mishmash of older BMW bits which, if youve ever driven a fairly recent Bimmer, will be instantly recognizable to you.

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SUPER SATURDAY: Barrett-Jackson shifts into the fast lane with incredible sales and unforgettable charity moments

It was an incredible Barrett-Jackson moment when the 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition VIN 001 sold for an incredible $2.5 million on Saturday to benefit United Way for Southeastern Michigan .   The most-anticipated day on the Barrett-Jackson auction calendar lived up to its Super Saturday name in Scottsdale today, with some tremendous sales rocking the block. The most memorable and emotional moments occurred during the sale of the auctions final four charity offerings. Craig Jackson, winning bidders John and... [read more]

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The 2020 Mercedes CLA Will Become More Practical in the Future as it Morphs into a New Shape

By info@topspeed.com (Andrei Nedelea)
Mercedes-Benz is already parading camouflaged prototypes of its upcoming CLA wagon, the second generation of the load-lugging four-door coupe that is based on the A-Class. This time the model is all the more unique since there is no bigger CLS shooting brake anymore, so buyers looking for this type of sporty looking wagon within the Mercedes range will have to settle for the new CLA.

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The 2019 Ford Mondeo Has Arrived In Belgium and it Brought Along a New First For the Blue Oval

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Ford has unveiled the refreshed Mondeo at the 2019 Brussels Motor Show in Belgium. The Mondeo was looking stale for quite some time now and needed a refresh desperately. However, it did not come alone. It brought along the companys first-ever hybrid wagon and, from our initial impressions, we would call this hybrid-wagon a masterstroke!

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Mitsubishi Outsold These Three BIG Brands in 2018

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
We are dead serious right now. Mitsubishi actually managed to outsell the three brands mentioned in the U.S. Maybe it is some kind of sorcery or Mitsubishi has sprayed some sort of invisible ink, we dont know, but the Japanese giant has managed to move 118,074 cars in 2018 - all of it without socializing at auto-show gatherings or sponsoring many events.

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Rejoice, Mitsubishi Fans! Turn 10 Studios Mitsubishi Pack for Forza Horizon 4 is an Evolution Overload!

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby)
If youre like most fans of Forza Horizon 4 who have been wishing to get your hands on a Mitsubishi Evolution in the game, all your prayers have been answered. Turn 10 Studios is ringing in 2019 with a bang with the launch of the Mitsubishi Car Pack. If the thought of driving a Mitsubishi Evolution isnt enough to get your video game juices flowing, the car pack actually includes not one, not two, not three, but four versions of... [read more]

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Weatherproofing Autonomy Technologue

Waymo, which recently launched its a utonomous ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area, is betting big on traditional sensing technologiesincluding cameras, GPS, radar, and those super-expensive spinning lidar sensors on the roof. These Waymo cars are essentially beta-testers, which means they are not fail safe. (Remember Uber?) If Waymo happens to have an accident and the fault is found to be with the sensor array, its a safe bet Waymo wont be able to blame a blizzard or pea-soup fog... [read more]

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FANTASTIC FRIDAY AT BARRETT-JACKSON: Gary Sinise, Jeff Gordon and several hundred examples of collectible cool star on the auction block

Award-wiinning actor Gary Sinise came to the block with a custom 1981 Jeep CJ7 , that ended up bringing a total of $1.31 million to the Gary Sinise Foundation .   The energy and excitement at the 48th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction continues to build! On Friday some 350 more incredible vehicles crossed the block in the full-to-the-brim auction arena, and thousands of car enthusiasts found delights around every corner of the 73-acre site. Craig Jackson, Gary Sinise and Steve... [read more]

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Tesla Shares Plummet Despite Record-Breaking Production

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Tesla announced a record-breaking number of deliveries in the Q4 of 2018, but that did not reflect in its financial reports. Tesla delivered 90,700 vehicles from September to December - a new record since its inception, but the share prices took a hit. The shareholders felt a certain unsteadiness as stock prices declined and investors expressed their disappointment over failed expectations to close out the year. That is harsh on Tesla.

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VIN Number 001 2020 Shelby GT500 Sells for $1.1 Million to Benefit Type 1 Diabetes Research

VIN number 001 of the long awaited 2020 Shelby GT500 was just sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale for a whopping $1.1 million. The buyer was none other than the CEO of Barrett-Jackson Auctions, Craig Jackson. Edsel B. Ford II and Aaron Shelby were on hand to promote the car and the cause its sale benefitted: funding research of Type 1 diabetes in children. This sale contributes to Fords $3.5 million in annual donations to JDRF , a leader in the funding... [read more]

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Friday Deals at Barrett-Jackson. Watch it on Motor Trend!

Saturday is the big one. The most energy, the highest dollar cars, and the biggest crowds. That doesnt mean Friday doesnt have some nice restos and rare musclecars. As the days get longer the cars get louder, more radical, and the workmanship level ratchets up as the original cars are replaced with hand-built and one-off creations. On Friday morning, we walked into the Big Tent and were immediately hit with a Dave Kindig 638-inch twin-turbo Nelson-powered 1966 Nova that had... [read more]

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Refreshing or Revolting: 2020 Toyota Supra

The 2020 Toyota Supra was finally revealed (officially) this week, returning the iconic nameplate to the lineup after an absence of more than 20 years. With such a big gap between this model and the last one, it goes without saying that expectations were high for the successor to the Mk IV , a car that has reached mythical status thanks to its prevalence in pop culture. The Mk V Toyota Supra was never going to please everyone, but will... [read more]

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Altima-te AWD is the Latest Nissan to Get Snow Tracks

Though Nissan s obsession withtank treads grows tiring ,the brand has provenyou can put tracks on anything and make it cooler. Case in point: the Nissan Altima -te AWD project vehicle that just made its debut at the Montreal auto show. The one-off is based on a 2019 Altima and ditches its wheels for a set of heavy-duty tracks. It also gets some cool-looking 7.0-inch fender flares all around to complete the Mad Max -meets-mega-snowmobile effect. Adding the wide-body fenders... [read more]

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1993 Ford Mustang Cobra R Sells for a Record $132K at Barrett-Jackson

As is usually the case at Barrett-Jackson auctions, this years Scottsdale saleis teeming with Mustangs . One of the most notable is this foxy red Cobra R coupe, which sold for $132,000, making it the most expensive Fox Body Mustang ever sold at auction. This 1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R was the 11th of just 107 units made. It features a 5.0-liter V-8 engine paired to a five-speed manual transmission. TheCobra R variants weretuned to produce 235 hp, and... [read more]

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Cadillac XT6

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
Introduced in early 2019, the Cadillac XT6 is the company's first three-row SUV besides the massive Escalade. It bridges the gap between the latter and the compact XT5 and it rounds off Cadillac's four-SUV lineup for the 2020 model year. It's built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Traverse, so it's pretty much a rebodied, fancier version of the GMC Acadia Denali. The XT6 arrives to compete in a crowded SUV segment that already includes high sellers like the... [read more]

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The Cars the Government Shutdown Might Delay

As President Trump and Congress feud over the government shutdown, regulatory agencies that test and approve vehicles for sale in the U.S. remain closed. That could impact the launch dates for several much-anticipated vehicles slated for launch in the next several months. This buzz-kill is in contrast to the public reaction to acres of shiny new vehicles unveiled at media days for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit . Whats more, automakers are gearing up for next months... [read more]

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Barrett-Jackson Hidden Gems: 2012 McLaren MP4-12C High Sport Chassis 9

The McLaren MP4-12C is a fascinating supercar. First of all, the fact that it exists is perhaps the craziest part of the story. Sure, McLarens flirted with passenger vehicles in the past. Back in the late '60s, Bruce McLaren himself drove around the U.K. in a prototype M6GT, one of two built back when McLaren was considering competing in Group 450 cars would have needed to have been built to meet homologation rules and that number was a bridge too... [read more]

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The 992-generation Porsche 911 is the perfect GT car

Capable cruiser isnt all about lap times.

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Disneys Building a Real-Life Version of The Giant Simulator in Cars 3, But None of Us Will Get To Use it

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby)
One of the more memorable scenes in Cars 3 is coming to life after Disney announced the opening of its new attraction, Lightning McQueens Racing Academy, at the companys Hollywood Studios park at the end of March. The attraction is based on the giant simulator scene in the third Cars movie that Lightning McQueen used he actually destroyed it as part of his training with Cruz Ramirez. Details of the attraction are still vague at this point, but reports indicate... [read more]

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Tesla Cuts 7 Percent of Full-Time Workforce

Despite record sales last year, and profitability in recent quarters, Tesla is reducing its full-time employee headcount by 7 percent. CEO Elon Musk made the announcement in an email to Tesla employees on Friday. Teslas headcount grew by 30 percent last year, which was more than the company can support, Musk said in the note. The email discussed the companys current challenges, namely making its products more cost-competitive. Right now, the least expensive Model 3 costs $44,000 before tax credits... [read more]

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2020 BMW X3 M Production Styling Revealed With Fresh Spy Shots!

By info@topspeed.com (Jonathan Lopez)
If you want tall-riding speed and practicality from Germany, then the BMW X3 M is certainly a solid choice. The Bavarians are cooking up a new model for the 2020 model year, and now, we know exactly what itll look like thanks to this fresh set of spy shots!

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An All-Electric Ford F-150 is ComingEventually

Ford is the king of pickup truck sales, and it wants to stay that way. A big part of the plan is continued innovation, and on the heels of introducing a fully aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup for the current generation, the Blue Oval has confirmed an all-electric F-150 is coming. This model will be in addition to the previously announced hybrid version coming in 2020. Ford global marketing chief Jim Farley told inventors atthe Deutsche Bank Global Automotive Conference in Detroit... [read more]

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Korean War-era Willys Jeep is fit for dutyto the tune of $67K

M38 sells high at RM Sothebys Scottsdale auction.

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Space-Saver Spare Tires Can Be a Valuable Tool Around a Muscle Car Shop

The following notion, much like yours truly, was birthed in a junkyard. Back through the 1970s and 1980s, auto dismantlers sold many a road wheel and tire to replace GM space-saver spares. Purchasers of new GM cars did not always possess the patience to change out a flat with a temporary spare. The kind we speak of came as standard equipment for the midsize intermediate cars, and it was designed only to limp to the nearest authorized dealerships tire supplier... [read more]

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Heres How a Simple Security Oversight Brings Hell To 2019 Tesla Model 3 Owners

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby)
Tesla owners, specifically those who own the Model 3, have become the targets of a growing number of car break-ins in recent weeks. A number of owners took to forums and social media to report the thefts, a lot of which have happened in the Bay Area. The incidents reportedly involve thieves breaking the rear-quarter window of the Model 3 to lower the seat and see if there are any valuable items in the trunk. If the thieves see something... [read more]

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