Cars
Apr 16

Cars: Take A Ride In The Infiniti Q60S 6MT Convertible

The Infiniti Q60S 6MT convertible features crisp shifting and close-ratio gearing provided the sensations of a proper little sports car. (Photo: Bob Golfen)

The Infiniti Q60S 6MT convertible features crisp shifting and close-ratio gearing that provide the sensations of a proper little sports car. (Photo: Larry Edsall)

Stickshift should be listed as an endangered species, along with African rhinos and black-footed ferrets. With modern automatic transmissions become so much more sophisticated and fuel efficient, and enhanced with such things as paddle shifters, manual transmissions are rapidly going the way of ignition points.

Call me old school, but I fundamentally prefer cars with three pedals, especially those cars with sporty ambitions. But it’s so rare that a premium car comes to me for testing with anything other than some kind of high-tech automatic.

Apr 14

Ford wins big at Barrett-Jackson celebrating 50th anniversary of Mustang

This 2015 Ford Mustang used in the 'Need For Speed' movie sold for $500K at last weekend's Barrett-Jackson auction. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

This 2013 Ford Mustang used in the new “Need For Speed” movie sold for $300K at last weekend’s Barrett-Jackson auction. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Last weekend’s 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction was a huge home run on several fronts for Ford Motor Co., which had a strong presence at the South Florida event.

One of the star cars of the show was a totally tricked out 2013 Ford Mustang, which was used in the actual making of the “Need For Speed” movie and is just like the one used in the video game of the same name. The high-performance custom Mustang sold for $300,000 to Dave Flynn of the Flynn Automotive Group in Youngstown, Ohio. All of the proceeds went to benefit the Henry Ford Health System.

Apr 13

Barrett-Jackson Sunday: Five Cars to Watch

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This tricked-out 1954 Oldsmobile Holiday 88 Custom Roadster should draw plenty of attention Sunday at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction. (Tom Jensen photo)

It’s the third and final day of the 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction and so far, the event has been a huge success with a great docket of more than 550 cars, millions raised for charity and massive crowds.

Today, the focus is on the fun, the funky and the affordable collector cars, the kinds of rides that are perfect for weekend jaunts rather than some of the uber-high-dollar cars that end up as museum pieces.

With that in mind, here are Sunday’s Five To Watch cars from Palm Beach:

LOT 634, 1954 OLDSMOBILE CUSTOM ROADSTER

A wonderful, period-correct cruiser, this 1954 Oldsmobile Holiday 88 Custom roadster evokes the legendary customizer Gene Winfield. This Olds is chopped, channeled, shaved, decked, frenched and about everything else you can do.

Apr 12

Rick Hendrick purchases first ’15 Z06 Stingray for $1 million

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Rick Hendrick was expected to buy the first 2015 Corvette Z06 Stingray, no matter what the cost. When the hammer dropped, the final price had risen all the way up to $1 million. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

It was a Rick Hendrick kind of day: He came, he saw, he bought.

As expected, the championship NASCAR team owner and Chevrolet dealer came to the 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction, where late Saturday afternoon he bought VIN No. 1 of the 2015 Corvette Z06 Stingray for $1 million, all of which will go to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of Chevrolet’s favorite charities.

Apr 12

‘Need For Speed’ Mustang sells for $300k

 

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The “Need for Speed” 2013 Ford Mustang was one of the top charity cars in the auction. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

The “Need For Speed” 2013 Ford Mustang movie car jumped to the top of the sales charts, at least temporarily, with an emotional, high-energy $300,000 sale Saturday afternoon at 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction.

All of the sale proceeds will go to benefit the Henry Ford Health System, one of Ford Motor Co.’s pet charities.