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1973 Pontiac Parisienne raises $100,000 for kids after losing parents

Brent Keryluke and his wife, Nicole, along with their two children, Arielle and Liam, were a classic car enthusiast family with a 1973 Pontiac Parisienne sitting in their garage in Red Deer, Alberta.

While the children played in the back seat, Brent restored the car in hopes that one day, they would pass it onto the kids to drive and enjoy, says The Brighter Side of News in its story about the family.

“I’d stop by and Arielle and Liam would be in the back seat with an iPad and books and that’s where they spent a lot of time while he was under the hood,” Brent’s father told Canadian news station Global News.

After a tragic motorcycle accident in which both Brent and Nicole lost their lives, Brent’s parents, Ben and Marilyn, became the children’s guardians.

Both children have hearing loss and use hearing aids, so to help pay for the medical bills, the grandparents made the tough decision to sell the car. They reached out to EG Auctions to list the car.

“When Liam and his grandpa walked into the show office, EG owner Lyndsay Payne told Global News, “I knew that when I saw that little boy and his grandpa that we were going to do everything we could to help them out. Certainly waive any fee.”

Before the Pontiac’s auction began, the family was invited onto the sales block to share their story.

“They basically stopped the auction, let everybody know what was happening, where the money was going to go, and then we were shocked what happened after that,” the grandfather told Global News.

Selling for $29,000, the car was quickly donated back to be auctioned again, selling a second time, and for $30,000. The second buyer donated also it back, and it sold for another $20,000.

“People were cheering, I was crying, our auctioneer Rod had a hard time getting through it because he was crying, he was emotional,” Payne is quoted.

While the three auctions were taking place, others in the crowd started making donations for the family, rounding up the final donation to around $100,000.

After the auction ended, the new owner of the Pontiac found the Kerylukes and gave the car back to the family.

“Maybe someday that young man will drive his father’s car,” the buyer said.


Swiss timepiece celebrates Pininfarina’s hyper GT, the Battista

You’ve spent $2.25 million to get one of the Pininfarina Battista electric hyper GT cars, so you may as well spend a little more and get the watch the car inspired. Automobili Pininfarina Battista and Swiss watchmaker Bovet 1822 have announced the release of the Bovet Battista Tourbillon timepiece.

“Since the day we first connected with Pascal Raffy and the artisans of Bovet 1822, we felt mutually inspired by the opportunity to create another art form for clients desiring the pinnacle in design and watchmaking,” Pininfarina chief executive Per Svantesson is quoted in the news release. “With the unveiling of our first timepiece, we aim to showcase another step forward in the world of artisanal horology.”

But keeping track of time on the new watch will take some adjustment since it is the first in the nearly 200-year history of Bovet 1822 to have asymmetric dials. It’s designed to reflect the Battista’s Triangolo pattern, while together forming the shape of the number 90, a reference to the Battista Anniversario and Pininfarina’s 90-year heritage. 

“Inspiration came from Battista’s beautiful exterior curves and detailing,” the news release reports. “The design teams took these shapes and created watch hands, bridges, dials, and other structures that connect the design of Battista to the timepiece, with fluid, Pininfarina-style shapes such as the flying bridge above the two main dials of the timepiece.”

The watch has a 45.6-millimeter case (1.79 inches) case with two large sapphire crystals and a double-face tourbillon running at 18,000 vibrations per hour. It also has a 10-day power reserve with a dial indicating the power remaining before the watch needs to be rewound. The watch is available in titanium, rose gold, platinum and bespoke models.

“The world is becoming more sustainable and the future is in electric cars,” Bovet 1822 owner Pascal Raffy is quoted. “This is what is so exciting about the beautiful Battista, which combines engineering excellence with hand-made attention to detail, like the fine timepieces of the House of Bovet. 

“Automobili Pininfarina is inspiring us to use new methods and materials, and look at our processes with an eye to sustainability as well.

“Luxury cars and timepieces share the same values: exceptional design and performance. When you start a project and there is no interest other than the pursuit of perfection, passions do not just add up – they multiply.”

Pricing of the timepiece was not revealed, but if you can afford the car, you likely can afford to wear the watch as well.


Vintage EVs and electro-mods to be showcased at British auto show

(During the month of October, were publishing a series of stories on the futureproofing” of collector cars through the use of electric powertrains, which also are coming to seemingly every automakers vehicle lineup. As always, your comments are welcome, and if you have converted a vintage vehicle to electric power, wed love to share your story with others. Contact us at journal@classiccars.com.)

Here’s one advantage of showcasing electric vehicles at an indoor auto show: The cars can be driven without worrying about emissions. 

Thus the “Our Friends Electric” showcase of classic electric vehicles in Hall 5 of the upcoming Classic Motor Show, November 12-14 at the NEC in Birmingham, England. 

1912 Baker Electric
1912 Baker Electric

In addition to vintage EVs, several “converted classics” will be displayed in motion at the show sponsored by Lancaster Insurance and Discovery. Twice-a-day drives are planned, with Mike Brewer of the Wheeler Dealers television show providing commentary about the vehicles.

“Electric cars may seem like they’re fast becoming part of our future but what most people don’t realize is that they’ve been part of our motoring heritage for over 100 years,” show director Lee Masters is quoted in a news release.

Among the vintage electric vehicles to be featured is a 1912 Baker Electric, which was powered by nickel-iron batteries produced by Thomas Edison, who was among those who bought and drove a Baker. The Baker is one of only three registered in the UK.

Also being showcased are an electrified Porsche 356; an electric-powered replica of the 1950s Lotus Eleven that raced at Le Mans; a Westfield Sports; the RBW Electric Roadster, which has the body shell of an MGB; and several vehicles converted by Richard Morgan of Electric Classic Cars, including a Mini, Land Rover, Ferrari and BMW 2002.

“With some classics being converted and other ‘restomods’ coming to market, we wanted to highlight the options available to enthusiasts who are interested in electric motoring but still want that classic styling,” show manager Morgan noted. “It’s a perfect fit for our show theme of The Journey Continues…”


Pick of the Day: 2-owner 1968 Jaguar E-Type roadster

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 Jaguar E-Type roadster that must have an amazing story to share, though it is not shared in the advertisement for the car by the private seller listing the classic sports car on ClassicCars.com.

According to the advertisement, the car has had only two owners. The first had it for “about a year” while the second owner’s possession ran more than 50 years.

According to the seller, the vehicle is “on consignment with the estate and we are trying to sell it for the family.”

But wouldn’t it help the sale if we knew more about the car, and why the first owner let go of it so soon, and even something about all the miles driven by the subsequent owner? According to the advertisement, the car has been driven only 61,980 miles since new. Do the math and you discover the car has been driven an average of only 1,169 miles a year.

“This vehicle has a lot of history to it and is by far one of a kind,” the seller notes, without any explanation of what that history might be, or what makes this a one-on-a-kind E-Type roadster.

One thing that might make this car a one-off is the gold metallic shade of paint, as far as we know a non-OEM color for E-Types in the late 1960s. We do learn going through the photos that are part of the ad that according to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust document, the car originally was painted light blue. 

We also see in the photos an unusual rear bumper with protective curved metal bows between the split factory bumpers.

The seller does point out that this is a Series 1.5 model with a 4.2-liter inline 6-cylinder engine and 4-speed manual transmission.

“This car runs like a dream and is going to make a car enthusiast extremely happy,” the seller assures.

The car is in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is being offered for $62,000. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.


AutoHunter Spotlight: 2005 Morgan Aero 8

Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, is a 2005 Morgan Aero 8 Series 3 convertible estimated to be one of 208 produced.

2005 Morgan Aero 8

According to the car’s build ticket, the aluminum body is done with a Connaught Green body, Harvest Moon beige fenders, and a green mohair fabric roof. The car has a mesh grille with vertical slats, headlights from a Volkswagen New Beetle, and oval-shaped rear dual exhaust outlets.

The cabin is equipped with Yarwood Light Tan leather bucket seats with a matching center console and door panels. The dashboard has wood trim and an engine-turned fascia.

Interior equipment includes a push-button starter, power windows, air conditioning, electric windshield defroster, and a Bluetooth-compatible Pioneer Premier head unit.

Under the butterfly-style hood is a naturally aspirated 4.4-liter BMW V8 factory-rated at 325 horsepower and mated to a Getrag 6-speed manual gearbox.

The odometer shows 12,000 miles.

This Morgan Aero 8’s auction ends October 28 at 11:40 a.m. PDT.

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and gallery of photos.


Dillinger getaway car gets special exhibit at ACD museum

On March 3, 1934, John Dillinger broke out of jail in Crown Point, Indiana, took fellow prisoner Herbert Youngblood, mechanic Edwin Saager and deputy sheriff Ernest Blunk as hostages, and fled in sheriff Lillian Holley’s brand-new 1934 Ford V8. 

Blunk drove the getaway car but skidded off the road 23 miles to the west of Crown Point. The car was freed from a ditch and the trip continued. Blunk and Saager were dropped off near Peotone, Illinois, and Dillinger and Youngblood drove on to Chicago, where the car was found abandoned two days later at 1057 Ardmore Avenue.

That car, along with a collection of Dillinger artifacts — including a Thompson submachine gun that Dillinger and his gang stole from the Auburn, Indiana, police department — will go on display beginning October 27 at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.

The exhibit opens at 5 p.m. with a free presentation by Dillinger expert and the car’s owner, Mark Love, at 5 p.m. 

The car and artifacts will remain on display until September 2022, the museum added in its announcement.

Miles Through Time gets a turntable

When Sean Mathis learned that the The Henry Ford museum had a vehicle turntable available to donate to another museum, he and his 13-year-old son hustled up from his Miles Through Time Automotive Museum in a Penske rental truck to claim the 6,500-pound device and drive it back to Clarkesville, Georgia.

“This is pretty cool,” Mathis said as he left for Dearborn, Michigan, “because for one, MTT would not have the budget to get a turntable anytime soon.”

Segerstrom Shelby museum postpones opening

The grand opening of the Segerstrom Shelby museum and event center, scheduled for October 14 in Irvine, California, has been postponed until January 20, 2022, according to an announcement.

Beaulieu opens its ‘No Time To Die’ exhibit

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles isn’t the only facility with a special No Time To Die exhibit of James Bond movie vehicles. The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, England, has opened its exhibit, which runs until November 2022.

The opening of “Bond in Motion” in England featured the movie’s filmmakers including special effects supervisor Chris Corbould and designer Tim Browning, who showed the submersible glider, called “Stealthy Bird” by Q, that he created for the newest Bond movie.

Lambo museum gets redone LP 500

The original 1971 Lamborghini LP 500 Countach perished in crash testing in 1974, but the company recently invested money and 25,000 hours of labor into reconstructing the car.

The redo debuted recently at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and at a special shakedown event at the Vizzola Ticino race track. Through November 15, the car will be displayed at Mudetec, the reborn Lamborghini museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy.

LeMay restoring Model A convertible

After completing the restoration of a 1963 Studebaker Avanti (serial number 1001) in 2018, the Collection’s Department of the LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, recruited members of the Galloping Gerties, the local chapter of the Ford Model A Club of America, to help with the next project, the restoration of a 1930 Ford Model A convertible. 

The goal is to complete the restoration in early 2022, and the museum is hosting a series of workshops so visitors can see the progress. The most recent one was an upholstery workshop on October 16.

Quiz Night, E-sports at the British Motor Museum

The British Motor Museum at Gaydon launches a new series of events November 9. The first is Quiz Night, with teams of contestants testing their knowledge of classic cars. The event will be hosted by Danny Hopkins, editor of Practical Classics magazine.

The event includes time to explore the museum (and to look for possible quiz answers) from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. A “pie and mash” meal begins at 7:45 p.m. after the quiz. 

“We are delighted to be hosting our inaugural quiz which promises to be a great, fun night out,” said Catherine Griffin, museum curator. “Don’t worry if you’re not a classic car buff, we promise there will be a mix of questions to keep you entertained.”

Proceeds from the evening will go to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. The Quiz Night is the first in a series of “Museum Lates” programs planned for the winter months after the museum’s usual visitor hours which typically close at 5 p.m.

But even before the first Quiz Night, the museum hosts special youth-oriented programs during the British schools “half term” recess. 

From October 23 to October 28, the museum will host the University of Warwick with 24 E-sports gaming stations so visitors can try their skills at auto racing games with university experts on hand with coaching advice. 

And from October 23 to October 31, Professor Pickle and Doctor Pumpkin will have special science of lights and mirrors projects to fascinate school students visiting the museum.

Jason Smith of Speedway Motors and museum

Jason Smith

Speedway Motors and its Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, Nebraska, have announced the passing of Jason Smith, a member of the founding family, after a long battle with cancer. He was 60. 

“I worked for my dad basically my whole life,” Jason Smith said in an interview in 2019. “The earliest memory is (when I was) about six or seven years old. My pay in those days was a new grape soda. So if I’d help sweep the floor or pick up something, by the end of the day, I’d get a new grape soda. I think my mom figured out that I should at least get something — so I think I started with a dime an hour or a quarter an hour. My first Social Security payment was made when I was eight years old.”

Jason and his brother, Carson, owned an American Indycar Series team in the 1990s with Robby Unser as primary driver.

Special events this weekend

The Mustang Owner’s Museum in Concord, North Carolina, hosts a Mustang Grabber car show October 23.

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, hosts “A Noteworthy Evening with Frankie Ballard” on October 23. The evening begins with a stroll through the museum campus followed by dessert and an acoustic storytelling by the hometown country star.

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma,Washington, hosts Fred Russell, guest curator and president of the Northwest Alfa Romeo Club, on October 23 for a presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on collecting scale-model cars. 

Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, California, hosts Angela Savage and Ted Woperner and their book, Savage Angel, a biography of racer Swede Savage, on October 23. 

“Skeletons in the Closet” will be a Packard genealogy tour of Oakwood Cemetery in Warren, Ohio, staged at 1 p.m. October 24 by the National Packard Museum

Mark your calendar

Chevrolet will unveil the 2023 Corvette Z06 on October 26 and the car will be featured in a special pop-up exhibit that day through October 29 at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Opening October 26 at MAUTO, the National Museum of Automobiles in Torino, Italy, is an exhibition titled “Those daredevils on the white roads.” The exhibit features 40 photographs by Adriano Scoffone of the 40-mile hillclimb race held in the Italian Alps in 1930 and won by Tazio Nuvolari in an Alfa-Romeo Grand Prix car. The exhibit was developed with help from Angelo Sala, former director of staging at the Theater alla Scala.

The Mustang Owner’s Museum in Concord, North Carolina, stages Foxtoberfest October 28-30, and a Fords on Sunday event October 31, with a chili and cornbread cookoff as part of the Fords on Sunday event.

The British Motor Museum at Gaydon stages the Great British Model Railway Show on October 30 and 31, featuring 30 scale-model railroad layouts in various gauges.

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma,Washington, will host a Happy Halloween scavenger hunt on October 31 beginning at 11 a.m.

The Tunnels to Towers Foundation’s 9/11 Never Forget mobile exhibit will be at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, November 3-9. The exhibit is an 83-foot tractor-trailer that transforms into a 1,100-square-foot memorial exhibit with 9/11 artifacts and videos.

“The Car Detective” is the theme for Demo Day at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum on November 6. At the event, Dr. Simeone will talk about the research involved in finding special vehicles and will demonstrate by exercising the 1933 Squire roadster, 1948 Talbot-Lago T25 Grand Sport coupe and 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. That program runs from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. At 3 p.m., the museum welcomes former racer Willy T. Ribbs to share the story of an American history maker.

The North East Motor Sports Museum in Loudon, New Hampshire, stages its Legends Day on November 7, this year honoring New England midget racing.

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma,Washington, stages a Pinewood Derby intensive workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 11. The program is designed for those in grades 3 to 6 to build a derby racer from scratch. The registration fee includes all materials, lunch and a snack.

The Canadian Automobile Museum in Oshawa, Ontario, will feature Canada’s first automobile at its Third Thursday presentation November 18 at 7 p.m. The subject is “Father Belcourt’s Automobile Untangled,” with historian Rudy Croken sharing facts and legends behind the automobile imported to Prince Edward Island in 1866.

The new Savoy Automobile Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, midway between Chattanooga and Atlanta, has announced December 8 as its opening day for visitors. The museum is on a 35-acre site and includes three buildings with 65,000-square-feet of display space and a cafe. It is part of the Georgia Museums Inc., which includes the Booth Western Art Museum, Bartow History Museum and Tellus Science Museum.

Does your local car museum have special events or exhibitions planned? Let us know. Email larrye@classiccars.com .


The Casual Concours presents a celebration of mid-century modernism

Know your audience

It really doesn’t matter if you are delivering a speech or staging a car show, give the people what they want. The Casual Concours, part of the Modernism Week Fall Preview in the greater Palm Springs, California area, understands this and delivers the goods.

Every generation yearns for the touchstones of its youth, often the toys they owned or longed for. Think of Citizen Kane and Rosebud. Today, most of those closing in on becoming a senior citizen (a large segment of the Coachella Valley) look fondly back at the automobiles that defined who they were or who they wanted to be.

Mid-century modern is alive

The 2021 Casual Concours is the 12th iteration of what started as a humble car show, Chrome and Color, back in West Hollywood. With each passing show, it has gathered momentum and increased its standing on the “must-see” list. Of course, this only happens due to the ongoing efforts of dedicated individuals including Steven Aaron, John Burge, Tom Dolle, Jeff Stork and others, and with financial support from sponsors including Porsche Palm Springs, The Agency Real Estate and The Whelan-Prescott Foundation.

Modernism Week is rolling with the punches from the ongoing bout with the pandemic. The four-day, Fall-Preview October celebration of Mid-Century Modern design, a scaled-down version of the February main event, exemplifies the motto of “The Show Must Go On.” However, some aspects were scaled back or postponed until it’s safer, hopefully next year.

Numerous events, like the clever “The Best of Mod with A Twist” at the historic Desert Star Apartments, were held outdoors. At Best of Mod, the retrospective reminded guests that not all was sleek and polished in the middle of the last century, unlike the television show Mad Men. Yes, some of the advertising was quirky, truly exaggerated, and even racist and sexist. The kitschy Tiki/Hawaiian themes were based on fiction, the glamorous depiction of cowboys out in the local desert were far from that. And, coincidentally, not all the cars from the era were as cool as we’d like to think they were.

The swingin’ ‘60s and stylish ‘70s

It’s the Casual Concours, dubbed Motor City Glamour, that brings out pristine examples of cars from the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, and more, which highlight what we now perceive as stylish. On the other hand, there are a few cars that might be considered ugly ducklings. However, even those are clean examples of what life was really like in the years that those rolled off the assembly line.

Just glancing at the field of vintage transportation, one gets a sense of what life was like decades ago. Currently, it seems cars only come in one of three colors – white, black, or silver. However, this event showcases a vast selection of paint choices. Those of a certain age probably have fond memories of cars motoring the highways in shades of green, or brown, or orange. Consumer tastes definitely change over time.


Similar to other concourses, the Casual Concours has a larger, humanitarian purpose as a fundraiser. Over the prior 11 events that have been organized by Great Autos Southern California, all manner of non-profits has benefited, from the Desert AIDS Project to the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. This year the charity is Sanctuary – a transitional housing and foster care program.

A different yet familiar car show

What you find at the Casual Concours is groupings by decades, not unlike a typical concours. There’s also a wonderful green beltway normally reserved for golfing. However, that nearly hit a bump in the road as Burge explains, “The (Desert Princess Country Club golf) course received the wrong grass seed late and wanted to push our event back a couple of weeks.” 

Fortunately, all the pieces of the puzzle came together. The vistas are well-worth soaking up, along with fountains, palm trees galore, and local mountains that frame the picture. What you won’t see is million-dollar cars and uptight aristocrats. Hence the name, Casual Concours. Perhaps that’s the reason why “People flew in from Chicago, Washington DC, Kansas, Seattle, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas just to see our show,” says Burge.

This doesn’t have the rarified air and displays of Pebble Beach and the lot. But this is far more democratized where the rich and those of lesser means look the same and can find common ground on their automotive passion. True, there are a few Bentleys and Rolls-Royces on the lawn, in the same vein as the 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud presented by Fred Ross and Gary Hiatt, but for the most part, these are not the kind of cars you’ll need to sell off vital bodily organs in order to obtain. Yet, a go-fund-me account couldn’t hurt.

And truly, what’s not to love at this event? After all, one can lust over any number of Cadillacs and Lincolns. As an example, the 1962 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible of Gary Carr seems a perfect fit for the desert. The long, taut lines coupled with the lower and wider body make this yacht-like, luxury machine appear even bigger. The flair the cars from this era exude only gives another reason as to why so many vintage cars reside out in the Palm Springs vicinity. Plus, ample roadways with few curves makes this place ideal for these rides.

Perhaps something German is more to one’s liking? There’s a fine selection of Porsches and Mercedes-Benz. The 1973 Mercedes Benz 450 SL owned by Jeff Sandstrom looks clean and inviting. But then, so does the gleaming 1982 Porsche 928 just a few yards away presented by Steve Blake and Jim Reed. At the other end of the spectrum sits a red, 1968 Volkswagen Beetle owned by Jim Sheya. Sure, it’s not as speedy as the Porsche, but at least it’s a convertible. And it too is fit for a concours.  

The stately and the strange

To offset the obvious beauty of most on the lawn, the quirkiness of AMC is showcased. The displayed Rambler Ambassador convertible and the AMC Pacer are two fine examples. However, the 1972 Gremlin of the Vickroy Collection takes the cake. A little weird is a good thing.

This would not be the desert without having the Ford Thunderbird represented. After all, the Thunderbird name comes from the local country club of the same name, as legend has it. Certainly, the 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible of Michael Dossett has the wow factor the designers intended it to have. Then again, it’s hard to argue with the 1957 T-Bird of Candace Brown, which captures the flavor of the late 50s with style that rivaled the Corvette of the time.

It would be easy to have the local community flood the concours with every year Chevrolet Corvette manufactured. But, in this case, less is more. The 1958 Corvette in red with white coves does provide a striking counterpoint to the Ford products. This also captures the thrill of the emerging sports car market found in the late fifties. 

There’s even a smattering of unique cars. A concours-ready 1993 Cadillac Allante convertible certainly fits that description. The ’67 Ghia 450 SS of Mike and Sally Kerns also comes to mind. Definitely far beyond the normal is Mike Parente’s 1990 Toyota Sera with butterfly doors. And there are various examples of brands that have come and gone. Avanti, Kaiser, La Salle, Mercury, Packard, Pontiac, and others. 

The desert delivers

Perhaps the one thing the Casual Concours embraces that no other concours has is the city of Palm Springs. There’s a certain magic for days-gone-bye that lingers in the air and ties in with the history of the mid-century modern movement. And, as any good real estate professional will tell you, there are three important points you should always remember. Location, location, and location. 

Of course, anyone at the show would probably also add a fourth point to that – some cool cars.


Will this donation propel US engineering students to F1 careers?

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the possibility of Michael Andretti returning to Formula One as a car owner, and about young American racers who might become F1 drivers. 

But what about the less-glamorous but vitally important jobs in Grand Prix racing as engineers who design, build and maintain the cars? What about Americans in those roles?

That possibility may have taken a big step forward in the last few days as Genius Garage has unveiled the donation of a fully running 2013 Lotus T125 F1 car from a group of anonymous benefactors.

The Genius Garage, based in Bowling Green, Ohio, is a non-profit educational program designed to provide hands-on motorsports experience to college students studying automotive and aerospace engineers. The garage was founded in 2014 by designer and racing driver Casey Putsch

Car is fully functional, though complicated to operate

In addition to being briefed on the vehicle systems and procedures needed to start and operating the car, the program received a supply of spares and support equipment for the Lotus.

“We were shocked to be receiving such an amazing contribution,” Putsch is quoted in the Genius Garage announcement. “This catapulted our dreams of starting an F1 education program for the betterment of engineering education and the future of motorsports in the U.S.

“I can’t say enough about the people who have provided us with the ultimate teaching tool and share our passion for educating engineering students and opening the doors to numerous opportunities in the world of motorsports.

“This is not the last time you will see and definitely hear of this Lotus T125.  We have big plans for it and will shortly share with everyone how we plan on leveraging this amazing opportunity.”

The gift to the program included the T125 equipped with a 640-horsepower C3.8-liter Cosworth F1 V8 that revs to 10,300 rpm. 


Pick of the Day: 1989 GMC Sierra 2500 pickup in low-mileage condition

Some of the most impressive classic vehicles to surface in the marketplace are not cars but trucks.  Maybe that’s because unlike sports cars and other specialty models, pickup trucks are above all else utility vehicles, emphasizing function over form.  A few trucks, however, manage to live lives that are free of hard use or casual neglect.   

The Pick of the Day is a documented low-mileage 1989 GMC Sierra 2500 2-wheel-drive pickup listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 

Finished in two-tone Quicksilver and Smoke Blue, this regular-cab, long-bed truck was configured when new to do heavy lifting with a locking differential, engine oil cooler, heavy-duty front springs, and heavy-duty radiator, but it appears to have lived a life of leisure instead.

pickup

“Trucks like this in original condition do not come on the market often,” the ad says.  “This beauty is an original California car with only two owners.  Just over 62,000 original miles.” 

Indeed, the window sticker that accompanies the pickup’s listing shows the original dealership in Laguna Niguel, California, and the original MSRP of $17,571.

pickup

The fourth-generation C/K series of full-size pickups were introduced by General Motors based on the GMT400 platform in April 1987 for the 1988 model year, with Sierra branding applied to the GMC side of the lineup. Nameplates were applied with 1500, 2500, and 3500 branding according to chassis payload, at half-ton, ¾-ton, and 1-ton ratings respectively.

A wide variety of powertrain options were available at the time.  This two-wheel-drive pickup came outfitted with the fuel-injected 5.7-liter V8 paired with a column-shifted three-speed automatic transmission.  The heavy-duty chassis was part of option code C6P and came at no extra charge. 

The seller adds to the listing with more detail about the pickup.

“It has been meticulously maintained over the years,” the seller says.  “The interior is almost flawless.  Original factory A/C blows cold and heat works great.” 

Two sets of wheels and tires come with the sale, including the original GMC Rally wheels and the newer polished-aluminum wheels that are currently installed.

pickup

The seller is asking $19,900 for this lightly used pickup.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.


AutoHunter Spotlight: 1958 Nash Metropolitan

In the 1950s, when big cars with even bigger tailfins took over the roads, Nash Motors took a smaller direction in vehicle design. 

The Wisconsin-based automaker created the Nash Metropolitan by combining the small-car expertise of the British with notable American car stylings. The Metropolitan was produced by Austin in England and importuned to the United States during its eight-year run from 1954 to 1962.

AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, has one of these quirky economy cars up for auction – a 1958 Nash Metropolitan.

For a walkaround tour of this Metropolitan, see the video below:

This two-door hardtop is finished in two-tone white and black with chrome bumpers, an egg-crate-style grille and a trunk-mounted spare tire.

The interior is trimmed in black and white and the seller notes there is a small amount of rust in the interior and the AC currently does not work.

Power comes from a 1500cc inline-4 engine linked to a column-shifted 3-speed manual transmission.

The seller notes the odometer is stuck on 91,688 miles and the actual mileage is unknown.

This Nash Metropolitan’s auction ends October 27 at 11:00 a.m. PDT.

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and gallery of photos.


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