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So, the brief but exciting 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is in the books and we can officially announce the winner of its most coveted award: "Best of Show." This award is just what it sounds like; out of all of the possible classes in the entire Concours, this model was the most amazing of them all. Sure, winning any of the various class awards is great, but a "Best of Show" award is one that an owner can brag about for an entire lifetime.

This year’s winner is a 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria, and we swear that it did not win on name length alone — though that may have been a part of the judging process... This monster of a drop top, which is better known as simply the Packard Twelve, comes courtesy of Joseph and Margie Cassini III from West Orange, New Jersey.

This classic Packard took home the prize, despite plenty of top-line competition from the other nominees, which included a 1932 Lincoln KB Murphy Roadster; a 1934 Hispano-Suiza J12 Vanvooren Coupé; and a 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Van den Plas Belgium Torpedo

Read more about the 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria after the jump

Mecum Auctions - Monterey 2013 Preview

An event like the Pebble Beach Concours in Monterey, California will always draw a crowd. But unlike most auto shows, the type of crowd that goes to these events are the ones that are ready to plop down the checkbook once they see something they want.

With multitude of auctions on tap, one in particular that’s worth mentioning is the Mecum Auctions. Scheduled to take place from August 15 to 17, beginning at 10 a.m. everyday, the Mecum Auctions will feature some of the finest classics you’ll ever get to see in one setting, a fitting tribute to the esteem of the auction as a can’t-miss event during the week-long festivities.

This year, the Mecum Auctions will have its share of classics with estimated auction prices in the millions for some, if not most, of the models.

That’s the prestige attached to the Mecum Auctions and one that’s rightfully earned.

Click past the jump to read about a few of the classics that will headline the 2013 Mecum Auctions this week

RM Auctions - Monterey 2013 Preview

Auction season is now in full swing and if your bank accounts haven’t taken too much of a hit yet, you might need to brace yourselves for the financial beating you might take when RM Auctions holds its annual event at Monterey this weekend.

Scheduled to take place on Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 17, RM Auctions will feature a whole lot of classics and exotics that will undoubtedly catch the attention of attending car collectors at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance in Pebble Beach, California.

That’s the allure of all the events that make up this week-long classic-car festival. No matter what kind of name it has, the third week of August has turned into a calendar fixture for auto enthusiasts of all generations.

RM Auctions will be there and you’ll get to see a what’s what list of classic vehicles, some even dating back to the early part of the previous century. So fill up those checkbooks, folks. There’s a good chance that you’re going to be writing a whole lot of checks this weekend if you fancy any of the classics that will be auctioned off by RM Auctions.

Click past the jump to read about three classic cars that could fetch millions at RM Auctions this weekend.

Source: RM Auctions
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In the latest episode of his show, Jay Leno got the chance to review a 1964 Jaguar E-Type , not a stock one, but still a pretty enjoyable drive, at least according to Jay Leno. The model was brought back to life by Jason Len from XKs Unlimited, who wanted to bring the flavor of the track to this E-Type, while keeping it totally streetable.

This Jag was updated with a roomier interior, a new alloy hood, factory-built Le Mans racing lights, a custom front bumper to accommodate the racing lights, knock-off wheels, Le Mans winglets and a new exhaust system with side pipes. The model is powered by a 3.8-liter inline-six engine that delivers a total of 300 horsepower — a 70 horsepower increase over the stock E-Type.

Check out the video to see if Jay Leno thinks all these updates are suitable for the 1964 E-Type. We think it’s an interesting ride!

Porsche continues to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary 911 in some of the coolest ways imaginable.

It’s already checked the special-edition 911 Carrera off its list. Now, it’s taking a completely different approach by hosting a record-breaking parade of Porsche 911 sports cars at the Silverstone Grand Prix over the past weekend.

All in all, 1,208 classic and modern 911s attended the event, all squeezing into what eventually became a completely packed and cramped Silverstone race track. It’s hard enough to see hundreds of 911s in one location but to see well over 1,000 in one location was a completely surreal sight.

Porsche Club GB and Silverstone Classic took center stage in organizing the event and while it was initially pegged to attract hundreds of 911s to the event, not a lot of people expected to hit 1,000, let alone exactly 1,208 Porsche 911s that all trooped over to Silverstone to attend the record-breaking gathering.

If you’re a Porsche aficionado, this is like heaven on wheels. There are classic Carreras, 911 RSs, RSRs, 911 GTs, Speedsters, Targas, and 911 Turbos.

Needless to say, the expectations for the gathering were far exceeded, something Mark Porsche, the son of Porsche 911 designed founder Ferdinand Alexander ‘Butzi’ Porsche, said meant a lot to his family.

“Of course, the 911 means a great deal to me as it’s my father’s big design and it will always have a special place in my heart,” he said.

“It’s been a family member over all the generations of the 911 series and I’m very proud to be here today to represent the Porsche family at this great event. I think that to have these 1,200 cars on track is the attention that the 911 deserves for its 50th birthday. I can’t thank the Porsche Club GB enough for making this event possible.”

Click past the jump to read about the Porsche 911 Carrera 50th Anniversary Edition

Source: Porsche
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Chris Harris has long entertained us by reviewing some of the greatest cars out there, and the latest episode of Drive is no exception. This time around, Chris stepped outside of his comfort zone of modern-day sports cars and supercars to get behind the wheel of a classic Jaguar C-Type . To take him further out of his zone, Chris is driving the classic Jag in the famous Mille Miglia event, which forces him to drive slow and calculated speeds, as opposed to full-tilt, as he is used to.

The C-Type (with "C" coming from competition) was a racing sports car built by Jaguar and sold from 1951 to 1953. There were only 55 units built and all of them raced in competitions like the Le Mans 24 hours race, which it won twice. The C-Type was driven by legendary men like the Stirling Moss and Jack Fairman, Leslie Johnson and three-time Mille Miglia winner, Clemente Biondetti.

The C-Type is powered by a DOHC in-line six-cylinder engine with two SU carburetors. This powerplant delivered a total of 210 horsepower in its heyday.

At recent auctions, the model was auctioned for an amazing price of $3.7 million.

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Classic Recreations developed a one-of-a-kind Shelby G.T.350CR that will be auctioned at Mecum Auctions on August 16, 2013. The new G.T.350CR will feature classic Shelby elements, such as functional brake scoops, riveted quarter window covers, side exhaust and iconic LeMans stripes.

The model is based on an original 1966 Mustang fastback combined with a complete ground-up rebuild. The base V-8 engine was replaced with a new 7.0-liter V-8 engine from Ford Racing that delivers a total of 545 horsepower. The engine mates to a Tremec five-speed manual transmission.

Along with the new engine, Classic Recreations also installed new Carroll Shelby signature rally series 1000 seats, climate control, a top-shelf sound system, a dual-tank nitrous injection system, bespoke forged three-piece HRE Performance wheels, Wilwood brakes and custom paint.

A coil-over suspension and power rack-and-pinion steering handle all the corners that this hopped-up pony car encounters. The GT350CR also includes a four-wheel disc brake system with 13-inch discs up front and 12-inch discs out back combined with four-piston calipers.

After the first prototype crosses the auction block, Classic Recreations will put the G.T.350CR into production. The custom builder will produce only 10 units per year and prices start at $119,000.

Click past the jump to read more about Shelby GT350CR by Classic Recreations.

From one iconic car model to another, Mini took the rather unexpected but ultimately gracious step in wishing Porsche’s legendary 911 a happy 50th birthday.

Maybe it’s not that surprising, considering that it’s coming from Mini, a company that has made an art out of steering away from the skid. But Mini Mini isn’t just sending birthday wishes to Porsche. No, that would’ve been too easy and not up to the standards of the Mini Way.

What it did was take the time to participate in a dedicated photos shoot that brought together a classic Mini and a first-generation Porsche 911 Targa; two cars that not only defined their respective car markets, but also came to the photo shoot dressed in equal doses of lime yellow.

The move is admirable considering that both companies are owned by different German auto conglomerates (BMW for Mini and Volkswagen for Porsche). It’s also a shrewd move by the British brand that somehow always gets to promote itself when it’s not trying to.

Click past the jump to read the press release and more about the first-gen 911 Targa

Transformers 4 is still a year away from hitting theaters, but that hasn’t stopped producer Michael Bay from giving us a sneak peek at the cars that have already been penciled in to make appearances in the movie.

Yesterday, it was a redesigned Optimus truck, a Bugatti Veyron , and a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray .

Today, it’s a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS .

It goes without saying that this car is expected to be Bumblebee as it goes back to its Camaro roots. For one thing, it sure looks a lot better than the "piece of crap" Camaro Bumblebee started as in the first movie.

Oddly enough, the new Bumblebee is not a fifth-generation model, which might catch some people by surprise. Not us, though; if there’s anything that looks better than the current Camaro, it’s a customized classic Camaro capable of fully flexing its old school American muscle.

Click past the jump to read about the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS

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The Aston Martin DB5 is a global phenomenon often referred to as ‘the most famous car in the world’ thanks to its longtime heritage over 50 years of James Bond films. The car itself retook center stage a few times in the films since originally starring in Goldfinger and From Russia With Love, most recently with Skyfall’s Daniel Craig wheeling it out of secret storage before a midnight dash to his childhood orphanage in Scotland.

RM Auctions 2012 sale of this Sierra Blue example also includes a big name attached: Sir Paul McCartney, who rewarded himself with his first Aston Martin just a few weeks after The Beatles breakout appearance on U.S. television via The Ed Sullivan Show.

As special as the DB5’s numerous celeb owners and movie credits are, the coverage can be exhausting sometimes because the same tired facts are reshuffled. In this full review of the DB5, the focus is the merits of the car itself versus its contemporaries like the E-type Jaguar , Lamborghini 350 GT and Ferrari 250 GTO.

The DB5 was also created in a fashionable convertible body-style and as a one-off shooting brake for company lead David Brown, but the two-door hardtops are the most recognizable and affordable examples of 1963’s most advanced car.

Click past the jump for the full review of this cherished dream car.


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