Archive for October, 2010

James Bond Aston Martin Sold For $4.5 Million

October 30, 2010

Back in August we helped to spread the news about the fact that a vehicle that many consider to be “the most famous car in the world” was going up for sale. On October 27th the annual RM Automobiles of London sale took place across the drink, and the centerpiece of the show was the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that Sean Connery famously drove as agent 007 in the unforgettable James Bond movies Thunderball and Goldfinger.

American Harry Yeaggy purchased the car, which had been owned by Jerry Lee, a radio broadcaster from Philadelphia. He is going to donate the money to charity via his Jerry Lee Foundation, which is devoted to addressing crime and the social problems that are at the root of much of it.

Another car of note that was sold at the Automobiles of London auction was formerly owned by the famed rock singer Rod Stewart, a yellow 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV. It exceeded pre-sale estimates when it sold for 694,400 British pounds, which is about 1.1 million U.S. dollars.

“There’s a price movement for 1970s cars. The market has shifted a generation. New people are buying the cars they wanted as a kid. That Lamborghini would have been worth about half that a couple of years ago,” said Neil Dickens, who is Director of British dealership The Hairpin Company.

Collectors, take heed and keep your eyes peeled for those ’70s classics.

Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer

True Pony Cars

October 26, 2010

Many believe that era of the pony car began with the introduction of the Ford Mustang, and of course the Mustang did inspire the term that was coined by the editor of Car Life magazine back then, Dennis Shattuck. Its stunning popularity also catapulted the concept into the public consciousness, so it can be said that the Mustang was the most important of the cars that went on to be considered pony cars. But it was not the first. The Mustang was offered to the public on April Fool’s Day in 1964, but the Plymouth Barracuda, which is also considered to be a pony car, was released a couple of weeks prior to the Mustang.

Of course the Barracuda, which was a very cool car, went out of production after the 1974 model year. The Mustang, on the other hand, is still going strong today and has been in production continuously since its smashing debut back in 1964. Take a ride down memory lane with us today and check out these equestrian beauties below. And as an aside, keep this in mind: you can shop for classic pony cars 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at FossilCars.com!

1968 Chevrolet Camaro

1969 AMC Javelin SST

1970 Plymouth 'Cuda

1972 Dodge Challenger

1964 1/2 Mustang

1969 Mercury Cougar Convertible

Classic Pontiac Firebird

Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer

Atlantic City Classic Car Show & Auction

October 22, 2010

As a classic car fan, isn’t it a deflating feeling to read about some killer event that you would love to go to, only to find out that the reason why you are reading about it is because it already happened? If you want to be in on the good stuff you have to plan ahead, and 2011 is just around the corner so the time to start planning your road trips for next year is now. With that in mind we would like to direct your attention to the 2011 Atlantic City Classic Car Show & Auction.

The exact dates for the big event are February 18th through 20th of next year, and we always recommend planning your vacation around your interest in classic cars by going to auctions, shows, and automotive museums. However, the best way to do it is to suck the marrow from the bone of life by picking your spots just right. Yes, you want cars, but you want to have more fun than humans should be allowed to have the rest of the time. Atlantic City provides you with the opportunity to do that with world class gaming, entertainment, shows, restaurants, and more, all taking place at the foot of the soothing shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

The hours for the 2011 Atlantic City Classic Car Show & Auction are from 8:30 in the morning until 9:00 at night on Friday and Saturday (the 18th and 19th) and 9 to 5 on Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults in advance and twenty samolians at the door, and it is five bucks for kids under 12. The location is the fabulous Atlantic City Convention Center on One Convention Center Boulevard. The extravaganza is being presented by G. Potter King, Inc., and they can be reached at 1-800-227-3868 for more information.


Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer

The Renault Caravelle

October 19, 2010

The French automotive manufacturer Renault is one of the longest standing companies of its kind still standing, having been founded all the way back in 1899 by the Renault brothers Louis, Marcel, and Fernand. The company was engaged in one of the first major partnerships between a U.S. based automaker and a foreign one when they worked in conjunction with Nash-Rambler in the early 1960s and that partnership continued after Nash evolved into American Motors. These days Renault is allied with Nissan and does most of its business across the pond in Europe.

One very cool Renault that may be of interest to classic car fans is the Renault Caravelle, which was called the Floride for its first four years of production outside of North America. The Floride/Caravelle was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1958 as a rear-engine two-seat roadster that was similar to the Triumph Spitfire that was being built in Great Britain. The Caravelle was designed by Pietro Frua, who was then part of the famed Carrozzeria Ghia design group, and it was first marketed in the United States for the 1959 model year. The Caravelle was originally powered by a 845 cc straight-4 that generated 35 horsepower, but a performance upgrade was available that could ratchet that up to 40 hp.

By 1965 the standard engine in the Renault Caravelle was the 1108 cc four-cylinder, and it was capable of going from zero to sixty in 17.8 seconds and could reach a top speed of just a notch below 90 miles per hour. The ’65 Caravelle could travel over 30 miles on an imperial gallon of fuel, and it sold for £1,039. The last year of production for the Caravelle was 1968, and in all a total of 117,000 were produced, making them rather scarce today.

If you are interested in the Caravelle, which is a very sharp looking little car, there happens to be one available over at FossilCars.com. It is pictured below, and if you would like to see the details simply click here.

Renault Caravelle


Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer

Milton Robson Collection Going Up For Auction November 13th

October 15, 2010

We like to keep our readers up to date on all of the big auctions that are coming up, because you can’t build on your obsession as a classic car fan if you don’t know where to find the really cool stuff, right? So today we would like to shine a spotlight on an auction that will be featuring the fantastic collection of classic and muscle cars that has been assembled by lifetime automotive aficionado Milton Robson.

The big event is being presented by RM Auctions, and the stars of the show will be 55 high spec, low production muscular beasts along with some stunning classic collectibles from the fifties and sixties. The sale is taking place on November 13th in Gainesville, Georgia. RM Auctions spokesman Ian Kelleher weighed in on the event:

“RM is honored to have been entrusted with the presentation of the Milton Robson Collection. Milt Robson is a passionate car guy with an incredible eye for quality. His collection features the ‘best of the very best’ – arguably some of the finest and most desirable American automobiles produced.”

Among the rarities that will be on display are three, count em three different GTO Judge ragtops and a ’69 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko/SC Sport Coupe that is expected go for upward of four-hundred grand. If you can make it to the greater Atlanta area on November 13th (Gainesville is an hour outside of the ATL), you won’t want to miss this rare chance to see the Milton Robson Collection up close and personal.

Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer