The ultimate icon of American hot rod culture could be yours to own

Mecum Ford McMullen Roadster

The classic hot rod has become an ingrained part of American automotive culture, defining an entire genre for custom vehicles. 

One of the most important cars from the early days of hot rodding culture is set to be one of the star attractions at a major auction event.

It means a new owner could drive away in the iconic ‘32 Ford McMullen Roadster, arguably one of the best-known hot rods ever made. 

The hot rod that defined the breed

Mecum Ford McMullen Roadster

Tom McMullen was a hero of the hot rod scene, starting his obsession with modifying cars as a teenager. He later founded a successful auto electrics company, but his heart was always in building hot rods. 

Along with his love for mechanics, McMullen was also renowned for his writing. He contributed regular pieces to Hot Rod magazine, and would later go on to start the Street Rodder magazine. 

Yet despite being surrounded by some the greatest hot rods ever made, McMullen admitted that one of his “biggest mistakes” was selling this particular Deuce Roadster.  

Top speed machine

Mecum Ford McMullen Roadster

McMullen was not the first owner of the car. The 1932 Ford having passed through several hands before he acquired it in 1958. Initially powered by a Ford Flathead engine, this was soon ditched and replaced with a 352-cubic inch Chevrolet V8, breathing through six carburettors. 

This wasn’t enough for McMullen, who later fitted a supercharged small-block V-8, intended to boost the power output even further. 

Such modifications were not just for show. He would enter the 1932 Roadster in speed trials at El Mirage, hitting an incredible top speed of 167 mph. That was enough to give McMullen the prize for fastest street rod at the 1964 event.

Devil in the detail

Mecum Ford McMullen Roadster

Appearing on the cover of Hot Rod magazine in April 1963, the McMullen Roadster stood out due to the flaming paint job. Whilst McMullen had undertaken the painting himself, the flame design was created by the legendary Ed “Big Daddy” Roth

McMullen added his own pinstriping details to the car, along with a Halibrand rear end and Moon tank at the front. 

Such was the appeal of the ‘32 Ford, it would see the car featured on TV shows and countless magazine covers. It would become a hot rod that others would imitate, making a major part of American automotive culture. 

An award-winning restoration 

Mecum Ford McMullen Roadster

The car was sold by McMullen in 1970 to fund the development of his business. It would pass through several collectors, before being bought by hot rod enthusiast Jorge Zaragoza in 2002. 

Appreciating just how important the car was, Zaragoza commissioned award-winning hot rod builder Roy Brizio to restore and rebuild the car completely. 

Such hard work paid off. The McMullen Roadster was named one of the most important 1932 Fords, and featured in a special 75th-anniversary event for the classic roadster.

An appearance at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance saw it take third in its class. 

American automotive history

Mecum Ford McMullen Roadster

Tom McMullen died in a tragic plane crash in 1995. It meant he never got to see the continued fame his eponymous 1932 Ford achieved. However, its legacy has continued, with McMullen’s name forever associated with the hot rodding world. 

The car is being offered for sale as part of the Mecum Gallery Exposition, held alongside the Indy 2020 auction. Using the Gallery platform lets buyers deal directly to make a purchase, rather than it going across the block.

Commencing on Friday, July 10th, the Mecum Indy 2020 sale will see more than 2,500 cars up for grabs. This All-American hot rod hero will be amongst them at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.


This restomod Mustang was built for Patrick Dempsey

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This restomod Mustang was built by Panoz for Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey Panoz Mustang

Millions of people know Patrick Dempsey for his numerous acting roles on screen, but to others he is regarded as being a serious car guy.

Dempsey has competed in sports car racing since the early 2000s, and founded his own race team in 2006. 

Whilst he may be known for his association with Porsche, the car for sale on Bring a Trailer proves he is also a fan of the Blue Oval. 

Private Practice

Patrick Dempsey Panoz Mustang

Built when Dempsey was playing Dr. Derek ‘McDreamy’ Shepherd in Grey’s Anatomy, this restomod Mustang was built just for him.

Originally a 1965 Mustang Fastback, this Ford has been thoroughly updated beneath the classic-looking bodywork.

The build was undertaken by Panoz Auto Development and JRD, taking two and a half years to complete Dempsy’s perfect ‘Stang. 

With 3,900 hours spent on the build process, the transformation is as radical as you might expect. Dempsey and Panoz wanted to build a car that looked like a classic Mustang, but was as safe and easy to use as a contemporary 2008 model. 

Paging Dr. McDreamy

Patrick Dempsey Panoz Mustang

Safety was a high priority for the build. This included adding crash crumple zones, moving the fuel tank to a safer position, and even installing three-point seat belts.

Traction control, ABS and mounts for a child seat in the rear were added, too. 

Many components were sourced from the fourth- and fifth-generation Mustangs. An SN-95 Mustang provides the front suspension, featuring adjustable coilover shocks. At the rear, the axle from a S197 model is used.

A set of 17-inch Torq Thrust-style alloy wheels hide upgraded disc brakes at the front and rear, intended to control the additional horsepower hiding in this Mustang.  

Fast Times

Patrick Dempsey Panoz Mustang

Supplying that power the rear wheels is a supercharged 4.6-liter ‘Terminator’ V-8, as used in the 2003 to 2004 SVT Cobra Mustang. Panoz modified the engine, taking output to 420 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. 

Numerous components from the SVT Cobra are used, such as the radiator and intercooler. A modern wiring loom has also been utilized, allowing an SVT Cobra instrument cluster to see inside the dash. Even an OBD port is available for diagnostics. 

Made from stainless steel, the custom side-exit exhaust system includes catalytic converters. Shifting gears is done via a six-speed Tremec manual transmission. 

Ready to ride

Patrick Dempsey Panoz Mustang

Inside has seen just as dramatic a makeover. A custom dashboard includes multiple extra gauges, along with the climate control system from a modern Mustang. 

Dempsey sold the car to Equus Automotive, who undertook various other upgrades to the car. This included new black leather for the seats, along with the addition of a retro-style Becker Mexico radio with Bluetooth connectivity. 

The current owner bought the car from Equus three years ago, and has added just 500 miles to the odometer. Total mileage now stands at 8,500 miles since the initial $300,000 build was completed. 

Can Buy Me Love

Patrick Dempsey Panoz Mustang

With an 86-page build booklet supplied, it is clear that this is not just a classic Mustang wearing new HID headlights. The work of Panoz and JRD was extensive, completing transforming this Ford into a modern machine. 

For a new owner it offers the chance to have a car that looks like a 1965 model. But one that can be driven every day, and easily maintained like a post-2000 Ford Mustang. Being commissioned and owned by a famous auto enthusiast such as Patrick Dempsey is only like to add to the appeal for some. 

Bidding on Bring a Trailer is open now, with the auction set to run until Wednesday, June 10th.


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Rare 1997 RUF CTR2 Sport is ready for action on road or track

1997 RUF CTR2 Sport

One of the highlights at the upcoming RM Sotheby’s European Sale is an extremely rare version of the RUF CTR2

Making it even more special is that it is one of two cars built to compete in the 1997 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. 

Yet do not mistake this RUF for a pure racer. Despite the incredible performance, this machine is street legal in both the United States and Europe.

Avoiding a sophomore slump

1997 RUF CTR2 Sport

RUF had captured the attention of the world’s automotive enthusiasts with the 1987 CTR ‘Yellowbird’. Videos of the Yellowbird tackling the Nürburgring went viral decades before YouTube even existed, cementing the first CTR as a real supercar.

It meant Alois Ruf Jr. faced a challenge of the awkward follow-up album with the CTR2. Based on the chassis from the new Porsche 993-generation 911 Turbo, RUF set out to make it even more dramatic than the original.

RUF would surpass all expectations with the CTR2. The company would create one of the fastest cars in the world when it was first launched in 1995. 

Boosted desires 

1997 RUF CTR2 Sport

At the heart of the CTR2 was a 3.6-l twin-turbocharged flat-six engine. Related to the engine used in the Porsche 962 Le Mans racer, standard output was a considerable 520 horsepower and 505 lb-ft of torque. 

RUF would also fit kevlar body panels, windows made from thinner glass, and remove large amounts of trim from the interior. The result was a car that weighed 2,994 lb (1,358 kg) on the road. 

Upgraded brakes and coilover suspension were installed, with a six-speed manual transmission also fitted. Capable of 217 mph top speed, the CTR2 would surpass both the Jaguar XJ220 and Ferrari F50.

The RUF guide to Pikes Peak

1997 RUF CTR2 Sport

Yet this was not enough for Alois Ruf Jr. to prove how good the CTR2 was. Instead he created two special CTR2 Sport models, destined to enter the 1997 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb.

The car for sale is the very first CTR2 Sport prototype. RUF used lightweight materials for almost all body panels, and fitted the extreme adjustable rear spoiler. Engine upgrades boosted output to an incredible 702 horsepower with 575 lb-ft of torque.

With the CTR2 Sport weighing just 2,807 lb (1,273 kg), and a short-ratio transmission installed, acceleration was accordingly shocking. Even more incredible is that fact the RUF CTR2 Sport was still legal for road use!

On top of the world

1997 RUF CTR2 Sport

RUF entrusted the two CTR2 Sport prototypes to racing brothers Steve and David Beddor. The sight of the two RUFs driving up to Pikes Peak in 1997 must have caused a stir.

The car for sale, driven by Steve Beddor, would cause an even bigger shock by posting the fastest qualifying time of any vehicle. Steve would then go on to finish second in the Open class.

Steve Beddor would also use the CTR2 Sport to win the annual Virginia City Hillclimb an astonishing three times. He would also use the car at numerous race circuits, making a point of driving the car there on public roads. 

No quiet retirement here

1997 RUF CTR2 Sport

After a career that saw the CTR2 Sport take podiums in 76 percent of the races it entered, it was sold to the current seller. Exported to Germany, the car was converted to run on regular fuel, with an extra exhaust silencer also added.

RUF rebuilt the original engine, with output reduced to a still considerable 592 horsepower. A water injection system was installed, with Ohlins also servicing the adjustable suspension.  

Since acquiring the car, the current owner has added around 9,000 km (5,590 miles) to it.

An iconic RUF creation

1997 RUF CTR2 Sport

Included with the CTR2 Sport is an extensive history file, documenting all the major moments in the life of the car. This includes the initial build, through to records of races entered, and period photos. Details of the RUF maintenance performed between 2001 and 2007 are also included. 

RUF CTR2 Sports are rare, with this being one of eleven produced. Yet the history of this car makes it one of the most important RUFs ever produced. As a result, it is expected to sell for between €640,000 – €720,000 ($710,000 to $800,000 / £576,000 to £648,000).

Bidding in the online-only RM Sotheby’s European Sale begins on June 3rd, and continues through to June 11th.


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Ford Police Interceptor Utility can now decontaminate itself from viruses

Ford Police Interceptor kills viruses

Rapid action by Ford has seen the company develop new functions to help police vehicles render harmful viruses inactive. 

The Ford Police Interceptor Utility SUV can now use software to rapidly increase the temperature of its interior to more than 130 degrees Farenheit (over 56 degrees Celsius).

This extreme heat then reduces the concentration of coronaviruses, including COVID-19, by more than 99 percent.

Ford is now making the software update rapidly available across North America, with only minimal work needed to implement it by police fleets

Turning up the heat on viruses

Ford Police Interceptor kills viruses

The new process is used when officers believe they have transported a suspect with potential symptoms of COVID-19 in their vehicle. It relies on simply pressing a series of buttons on the cruise control system, or an external tool on older vehicles. 

Making the virus-killing software so instantly effective is that it uses the Police Interceptor Utility’s normal engine and heating systems.

Once officers have exited the vehicle, the Police Interceptor Utility will begin to warm the engine to a specific degree.

The heat from this is then channeled into the interior of the vehicle through the air vents, elevating the temperature to 133 degrees Fahrenheit (56.1 degrees Celsius).

Sensors note when the right temperature has been reached, and then maintain it for 15 minutes. A cooldown process is automatically initiated afterwards.  

Hotter than Death Valley

Ford Police Interceptor kills viruses

Officers are able to monitor progress safely from outside the vehicle. The hazard warning and tail lights flash in a pre-set pattern to confirm the process has begun, and also when it has been completed. 

Laboratory supervisors at The Ohio State University department of microbiology have stated that “exposing coronaviruses to temperatures of 56 degrees Celsius, or 132.8 degrees Fahrenheit, for 15 minutes reduces the viral concentration by greater than 99 percent on interior surfaces and materials”.

Ford has designed the new process to be used alongside existing manual cleaning measures. The heating system allows areas that might be harder to reach to also be decontaminated. 

A simple software solution

Ford Police Interceptor kills viruses

Testing has already been undertaken by police forces across the United States. This has included the NYPD and LAPD, along with state police and sheriff’s offices in Massachusetts, Ohio, and Florida. 

Larger departments will be able to install the updated software directly, with other fleets able to use Ford dealerships. 

The company is now working on similar measures that can be used on other Ford police vehicles. This comes as part of the firm’s wider response to COVID-19, including making visors and respirators.


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Ferrari Le Grand Rendezvous 2020

Although the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix may have been canceled due to COVID-19, one Ferrari racing driver still took the streets at the weekend. 

Formula 1 ace Charles Leclerc took to the road in the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, helping to create a new version of a classic short film.

Titled Le Grand Rendez-vous, the new 2020 movie has even been directed by Claude Lelouch who directed the 1970’s original that inspired it.

Easy like a Sunday morning

Ferrari Le Grand Rendezvous 2020

Lelouch’s short film C’était un rendez-vous – translated from French as ‘it was a date’ – is an eight-minute movie from 1976, depicting a high-speed drive through the streets of Paris. 

The film was made in a single take, captured early on a Sunday morning in the French capital. A camera was fitted below the bumper of a Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 being driven by Lelouch, with the car itself never actually shown. 

This allowed Lelouch to later dub in the sound of his own Ferrari 275 GTB afterwards. C’était un rendez-vous has become iconic as a driving movie, and made a strong association between Ferrari and Lelouch.

Tearing up the streets again

Ferrari Le Grand Rendezvous 2020

It meant here was only one man to turn to when Ferrari wanted to create a new film. Especially one intended to celebrate the relative return to normal from COVID-19 lockdown in Europe. 

Despite now being 82-years-old, Claude Lelouch was more than happy to get back behind the camera and direct a follow up to C’était un rendez-vous. Monaco was chosen as the backdrop, with filming taking place on what should have been the day of the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix. 

Fitting, Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc was drafted in for driving duties. Also, this time Lelouch would be directing a film featuring an actual Ferrari racing through city streets for real.

Hometown hero

Ferrari Le Grand Rendezvous 2020

The 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale also has considerably more power than the original Mercedes-Benz 450SEL, or even the Ferrari 275 GTB. A plug-in hybrid with a turbocharged V8 engine, the SF90 Stradale has a combined output of 986 horsepower

Leclerc hit speeds of up to 150 mph whilst filming the movie, making his way to a mystery meeting. Roads were closed during production, meaning that Leclerc did not have to worry about errant members of the public. 

As a Monegasque native, Leclerc will also have known his way around the streets with relative ease.

The finished Le Grand Rendez-vous film is set to premiere on June 13th 2020.


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428 Ford Country Squire

The Ford Country Squire is beginning to attract serious interest from collectors, bringing back memories of childhood road trips

However, the 1967 car currently available for auction on Bring a Trailer adds a little extra excitement to the big station wagon.

Living under the hood is a genuine Q-Code 428-cubic inch (7.0-liter) Ford FE V-8 engine. Oh, and it was fitted with a four-speed manual by special request.

Presidential seal of approval 

428 Ford Country Squire

Whilst Ford built the full-size Country Squire with the 428-cubic inch V-8, transmission options were limited. Buyers could have a three-speed column shift manual, or a three-speed Cruise-o-matic automatic unit with the huge engine.

The original Ohio-based owner of this car dreamed of owning a muscle car. But reality meant he actually needed a station wagon for his wife to transport their family.

Ford’s ordering rules prevented the prospective Country Squire owner from specifying a 428 V-8 engine with a four-speed manual transmission. To solve the problem, the owner wrote to Ford vice-president, Lee Iacocca.

Four on the floor

428 Ford Country Squire

The legendary automotive executive was clearly won over by the original owner’s letter. Iaococca signed-off on the build, allowing a 428-cubic inch Country Squire with a four-speed manual transmission to be built especially. 

Installed under the hood was a 428 V-8 from the contemporary Ford Thunderbird. It meant this family station wagon now had an output of 345 horsepower, combined with a thumping 462 lb-ft of torque.

Thanks to the Lee Iaococca, a floor-mounted four-speed transmission would handle sending all that power to the rear wheels. A center console accommodates the gear shifter, with bucket seats up front. 

Going against the grain

428 Ford Country Squire

Bought by a third owner in 2001, the Country Squire underwent a programme of mechanical maintenance. This included a rebuild of the special engine in 2003 by a company in Ontario, Canada. 

The current owner, proclaimed barn find hunter Tom Cotter, bought the Country Squire in 2017. During his ownership he has upgraded the engine to FiTech throttle-body fuel-injection, along with adding an auxiliary fuel pump and a Flowmaster dual exhaust system.

Cotter has also added Wilwood disc brakes to the front axle.

Repairs have been made to the frame, with the body being removed to accommodate this. The Sauterne Gold paintwork and woodgrain trim have been left unrepaired, giving the Country Squire a rustic patina. 

Bring all the family along

428 Ford Country Squire

Being a family station wagon, the Country Squire still has all the regular refinements you would expect. Parchment upholstery covers the seats, including the third row of jump seats that fold flat into the trunk floor. 

Air conditioning was fitted when new, but this is currently described by the seller as in need of repairs. The Magic Doorgate on the trunk needs its hinges replacing, but a replacement will be provided with the car. 

A new clutch was fitted in 2019, and the seller notes that a number of spare and original parts will be included. An Elite Marti report, original window sticker, and various magazine articles are also part of the sale. 

Wagon memories

428 Ford Country Squire

Proving that performance wagons are not a new invention, this is a special Country Squire for any Ford collector. Being the only example made in 1967 with the 428-cubic inch engine and manual transmission makes it truly unique. 

The combination of rusting bodywork, but mechanically sound drivetrain and frame, also add to the appeal. The look on the faces of other drivers as you burble away from stop lights would be almost worth the price alone. 

Being such a special proposition means the bidding for this wagon has already been intense. Bring a Trailer community members have also been enjoying sharing their station wagon memories.


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Restored Marcos 1600 GT

For those in need of an uplifting story, how about a British sports car being saved and returned to former glory?

That is exactly the case with this 1968 Marcos 1600 GT, having been left unloved for more than 24 years on a ranch in Fresno, CA.

After being bought on auction website Bring a Trailer, the car has been fully restored. Bringing things full circle, it is once again up for sale.

Knock on wood

Restored Marcos 1600 GT

Marcos Engineering began building lightweight sports cars in 1959, with the GT being one of the earliest cars from the British marque. 

What made it special was the extensive use of plywood throughout the chassis, combined with a fiberglass body shell. This made for an incredibly low weight of around 1,800 lb, resulting in impressive performance. 

The particular car in question had been left partially stripped by a former owner, before being advertised on Bring a Trailer. Sold in February 2018, the advert made clear that substantial work would be needed on this project car.

Brand-new tangerine dreams

Restored Marcos 1600 GT

Despite the dramatic appearance of the unrestored car in photos, the Marcos did come with almost all the pieces needed to rebuild it. This included various interior parts, along with a complete drivetrain.

A fresh body shell from Marcos Engineering has been fitted to the car, ensuring that it appears as good as new. This was all repainted in Lotus orange, paying tribute to the paint color found on the unrestored body.

Completing the exterior appearance are a set of 13-inch Minilite alloy wheels, wrapped in BF Goodrich Radial T/A rubber. 

The right kind of boring

Restored Marcos 1600 GT

Originally manufactured between 1964 and 1972, Marcos fitted the GT with various different engines. This example was powered by a Ford Kent crossflow 1.6-l four-cylinder unit, which was a popular engine for lightweight British sports cars.

During the restoration the engine was overbored to become a 1.7-l engine. Upgrades such as bigger valves and a ported head were also installed. Power output should therefore be much improved from the original 100 horsepower. 

A four-speed manual transmission sends that upgraded power to the rear wheels. Braking is performed by discs at the front, with drums at the rear. Rebuilt calipers and new hoses were also installed during the restoration.

Clad in new-found leather luxury

Restored Marcos 1600 GT

Inside, the Marcos GT has also undergone a radical transformation. Black Porsche leather now covers much of the interior, detailed with black metal grommets for an impressive modern appearance. 

A Restomod Bantam climate control system has been installed, along with new power windows. Smiths gauges are used for the speedometer and tachometer, nestled behind a three-spoke Luisi steering wheel.

Whilst the total mileage of the car is unknown, the odometer currently displays 69,000 miles. The seller has added only around 20 of these since work on the car was completed. 

The good news story we all need

Restored Marcos 1600 GT

Left abandoned for decades, the restoration of this Marcos 1600 GT is a genuinely impressive endeavour. Extensive photography details the rebuild process, showing the level of attention paid. 

This is a story of wrecks to riches, seeing a rare sports car rescued from years of neglect. It also presents a rare opportunity to grab a left-hand drive example of the Marcos GT. 

Bidding on the restored Marcos ends on Friday, May 22nd. Unsurprisingly, the value has already far surpassed the sale price of this car in February 2018!


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1970 Sunroof Hemi Challenger

Original Dodge Challengers powered by Hemi engines are already close to the peak of muscle car collectibility. 

However, a bright orange Challenger coupe could possibly be the holy grail for Mopar enthusiasts. 

Thoroughly restored to immaculate condition, this is the only 1970 Hemi Challenger R/T that was made with a factory sunroof

From the track to the street

1970 Sunroof Hemi Challenger

The significance of the 426-cubic inch Street Hemi engine on the muscle car world is just as great today as it was when new. Originally designed to dominate on NASCAR ovals, the “Elephant Engine” became available in Dodge road cars to help homologate it. 

Producing 425 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque, the 426 Hemi was sold for just five years between 1966 and 1971. Fewer than 11,000 cars were sold with the giant block, in part due to the substantial cost.

A 1970 Challenger R/T buyer would have needed to spend an extra $779 to get the Hemi, adding almost 25 percent to the list price. It perhaps explains why fewer than 200 Challenger Hemi coupes were sold that year. 

Fully loaded with options

1970 Sunroof Hemi Challenger

Whoever originally bought this Challenger R/T was clearly not worried about the price tag. Along with the monster Hemi engine, this also dived deep into the extensive options list for the brand-new Challenger. 

The impressive Go Mango exterior paint was complemented by optional 15-inch Rallye wheels. A white interior features six-way power bucket seats, along with a AM radio and 8-track player. 

A four-speed manual transmission came as part of the Super Track Pak, along with a 4.10 Dana rear axle. Power steering and power brakes were included due to the Hemi engine being equipped. 

A truly unique machine

1970 Sunroof Hemi Challenger

The option that makes this car unique is the sunroof. Mopar historians believe that this was the only 1970 Challenger R/T to combine the monster Hemi engine with the M51 sunroof option.

Ticking this box meant the Challenger would be taken from the production line in October 1969 and handed to Detroit-based ASC. The company would complete the official sunroof conversion, before the car went on to its life in California.

Steve Juliano, the late car collector and restorer, would come to acquire the car. The unique sunroof Challenger R/T would be the final restoration project completed by him.

Restored to original condition

1970 Sunroof Hemi Challenger

Juliano spent more than thirty years creating an extensive collection of cars and motoring memorabilia, including restorations made in painstaking detail.

This Hemi Challenger R/T still wears its original bodywork, and has the same Hemi engine it left the factory with. Inside, the dashboard is original, whilst the optional Rim Blow steering wheel is a new old stock item. 

The Rallye wheels wear period-correct Goodyear Polyglas tires, serving as a reminder of just how much attention was paid by Juliano.

Just how expensive is a unicorn?

1970 Sunroof Hemi Challenger

Trying to place a value on this unique Mopar machine is not an easy task. 

Examples of the nine Hemi-powered Challenger R/T convertible frequently top more than $1.5 million at auction, like this car sold in 2019. 

A closer comparison might be the 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda convertible, of which only two exist with a Hemi engine and manual transmission. Mecum’s 2014 Seattle sale saw one of these cars sell for an incredible $3.5 million. 

No silence needed in this gallery

1970 Sunroof Hemi Challenger

Mecum is also currently advertising the sunroof Hemi Challenger R/T as part of its Gallery sales platform. This allows buyers to deal directly with the company to buy a car, rather than through the traditional auction route. 

The car was featured at the Mecum 2020 Glendale event earlier in the year, but for now remains unsold. No price is listed, leaving serious buyers free to negotiate. 

Whatever the cost, this sunroof Hemi is likely to be worth the price for the muscle car collector who already has everything. 


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2020 Virtual Petersen Car Week

Monterey Car Week is one of the global highlights for fans of classic cars, but COVID-19 means the 2020 edition has been canceled

Having hundreds of people crowd around a vintage Duesenberg or Ferrari would clearly make social distancing impossible. However, the Petersen Automotive Museum has created an alternative.

Instead of a real-world show, the Los Angeles-based institution will host a variety of online events, running from August 1st through to August 16th. 

Concours and more from the comfort of home

2020 Virtual Petersen Car Week

The pinnacle of the Petersen Car Week will be a celebrity-judged concours show on Sunday, August 16th.

This will be made up from cars entered online by the global car community, with enthusiasts able to submit their car for consideration through the Petersen’s website right NOW.

A diverse range of classes for the Petersen Concours includes Hot Rods, Ferrari Grand Touring, Off-Roaders, and even Shooting Brakes.

Those entering may want to pay attention to “The Road to Petersen Car Week” events between August 1st and 10th. This will include details on how best to prepare a car for a concours event. 

Other features will include exclusive interviews, auctions, and live vehicle debuts. Vintage racing is also on the agenda, taking filling in for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

Free and accessible for all enthusiasts

2020 Virtual Petersen Car Week

Unlike many of the exclusive ticketed events that make up the real Monterey Car Week, the Petersen’s own virtual version will be open to everyone. 

Content will be hosted on the Petersen’s YouTube channel, creating a global audience. The museum is also asking enthusiasts for suggestions on what events they would like to see included. 

Terry L. Karges, Petersen Executive Director, commented that: “What makes Monterey Car Week special each year is the wide variety of events held around the peninsula for enthusiasts to gather among automotive history, share their passion and experience new vehicles from global manufacturers”. 

Karges also added that the Petersen is “happy to provide a new experience for global enthusiasts by offering some of the key aspects of the week.

“Although we’d much rather be enjoying car week in person, we are excited to distill the essence of Monterey Car Week into something virtual and make the events accessible to everyone.”


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A new partnership between Lotus Cars USA and Premier Financial Services means leasing a 2020 Evora GT can now be a reality.

It adds another option for those in the United States looking to acquire the 188 mph Lotus sports car.

Widening the finance choices is part of the strategy for Lotus to expand sales in North America. Canadian customers are due to receive details of their own finance offers soon.

Carrying less financial weight

Lotus gives the example of leasing the $96,950 Evora GT over a 39-month deal. This would see the customer pay out $1,099 per month. 

This requires an initial outlay of $12,093, including a $9,990 down payment and a security deposit of $1,100. Fees of $995 (or $1,495 in New York state) are also part of the upfront cost.

Other down payments can be arranged, offering customers wider options on monthly payments. 

With 416 horsepower, the Evora GT is currently the fastest and most powerful road-going Lotus sold in North America, using a supercharged 3.5-litre V-6 engine. A manual six-speed transmission is standard, with a paddle-shift automatic unit also available.

Part of the bigger picture

Lotus is currently looking to widen its presence in the United States, ahead of the launch of the all-electric Evija hypercar later this year. The battery-powered Evija will offer the potential for almost 2,000 horsepower. 

Speaking about the new lease offerings Ryan Watson, Lotus Cars USA President, said: “This is a significant moment for Lotus Cars in North America. We are making another positive progression in the development of our brand within this pivotal market.”

Watson also added that: “A robust finance offer gives us the ability to service our loyal enthusiast base, and importantly reach a whole new audience too. We look forward to introducing Lotus to the wider market.”


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