Andy’s favorites at Dragone’s Lime Rock auction

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Each Labor Day weekend, the Lime Rock Park road circuit hosts its Historic Festival for vintage racing. It is an event with a classic car parade, three days of vintage racing, a concours on Sunday, and this year has added a classic car sale by the Dragone Auction Company.

I visited the auction preview and picked my favorite cars.

I also got a real surprise.

I got to experience the most ridiculous and idiotic collector vehicle possibly ever built. It is the Barris Ricksha Taxi. Look closely at the picture of this thing. If you can believe this, it was built for the 1970 Japanese World’s Fair in Osaka Japan.

 

The Barris Ricksha Taxi | Andy Reid photos

Now look again. It is obvious that Barris did not know the difference between Japan and China. Notice the Chinese dragon air cleaner, the Chinese hat and the racist caricature of a man on the radiator.

I cannot believe this was well received in Japan and have never seen a vehicle created that exemplified bad taste as much as this one.

Despite the Barris Ricksha inclusion in the auction, this sale has a great many fine cars. For more information and to bid online, visit the Dragone auctions website.

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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