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Porsche will put your fingerprint on your 911

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We’ve seen people who use fingerprints to unlock their cell phones. We’ve also seen Jeeps with printed-on-vinyl topographic maps wrapped on their hoods. And now Porsche — you read that correctly — Porsche is offering to put your fingerprint on the hood of your sports car.

“A Porsche as personal as your own fingerprint,” the German automaker headlines the news release announcing the direct printing method it has developed. 

Fingerprint printed directly on to the hood is just the first step in Porsche’s latest customization offerings
Image is printed directly onto hood

As innovative and remarkable as this new printing process may be, do you really want your hood-sized fingerprint for all to see as you cruise down the highway?

“Initially,” Porsche says, “customer who purchase a new 911 can have the bonnet personalized with a design based on their own fingerprint. In the medium term, other customer-specific designs will become available.”

“Individuality is very important for Porsche customers,” Alexander Fabig, vice president of individualization and classic for Porsche, is quoted in the news release. 

“And no design can be more personal than your own fingerprint,” he adds.

To imprint the body parts with unique designs, a “technology cell” has been established within the paint shop at Porsche’s training center in Zuffenhausen, the company said. 

“Direct printing makes it possible to produce designs that are not possible with conventional painting,” the company explained. “In terms of look and feel, the new technology is clearly superior to film application. The operating principle is similar to that of an inkjet printer: using a print head, the paint is applied to three-dimensional components automatically and without overspray.”

Porsche plans to offer such fingerprint-graphic printed hoods to customers starting in March. The price is 7,500 euro ($8,155).

One of only 92 Super Bee heads to GAA auction

One of only 92 such 1969 Dodge Super Bee hardtop coupes with a Hemi engine and 4-speed transmission built for the U.S. market will be among the featured vehicles at GAA’s classic car auction scheduled for February 27-29 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The numbers-matching car has been driven less than 10,000 miles since rolling off the assembly line at the Lynch Road plant in Michigan. It also is fully optioned and the seller believes it is the only ’69 Super Bee Hemi 4-speed done in white on white colors.

The car has bee restored to original-equipment standards and has won first-place awards at multiple events. For example, it was Mopar top eliminator pick in 2014 at the 50th anniversary of the 426 Hemi and 100th anniversary of Dodge, and was featured in the Mopar Collector’s Guide magazine. It also scored 997 points at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, where it earned an “emerald” award.

In its early years, the car was the “Hide and Watch” drag racing star and many trophies, photos and racing-history documentation will go to the next owner, as will the restoration photos and the awards won since that work was completed. Since the restoration, when only the hood and rear inner-wheel wells needed to be replaced with original metal, the car only been driven to and from the trailer on its way to various car shows.

The 426 Hemi V8 is topped by twin Carter ABF 4-barrel carburetors and is rated at 425 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and at 490 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The transmission is a Super Track Pak Dana 60 with a 9.75 axle, 4.10 ratio and Sure Grip. The car has Rally/Hemi suspension with heavy-duty sway and torsion bars.

The rare Super Bee will be joined by around 650 other classic, muscle and unique vehicles crossing the block during the auction at GAA’s permanent and climate-controlled facility.

GAA Auction Block

Gates open at 8 a.m. on February 27. Registered bidders and consignors and guests will get lunch from Longhorn Steakhouse at 11:30 with the auction starting at 1 p.m. with classic memorabilia and 190 vehicles.

Bidding on 266 vehicles begins at 10 a.m. on February 28 and again February 29 when 185 vehicles, including the Super Bee, are scheduled to cross the block.

Visit www.gaaclassiccars.com for additional information.

Licensing number: NCLF#9949

Ken Block and his 1977 Ford F-150 hustle up Tianmen Mountain

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Ken Block
Ken Block and his 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck on their way up Tianmen Mountain | Hoonigan Racing photos

VW’s ID.R race car isn’t the only high-performance vehicle to challenge China’s daunting “Big Gate Road” and its 99 hairpin turns recently. Ken Block and his Hoonitruck also did a run up Tianmen Mountain.

The Hoonitruck is a somewhat modified 1977 Ford F-150 with 914 horsepower and, with support from Toyo Tires, Forza Motorsport and Omaze, Block and his vehicle staged Climbkhana Two: Tianmen Mountain, and have video to share of the experience.

“About five years ago, I found a photo on the internet of this crazy road made of multiple switchbacks that actually crossed over itself,” Block is quoted on his website. “Before I even discovered where in the world it was, I knew we had to go film there.

“As we did more research, I realized we may have found the greatest road ever. It’s like a European tarmac rally stage – but turned up to 11 – and, it’s set in a wild scene that looks stolen right out of the movie Avatar.”

Turns out the location is Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China, a region that actually inspired James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi film. 

The Tianmen Mountain Highway climbs 6.7 miles and is considered so dangerous that the Chinese public is forbidden to drive it. 

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“While similar in basic design to the location for the first film: Pikes Peak, this road is almost half as wide in most places, and the consequences way more frightening,” Block’s website points out.

“Over the past couple years, a few other projects have been filmed in the region, but we really wanted to bring our unique style of filmmaking and Ken Block’s wild driving to this road to show it in a way it hasn’t been seen before,” said Climbkhana Two director Brian Scotto. “This road is amazing, but also very unforgiving, which ironically is its best attribute.”

“Of all of Ken Block’s vehicles, the Hoonitruck seemed the least suited for this incredibly narrow road, which at some points is skinnier than the highly modified, AWD truck is long,” Blocks website reports. “But its massive proportions only make the feat even more impressive.”

Pick of the Day: 1972 Fiat 124 Spider classic sports car from Italy

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The first car I ever owned was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe, so I am a bit biased. I loved that Fiat as it was everything that I could have asked for in an Italian car when I was 16 years old. It had a cool twin-cam Lampredi engine, classic Italian styling and was fun to drive.

I really wanted a 124 Spider, but at 16 I could afford only that used $400 coupe in boxes, assembly not included. Many years later, I had a wonderful 1968 Spider and ended up driving it to Monterey after a sympathetic restoration.

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The Pick of the Day is a 1972 Fiat 124 Spider, which looks to be in exceptional condition, finished in Oriental Yellow (orange) with a black-vinyl interior.  Restoring a car gives one an eye for detail like nothing else in the world, and this one truly looks to be a fine example.

The Alsip, Illinois, dealer advertising the Fiat on Classicars.com provides many excellent pictures with the listing, plus most of the details you might want to know without going to a full inspection report.

The sports car was with its last owner for almost 40 years, the seller says. During that time, its 1,608cc inline-4 engine was ported and polished, and it received Euro-spec dual Weber carbs, a stainless-steel header and Ansa exhaust. An electric cooling fan was added and the brakes were rebuilt, including 4 new brake calipers.

The paint has to have been redone as it looks tremendous, and Fiat paint did not last this long looking this good. The owner also installed a new and correct-pattern vinyl interior, replaced the dash and the wood inserts in the dash, according to the ad.

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The Fiat roadsters were styled by Pininfarina,  and this model was designed by Tom Tjaarda, who also styled many cars for Ferrari, including the 275 GTS. If you see a 275 GTS side-by-side with an early non-hood-bulge 124 Spider, it becomes apparent that Tjaarda simply scaled down the Fiat and created a 5/8-sized Ferrari. The fact that the engine was also designed by former Ferrari engineer Aurelio Lampredi solidifies this idea.

These Fiats are classic Italian cars that are very easy to own. They are roomy for anyone and have what has to be the finest roadster top ever designed.

Not to anger all the Alfa Spider owners and fans out there, but I have owned a number of Alfa spiders as well as a few 124 Spiders, and I honestly feel that the 124 is simply a better car, and less expensive to run.

This car has an asking price of $19,900, which for a Fiat as nice as this one looks to be a pretty fair deal.

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

Gooding schedules Arizona auction that will be held entirely online

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Gooding & Company will conduct its annual Scottsdale, Arizona, auction in January, but it won’t be in Scottsdale. Instead, the California auction company will hold the sale entirely online due to pandemic restrictions.

The Geared Online Scottsdale Edition auction will take place January 18-22, 2021, during Arizona Auction Week on Gooding’s proprietary Geared Online platform, the company announced.

“Our January event has always attracted a wide-reaching number of enthusiasts across the globe,” David Gooding, founder and president of the company, said in the announcement. “Introducing our Scottsdale auctions onto our Geared Online platform will give collectors the same opportunity to take home incredible pieces of automotive fervor while remaining safe and in the comfort of their homes during this ongoing pandemic.”

The auction vehicles will be housed at Gooding’s Southern California facility, which will offer on-site inspections and Gooding specialists to describe the vehicles, the company said.  Gooding has switched a number of scheduled auctions to Geared Online sales in recent months.

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In its announcement, Gooding pointed out a standout offering for the Scottsdale Geared Online auction, a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose Berlinetta with an estimated value of $2 million to $2.4 million. With styling by Pininfarina, this late-production example features a 3.3-liter V12 engine, 5-speed transaxle, independent suspension and 4-wheel disc brakes.

The car has remained in single-family ownership since new and has never been restored or offered for sale until now. Described as being in well-preserved condition, the Ferrari shows just over 40,000 miles on its odometer.

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“Fresh to the market, eligible for countless events, and in superb unrestored condition, 08863 presents a truly rare opportunity to acquire a Ferrari that has had just one private owner from new,” Gooding said in a news release.

A number of other auction companies that hold sales during Arizona Auction Week have announced live on-site events in January with COVID-19 restrictions. They include Barrett-Jackson, RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams, Russo and Steele, and Worldwide.

Gooding’s Geared Online Scottsdale Edition auction catalog is not yet available on the company’s website. For information about Gear Online sales, visit the website.

6th annual Future Collector Car Show set for April 11, 2021

The sixth annual Future Collector Car Show is scheduled for April 11, 2021, at High Street in Phoenix, ClassicCars.com has announced. The event is free to spectators and promises to feature “dozens of sponsor and exhibit stands, a live stylist competition and fashion show, and some of the finest restored and modified future collector vehicles in the world.”

Presented by ClassicCars.com, the world’s largest online marketplace for collector cars and a subsidiary of the Collector Car Network, “FCCS brings together automotive enthusiasts of all ages and interests through vehicles of any make, model, year, and condition that represent the future of the collector car industry,” the announcement notes.

The 2021 FCCS event is accepting vehicle applications in 14 concours-level judged categories with a chance to win the Best of Show crystal trophy.

This event includes new award categories, including Best Track Ready Modifications, awarded to the best street machine ready to take on the track; Visionary Award, presented to a modified vehicle that showcases the owner’s unique vision; Elegance of Heritage Award, given to the vehicle that best represents the heritage and history of the vehicle’s make and model; and Jr. Cruiser Champ, awarded to the top child’s electric ride-along car.

Judges for the various categories include Leslie Kendall, chief historian at the Petersen Automotive Museum, members of the ClassicCars.com Journal editorial team, and others.

Event sponsors include Inde Motorsports Ranch, Universal Technical Institute, and Cordes Performance Racing.

Annual Future Collector Car Show kicks off 2020 Arizona Auction Week

“We’re thrilled to return to High Street for our sixth annual Future Collector Car Show,” said Roger Falcione, chief executive officer of the Collector Car Network. “During these uncertain times, ensuring the safety of our participants, guests, and employees is our number-one concern. Our team is going above and beyond to comply with all CDC event guidelines, allowing for the maximum number of people to enjoy this free-to-spectators automotive lifestyle event in the safest manner possible.”

Both FCCS and High Street will adhere to CDC event guidelines by issuing temperature checks at all entrances, requiring the use of face covers, and encouraging social distancing. Hand-sanitation stations will be in place.

“The Future Collector Car Show was founded to bring together all generations and types of enthusiasts in an environment that showcases their automotive passion,” said Rebecca Nguyen, event coordinator and marketing manager of the Collector Car Network.

“We aim to inspire that same passion in future generations at every show. We are looking forward to doing everything in our power to continue supporting Arizona’s automotive passion while keeping everyone safe in this new live-event environment.”

To submit your vehicle for the 2021 Future Collector Car Show or to learn more about the free-to-spectators event, visit the FCCS website.

Would you risk your historic GT40 in a 2-race series?

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So, you own one of the original Ford GT40 race cars. Do you keep it protected in your garage or museum, or are you tempted to put it at risk to compete for the Amon Cup? 

British-based Motor Racing Legends has announced a new one-make racing series for historic Ford GT40s with two races scheduled for 2021, May 1-2 at the Donington Historic Festival and October 30-31 at Silverstone. 

The races will be open to cars set in pre-1966 specification. Each race will run for 80 minutes with a 40-minute qualifying session determining the starting grid. Each car must be driven by two drivers during the race.

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Bernard Thuner and Claude Nahum are the drivers who race this Ford GT40 Mk1 in vintage competition in Europe | Motor Racing Legends photo

“The arrival of the Ford GT40 in the 1960s remains one of the most significant moments in motorsport history,” Motor Racing Legends said in its announcement. 

“The back story of the Ford GT40’s rise as the most iconic GT car of a generation is indeed worthy of a Hollywood film and the dominance of the American challengers on French soil in the Le Mans 24 Hour race shifted the sands of Ferrari’s longstanding dominance in the sport. 

“A machine of great technological advance, the Ford GT40 still commands great respect and affection from competitors and enthusiasts alike.”

However, it continued, “Owners of Ford GT40s have limited opportunities to use their cars in anger so to address the void, Motor Racing Legends and DK Engineering are launching two eighty-minute races for the 2021 season, giving owners and drivers of these exquisite cars a unique opportunity to race in a dedicated one-make grid.”

The winner’s trophy honors Chris Amon, the New Zealand-born racer who with Bruce McLaren won Le Mans in 1966 in a GT40.

Owners of historic Ford GT40s can gain additional information at the Motor Racing Legends website.

McLaren announces Artura ‘high-performance hybrid’ for 2021

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Artura is the name of McLaren’s first series-production hybrid supercar that the British company plans to rolls out in the first half of 2021, McLaren Automotive has announced.

McLaren said Artura “introduces a new High-Performance Hybrid chapter for the pioneering supercar brand.”

“McLaren Automotive will bring the full force of its expertise in hybrid powertrain engineering to the supercar class next year with the introduction of the new Artura, a High-Performance Hybrid developed with the benefit of more than half a century of McLaren knowledge, experience and engineering achievements in race and road cars,” the company said in its announcement.

“Every element of the Artura is all-new – from the platform architecture and every part of the High-Performance Hybrid powertrain, to the exterior body, interior and cutting-edge driver interface – but it draws on decades of McLaren experience in pioneering super-lightweight race and road car technologies to bring all of our expertise in electrification to the supercar class,” Mike Flewitt, McLaren’s chief executive, was quoted in the announcement.

The car will be powered by a new and twin-turbocharged V6 gasoline engine and an electric motor system that McLaren says will offer the performance of the company’s larger-capacity V8 engines while adding the benefits of improved torque response at lower engine speeds.

The car will be able to operate solely on electric power for “everyday emission-free urban journeys,” McLaren added.

McLaren added that while the electric powertrain will add weight, that additional mass “has been largely offset by the application of weight-saving technologies throughout the chassis, body and powertrain.”

McLaren’s previous hybrid experience includes the P1 hybrid hypercar unveiled in 2012 and the 2020 Speedtail Hyper-GT, which is McLaren’s fastest car with a top speed of 250 mph.

No other information was provided in the announcement, except a note that more details will be provided in the coming months. 

For more information on McLaren, visit the company website, where prospective customers can register their interest.

Pick of the Day: This one was built for African hunting safaris

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People have modified or even custom-built vehicles to use on hunting trips, from big-game hunting in India to the pursuit of wild pigs and other critters in Texas. The Pick of the Day is such a vehicle.

The vehicle is one of three built (and one of only two known to survive), a 1975 Mohrs Safarikar created by Bruce Baldwin Mohs, an inventor in Madison, Wisconsin, notes the St. Louis dealer advertising the unusual creation on ClassicCars.com.

1975 Mohs Safarikar
1975 Mohs Safarikar interior

The dealer says that Mohs was “an inventor, entrepreneur, engineer, big-game hunter, and all-around celebrator of the eccentric.” Among his inventions were “the instant milkshake (and) the reflective trim strip used on highway barriers” He also built seaplanes, mechanical props for such Hollywood filmmakers as Alfred Hitchcock, and some very strange cars.

His first, we’re informed, was the Ostentatienne Opera Sedan in 1968. 

Of Mohs’ Opera Sedan, the dealer notes, “This bizarre creation was based on an International truck chassis, with a 304 cubic-inch V8 from the same source,” the dealer reports.“In lieu of conventional side doors, it featured a single rear-entry door that opened like a flying saucer. It also had 20-inch wheels with nitrogen-filled whitewall tires, a butane furnace, refrigerator, two-way radio, and more.”

Five years later, Mohs did his trio of Safarikars. 

1975 Mohs Safarikar

“As its name suggests, Mohs envisioned the Safarikar as a rugged machine capable of tackling the rigors of African Safaris, but with the luxury, exclusivity, and quality of a Rolls-Royce,” the advertisement points out. “That was the idea, anyway.” 

The Safarikar was built around the chassis, suspension and 392cid V8 powertrain from an International Travelall. He added “tungsten-alloy bulkheads, aluminum panels and steel outriggers,” as well as a Rolls-Royce-style radiator shell, heavy-duty bumpers, and a multi-piece folding hardtop above the dual-cowl phaeton-style vehicle.

The doors were horizontally opening slide-out structures so occupants, sitting three-abreast in a Naugahyde-covered bucket seats, could better spot game while in motion. By the way, the dealer notes that the seats were developed and patented by Solar Automotive, actor Steve McQueen’s studio, and were designed for vehicles racing in the Baja 1000. The rear seat converts to a sleeping platform, and the interior has room for someone to stand up and shoot.

The dealer says this Safarikar was thought not to have survived until 2009, when someone saw it mentioned in an AACA forum, started searching and found it “quietly decaying in a Georgia parking lot.” 

The owner was found, a deal was struck and a 4-year restoration process was begun.

“It retains the correct piston-style A/C compressor and features power brakes and power steering,” the dealer notes. “The big V8 runs well, sending power to the rear wheels via an automatic transmission.”

1975 Mohs Safarikar

Since being restored, the car has been displayed at Amelia Island and has won an AACA National and Grand National honors. 

“Delightfully off-center, totally outlandish, and with a face only a mother could love, the Mohs Safarikar provides a fascinating glimpse into the fertile mind of Bruce Mohs.”

The 1975 Mohs Safarikar is offered for $349,500. 

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

AutoHunter offers rarest of muscle cars, 1964 Fairlane Thunderbolt

One of the rarest muscle cars ever produced was the 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt. It was an experimental car created for the sole purpose of winning professional drag races and a NHRA Championship.

Ford only built 100 Thunderbolts, of which around 60 are still known to exist.

The Thunderbolt was a sort of option for the 1964 Ford Fairlane. What Ford did was to remove everything non-essential to the car to decrease weight, including the heater, radio, rear seats, and any sound deadening material. Then it paired the car with a 427cid engine equipped with a high-rise aluminum manifold with a pair of Holley 4-barrel carbs.

The Thunderbolt required major changes to the front suspension for the 427 to fit. It also received heavier-duty suspension mounts. The doors, hood, front fenders and front bumper were crafted from fiberglass (the bumper was changed to aluminum in later cars) and the earliest cars also received Plexiglass side and rear windows.

Standard factory performance equipment included tubular headers, an electric fuel pump, a modified rear suspension with traction bars and asymmetrical leaf springs, a trunk-mounted battery, locking differential auxiliary gauges, special tires and an aluminum scatter shield.

Dealers were not delivered Thunderbolts but had to go to Dearborn, Michigan, if they were lucky enough to be allocated one. To dissuade people from thinking the Thunderbolt was a street car, it featured a disclaimer label under the hood specifying that the Thunderbolt was designed for racing use only. That plate reads:

“This vehicle has been built specially as a lightweight competitive car and includes certain fiberglass and aluminum components. Because of the specialized purpose for which this car has been built and in order to achieve maximum weight reduction, normal quality standards of the Ford Motor Company in terms of exterior panel fit and surface appearance are not met on this vehicle.

“This information is included on this vehicle to assure that all customers who purchase this car are aware of the deviation from the regular high appearance quality standards of the Ford Motor Company.”

By the end of 1964, the Fairlane Thunderbolt accomplished Ford’s goal by winning the 1964 NHRA Top Stock award.

AutoHunter has one of these fascinating cars up for auction, so we reached out to the owner, Jim Chun, to get to know a bit more about the car and his story with it.

Chun is a longtime Ford muscle car collector who, in addition to this ‘64 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt, has owned a pair of Mustang Boss 429s along with other various Ford muscle cars. He bought the Fairlane because, “I had just sold my second Boss 429 and wanted to fill the gap.”

What is special about this Thunderbolt?

“You have to hear it run!” he responded. “It’s a factory lightweight drag car. If you like drag racing, there is nothing like it. When you hear the engine and smell the 115-octane fuel burning, it’s just so cool.

“Besides that, the Thunderbolt is not something you are going to see every day at car shows. With only 100 built and somewhere around 60 left, they are not a car you are going to see very often unless you go to a Thunderbolt reunion. This car is like having the Ford version of a Hemi Superbird.”

Chun also told us a bit of what he knows about the story of his car.

“Emhrae Ford sent employee Frank Beamon to pick the car up from Dearborn Steel Tubing. He was the guy who raced the car for the dealership. Dealership raced, for a year, then sold to a guy who owned a mill in Virginia Beach. Then sold again to a collector in California.

“The next owner lived in Linden Washington, and then it made its way to British Columbia to an owner who was into vintage drag racing. I bought it from them and had it restored to as-delivered new condition.

“This Thunderbolt, unlike most, has never been wrecked and rebodied and still has all of its original body panels, which is another thing that attracted me to this specific car.”

The Thunderbolt is a part of the history and mythology of Ford’s racing and performance era during the 1960s. We hope this specific example will find the new home that’s as special as this car deserves.

For more information and photos, visit this Thunderbolt’s live listing on AutoHunter.

My Classic Car: A childhood memory comes to life

Growing up, my parents had a green 1977 Lincoln Town Car. As a young kid, I remember being in absolute awe of just how beautiful that car was, everything from the pointy fenders, the vinyl top, Rolls-Royce style grille and just the sheer length and overall size of this car. To me it was just about the classiest car on the road.

I loved to cruise around in the back seat of what seemed like my own personal limo, with my Dad as chauffeur and my Mom riding next to him.

1977 Lincoln Town Car
The family 1977 Lincoln Town Car

The time came for my parents to buy a newer car and were ready to trade it in. I begged them to let me have it instead. Of course, they said no as I was 8 then.

They traded it in on an ’82 DeVille. I was totally crushed. My parents saw this and tried to convince me the ’82 Caddy was a great car. To me it would never be the Lincoln.

Over the years, from when I was 15 and up, I’ve owned a lot of cars. Multiple Lincolns, Cadillacs, a few BMWs, a few Mercedes and even a ’76 Rolls Royce. But I never forgot about the Lincoln.

Just last year, a beautiful 1978 Town Car became available on Craigslist at a dealership in Bloomfield by where I live. I immediately piled my wife and daughter into our car and headed out to see it.

1978 Lincoln Town Car in white

As soon as I saw it, I was in love. 59,000 original miles from a one owner family and stored indoors never to see winter or bad weather. It was a stunning white with Landau roof, leather interior and was fully loaded.

After test driving it, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I looked at a few other cars, including an older Bentley, but kept going back to the Lincoln.

Finally, I decided to go ahead and make the deal and I’m very glad I did. She’s put away for the winter now but I know me and my family will love cruising in her come Spring!

—Thomas Higgins, Webster NY

Do you have a classic car with a story to share? It’s easy. Just go to this link, fill in the information and submit your story.

New amber parking, signal lights for old Broncos

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United Pacific expands its catalog of new parts for old Ford Broncos with the introduction of new Amber LED Parking/Signal lamps designed as direct replacements for the original lamps.

“These new LED lights are a great way to modernize your first-generation Bronco, while maintaining its classic style,” according to Jai Baek, United Pacific marketing and creative director. “They’re the latest examples of how United Pacific is continually working to develop new parts and products to help enthusiasts take their projects to the next level.”

The 25 LED dual-function parking and signal lights fit 1966-68 (part number 110858) and 1969-77 models (part number 110382).

The lights are designed to plug into factory lighting harnesses.

For details, visit the United Pacific website.

Morgan ends 3 Wheeler production (for now) with special P101 model

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Morgan will mark the end of production (at least for now) of its classic 3 Wheeler model with 33 examples of the 3 Wheeler P101. The cars will offer new features and will be available in five “art pack” versions.

Pricing starts at £45,000 ($59,575).

Morgan also said that “the Morgan 3 Wheeler will return,” but did not suggest when the next version might become available. The current model was introduced in 2011.

Morgan 3 Wheeler P101

P101 is shorthand for Project 101, Morgan’s internal name for the revival of the 3 Wheeler more than a decade ago. To date, the company has produced more than 2,500 examples of the latest version.

“A striking single-leaf tonneau cover – first seen on Morgan’s EV3 concept in 2016 – has been deployed to exaggerate the asymmetrical theme, and is intended for single occupant use,” the company said of the 33 end-of-production-run cars. 

“The composite resin cover exhibits a natural translucent golden color, not dissimilar to materials witnessed on engine shrouds for 1970s race cars. The tonneau is lightweight, streamlined, and honest in both its design and manufacture.

“The Aero-disc wheels – painted to match the main body color –– provide a further streamlined visual and define the look of the P101, making it instantly recognizable as a unique model. The low-drag Aero-disc wheels work together with low-slung Hella 9-inch spot lamps, positioned to reduce turbulence around the suspension and wishbones, whilst also giving the car a more forward-leaning aesthetic.

“Adding to the asymmetry and split identity of the P101, alternated black-and-white ceramic-coated exhausts contrast left to right of the model. Further detailed additions include torque markers on each front tire, straight-cut exhausts, a fly screen, additional louvres, exposed rivet details, and unique P101 markings. Together, they evoke the sense of excitement felt around the company when the original prototypes were being developed.”

Morgan 3 Wheeler P101

Morgan produced its first three-wheel vehicle, the Runabout, in 1909. The company continued 3 Wheeler production until 1952, when it switched to conventional 4-wheel automobiles, at least until 2011.

“Production of the most-recent 3 Wheeler has been a thrilling and exciting chapter in Morgan’s history,” said Steve Morris, Morgan Motor Company chairman and chief executive. “The significance of the original Three Wheeler is undoubted, however the introduction of the ‘current’ 3 Wheeler in 2011 proved to Morgan, and the world, that fun cars still have a place and that the ‘why not’ attitude is sometimes best.

“The P101 celebrates the raw and stripped back nature of the 3 Wheeler, and provides us with the perfect opportunity to draw an incredible chapter of Morgan’s history to a close. Once the 33 examples have been created, the opportunity for an exciting new chapter for three-wheeled Morgan vehicles begins.” 

The cars will be available in Deep Black or Satin White Silver, with four “art packs” of special graphics:

The Belly Tank — A tribute to liveries on the belly tank racers and “lakesters” that inspired the latest generation of Morgan 3 Wheelers.

The Dazzleship — A striking black-and-white design inspired by period military vehicle camouflage.

The Aviator — A graphic inspired by Royal Air Force World War II-era nose art.

The Race Car — Stripes and roundels in homage to early Morgan racing cars.

For more information, visit the Morgan website.