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      by Published on 03-02-2011 01:30 PM
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      An unrestored Futurliner bus from GM’s ‘Parade of Progress’ of the 1940s and ‘50s is an early star consignment for the expected roster of 1,000 quality motor cars and motorcycles going up for bids when Auctions America by RM opens the gates at its famous 235-acre Auburn Auction Park May 12 – 15 for its inaugural Auburn Spring event.

      To add to the weekend’s excitement, the park grounds will be buzzing with the hundreds of vendors who will set up shop on the swap meet field and in the car corral, coordinated by the respected Pennsylvania-based Carlisle Events.

      “It’s been a long, hard winter, but spring fever is about to hit the Midwest and we’re ready to put on a not-to-be-missed show with our new partner, Carlisle Events,” said Donnie Gould, President, Auctions America by RM. “Automotive enthusiasts can look forward to this first Auburn Spring event becoming a permanent fixture on the collector car calendar year over year.”
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      by Published on 03-02-2011 01:12 PM  Number of Views: 915 
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      When Robert Reder was 13, he discovered his first model airplane kit. Using a combination of thin music wire, balsa wood, tissue and a rubber loop, he created a magical flying toy that changed his life. In a memoir, Mr. Reder recalled his feeling when he and his cousin watched the plane fly. "When we flew the model and it would actually rise-off-ground, I was hooked!" Mr. Reder wrote. "Model building and flying became a part of my life."

      Eventually, Mr. Reder transformed his fascination with building model planes into a successful business and co-founded Monogram Models Inc., a company known today as Revell Inc., the world-renowned maker of model hobby kits. "The company started in my grandmother's basement," said daughter Renee Zalatoris. "He built the company from scratch, and it became so successful. So, to me that was one of his greatest achievements."
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      by Published on 03-01-2011 01:21 PM
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      George Anthony Toteff, Jr. died Tuesday, February 1, 2011, in his home near Johannesburg, Michigan. While in the company of his four children, he peacefully fell to sleep as his family surrounded his bed and prayed the rosary, something that their father did daily. Diana (John Bergquist), Mark (Nancy Toteff), Wayne (Babe Toteff) and Bonny (Bret Miller) were blessed to be able to share his final moments, just as they all had less than ten months ago with their mother. George was born November 14, 1925, in Duquesne PA, son of the late George A Toteff Sr. and Mary Toteff. His father came from Bulgaria and was the owner of a ticket for the Titanic... a voyage he fortunately missed.
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      by Published on 02-16-2011 05:52 PM
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      By: Robert Tate It was called the Forty-Third National Automobile show sponsored by the Automobile Manufacturers Association. Cobo Hall first opened its doors to the auto show public on Saturday, October 15 through Sunday, October 23, 1960. The price was 50 cents for adults and 25 cents for children under the age of 12. This was a first for Cobo Hall in the Downtown Detroit Civic Center and the first time in the 60-year history of the National Automobile show that the event was held outside New York City. Approximately 300,000 square feet displayed all new 1961 American - built cars and trucks in combined areas A, B, and C.
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      by Published on 02-09-2011 04:42 PM
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      Mecum Reports Final Sales from 2011 Kissimmee, Reaching $40 Million
      Rare Boats, Winning Muscle Cars Lead Results from the Five-Day Auction

      Marengo, IL - February 2, 2011 --
      After five days of high-energy crowds and eager bidding, Mecum Auctions announces total gross sales (excluding buyer’s premium) for its 2011 Kissimmee Auction reached an impressive $39.9 million.

      With sales continuing to take place after the weekend event via Mecum’s “The Bid Goes On” department, the company anticipates final totals will certainly exceed $40 million.
      Nearly 1,500 cars went up for bid during the auction, which took place Jan. 26-30 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. and had a 73% sell-through rate. Mecum’s top seller ($975,000) was a rare wooden boat known as “The Last Riva” – a 1996 Riva Aquarama Special Hull #774 that was the last Riva hand-built wooden boat sold to the public.
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      by Published on 02-09-2011 04:36 PM
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      My First Convertible
      By: Joseph B. Lewis

      My 1964 Plymouth Valiant V200 Convertible was produced late in the 1964 model year. It was shipped to Advance Auto Sales, Inc., a dealership located in Auburn, Maine. The car was originally purchased on October 5, 1964 by a gentleman who lived in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. The car wasn't actually sold until after the 1965 models were being produced.

      There were only 5,856 V200 Valiant Convertibles produced during the 1964 model year. My car was the 2,745 V200 convertible to roll off the Old Dodge Main Plant (which was located in Hamtramck, MI) assembly line. My car originally had a white body, a black convertible top and a red interior with a red top boot. It was also ordered with power steering, power brakes, an AM radio, power convertible top, windshield washer unit, back-up lights, and white sidewall tires.
      I'm not sure of the details, but the Valiant was brought to Michigan and ended up on the used car sales lot of Albro Chrysler Plymouth, Inc. in Mt. Clemens, MI.
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      by Published on 02-09-2011 04:32 PM
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      by Published on 01-31-2011 06:11 PM
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      The state of Michigan has been known as the home of the auto industry—despite the recent economic downturn—for more than 100 years and is currently undergoing a renewal. Like the innovators and the entrepreneurs it has celebrated for nearly a half century, the renowned Gilmore Car Museum near Kalamazoo, MI has embarked on its own re-invention.

      The 45-year-old non-profit organization has begun construction on a museum expansion that will more than double the size of its current facilities, provide year-round public operations, and establish it as the nation’s premier automotive history destination.
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      by Published on 01-31-2011 05:49 PM
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      There comes a time in our lives when we realize that a special individual has touched us in an extra special way. Unfortunately, that day was December 9, 2010. The automotive world lost a good friend in former General Motors Vice President of Design, Mr. Charles M. Jordan. He lost his battle with lymphoma at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

      As is true for many automotive designers, Mr. Jordan was an avid enthusiast since he began sketching cars in grade school. It was a model car for Fisher Body Craftsman Guild and a degree from MIT in mechanical engineering that started his 43-year career with GM. The 1955 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier and the 1959 Cadillac along with the 1992 Cadillac Seville models were just a few of Jordan's achievements to make their way out of the GM design center.
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      by Published on 01-31-2011 05:42 PM
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      The Damsels of Design Besides being women, Anne Asensio, Chelsia Lau and Diane Allen all have two things in common. One, they happen to be three of the most respected automobile designers in the world today. Second, they owe their careers in large part to car designer icon Harley Earl.

      It was Earl, GMs visionary Vice President of Design from 1927 until 1958, who broke masculine ranks by hiring his first woman car designer in 1943. At the time it was an unheard of move in the rough and tumble world of auto production back in the days when Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower occupied the White House.
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