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  • Texan Buys Classic Car Once Owned By Classic Slugger Babe Ruth

    Lonnie Shelton and his (and the Babe's) ’48 Lincoln. (Photo courtesy AP.)

    This regal blue 1948 Lincoln Continental two-door hardtop coupe is not a restoration project. It's been kept in pristine shape all these years, and was recently sold to car collector Lonnie Shelton (no, not the ex-NBA player). But it's not just any 1948 Lincoln.

    "The first time I saw the car," Shelton said, "I fell in love with it. There are several 1948 Lincoln Continentals out there, but none like this one." That's because this one was owned by baseball Hall of Famer Babe Ruth before his death on August 16, 1948.

    Earlier that year, Ford Motor Co. presented Ruth with a new Lincoln Continental as a measure of its appreciation for his tireless devotion to Little Leaguers and baseball. Before he died of cancer, Ruth spent many of his final days traveling across the country in this Lincoln, giving speeches and hitting lessons to kids.

    The car is in perfect shape, with original interior and car color — "I call it Yankee blue," Shelton said. The speedometer reaches 110 miles per hour. The radio works and takes about 15 minutes to warm up the glass tubes used in that era. The doors and windows work by hydraulics. The steering wheel is huge by today's standards. The license plates are black and feature the orange words: THE BABE.

    "To know somebody had enough foresight since 1948 to keep that car in that kind of shape is amazing," Shelton said. "I respect that. And I can tell you that car will be maintained and kept in better shape than it ever has. I love old cars."

    Shelton said he plans to use the car to help raise money for charities.

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  • 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale- Top Ten Cars For Auction

    Every year the Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson collector car auction gets larger. This year they've announced it'll be the largest yet with some of the most rare, valuable, and interesting vehicles for sale. The 2013 auction also has the largest number of Shelby vehicles for auction at one time. That includes the rarest Shelby Mustang of all-"The Green Hornet". We can't wait to see what some of these vehicles go for and we'll be participating in the fantasy bidding just like you! We decided to take a sneak peak at the auction list and pick out our 10 favorite vehicles (in no particular order) being offered up this year. Which one is your favorite?

    1. Clark Gables 1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING COUPE

    Clark Gable Gullwing Side

    Even these days Clark Gable is a name that most everyone has heard of, he is undoubtly one of the top American actors of all time. This rare 300SL Gullwing was purchased new by him in Hollywood for under a measly $8k. The car has lived a pampered life and was professionally restored in 1989. Other than a few modifications, some of which Clark himself had done, the car is as nice as it came off the showroom floor. Whoever buys this should definitely buy the Gone With The Wind soundtrack and cruise around doing their best movie star impression.

    2. 1929 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO 8A SS CASTAGNA ROADSTER

    Isotta Franschini Tipo 8A S

    This car is one of the most rare and sought after antique cars in the world. These cars were the most expensive Italian cars built and only owned by extremely high profile and wealthy people. This car is 1 of 2 known and is definitely in the nicest shape. Most recently the car was in the Harrah's collection (yes like the casino/hotels) and this is the first time it has been available to the public in close to thirty years. The new owner of this probably will never drive it, but I suggest that he learns Italian and imports a driver from Italy to complete the full effect.

    3. 1986 PORSCHE 959 PROTOTYPE

    Porsche 959 Prototype

    Normally auto manufacturers don't want their prototype vehicles to get into the hands of the public and often they're destroyed. In this case, a small number of preproduction prototypes for the Porsche 959 got out to the public. Most of these cars were destroyed after the release of the 959 or during testing. This car was an ABS and chassis test mule and faired pretty well over the years. It's one of the more highly-photographed prototype 959's on many high speed road course tests throughout the world. The car still wears its original, never-released lightweight wheels and tires. We think the new owner should get some period correct race wheels and sticky tires and take it to a few track days to let the old girl stretch her legs like she was built for!

    4. 1968 SHELBY EXP 500 "THE GREEN HORNET PROTOTYPE"

    Green Hornet Shelby Mustang Prototype

    This car is the rarest of Shelby Mustangs known and it was a prototype twice. After Ford decided they didn't want to follow through with the GT/SC program, they sent this factory prototype to Shelby to use as the prototype for the EXP 500 Mustang. Again it only stayed a prototype and Carroll Shelby and crew's EXP 500 Mustang plans died with this car. For many years this car was thought to be destroyed like most prototypes, but was eventually found and restored. This is THE only Green Hornet Shelby Mustang in existence. We think the new owner should pamper this car and bring it out for special events.. as long as it doesn't stay hidden away and forgotten like it was for decades before!

    5 FATTY ARBUCKLE'S 1919 PIERCE-ARROW 66 A-4 TOURER

    Fatty Arbuckle Pierce-Arrow

    Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was one the biggest comedians and actors of his time and the highest paid. He had the money to do and buy whatever he wanted. In 1919 he had this Pierce Arrow built. This car is one of those antique coach built cars that REALLY looks the money it demands. This car has been owned by many high profile owners and had a 100-point restoration during it's 90+ years. I think the new owner should be careful where and what he's driving on with those white tires!

    6. THE ORIGINAL #1 BATMOBILE BY GEORGE BARRIS

    The original #1 batmobile

    Batman and the Batmobile have been a staple in the modern entertainment world. Every new version of Batman produces a new Batmobile. This legacy was started with George Barris when he built the first fully functional Batmobile for the 60's Batman TV series. This car started life as a Lincoln Futura concept car that George bought for $1 directly from Ford Motor Company. He later hand built the car for the Batman series. This car defines an era and is surely going to make Batman fans go wild. George Barris himself has never let the car go and it's up for auction for the first time EVER. I'd say this car will either complete the ultimate Batman collection or start a downward spiral of owning rare Batman collector items. Either way I'd be sure to buy a vintage Batman costume and sit in the car while watching old episodes of the show and yelling "Bam!", "Pow!", "Zap!".

    7. 1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L-88 OWENS/CORNING RACE CAR

    1968 Corvette Owens/Corning Race Car

    Corvettes from this era aren't exactly the most desirable, but this one is very important to Corvette racing history. This car was almost unbeatable winning podium positions in the '69 12 Hours of Sebring and the '69 and '70 wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona. This car has been restored back to its look from its days of 24 hours of Daytona and will make any Corvette fan have wet palms. I think the new owner should at least take it out once in a while for a track day, maybe the new owner of the Porsche 959 Prototype will want to rent laguna-seca for the day?

    8. RING BROTHERS "PRODUCER" CUSTOM 1965 MUSTANG COUPE

    Ring Brothers Producer Mustang

    The Ring Brothers need no introduction to the custom car fans. They've been building some of the most insane masterpieces of classic muscle cars we've seen and we always enjoy checking out what they're debuting at SEMA each year. This '65 Mustang coupe was nicknamed "Producer" and was debuted at SEMA 2012. This car is as mean looking as it gets, mostly because of the four inches it's been widened and those big aggressive wheels. This car swept up at the Goodguys last year and it proves again why the Ring Brothers are one of the top car builders. The new owner definitely needs to take this out to some shows and at least a couple grudge race days to cream some of the Chevy and Mopar guys! Oh and maybe a show and shine or two..

    9. 1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA CONVERTIBLE

    plymouth hemi cuda convertible

    Mopar and muscle fans lust after this vehicle, it's really a unicorn and rarely ever does one show up for sale. This Plymouth Barracuda convertible is one of eleven built and it's in phenomenal condition. This car is a lot more rare when you start comparing it to the other Hemi 'Cuda convertibles. It was one of two cars built for Canadian export and the ONLY one that left the factory with the "Plum Crazy" color. If you're a muscle car collector bidding on this you'd probably have a tough time picking between this and the Green Hornet! The new owner needs to take it out with the top down on some cool summer night drives with their loved one in the passenger seat!

    10. CR1S 1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM ROADSTER

    CR1S Custom Corvette Roadster

    If Chevrolet had their heads in the same place classic custom cars guys did, they'd build something like this. This '62 Corvette has been converted into a custom roadster that looks incredible, but has race car performance. This car truly pushes the custom car world and won the 2009 SEMA/GM Best Hot Rod award. This car has so many details and one off modifications it's hard to take them all in. The new owner should definitely find the buyers of the Ring Brothers Mustangs and challenge them to a track day, that'd be interesting to say the least!

    Whatever you're into, there will be something crossing the auction blocks for you. Tune into the SPEED channel today (Wednesday January 16) through Sunday (January 20) for live coverage and get in on some fantasy bidding!

    -Matt/EW

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  • Jay Leno talks classic cars and more

    You know Jay Leno as the very funny host of NBC's "Tonight" Show, but did you know he's a classic car buff too? Jay hosts a web site called "Jay Leno's Garage", and has even included Eastwood automotive restoration products in a few videos, one of which you can watch here, and another here.

    You'll really enjoy viewing his engaging videos, reading the articles, and seeing the photos you'll find at JayLenosGarage.com. The videos are a special treat, because Jay is quite knowledgeable about cars and restoration, having restored classics and purchased collectible cars for several years. Add in his humor and you can see why you'll be thoroughly entertained.

    To enjoy any of his short videos about a wide variety of classic collectible cars (10-20 minutes each), click here.

    It's a whole new side to Jay Leno that you may not have known about! So do yourself a favor and let Jay take you along for the ride.

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  • Historic Auto Museum Considered for Monterey, California

    Monterey Car Museum
    Think your latest resto project is museum-worthy? If it is, we all might enjoy seeing it someday at the Monterey Museum of Automotive Arts!

    Except that the museum's not built yet.

    However, discussions continue about locating the museum on the campus of Monterey Peninsula College. The deal would include a proposal to work together on a Technical School of Automotive Restoration, to be located off campus, as a complement to MPC's existing auto tech program.

    Involved in the discussions is Morris Kindig, Automotive Heritage and Preservation Foundation's executive director, who raced sports cars at Laguna Seca in the 1960s and 1970s. He said the discussions are an important step toward "restoring and maintaining the treasures of the automobile's heritage" in an area known for auto racing and vintage car shows, such as the annual Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach.

    The 155,000-square-foot museum would house 100 cars and include Laguna Seca and Pebble Beach exhibits, a theater, restaurants, emporium, members club and children's area. The technical school, with a 75,000-square-foot restoration facility, would be located in Monterey, Marina or Seaside.

    Depending on progress, Kindig said groundbreaking on the museum could occur in 2013, for it to be open by August 2015, during the Concours event.

    Can't wait to see your newly restored ride enshrined there!

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  • 2012 Macungie Das Awkscht Fescht Highlights

    As mentioned in our last post about Crosleys Being Featured at Das Awkscht Fescht 2012, we stopped by the show to get some footage of what the event is all about. Das Awkscht Fescht has a great laid-back vibe and Macungie, PA has the small-town-USA atmosphere that we love, so it's become one of our favorite shows of the year. Swap meet vendors and enthusiasts start showing up as early as Wednesday or Thursday and by Friday the fields are starting to fill up. Show goers quickly find their favorite shady spot to sit and talk cars for the day. We're always excited to see what sort of rare collectible vehicles show up each year. This year was no different, especially with the Crosley club coming together to put on a great display. Check out some of our pics and the video above to see what you're missing if you aren't hitting this show!

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