A modified Subaru WRX STi was awarded best of show at the fourth annual Future Classic Car Show on Jan. 13 in Scottsdale, Arizona, hosted by ClassicCars.com. The WRX STi is a common choice for modifiers, but owner John Darling put together a special example that is wrapped in a silver exterior, and his well-documented STi was chosen by the team of judges as the top vehicle at the show.
Every January, the question comes up: what will be the highest-priced car at Arizona Auction Week? Seven collector car auctions are taking place this week through Sunday, but just a few cars on their dockets are contenders for the top sale, each valued in the multiple millions of dollars.
Last year, it was a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale coupe that ranked as the highest seller, reaching more than $8 million at the Gooding & Company auction in Scottsdale. That could be exceeded this year by yet another coachbuilt Ferrari, this one with a royal pedigree. (Image: RM Sotheby’s)
Another year, another round of bullish predictions for what cars will soon become tomorrow's hot-ticket collector vehicles. This is the second year Hagerty produced its "Bull Market List," and it's more varied than ever.
These aren't new cars the classic car insurer believes will become tomorrow's classics. Instead, they are older cars that have nearly bottomed out on the depreciation curve. In some cases, they've appreciated in value as younger car collectors flood the insurer with quote requests. (Image: DW Burnett)
Ever noticed how long it takes you to realize that something is missing, as opposed to how long it takes you to realize the presence of something new? There’s a real difference in the way our brains process those two different situations, mostly because our eyes aren’t nearly as good as we think they are and the brain spends a lot of time filling in our visual picture based on spotty information. For a good illustration of this, think back to the last time you thought you saw a certain kind of car in the distance, only to realize that it was a completely different model a few moments later.
The history of the Detroit auto show features a dizzying array of showstoppers, oddities, total duds and everything in between.
Only time can tell which vehicles end up becoming truly collectible.
As the show makes its final run in January before moving to June in 2020, we're taking a look back at the most collectible cars since the event was renamed the North American International Auto Show in 1989.