On Oct. 19, a number of exciting classics will once again be offered by Oldtimer Galerie Toffen. And the presale estimates are enticingly low. The strong Swiss franc may currently deter tourists, but for young, meticulously maintained and affordable classic cars, the country’s market is still attractive to overseas buyers. The point is proved with a glance at the catalogue for Oldtimer Galerie Toffen’s next auction, which takes place on Oct. 19 near Bern. (Image: Classic Driver)
What makes a car a “future classic”? One sunny weekend in Warsaw, Błażej Żuławski joined two of his friends, both of whom own cars from the 2000s with great potential, to try and find out. As of late, I’ve been privileged enough to run a Porsche 911 Carrera as my daily driver. The pre-facelift rear-wheel-drive 996 might not seem particularly special from an outsider’s perspective, but it’s a pretty big deal for me as I bought it with my own hard-earned cash.
Early auto manufacturers focused on functionality over aesthetics, but it wasn’t long before marques and their customers valued the automobile as much for its emotional allure as for its practicality. Before and after World War II, formal courses of study on the subject began to emerge, drawing from the disciplines of fine art, architecture and industrial design, each reflecting the culture and character of its environs. Today, transportation design is more global than ever, and with many aspiring artists in the field vying for so few coveted spots, top students flock to the handful of institutions that have produced some of the biggest names in the business. There is no denying the influence these programs have on the automotive world. (Image: Juan Posada)
If you show up to almost any corner-carving competition these days like an autocross, the most competitive cars are typically late-model C5 and C6 Corvettes. Why? They're relatively cheap, light, and come equipped with easy-to-modify LS engines straight from the factory. Their performance-per-dollar ratio is pretty much unbeatable. On the other end of the spectrum there are the guys that bring out their cool restomod classics. They have style but rarely put up a fight compared to the newer rides. But what about when someone combines the best of both worlds?
Back in early June, ClassicCars.com reported that the final Saab, a 9-3 Aero Turbo produced at the Swedish automaker’s historic Trollhättan assembly plant in 2014, would be offered for bidding at auction later in the year.
Well, later in the year is now and the online auction will be conducted by Bilwebs Auction with proceeds from the sale going to a scholarship fund at Sweden’s University West for study in sustainable mobility, according to NEVS, the electric car company that owns the former Saab facilities.