The planets’ most established running car, the steam driven 1884 De Dion sold as of late for $4.6 million in Pennsylvania. This vintage auto sold for more than twofold of its list gauge, and is a world record for an early engine auto at closeout. The vintage auto was the most exceptionally esteemed of 115 autos that we offered by RM Auctions at Hershey not long ago. The steam driven obsolescent auto is fit for 37 miles every hour on a straight street and drew a standing applause from the gathering of people when it drove onto the sale stage. The collectible autos’ offering began at $500,000 and promptly bounced to $1 million preceding climbing the record of $4.6 million. RM Auctions has not identified the purchase of this relic auto.
If you’ve been looking for an excellent guide on how to properly pick a shop vacuum, I’m about to tell you a place where you can check that out now.
Briefly, the place is called the portable shop vac and it’s awesome. There’s reviews, ratings and numerous vacuum cleaners to choose from. How it all started was the author first got tired of using his shop vac after buying multiple ones from Walmart and Kmart after a few years, he went to Amazon and read some reviews… then behold he FOUND the vacuum cleaner he was looking for that worked exactly how it was supposed to work.
Proceeding with the vacuum cleaners, the one he picked up was made by Ridgid. Prior to that, I read an exceptionally good Ridgid best car vacuum cleaner review which mentioned ALL it’s pro’s, con’s and even what how people recommend using it. It’s size fooled me, but the suction power is exceptionally good for what it actually is.
When it was all said and done, the vacuum cleaner works great for the truck and car, house, garage, my construction job and really anything else I’d throw at it. It’s a “wet&dry” vacuum too, so using it in the boat is no problem at all!
Odds are the old car you’re a big fan of is actually gasoline powered. Meaning it probably operates using an old yet reliable carburetor system. (The complete opposite of modern day topfuel Injection cleaning kit s.) Now, either way the carburetor system can get clogged up with unwanted gunk ALL THE TIME.
This means the performance will suffer, and especially for the old age your favorite car is.. it’s bad news. You don’t have to look far to really understand what NEEDs to be done the system to make it perform better, and better yet adding some type of cleaner will often times do the trick.
Most popular fuel cleaners by far are the Lucas fuel system treatment, Berrymans B12 Fuel System Treatment Review, BG 44K fuel treatment, Redline & Gumout. These are ordered from most expensive to least expensive and you probably guessed it, the better ones often cost more for that reason. One thing you’ve gotta do is read the full fuel system cleaning reviews here to really understand how it’s done, but once you do.. you can do it every time with ease.
Note: The car above is in fact, a Volkswagen Jetta TDI. Meaning it will only take a diesel injector cleaner to full have a detox done.
No difficulty whatsoever and in fact, we’d recommend switching to premium gasoline due to the lower level of ethanol.
Ethanol if you didn’t know is an additive used in gasoline to make the emissions much safer, which is “supposed to be ” better for the environment. As a bi product after the fuel is burned, it is oxidized in the combustion chamber causing a layer of carbon which interferes with movement (by a fraction of a millisecond). That alone is enough to drastically interfere with the performance to the point where you’d take a serious notice at it.
Read up at Wikipedia on Carburetors and Royal Purple the top Fuel Injector System cleaner to get a better idea of how that stuff works, and what poor fuel causes as a result.
Some classic car owners are content to leave their charges in museums or humidity-controlled garages. Others believe the cars should be driven and even exposed to the same hazards they faced when new. Among the latter are members of the Bentley Drivers Club, who organised a tour of thirty-four vintage Bentleys ranging from 1925 to 1969 that began in Vancouver, BC, travelled north through Banff, Jasper, Prince George, and onto the Alaska Highway to Anchorage. From there they ferried to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, then drove south to the finish at Victoria, BC’s capital city. The cars and drivers came from England, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States.
Victoria being a mere twenty miles from my home in Sidney, I was delighted to view more classic Bentleys than I’d seen in my entire lifetime. Some nineteen cars were original “W.O.” Bentleys, built by Walter Owen Bentley prior to the sale of his assets to Rolls-Royce in 1931. As they arrived these fabulous classics lined up in front of the British Columbia parliament buildings, to the astonishment of tourists visiting from nearby Canadian and US cities. For these magnificent old classic cars and owners the tour was a challenge, which explains why some arrived with dirt and dust while a few looked as though they’d just had a visit with the detailers. Of the thirty-four classic Bentleys that began the tour only two failed to make it to the finish. Which tells you just how rugged these cars were when built. Most early Bentleys seemed to be painted British Racing Green but this 1928 4.25 liter was an exception, making it a favorite with spectators and photographers.
It seems as though no two Bentleys were alike, hence this beautiful 1939 4.25 liter, owned by David & Adele Cohen. I especially liked the crisp, creased cabin design.
And though it’s a shame not to include all the Bentleys in the tour, let’s conclude with a postwar example, when the great British cars, under the Rolls-Royce umbrella, had become elegant continental tourers.
[Thanks to contributor Nigel Matthews for making me aware of this unique event.]
My friend and Classical Drives contributor Nigel Matthew knows as much or more about collector car values than anyone on this earth. So when he tells me that 1980’s cars are the next big thing, I believe him. Backing Nigel’s opinion is the UK’s BCA (British Car Auctions). Robin Lawton, head of BCA’s classics department, commented: “we’ve seen a rising interest in cars from the 1980s in recent sales and we expect the start of the new BBC TV series (Ashes to Ashes ) to fuel this even further. People are beginning to feel a sense of nostalgia for 80’s fashions and this includes cars like the Golf GTI, Rover SD1, Ford Cortina, BMW and Mercedes models of that era.”
No doubt the same thing’s happening in the US and Canada although I’m not yet aware of a TV series based in that decade. So what 80’s cars available on this side of the Atlantic deserve to be collected? How about the Mustang II, Pontiac Fiero, Buick Reatta, Cadillac Allante, Mazda Miata, Toyota Supra v.2 or, for those with a sense of humour, a Hyundai Pony? Or a ford taurus with the Suzuki-modified V-6 engine? Or (my favorite) a Pontiac Grand Prix coupe from 1988? Even the much-maligned Chrysler TC deserves consideration. Please add your suggestions in the “comments” box below. After all, you could gain fame for recognising something the rest of us missed.
A New Zealand couple with a love for classic cars are now set to embark on an international road trip in their 1948 MG TC sports car. They plan to drive the model to China on an epic 30,000 mile journey from Barnsley, New Zealand via Europe, Russia, China and southeast Asia.
The car originally cost Robert Douglas 150 pounds when he purchased it as a teenager more than four decades ago. They admit that most people have told them they are “totally, completely and utterly mad” for pursuing the idea, but Mrs. Douglas explains that they’ve done lots of long-distance touring the past around Australia, South America , Central America and North America, so it is not exactly new to them. On their latest trip, the couple will be joined by their friends Mark and Sheila Masters who also own an MG that is virtually identical to the Douglas’ car.
The worlds’ oldest running automobile, the steam driven 1884 De Dion sold recently for $4.6 million in Pennsylvania. This vintage car sold for more than double of its catalogue estimate, and is a world record for an early motor car at auction. The vintage car was the most highly valued of 115 cars that we offered by RM Auctions at Hershey earlier this week. The steam driven antique car is capable of 37 miles per hour on a straight road and drew a standing ovation from the audience when it drove onto the auction stage. The antique cars’ bidding started at $500,000 and immediately jumped to $1 million before climbing the record of $4.6 million. RM Auctions has not identified the buy of this antique car.