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German Car Day Preview: 1974 Audi 100 Coupe S

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Coming up this weekend is the Larz Anderson Auto Museum’s German Car Day, one of more than two dozen lawn events that the Boston area museum holds each summer. One of its top three events, German Car Day attracts cars and car fans from all over New England, and every year the selection of cars always surprises even those who go to almost every event every year. And last year was no exception, with big crowds and exceptional cars on the field itself.

And last year one of those cars was this wonderful 1974 Audi 100 Coupe S. Owned by Rob Petschke, this RHD Audi 100 was originally supplied to South Africa, whose climate we have to thank for its great preservation. This is a two owner car with just a little over 85,000 kilometers on the clock, but looking at it up close I wouldn’t have even given it that much. This 100 Coupe was in stunning condition, and appeared in the pages of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car just a few months ago. Let’s take a closer look at this Audi.

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German Car Day Preview: 1965 Glas 1300 GT

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If you want to see some rare German cars this summer, and don’t want to spend the money to actually travel to Germany, you have some options. And one of the best options in the month of June is Larz Anderson Auto Museum’s German Car Day, which will take place on the grounds of the museum on June 16, aka the day after Citroen Rendezvous.

Every year the Larz Anderson Auto Museum holds more than two dozen lawn events on its beautiful grounds, and German Car Day is one of its top three best attended events. And every year you’re bound to see rare cars like this, a 1965 Glas 1300 GT Coupe. Let’s take a closer look at this stylish machine.

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Citroën Rendezvous Preview: Citroën CX Prestige

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Every year well over forty Citroen CXs make the trip to Saratoga Springs, invading the sleepy upstate New York town with their strange looks and pushing the locals’ French pronunciation skills to their limits. That’s right, one weekend a year upstate New York plays host to the largest French car gathering in North America, as Sittrons and Pew-joes gather there from all over the right half of the country as well as Canada.

Odds are, if you’re reading this website, the sight of a Citroen CX in North America doesn’t surprise you. But it may surprise you to learn just how much these cost when they were brought into the country during the heyday of gray imports. CXA Automotive in Middlesex, New Jersey was one of the unofficial importers of Citroens in the 1970s and 1980s, and converted many a CX to federal standards. And not too long ago I had the opportunity to look at the original invoice sheet for one CX federalized by CXA Automotive in 1989, and was somewhat surprised to learn that the price of entry was around $47,000. But that’s in 1989 dollars.

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Citroën Rendezvous Preview: Citroën Visa

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Citroen Rendezvous 2013 is almost here, ladies and gents, so let’s take a look at one of the cars that appeared at this event in Saratoga Springs, New York last year, and one that perhaps need a slightly more detailed introduction than some of the Citroen cars that you’re used to seeing. Assuming, of course, that you’re used to seeing Citroens in the first place.

It is perhaps pointless to point out that the Visa was never officially sold in the US, so don’t rush off to look for period adverts in your dusty copies of Motor Trend from the 1980s. The Visa wasn’t sold in the US unofficially either, unlike the much larger but not much more complex CX, hundreds of which were imported by CXA Automotive in New Jersey and given dorky eyeglasses to please the NHTSA. The Visa was, thankfully, spared the federalization process, as its price point did not really allow for economic gray market importation and modifications. So what is the Visa about anyway?

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Greenwich Concours Europa is Twenty Kinds of Awesome

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If you thought the American day of Greenwich Concours was as good as it gets, you were only partially right. Because Saturday’s American car day was just the appetizer for the main event, Sunday’s Concours Europa, or Concours International as it has come to be known. While Saturday saw some very impressive cars and a strong visitor turnout, with a 1919 Locomobile Model 48 taking the top prize, it was only a preview of what Concours Europa would offer. And as Sunday rolled around, crowds from all over Westeros and the Iron Islands descended upon Greenwich’s Roger Sherman Baldwin Park to take in what has become the sole top tier automotive joust of New England.

And a tremendously fun day it turned out to be, with tolerable temperatures and barely a hint of clouds in the sky. Not only did Concours Europa lure the best cars out of the region’s collections out into the open, it also offered a solid mix of common classics with some obscure microcars thrown in for good measure. Which is just the way we like it. Sunday’s Bonhams auction also brought out strong crowds and some spirited bidding, with some interesting stuff going under the hammer. Auctioneer Rupert Banner was in top form as usual with a collection of vintage pedal cars bringing some impressive coin from the room and the telephones as Wayne Carini looked on, standing next to a green Tatra T87 in the auction tent. Let’s see what else turned out for this year’s Concours Europa.

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Toyota Celica GT Steals the Show At Carlisle Imports 2013

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This year the Carlisle Import Nationals had an above-average turnout of Japanese machinery with upwards of a hundred cars present from multiple marques, but it all upstaged by a car that was in the car corral, the Toyota Celica GT above. Crowds kept circling this car, pretty much ignoring almost everything else that was on offer in the car corral. And no wonder, this 70K mile Celica was almost in time warp condition.

The east coast is not exactly a hot spot for classic Japanese cars, and that was certainly reflected on the field. Talking to some Japanese car owners and asking them where their car originally came from I kept hearing the same story: a California car that was bought by the owner just years ago, either through friends or on Craigslist. In other words, a lot of the classic Japanese cars that gathered at Carlisle migrated over from the west coast at some point in their lives. Let’s see what other Japanese cars turned up this year at Carlisle, starting with the Celica GT from the photo above.

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Classics Shine at Hemmings Musclepalooza 2013

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Hemmings Musclepalooza is exactly what it sounds like, a classic car event that celebrates America’s muscle cars with a judged concours and drag racing action. And this year didn’t disappoint, with more than 300 cars turning out for a day filled with classics and racing excitement. This year there were some excellent cars in the field, not only concours-grade classics but also modified classics, as well as a generous selection of late-model muscle cars.

The 17th annual Musclepalooza actually ran on the Monday rain date, as Sunday was absolutely deluged. Despite this, the Monday show enjoyed a very high turnout, and the weather was just spectacular as if to make up for the previous day. Musclepalooza is an event that takes place two times a year, Memorial Day Sunday and Labor Day Sunday in the Fall, and is of course organized and sponsored by Hemmings Motor News. After the jump, let’s take a look at some highlights from this Spring’s Hemmings Musclepalooza, including the winning Buick.

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Greenwich Concours Americana is Ten Kinds of Awesome

Jay Ramey June 3, 2013 All Things Hoon

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I have seen the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. And it was good. The 18th edition of the Greenwich Concours brought record crowds from all over Connecticut and the New York City area, and the field of cars gathered on Saturday and Sunday certainly didn’t disappoint. Greenwich is perhaps unique on the concours circuit as it is essentially two events in one, with American automobiles taking center stage on Saturday, while foreign cars appear on Sunday. On offer for Saturday was near perfect weather that nevertheless compelled the crowds to seek shelter from the sun rather early in the day. The field of cars was also refreshingly new with very few repeats from years past, though I was pleasantly surprised to see people remembering seeing cars that were here as far back as nine years ago.

American day featured some fresh metal as well as heavy metal (that would be the brass cars), with quite a few recently completed restorations. The same day also featured the preview of the Bonhams auction that took place the very next day, offering showgoers a chance to see the consignments up close. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some highlights from American day from this year’s Greenwich Concours.

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Renaults Surprise at Carlisle Imports 2013

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Every spring Carlisle hosts an impressive variety of French machinery, and this year was no exception with the best selection of French cars on the east coast. The Renault club once again put on an impressive show, displaying a ridiculously awesome group of automobiles in its indoor pavilion, like a minty Renault Fuego and a Matra Bonnet Djet. And the Citroen contingent didn’t disappoint either, having everything from a 2CV to a Citroen CX on the field.

About the only French marque that was underrepresented was Peugeot, with just a handful of cars. But the sheer variety of other French automobiles at Carlisle more than made up for this sparse showing, and showgoers were treated to such rarities like a pair of Peugeot 403s and a pair of Renault 5s. Not Le Cars, but specifically 5s. Let’s take a look at what French automobiles made the trip to Carlisle this year.

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Greenwich Concours This Weekend

Jay Ramey May 29, 2013 All Things Hoon

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It’s that time of year again, when you ditch your weekend plans at the last moment because you realize that it’s Greenwich Concours weekend. Or perhaps you’re the kind of person who remembers what the weather was like during the first weekend in June for every year of the last ten years, because you have a very detailed memory of every single Greenwich Concours of the last decade. Either way Greenwich Concours weekend is upon us, and with the very very untimely demise of the Fairfield County Concours and the placement of Newport Concours into cryogenic stasis, Greenwich is now the sole first-tier concours event in all of New England and the Iron Islands.

If you’re going to be in the NYC area this weekend (or in the lower 48 really), the concours is June 1st and June 2nd in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, CT. As always, Saturday is the concours for American cars, and on Sunday it’s Concours Europa with foreign cars taking the field. If you are, shall we say, into foreign machinery, then might I suggest that Sunday is the more promising day to be there. Finding a parking spot has gotten more ornery in the last few years, so either get there early or plan to park quite far away. And speaking of parking, don’t miss the “parking lot concours” right across from the entrance to the park, as there is always an insane varied selection of visitors’ cars to see. After the jump, let’s take a look at some highlights from the 2012 edition of the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance.

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