June 3, 1989
Turning a deaf ear to pleas from two of the nation's automakers, U.S. Transportation Secretary Samuel K. Skinner has refused requests to roll back fuel-efficiency requirements for 1990 model-year cars sold in the United States. The standard will be 27.5 miles per gallon, averaged among all models produced by each car maker. That's an increase of one mile per gallon over the average for 1989. Good for Mr. Skinner. The decision represents a 180-degree turn for President Bush.
August 9, 1992 |
The Ferrari 250 GTO was a special coupe designed for road-racing. Only 39 of them were built between 1962 and 1964. Rare and wild, this Italian stallion was always fairly valuable. By 1980, covetous collectors had pushed its original $15,000-to-$20,000 price tag to $100,000. By 1986, it had cracked the $1 million barrier at auction. Then the stock market crashed, and a number of investors started putting money in collectible cars. A Ferrari feeding frenzy followed, and prices for scarce models such as the GTO went through the garage roof.
February 28, 2004 |
March's arrival next week will be surrounded by a whirlwind of sales devoted to such oddments as silver-plated napkin rings, beer in steel cans, and a fleet of muscle cars. The 64 lots of napkin rings, decorated with pictorial motifs including butterflies, squirrels and cupids, will be a highlight of the first session of a two-day catalog auction conducted by the Alderfer Auction Co. at 1 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday at its gallery at 501 Fairgrounds Rd., Hatfield. "People like to collect them," Alderfer's catalog director Tara Flynn said yesterday, adding that some of the napkin rings, even though silver plate and not sterling, might sell for as much as $1,200 each.
May 13, 2011
Antiques/Art/Crafts Art Star Craft Bazaar More than 100 local & national artists present handmade items that reflect the quirky aesthetic of Art Star. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386 (2FUN). www.artstarcraftbazaar.com . 5/14. At Your Service Auction Benefit auction to support the NAA. Newark Arts Alliance, 276 E. Main St., Suite 102, Newark, Del.; 302-266-7266. 5/14. 6-9 pm. Blast From the Past Classic Car Show Antique, classic & muscle cars, music, Chili Cook-off.
March 17, 2013 |
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT that will debut in showrooms in mid-April is a full-size SUV that weighs 21/2 tons and is capable of towing 31/2 tons. The idea that such a big beast of burden could acquire Corvette-like qualities might strike you as fodder for an automotive tale from the Brothers Grimm. You know, off-road frog turns into the prince of speed. But, in fact, the fun-loving mad scientists at Jeep have wrought something as Viperish as it is SUVish. "It feels and drives like a sports car, but it happens to be an SUV," says a smiling Dave Cottrell, the SRT's chief engineer.
May 15, 1988 |
My first car was a 1934 Ford five-window coupe. I found it moldering under a cherry tree in rural Berks County, humiliated by disuse and the oncological onslaught of the elements. It was $50 and it didn't run. Later, after I had fitted this light little car with a large, powerful, overhead-valve V-8 resurrected from a wrecked Cadillac, it ran very well. It also had no small amount of social cachet on the diner parking lot where the car-crazed gathered. In the American Graffiti car culture I grew up in, the V-8 was the engine of choice.
June 9, 2000 |
In "Gone in 60 Seconds," a car thief eying a new Porsche decides to steal it by simply throwing a brick through the plate- glass window of a dealership. His partner protests. "This ain't 'The Dukes of Hazzard!' " It ain't? The outlaw hero (Nicolas Cage) drives a '69 Plymouth Roadrunner, helps his outlaw brother out of a jam, spends at least 20 minutes fleeing police in a high-speed chase, and at one point, two of his buddies feed laxatives to a Basset hound who swallowed valuable car keys.
April 4, 1991 |
Treasure or junk? West Fallowfield Township officials don't know exactly how many '60s and '70s muscle cars Nolan Stoltzfus has parked around his rented mobile home on Route 41. Earlier this week Supervisor Wayne Althouse estimated that there were 32. But Stoltzfus' landlady, Edith Kauffman, thought there were 26. And Bonita Walton, the township manager and code enforcement officer, said, "It's in excess of 20. " It was hard to count...
February 12, 1999 |
OLDIES SHOW The Atlantic City Convention Center presents the 1999 Atlantic City Classic Car Show & Auction, running FRIDAY through SUNDAY. More than 600 cars - hot rods, muscle cars, classics, collectibles and exotics - will be on display, in addition to a flea market area, antique mart and more. Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $12 (under 12, $3). Info: 800-227-3868. WORDMEISTERS Verbal jousting abounds on screen this weekend as International House, 3701 Chestnut St., presents the Philadelphia premiere of the indie film "Slamnation: The Sport of the Spoken Word," FRIDAY through SUNDAY, along with the spoken-word feature "Slam," starring poets Sonja Sohn (pictured)
August 9, 2002 |
A high-concept conflation of globe-trotting 007 huggermugger and pedal-to-the-metal extreme sports stuff, XXX is less a movie than a collection of pretty cool action set-pieces, linked together with some seriously awful acting and dialogue that even Dr. Evil couldn't deliver with a straight face. Vin Diesel, the bulked-up baldy (he looks as if he's using Dr. Evil's hair stylist) who somehow became a star thanks to last year's left-field drag-racing hit The Fast and the Furious, is the buff, tattooed sports dude who pulls off impossible stunts, such as stealing a sports car, driving it over an altitudinous bridge and parachuting to safety just before the vehicle goes kaboom.