Mecum’s inaugural Chicago motorcycle sale does $1.3 million

1970 MV Agusta MV600 roadster sells for $40,000 | Mecum photos

Mecum Auctions’ inaugural MidAmerica Chicago motorcycle auction found new owners for 169 vintage and antique motorcycles last weekend and generated $1,309,043 in total sales.

“We were excited to hold our first auction in the Chicagoland area,” Ron Christenson, president of Mecum’s MidAmerica Motorcycle Division, said in a news release. “The crowds shared in that enthusiasm, which was great to see. There isn’t anything else like this in the area.

“Vintage and antique motorcycles are in themselves a rarity, so finding an auction that offers so many is a true treat for enthusiasts.”

Flying Merkel racer brings top dollar at Chicago auction

The top sale at the auction was a 1912 Flying Merkel board track racing motorcycle that hammered sold for $65,000 (Mecum reports hammer prices that do not include the buyer’s premium).

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Events: Concours, Cadillacs and motorsports champions

The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car is expected for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours dElegance | Hilton Head Island Concours

The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car is expected for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance | Hilton Head Island Concours

The 39th annual Concours d’Elegance of America, which actually comprises a weekend of 15 events, will host about 300 rare collector cars from around the world from July 28 through July 30 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.

Featured marques for the main-event concours, which takes place on Sunday, July 30, are Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and Shelby Cobra, while the featured coachbuilder is Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena and the featured body styles are boattail classics, hypercar exotics and Jet Age Juniors.

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Will electric cars take over as quickly as cars displaced horses from 1900 to 1925?

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Model of Cadillac Escalade horse carriage by artist Jeremy Dean for his work, “Back to the Futurama”

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So here’s a question for you: when was the last time you traveled by horse to … well, to anywhere other than the stable you started from?

In 1900, horses were the de facto way for Americans to travel, whether riding them or in horse-drawn carts.

By 1925, that had changed: 15 years of the

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General Motors May Return To Venezuela After All

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks for General Motors and its Venezuelan operations. Government authorities in Venezuela illegally seized the automaker’s manufacturing hub, which prompted GM to cease all operations in the country.

The automaker laid off its entire staff of employees — by text message at that — and paid out severance. That seemed to be the end of it all. Meanwhile, GM vowed to exercise its legal rights and fight back. Now, the tide seems to be shifting.

The Detroit Free Press reports GM may return to Venezuela after all of the commotions.

GM Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens seemed to execute an about-face surrounding the decision to leave Venezuela.

“We don’t necessarily want to exit the country, but certainly it’s not an environment that you can invest in or run a normal business at this point,” he said Friday in a conversation with reporters to discuss first

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Towing a boat with the 2017 Cadillac Escalade: 6 things you need to know

A day in the life of most Cadillac Escalades starts with dropping the kids off at school followed by a visit to the local Starbucks watering hole, but these big brutes are well-suited to far more strenuous activities.

While most of the Escalade’s rivals feature car-like unibody construction for improved on-road dynamics and more interior space, underneath the hulking Escalade sits a beefy, pickup-derived frame that makes it a not-too-distant cousin to the Chevrolet Silverado. That makes for tighter interior room than its ZIP code-filling proportions might suggest, but it’s weekend-rated with optional four-wheel drive and up to 8,300 pounds of trailer-tugging capability.

After spending a weekend towing boats with the Escalade, we learned a few things you might want to know:

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Luxury towing is nice

While the Escalade might be a truck at heart, it’s a damn fancy rig. With an

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Rolls-Royce Is Mentioned In Music More Than Any Other Brand

Hip hop music and expensive vehicles usually go hand-in-hand. But amongst the seemingly endless stream of references to Bimmers, Benzes, and Bentleys, one brand surpasses them all in terms of overall use. According to a new study by Bloomberg, Rolls-Royce ranks as the most referenced brand in hip hop and pop music.

The study looked through the lyrics of each song that made it into the top 20 spots of the Billboard Hot 100 from May 2014 to May 2017, and noted that Rolls-Royce was mentioned 11 times. Just behind Rolls-Royce was Ferrari with nine mentions, Hennessy (the drink, not the aftermarket shop) with seven mentions, and Porsche with seven mentions. 

Chevrolet and Lamborghini tied for six mentions, while Bentley, Cadillac, and Mercedes-Benz tied for five mentions each. Among the other non-automotive brands noted on the list, Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers, Rolex, and Xanax were mentioned five

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Alibaba’s Taobao And Tmall Sites Start Selling Cars, Including Cadillacs

Besides being the world’s largest car market on a volume basis, China is also full of unique quirks and eccentricities. For instance, one can now buy cars online in the country.

According to a report from SCMP, websites owned by the Alibaba Group Holdings including Taobao, TMall and AliExpress, which together make up the world’s largest e-commerce services, have added cars that include GM’s Cadillac vehicles to the cosmetics, groceries, electronics, sportswear and cruise holidays they already sell.

According to data provided by Alibaba, as many as 100,000 vehicles by dozens of makers were sold during a 24-hour period on November 11th on Taobao and Tmall, roughly equivalent to the amount of cars typically sold by 1,000 Chinese dealerships in a month.

The best-selling brand? Chery Automobile Co., which sold 13,000 sedans and compact cars on Friday. Meanwhile, SAIC Motor Co., the largest Chinese carmaker that also operates a joint venture with General Motors in China, sold 1,500 RX5 SUVs.

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Craigslist Find: Man Bets On America, Provocative Girls To Sell His C7 Corvette

There are thousands upon thousands of vehicles sitting on Craigslist looking for a new home. That likely includes hundreds, if not thousands, of Corvettes, too.

It’s understandable that you want to write your advertisement in a way to grab the attention of the reader, and this guy is sure trying hard to do just that.

The seller of this 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray on Craigslist has taken it upon himself to really play up the ‘Murica vibe in this ad. In one photo, the C7 Corvette is flanked by explosions and bald eagles. The other photo shows the car surrounded by women in provocative poses, insinuating the C7 Corvette is a true babe magnet.

Of course, all of this is done with utmost expertise in photoshop. Can you smell the sarcasm?

The seller states the bald eagles and girls don’t come with the car, but does state after one lap around

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1984 Chevrolet Camaro ‘DreamRyder’ May Actually Be Of Nightmares

“To each his or her own” is a very well-rounded way to digest the entire automotive community. We stumble upon many… let’s say, interesting builds here at GM Authority, but this 1984 Chevrolet Camaro “DreamRyder” is starting things off freaky in 2017.

Hemmings has listed the Camaro DreamRyder for sale and apparently the owner has spent 13 years creating it with plenty of swooping fiberglass panels. But if you thought the exterior was wild, wait until you see the interior.

The cabin is finished with leopard and zebra fur for an extravagant, soft-touch material experience.

Really, it’s no wonder this 1984 Camaro comes in as a bargain with a $250,000 sale price. You can also grab a closer look at this off-the-wall Camaro in the video up above.

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