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This Week In Automotive History: VW Bus Enters Production

Iconic car of the counterculture became available in 1950

On March 8, 1950, the iconic Volkswagen Bus began production. Officially called the Volkswagen Type 2 -- and the Microbus, Splitscreen, or Splittie by modern fans of the vehicle -- it remained on the market in the US and in Europe until 1967.

This Week In Automotive History: Ford Buys Lincoln Motor Company

Ford bought the struggling company to expand its product line

On February 4, 1922, Ford Motor Company bought Lincoln Motor Company for $8 million. Ford was rapidly losing market share to General Motors at the time of the purchase. GM offered a variety of vehicles for American consumers, whereas Ford continued to focus on just the Model T.

This Week In Automotive History: Karl Benz Patents Gas-Powered Automobile

Benz laid the foundation for our modern means of transportation

This week in 1886, the German engine designer Karl Benz patented the Benz Patent Motorwagen, widely considered the world's first car.

Batmobile, First 2014 Corvette Sold At Auction

Car collectors spent $223.8 million on classic cars this weekend.

Recession? What recession? If the crowds at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., last weekend were any indication, people with disposable income are starting to spend it again. The auction house held several sales over the course of the weekend, including the highly anticipated 5000 series, which netted $29.2 million in a few short hours. Overall, the company brought in $223.8 million in all its auctions last weekend.

Car Collector Buys Babe Ruth's 1948 Lincoln Continental

Car had been displayed at Texas museum

Lonnie Shelton went to Dallas in search of spare parts for his car collection. The long-time baseball fan came home with the collector's item of a lifetime.

How A Chrysler 'Dream Car' Survived Revolution And A Civil War

A would-be Corvette beater goes to auction after being owned by the Shah of Iran and found in war-torn Beirut

RM Auctions will sell the 1960 Plymouth XNR next month in Monterey, Calif. around the festivities of the annual Concourse d'Elegance, perhaps adding another adventure for the storied car with a fascinating history. The concept car penned by legendary Chrysler designer Virgil Exner was meant to take on the likes of the Chevrolet Corvette. It's high performance six-cylinder engine could create 250 horsepower and had a top speed of 150 mph.

Classic Car Owner Discovers He Bought "Hitler's Mercedes" Online

Seemingly innocent vehicle has a sinister past

Zenop Tuncer, owner of Euro Tech Motors in Edgewater, New Jersey got a pretty serious shock when trying to find a part for a 1942 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet D convertible. Upon calling the German automaker and checking the car's serial number, Tuncer learned that the seemingly innocent classic car had a dark past.

1973 Porsche Sells For $4.4 Million At Auction

The 917/30 Can-Am Spyder broke records

The Amelia Island Concours Auction, held in early March, broke eleven world records for Porsches, most notably the 1973 917/30 Can-Am Spyder that sold for a remarkable $4.4 million.

Lyndon B. Johnson's 1964 Lincoln Continental Up For Auction

But how much can its history bump up the price tag?

Joining a slew of other vehicles formerly owned by American presidents that have come to market of late, Lyndon B. Johnson's convertible 1964 Lincoln Continental will be sold at auction on March 3.

Hearse That Carried JFK Heads To Auction

Piece of American history to be sold on January 21st

The 1964 Cadillac Hearse that carried the body of President John F. Kennedy will be auctioned off on January 21, 2012 at the 41st Annual Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, AZ.

Leonardo DiCaprio Sets New Tone For Eco-Friendly Hollywood Actors

Is the Fisker Karma the new Prius?

Though the low-key Toyota Prius hybrid may be en vogue for Hollywood actors like Jodie Foster and Susan Sarandon, Leonardo DiCaprio is proving it's possible to be green and flashy.

The $308K Car You Can Hardly See

A 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six 'Ghost Car' was designed with Plexiglass for the World's Fair

If part of the appeal of buying antique cars is owning something unique that no one else has, then the person who just purchase a 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six "Ghost Car" is certainly happy today. The transparent car, made out of Plexiglass for the 1939/1940 World's Fair in New York, sold this weekend for $308,000. The auctioneers, RM Auctions in Michigan, say it's the only one to exist, but there are some reports that there may be one more out there.

A Royal Deal: Buy The Queen's Used Car

Only 14,000 miles on the former Jaguar of the Queen of England

If you've always seen yourself as a queen or king, you might want to think about ponying up for this: On sale right now is a 2001 Jaguar Majestic V8 long-wheel-base XJ8 with 14,000 miles and only one former owner: Her Majesty, the Queen of England. Share That's right, you could be the proud owner of a car that once chauffeured royalty. The beautiful car was delivered to

The Most Famous Presidential Limo of All: John F. Kennedy's Assassination Limousine

How Obama's Limo Stacks Up Against The Most Famous Limo Of All Time

2009 Cadillac Presidential Limousine President Barack Obama's new presidential limousine grabbed some headlines in January -- especially in Detroit -- when General Motors announced that Obama was getting a brand- new 2009 Cadillac Presidential Limousine, the first presidential limo that did not carry a specific model name. That got me to thinking about another famous (or, perhaps more accurately,

What's in the White House Garage? The Presidential Limo

General Motors may not be doing so hot in auto sales, but it's still the number one choice for the White House. The Big Three manufacturer built the black limousine 44th U.S. President Barack Obama rode in during the recent Inauguration Day parade. Dubbed the 2009 Cadillac Presidential Limousine, the high-tech ride replaces George W. Bush's 2006 Cadillac DTS limo. In fact, according to the Detroit

10 Cars To Drive Before You Die

From sputtering, horseless carriages to exotic missiles, the average car junkie has over 100 years' worth of models to put on his list of cars to drive before he dies. How would you whittle it down and prioritize only your top 10 choices? For our list, we considered everything from milestone vehicles to single representatives of an era. Sure, there's a bias toward sports cars here, but even so, no

Famous Movie Cars

Batmobile vs. Starsky & Hutch vs. Back to the Future vs. Mad Max vs. General Lee

Fourth Place:'Back to the Future' De Lorean Time MachineJohn De Lorean is gone, and his various fiascoes are fading memories. But Back to the Future and its sequels play continually on TV. The De Lorean sports car will be remembered foremost as the basis on which Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) built the time machine that sent Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) shooting through history. There are worse fa

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