RM Sotheby’s “Pedal Power” Sale of Pedal Cars Brings Almost $150,000

Just in case you need a reality check on your perceived values of your rusty, dusty Foxbody Ford Mustang you keep out behind the house, just know a collection of 53 museum-quality toy pedal cars just raised almost $150,000 at the RM Sotheby’s auction dubbed “Pedal Power.” Pedal-car collectors (yes, they exist) and automobilia collectors swarmed this online-only RM Sotheby’s auction, resulting in some rather impressive figures exchanged for the brightly colored miniature cars.

According to the RM auction house, many of the featured cars were owned and fastidiously maintained by genre expert and restorer Bruce Callis, who offered his cute fleet up for other collectors as part of RM Sotheby’s burgeoning online auction portfolio. After the final hammerblow fell, 53 pedal cars went to new homes, with 85 percent of the lots selling for more than their pre-sale estimate. We picked out a few of our favorites,

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This Colorado Parts Yard Collected Classic Cars for Decades

A bright orange Ford pickup sits wrapped around a tree. The truck dips in the center from the force of impact, its headlights shoved around either side of its arboreal lover. Surprise though! The tree embraced by 1978 chrome isn’t the one that did the damage. Automotive artists Gary and Alice Corns sat the crumpled Ford against the tree in their wrecking yard as a visual joke, and visitors to Colorado Auto and Parts enjoyed it so much it’s become a permanent installation. “We moved it once and people asked us where it was, so we had to put it back,” said company president Alice. It’s just one of the quirky presentations you’ll find in in the parts yard’s 38-acre recycling facility.

Alice Corns’s parents started the auto-recycling business in 1959. Now she runs it with her husband and sons, Eric and Adam. “Back then it was called a wrecking

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History of the Autobahn

The autobahn. Germany. Take a poll, and you’ll likely find that just about every gearhead dreams of driving on autobahns, Germany’s speed-limit-free, no-holds-barred highways—though driving them isn’t necessarily the experience you might expect. How did these famed road networks come to be, why are there no speed limits, and what’s it really like to drive at any speed you like? Cinch up that seat belt and let’s find out.

Early German Autobahn History

The world’s first limited-access highways—ones on which vehicles could only enter or exit at designated points—were built in New York in the early 1900s. In Germany, construction on the first controlled-access highway began in 1913, though World War I delayed its opening until 1921. The Automobil Verkehrs und Übungsstraße (Automobile Traffic and Training Road), built just outside of Berlin, doubled as a race and test track. It was basically two straightaways bracketed by banked turns, but

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How Chrysler Decades Ago Invented the Sport Compact Car With Its Dart, Demon, and Duster 340

Big Engines for Small Cars

Pontiac’s 1964 GTO, based on the compact Tempest, had already proven young people would buy a small car with big power, something Chrysler must have had in mind when it sculpted the A-body’s new engine compartment. Originally sized for six-cylinder engines and the LA-series small-block V-8, the A-body now had just enough room to accommodate a big block. Plymouth had already stuffed the massive 383-cubic-inch (6.3-liter) V-8 in the Barracuda S, and late in 1967 Dodge followed suit with the big-block Dart GTS.

It’s understatement to say the Dart GTS was compromised. Squeezing the 383 into the Dart’s engine bay required a convoluted exhaust that cut the engine’s output from 325 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque in the bigger cars to 280 hp/400 lb-ft. There was no room for air conditioning or a power steering pump. Turning the heavy,

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From the Batmobile to His Datsun 280Z, Sean Gordon Murphy Is the Go-To Guy for Cars in Comics.

Chasing his childhood dream of becoming a comic book artist, Sean Gordon Murphy loaded his belongings into his Honda CRX and drove across the country from Georgia to Los Angeles. A fresh graduate of Savannah College of Art Design reaching his mid-20s, Murphy hit a few roadblocks as he settled in the world’s entertainment capital. It was the early 2000s, and Murphy faced the uncertainty of making it in the comics business.

Born in Nashua, New Hampshire, Murphy’s most important influence growing up was cartoonist Bill Watterson, creator of America’s favorite newspaper comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes. His obsession with comics as a kid began when he rummaged through boxes at a yard sale and found a copy of Spider-Man. At the age of 12, he rushed home daily from school to watch Batman: The Animated Series (1992-95), and from then on, Murphy knew he wanted

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Chevrolet Impala: History, Generations, Specifications

Chevrolet Impala Essential History

The storied Impala nameplate first appeared on a concept car shown at the 1956 Motorama, General Motors’ self-produced car show. Effectively a five-seat hard-top Corvette, it seemed fitting to name it after the impala, a gazelle that can leap up to 30 feet at a stretch.

Impala: The Beginning

The production Impala premiered in 1958 as the Bel Air Impala, the top-line model of the full-size Chevrolet lineup. (This was at a time when model names were treated more like trim levels.) Engine choices ranged from Chevy’s thirties-era 145-hp six to an all-new 348 cid (5.7L) V-8 producing up to 315 hp. The new Impala was opulent (and expensive) enough to make critics question whether Chevrolet could still be considered a low-price car.

Impala SS Launched

The Impala became a stand-alone model for 1959. In 1961 Chevy introduced the Impala SS, with power choices including the

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