Amelia Island 2020

1984 Tiga SC84 Sports 2000 owned by rocker John Oates crosses the block for charity

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, rocker John Oates donated the proceeds from the sale of his 1984 Tiga SC84 to the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Foundation.

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One lucky bidder has made their dreams come true. They now own the 1984 Tiga SC84 Sports 2000 that, up until the gavel pounded, was owned by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oats, one half of the Hall and Oates singer/songwriter duo. The final price was $50,400 including the buyer's premium.

The car was offered without reserve as part of the RM Sotheby's auction with all proceeds benefitting the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization with beneficiaries including Community Hospice & Palliative Care, Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, and Shop with Cops, and The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

The History of the car starts in the 1970s, when Formula 1 drivers Tim Schenken and Howden Ganley founded race-car manufacturer Tiga. The company found varying degrees of success I the 70s and 80s including a win at Le Mans and team awards at the World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Daytona.

From 2017 to 2018, the car was comprehensively restored after years of use. Oates, and his wife Aimee acquired the car in 2018. According to the listing by RM Sotheby's, the car was tested at Palm Beach International Raceway in December 2019, and it is said that SC84 drove better then than when delivered new in 1984.

The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and the Oates marriage both celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. In honor of the two milestones, the couple elected to donate the proceeds of the car sale to the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Foundation.

"As Aimee and I approach our 25th anniversary, we are reminded of how fortunate we are to have found each other. The holiday giving season provides a chance to take stock of all that we have and give back to the ones that we care about," said John Oates. "Our hope is that the money raised from the sale of our race car provides comfort and resources for the individuals and families supported by the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Foundation's charitable giving."

Prior to the auction, the car had been estimated to be worth between $35,000 and $45,000.

"We're honored to work with John and Aimee to offer such a usable car for such a worthy cause," says Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby's. "This is a great coming together of long-time supporters of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and the important work of its Foundation, as well as a fantastic demonstration of the generosity found in the collector car community."

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Ford has listened and will be making its Bronco available with a manual transmission and the Sasquatch Package.

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It's safe to say that enthusiasm for the 2021 Ford Bronco is high. The voices of the enthusiasts are loud too. So loud, that the powers that be at Ford Motor Company headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan heard them when they shouted all over social media that they wanted the Bronco to be available with a manual transmission and the Sasquatch Package - a combination not announced at the product's debut.

"The Bronco community spoke and we heard them," said Mark Grueber, Ford Bronco consumer marketing manager. "Our team moved quickly to add Sasquatch with a manual transmission – another example of our focus on giving customers the best possible off-road vehicles and accessories that we can."

2021 Ford Bronco four-door Many orders have already been placed for the 2021 Bronco.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Previously, the Sasquatch Package was only available on select trim levels of the two- and four-door Bronco with the available 10-speed automatic transmission.

The Sasquatch Package gives the model 35-inch Goodyear mud-terrain tires that are mounted to 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, Dana front and rear electronic locking axles with 4.7:1 final drive ratio, and a high-clearance suspension with a nearly two-inch wider track, position-sensitive Bilstein shocks, and wider fender flares.

The change makes the Bronco the only 4x4 with a seven-speed manual and 35-inch off-road tires in its class, giving it one more boasting point in the Bronco vs. Wrangler throwdown for off-road supremacy.

The Sasquatch Package will now be available across the Ford Bronco lineup including the Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outerbanks, and Badlands grades. It is standard on the Bronco Wildtrak and First Edition models. Exterior paint job options vary by trim level.

"Capability is always a priority, and pairing Sasquatch with a manual transmission and available advanced 4x4 system gives it a maximum crawl ratio of 94.75:1, providing even more off-road capability across the line-up," said Dave Pericak, Ford icons global director.

The manual transmission with Sasquatch package is targeted to be available in late 2021. But, you may have to wait 15 months to get yours.

Earlier this year, AutomotiveMap rode in a Bronco with a manual transmission as well as the Bronco Sport.

The Bronco build and price module on Ford.com will go live in October. How can you get a deal on your preferred model? There's one thing you need to know.

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This autumn, Nissan celebrates the 40th Anniversary of its Maxima flagship sedan with a milestone-marking model. The 2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition joins the company's stable and builds on the Maxima Platinum grade.

The Maxima is the longest continuous running Nissan nameplate in the U.S. It made its debut on American shores in 1981 as the 1982 Datsun Maxima, replacing the Datsun 810. The original Maxima had the engine of the 240Z and a 5-speed manual transmission.

2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition

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The Datsun brand's presence in North America was phased out just a few years later and for the 1985 model year, the Nissan Maxima emerged also sporting a new V6 engine and front-wheel drive. The 1988 model was the last to be offered in a wagon body style.

The third-generation Maxima was launched in 1989 with a 3.0-liter V6 that achieved 160 horsepower helping it keep up with the German cars of its time. By 1995 the model got larger and had a new engine, which resulted in a power boost.

Nissan's large car is now in its eighth generation. It debuted in 2016 sporting Nissan's fashionable V-motion grilled and a more aggressive design complete with a floating roof. The car received styling and safety updates for the 2020 model year.

A new Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition includes a unique two-tone Ruby Slate Gray Pearl exterior paint job with black roof, exclusive 19-inch gloss black aluminum-alloy wheels, black exterior finishers and trim badges, a 40th Anniversary badge, black exhaust finishers, red semi-aniline leather-appointed seating with 40th Anniversary embossing, red contrast interior stitching, Satin Dark Chrome interior faceted finishers, white speedometer and tachometer faces reminiscent of past Maxima models, and heated rear seats.

In addition to the 40th Anniversary Edition, the 2021 Maxima will be offered in SV, SR and Platinum grade levels. Every Maxima has a 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood that is capable of achieving 300 horsepower. The engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Pricing and on-sale information will be revealed soon. The 2021 Nissan Maxima will arrive at dealership lots this autumn.

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