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'Chasing Classic Cars' host Wayne Carini's Model A goes under the gavel in Scottsdale

This refreshed Model A hot rod was sold at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction.

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Wayne Carini is the modern don of the classic car world. Beloved by fans young and old for his laid back but passionate approach to collecting vintage vehicles, the man from Portland, Connecticut has made a fair sum of money bringing the vehicles he finds to auctions across the country. Sometimes the results are as expected. Sometimes better. Sometimes worse. As "Chasing Classic Cars" viewers see, that's all part of the thrill.

Carini's latest classic car sale was at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction this year. The 1930 Ford Model A custom coupe sold for $302,500. That's not bad considering that the original Model A sold from 1927-1931 for $385 to $1,400.

Wayne Carini's 1930 Ford Model A custom coupe

Wayne Carini's 1930 Ford Model A custom coupe

Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


In addition to his usual restoration efforts, this model was custom designed for Carini by a talented cast of automotive professionals. It was built by Andy Leach of Cal Automotive Creations who has also built vehicles for Ron Cizek, Howard and Susan Groff, and Rich and Cindy Gochanour.

Charley Hutton, a frequent guest on "Overhaulin'" and "Chasing Classic Cars", and owner of Charley Hutton's Color Studio painted the car.

The hot rod is powered by a V8 engine paired with an automatic transmission.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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First-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubled
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Ford has begun serial production of the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, marking what could be one of the most important days in recent automotive history. The first trucks rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan today, so America's best-selling truck has finally gone electric. Ford wants to sell two million EVs per year by 2026 and have half of its global sales volume to be electric by 2030.

Ford F-150 LightningPast meets future: Ford's new electric pickup will be the F-150 Lightningautomotivemap.com

Ford has seen extreme demand for the trucks, with 200,000 reservations since the books opened. To deliver, the automaker plans to increase production to an annual rate of 150,000 units by next year, which involved huge investments in the Rouge Center and created hundreds of jobs. Ford's total investment for the F-150 Lightning crests $1 billion across Michigan alone, and has created 1,700 jobs across various facilities in the state.

Ford F-150 LightningThe first production trucks left the factory today.
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Though the Lightning starts around $40,000, the most mainstream models will cost much more than that. The F-150 Lightning Pro, while affordable, is a stripped-down truck intended for commercial buyers. It's still a forward-looking electric truck with amazing capabilities, but it lacks much of the creature comforts and features that everyday drivers expect. Higher trims get the latest driver assistance features, including BlueCruise, which is Ford's semi-autonomous hands-free driving assistant. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

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