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July 21, 2013

Auto Briefs

Most-stolen vehicle? F-250; Mercedes race car fetches $29 million

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(Ford)

F-250 tops Escalade as most-stolen vehicle
The Ford F-250 has replaced the Cadillac Escalade as the favorite target of thieves, the Highway Loss Data Institute reports. New antitheft technology on the Escalade helped it fall from first to sixth place in the ranking of 2010-2012 model-year vehicles with the highest rates of insurance claims for theft.

The 10 highest claim rates:
1. Ford F-250 crew 4WD
2. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew
3. Chevrolet Avalanche 1500
4. GMC Sierra 1500 crew
5. Ford F-350 crew 4WD
6. Cadillac Escalade 4WD
7. Chevrolet Suburban 1500
8. GMC Sierra 1500 extended cab
9. GMC Yukon
10. Chevrolet Tahoe

The 10 lowest claim rates:
1. Dodge Journey 4WD
2. Volkswagen Tiguan 4WD
3. Audi A4 four-door
4. Acura RDX
5. Toyota Matrix
6. Lexus HS 250 hybrid four-door
7. Honda CR-V
8. Hyundai Tucson 4WD
9. Toyota Sienna 4WD
10. Jeep Compass 4WD
NWautos staff

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(Bonhams)

Classic Mercedes racer sets auction record
A classic Mercedes-Benz race car driven by Formula 1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio sold for $29.6 million at auction in England last week, crushing the previous record for a car sold at auction of $16.4 million. The 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 single-seater was driven to victories in the 1954 German and Swiss Grand Prix races. Bonhams auctioneers, which handled the deal, says the steel-colored car is in a "remarkably unspoiled" condition and that its parts are believed to be complete and workable after proper preparation.
New York Times News Service

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