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* 1933 Pierce-Arrow Model 1236, sold, $48,700: Before going bankrupt in 1937, Pierce-Arrow built some impressive high-class automobiles, such as this 150-horsepower V-12 sedan. The seller claims it was stripped of its body sometime during in the 1930s to go land-speed racing at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The car appears in good shape overall and the selling price seems fair. Visit ebaymotors.com.

Auto trivia

* The famed East Africa Safari Rally was originally named the East African Coronation Safari in 1953, in honor of the ascension of Queen Elizabeth II to the British throne that year.

* In 1914, a typical automobile's gasoline engine produced about 10 horsepower per liter of engine displacement. Today, that number can be well over 100 horsepower per liter.

Who am I?

To guess my secret identity, read the following clues.

1) You might not have heard of me, but you probably know of the talent I nurtured while in Formula One.

2) "Without (him), I would not be where I am today," legendary F1 driver Jackie Stewart once said.

3) At 6 foot 5 inches, I was known to many simply as "Uncle Ken."

4) This Brit's race cars were all painted blue. One even had six wheels.

5) I died at age 77 in 2001 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Answer at the end of this column.

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* 2020 Toyota Corolla: The 12th-generation of the world's best-selling car nameplate (more than 46 million sold since 1966) arrives for the 2020 model year with more expressive styling and a new 169-horsepower, four-cylinder engine that replaces the previous 132-horse unit. Also new for 2020 is a gasoline-electric hybrid option, rated at 121 horsepower, with the battery pack located beneath the rear seat.

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* "Ferrari," 514 pages, $6,000, www.taschen.com: The first 250 Art Edition copies of "Ferrari," by journalist Pino Allievi (of the 1,947 copies, representing the year the automaker was founded), chronicles the marque's history and includes hundreds of rare photos. The book's case resembles the cylinder heads of a V-12 Ferrari engine, in half scale. The 250 "Art Edition" books that include a stand resembling exhaust headers cost a jaw-dropping $30,000 each.

* 50-quart ARB refrigerator/freezer, about $924, www.arbusa.com: Built for heavy-duty outdoor use, the compressor of this 50-quart-capacity unit can keep ice from melting, even on 90 degree days, while drawing less amperage than required to power a single headlight, says ARB. You can plug in to your vehicle's 12-volt power source or a 120-volt wall socket (the refrigerator is also solar-panel- and generator-compatible). The interior includes separate compartments for fruit and dairy products plus a removable shelf for chilling larger items. There are also larger 63- and 82-quart models.

Still stumped?

Ken Tyrell began as a race driver, but gave it up to be a team owner who developed other more talented drivers.

-- Wheelbase Media

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