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My Classic Car: John’s 1959 Holden Special

My Classic Car: John’s 1959 Holden Special

It wasn’t my car, it was my Dad’s Holden. I had my license for a couple of years and my Dad bought this Holden. I’d had an old 1948 Morris 8 which was just a heap. It cost me $35 to buy and hundreds to keep it on the road. Dad got this Holden Special […]

By October 16, 2014 Read More →
My Classic Car: Patrick’s 1965 Chrysler Turbine

My Classic Car: Patrick’s 1965 Chrysler Turbine

Some time in the 1960s I was working as publisher of a newspaper in the California desert. Chrysler came approached me and, because I worked in the newspaper industry and especially because the paper was in the desert, they asked me to drive their experimental turbine car for a designated period of time. The car […]

By October 9, 2014 Read More →
My Classic Car: Jose’s 1962 Volkswagen Beetle

My Classic Car: Jose’s 1962 Volkswagen Beetle

My first car was a 1953 Volkswagen Beetle (6-volt) that my father bought me when I was 20 years old. I enjoyed my time driving that small car. I liked it so much that my next car was a 1966 Beetle, which was my favorite. The car came with a 1600-cc engine but a friend […]

By October 7, 2014 Read More →

Eye Candy

Eye Candy: Orphan Car Show, Phoenix

Eye Candy: Orphan Car Show, Phoenix

Photos by Bob and Marci Golfen An orphan car show might sound like a mournful affair, but it’s really a celebration of great if defunct automotive brands that have been kept alive by dedicated enthusiasts. In Phoenix, the 24th annual Orphan Car Show was held once again in a downtown neighborhood park where dozens of […]

By October 23, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Route 66 Motor Tour (in Arizona)

Eye Candy: Route 66 Motor Tour (in Arizona)

Photos by Larry Edsall   Passing cars When you can’t see May get you a glimpse Of eternity Burma-Shave Weather did its best to ruin the inaugural Route 66 Motor Tour, which drove through a few days of rain in Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma before encountering tornado-like conditions in the Texas panhandle. Some folks turned […]

By October 20, 2014 9 Comments Read More →
Eye Candy: Hershey Car Corral

Eye Candy: Hershey Car Corral

Photos by Dennis David Once again, the annual AACA fall meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania, was a success with vendors lining approximately 25 miles of cars, parts, and everything in-between. Lining the outside perimeter was the famous car corral, featuring cars and trucks from all decades. Indeed, collectors bring their vehicles in hopes of a sale […]

By October 18, 2014 Read More →

Features

Pick of the Week: 1954 Chevrolet 210 custom coupe

Pick of the Week: 1954 Chevrolet 210 custom coupe

“It’s alive! It’s alive!” Halloween always gets us thinking about famous horror-movie creepsters, from Count Dracula to Freddy Krueger, but the king of all creature features has to be the woebegone being who lumbered through the classic film Frankenstein. Pieced together from fragments of dead people, Frankenstein’s monster was an experiment gone awry in the […]

By October 24, 2014 Read More →
Autumn-mobiles: Celebrating classic cars in classic North Carolina scenery

Autumn-mobiles: Celebrating classic cars in classic North Carolina scenery

‘Autumn-mobiles’ is the title of a special photo feature in the October issue of Our State: North Carolina magazine, which asked the ClassicCars.com blog if we might like to reprint the 13 images, each of which spread over two full pages of the magazine. Needless to say, we are thrilled to share these amazing images […]

By October 19, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1955 Ford F100 custom pickup

Pick of the Week: 1955 Ford F100 custom pickup

An upcoming exhibit tracing the history of Ford F-Series pickup trucks since 1948, announced for January by LeMay – America’s Car Museum, seemed like a good jumping-off point for today’s Pick of the Week. Vintage pickups have hit their stride with collectors. What were once plain-Jane appliances for the farm or work site are being […]

By October 17, 2014 Read More →

Commentary

Jaguar drives its heritage, and others should follow

Jaguar drives its heritage, and others should follow

Jaguar’s latest great idea should be an object lesson for every automaker that wants to remind people about the triumphs of its past. Jaguar is all about its brilliant heritage, with good reason.  From Le Mans racing dominance to trend-setting luxury cars – and of course, the fabulous XK-E – Jaguar regularly channels history even […]

By October 22, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
The shrine and the science of cars and karst

The shrine and the science of cars and karst

The faithful, some of whom had waited in line for more than an hour, enter the domed structure as though they are walking into a cathedral or patriotic shrine. They speak to each other in hushed volumes. Conversations are quiet. Some eyes look up. Most focus on the floor — or seek a view even […]

By September 2, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Jaguar designer updates his classic Mark 2

Jaguar designer updates his classic Mark 2

A couple of years ago I was among those watching the unveiling of the latest Jaguar automobile and, like pretty much everyone else in the room, was stunned by the car’s beauty. While the car was stunning, its beauty was no surprise. This Jaguar was merely the most recent work produced by automotive artist Ian […]

By August 29, 2014 Read More →

Other Recent Stories

Poll results: What do you do to get your classic ready for winter weather?

The Question of the Week for the week of October 13th , 2014 asked you what do you do to get your classic ready for winter weather? Mouse over or tap on each slice to learn what you told us:    Other: “Move it to Florida.” “Drive it!” “Make sure its covered and in a garage.” […]

By October 20, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Mecum’s 2014 Chicago auction

Eye Candy: Mecum’s 2014 Chicago auction

Photos by Larry Nutson Yes, it’s an auction for buyers and sellers. However, it’s also a wonderful car show. Mecum Auctions’ 2014 Chicago classic and collector car auction returned to the suburban Schaumburg Convention Center with an exceptional lineup of nearly 1,000 collector cars headlined by a healthy variety of American muscle, Corvettes and more. […]

By October 17, 2014 Read More →
2014 Orange County Auto Show Recap with duPont Registry LIVE

2014 Orange County Auto Show Recap with duPont Registry LIVE

On Oct. 2, we kicked off Motor Trend’s show season at the Anaheim Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Our booth was against the back wall, situated between Audi and Maserati of Newport Beach. First to arrive was the 270 mph Hennessey Venom GT. The amount of air it consumes at idle is more than your car […]

By October 16, 2014 Read More →
Brenda Vernor shares her insider’s view of Enzo and Ferrari racing’s glory days in F1

Brenda Vernor shares her insider’s view of Enzo and Ferrari racing’s glory days in F1

From the early 1970s until the death of Enzo Ferrari in 1988, Brenda Vernor had a unique and insider’s role in Ferrari’s Formula One racing program. British born, Vernor was an English translator for Enzo and the only woman among 199 men. How did a woman from Surrey, England, end up working for Ferrari? “I […]

By October 15, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Hershey Swap Meet

Eye Candy: Hershey Swap Meet

Photos by Dennis David For the classic car community, this is the Super Bowl, World Series, Master’s Tournament, and the Daytona 500 rolled into one: The biggest car show and swap meet on the face of the planet. If you need a starter for a 1934 Hudson, you’ll find it at Hershey. If you need […]

By October 15, 2014 2 Comments Read More →