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My Classic Car: Steve’s 1966 Dodge Dart

My Classic Car: Steve’s 1966 Dodge Dart

I was attending a monthly meeting of the POC (Plymouth Owners Club) and one of our members brought to my attention that in a national magazine (Hemming’s News) someone was selling a Dodge Dart convertible with a SC area code. When I got home and researched the number I found out it was only 25 […]

By February 24, 2015 Read More →
My Classic Car: The Largers’ 1942 Chrysler Windsor Town & Country wagon

My Classic Car: The Largers’ 1942 Chrysler Windsor Town & Country wagon

Our 1942 Chrysler Town & Country is one of the very last civilian vehicles produced in late January, 1942. It came off the assembly line one month after Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, and just before Chrysler-built Sherman tanks began rolling off the assembly lines. Not only is this vehicle one of the rarest of […]

By February 22, 2015 Read More →
My Classic Car: David’s 1973 De Tomaso Pantera

My Classic Car: David’s 1973 De Tomaso Pantera

When I was young, my father was a manager at the local Chrysler plant. He was in charge of facilities and part of his task was to ensure company vehicles were properly repaired. The local body shop that had the Chrysler contract was the Carlini Brothers Body shop. One day when my father stopped off […]

By February 12, 2015 3 Comments Read More →

Eye Candy

Eye Candy: Engines Exposed at The Henry Ford

Eye Candy: Engines Exposed at The Henry Ford

Photos by Kevin A. Wilson We see a lot of engines at car shows. More than we might like, really — the practice of parking the car and popping the hood is widespread but can ruin attendees’ view of a vehicle’s design and disrupt photo opportunities. A line of show cars yawning is not often […]

By February 24, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
Eye Candy: Shelby GT350 50th anniversary and reunion

Eye Candy: Shelby GT350 50th anniversary and reunion

Photos by Howard Koby Willow Springs Raceway was built in 1953 as one of the first purpose-built road courses in the United States. Back in the day, people wondered why someone would build a racetrack on a barren so-called wasteland out in the desert well beyond Los Angeles. The track was designed and built by […]

By February 21, 2015 Read More →
Eye Candy: Nicole’s all-day automotive adventure

Eye Candy: Nicole’s all-day automotive adventure

Photos by Nicole James and Matthew Fink One of the things I love about living in Scottsdale, Arizona — especially at this time of year — is that there’s so much going on with classic, collector and exotic cars. Take last Saturday as an example. Car enthusiasts in the Phoenix area had probably a dozen events they […]

By February 15, 2015 Read More →

Features

Pick of the Week: Mazda RX-7

Pick of the Week: Mazda RX-7

Some Japanese sports cars are gaining leverage with car collectors, but others, not so much. Production models such as Datsun 240Z and Toyota Supra are rising in value and appreciation, and the limited-production Toyota 2000GT regularly hits a million dollars at auction. Mazda also has an entry in that game, the rare Cosmo that’s currently […]

By February 27, 2015 Read More →
JC Whitney shares a century of auto parts oddities

JC Whitney shares a century of auto parts oddities

As part of its centennial celebration, JC Whitney, the gigantic auto parts and accessories company, has searched the archives of its catalogs to find the 10 oddest auto accessories it ever has offered. “As we celebrate our centennial anniversary, it’s only natural to look back at some of the classics found in our catalog,” company […]

By February 26, 2015 14 Comments Read More →
Future classic: Honda S2000

Future classic: Honda S2000

The Honda S2000, or S2K, is one of the most likely future classics out there. The car first showed up in 1995 as a Sports Study Concept that was put into production as a 2000 model in 1999, named S2000 in relation with Honda’s S500, S600 and S800 sports cars from the 1960s, as well […]

By February 25, 2015 Read More →

Commentary

Rising Sun, indeed: Japanese cars being sought by collectors, concours and museums

Rising Sun, indeed: Japanese cars being sought by collectors, concours and museums

Recently, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum announced the first Japanese sports car to join its permanent collection. No the car is not a BRE 240Z or a Bob Sharp Racing 280ZX raced by Paul Newman. Instead, it is a 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo. The car was a gift to the museum from John J. […]

By February 27, 2015 9 Comments Read More →
‘Unsafe at Any Speed’ hits 50 years; targeted Corvair dangers, sparked consumerism and cost me a ride

‘Unsafe at Any Speed’ hits 50 years; targeted Corvair dangers, sparked consumerism and cost me a ride

As the book Unsafe at Any Speed, Ralph Nader’s seminal assault on the Chevrolet Corvair and a complacent U.S. auto industry, marks its 50th anniversary this year, I can’t help but recall how it not only had a profound effect on the future of automobiles but also on my own automotive aspirations. Like most teenage […]

By February 23, 2015 23 Comments Read More →
What RM Sotheby’s deal means to the classic car hobby

What RM Sotheby’s deal means to the classic car hobby

Sotheby’s acquisition of a 25 percent stake in RM Auctions is big news for high-end car collectors, but what does it mean to the hobby in general? First of all, this is a deal that has been long in the making. RM and Sotheby’s have partnered in a limited capacity for a number of years. […]

By February 20, 2015 4 Comments Read More →

Other Recent Stories

Poll results: Which is the coolest muscle car or pony car color?

The Question of the Week for the week of February 16th, 2015 asked you which is the coolest muscle car or pony car color? You voted and these are the results!

By February 23, 2015 Read More →
Mazda gets ‘central feature’ display at 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Mazda gets ‘central feature’ display at 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Many classic car events, from concours to vintage races, designate a featured marque, focusing attention on a particular automaker and its historic vehicles, perhaps Porsche or Duesenberg or the designs by Pininfarina. At the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, they have a Central Feature, a spectacular Ferris-wheel-sized piece of art that literally elevates automobiles as […]

By February 23, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
Squire prototype, company rights offered in private sale

Squire prototype, company rights offered in private sale

Three years ago, a 1937 Squire 1 1/2-liter drophead coupe with English Corsica bodywork sold at the RM Auctions sale at Amelia Island for $990,000. Now, and after some 20 years in storage, a prototype for the supercharged Squire Eight has emerged and is being offered for sale. This car is just the prototype, but […]

By February 23, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
Driven: 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel

Driven: 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel

What’s Chevrolet’s best-selling vehicle? Well, here in the United States, it’s the Silverado pickup truck. But worldwide, it’s the Cruze, the brand’s compact four-door sedan. One reason for the car’s global popularity is the availability of a diesel engine. With the new clean-diesel fuel available in the U.S. for several years — no more stinky […]

By February 23, 2015 Read More →
Father of Datsun 240Z dies at age 105

Father of Datsun 240Z dies at age 105

Yutaka Katayama, beloved as the father of the Datsun 240Z and portrayed as “Mr. K” in a series of television commercials, has died at the age of 105. It was Katayama, the first president of Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A., who refused to allow the new sports car to be marketed in the United States as […]

By February 22, 2015 1 Comment Read More →