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My Classic Car: Steve’s 1956 Imperial

My Classic Car: Steve’s 1956 Imperial

‘Beatrice” was a 1956 Imperial sedan named for the nurse who took care of my mother during a protracted illness in 1955 when the car was introduced. Beatrice, the nurse, looked after me also, and was well loved. One Saturday morning the Chrysler dealers were meeting at a hotel nearby our home and three Imperials […]

By November 25, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
My Classic Car: Tom’s 1962 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

My Classic Car: Tom’s 1962 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

My dad and mom purchased this car in 1962 here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is still in original condition — paint, interior and very low mileage. The car has power steering, brakes, windows, seats, antenna with Wonder Bar AM radio, auto headlight dimmer and cruise control. The air conditioning still blows cold. My dad […]

By November 23, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
My Classic Car: Brown family’s 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

My Classic Car: Brown family’s 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

My Dad only bought one new car when my brother and I were coming of age in the 1950s in southeastern Oklahoma. He went to the Chevrolet dealership in Hugo and bought a top-of-the-line 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 4-door sedan. I’ll never forget the “new car smell’ inside it the day he drove it home. […]

By November 2, 2014 Read More →

Eye Candy

Eye Candy: Connecticut Street Rod Association Swap Meet and Car Corral

Eye Candy: Connecticut Street Rod Association Swap Meet and Car Corral

Photos by Dennis David It marks the beginning and the end of the season in the Northeast, where the winter chill forces all but the hardiest of classic car road warriors off the roads for a few months. The Connecticut Street Rod Association’s spring and fall swap meets are the first and the last to […]

By November 24, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2014

Eye Candy: London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2014

Photos by Howard Koby On November 14, 1896, 30 motorcars participated in the Emancipation Run, a drive that celebrated the passage of Britain’s Highway Act, the law that raised the speed limit for “light locomotives” from 4 to 14 miles per hour and did away with the requirement that such motorcars be preceded by a […]

By November 22, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Goodguys ends 2014 season with huge Southwest Nationals

Eye Candy: Goodguys ends 2014 season with huge Southwest Nationals

Photos by Bob Golfen and Larry Edsall The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association ended its 2014 car-show season last weekend with a massive turnout for the 17th annual Southwest Nationals at WestWorld in Scottsdale. The colorful swarm of hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks and classics totaled 3,423, more than a 10-percent increase compared with […]

By November 18, 2014 Read More →

Features

Pick of the Week: 1937 Ford Tudor ‘slantback’ street rod

Pick of the Week: 1937 Ford Tudor ‘slantback’ street rod

The gigantic Goodguys hot-rod show last weekend at WestWorld has me psyched for cool custom cars. So I was totally pleased to come across a street rod in one of my all-time favorite pre-war body styles, advertised on ClassicCars.com. Not only that, today’s Pick of the Week – a sharp-looking 1937 Ford Tudor “slantback” sedan […]

By November 21, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Driven: 2015 Kia Soul EV

Driven: 2015 Kia Soul EV

I’m wondering if the people who drove electric cars a century ago were plagued by range anxiety. By the way, those people included Henry Ford’s wife, Clara, who bought a Detroit Electric because she found her husband’s cars simply too noisy. While Mrs. Ford bought a Detroit, the largest of the early electric car producers […]

By November 19, 2014 Read More →
Bookshelf: The story of one 1957  Chevrolet station wagon and the 14 people who have owned it

Bookshelf: The story of one 1957 Chevrolet station wagon and the 14 people who have owned it

The Classic Car Bookshelf Auto Biography: A Classic Car, an Outlaw Motorhead, and 57 Years of the American Dream By Earl Swift Published 2014 Publisher HarperCollins Format Hardcover Pages 356 ISBN 9780062282668 Purchase Amazon As this book’s subtitle reminds us, it has been 57 years since the ’57 Chevy rolled off General Motors assembly lines […]

By November 18, 2014 Read More →

Commentary

Legends: Living and otherwise, fabled and fabulous

Legends: Living and otherwise, fabled and fabulous

The first time I heard the Brothers Magliozzi, I got to laughing so hard I nearly drove off the road, which would not have been a good thing since at the time I was driving at a rapid rate of speed, heading north on Interstate 75 somewhere in southern Ohio. But I somehow got myself […]

By November 13, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
For Historic Vehicle Association, classic cars aren’t just a hobby, they’re an American heritage

For Historic Vehicle Association, classic cars aren’t just a hobby, they’re an American heritage

Each year, somewhere between 12- and 15-million motor vehicles — cars and trucks, minivans and sedans, coupes and convertibles — are banished to American wrecking yards, and in many cases to the crusher. And those are just the intentional losses. Everyone knows the fate of the Norseman, the Ghia-built Chrysler concept that went down with […]

By November 12, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Hagerty wonders: Will there be room on the road for classic cars in our autonomous-vehicle future?

Hagerty wonders: Will there be room on the road for classic cars in our autonomous-vehicle future?

It wasn’t billed as a keynote address, just a few opening remarks at the dinner that welcomed some 70 people to the third Historic Vehicle Association Summit last week in Middleburg, Virginia. But it seems that anytime McKeel Hagerty talks about classic cars, his words provide a thought-provoking, tone-setting perspective on the subject. “Everything I […]

By October 27, 2014 13 Comments Read More →

Other Recent Stories

First McLaren P1 for sale in U.S.

First McLaren P1 for sale in U.S.

The first original owner McLaren P1 is for sale in the United States, on duPontRegistry.com. This Volcano Yellow hybrid supercar has only 325 miles on the odometer and is in perfect condition. Matched with the striking body finish are black and yellow Giovanna GFG Forged FM-562 wheels in a 20-21″ set up. These wheels have the exact same diameter, […]

By November 25, 2014 Read More →
Holland & Holland Range Rover: Most expensive Range Rover ever

Holland & Holland Range Rover: Most expensive Range Rover ever

Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations has partnered with another of England’s most heralded brands, Holland & Holland, to create an iconic new vehicle designed for luxury in outdoor pursuits. According to a press release issued by the marque Nov. 6, The Holland & Holland Range Rover is “the most expensive Range Rover ever.” An exclusive line that […]

By November 19, 2014 Read More →

Poll Results: What age were you when you bought your first classic car?

The Question of the Week for the week of November 10th , 2014 asked you what age your were when you bought your first classic car? Mouse over or tap on each slice to learn what you told us:   

Brand-new 34-year-old hatchback brings $79K at Silverstone auction

Brand-new 34-year-old hatchback brings $79K at Silverstone auction

Ever wonder what a “brand new” 34-year-old car might be worth? Well, just such a car sold last week at Silverstone Auctions’ Classic Motor Show sale in England, and it sold for twice its pre-auction estimate. The car was a 1980 Talbot Lotus Sunbeam, sort of the British version of the Dodge Omni Shelby GLH […]

By November 18, 2014 Read More →
Next generation of collectors helps push auction action past $1 billion in one-year period

Next generation of collectors helps push auction action past $1 billion in one-year period

The Classic Car Bookshelf Classic Car Auction Yearbook: 2013-2014 By Adolfo Orsi and Raffaele Gazzi Published 2014 Publisher Historica Selecta Format Hardcover Pages 392 ISBN 9788896232064 Purchase Amazon In the past year — and for the first time — the sale of classic cars at major auctions around the world exceeded $1 billion — yes, […]

By November 17, 2014 Read More →