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My Classic Car: Rod’s 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

My Classic Car: Rod’s 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

My ’57 Chevy came to me after a few “horse trades” in the late 1960s. I bought a ’63 Pontiac Grand Prix 421 NASCAR-optioned car and played with it for a while. Man was that a super car! Then one of my buddies on leave from Vietnam had spotted a ’62 Chevy Bel Air hardtop […]

By December 7, 2014 Read More →
My Classic Car: Justin’s, and now Joe’s, 1979 Ford Ranchero

My Classic Car: Justin’s, and now Joe’s, 1979 Ford Ranchero

We bought our Ranchero as a second car for my son Justin when he was in his second year of high school. He had it for about three days and came home upset because as he said, “Dad someone keyed the whole left side of the Ranchero!” I went out and looked at it and […]

By December 4, 2014 Read More →
My Classic Car: Glen’s 1964 Pontiac Parisienne convertible

My Classic Car: Glen’s 1964 Pontiac Parisienne convertible

There is a reason I am supposed to own this car. Spring, 1979, friends are talking about a friend of a friend, etc. who is looking at buying a car in St. James. It is a ’64 Pontiac ragtop. My brother had one and I always liked it. They gave the location during this conversation […]

By December 2, 2014 Read More →

Eye Candy

Eye Candy: Ron Pratte’s pedal car collection

Eye Candy: Ron Pratte’s pedal car collection

Photos by Larry Edsall Like so many youngsters of the baby boom generation, I had a pedal car. My recollection is that it was modeled after a fire truck, and it was much more maroon than red in color. I remember pedaling it up and down the sidewalk on our side of Richmond Street, the […]

By December 20, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Ron Pratte’s neon sign and gas-pump globe collection

Eye Candy: Ron Pratte’s neon sign and gas-pump globe collection

Photos by Larry Edsall Earlier this month, classic car auction house Barrett-Jackson arranged for members of the automotive media to visit what ClassicCars.com associate editor Bob Golfen accurately described as Ron Pratte’s man cave. Pratte, homebuilder turned car collector — and now moving on to other things that have captured his interest — erected a […]

By December 13, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Greyhound celebrates its centennial with historic bus tour

Eye Candy: Greyhound celebrates its centennial with historic bus tour

Photos by Larry Edsall America’s demand for steel meant things were booming in the early 20th Century on northern Minnesota’s iron-rich Mesabi Range. New towns were being built for miners and their families, as were businesses to supply their needs. In Hibbing, Andy Anderson and Charles Wenberg opened a Hupmobile car dealership. One way to […]

By December 9, 2014 Read More →

Features

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: A pair of micro cars

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: A pair of micro cars

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 11th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. 1959 Fiat Jolly In the late 1950s and early ’60s, Fiat commissioned Carrozzeria Ghia to build a small number of custom bodies […]

By December 21, 2014 Read More →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1940 Ford Woody Wagon

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1940 Ford Woody Wagon

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 10th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. This 1940 Ford Woody Wagon (Lot #2021) was restored by Doug Delorme, a 30-plus year employee in the design department of Ford […]

By December 20, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1924 Moreland fuel-delivery truck

Pick of the Week: 1924 Moreland fuel-delivery truck

Just in time for Christmas, the Pick of the Week is an antique toy truck that would look great under the tree. A really big tree. Because this toy is a full-size 1925 Moreland Model RR6 fuel-delivery truck emblazoned with classic lion-head Gilmore Gasoline signage and which the seller says, “remains in remarkable condition.” Really, […]

By December 19, 2014 1 Comment Read More →

Commentary

What’s so special about the ’57 Chevy (part 2)

What’s so special about the ’57 Chevy (part 2)

A few days ago I became sidetracked while trying to figure out why the 1957 Chevrolet has become such an iconic classic car. Actually, it’s more than an iconic classic car. It’s become an icon of American culture. However, as I wrote a few days ago, back in 1957 the Chevy was pretty much the […]

By December 11, 2014 50 Comments Read More →
What was so special about the ’57 Chevy?

What was so special about the ’57 Chevy?

Occasional detours, as frustrating as they may seem at the time, often turn out to make the drive better because they take us down roads and to places we otherwise might never have explored. I mention this because, when I sat down to write this story, my plan was to attempt to figure out why […]

By December 8, 2014 39 Comments Read More →
If only there were a way to keep Pratte collection intact and open to the public…

If only there were a way to keep Pratte collection intact and open to the public…

The day before yesterday, at the invitation of the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction company, I spent several hours wandering open-mouthed within Ron Pratte’s immaculately spotless, meticulously displayed car and automobilia collection, which is housed in a large, hangar-style structure in a private airpark at Chandler, Arizona. As you know, Pratte is selling his collection of […]

By December 5, 2014 Read More →

Other Recent Stories

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: Vintage motorcycles

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: Vintage motorcycles

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. 1907 Harley-Davidson ‘strap tank’ Commonly referred to as a “strap tank” because of how the oil tank is secured to the gas […]

By December 19, 2014 Read More →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1936 Chrysler Airflow Custom 2-Door Coupe

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1936 Chrysler Airflow Custom 2-Door Coupe

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. The Chrysler Airflow was introduced in 1934 and sold through 1937. But the aerodynamic design concept was so advanced that the buying […]

By December 18, 2014 Read More →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1912 Packard Sightseeing Bus

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1912 Packard Sightseeing Bus

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. This 1912 Packard Sightseeing Bus (Lot #2505) is more than a piece of Packard history. It’s a slice of California history as […]

By December 17, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Drew Alcazar on the business and pleasure of conducting classic car auctions

Drew Alcazar on the business and pleasure of conducting classic car auctions

Fifteen years ago, when Drew and Josephine Alcazar were launching their Russo and Steele auction company in Phoenix, the notion of selling a car for a million dollars or more was something he might have contemplated once or twice all year, Drew remembers. And eight-figure sales were nothing but a pipe dream. Lately, however, such […]

By December 16, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 2013 Chevrolet Corvette VIN 001 convertible

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 2013 Chevrolet Corvette VIN 001 convertible

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. Sporting VIN #0001, this 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot #2528) was the first Corvette built for Chevrolet’s special 2013 Corvette 427 Collector […]

By December 16, 2014 Read More →