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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: National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

Eye Candy: National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

Photos by Howard Koby In the lush countryside about 90 miles south of London, in the New Forest between Bournemouth and Southampton, resides is a 7,000-acre Victorian estate called Beaulieu. It is the home of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu and family and includes their residence, the Palace House; the Beaulieu Abbey and Exhibition, a conserved […]

By December 27, 2014 Read More →
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 →

Features

2014 top stories: No. 4 — Classic cars auctioned online

2014 top stories: No. 4 — Classic cars auctioned online

The news was big enough that veteran collector-car auction pro Rick Cole was returning to Monterey with his own sale. But the way he was doing it was even bigger news. Cole created the first auction on the Monterey Peninsula during the classic car weekend in 1986. In 2014, he again demonstrated his inventive spirit. […]

By December 28, 2014 Read More →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: Blastolene B-702 roadster

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: Blastolene B-702 roadster

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 18th 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 one-of-a-kind Blastolene B-702 Custom Roadster (Lot #2507) was designed and constructed in 2007 by the Blastolene team of Michael Leeds and […]

By December 28, 2014 Read More →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1969 Trans Am rivals

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1969 Trans Am rivals

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 17th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 A true 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 (Lot #2049), this car has matching date codes, casting numbers […]

By December 27, 2014 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

Pick of the Week: ‘Starsky and Hutch’ tribute Torino

Pick of the Week: ‘Starsky and Hutch’ tribute Torino

One of the most memorable cop shows of the 1970s was Starsky and Hutch, a classic buddy adventure series with plenty of yucks and mugging by the star-power lead actors, Paul Michael Glaser as Starsky and David Soul as Hutch. But what makes Starsky and Hutch most memorable, at least for gearheads like us, was […]

By December 26, 2014 Read More →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: Beverly Hillbillies custom truck

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: Beverly Hillbillies custom truck

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 16th 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 vehicle was built, signed and purchased from none other than George Barris of Barris Kustom Industries, which has been in business […]

By December 26, 2014 Read More →
2014 top stories: No. 7 — ‘Barn-find’ mania at the auctions

2014 top stories: No. 7 — ‘Barn-find’ mania at the auctions

Probably the best poster car for the seemingly insatiable rise of “barn-find” classic cars during 2014 was the British sale of what was most-likely the worst Ferrari Dino ever brought to auction, bar none. That would be the incredibly rusted-out 1973 Dino that had stood neglected in a soggy English garage with a leaky roof […]

By December 25, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1950 GM Futurliner

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1950 GM Futurliner

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 15th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. One of only 12 built by General Motors, the Futurliner is a self-contained display and transport vehicle created by the GM design […]

By December 25, 2014 Read More →
2014 top stories: No. 8 — Auctions change TV channels

2014 top stories: No. 8 — Auctions change TV channels

For so many years, the Barrett-Jackson classic car auctions and the SPEED Channel were nearly symbiotic, the SPEED cable programming bringing unparalleled popularity to Barrett-Jackson and the auction programming bringing an enthusiastic audience of viewers to SPEED. But things change, and the Fox parent group last year decided to terminate SPEED as an automotive channel […]

By December 24, 2014 3 Comments Read More →