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My Classic Car: Mark’s 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 40

My Classic Car: Mark’s 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 40

I was born in Southern California in 1975. My dad, a Protestant minister, did his level best to pass his love for classic automobiles to me. By 1985, now 10 years of age and living in Alabama, I shared his passion for antique cars, particularly ‘50s and ‘60s Chevys. Tragically, my mother lost her 10-year […]

My Classic Car: Jonathan’s 1951 Studebaker

My Classic Car: Jonathan’s 1951 Studebaker

I was 9 years old in 1951. My aunt and uncle owned a new ’51 Studebaker and they reluctantly let me drive it on the farm. I promptly drove it into the creek and it had to be pulled out with the tractor. It was 8 years later before my folks let me drive again. […]

By July 20, 2014 Read More →
My Classic Car: Wayne’s 1975 Ford Torino

My Classic Car: Wayne’s 1975 Ford Torino

My daughter was getting married and wanted a classic car for a wedding car. I tried to rent one from the local car club people but it was no go. Since 1978, I had this 1975 Ford Torino in the garage and it was pretty rough. But one fine day, Cherry, my daughter decided it was […]

Eye Candy

Eye Candy: Concours d’Elegance of America preview day

Eye Candy: Concours d’Elegance of America preview day

Photos by Larry Edsall The man in the sport coat was standing close enough to the car to protect it but far enough away so as not to be part of the photos I was taking. “Do you know what it is?” he asked. I admitted I had no idea. “It’s a Ford,” he said. […]

By July 21, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Highway Earth Car Show

Eye Candy: Highway Earth Car Show

Photos by Howard Koby This is a tale of nature, classic cars and the ghosts of Hollywood… Highway Earth Car show was the brainchild of automotive photographer Evan Kline, a car lover who always had this “dream of bringing our community together in a magazine,” so he started a publication named Highway Earth and organized […]

By July 19, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Retro Roll In

Eye Candy: Retro Roll In

Photos by Larry Edsall When he was 18 years old, Jim Legeret’s mother bought him a used but little-driven 1956 Plymouth Fury. But this was not any sort of ordinary Fury. This was one of the Fury Special 8 models, one of the white with gold trim factory sport coupe hot-rods just like the one […]

By July 15, 2014 Read More →

Features

Bookshelf: Insight into auction operations

Bookshelf: Insight into auction operations

The Classic Car Bookshelf The Supermodel and the Brillo Box by Don Thompson Published 2014 Publisher Palgrave Macmillan & Co. Format Hardcover Pages 282 ISBN 9781137279088 Purchase Amazon ‘Most consignments from individuals reach the auction room through the four D’s: Death, Divorce, Debt, and Discretion. The fourth refers to a change in collecting focus — […]

By July 21, 2014 Read More →
20-year journey: A Tatra makes its way to Pebble Beach

20-year journey: A Tatra makes its way to Pebble Beach

Imagine spending 20 years on a vehicle’s restoration and then, just a few days after its completion, you pack up your baby and entrust it to a shipping company, all in expectation of a reunion 4,279 miles away. Pavel Kasik was willing to accept that scenario because the reunion will take place on the 18th […]

By July 18, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1960 Buick LeSabre hardtop

Pick of the Week: 1960 Buick LeSabre hardtop

When the talk turns to tailfins, who could forget the sleek pair that adorned the 1959-60 Buick? Slanted outward from a crested line starting at the front doors, they were a stunning embellishment of sporty style that closed out an exuberant era of car design. The Pick of the Week is a red-and-white 1960 Buick […]

By July 18, 2014 Read More →

Commentary

Teenage angst: Learning to shift for yourself, and perhaps to gain an appreciation for classic cars

Teenage angst: Learning to shift for yourself, and perhaps to gain an appreciation for classic cars

Back when I was learning to drive, and perhaps it was the same for you if you are of a certain age, I had no choice but to learn on a car with a manual transmission. We’d become a two-car family a couple of years before I started driving. With my little brother well into […]

Bertone designers were a who’s who of styling skills

Bertone designers were a who’s who of styling skills

‘Though his name would become synonymous with some of the most gorgeous automotive design’s evercreated, Nuccio Bertone was not one of the world’s greatest automotive designers. However, perhaps no one was more adept than Bertone at identifying those who could — and indeed would — create many of the world’s most aesthetically pleasing motor vehicles.” […]

By July 14, 2014 Read More →
How (and where) are you celebrating Collector Car Appreciation Day?

How (and where) are you celebrating Collector Car Appreciation Day?

“Resolved, That the Senate — designates July 11, 2014, as ‘Collector Car Appreciation Day’; recognizes that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States; and encourages the people of the United States to engage in events and commemorations […]

By July 8, 2014 Read More →

Other Recent Stories

Classic Profile: Mercedes 710 Type SS

Classic Profile: Mercedes 710 Type SS

Sometimes a picture reveals more than what first appears. What drew me to this picture is the Mercedes 710 Type SS. Looking almost new, this car was still something special a decade after its manufacture and clearly seems well cared for. The Mercedes W06, as the factory designated it, Type SS was the top of […]

By July 17, 2014 Read More →
My Classic Car: Joe’s 1970 GMC Custom Deluxe

My Classic Car: Joe’s 1970 GMC Custom Deluxe

Growing up in the 1970s I got to see cars and trucks from 1950s on up. My brothers and I would sit out front of the house play the car game. The cars and trucks passing by we would need to name the make, model and year. My Father was the heavy influence on our […]

My Classic Car: Danny’s Dad’s Hudson Hornet

My Classic Car: Danny’s Dad’s Hudson Hornet

The year was approximately 1952. We were living in Missouri. I can remember sitting in the front seat, looking out the side window. I could just barely see over the window sill. I probably looked like Killroy. To me, at the time, it was a big car. I can still remember the smell of the […]

Eye Candy: San Marino Motor Classic

Eye Candy: San Marino Motor Classic

Photos by Howard Koby At the historic Rose Bowl and the Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, California, the Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance staged its inaugural event May 21, 2006, featuring more than 250 antique, classic, exotic and vintage automobiles being judged in 31 classes. For an added treat, KABC’s “Motorman” Leon Kaplan broadcast his popular […]

By July 12, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner

Pick of the Week: 1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner

By 1954, the domestic automakers were getting into the swing of the ’50s and seeking out ways to set themselves apart. For Ford, the biggest news was the new overhead-valve Y-block V8 that replaced its longstanding side-valve engine. But there was more, and today’s Pick of the Week focuses on a short-lived option that came […]