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Magazine presents classic cars in print or pixels

Magazine presents classic cars in print or pixels

Richard Truesdell laments the loss of such classic car magazines as Automobile Quarterly, Motor Trend Classic and Musclecar Enthusiast. But the realities of the print-on-paper world are such that producing a glossy-surfaced, real-paper (even if it’s recycled) publication is very expensive. And as Truesdell points out, as much as we all enjoy browsing the various […]

Bookshelf:  Big cars + big engines = big passions

Bookshelf: Big cars + big engines = big passions

 Classic Car Bookshelf Cadillac V-16s Lost and Found: Tracing the Histories of the 1930s Classics by Christopher W. Cummings Published 2014 Publisher McFarland & Co. Format Soft cover Pages 284 ISBN 9780786475704 Purchase Amazon   Christopher Cummings writes that, “Almost as soon as the Cadillac V-16s came to market, economic, technological and cultural forces conspired […]

When restorations lose touch with historic reality

When restorations lose touch with historic reality

What does the resurrection of the wooly mammoth, the passenger pigeon and other extinct animal species have to do with the restoration of classic cars, be they Duesenbergs , DeSotos or Datsuns? Maybe nothing. Or maybe something. The New York Times Magazine recently published Nathaniel Rich’s 7,500-word article, “The New Origin of the Species,” about […]

Bookshelf: ‘Dust and Glory’ available as e-books

Bookshelf: ‘Dust and Glory’ available as e-books

I missed the first edition of Leo Levine’s Ford: The Dust and the Glory, A Racing History, though not by very much. I bought my second-printing copy in the summer of 1969 in a book store in Boston while we, fresh out of our respective colleges, were on our way home from honeymooning on Canada’s […]

Stylish Buick Riviera shows enduring appeal

Stylish Buick Riviera shows enduring appeal

The proclamation last weekend at the Detroit Autorama of a spectacular custom 1964 Buick Riviera, named Rivision, as winner of the coveted Ridler Award got us thinking about the first generation Riviera coupes,  one of the most beautiful car designs of their era. The 1963 Buick Riviera was a startling creation when it was unveiled […]

By March 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Chart provides entertaining perspective on what makes cars appealing at auction

Chart provides entertaining perspective on what makes cars appealing at auction

Did you know that 28 percent of the vehicles offered for auction in January at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale were red? Or that 19 percent were black? And if you add in the 16 percent that were blue, those three colors covered more than half the lots that crossed the block? But get this: Among the […]

Hooves? No, Clydesdales had four wheels (and other things we learned reading McFarland books)

Hooves? No, Clydesdales had four wheels (and other things we learned reading McFarland books)

Think “Clydesdale” and the images that probably come to mind are those strong and majestic horses in the Budweiser beer commercials. But did you know that a couple of decades before the Anheuser-Busch brewery trotted out its now iconic horse-drawn wagons in 1933, the Clydesdale was the emblem of a car company? Well, not exactly […]

By February 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Reading this could win you a free classic car book

Reading this could win you a free classic car book

Did you know that the names of nine Spanish cities — Cordoba, Granada, Ibiza, Leon, Malaga, Marbella, Rondo, Seville and Toledo — have been appropriated by automakers for their own vehicles? You no doubt know that England’s national racing color was green and Italy’s was red. You even may know that Spain’s was red with […]

By February 17, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Did someone really pay half-a-million for dirt and grime?

Did someone really pay half-a-million for dirt and grime?

What do we do when we erase patina, when we cover over the historic evidence of the object’s travel through time to the present day? What do we do when we eliminate the very finger prints of the past by restoring cars to “original,” or “improving” them to make them better drivers or more successful […]

By January 31, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Strong Arizona auctions set the stage for solid 2014

Strong Arizona auctions set the stage for solid 2014

Arizona auction week started off the 2014 collector-car calendar with a bang. The six auctions sold 2,312 vehicles for a total of nearly $249 million and an average price of $107,096, all significant gains over 2013 results. The premium auction houses – RM, Gooding and Bonhams – stepped up with great collections of cars, and […]

By January 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →