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Homemade KITT: ‘Knight Rider’ replica car

Homemade KITT: ‘Knight Rider’ replica car

Chris Palmer needed five Pontiac Trans Ams, numerous visits to eBay, countless hours of work and the generosity of several friends to recreate the car that starred in the hit 1980s television show “Knight Rider.” And he wouldn’t hesitate to do it all over again. “It was totally worth it – more than worth it,” Palmer said […]

By April 10, 2014 Read More →
Gone in a flash: 5 of the quickest automotive flashes

Gone in a flash: 5 of the quickest automotive flashes

Hundred-year anniversaries in the automotive world are nearly as common as new reality TV shows (General Motors, Aston Martin and Alfa Romeo all turned 100 recently). The car companies on this list weren’t as fortunate. Here are some of our favorite flashes in a pan:

By April 8, 2014 Read More →
Fateful 5: Once popular, these cars may disappear in the next decade

Fateful 5: Once popular, these cars may disappear in the next decade

Pick any car on this list and, five years ago, they seemed to be everywhere. Today, they’re becoming rare sights indeed. And five to 10 years from now, they’ll mostly be gone. It’s the march of time intersecting with their generally disposable nature, these five are our picks for imminent extinction:

By April 6, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Multiple Choice: Lamborghini classic or contemporary?

Multiple Choice: Lamborghini classic or contemporary?

Like the Concorso Italiano held each summer on the Monterey Peninsula, the inaugural Desert Concorso was a celebration of Italian cars (and music and more). While wandering around the driving range at the Shadow Mountain resort in Palm Desert, we were struck by the parking plan — a 1965 Lamborghini 350GT right next to a […]

By April 6, 2014 Read More →
5 delightful designs by American Motors

5 delightful designs by American Motors

Last  year marked the 30th anniversary of the end of the American Motors Corporation as a truly American enterprise. In 1983, Renault of France bought a controlling interest in the company, bringing to an end some of the most stunning shoestring budget innovation that the American auto industry had ever seen. Here are five of […]

By April 3, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
The Interview: John Kraman

The Interview: John Kraman

John Kraman was raised in automobile crazy Los Angeles during the 1960s and he never grew out of his obsession with cars. He has been the full-time consignment director for Mecum Auctions since 2006. Since 2008 he also has been a commentator and analyst for television coverage of Mecum auctions. His personal collection of cars […]

By April 1, 2014 Read More →
Secrets of the original Volkswagen Beetle

Secrets of the original Volkswagen Beetle

The original air-cooled VW Beetle lasted an incredible 58 years in production, during which time it was fundamentally unchanged. It’s a record that will likely never be approached, let alone broken. Although nearly everyone of a certain age has at least one Beetle story or fond memory, there are a few things still not generally known about […]

By April 1, 2014 Read More →
Multiple Choice: 1957 Buick or 1957 Mercury?

Multiple Choice: 1957 Buick or 1957 Mercury?

Once again, you’re at an auction (in this case, it’s a Silver Auction) and you can afford to bring home only one of these classics. Your choice involves 1957 models from two of Detroit’s upscale brands — a two-tone green Buick Century and a red-and-white Mercury Turnpike Cruiser. Which one do you want, and why?

Secrets of the Camaro

Secrets of the Camaro

One of America’s favorite pony cars, the Camaro has an interesting past with more than a few buried facts and secrets hiding just below the radar. Here are five of our favorites: The Camaro was almost called the Panther — It took a while for Chevrolet to come up with a final name for the Camaro. For […]

By March 30, 2014 Read More →
AutoFair gears up for another gigantic event

AutoFair gears up for another gigantic event

Thousands of cool old cars. Hundreds of Elvis impersonators. The last car ever driven by Elvis. Fiftieth anniversary Mustang mania. And racing pigs. All part of the scene when more than 100,000 people converge for the annual AutoFair hosted by OldRide.com from April 3-6 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., one of the biggest […]

By March 26, 2014 Read More →