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Driven: 2015 Toyota Camry

Driven: 2015 Toyota Camry

The first time I saw one of those “Bold New Camry” television commercials, I had two thoughts: They’ve finally fired that oh-so-obnoxious actor who’s been in way too many Toyota commercials during the past few years, and The only thing bold about the Camry is the gumption of those who developed and approved this new […]

By December 8, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: World’s Fair-built ’34 Chevrolet sedan

Pick of the Week: World’s Fair-built ’34 Chevrolet sedan

The Pick of the Week is a remarkable piece of General Motors history, something that has been largely forgotten in the intervening 80 years despite its singular magic. Not too many people know of GM’s Century of Progress exhibit at the 1933-34 Chicago World’s Fair. Nor do they recall that fairgoers could order a new […]

By December 5, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Driven: Ford Fiesta ST hot hatchback

Driven: Ford Fiesta ST hot hatchback

While it’s hard to think of the compact Ford Focus ST as anybody’s big brother, that’s exactly the relationship we have with the Fiesta ST, a surprisingly sophisticated little hot rod that takes a similar performance approach and applies it to an even-smaller package. Taking the standard subcompact Fiesta economy car, Ford engineers have added […]

By December 1, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1964 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance

Pick of the Week: 1964 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance

One of the big items to celebrate on Thanksgiving is your health, and that you weren’t hauled off to hospital in one of these things. Actually, today’s Pick of the Week is a rare piece of medical history, a 1964 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance that appears to be fully operational and ready to roll to the […]

By November 28, 2014 Read More →
Driven: 2015 Honda Fit

Driven: 2015 Honda Fit

Each year on the eve of its SEMA Show, the staff of the Specialty Equipment Market Association walks the nearly 30 miles of booths and vehicle displays in and around the Las Vegas Convention Center and does a car count. At the 2014 show earlier this month, that count counted some 1,500 cars and trucks. […]

By November 28, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1937 Ford Tudor ‘slantback’ street rod

Pick of the Week: 1937 Ford Tudor ‘slantback’ street rod

The gigantic Goodguys hot-rod show last weekend at WestWorld has me psyched for cool custom cars. So I was totally pleased to come across a street rod in one of my all-time favorite pre-war body styles, advertised on ClassicCars.com. Not only that, today’s Pick of the Week – a sharp-looking 1937 Ford Tudor “slantback” sedan […]

By November 21, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Driven: 2015 Kia Soul EV

Driven: 2015 Kia Soul EV

I’m wondering if the people who drove electric cars a century ago were plagued by range anxiety. By the way, those people included Henry Ford’s wife, Clara, who bought a Detroit Electric because she found her husband’s cars simply too noisy. While Mrs. Ford bought a Detroit, the largest of the early electric car producers […]

By November 19, 2014 Read More →
Bookshelf: The story of one 1957  Chevrolet station wagon and the 14 people who have owned it

Bookshelf: The story of one 1957 Chevrolet station wagon and the 14 people who have owned it

The Classic Car Bookshelf Auto Biography: A Classic Car, an Outlaw Motorhead, and 57 Years of the American Dream By Earl Swift Published 2014 Publisher HarperCollins Format Hardcover Pages 356 ISBN 9780062282668 Purchase Amazon As this book’s subtitle reminds us, it has been 57 years since the ’57 Chevy rolled off General Motors assembly lines […]

By November 18, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1972 AMC Javelin police-car tribute

Pick of the Week: 1972 AMC Javelin police-car tribute

“Tribute cars” are generally nothing to get excited about. Among their numbers, countless Mustangs turned into Eleanors, Chargers turned into General Lees and Furys turned into Christines. And, of course, the many clones of Copo Camaros and the like. Often, they are just kitschy replicas of the real thing. But sometimes a tribute car that […]

By November 14, 2014 6 Comments Read More →
Houses… car collection… Ron Pratte now moving on to new building projects

Houses… car collection… Ron Pratte now moving on to new building projects

There’s a pretty good chance you were in the room or watching via live television when Ron Pratte bought Carroll Shelby’s personal 427 Super Snake Cobra… or the 1949 MG TC that was the first car Shelby ever drove in a race… or the gigantic GM Futurliner… or the Pontiac Bonneville, a GM Motorama concept […]

By November 10, 2014 7 Comments Read More →