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JC Whitney shares a century of auto parts oddities

JC Whitney shares a century of auto parts oddities

As part of its centennial celebration, JC Whitney, the gigantic auto parts and accessories company, has searched the archives of its catalogs to find the 10 oddest auto accessories it ever has offered. “As we celebrate our centennial anniversary, it’s only natural to look back at some of the classics found in our catalog,” company […]

By February 26, 2015 16 Comments Read More →
Future classic: Honda S2000

Future classic: Honda S2000

The Honda S2000, or S2K, is one of the most likely future classics out there. The car first showed up in 1995 as a Sports Study Concept that was put into production as a 2000 model in 1999, named S2000 in relation with Honda’s S500, S600 and S800 sports cars from the 1960s, as well […]

By February 25, 2015 Read More →
Driven: 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel

Driven: 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel

What’s Chevrolet’s best-selling vehicle? Well, here in the United States, it’s the Silverado pickup truck. But worldwide, it’s the Cruze, the brand’s compact four-door sedan. One reason for the car’s global popularity is the availability of a diesel engine. With the new clean-diesel fuel available in the U.S. for several years — no more stinky […]

By February 23, 2015 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1959 Chevrolet El Camino

Pick of the Week: 1959 Chevrolet El Camino

“A car is just a car, but an El Camino is a lifestyle.” That’s the word from urbandictionary.com as it boosts the Chevy El Camino as a super-cool ride for stylin’ and profilin.’ The 1959 model has to be considered the greatest El Camino because of its pure chutzpah. The gaudy space-age styling of the […]

By February 20, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
Future Classic: Nissan 240SX

Future Classic: Nissan 240SX

When the movie The Fast and the Furious came out in 2001, the import tuner industry was in full swing in the United States. The movie featured a 1997 Nissan 240SX with Advan wheels and a huge spoiler, and driven by Michelle Rodriquez, it really caught everyone’s attention. The first 240SX was produced in 1989, […]

By February 18, 2015 Read More →
Pick of the Week: ’64 Alfa Romeo Guilia Sprint Speciale

Pick of the Week: ’64 Alfa Romeo Guilia Sprint Speciale

After 20 years absence, the great Italian brand Alfa Romeo returns to the U.S. with the all-new and reputedly spectacular 4C mid-engine sports coupe. My ClassicCars.com colleague Larry Edsall got to test drive one, and his Driven report appears here today. The Pick of the Week is a very special Alfa Romeo from more than […]

By February 13, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
Driven: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C coupe

Driven: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C coupe

There is no cruise control. No power steering. No struts to hold open the hatch that spans the engine and the unreasonably small trunk. No GPS. No push-button starter. No backup camera that might provide at least a helpful hint rather than leave you backing blindly out of a parking place. There are leather straps […]

By February 13, 2015 8 Comments Read More →
At last, it’s auction day, the first of many to come

At last, it’s auction day, the first of many to come

This is the last of four installments in the story of the first modern classic car auction. Here are links to part 1, part 2 and part 3. May 1, 1971, “dawned crystal clear,” Kirk F. White remembers. “It was the most dazzling May first in the history of the world. The weather was absolutely perfect.” As […]

By February 12, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
The consignments arrive, but so does an act of vandalism

The consignments arrive, but so does an act of vandalism

This is the third of four installments in the story of the first modern classic car auction. Here are links to part 1 and part 2. One sunny Sunday morning, Kirk F. White and his family emerged from St. Martin’s church into a scene of blooming dogwoods at the church’s pastoral campus in Radnor, a […]

By February 11, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
‘Tiny’ Gould makes a very big introduction

‘Tiny’ Gould makes a very big introduction

This is the second of four installments telling the story of the first modern classic car auction. Here’s the link to part 1. Kirk F. White was impressed by that auction in New York City, but not in good ways. “The scene, as I drove by slowly, was nearly amusing,” he writes in the manuscript […]

By February 10, 2015 Read More →