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Pick of the Week: 1960 Ford Thunderbird custom coupe

Pick of the Week: 1960 Ford Thunderbird custom coupe

“If there was one car crying out for a custom makeover, it’s the Ford Thunderbird of 1958-1961.” So begins the seller’s lengthy and colorful description of the clean, customized 1960 Ford Thunderbird that serves as our Pick of the Week. Located in Fort Worth, Texas, this ‘Bird is basically stock, but with paint and trim […]

By December 12, 2014 Read More →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: Coddington quartet

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: Coddington quartet

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the second in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. 1932 Ford Custom Roadster This 1932 Ford Custom Roadster (Lot #2011) is one of the most famous Deuce roadsters with hot rodders. […]

By December 12, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1953 Buick Roadmaster

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1953 Buick Roadmaster

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the first in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. This historic 1953 Buick Roadmaster four-door sedan (Lot #2503) was personally customized for 20th century Renaissance man Howard Hughes. One of his […]

By December 11, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Driven: 458 + 610 – 4 + 911 = 1,732 (horsepower of fun)

Driven: 458 + 610 – 4 + 911 = 1,732 (horsepower of fun)

Yes, I know, the math in the headline is not correct. But trust me, the answer is accurate. Sometimes, it’s fun being a guinea pig, especially when being a test subject involves snuggling yourself in behind the steering wheel and driving three of the world’s latest supercars. In this case, those cars were a Ferrari […]

By December 9, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
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 →