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Biggest automotive disappointments of all time

Biggest automotive disappointments of all time

Some new cars sneak into the world under the radar with little baggage in the form of expectations (realistic or otherwise).  Others are so heavily touted or anticipated that even the best can sink under the weight of unrealistic pressures. Here are some that, in addition to being under the microscope when introduced, suffered from […]

By May 11, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Mama and Baby REO: An heroic homecoming story

Mama and Baby REO: An heroic homecoming story

For those who think there is no altruism left in the world, I’d like to tell you the story of a Mama, a Baby and the couple who brought them home for good after they wandered the country apart for more than 100 years. Two of the principals in this fascinating story are human – […]

By May 9, 2014 Read More →
Museum celebrates more than Olds and his mobiles

Museum celebrates more than Olds and his mobiles

Several years ago, Collectable Automobile magazine called Lansing’s R.E. Olds Transportation Museum “one of the ten best small car museums in the country.” We still agree. Housed in an old city bus garage on the banks of the Grand River in downtown Lansing, Michigan, the museum preserves and celebrates not just automobiles but trucks and […]

By May 9, 2014 Read More →
80 years ago, Citroen changed the way people drive

80 years ago, Citroen changed the way people drive

Today, front-wheel drive is the rule, not the exception, among the cars on the road. But it wasn’t always that way. Some auto racers had success in the 1920s with cars that were pulled rather than pushed, and there was the Cord L-29, a front-drive luxury car that was introduced at the end of that […]

5 forgotten ’80s classics

5 forgotten ’80s classics

Automotively speaking, the 1980s were certainly better than the mid-1970s in terms of quality and innovation. Still, few cars from the era have emerged as true collectibles. Here are five of our favorites that we think deserve more attention:  

By May 8, 2014 Read More →
The Interview: McKeel Hagerty

The Interview: McKeel Hagerty

McKeel Hagerty is president and chief executive of Hagerty Insurance, which is based in Traverse City, Mich. Since 2000, he has served as a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens (FIVA) preservation class and was the youngest person ever to be asked to serve in such a […]

By May 6, 2014 Read More →
Boomers vs. Gen Xers: The cars

Boomers vs. Gen Xers: The cars

Gen Xers are poised to inherit the classic car hobby. It’s already starting to happen. As I mentioned in “For Sale by Boomer” in the March issue of Car and Driver, the market for 1950s Americana is already starting to fall flat as the oldest boomers (now pushing 70) start to cash out. Gen Xers (those born […]

Love ‘em or hate ‘em? 5 controversial car designs

Love ‘em or hate ‘em? 5 controversial car designs

The old phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” wasn’t coined in reference to cars, but it might as well have been. Some cars, like the 1963-67 Corvette Sting Ray and Jaguar E-Type, are almost universally admired, while others are passionately loved by some and loathed by others. Here are five of the […]

RM offers ‘fantastic things’ at Monaco auction

RM offers ‘fantastic things’ at Monaco auction

Wouldn’t you just hate to work for RM Auctions? Each May, on an alternating basis, you face having to travel either to picturesque Lake Como in northern Italy or to the Principality of Monaco on the shores of the Mediterranean. Of course, there’s a lot of work to do while you’re there, organizing a major […]

By May 2, 2014 Read More →
5 of the most influential classic designs

5 of the most influential classic designs

Certain cars just won’t recede into the automotive fossil record. Designers (particularly those from their company of origin) keep going back to the well. And why not? It’s almost impossible to top the cars on this list:

By May 1, 2014 Read More →