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My Classic Car: Steve’s 1966 Dodge Dart

My Classic Car: Steve’s 1966 Dodge Dart

I was attending a monthly meeting of the POC (Plymouth Owners Club) and one of our members brought to my attention that in a national magazine (Hemming’s News) someone was selling a Dodge Dart convertible with a SC area code. When I got home and researched the number I found out it was only 25 […]

By February 24, 2015 Read More →
My Classic Car: The Largers’ 1942 Chrysler Windsor Town & Country wagon

My Classic Car: The Largers’ 1942 Chrysler Windsor Town & Country wagon

Our 1942 Chrysler Town & Country is one of the very last civilian vehicles produced in late January, 1942. It came off the assembly line one month after Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, and just before Chrysler-built Sherman tanks began rolling off the assembly lines. Not only is this vehicle one of the rarest of […]

By February 22, 2015 Read More →
My Classic Car: David’s 1973 De Tomaso Pantera

My Classic Car: David’s 1973 De Tomaso Pantera

When I was young, my father was a manager at the local Chrysler plant. He was in charge of facilities and part of his task was to ensure company vehicles were properly repaired. The local body shop that had the Chrysler contract was the Carlini Brothers Body shop. One day when my father stopped off […]

By February 12, 2015 3 Comments Read More →

Eye Candy

Eye Candy: Engines Exposed at The Henry Ford

Eye Candy: Engines Exposed at The Henry Ford

Photos by Kevin A. Wilson We see a lot of engines at car shows. More than we might like, really — the practice of parking the car and popping the hood is widespread but can ruin attendees’ view of a vehicle’s design and disrupt photo opportunities. A line of show cars yawning is not often […]

By February 24, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
Eye Candy: Shelby GT350 50th anniversary and reunion

Eye Candy: Shelby GT350 50th anniversary and reunion

Photos by Howard Koby Willow Springs Raceway was built in 1953 as one of the first purpose-built road courses in the United States. Back in the day, people wondered why someone would build a racetrack on a barren so-called wasteland out in the desert well beyond Los Angeles. The track was designed and built by […]

By February 21, 2015 Read More →
Eye Candy: Nicole’s all-day automotive adventure

Eye Candy: Nicole’s all-day automotive adventure

Photos by Nicole James and Matthew Fink One of the things I love about living in Scottsdale, Arizona — especially at this time of year — is that there’s so much going on with classic, collector and exotic cars. Take last Saturday as an example. Car enthusiasts in the Phoenix area had probably a dozen events they […]

By February 15, 2015 Read More →

Features

Pick of the Week: Mazda RX-7

Pick of the Week: Mazda RX-7

Some Japanese sports cars are gaining leverage with car collectors, but others, not so much. Production models such as Datsun 240Z and Toyota Supra are rising in value and appreciation, and the limited-production Toyota 2000GT regularly hits a million dollars at auction. Mazda also has an entry in that game, the rare Cosmo that’s currently […]

By February 27, 2015 Read More →
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 12 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 →

Commentary

Rising Sun, indeed: Japanese cars being sought by collectors, concours and museums

Rising Sun, indeed: Japanese cars being sought by collectors, concours and museums

Recently, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum announced the first Japanese sports car to join its permanent collection. No the car is not a BRE 240Z or a Bob Sharp Racing 280ZX raced by Paul Newman. Instead, it is a 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo. The car was a gift to the museum from John J. […]

By February 27, 2015 Read More →
‘Unsafe at Any Speed’ hits 50 years; targeted Corvair dangers, sparked consumerism and cost me a ride

‘Unsafe at Any Speed’ hits 50 years; targeted Corvair dangers, sparked consumerism and cost me a ride

As the book Unsafe at Any Speed, Ralph Nader’s seminal assault on the Chevrolet Corvair and a complacent U.S. auto industry, marks its 50th anniversary this year, I can’t help but recall how it not only had a profound effect on the future of automobiles but also on my own automotive aspirations. Like most teenage […]

By February 23, 2015 23 Comments Read More →
What RM Sotheby’s deal means to the classic car hobby

What RM Sotheby’s deal means to the classic car hobby

Sotheby’s acquisition of a 25 percent stake in RM Auctions is big news for high-end car collectors, but what does it mean to the hobby in general? First of all, this is a deal that has been long in the making. RM and Sotheby’s have partnered in a limited capacity for a number of years. […]

By February 20, 2015 3 Comments Read More →

Other Recent Stories

Hagerty offers up its ‘hot list’ of future classics

Hagerty offers up its ‘hot list’ of future classics

Classic car enthusiasts often may wonder what they can buy today that will become collectible, well, not as soon as tomorrow, but at some point in the future. Each year, the collector car experts at Hagerty publish their list of vehicles that they think have strong potential to become collectible sometime within the next quarter century. To […]

By February 27, 2015 Read More →
Leake opens auction season with $6.8 million OKC sale

Leake opens auction season with $6.8 million OKC sale

Leake Auction Company opened its 2015 season by attracting a record crowd last weekend to Cox Pavilion at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds, where 428 vehicles crossed the two-lane auction block. Seventy-one percent of those vehicles sold for a combined $6.8 million. “The Oklahoma City auction was a thundering success,” Richard Sevenoak, president of the Leake […]

By February 27, 2015 Read More →
Ernie Hemmings, founder of collector-car ‘bible,’ dies

Ernie Hemmings, founder of collector-car ‘bible,’ dies

To help gain customer support for the antique Ford parts business that he inherited from his father, Ernest Robert Hemmings started 60 years ago with a hand-typed mimeographed newsletter that he distributed to about 500 people who paid subscriptions priced at 50 cents per year. He considered his publication to be a magazine and he […]

By February 27, 2015 Read More →
Motostalgia partners with SVRA for Brickyard auction

Motostalgia partners with SVRA for Brickyard auction

Motostalgia has launched a partnership with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) to become the official collector-car auction company for the national vintage-racing group. The joint venture starts with a Motostalgia sale during SVRA’s Brickyard Racing Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on June 12. About 100 premium cars are planned for the auction, Motostalgia […]

By February 26, 2015 Read More →
Navigation-audio system designed for classic Porsches

Navigation-audio system designed for classic Porsches

Even classic Porsche drivers get lost, though they would be the last to admit it. So to help them avoid having to ask for directions, Porsche has developed a thoroughly modern update for its vintage cars, and designed it to look like it was supposed to be there all along. The Porsche Classic division of […]

By February 26, 2015 Read More →