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My Classic Car: John’s 1959 Holden Special

My Classic Car: John’s 1959 Holden Special

It wasn’t my car, it was my Dad’s Holden. I had my license for a couple of years and my Dad bought this Holden. I’d had an old 1948 Morris 8 which was just a heap. It cost me $35 to buy and hundreds to keep it on the road. Dad got this Holden Special […]

By October 16, 2014 Read More →
My Classic Car: Patrick’s 1965 Chrysler Turbine

My Classic Car: Patrick’s 1965 Chrysler Turbine

Some time in the 1960s I was working as publisher of a newspaper in the California desert. Chrysler came approached me and, because I worked in the newspaper industry and especially because the paper was in the desert, they asked me to drive their experimental turbine car for a designated period of time. The car […]

By October 9, 2014 Read More →
My Classic Car: Jose’s 1962 Volkswagen Beetle

My Classic Car: Jose’s 1962 Volkswagen Beetle

My first car was a 1953 Volkswagen Beetle (6-volt) that my father bought me when I was 20 years old. I enjoyed my time driving that small car. I liked it so much that my next car was a 1966 Beetle, which was my favorite. The car came with a 1600-cc engine but a friend […]

By October 7, 2014 Read More →

Eye Candy

Eye Candy: Cadillac Ranch

Eye Candy: Cadillac Ranch

Photos by Larry Edsall They sit there in a farmer’s field just south of — and easily visible from — Interstate 40, just west of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle. There are 10 of them. All vintage Cadillacs, from a 1949 Club Coupe to a 1963 sedan. But they aren’t parked in the usual, haphazard […]

By October 25, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Orphan Car Show, Phoenix

Eye Candy: Orphan Car Show, Phoenix

Photos by Bob and Marci Golfen An orphan car show might sound like a mournful affair, but it’s really a celebration of great if defunct automotive brands that have been kept alive by dedicated enthusiasts. In Phoenix, the 24th annual Orphan Car Show was held once again in a downtown neighborhood park where dozens of […]

By October 23, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Route 66 Motor Tour (in Arizona)

Eye Candy: Route 66 Motor Tour (in Arizona)

Photos by Larry Edsall   Passing cars When you can’t see May get you a glimpse Of eternity Burma-Shave Weather did its best to ruin the inaugural Route 66 Motor Tour, which drove through a few days of rain in Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma before encountering tornado-like conditions in the Texas panhandle. Some folks turned […]

By October 20, 2014 9 Comments Read More →

Features

Pick of the Week: 1954 Chevrolet 210 custom coupe

Pick of the Week: 1954 Chevrolet 210 custom coupe

“It’s alive! It’s alive!” Halloween always gets us thinking about famous horror-movie creepsters, from Count Dracula to Freddy Krueger, but the king of all creature features has to be the woebegone being who lumbered through the classic film Frankenstein. Pieced together from fragments of dead people, Frankenstein’s monster was an experiment gone awry in the […]

By October 24, 2014 Read More →
Autumn-mobiles: Celebrating classic cars in classic North Carolina scenery

Autumn-mobiles: Celebrating classic cars in classic North Carolina scenery

‘Autumn-mobiles’ is the title of a special photo feature in the October issue of Our State: North Carolina magazine, which asked the ClassicCars.com blog if we might like to reprint the 13 images, each of which spread over two full pages of the magazine. Needless to say, we are thrilled to share these amazing images […]

By October 19, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1955 Ford F100 custom pickup

Pick of the Week: 1955 Ford F100 custom pickup

An upcoming exhibit tracing the history of Ford F-Series pickup trucks since 1948, announced for January by LeMay – America’s Car Museum, seemed like a good jumping-off point for today’s Pick of the Week. Vintage pickups have hit their stride with collectors. What were once plain-Jane appliances for the farm or work site are being […]

By October 17, 2014 Read More →

Commentary

Jaguar drives its heritage, and others should follow

Jaguar drives its heritage, and others should follow

Jaguar’s latest great idea should be an object lesson for every automaker that wants to remind people about the triumphs of its past. Jaguar is all about its brilliant heritage, with good reason.  From Le Mans racing dominance to trend-setting luxury cars – and of course, the fabulous XK-E – Jaguar regularly channels history even […]

By October 22, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
The shrine and the science of cars and karst

The shrine and the science of cars and karst

The faithful, some of whom had waited in line for more than an hour, enter the domed structure as though they are walking into a cathedral or patriotic shrine. They speak to each other in hushed volumes. Conversations are quiet. Some eyes look up. Most focus on the floor — or seek a view even […]

By September 2, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Jaguar designer updates his classic Mark 2

Jaguar designer updates his classic Mark 2

A couple of years ago I was among those watching the unveiling of the latest Jaguar automobile and, like pretty much everyone else in the room, was stunned by the car’s beauty. While the car was stunning, its beauty was no surprise. This Jaguar was merely the most recent work produced by automotive artist Ian […]

By August 29, 2014 Read More →

Other Recent Stories

C.J. Wilson on his McLaren P1 road trip

C.J. Wilson on his McLaren P1 road trip

I’ve been waiting a few years for the P1, but before now, as a kid, the F1 was, for me, clearly the definition of a dream car. From my initial inquiry, ordering and ownership of the 12C, to completing the same steps for the P1, the whole process with McLaren has been fantastic. I’ve had a […]

By October 24, 2014 Read More →
‘Tin Goose’ Tucker prototype joins National Historic Vehicle Registry

‘Tin Goose’ Tucker prototype joins National Historic Vehicle Registry

In 1947, the first Tucker 48 – the prototype known as “The Tin Goose” – was on its way for unveiling when the weight of its heavy, rear-mounted and air-cooled engine proved too much for the car’s rear suspension, which broke. Undaunted, Preston Tucker went on to build 51 cars based on that prototype, 47 […]

By October 23, 2014 Read More →
Disputed ‘Easy Rider’ chopper sells for $1.35 million

Disputed ‘Easy Rider’ chopper sells for $1.35 million

Despite questions about its authenticity, a red-white-and-blue custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle purportedly used in the 1969 counterculture film Easy Rider sold for a record $1.35 million last weekend at a California auction of Hollywood memorabilia. The hammer price, not including auction fee, is reportedly the highest ever paid for a motorcycle, either at auction or in a […]

By October 22, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
Bonhams lands Herb Harris Collection for Vegas motorcycle auction

Bonhams lands Herb Harris Collection for Vegas motorcycle auction

Think “auctions” and “January” and you probably envision classic cars being sold in Phoenix and Scottsdale. But the 2015 auction calendar actually begins a few days earlier and a few hundred miles to the northwest with a pair of classic motorcycles sales in Las Vegas, where Bonhams sells at Bally’s and Mecum MidAmerica sets up […]

By October 21, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Goodwood sets dates for 2015 Festival, Revival

Goodwood sets dates for 2015 Festival, Revival

In England, Goodwood Motor Sport has announced 2015 dates for its Festival of Speed and Revival meeting, though the news release adds that the dates are “provisional.” The Festival of Speed, which includes the hill climb, is scheduled June 25-28. The Revival meeting will be staged September 11-13 at the Goodwood Motor Circuit. For additional […]

By October 21, 2014 Read More →