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My Classic Car: Rod’s 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

My Classic Car: Rod’s 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

My ’57 Chevy came to me after a few “horse trades” in the late 1960s. I bought a ’63 Pontiac Grand Prix 421 NASCAR-optioned car and played with it for a while. Man was that a super car! Then one of my buddies on leave from Vietnam had spotted a ’62 Chevy Bel Air hardtop […]

By December 7, 2014 Read More →
My Classic Car: Justin’s, and now Joe’s, 1979 Ford Ranchero

My Classic Car: Justin’s, and now Joe’s, 1979 Ford Ranchero

We bought our Ranchero as a second car for my son Justin when he was in his second year of high school. He had it for about three days and came home upset because as he said, “Dad someone keyed the whole left side of the Ranchero!” I went out and looked at it and […]

By December 4, 2014 Read More →
My Classic Car: Glen’s 1964 Pontiac Parisienne convertible

My Classic Car: Glen’s 1964 Pontiac Parisienne convertible

There is a reason I am supposed to own this car. Spring, 1979, friends are talking about a friend of a friend, etc. who is looking at buying a car in St. James. It is a ’64 Pontiac ragtop. My brother had one and I always liked it. They gave the location during this conversation […]

By December 2, 2014 Read More →

Eye Candy

Eye Candy: Ron Pratte’s pedal car collection

Eye Candy: Ron Pratte’s pedal car collection

Photos by Larry Edsall Like so many youngsters of the baby boom generation, I had a pedal car. My recollection is that it was modeled after a fire truck, and it was much more maroon than red in color. I remember pedaling it up and down the sidewalk on our side of Richmond Street, the […]

By December 20, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Ron Pratte’s neon sign and gas-pump globe collection

Eye Candy: Ron Pratte’s neon sign and gas-pump globe collection

Photos by Larry Edsall Earlier this month, classic car auction house Barrett-Jackson arranged for members of the automotive media to visit what ClassicCars.com associate editor Bob Golfen accurately described as Ron Pratte’s man cave. Pratte, homebuilder turned car collector — and now moving on to other things that have captured his interest — erected a […]

By December 13, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Greyhound celebrates its centennial with historic bus tour

Eye Candy: Greyhound celebrates its centennial with historic bus tour

Photos by Larry Edsall America’s demand for steel meant things were booming in the early 20th Century on northern Minnesota’s iron-rich Mesabi Range. New towns were being built for miners and their families, as were businesses to supply their needs. In Hibbing, Andy Anderson and Charles Wenberg opened a Hupmobile car dealership. One way to […]

By December 9, 2014 Read More →

Features

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1978 Tupolev N007 Gullwing Boat

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1978 Tupolev N007 Gullwing Boat

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 12th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. In 1961, the Russian military ordered the Tupolev Aircraft Company to design and build an amphibious craft small enough to be transported […]

By December 22, 2014 Read More →
Driven: 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

Driven: 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

It is designated as Arizona 288, the Desert to Tall Pines Highway, and while it does climb high into the Sierra Ancha mountains northeast of Phoenix, only the southern portion of the road is paved. As the road climbs, it not only changes in composition but in width. Pavement gives way to what appears to […]

By December 22, 2014 Read More →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: A pair of micro cars

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: A pair of micro cars

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 11th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. 1959 Fiat Jolly In the late 1950s and early ’60s, Fiat commissioned Carrozzeria Ghia to build a small number of custom bodies […]

By December 21, 2014 Read More →

Commentary

What’s so special about the ’57 Chevy (part 2)

What’s so special about the ’57 Chevy (part 2)

A few days ago I became sidetracked while trying to figure out why the 1957 Chevrolet has become such an iconic classic car. Actually, it’s more than an iconic classic car. It’s become an icon of American culture. However, as I wrote a few days ago, back in 1957 the Chevy was pretty much the […]

By December 11, 2014 50 Comments Read More →
What was so special about the ’57 Chevy?

What was so special about the ’57 Chevy?

Occasional detours, as frustrating as they may seem at the time, often turn out to make the drive better because they take us down roads and to places we otherwise might never have explored. I mention this because, when I sat down to write this story, my plan was to attempt to figure out why […]

By December 8, 2014 39 Comments Read More →
If only there were a way to keep Pratte collection intact and open to the public…

If only there were a way to keep Pratte collection intact and open to the public…

The day before yesterday, at the invitation of the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction company, I spent several hours wandering open-mouthed within Ron Pratte’s immaculately spotless, meticulously displayed car and automobilia collection, which is housed in a large, hangar-style structure in a private airpark at Chandler, Arizona. As you know, Pratte is selling his collection of […]

By December 5, 2014 Read More →

Other Recent Stories

RM, Sotheby’s planning another NYC sale

RM, Sotheby’s planning another NYC sale

In the fall of 2013, RM and Sotheby’s “set out to create the finest automobile auction that there has ever been,” which is how RM founder Rob Myers put it. That sale was the “Art of the Automobile” auction and was staged in New York City, where people are accustomed to purchasing major works of […]

By December 22, 2014 Read More →

Poll Results: Which set of fine ’57 fins do you prefer?

The Question of the Week for the week of December 15th , 2014 asked you which set of fine ’57 fins do you prefer? Mouse over or tap on each slice to learn what you told us:     

By December 22, 2014 Read More →
2014 top stories: No. 10 — Arizona Concours is a dazzling debutant

2014 top stories: No. 10 — Arizona Concours is a dazzling debutant

I admit it. I was among the skeptics last summer when I heard that a group of car guys in the Phoenix area had formed a committee and were talking about staging a Pebble Beach-style concours d’elegance in conjunction with Arizona Auction Week. Oh, there has been talk for several years about adding not only […]

By December 22, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
What were the top classic car stories of 2014?

What were the top classic car stories of 2014?

Wow. This has been quite a year for the classic car community. Consider just a few of the events that have taken place since January 1, 2014: A post-war car won Best of Show at Pebble Beach. A sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum and swallowed eight cars. A fire-damaged and barn-found Ferrari sold […]

By December 21, 2014 Read More →
Velocity/Discovery Channel announce new on-air talent for Barrett-Jackson telecasts

Velocity/Discovery Channel announce new on-air talent for Barrett-Jackson telecasts

Cable TV’s Velocity and the Discovery Channel, which take over live coverage of Barrett-Jackson starting with the signature Scottsdale collector-car sales event in January, have announced an on-camera team of auto experts and television personalities. Barrett-Jackson announced in April that it was switching from the Fox network after its longtime TV partnership with SPEED, which […]

By December 20, 2014 Read More →