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My Classic Car: Don’s 1963 Chevrolet Impala

My Classic Car: Don’s 1963 Chevrolet Impala

I was 18 working as a pump jockey. A guy that came into are service station had this car, a 1963 Chevrolet Impala, and I always loved it. One day, he came in and was driving a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle. I asked about the 1963. He said it was for sale. It had a 409 […]

By July 25, 2014 Read More →
My Classic Car: Mark’s 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 40

My Classic Car: Mark’s 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 40

I was born in Southern California in 1975. My dad, a Protestant minister, did his level best to pass his love for classic automobiles to me. By 1985, now 10 years of age and living in Alabama, I shared his passion for antique cars, particularly ‘50s and ‘60s Chevys. Tragically, my mother lost her 10-year […]

My Classic Car: Jonathan’s 1951 Studebaker

My Classic Car: Jonathan’s 1951 Studebaker

I was 9 years old in 1951. My aunt and uncle owned a new ’51 Studebaker and they reluctantly let me drive it on the farm. I promptly drove it into the creek and it had to be pulled out with the tractor. It was 8 years later before my folks let me drive again. […]

By July 20, 2014 Read More →

Eye Candy

Eye Candy: Concours d’Elegance of America preview day

Eye Candy: Concours d’Elegance of America preview day

Photos by Larry Edsall The man in the sport coat was standing close enough to the car to protect it but far enough away so as not to be part of the photos I was taking. “Do you know what it is?” he asked. I admitted I had no idea. “It’s a Ford,” he said. […]

By July 21, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Highway Earth Car Show

Eye Candy: Highway Earth Car Show

Photos by Howard Koby This is a tale of nature, classic cars and the ghosts of Hollywood… Highway Earth Car show was the brainchild of automotive photographer Evan Kline, a car lover who always had this “dream of bringing our community together in a magazine,” so he started a publication named Highway Earth and organized […]

By July 19, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Retro Roll In

Eye Candy: Retro Roll In

Photos by Larry Edsall When he was 18 years old, Jim Legeret’s mother bought him a used but little-driven 1956 Plymouth Fury. But this was not any sort of ordinary Fury. This was one of the Fury Special 8 models, one of the white with gold trim factory sport coupe hot-rods just like the one […]

By July 15, 2014 Read More →

Features

Pick of the Week: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R1

Pick of the Week: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R1

One of the most unusual standout designs during the early 1960s was that of the Studebaker Avanti, a “personal luxury” coupe that debuted in April 1962. Created by a team assembled by famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy, the fiberglass-bodied Avanti was true to its name as an avant garde original. As usual, Studebaker was ahead […]

By July 25, 2014 Read More →
Bookshelf: Insight into auction operations

Bookshelf: Insight into auction operations

The Classic Car Bookshelf The Supermodel and the Brillo Box by Don Thompson Published 2014 Publisher Palgrave Macmillan & Co. Format Hardcover Pages 282 ISBN 9781137279088 Purchase Amazon ‘Most consignments from individuals reach the auction room through the four D’s: Death, Divorce, Debt, and Discretion. The fourth refers to a change in collecting focus — […]

By July 21, 2014 Read More →
20-year journey: A Tatra makes its way to Pebble Beach

20-year journey: A Tatra makes its way to Pebble Beach

Imagine spending 20 years on a vehicle’s restoration and then, just a few days after its completion, you pack up your baby and entrust it to a shipping company, all in expectation of a reunion 4,279 miles away. Pavel Kasik was willing to accept that scenario because the reunion will take place on the 18th […]

By July 18, 2014 Read More →

Commentary

Teenage angst: Learning to shift for yourself, and perhaps to gain an appreciation for classic cars

Teenage angst: Learning to shift for yourself, and perhaps to gain an appreciation for classic cars

Back when I was learning to drive, and perhaps it was the same for you if you are of a certain age, I had no choice but to learn on a car with a manual transmission. We’d become a two-car family a couple of years before I started driving. With my little brother well into […]

Bertone designers were a who’s who of styling skills

Bertone designers were a who’s who of styling skills

‘Though his name would become synonymous with some of the most gorgeous automotive design’s evercreated, Nuccio Bertone was not one of the world’s greatest automotive designers. However, perhaps no one was more adept than Bertone at identifying those who could — and indeed would — create many of the world’s most aesthetically pleasing motor vehicles.” […]

By July 14, 2014 Read More →
How (and where) are you celebrating Collector Car Appreciation Day?

How (and where) are you celebrating Collector Car Appreciation Day?

“Resolved, That the Senate — designates July 11, 2014, as ‘Collector Car Appreciation Day’; recognizes that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States; and encourages the people of the United States to engage in events and commemorations […]

By July 8, 2014 Read More →

Other Recent Stories

LeMay museum offers two free drive-in movie nights

LeMay museum offers two free drive-in movie nights

It will be drive-in movie night this Saturday, and again August 16, at LeMay — America’s Car Museum. Oh, and the movies can be viewed at no charge, and with the Tacoma skyline and Puget Sound in the background. The feature this weekend is Smokey and the Bandit. On August 16, American Graffiti that will […]

By July 25, 2014 Read More →
Unique coachbuilt 1966 Ferrari ‘Tre Posti’ offered for first time at Gooding’s auction at Pebble Beach

Unique coachbuilt 1966 Ferrari ‘Tre Posti’ offered for first time at Gooding’s auction at Pebble Beach

Another fantastic Ferrari has been added to the auction docket for Monterey with the announcement that the unique and groundbreaking 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale “Tre Posti” will be featured at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach sale. The one-off prototype – Ferrari’s first mid-engine V12 road-going supercar – is considered an artwork of automotive […]

By July 24, 2014 Read More →
Mystery solved, and World War I veteran Cadillac takes its place on the National Historic Vehicle Registry

Mystery solved, and World War I veteran Cadillac takes its place on the National Historic Vehicle Registry

It took nine years, but “he solved a mystery.” This is how Christie Lassen explains her husband’s quest to discover the story of a car that he bought and which now has become the fourth vehicle included in the new National Historic Vehicle Register, a project of the Historic Vehicle Association and the U.S. Department […]

By July 24, 2014 Read More →
Misselwood Estate provides ocean view for its concours

Misselwood Estate provides ocean view for its concours

Cars, art and fashion combine for the fifth annual Misselwood Concours d’Elegance from July 26-27 at the Misselwood Estate overlooking the ocean in Beverly, Massachusetts, on Boston’s historic North Shore. The event begins Saturday with a morning driving tour. Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m. Lorraine Roy fashion shows take place at noon and 1:30 […]

By July 24, 2014 Read More →
Eva Peron’s Cadillac limousine on the block at Silverstone’s Salon Prive

Eva Peron’s Cadillac limousine on the block at Silverstone’s Salon Prive

Eva Peron’s 1951 Cadillac limousine will be among the cars offered at Silverstone Auction’s Salon Prive’ sale, scheduled for September 4 in England. “It’s rare that a car with connections to some of the most important figures in history is offered on the market and so it’s a privilege to offer it for sale,” said […]

By July 24, 2014 Read More →