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My Classic Car: Peter’s 1957 Volkswagen 1000

My Classic Car: Peter’s 1957 Volkswagen 1000

On a Friday morning in 1976 I was driving down Koeberg Road when I saw an old VW ‘Combi camper in a car sale yard. The tag was R650, or about $60. It ran OK, and it looked clean, rust-free and the front windows opened! When the salesman offered to get it through the roadworthy […]

By September 2, 2014 Read More →
My Classic Car: Ron’s 1958 Chevrolet Delray

My Classic Car: Ron’s 1958 Chevrolet Delray

Back in time, 1966. My first car was a 1958 Chevrolet Delray. I bought it off a friend. I borrowed the money from my mother and I paid her back while working at a gas station after school. It was powered with a 283 and a Powerglide and had a Sun tach on the dash. […]

By August 26, 2014 Read More →
My Classic Car: Keith’s 1968 Ford Thunderbird

My Classic Car: Keith’s 1968 Ford Thunderbird

We call her “Thelma, the Bad Bird.” Initially a docile 42,000-mile, one-owner car purchased in 1998, this original 1968 Magnolia Yellow Ford Thunderbird 429 landau coupe underwent a transformation to become a “ Bad Bird.” I put on a little more than 18,000 miles in 16 years that I owned the car. Modifications included Pertronix […]

By August 21, 2014 Read More →

Eye Candy

Eye Candy: National Corvette Museum

Eye Candy: National Corvette Museum

Photos by Larry Edsall In the 1980s, someone at the annual meeting of the National Corvette Restorers Society suggested the establishment of a centralized library and archive, a place to preserve and to share technical bulletins and other documents that might be important when restoring a car. One of the restorers said he’d donate his […]

By September 2, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: American Legends — Hot Rods & Customs at the Gilmore Car Museum

Eye Candy: American Legends — Hot Rods & Customs at the Gilmore Car Museum

Photos by Larry Edsall Through the end of this year, American Legends: Hot Rods & Customs is a special exhibition at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, where some of the country’s most famous rods and customs are set against a backdrop of artwork by Tom Fritz. Born and raised in hot rod […]

By August 31, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Gilmore Car Museum

Eye Candy: Gilmore Car Museum

Photos by Larry Edsall When her husband retired in 1963, Geneieve Gilmore figured Donald might need a project to occupy his time, so she found a 1920 Pierce-Arrow that needed restoration and gave it to him. Donald Gilmore hadn’t been a classic car enthusiast. He’d been too busy, first running the department store in Kalamazoo, […]

By August 30, 2014 Read More →

Features

Pick of the Week: 1954 Chevrolet 3100 pickup

Pick of the Week: 1954 Chevrolet 3100 pickup

A good old pickup truck seems like just the thing for a relaxed Labor Day weekend, so for today’s Pick of the Week, we have a sweet-looking 1954 Chevrolet 3100 that’s for sale on ClassicCars.com from a dealer in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The truck is described as original, powered by its stock Thriftmaster 235-cid inline-6 and […]

By August 29, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Junior Journalist Report: Monterey Classic Car Week

Junior Journalist Report: Monterey Classic Car Week

Editor’s note: This is another in our series of Junior Journalist Reports about classic cars written for ClassicCars.com by a group of young reporters. This one is by Nathan Evans, 14, who attended for the first time the events of Monterey Classic Car Week with his family, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where his […]

First-time Pebble Beach Concours entrant checks a big one off the bucket list

First-time Pebble Beach Concours entrant checks a big one off the bucket list

I was standing in the back of a 1909 Pierce-Arrow getting my picture taken with Jay Leno sitting at the wheel, all the while thinking: Only at Pebble Beach! As a first-time entrant in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with the Pierce-Arrow owned by my Dad, Monterey car week was much more than a brush […]

By August 22, 2014 Read More →

Commentary

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 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 →
Get ready for the aftershocks: Pebble Beach signals generational shift for classic car community

Get ready for the aftershocks: Pebble Beach signals generational shift for classic car community

Scientists didn’t report any earthquakes last week on the Monterey Peninsula, but a tectonic shift took place and the aftershocks will reverberate throughout the classic car community for the foreseeable future. The obvious evidence came Sunday when those oh-so-proper, every-nut-and-bolt-must-be-factory-original judges at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance awarded best-in-show accolades to a car built — […]

By August 22, 2014 1 Comment Read More →

Other Recent Stories

Poll results: What is your favorite classic car slang?

The Question of the Week for the week of August 25th , 2014 asked you, what is your favorite classic car slang? Mouse over or tap on each slice to learn what you told us:    This week, ‘other’ was the winning category so here are some of the most popular classic car slang terms that […]

By September 2, 2014 Read More →
Charlotte AutoFest to feature Pontiac GTO anniversary

Charlotte AutoFest to feature Pontiac GTO anniversary

The Pontiac GTO and the 50th anniversary of the launch of the American muscle car will be featured September 18-21 at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s AutoFair Fall Meet, where a dozen of very special “goats” will be housed in the Nationwide Insurance Pavilion. Among the rarest of GTOs on display will be the earliest known 1964 […]

By September 1, 2014 Read More →
LeMay car museum hosts vintage-motorcycle show

LeMay car museum hosts vintage-motorcycle show

More than 300 classic motorcycles and scooters showed up for the third annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival at LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington. Known simply as The Meet, the festival attracted owners of pre-1981 bikes from across the U.S. and Canada. Besides the judged show, the gathering included a special display of antique motorcycles, swap meet, […]

By September 1, 2014 Read More →
Corvette museum will refill sinkhole, restore three of the eight damaged cars

Corvette museum will refill sinkhole, restore three of the eight damaged cars

Despite hopes of keeping at least a portion of the sinkhole beneath the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum available for viewing, the museum board decided Saturday that the cavern will be filled. “We really wanted to preserve a portion of the hole so that guests for years to come could see a little bit […]

By August 30, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Volvo marks 70th anniversary of its first compact car

Volvo marks 70th anniversary of its first compact car

The end of World War II marked a new direction for Volvo of Sweden, moving away from large staid sedans to smaller and sportier cars with their own unique style. Next month, Volvo celebrates the 70th anniversary of the unveiling of its seminal compact car, the PV444, which was presented on September 1, 1944, during […]

By August 29, 2014 2 Comments Read More →