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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: 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 →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1940 Ford Woody Wagon

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1940 Ford Woody Wagon

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the 10th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. This 1940 Ford Woody Wagon (Lot #2021) was restored by Doug Delorme, a 30-plus year employee in the design department of Ford […]

By December 20, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1924 Moreland fuel-delivery truck

Pick of the Week: 1924 Moreland fuel-delivery truck

Just in time for Christmas, the Pick of the Week is an antique toy truck that would look great under the tree. A really big tree. Because this toy is a full-size 1925 Moreland Model RR6 fuel-delivery truck emblazoned with classic lion-head Gilmore Gasoline signage and which the seller says, “remains in remarkable condition.” Really, […]

By December 19, 2014 1 Comment 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

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 →
Honda opens heritage museum in Ohio

Honda opens heritage museum in Ohio

It was in September of 1959 that Japan’s Honda Motor Co. started selling motorcycles in the United States. Readers of a certain age will remember the tag line, “You meet the nicest people on a Honda,” that became part of the company’s early and very successful advertising campaign. Those initial Hondas included the Dream, the […]

By December 19, 2014 Read More →
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: Vintage motorcycles

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: Vintage motorcycles

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January. 1907 Harley-Davidson ‘strap tank’ Commonly referred to as a “strap tank” because of how the oil tank is secured to the gas […]

By December 19, 2014 Read More →
Classic car auction sales hit $1.3B in 2014, Hagerty says

Classic car auction sales hit $1.3B in 2014, Hagerty says

Powered by a record $430 million in collector-car auction results during Monterey Classic Car Week in August, total auction sales in North America soared to $1.3 billion in 2014, compared with $1.2 billion in 2013, according to Hagerty classic-car insurance and valuations. Vintage Ferraris led the charge in rising values, with high-end sports cars and […]

By December 18, 2014 Read More →