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Categories: Classics

Avoiding Classic Car Theft

On: Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 1:52PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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Week after week, my heart breaks for my fellow collector car owners who fall victim to car theft. It seems like every time I look for parts for my classic, I run into craigslist ads that read something like “Please keep an eye out for my mint condition (insert classic car here), stolen from my garage”, and so on. Here’s some information you need to keep your classic better protected.


Old is New Again for Fiat

On: Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 5:11PM | By: Karen Cook


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Late spring will bring something special to the showrooms of Fiat dealerships. A limited production 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition will make its debut in celebration of Italian automotive history. It is inspired by the Nuovo 500 which went into production on July 4th, 1957. The last one was built on August 4th, 1975.


The Redesigned 2015 Mustang Convertible

On: Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 4:59PM | By: Karen Cook


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The world is getting smaller and products that were once sold only in their country of origin are now being found globally. Automobiles are no different, but if you’re gonna sell in other countries ya gotta produce a product that will compete with local goods.


Literal TONS of Classic American Iron Went for Pennies on the Pound at Auctions America's Fall Carlisle Sale

On: Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 4:26PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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I’ve owned a lot of cars in my day(s)—or at least possessed them, as registering them is a hassle when you’re not looking to keep the car more than three months—but there have been only a precious few that really made me miss them once they’d gone.

Sure, her 400 cu. in. V8 really ran on only seven cylinders, nothing power-operated worked on a consistent basis, and I’d still be waiting for her to hit 60 mph from rest if I hadn’t given up and sold her 15 years ago.

But in the pre-eBay days a car-crazed youth like myself could actually find (semi) running cars that people just wanted gone from their garages, driveways, etc…. FOR FREE! Nowadays, however, everything’s worth something—just check out any “official” price guide—and you’ll see that the kind of USS California-sized battlewagons that you couldn’t GIVE AWAY in the 1980s and ‘90s are being stripped, shredded, and sent to China as scrap.

So, mark my words, people: we are living in the very last era of the semi-free super-sized land yacht. Oh, and parts are still plentiful and cheap, mechanics still know how to work on them and there is nothing—NOTHING—that can work on the ladies like a queen-sized, velour-covered rear seating area... [Author’s note: Your results may vary.]


 

A Blast from the Past

On: Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 7:03AM | By: Karen Cook


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It looks like something out of an old movie. You can picture the driver in goggles and a scarf fluttering in the wind. And some of those cool driving gloves. If you drive one, you will see the need for these fancy duds.


Mecum's Anaheim Sale Shows You Can Be a Big-time, Old-school Baller on an Itty-bitty Modern Minicar Budget

On: Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 5:19PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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You, I am afraid, are more than likely a dork.

What do you drive? Some middling import toss-away? An American econobox you think’s cool ‘cause it has a tea tray bolted to its decklid? Look: I’ll bet you my salary for this article if you could pick your car out of a lot filled with a thousand random machines.

I could. In a heartbeat. She’s a 19-foot-long wood-sided station wagon, low and wide, and with just enough chrome to make a Chris Craft boat builder wish they could take credit for her design. Sure, I and the gentlemen at the local Shell station are on a first-name basis, but so many people stop me just to express their admiration for her still existing while memories are all that’s left of her assembly-line sisters that $80 fill-ups are always worth it.

Now station wagons may not be your thing, but that doesn’t exclude you from the Sub-$4k Cool Old Car Club I just started. All you need is a sub-$4k vehicle in great shape inside and out—including relatively as-new performance—a budget of about ten times that (often every month) to refuel and “fiddle” with it (and an AAA card when “fiddling” doesn’t suffice, which it NEVER does). But, hey, nobody ever said supreme coolness came cheap…


Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 10:04AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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In the course of automotive history, there have been thousands of cars that have elicited almost as many emotions from us. Some cars, like the Edsel or the Pontiac Aztek, make us cringe and wonder if the best thing those designers ever created was their resume. Then, on the opposite end of the spectrum, are the cars that we simply love instantly like the Tri-Five Chevrolets or the first generation Thunderbird. Then there are cars that simply blow our minds with their combination of speed and beauty. Cars that blend the perfect mix of power, and esthetic appeal are few and far between, but when they do come along, they ingrain their images in our memories forever. One of the best examples of these cars is the very first McLauren F1 created by Ameritech.


Steam: The Original Alternative Fuel

On: Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 1:38PM | By: Bill Wilson


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These days the news is filled with stories about alternative fuels. Whether it’s biodiesel, ethanol, electricity, or what-have-you, it seems that someone, somewhere has built a car that will run on it. But, long before the modern environmental movement, steam-driven vehicles were common sights on American roads.


Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction Results

On: Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 10:31AM | By: Teddy Field


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In case you missed it, last weekend's Lambrecht Chevrolet auction was huge, colossal, monumental. Over 10,000 people descended on the tiny town of Pierce, Nebraska, all hoping for a glimpse of the 500+ cars that a small town Chevy dealer had been squirreling away since 1946. By Sunday night, some 3,400 bidders had participated in automotive history, as they paid record prices for the cars from this now-famous collection. So how did the Lambrecht's retirement fund fare? Let's find out...


TopGear to Air Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction Special on The History Channel

On: Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 10:56AM | By: Teddy Field


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If you're into cars, then you've probably heard a few 'urban legends' about an all-original Hemi Cuda, or some ultra-rare Duesenburg tucked away in some old guy's garage/barn. More often than not, those stories are just tall-tales. However, some wind up being true (just ask Jay Leno). But all the automotive legends that you've ever heard pale in comparison to the true story of Ray Lambrecht, the Nebraska Chevrolet dealer who stashed cars away for over 50 years. Now his monstrous collection is coming up for auction, and the car-comics from Top Gear USA are going to be there.


A look Back At The Isuzu Impulse

On: Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 12:52PM | By: Teddy Field


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How fast was the Isuzu Impulse Turbo? "950 MPH"  said Joe Isuzu —In 1983, Michael Jackson wasn't a pedophile (allegedly), Ronald Reagan was scaring the heck out of communists, and Chevy Chase was trying his best to find Wally World. It was a simpler time back then, and cars were simpler too. They didn't have huge touchscreens, a million horsepower, or NASA-grade supercomputers. But what they had was style, and, if you were lucky, pop-up headlights. Oh, and the word “Turbo” actually meant “my car's way cooler than yours”.