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Categories: Classics

Dogged Dallas-Man Finds Stolen Car, 42 Years Later

On: Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 1:39PM | By: Chris Salamone


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This one’s for the record books. After almost 42 years of grim pursuit, Dallas resident Robert Russell finally located his stolen 1967 Austin Healey 3000 – which was originally taken from his Philadelphia apartment in 1970. And, most humorously, Russell actually spotted the car on an eBay auction.

“Ever since eBay showed up, I’d check it periodically,” Russell said to The Dallas Morning News. “I checked it on Friday May 11, and there it was.”

That’s what we call persistence.


Renault Alpine 110-50 Concept Faces Its Predecessor (Video)

On: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 12:53PM | By: Chris Weiss


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A new Renault video features an intriguing competition among three generations of 'Alpine'. The youngest - the Alpine A110-50 - takes on the original Alpine A110 that it was designed in honor of, and both cars battle the very first "Alpine" i.e. the French Alps.

Renault built the Alpine A110-50 in celebration of the A110 Berlinette's 50th anniversary. It introduced the concept in the spring at the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix. The concept reinterprets the classic A110 in a more modern way, blending in some of Renault's latest design language originally seen on the DeZir concept.


Classic Car Cultist: Buick Grand National GNX

On: Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 3:13PM | By: Chris Salamone


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From 1978 to 1987, Buick produced a series of rear-wheel drive ‘luxury’ coupes and sedans, fondly remembered as the Regal and later Grand National models. In conjunction with a series of NASCAR victories in the Manufacturers Cups of 1981 and 1982, Buick decided to bump the company’s performance aspirations to the next level. The Grand National was born.

But not until the Grand National’s last year of production, 1987, did Buick manifest the vehicle’s full potential – in a performance-oriented GNX. For twice the cost of admission relative to a standard Grand National, the GNX entranced a mere 547 buyers for the then-staggering sum of $29,900.

Today, the GNX’s reputation has grown. What was once seen as the flagship of the bygone muscle car era is now viewed as the last bastion of American automotive glory. The 1987 Buick Grand National GNX is the car which stood on the precipice of change and laughed in the face of environmental consciousness, practicality, and – of course – vehicular impotence.


LeMay Auto Museum Opens Its Doors

On: Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 10:05AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Named after the late Harold LeMay, whose private auto collection was once certified by Guiness as the world's largest, LeMay - America's Car Museum opened its doors for the first time this past weekend. The museum will hold its public grand opening later this week.

The museum "spotlights America's love affair with the automobile" in a nine-acre facility in Tacoma, Washington. The museum serves as the centerpiece of the greater facility, and visitors will find up to 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles from LeMay's collection and private and corporate owners. The 165,000 sq ft, four-story museum, which has been called the largest in North America and one of the largest in the world, will also serve as a sort of ground zero for auto collectors, fans and other parties to gather, socialize and network. Other facilities of the greater campus include a 3.5-acre car show field, a cafe and a banquet hall.


 

Freedom Ain't Free, Says Dodge

On: Fri, May 18, 2012 at 9:55AM | By: Chris Salamone


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All of the history buffs who peruse vintagecartalk.com might need a tissue for this one – tears and/or drool could be a problem. It’s no secret that Dodge vehicles have played a substantial role in the various war efforts of American history. Unfortunately, though, we tend to forget how much Dodge has contributed to our peace and prosperity at home. From jobs, to technology, to cars, and military components, Dodge has left a lasting legacy of patriotic support. And in some cases, that support came without the expectation of profit.

In tribute to our nation’s past and Memorial Day, Dodge has decided to post a two part retrospective, titled Dodge’s Military Might. Behold the successes of the brothers Dodge!


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

On: Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 4:38PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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When you think of classic sports cars that have been sold throughout the US over the years, there are a few cars that come to mind -- certainly the venerable Corvette and the Porsche 911 take the lion's share of the credit (and deservedly so), but what others? Maybe a car like the Mazda Miata which has been going strong for more than twenty years, or more recently cars like the Porsche Boxster or even a Lotus or two might spring to mind. But more often than not, one of the most impressive traditional sports cars to ever grace a showroom in America gets almost no credit whatsoever: The Honda S2000.

Yes, the S2000! It was an easy car to overlook in the annals of automotive history. In a way, the S2K was a victim of its own successful design. Don't believe it? Well, let's see just how much you might have known about the high-revving Honda.


"World's First And Only Mexican Beaded VW" Visits U.S. (It's Better Than It Sounds)

On: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 4:30PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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On the first leg of its tour of North America and Europe, “Vochol”—the world's “first and only Volkswagen decorated with beads by Mexican Huichol Indians”—can be seen now through May 6 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Now before you go and dismiss this as a “hippie”-style psychedelic custom VW, let’s look at the facts: all of the intricate, multicolored everything you see on the surface of this 1990 VW Beetle (yes, I meant 1990) has been done—by hand—with “more than 2 million glass seed beads and nearly 35 pounds of fabric, paint, yarn and resin.”

Yep, "two families of Huíchol artisans [eight persons total] devoted more than 9,000 hours” to create Vochol, a name derived from a combination of “vochol”, a popular term for VW Beetles in Mexico, and “Huichol”, the common name of the Wirrárika indigenous group.

But this project is more than 233 lbs. of beadwork slapped on a Bug. And—unlike any groovy, 1960s-era painted version—this one’s important enough to be in the Smithsonian.


March Madness Mecum's Way Part 3: Meet MAJOR Muscle Cars In Missouri

On: Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 11:43AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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I’ve got to hand it to you, Supreme Being; you’ve got quite a sense of humor. You hard-wired us to impulsively run from things that want to eat us, yet you made us unable to resist cuddling them when they’re young. Similarly, you’ve instilled a sense of “know-better” when it comes to owning—and doing—extremely dangerous things. Case in point: the six vehicles I’ve selected from Mecum’s end-of-March sale in Kansas City, MO.

Now you’ve (hopefully) read my earlier features on Mecum’s fearsome creatures, from the article on some classic, practical vehicles from the 1940s and 1950s to the article on the more modern yet COMPLETELY impractical ones. Well, that’s all fine and good if you’re just into trucks. But what if you wanted to kill yourself in something that’s more “fast” than “four-by”?

Well, fear not, for I have just what you need. And if you think you’re missing out because you’re only getting one "car" feature, just check out the stats on this dirty half-dozen: 12 doors, 24 wheels, 48 cylinders and a (claimed) grand total of 4,612 horsepower. Sound good? Damn right! So what are you waiting for? Get to jumpin’!


NO DISASSEMBLE! Mercedes Classic Murders A Gullwing (Knockoff)

On: Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 3:51PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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The 1950s Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” has one of the most beautiful bodies in the world, automotive or otherwise. Between 1954 and 1957, only 1400 of these curvy creations were built—1,371 in steel, 29 in aluminum—ensuring that they’d forever be a hot (read: EXPENSIVE) commodity.

Values have been rising rapidly to an “average” of nearly $1M. One—an alloy-bodied 1955 model—set a world record at auction in January with a winning bid of $4.62 million. It’s clear, then, that there’s a market out there for 300 SL replicas. Problem is, as Mercedes-Benz puts it, “The body shape of the legendary gullwing model has been trademarked by Daimler AG.”

So what happens when M-B finds out you’ve been violating said trademark? Bad things. Bad for you and VERY bad for the car.

Reader discretion is advised…


Mecum's March Madness Part 2: Another Round Of Big Rigs, Only This Time They're Classics (And USEFUL!)

On: Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 1:10PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Here’s something for you if you’re a truck person (I hear there’s a cream for that now, BTW) looking to make a statement at your local Show ‘N’ Shine with something bedded and breathtaking, but you’re looking for something classy without looking like you had too much time and money to burn.

[For THAT kind of statement, see my earlier article.]

And you don’t want anything newfangled—these are classic car shows, remember—so anything built after Ike’s first term is right out, just as anything foreign-built at any time is Communist and against God, the flag and your mom’s apple pie.

But it should be practical, too. Any yahoo can buy an old pickup, but what if someone at the show required 1970s-era medical attention? Or milk? Or a, incline-bed tow? You could've been the hero in those situations if only you had the vehicle for it. Well, fear not. Mecum’s late-March Missouri sale has just what those improbable situations require, plus a few that are great to have just-in-case. You never know...


Enzo Ferrari Museum Opens Its Doors

On: Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 11:01AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Ferrari already has a museum dedicated to its race and road car legacy - the Museo Ferrari, located at the Prancing Horse's headquarters in Maranello. Ferrari is broadening its museum footprint in opening the new Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari, a museum dedicated to the life of Ferrari's founder.

Ferrari officially opened its latest facility on March 10. The striking design of the Enzo Museum began in 2004 when London's Future Systems studio submitted its winning bid to design the building. The architecture was designed by the late Jan Kaplicky, his last work before passing in 2009, and completed by Andrea Morgante of Shiro Studio, who had worked at Future Systems prior to Kaplicky's death. Engineering and project management were performed by Società Politecnica. The museum was built with an investment of some 18 million euros.