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Categories: Classics

Bring Back the '57 Chevy

On: Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 11:56AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Today, the 1957 Chevrolet is known as one of the ultimate classic cars. If you are a car buff, you can immediately identify the '57 as one of the most popular cars of all time.  In fact, the '57 Chevy was so popular that it has actually evolved into an icon for American car history. A 1957 Chevrolet Convertible was the dream car of every baby boomer in the late 1950s and early 1960s,— and the car has been in high demand since production ended, as one of the best classic cars for antique car collectors.

The '57 Chevrolet was launched in late 1956 by GM as a part of a special “Sneak Preview of New Cars.”  The famous features noted back then were the tail fins and excess trim on the sides—such as most cars of the 50s had. I’m sure that the trim would have become one of those little-known obsolete car details of the past had the '57 Chevy not become one of the most popular cars in all of history.  

As time passed, most of the competitors of the ‘57 Chevy faded away, while the ’57 continued to maintain its popularity, particularly the Bel-Air model which started as a favorite in southern California, then its popularity spread across the nation.


Vintage Camping: Good Things Come In Smaller Packages

On: Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 12:25PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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Not all road trips require a behemoth RV that is ugly and drains your wallet every time you gas it up, not to mention most people are not comfortable driving such monstrosities. How about traveling to your favorite camping spots in a unique completely restored VW bus? Want to camp at the beach and fish till dark? Well, Florida Oldscool Campers, LLC can assist you in planning a perfect holiday.

No more staying at high-priced hotel rooms, you can camp at thousands of beautiful locations throughout Florida with camper vans that are available for rent daily, weekly, or monthly. Oldscool Campers is a young company that has big plans to add more restored VW campers to their fleet in the near future; in fact, according to Mike, the Fleet Manager, they plan to have a green, orange, beige, and blue available for this spring.


The First Ever Porche 911 Turbo Prototype

On: Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 10:06AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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For those who attended this year’s 15th annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance in Connecticut, the exhibit featuring rare, elegantly designed classic automobiles, many may have walked right by the Porche 911 Turbo that was on display without giving it a second look. That is, if they hadn’t stopped long enough to notice that this specific Porsche was unique from all others, the very first 911 to sport turbocharged power.


Porsche Was the Original Innovator of Hybrid Cars in the Early 1900s!

On: Sat, May 29, 2010 at 10:47AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar


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There are a lot of people out there that think that hybrid cars and electric cars are something rather new (myself included here). But in actuality, they have been around for a lot longer than you may have ever thought. Another interesting factoid is that the original maker of the world’s first truly electric cars and hybrids was none other than Porsche. I know that this may be—or may seem—hard to believe at first glance; I sure didn’t think that this was true. But as you read on, I aim to reveal to you my findings. After coming across some rather interesting and eye-opening information on the history of electric cars and hybrids in the United States, I was quite intrigued to learn their moniker. And indeed, as I found out, Porsche was the pioneer of the very first electric cars and hybrids. Here is the kicker, the ice cream sundae-topper and the deal-maker: They were making these hybrid and electric cars way back in the early 1900s!

Before I delve any further into this, it begs to ask one question: If we had this technology for over a hundred years—and then some—why is it only as of late that hybrid cars and ‘green’ cars, like electric and solar-powered cars, are finally making their debuts? One has a good mind to think that the oil companies were not that enchanted at the prospect of losing business, to the tune of trillions of dollars. Because if you really think about how much gas Americans have consumed over the past 100 years or so, that’s quite a pocketful of goodies that have been earned! But if we had only embraced this hybrid technology far earlier, one has a good mind to think that we would be leaps and bounds from where we sit presently—as it relates to the overall technology of these cars, and our precious and fragile, deteriorating environment.

Also, it makes one ponder if we would have been able to avoid terrible and devastating environmental disasters, like the BP Gulf Oil Spill?


 

Race Wars

On: Mon, May 24, 2010 at 9:18AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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In April of 1964 the country was in the midst of turmoil. African Americans were fighting for their right to live like everyone else and Lyndon B. Johnson's administration was trying to cope with increased economic pressure. Americans lived in a country divided. Riots, fights, hate crimes, and a nation at war with itself.  

That same month Ford made it easier than it had been for a long time to get away from the fighting with exactly what the country needed: A two-doored escape pod called the Mustang. Built from inauspicious Fairlane and Falcon DNA, Ford projected sales to be about 100,000 units in its first year. Whether it was due to a simple need for something new, or just the right cure for just the right itch, Mustang sales topped Ford's projection in less than four months. The Pony Car was born. Despite arguments that cars like the Chevy Corvair, Monza, the Ford Thunderbird, or the Dodge Dart were the beginning of this segment, it was the Mustang that caught America’s attention.

After almost three years of watching Ford rake in the dough, The General decided to launch an ‘inadvertent’ counterattack. GM had said that the Camaro was in the works before they even knew about the Mustang. But the timing of it was all too coincidental to not have been seen as a direct shot aimed squared at Dearborn. In September of 1966 the Camaro roared onto the scene with a bigger engine, stronger suspension, and more muscle. All at once GM made the country just a little more divisive, just as the riots were calming down and it seemed peace and love were all you needed. The Pony Car war had begun.  


Chevrolet Corvette- A Legend in Auto History

On: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 2:21PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The first Corvette was launched in 1953, built at the Flint Michigan assembly plant. It was the first 2-seater built in America, and it upheld its place in history for decades as the Corvette was known as the finest domestic sports car of its time. The first Corvettes models were constructed in an area at the back of Chevy’s customer delivery garage on Van Slyke Avenue. Designed by Harley Earl, 300 early models were produced and about 200 are still in the hands of auto collectors today.

The 1953 Corvettes are the rarest of all the Corvette model years ever built. By early 1954, Chevy reported that 315 Corvettes had been constructed and they moved production to the assembly plant in St. Louis, Missouri. Chevrolet estimated that 1000 Corvettes would be built each month in St. Louis by June 1954, and that a total of 10,000 per year could be constructed all together. Zora Arkus-Duntov would become the chief engineer of Corvette.


Four Of The Ugliest Cars Ever!

On: Tue, May 11, 2010 at 7:46AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar


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Over the past wonderful, invigorating, and very inspiring century of the history of automobiles, there have been some rides that have truly defined what cars are—or what they may be like some day—and then there have been the others. Perhaps a kind word to call these classic car flops would be a mistake. But in all reality, the best three words that can be used to adequately describe what these horrendous-looking cars truly represent would be as follows: The good, the bad, and the ugly (the super ugly, in all reality). Indeed, while there have been some major breakthroughs in the cars that we enjoy owning and driving these days—even if our auto bill negates that factor of joy in our minds when we get the statement in the mail each month—there have been some pretty sloppy mistakes (some of the ugliest cars ever to be made) that have been made along the way. To better enhance this perspective: these are, more than likely, four of the most hideous cars that have ever graced any showroom floor over the past hundred years of auto making.


Ford Mustang is Born

On: Mon, May 10, 2010 at 5:07PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The concept design of the first Ford Mustang took place from 1960-1963 after Ford’s Manager Lee Iacocca expressed a vision to create a new compact car, a vehicle that would appeal to the Baby Boomer generation, that would be fast, fun to drive, and affordable. Although it was a tough sell, supporters convinced Ford to move forward on the project.


AutoShopper AutoArt Part One: Interiors

On: Fri, May 7, 2010 at 3:50PM | By: John Welch


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Central Florida offers an embarrassing gluttony of weird and wonderful automobiles. Excellent weather, no road salt, decent, pothole-free highways—whatever the reason, cars 'keep' well in this state.

'Shopper staffers caught a wide variety of these rolling Mona Lisas on film (albeit digital film) in 2009. This post begins a three-part series showcasing some of the interesting car-stag we have collected over the past year. Part One: Interiors . . .


Lake Mirror Classic Featured On SPEED

On: Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 11:31AM | By: John Welch


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Back in October 2009, the Lake Mirror Classic enticed a startlingly diverse group of classic autos to converge on the mean streets of downtown Lakeland, Florida. Okay, not really "mean streets"; "yuppster boulevards" is probably a better way to put it.

Considered a premier event for many years, the Lake Mirror Classic has attracted many special guests, from Brock Yates (my personal "hero du jour") to Hurley Haywood. In 2009, our little concours by the lake saw Dennis Gage in attendance. Not only did Dennis bring his famous handle-bar 'stache, he was accompanied by his Speedvision camera crew. ("SPEED" camera crew, not "Speedvision" . . .sry.)


Web Find: 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Only 3 Hours Left On Ebay!

On: Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 5:07PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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Anyone looking for a classic Corvette Stingray? You may want to look really fast at this one up on Ebay; it has only 3 hours and change left, as I write. The listing claims 56,000 miles but it is undocumented, but take a look at the photos; it may just be real. Matching numbers, original 15-inch Corvette Rally wheels, repainted its original Warbonnet Yellow, the original blue and yellow Folsom State Prison-made California license plate included, Oh, and I almost forgot, it has a 454 big block! Current bid at time of post: $20,100.00 Other than the split window, this is my favorite Vette!

 

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This vehicle is consigned to the California Automobile Museum, a non-profit organization located at 2200 Front Street, Sacramento, CA,