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The Ford Pinto Controversy: Info for Young Car Collectors

The Ford Pinto Controversy: Info for Young Car Collectors

The Ford Pinto Controversy: Info for Young Car Collectors As car collectors get younger, their car awareness does not include newsworthy events that predate the 1980s. This means that the newest car collectors do not know much, if anything, about the events surrounding the Ford Pinto. Since very few people drove the Pinto after the recalls in the 1970s, young car collectors have never seen them on the roads. There are not any celebrities who currently drive Pintos so they are not discussed on celebrity blogs. It’s almost as if the Ford Pinto has been successfully buried by those who do not want…Read entire story

Floating Classic Cars

Floating Classic Cars

Floating Classic Cars Photo Credit: Renaud Marion If you ever dreamed of flying cars or watched “The Jetsons” as a kid and wondered when someone would finally invent those airborne vehicles, you need to check out the photographs of artist Renaud Marion. Not only has the French photographer created beautiful images of real cars that appear to be hovering just above the ground, he has done it with classic cars. Photo Credit: Renaud Marion The artist told journalists that his series of photographs, called “Air Drive,” were directly inspired by his childhood dreams of flying cars. He admitted to believing …Read entire story

These Are The High-Dollar Dream Rides That'll Hit The Block At The Amelia Island Auctions This Weekend

These Are The High-Dollar Dream Rides That'll Hit The Block At The Amelia Island Auctions This Weekend

While those of us residing at higher latitudes and altitudes are still feeling the chill of winter (we just got 3 feet of fresh snow up here in Northern California), the weather is starting to warm up further south at sea level. As such, some folks are bringing out the metal for a little show and shine action, starting with the Amelia Island Concourse d’Elegance in Florida. Scheduled to take place March 9th through the 12th, 2017 marks the 22nd running of the event, and includes several top-dollar lifestyle events, celebrity appearances, parties, and of course, the associated elegance competition. However, one of the biggest draws for car collectors is the…Read entire story

The Woodie vs the Wooden Body Tub

The Woodie vs the Wooden Body Tub

The Woodie vs the Wooden Body Tub In today’s world of carbon fiber, steel, and aluminum auto body parts, we often forget that real wood was regularly used. In the 1930s and 1940s, American car makers used actual wood to enclose the passenger compartments in style. These lovingly named “Woodies” had an interesting history. The first Woodies were custom crafted cars with attractive wood paneling, then as World War II cause the production of automobiles to stop, carmakers turned pre-existing sedans in to station wagons by using wood paneling to extend the length and usefulness of the vehicles. Today, the Woodie…Read entire story

30 Years In the Past – The Porsche 924S Experience

30 Years In the Past – The Porsche 924S Experience

Go to find the keys in the key drawer. Fingers scrabble around and find the BMW key – big, chunky, buttons, no actual key. Nope. Volvo key – sleek, chunky, buttons, no actual key. Nope. There’s only one left. Round, slim plastic bow out of which sticks an actual steel shank with teeth cut out. Yep.Walk out of the house and see the lines of the 924S. Slim, low, lithe, aerodynamic, rubber spoiler, no headlights, small wheels, big tyres, huge glazed hatchback, copper colour in need of a good clean. Dirt straked behind the rear wheels. No excessive size or weight.Use the real key to unlock the passenger door. The driver’s door lock is irritable and won’t open from the outside, only in…Read entire story

Presidential Cars: So Many Cadillacs

Presidential Cars: So Many Cadillacs

Presidential Cars: So Many Cadillacs Photo Courtesy of www.gas2.org The most powerful man in the world needs to have access to an amazing car. It is no surprise that the Cadillac has become the car of choice for men who have become the President of the United States. Here are a few of the iconic Cadillacs that have been used for presidents: The Beast This is the code name for the Cadillac that is used for President Obama. This special Cadillac does not wear a name badge like all of the previous cars, but it was modeled on the popular DTS lineup. The Beast or Cadillac One is loaded with protective features designed especially for the President, like armored body panels …Read entire story

Advertising the MG Midget

Advertising the MG Midget

Advertising the MG Midget In today’s world of automotive advertising, safety and performance are two of features that are showcased. Interestingly, the current marketing trend is not the first time that safety and performance were featured in automotive advertising. One of the most iconic slogans from the heyday of automotive advertising belonged to the MG, especially with MG Midget. Safety and Speed The slogan “Safety Fast!” is still known in the MG circles as the defining branding technique that made the MG Midget such a popular little car. The slogan was inspired by a bus in Oxford, England. The bus was embellished with a large red triangle that said, “Safety First!” to show…Read entire story

The 10 Most Expensive Cars Sold at the Monterey Auctions, Day 2

The 10 Most Expensive Cars Sold at the Monterey Auctions, Day 2

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Ready for a Comeback

Ready for a Comeback

Ready for a Comeback Photo Courtesy of www.caranddriver.com In the early part of the 20th century, Alfa Romeo was one of the most respected car makers on the planet. The company and their cars were admired by the biggest and best, including Henry Ford and Enzo Ferrari, for their humble design and not-so-humble engines. The styling even pulled on Americans’ hearts when Benjamin Braddock was given an Alfa Romeo as a graduation present in the classic movie The Graduate. While it took decades for an Alfa Romeo to make its way to the American shores, the cars never were really accepted by the American drivers and after fewer…Read entire story

Overstreet House of Cars

Overstreet House of Cars

Overstreet House of Cars At Overstreet House of Cars you can buy, sell, and trade with true classic car collectors and enthusiasts. This family business began as a family car collection. The passion grew until the collection became a business and a way of life. Now, anyone from first-time buyers to collectors with their own showrooms can work with these experienced car enthusiasts to buy a new collectible or sell a classic to make room for more. The Overstreet business really did begin where most classic car enthusiasts do: with a personal collection. The family began buying and selling classic and vintage cars…Read entire story

Jay Leno Introduces Us To The 1931 Shotwell: Video

Jay Leno Introduces Us To The 1931 Shotwell: Video

You’d be excused if you clicked to watch this video of Jay Leno’s Garage and wondered to yourself what a Shotwell is. Well, you’re not the only one. I raised an eyebrow too because I had never heard of an automaker named Shotwell, let alone seen a car that looked like this. My confusion was confirmed when I went and watched the episode as Leno explains the history behind the peculiar three-wheeler. Turns out, this 1931 Shotwell is a complete one-off. It was built way back in 1931 by a then 17-year-old named Bob Shotwell.According to Leno’s story, Shotwell built the …Read entire story

Now You Can Track The Prices Of Classic Cars

Now You Can Track The Prices Of Classic Cars

Some cars have become a commodity, an investment that can be bought and sold for profit. I’m not particularly keen on buyers squirrelling classics away but plenty are bought by enthusiasts who recognise a car’s value in terms of its beauty and how it drives as much as its value.German website Classic Trader is an alternative to the usual suspects when looking for classics. I spend half my browsing time on eBay and Autotrader but Classic Trader looks pretty good too. You can waste hours looking at old Porsches, Volkswagens, Ferraris and Fords.The site has just introduced a new feature that will satisfy the casual browsers as well as the serious investors. The new tool tracks the value of the top 100 classic cars over the …Read entire story

Craigslist Candy: One Part VW Rabbit Pickup, One Part Rabbit GTI

Craigslist Candy: One Part VW Rabbit Pickup, One Part Rabbit GTI

-Everyone loves a practical performance car: The mix of driving fun plus everyday usability has an undeniable appeal. This 1981 Volkswagen pickup converted to Rabbit GTI spec is an oddball, but it follows the same template. It’s currently listed for sale on Craigslist, with an asking price of $6550.-The listing says the conversion was completed 22 years ago, and that a 1983 Rabbit GTI was used as a donor car. That means this truck has a 1.8-liter inline-four that sends 90 horsepower to the front wheels via a five-speed manual. The interior has the same dash as a GTI as well as the seats. A sport suspension with Bilstein dampers and GTI anti-roll bars should help this truck handle.–The exterior is mostly stock, …Read entire story