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Reminiscing – Oh, that Roadmaster!

Reminiscing – Oh, that Roadmaster!

Brochure images courtesy Old Car Brochures. [Editor’s note: This “Reminiscing” story, edited by Richard Lentinello, comes to us from Hemmings Classic Car reader Dale Wells of Kalamazoo, Michigan.] During the Depression years of the 1930s, and into 1940, my father kept driving his 1929 Hudson Super Six. It was getting quite shabby and worn when Dad had a chance to buy a one-year-old 1939 Buick Special. The local Hudson dealer had not survived the Depression years, so we became a Buick family and Dad stayed with Buick the rest of his life. Enter his three teenage boys, all licensed to drive, and of course we tended to drive every opportunity possible…Read entire story

Reminiscing – The “sleeper” Saratoga

Reminiscing – The “sleeper” Saratoga

1951 Chrysler Saratoga magazine ad. Period advertising courtesy of Lov2XLR8.no. [Editor’s note: This “Reminiscing” story, edited by Richard Lentinello, comes to us from Hemmings Classic Car reader Don Sheppelman of Spring Hill, Florida.] For those of you who have never owned a 1951-’52 Chrysler Saratoga, you can’t imagine what great cars those really were. I bought a late-1951 model during 1953 and it was one of the most memorable cars I have ever owned. It was a dark gray sedan, without power steering, but with the Fluid Torque transmission. I was fortunate to have an uncle in the Denver area who owned…Read entire story

Craig Breedlove reaches settlement with museum that he claims cut up his Spirit of America

Craig Breedlove reaches settlement with museum that he claims cut up his Spirit of America

Archive photo. After a federal judge gave the go-ahead for Craig Breedlove to pursue his lawsuit against the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry for allegedly damaging Breedlove’s Spirit of America, museum officials decided this week to settle with Breedlove rather than let the suit go to trial. Terms of the settlement, which Breedlove and the museum announced in a joint statement on Monday, were not disclosed. Breedlove filed his lawsuit in June, accusing the museum – to which he’d loaned Spirit of America in August 1965 and which returned the record-breaker to him in 2015 – not only of failing to properly take care of the three-wheeler but also of cutting and rewelding the vehicle’s frame, thus causing poor panel fit, and…Read entire story

Reborn Checker production expected to begin in 2018

Reborn Checker production expected to begin in 2018

Photos courtesy Checker Motor Cars. With a stock of Checker parts in hand and official paperwork filed, the reborn Checker Motor Cars is set to begin production of its versions of the famed taxi company’s cars – updated to use modern technology – as soon as late 2018. According to a press release sent out late last week by the Haverhill, Massachusetts-based company that already restores Kalamazoo-built Checkers, not only will production on the two previously announced models – the Sport Pick-up Crossover, a sedan pickup, and the 12-passenger six-door sedan – begin next year, but the company will at the same time begin to manufacture retrofit kits to update existing Checkers. “Our challenge…Read entire story

Commemorating Oldsmobile’s Turnpike Cruisers

Commemorating Oldsmobile’s Turnpike Cruisers

The Turnpike Cruising Package was only available on the Cutlass Supreme models for 1967. Artwork courtesy of the Automotive History Preservation Society. The advent of the Turnpike Cruising Package marked a shift in Oldsmobile’s methodology regarding vehicle performance and economy. A September 1967 press release stated that Chief Engineer John Beltz had challenged his staff two years prior to increase fuel economy and useable performance, minimize noise and vibration and reduce exhaust emissions. Accordingly, the resulting 1967 Turnpike Cruising Package was engineered to achieve those goals and thrive at the elevated speeds traveled on the expanding network of modern interstate superhighways without compromising around-town throttle response or comfort. Oldsmobile bucked conventional thinking of the day by not simply installing a smaller displacement engine. …Read entire story

Tax payback issue threatens Australian world land-speed record attempt

Tax payback issue threatens Australian world land-speed record attempt

Artist rendering courtesy Aussie Invader on Facebook. Setting the world land-speed record requires highly advanced computer engineering models, precision machining, and plenty of derring-do. It also requires the talents of a tax attorney, as Australian land-speed racer Rosco McGlashan has found now that the Australian Taxation Office has threatened to confiscate the car he’d planned to set the record with. McGlashan, who estimates that he’s about 75 percent finished building the Aussie Invader 5R rocket car designed to not only break the current world land-speed record of 763 MPH but also go head-to-head with the Bloodhound SSC racing team’s effort…Read entire story

UK racers claim controversial EU ruling will kill motorsports across Europe

UK racers claim controversial EU ruling will kill motorsports across Europe

Photo courtesy Goodwood Estate. A two-year-old European Union high court ruling became the center of controversy in the United Kingdom last month after racers there raised an alarm that the ruling’s unintended consequences could decimate motorsports there and across Europe. Lambasted for potentially requiring owners and operators of every motorized vehicle from mobility scooters to bumper cars to race cars to obtain liability insurance for their vehicles, the European Court of Justice’s September 2014 ruling in the case of Vnuk v. Triglav (in which a farm worker, injured from a fall off a ladder caused by a tractor, initially found he could not …Read entire story

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1970 Buick LeSabre Custom sedan

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1970 Buick LeSabre Custom sedan

From the seller’s description: Up for sale is a very rare 1970 Buick LeSabre Custom 4 door Sedan. The car is all original and is in a great condition for being 46 years old. The engine starts right up and the transmission shift smoothly. Check out my youtube test drive click the link after the pictures. The Interior: Seats are in great condition, there are no tears or cracks. The headliner looks brand new, the dome light is working however, it is missing the lamp cover. Carpet does not have any holes however it is sun faded. Dash board looks great, there are no cracks whatsoever. Speedometer, all gauges and other instruments work. Radio was replaced by the previous owner, I do have the original radio that came…Read entire story

Newly released document details proposal for Checker and International Harvester merger

Newly released document details proposal for Checker and International Harvester merger

Photos by the author and Mike McNessor. Though both Checker Motor and International Harvester operated in entirely different segments of the auto market, a newly discovered document from the Sixties suggested that a merger of the two would prove beneficial to the two bulwarks of utilitarianism. “There seems to be little doubt that IH is completely committed to expansion in the automotive area,” wrote Bob Eppler, vice president of Foote, Cone & Belding, to longtime International Harvester executive Bill Maxwell. “It seems to us that this particular company (Checker) could tie in very well with International Harvester’s Motor Truck Division.” Among its many clients, including Monsanto, Merrill-Lynch, and Ralston-Purina, the Chicago-based advertising firm…Read entire story

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1975 Lincoln Continental Mk IV Blue Diamond Luxury Group

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1975 Lincoln Continental Mk IV Blue Diamond Luxury Group

From the seller’s description: 1975 Lincoln Continental Mark 4 purchased from the estate of the original owner. Garage kept since new, always driven and used (never sat) with only 53,000 original miles. Car is original and perfect working condition. They say diamonds are forever… in 1975 Lincoln introduced the … BLUE DIAMOND LUXURY GROUP The Blue Diamond cars were painted in Aqua Blue Diamond Fire Metallic (paint code 45), an exclusive color to this model which made the car quite striking visually. This was topped off with an Aqua Blue Normande Grain vinyl roof which featured a new-for-1975 body color band around the edges. Just below the fender line, a …Read entire story

The long road to Pebble Beach, part two

The long road to Pebble Beach, part two

The restoration begins with the tear-down of the car. Photos by Brian Renhard, unless otherwise noted. Project accepted, the Lancia was shipped to Oregon where the restoration was carried out. On arrival, Jeff gave it a cursory once-over. “The restoration done by Pininfarina was really more of a preservation,” said Jeff. “To their great credit, they did manage to preserve the car. But to think of it as being restored is incorrect.” “As it showed up, it really did look pretty good. Several people wondered why it would need to be restored at all, but that’s because they didn’t look closely or know what the car should…Read entire story

Reminiscing – My 1952 classics – one Canadian, one American

Reminiscing – My 1952 classics – one Canadian, one American

1952 Hudson (L) and Meteor. Photos by Harold Wellenbrink. [Editor’s note: This “Reminiscing” story, edited by Richard Lentinello, comes to us from Hemmings Classic Car reader Harold Wellenbrink of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.] My Canadian car is a 1952 Meteor that was built in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and my American car is a 1952 Hudson Wasp which was built in Detroit, Michigan, across the Detroit River only a few miles from Windsor. Ford of Canada introduced two new models in the 1940s. In 1946 they introduced a new model called the Monarch which was to fit in between the Mercury and Lincoln. This was a Canadian-only car, and…Read entire story

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1977 Porsche 924

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1977 Porsche 924

From the seller’s description: A 1977-1/2 Porsche 924, purchased new and owned by a retired colonel USA for forty years, is up for sale. As stock a model as is possible, this well-cared-for Porsche is excellent in every way. Bought in CO, it was always garaged and is RUST FREE! The Bahama Blue metallic paint is original and bright. The owner’s manual is the original and all service records are available. The car itself is in EXCELLENT condition. $17,825. This car runs and drives like the day it was made. The odometer just turned over 27,800 miles on the 110-hp…Read entire story