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My Classic Car: John’s 1964 Buick Riviera

1964 Buick is a work in progress for a grandson | John Loghry photos
1964 Buick is a work in progress for a grandson | John Loghry photos

I bought my 1964 Buick Riviera in 2012. The owner told me the car was purchased new by his aunt and uncle in Glendale, California. He told me his uncle died one year later and that his aunt parked the car in her garage where it remained until 1995. He went to California and brought the car to Texas, where he began restoring it.

The odometer showed 27,000 miles at the time. The engine would not turn over, the tires were rotten, and the headliner was sagging. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Petey’s 1973 Triumph TR6

Sketches show the desired look
Sketches show the desired look

I’ve had this car a few years. Like a lot of custom builders, your own car project seems to hit the back burner.

I restored many cars in my day and fell into the foreign car circle. Getting the pleasure of doing the small cars seems to be more fun.

I’m doing this car for SCCA racing. The TR6 is going to be a semi hot rod to my liking after I completely give her a going over. I will sell her to a happy customern in hopes to keep her tradition alive, like the commercial says: Don’t crush them, restore them. Continue reading

My Classic Car: 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible

Ford Falcon Sprint is Mustang's older brother | Mike Mast photos
Ford Falcon Sprint is Mustang’s older brother | Mike Mast photos

To draw attention to the Falcon model line at the start of the Ford “Total Performance Era,” the Sprint model was added to the lineup in mid-1963.

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The tach

Boasting the excellent Ford 260 small block, and available with the slick shifting Ford “top-loader” or T-10 transmission, dash mounted tach, sporty bucket seats, and special yet understated trim, at well under 3000 pounds, it made for a rather potent combination. Continue reading

My Classic Car: David’s 1973 De Tomaso Pantera

Childhood crush leads to the car in the driveway | David Cantagallo photos
Childhood crush leads to the car in the driveway | David Cantagallo photos

When I was in Grade 7, my father was an engineer for Chrysler and they did a lot of work with the Carlini Brothers body shop. The Carlini Brothers happened to be cousins to Hank Carlini, Ford Pantera director and right hand to Lee Iaccoca.

Sitting in their body shop under a soft cover was Hank Carlini’s De Tomaso Pantera. My dad lifted the cover and asked if I wanted to see a beautiful car. I immediately fell in love. I told my father then that one day I would own a Pantera. Continue reading

My Classic Car: David’s 1970 Mercury ‘Hound’s-tooth’ Cougar

A two-owner 'Hound's tooth' 1970 Mercury Cougar | David Branham photos
A two-owner ‘Hound’s tooth’ 1970 Mercury Cougar | David Branham photos

I am the second owner of this car purchased in 1976 from a retired Air Force colonel who had been stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma.  He swore the car had never been wet… During military training he had been struck by lightning, so he said that, “every time if I’m out and I see storm clouds brewing, I rush home and the car goes back in the garage.” Continue reading

My Classic Car: Gregory’s 1966 Lincoln Continental convertible

Gregory and 'Joan,' reunited at last | Gregory Zompolis photo
Gregory and ‘Joan,’ reunited at last | Gregory Zompolis photo

I was 11 when I first saw a new yellow Lincoln convertible in the school’s parking lot in San Mateo. It belonged to one of the teachers at my elementary school. The top was down, showing its white interior. It truly was love at first sight. I swore that someday I would have one.

My campaign at home to buy one didn’t go over too well. My father had a solid white-collar job. My mother didn’t work. But because there were two children and a dog, we belonged to the obligatory station wagon set. I even presented the “used” car idea. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Danny’s 1975 Mercedes-Benz 240D

Danny's dream car turned out to be a gift | Danny Delancy photos
Danny’s dream car turned out to be a gift | Danny Delancy photos

When I was in the Navy and stationed aboard ship at Mayport Florida, I knew an officer who owned a Mercedes just like I now own. I would see him driving on base all the time. I thought that car was the most classy thing I had ever seen and would love to have one.

It was out of my reach at the time, but I never stopped dreaming. I eventually got one real cheap, but it was really ready for the scrap heap, and I sold it for such. Continue reading