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My Classic Car: Ron’s 1964 Ford Fairlane 500

Fairlane was built in San Jose and lived there until it moved to North Carolina | Ron Fairman photos
Fairlane was built in San Jose and lived there until it moved to North Carolina | Ron Fairman photos

My car was manufactured in the San Jose, California, assembly plant and the original owner purchased it from a dealer in San Jose. The car lived in California until I purchased it from a dealer in North Carolina, George’s Mercury Farm. I’m the second titled owner. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Barnett’s barn-found 1967 Pontiac GTO

The road home from Colorado to San Diego in the barn-found GTO | Barrett Canfield photos
The road home from Colorado to San Diego in the barn-found GTO | Barrett Canfield photos

For the last few years, I’ve been spending evenings with my 11-year-old son, Rhodes, looking for interesting cars online that we could “Fly and buy” and have a fun road trip, and then a father son project to work on together. Continue reading

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: Dan’s 1987 Pontiac Formula Firebird

Top down | Dan Groppenbecker photos
Top down | Dan Groppenbecker photos

I had a 1988 Pontiac Formula Firebird when was a young man, but we live in a city where there are many hills and rear-wheel drive is not ideal. It was my everyday driver and I had to sell to get a front wheel-drive car. 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: Frank’s Jaguar E-types

Frank's daughter stands next to his whitewalled Jaguar | Frank Ligon photos
Frank’s daughter stands next to his whitewalled Jaguar | Frank Ligon photos

Growing up in Detroit my dad would take me to the Sport Cars in Review show at the Henry Ford Museum. One year there was a D-type Jaguar on display. Jags had won Le Mans and the D-type was the hit of the show.

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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