All posts by Steve Evans

Steve Evans is a second-generation car guy whose passion for collector cars spans all eras. A Phoenix resident, Steve serves on the committee for the Arizona Concours d’Elegance and is the editor of a vintage motoring blog. A collector of all things automotive, Steve’s current object of interest is a 1927 Locomobile.

Classic Profile: 3 Generations and the Trip of a Lifetime

1909 Pierce-Arrow Model 6-36 Five Passenger Touring, circa 1960 prior to restoration | courtesy of the author
1909 Pierce-Arrow Model 6-36 Five Passenger Touring, circa 1960 prior to restoration | courtesy of the author

I consider myself lucky. To have inherited a passion for cars from my Dad, and to be able to share this passion with him for the past 40 years, what could be better? Well, it turns out that sharing that passion with the next generation is indescribably rewarding as well. Continue reading

Classic Profile: Mercedes 710 Type SS

The Mercedes 710 Type SS in Bayreuth, Germany,  in 1937 | courtesy of the author
The Mercedes 710 Type SS in Bayreuth, Germany, in 1937 | courtesy of the author

Sometimes a picture reveals more than what first appears. What drew me to this picture is the Mercedes 710 Type SS. Looking almost new, this car was still something special a decade after its manufacture and clearly seems well cared for. Continue reading

Classic Profile: 1916 Hudson Super-Six factory racer

The 1916 Hudson Super-Six factory special at Daytona | Courtesy of the author
The 1916 Hudson Super-Six factory special at Daytona | Courtesy of the author

Since its beginnings in 1909, Hudson had gone racing to prove the merits of its cars. In 1916 came the introduction of Hudson’s Super-Six and with it a significant increase in horsepower over the previous Model Six-40. The Super-Six had a number of innovations, chief among them the use of a counter-balanced crankshaft, which helped the engine achieve 76 horsepower. Continue reading

Classic Profile: The 1936 Vanderbilt Cup race revival

‘Smiling’ Ralph Mulford in the 1914 Stutz Bearcat for the 1936 “Old-Timers” exhibition | Courtesy of the author
‘Smiling’ Ralph Mulford in the 1914 Stutz Bearcat for the 1936 “Old-Timers” exhibition | Courtesy of the author

In 1936, George W. Vanderbilt III banded together with Boston Braves owner George Marshall, and Eddie Rickenbacker, owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to revive a major event from the early days of motorsports, the Vanderbilt Cup. Continue reading

Classic Profile: The Mighty Cadillac V16

A 1931 Cadillac 452A V16 Fleetwood is shown off on the beach in the 1930s | Courtesy of the author
A 1931 Cadillac 452A V16 Fleetwood is shown off on the beach in this vintage photo | Courtesy of the author

In the enthusiasm of the late 1920’s, Cadillac developed its trend-setting 16-cylinder engine of 452 cubic inches – developing 175 horsepower.

While it is true that Packard introduced the landmark Twin-Six, its 12-cylinder engine, in the 1916 model year, it was the Cadillac V16 that set off the American “cylinder wars” at a time when car sales were plummeting due to the escalating economic depression. Continue reading

Classic Profile: Packard Model 30 Runabout

The original owner proudly displays his 1907 Packard Model 30 Runabout, chassis 3924  | Courtesy of the author
The original owner proudly displays his 1907 Packard Model 30 Runabout | Courtesy of the author

Packard is one of the most highly regarded brands from the classic era, with roots going back to the very beginning of the 20th Century. Although the automaker is revered today for bold luxury cars, it’s not often remembered for its early days when Packard built sporting cars. Continue reading

Classic Profile: The Kissel Speedster

Gene Husting with his 1920 Kissel 6-45 Speedster in a 1950s-era photo | Courtesy of Steve Evans
Gene Husting with his 1920 Kissel 6-45 Speedster in a 1950s-era photo | Courtesy of Steve Evans

The Kissel Motor Car Company may not be a well-recognized marque today, but it is owed a debt of gratitude from every red-blooded American car guy.

The reason is the company’s introduction in 1919 of its Speedster (later nicknamed the Gold Bug Speedster) which cemented in the American mindset the idea of the sports car. Continue reading