Pick of the Day: 1955 Chevrolet Nomad

The Nomad is Gypsy Red and Ivory outside and inside
The Nomad is Gypsy Red and Ivory outside and inside

The 1955 Nomad is the coolest and most-expressive model of Chevy’s Tri-5 era, in my humble opinion. All the elements are there: the full rear-wheel cutouts that blend in such a sporty way with the wraparound two-door wagon styling, the broad chrome spears that shoot back from the thick chrome headlight rims, the vertical chrome bars on the slanted tailgate, and the classic front-end styling with the egg-crate grille of all full-size’55 Chevys.

The Pick of the Day is an apparently preserved 1955 Chevrolet Nomad in the desirable color combination of Gypsy Red and Ivory that has been in the same family for 55 years, according to the private seller advertising the Chevy on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2017: 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider

2017 Ferrari 488 Spider | Barrett-Jackson photo
2017 Ferrari 488 Spider | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the final in a 10-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold June 21-24 during Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction.

This 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider is offered during the second annual Barrett-Jackson Northeast auction with a reserve, and is seen in Corsa Red with just 77 actual miles. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Lexus ES 300h sedan

The Lexus ES 300h provided  a quality road trip while getting 36 miles per gallon | Lexus photos
The Lexus ES 300h provided a quality high-speed road trip while getting 36 miles per gallon | Lexus photos

The drive from Phoenix to Las Vegas is long and tedious, with a few interesting segments and a handful of roadside attractions from another era filled with kitschy Western mementos.

The best way to endure the four-and-a-half-hour trip is in the most comfortable and luxurious car possible, one with supportive seats, plenty of driving features and an excellent audio system. It wouldn’t hurt if the chosen vehicle was also good on gas. Continue reading

Harley-Davidson Museum celebrates The Race of Gentlemen

Hot rods from The Race of Gentlemen on display at the Harley-Davidson Museum | William Hall
Hot rods from The Race of Gentlemen on display at the Harley-Davidson Museum | William Hall

When Jim Nelson and friends returned home from World War II to Carlsbad, California, they had two things on their minds – girls and speed. In 1945, they formed a club to pursue the latter, and The Oilers Car Club was born.

Their exploits might have been lost to time if not for their inclusion in the award-winning 2003 book, The Birth of Hot Rodding: The Dry Lakes Era by Robert Genat and Don Cox. A lifetime away on the opposite coast, Mel Stultz and friends obsessed over the book’s images of the early days of post-war hot-rodding, reaching out to author Genat who put them in touch with the original Oilers. Continue reading

Vicari heads to New Orleans for collector car auction

1958 Chevrolet Impala is among featured lots | Vicari Auctions photos
1958 Chevrolet Impala is among featured lots | Vicari Auctions photos

A trio of vintage Chevrolets and a 1960 AMC Rambler Ambassador formerly displayed in a museum are among the highlights of the docket for Vicari Auction Company’s seventh annual New Orleans Collector Car Auction, scheduled for July 8 at Mardi Gras World.

The Chevrolets include a five-time NCRS regional Top Flight award-winning 1967 Corvette, a 1955 Bel Air that won three awards at the 2016 Tri-Five in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and a 1958 Impala. The Ambassador was formerly part of the Sterling McCall Old Car Museum. Continue reading

90 years ago, Mercedes unleashed its ‘White Elephants’

On the grid June 19, 1927 at the Nurburgring: new Model S (Cars 1 and 2) and a privately entered Model K (Car 3) | Mercedes-Benz archives
On the grid June 19, 1927 at the Nurburgring: new Model S (Cars 1 and 2) and a privately entered Model K (Car 3) | Mercedes-Benz archives

Give someone a “white elephant” and they may laugh at the humor of the gifting of something that not only is useless, but perhaps even lacking in tastefulness. But 90 years ago, if you were offered a “White Elephant” from Mercedes-Benz, you were able to enjoy the dominating sports car of the era.

It was June 19, 1927 when Rudolf Caracciola steered Mercedes’ new Model S — the S short for Sport — to victory in the inaugural race for sports cars at Germany’s brand-new Nurburgring. Adolf Rosenberger finished second another Model S in a race that used both the Nordschleife (North Loop) and Sudschleife (South Loop) of the original roadways. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1966 Ford Thunderbird

Landau roof adds air of elegance to this 1966 Ford Thunderbird
Landau roof adds air of elegance to this 1966 Ford Thunderbird

Strikingly elegant was the thought that popped to mind when this triple black 1966 Ford Thunderbird appeared as I clicked through candidates for Pick of the Day. OK, so your typical ’66 T’bird may not be all that special, but with its Town Landau roofline, this Raven-black beauty is striking.

Vinyl roofs, let alone with faux Landau bars, have gone out of style, but just far enough out of style in terms of time that they once again are sort of cool, the kind of thing that draws attention whether you’re parked in a cruise-in or at your favorite fancy restaurant. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2017: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 | Barrett-Jackson photo
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a 10-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold June 21-24 during Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction.

Offered with reserve during the second annual Northeast Barrett-Jackson auction, this 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback was recently restored ahead of the Mustang Club of America Concours where it scored 994 out of 1,000 points.

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