Category archives: Commentary

Solved on Sunday: Beware of flaming passions when taking your classic out of winter slumber

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QUESTION

I often see cars at the car shows with fire extinguishers under the tire and fire extinguishers mounted inside the cars. Should I be carrying a fire extinguisher in my classic car?

ANSWER

Having first-hand experience with this fun little fire drill I can definitely say, been there, done that, and I have the ashes to prove it.

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Secret ambitions and special classes at the concours

Virgil Exner's Chrysler designs were featured around the big tree at Concours d'America  in 2014 - Larry Edsall photos
Virgil Exner’s Chrysler designs featured around the big tree at 2014 Concours d’America | Larry Edsall photos

I’m not sure I’ve shared this with anyone before, but someday I’d like to be curator of an classic car exhibition at a museum. and I’d also like to create a class for a concours d’elegance.

In a way, I suppose, three of the books I’ve written — Concept Cars, Legendary Cars and Masters of Car Design — were ink-on-paper versions of the sort of steel-and-rubber in the gallery or on the lawn exhibitions or classes I’d like to do someday.

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Solved On Sunday: Electrifying news about the ’83 Corvette

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QUESTION

I may not be an authority on Corvettes but I do know they have building them since 1953. But now this guy at the car show is telling me that there was a year when no Corvettes were built. I doubt that. How could that be possible since they have been building them since 1953. Seems like that would be a big deal and everyone would know that. —Henry J.

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CCCA finally expands criteria for Full Classic candidates

This 1916 Pierce-Arrow could become a Full Classic under new rules | Arizona Concours d’Elegance
This 1916 Pierce-Arrow could become a Full Classic under new rules | Arizona Concours d’Elegance

The Classic Car Club of America is a great organization and has accepted dozens of marques of distinction into their ranks as Full Classics, including Duesenbergs, Maybachs, Stutzes and Mercers. Not every high-end vintage car makes the designation of Full Classic, and now the CCCA has changed a major part of its criteria to bring more of them into the fold. Continue reading

Jeep honors heritage with a pair of resto-mods for Moab

Jeep Chief concept pays homage to classic Wagoneer and Cherokee | FCA photosIn this space on previous occasions I have been critical of the American automakers for, as I’ve seen it, pretty much turning their backs on their heritage, a heritage that may be distained by the companies that made it yet a heritage that is strongly embraced by the classic car community that invests thousands of dollars to buy and restore and maintain and enjoy classic American cars. Continue reading

Cars and art: Are they still world’s apart?

Cars and art or cars as art: Concept cars on display at High Museum in Atlanta | Larry Edsall photos
Cars and art or cars as art: Concept cars on display at High Museum of Art in Atlanta | Larry Edsall photos

I’ve written before about parallels between the worlds of classic cars and fine art. That link would seem to have been significantly strengthened recently with the announcement that Sotheby’s, the publicly traded fine arts auction and real estate company, had purchased a 25 percent interest in RM Auctions. Continue reading

Solved on Sunday: Decoding cowl tags and cracking tires

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QUESTION: 
I have a 1967 Chevelle SS396. The other day I was looking at the cowl tag and noticed it had some “additional” numbers at the bottom. I also have about 30 books on Chevelles and they were no help “decoding” this info. Below is the cowl tag info — Mike Continue reading

Solved on Sunday: Supercars (Yenko and ZL1 Camaros) and Superman

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Question, What’s the difference between a 1969 Yenko Camaro and a 1969 ZL1 Camaro? Ferry F. Continue reading