After 50 years of motor vehicle production, and more than a century after manufacturing its first farm equipment, officials at the International Harvester Company were ready to venture into a new automotive segment. They would design and develop what they officially termed a “small 4×4 unit.” Continue reading
Ernie Adams grew up near a landfill in Harvard, Nebraska. Around the age of 13, he remembers looking out the window of his home and noticing an old refrigerator in the weeds. “It had a black tire swing laying by it and, to me, it looked like a black fender on a white touring car, but miniature.”
Years later, Adams was married, wanted an antique car but couldn’t afford one. And, he said, “We lived in a trailer space and I didn’t have the room for one.” Continue reading
Welcome to Chazland: a world made of pure imagination housing creations that defy explanation. This is an escape to a personal paradise.
From the outside, this oasis looks like a normal garage in Arizona. But for Chaz Lightner, it’s where he finds his soul revived after being bogged down by everyday, mundane tasks, a place where his creative abilities are set free. Continue reading
How many people have owned the same car for 50 years?
Perhaps it’s more that you might think.
Regardless, one of them, British resident Bertie Fowler, will attend his 50th National Austin 7 Rally on July 3 at Beaulieu, which will be hosting the event for the 54th year in a row, “one of the longest unbroken runs for a one-marque club using the same venue for its annual event,” the National Motor Museum said in a news release. Continue reading
Twice during a recent week, I encountered very unexpected but very impressive vehicle collections. One was in America’s Midwestern heartland. The other was on the rocky, rugged coast of Maine. While the geography was very different, the vehicles were very similar. They were Soap Box Derby racers, which with age and history are both classic and collectible. Continue reading
The European celebration of Jeep’s 75th anniversary continues with the selection of nine “pioneering new models” that mark “fundamental stages in the history” of the brand and its role in automotive marketing. Continue reading
The conclusion of our conversation with car collector Brian Styles
Classic Car News: What advice do you have for someone who wants to start collecting cars?
Brian Styles: A couple of things, first everything is cyclical. Every market is cyclical. If you are going to get into a hobby, if you are getting into it as a true collector with multiple cars and invest seven or eight figures into a collection, the best advice is to buy what you love and plan on keeping forever. Continue reading
A continuation of our conversation with car collector Brian Styles
Classic Car News: What is something you have learned about collecting cars?
Brian Styles: If you are really passionate about collecting cars, neither the acquisition of the car nor the completion of the restoration is the end of the journey, it’s kind of the beginning. From then on you get to be the new caretaker, the new story teller. It’s our job, I feel, to take these cars around the country and show them and share them with people, and share the research, the history, and the stories that go along with them. Continue reading
Since 2009, Brian Styles and his girlfriend, Samantha, have worked to amass the Styles Collection. They have chased after the rarest vehicles with a commitment to preserve and share each automobile’s history. As a result, their south Florida-based collection is home to some of the most desirable American muscle cars, and Japanese muscle cars. They also collect European die-cast toys and vintage pinball machines. Continue reading
Tatra may be the most famous of Czechoslovakian automakers, but it is Skoda that celebrated the cult-car status and 50th anniversary of its 1000 MBX coupe at the recent Geneva Motor Show.
The 1000 MBX DeLuxe was introduced in March 1966 at the Geneva show. The car was a roomy five-seater with its 1.0-liter engine mounted behind those passengers. Continue reading