Category archives: Features

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1956 Chevrolet custom Sport Touring sedan

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1956 Chevrolet custom Sport Touring sedan | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Las Vegas Auction. 

Offered at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction October 13-15, and without reserve price, is this 1956 Chevrolet custom Sport Touring sedan from the Tammy  Allen collection.

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Driven: 2015 Vintage Kart Co. Mini Racer

Vintage Kart of Mesa, Arizona, produces its Mini Racer in kit or turnkey form | Larry Edsall photos
Vintage Kart of Mesa, Arizona, produces its Mini Racer in kit or turnkey form | Larry Edsall photos

A cyclecar got its name from the fact that it was part motorcycle and part car. Like an early-era motorcycle, a cyclecar had a small, air-cooled engine and rode on skinny, cycle-style wheels and tires. Like an early-era motorcar, it had four wheels and the driver — and sometimes even a tandem-seated passenger — sat within bodywork and used a steering wheel and pedals to stop, to go and to turn. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1952 Cadillac Series 62 convertible

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1952 Cadillac Series 62 convertible | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Las Vegas Auction. 

After World War II, automakers were eager to produce new designs. By 1949, new models started to appear. Cadillac had displaced Packard as the leader in the luxury car segment with flashy styling and high performance and was the choice of a new generation of buyers.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1955 Chevrolet ‘The Retrolet’ custom coupe

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1955 Chevrolet ‘The Retrolet’ custom coupe | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the third in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Las Vegas Auction. 

This 1955 Chevrolet known as “The Retrolet” was built by Scott Winfield between 2002 and 2003 and is offered from the Tammy Allen collection without reserve during the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction, October 13-15.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1947 ‘Black Bart’ Studebaker Starlight coupe

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1947 “Black Bart” Studebaker Starlight coupe | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 2nd in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Las Vegas Auction. 

Offered without reserve from the Tammy Allen collection to cross the Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson block October 13-15 is a 1947 Studebaker Starlight coupe dubbed “Black Bart.” Built by award-winning builder Tony Carlini. “Black Bart” is the 4-wheel version of the late builder’s one-time line of custom show motorcycles.

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Bookshelf: Airstream and its founder in a dual biography

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Airstream: America’s World Traveler

His parents divorced, Wallace spent his boyhood summers with an aunt and uncle. When he was 12 years old, his uncle sent him and a flock of sheep up into a pasture in the mountains of Oregon. Wallace’s living quarters was a small, two-wheeled, canvas-topped wagon pulled by a donkey.

Wallace, who for a while took a stepfather’s last name, Davis, as his own, loved being outdoors, and camping. Fast forward a few years and Wallace is married but his wife deplores sleeping in a tent. So Wallace builds a camping trailer. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1955 Ford Thunderbird custom convertible

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1955 Ford Thunderbird custom convertible | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 1st in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Las Vegas Auction. 

After a visit to Europe in the early 1950s, Henry Ford II decided he wanted to build a two-seat, convertible sports car for the American public. At the time, he had begun to hear rumors that Chevrolet had the same idea and had already begun working on a concept that was made of a new lightweight material.

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Larry’s likes at Leake’s Motor City auction

Cars off the transport truck but waiting to be processed onto the Leake Motor City docket | Larry Edsall photos
Cars off the transport truck but waiting to be processed onto the Leake Motor City docket | Larry Edsall photos

Transport trucks still were arriving Thursday as I worked my way around the garage where the cars are being kept in anticipation of Leake Auction Company’s inaugural Motor City collector car sale. So I got to see only a fraction of the 300 or so cars that roll up onto the turntable at the MotorCity casino hotel Friday and Saturday in an auction being staged with sponsorship from Penske Corporation, which is sort of like the official seal of approval here in the renaissance city these days. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

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2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider on Laureles Grade | Nicole James photos

Just as I thought my recent time at Montery Car Week couldn’t get any better, I found myself bombing up and down the Laureles Grade, a 10-mile stretch of mountain road near Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, sitting in a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, Italian sports car weighing less than 2,500 pounds.

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