Category archives: Features

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2016: 1960 Cadillac Fleetwood ‘Thundertaker’ custom limo

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Custom 1960 Cadillac limousine known as the “Thundertaker” | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the forth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold April 8-10 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Palm Beach Auction.

Offered at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction at no reserve is Lot 388, a custom 1960 Cadillac limousine known as the “Thundertaker.” In addition to being nationally recognized and featured at SEMA, in Hot Rod magazine and on the Discovery Channel, the Thundertaker is the result of a four-year, 10,000-manhour build by Bryan Fuller and his team at Fuller Moto in Atlanta.

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Pick of the Day: 1982 Toyota Celica Supra

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1982 Toyota Celica Supra

For a long time, cars that were made in the ‘70s and ‘80s were considered non-collectable, in particular those cars that were also of Japanese descent. As a result, many were neglected. But recently, interest  has been growing and values have been rising for unmolested or low-mileage cars from this era, such as the Pick of the Day, a 1982 Toyota Celica Supra.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2016: 1957 Ford Skyliner F-code retractable hardtop

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1957 Ford Skyliner F-code retractable hardtop | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the third in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold April 8-10 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Palm Beach Auction.

In 1957 Ford’s chief of styling George W. Walker successfully challenged the norm with the company’s “equaflair” design expressed in the Fairlane series. All of the refinements set forth in the new Fairlane helped to reassure buyers that they needn’t look elsewhere to meet their wants or needs.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2016: 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code convertible

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1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code convertible | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the second in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold April 8-10 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Palm Beach Auction.

For what would be the Ford Thunderbird’s final year as the “Baby Bird,” subtle design changes were made to enhance the elegant styling. The car also underwent some mechanical refinement.

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Driven: 2016 Dodge Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker

Plum Crazy is a Dodge 'heritage hue'  that's back on some Challengers and Chargers for 2016| Larry Edsall photos
Plum Crazy is a Dodge ‘heritage hue’ that’s back on some Challengers and Chargers for 2016| Larry Edsall photos

We talk quite a bit at our weekly Classic Car News meetings at ClassicCars.com headquarters about “future classics,” cars you can buy and drive today that a decade or so down the road will be considered collectible. I’ve spent the last week driving just such a car, a 2016 Dodge Challenger, but not just your ordinary if slickly styled coupe but one equipped with the 392 Hemi Scat Pack set up and Shaker hood.

But not just any 392 Hemi Scat Pack setup and Shaker hooded Challenger but one of a limited run wearing a “heritage hue,” Plum Crazy. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2016: 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR convertible

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1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the first in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold April 8-10 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Palm Beach Auction.

Shortly after Ford launched the Mustang in April of 1964, Carroll Shelby, legendary race car driver and car builder, was tasked with transforming the pony car into a high-performance car. The result of his efforts became to be known as the 1965 Shelby GT350.

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Pick of the Day: 1994 Toyota Recreational Vehicle

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Front of the Toyota race truck

When you combine a need for speed with a desire to take on any terrain, you get the Pick of the Day, which is listed as a 1994 Toyota Recreational Vehicle, although it’s really an all-out race truck. The Toyota is a performance vehicle at its core with rugged and aggressive styling, but what makes this one unique is that it was driven by Ivan “Ironman” Stewart, and its racing history includes winning the 1998 Baja 1000 along with four Baja 500’s.

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Driven: A vintage adventure in a 1934 Buick

The classic 1934 Buick convertible sedan is big, blue and beautiful | Bob Golfen
The classic 1934 Buick convertible sedan is big, blue and beautiful | Bob Golfen

‘Big as a Buick” was an expression that came to mind as I looked over the handsome blue 1934 Buick 96 convertible sedan parked near the marina at San Fernandina Beach, Florida. Fresh from restoration and owned by famed jeweler Nicola Bulgari, the grand classic car looked every bit like a precious gem glinting in the sunlight.

The following day, the magnificent dowager would take her place among the rest of the automotive finery at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. But on this day, I was expected to get behind the broad steering wheel and pilot her down the coastline. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1960 Buick Electra

1960 Buick Electra
1960 Buick Electra

Though not quite a long as its big brother, the Buick Electra stretched out 221.2 inches for the 1960 model year. Only the Electra 225 — which took its name from its length in inches — was longer, and 1960 was the last year these cars would span such distances. In 1961, Buicks were trimmed down, with both versions of the Electra a mere 219 inches in length.

Our Pick of the Day is a 1960 Buick Electra, a four-door hardtop equipped with Buick’s 445 big-block Wildcat V8, according to the seller. Continue reading