Category archives: Features

Cousins: Camaros, Firebirds seize spotlight at AACA museum

AACA Museum celebrates 50th birthday of GM's F-body cousins -- Camaro and Firebird | Photos by Nick Kurczewski
AACA Museum celebrates 50th birthday of GM’s F-body cousins — Camaro and Firebird | Photos by Nick Kurczewski

With the introduction of the Chevrolet Camaro in 1966, followed one year later by its mechanical twin cousin, the Pontiac Firebird, an all-out performance battle was officially launched between General Motors and the Ford Motor Company. Targeted squarely at the Mustang, Ford’s runaway sales hero that had been launched for the 1964½ model year, the GM duo had a tremendously difficult task ahead of them: unseat the very vehicle that inspired the term “pony car.” Continue reading

Analysis: It’s become a buyer’s market, but for how long?

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Cars such as this 1971 Pontiac Trans-Am are popular with a new generation of bidders | Auctions America photo

Monterey Car Week is coming up quickly and a lot has been happening in the classic car auction marketplace leading up to what serves as the Super Bowl of the auction year.

In recent weeks, we have had the Auctions America sale in northern Indiana, the Mecum auction at Indy, RM Sotheby’s at Santa Monica and the Barrett-Jackson Northeast sale in Connecticut.

Our analysis: If you are in the hunt for a car priced at $150,000 or less, including a lot less, this has definitely become a buyer’s market. Continue reading

Garage-find classics rule at this AACA museum exhibit

1913 Empire went into a barn after farmer's sons rolled it over | Nick Kurczewski photos
1913 Empire went into a barn after farmer’s sons rolled it over | Nick Kurczewski photos

To restore or not to restore, that’s the question many classic car owners face at least once during the lifetime of a vehicle. Do you keep the car’s original patina and celebrate the imperfections that come with old age? Or, is the better choice to undertake a complete restoration and make the car sparkle like it was new again?

In the case of the AACA Museum’s new showcase exhibit, “Garage Finds: Unrestored Treasures that Survived Time,” that difficult decision has already been made for you. Of the more than 40 cars on display, many are veritable time-warp examples, vehicles that have miraculously escaped the wraith of rust-inducing winters and fender-bashing shopping carts. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Pontiac Firebird HO

1969 Pontiac Firebird
1969 Pontiac Firebird

When you think about muscle cars and pony cars of the late 1960s, a 1969 Pontiac Firebird such as the Pick of the Day is not always one of the first cars that comes to mind, despite sharing its F-body platform with the very-popular Camaro. Listed on ClassicCars.com, this particular Firebird embodies the swagger that makes cars of this era still relevant and sought after today.

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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

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

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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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2017: 1988 Lamborghini Countach 500 Quattrovalvole

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

Offered with a reserve during the second annual Northeast Barrett-Jackson auction is this 1988 Lamborghini Countach 500 Quattrovalvole. The car was originally ordered by collector Joe Nastasi and comes finished in Fly Yellow and white. Additionally, it features a factory rear wing and a rearview camera.

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GM’s hometown car show spreads across Michigan

One-owner '79 MG Midget, Flint-built '62 Buick Special convertible and '95 Camaro convertible in downtown Clare, Michigan | Larry Edsall photos
One-owner ’79 MG Midget, Flint-built ’62 Buick Special convertible and ’95 Camaro convertible in downtown Clare, Michigan | Larry Edsall photos

Though not as well known nationally as the Woodward Dream Cruise, in a dozen years, Back to the Bricks has become a five-day automotive celebration and cruise-in staged on the brick-lined downtown streets of Flint, the city north of Detroit where Billy Durant started General Motors and the city where the original batch of America’s sports car, the Chevrolet Corvettes, were assembled.

For the eighth year, Back to the Bricks has become more than just a Flint event. This month, more than 200 cars have cruised into seven Michigan cities on the Brick’s Heritage Promo Tour. Continue reading