Category archives: Features

Driven (well, actually, Ridden): 2016 URB-E

Larry rides the URB-E electric scooter | Bob Golfen photo
Larry rides the URB-E electric scooter | Bob Golfen photo

If you race a vintage sports or formula car, you likely need a pit bike for maneuvering your way around the paddock or out to the race track’s various corners to check the line, and maybe to see how well your competition is doing in practice.

Or maybe you show your classic car at large venues, such as Goodguys events, or you go to the big swap meets and you’d like a way to see everything but that old football injury takes its toll when you walk too long. Continue reading

Amazon (the car) turns 60, and Volvo shares 10 things you probably didn’t know about its breakthrough vehicle

Early on, Volvo Amazons came with two-tone paint | Volvo photos
Early on, Volvo Amazons came with two-tone paint | Volvo photos

Volvo’s second post-war model was unveiled the first weekend of September 1956 in the Swedish town of Örebro. Unlike the beetlesque PV444, the Volvo Amazon, designed by a 26-year-old Jan Wilsgaard, had shapes the automaker has termed “beautiful” yet “challenging,” calling it an “elegant car differing greatly from the common perception of what a Volvo should look like.”

Differing greatly from the common perception indeed: In 1959 the Volvo Amazon became the world’s first car produced with standard three-point seat belts. Continue reading

Larry’s likes at Auctions America’s Auburn Fall sale

The ACD trio greets visitors to Auburn Auction Park's sales building |  Larry Edsall photos
The ACD trio — (from left) an Auburn, Duesenberg and Cord — greets visitors to Auburn Auction Park’s sales building |Larry Edsall photos

The 46th annual Labor Day weekend collector car auction in Auburn, Indiana, is underway with the star cars crossing the block today at the Auctions America sale.

I think I walked past all of the nearly 1,000 cars on the docket during my visit Friday to Auburn Auction Park and here I’m sharing the ones I’d most want in my personal collection. Continue reading

Larry picks his favorites at Worldwide Auctioneers sale

Historic Auburn auto facility is site of annual Worldwide Auctioneers' Labor Day weekend sale | Larry Edsall photos
Historic Auburn auto facility is site of annual Worldwide Auctioneers’ Labor Day weekend sale | Larry Edsall photos

For the ninth year in a row, Worldwide Auctioneers, which is based in Auburn, Indiana, stages its annual Labor Day weekend collector car sale in its hometown. But not just in its hometown but in the historic L-29 Cord Building that for the rest of the year serves as the site of the National Auto & Truck Museum of the United States. Continue reading

Old cars + young drivers = future car guys (and gals)

1962 Chevrolet Bel Air among cars owners offered for teaching new drivers to shift for themselves | Hagerty photos
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air among cars owners offered for teaching new drivers to shift for themselves | Hagerty photos

‘I had so much fun driving so many different cars, though my favorite had to be the 1962 Chevy Bel Air,” 15-year-old Micah Hemenway said after her recent Hagerty Driving Experience.

Hemenway and her family drove more than seven hours from Pittsburgh to the western Chicago suburb of Aurora so she could take part in the program that not only exposes young drivers to classic cars, but actually puts them behind the wheel of collector cars with manual transmissions. Continue reading

World’s fastest electric car leaves us breathless, literally

Potential customers take a look at the Concept_One, world's fastest electric car | Larry Edsall photos
Potential customers take a look at the Concept_One, world’s fastest electric car | Larry Edsall photos

Once we reached a deserted stretch of roadway, Mate Rimac asked if I wanted to feel the full accelerative power of the Concept_One. I responded in the affirmative. Rimac tapped various places on the iPad-like device on the car’s center console, secured his grip on the steering wheel, and I assume he floored the accelerator because I was thrust back against my seat by g forces sufficient to keep me from expanding my lungs to inhale. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1953 Buick Super Riviera

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1953 Buick Super Riviera

It’s one thing to modify a vehicle and create a totally outrageous – sometimes unrecognizable – custom car, but sometimes more impressive are the builds with nearly unnoticeable modifications, allowing the car to retain its classic look with recognizable lines.

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Driven: 2016 Chrysler 300S

2016 Chrysler 300S gets a thumb's up from James Dean (or at least his sign) | Larry Edsall photos
2016 Chrysler 300S gets a thumb’s up from James Dean (or at least his sign) | Larry Edsall photos

At first quick glance, you might not notice anything different about the 2016 Chrysler 300S. But look more closely and you can see the S on the decklid badging, the blacked-out accents, the 20-inch Hyper Black-finished wheels, subtly sculpted side sills and the deck lid spoiler.

Look inside and you see the letter “S” stitched into the front seat backs. Continue reading

Photo quiz answers: Did you spot the fakes?

A vintage Ford Tri-Motor passenger plane from over The Shakedown | WIlliam Hall photos
A vintage Ford Tri-Motor passenger plane passes over The Shakedown | WIlliam Hall photos

Last week, we asked readers to view eight photographs and determine which ones were authentic, period pictures of classic cars taken between 1950 and the early 1970s. If you haven’t seen them, here’s the link: Photo Quiz. This is your spoiler alert.

We suggested there could be details in the photos that would give the game away, and asked our astute readers to point them out. Continue reading

Photo quiz: Can you spot the fakes?

Is this a genuine vintage photograph? You decide | Photos courtesy of the author
Is this a genuine vintage photograph? You decide | Photos courtesy of the author

Which of the following pictures are not old car photographs from the 1950s-early 1970s?  Add your comments to tell us which clues you spot that give them away.  Answers next week. Continue reading