Category archives: Features

Pick of the Day: 1949 Ford Club Coupe

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1949 Ford Club Coupe

Regardless of personal taste or ownership, classic cars tend to bring back old memories and forgotten times.  When I search for Pick of the Day cars, I usually try to stick with something that combines an ungodly amount of horsepower that you would never use, lots of style, and an obnoxious list of modifications, because those cars remind me of going to car shows with my dad when I was younger.

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Classic Profile: 1935 Datsun Type 14

1935 Datsun 14 goes on display at Beaulieu museum in England | Museum photos
1935 Datsun 14 on display at Beaulieu museum in England | Museum photos

A 1935 Datsun Type 14 has gone on display at Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, even though that model of car never was sold in the UK.

“This example was shipped from Japan to Britain by car manufacturing magnate Sir Herbert Austin to check every detail for possible patent infringement because the car looked similar to the Austin 7 Ruby,” the museum said in a news release. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1966 Chevrolet Nova

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1966 Chevrolet Nova

The Chevrolet Chevy II, commonly recognized as the Nova, was purpose-built to give buyers a simple, back-to-the-basics compact car. It was produced from 1962 through 1979, and the nameplate was brought back for a brief time during the ‘80s.

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Chazland: Where imagination defies explanation

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2005 Ford GT “photo car” alongside 1967 Shelby Mustang and other cars | Photography by James Sasser

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

Classic Profile: The rare Duesenberg Model X

Hotelier and real estate investor Arnold Kirkeby was a famed owned of the Duesenberg Model X | Courtesy of the author
Hotelier and real estate investor Arnold Kirkeby was a famed owned of the Duesenberg Model X | Courtesy of the author

The Duesenberg brothers introduced their first production road car in 1920. The Straight Eight (later called the Model A) was an innovative and well-made machine. Regardless, the brothers (underfunded from the start) struggled to find enough customers to keep the company viable.

When E. L. Cord (through Auburn) purchased the bankrupt Duesenberg Company in 1926, Fred Duesenberg was already experimenting with a new iteration of the Straight Eight. It is thought that about dozen Model X chassis had been manufactured by the time of Cord’s acquisition. The Model X featured a re-worked Model A suspension and a larger displacement (260 cubic inches) mono-block straight-8 engine. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Shelby Daytona replica

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1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe replica

Marking the 50th anniversary of Ford GT40’s 1-2-3 sweep over Ferrari in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ford returned to the iconic race this year with the new Ford GT, which won the GTE Pro racing class after earning the pole position during qualifying. It’s hard not to feel some kind of nostalgia as we recognize this significant moment, and in my case, sparking an interest in the past.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast: 1933 Ford 3-Window ‘Rick Dore custom’ coupe

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1933 Ford 3-window custom coupe | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the final in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold June 23-25 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Northeast Auction. 

It can be difficult deciding whether or not to restore a car or to modify it in pursuit of the ultimate hot rod. The decision can become even more difficult when it comes to a classic car from the 1930s that has been reduced to a limited quantity over time. Fortunately, modern alternatives exist.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast: 1984 Ferrari 512 BBI

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1984 Ferrari 512 BBI | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold June 23-25 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Northeast Auction. 

Produced from 1977 through 1985, the 512 Berlinetta Boxer BB was never officially exported to the United States, making a stateside sighting an uncommon experience.

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Faces at the Races: Vintage motorcycles at Road America

Race bikes, show bikes and plenty of people at the vintage-motorcycle races and show at Road America | William Hall photos
Race bikes, show bikes and plenty of people at the vintage-motorcycle races and show at Road America | William Hall photos

You meet the most interesting people at a racetrack. Here are just a few we encountered during the recent AHRMA Vintage Motorcycle races and Rockerbox Motofest at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast: 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird

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1970 Plymouth Superbird | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold June 23-25 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Northeast Auction. 

Once upon a time in NASCAR racing, Chrysler designers and engineers were granted unrestricted access to the outer edges of their own imaginations. Sheer horsepower and advanced aerodynamics led to a car designed not only to conquer the track, but to bring “The King,” Richard Petty, back on the track and to the brand.

The Plymouth Superbird dominated the speedways of America like nothing before. Continue reading