Category archives: Features

Driven: 1970 Buick Electra 225 Custom Limited Sport Coupe

1970 Buick Electra 225 is a muscle machine minus the machismo | Nick Kurczewski photos
1970 Buick Electra 225 is a muscle machine minus the machismo | Nick Kurczewski photos

Who doesn’t love the power and drama of a good, old-fashioned American muscle car? The genre always suggests images of wild racing stripes, ram air hood intakes, fat tires, and an engine bay bursting with a massive V8 engine.

So why are we so smitten with this big brown Buick? It’s definitely no Road Runner when it comes to visual impact – sorry, there is no SubLime green or Go ManGo paint job to be found here. Continue reading

2016 top stories: 10 – Automobiles in art museums

Sculptural curves grace the tail fins of the Alfa Romeo 'BAT' cars at the Frist museum in Nashville | Larry Edsall photo
Sculptural curves grace the tail fins of the Alfa Romeo ‘BAT’ cars at the Frist museum in Nashville | Larry Edsall photos

The collector car community and the nation’s art museums both owe a huge “thank you” to Ken Gross, who not only has found a way to convince those museums to display classic cars just as they showcase Renoirs or Picassos, Rodins or Calders, but also a way to convince owners of some of the most exotic and expensive of collector cars to release them to those museums for several months at a time. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1932 Ford Highboy

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1932 Ford Highboy

It’s a dream for some to display a car in the SEMA Show – the time it takes to get the car there can be expensive and stressful, but it could be an extremely rewarding experience. Some cars are built to demonstrate various products, and are borrowed from private owners by the brands, while others are built by aftermarket companies specifically to show for the exposure.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1972 ‘Hot Wheels’ Plymouth Barracuda Funny Car

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1972 ‘Hot Wheels’ Plymouth Barracuda Funny Car | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the eigth in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered at the 46th Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction, this funny car, recognized as “Snake II,” is the original car used in the popular “Snake vs. Mongoose” match racing promotion from 1970 through 1972 featuring International Motorsports Hall of Famer and legendary drag racer Don “The Snake” Prudhomme take on Tom “Mongoose” McEwen.

The car also appeared in the 2013 feature film “Snake & Mongoose.”
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After 100 years, J.D. Rockefeller’s 1917 Crane-Simplex takes a ‘Drive Home’

J.D. Rockefeller's Crane-Simplex goes back to New York 100 years later | Le May museum photos
J.D. Rockefeller’s Crane-Simplex goes back to New York 100 years later | Le May museum photos

The 1917 Crane-Simplex Model 5 formerly owned by John D. Rockefeller Sr. returns after nearly a century to its city of birth as part of the LeMay-America’s Car Museum and the North American International Auto Show’s “The Drive Home: The Heritage Run.”

One of America’s earliest luxury automakers, the Simplex Automobile Company was founded in New York City in 1907. In 1915, it was absorbed by the Crane Motor Car Company. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1932 Rolls-Royce Henley Roadster

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1932 Rolls-Royce Henley Roadster | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered with a reserve at the 46th Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction, this 1932 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom II Henley Roadster by Brewster and Company has undergone a recent ground-up restoration. Continue reading

Driven: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 75th Anniversary Edition

The Jeep Wrangler feels right at home in the Arizona desert | Bob Golfen photos
The Jeep Wrangler feels right at home in the Arizona desert | Bob Golfen photos

The four-door Jeep Wrangler is such a brilliant product, combining the freedom and joy of the venerable CJ with the practicality of a crossover SUV. There are compromises in ride and convenience, but for many people, those are outweighed by the go-anywhere capability and rugged image of the Jeep.

With four doors, more-refined interiors and reasonably accommodating back seats, such Jeeps can pass as viable family transporters. The familiar two-door Wrangler would be fine for singles or couples, not so much for a foursome where the rear seat is more of an afterthought. Continue reading

New product: NOCO Genius G1100

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Genius G1100 hooked to 1977 Harley Davidson FXE Shovelhead

Picture this: It’s a beautiful weekend morning and you think to yourself, “I think I’ll go to ‘cars and coffee’ today.” You grab the keys to your occasionally driven classic, ready to arrive in style, but can’t even make it out of the driveway because the battery is dead.

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Rev up your gift giving with $20K Lamborghini audio speakers

Lamboghini-inspired audio speakers are too heavy to stuff in a stocking | H.R. Owen photos
Lamboghini-inspired audio speakers are too heavy to stuff in a stocking | H.R. Owen photos

Weighing in at nearly 120 pounds, it’s not what you might consider a last-minute stocking stuffer, but certainly there’s someone on your naughty-or-nice list who’d appreciate a Lamborghini-inspired, $20,000 audio speaker system as a holiday gift. Continue reading