Category archives: Pick of the Day

Pick of the Day: 1951 Ford Custom Deluxe

The Ford Custom Deluxe has been restored to stock condition
The Ford Custom Deluxe has been restored to stock condition

Always a favorite, the “shoebox” Ford that appeared in 1949 and lasted through 1951 ushered in the modern era of automaking with its fully enveloping body that did away with separate fenders. These were some of my favorite hot rods back in the day, when I’d see the older guys in the neighborhood driving them around.

The Pick of the Day is a 1951 Ford Custom Deluxe in rare stock condition, complete with fender skirts, chrome rocket side trim and front bumperettes that looked like torpedoes about to be fired. This beauty has a flathead V8 that looks like it’s made of gold, and a three-speed with a column shifter. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1973 Ford Maverick Shelby tribute

1973 Ford Maverick redone as a Carroll Shelby tribute vehicle
1973 Ford Maverick redone as a Carroll Shelby tribute vehicle

‘Shelby never did a Maverick in the U.S.,” the seller notes in the advertisement on ClassicCars.com for the Pick of the Day, a 1973 Ford Maverick Shelby tribute.

However, the collector car dealership in Orlando, Florida, continues, “Carroll Shelby partnered up with a businessman in Mexico by the name of Eduardo Velasquez (who was a) Shelby parts dealer…

“You could buy parts for Mustangs, Galaxies and, yes, Mavericks.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1956 Ford Thunderbird

The Thunderbird looks sharp in Raven Black
The Thunderbird looks sharp in Raven Black

Less than a year after the death of Frank Sinatra in 1998, Barrett-Jackson auctioned off in Scottsdale the impeccable silver-gray 1956 Ford Thunderbird that the legendary crooner drove around Palm Springs, California, when he was not off with the rest of the Rat Pack.

Two-seater Thunderbirds, made for just three years in 1955-57, were just beginning to fade after many years as popular staples of the collector car world. But this one was special enough that it sold for more than $160,000, probably more-than four times what a non-celeb T’bird would have sold for at the time. 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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Concours and events: Bloomington Gold’s Corvette party

Bloomington Gold's parade of Corvettes | Bloomington Gold
Bloomington Gold’s parade of Corvettes | Bloomington Gold

Bloomington Gold, the longest-running all-Corvette show in the nation, stages three days of events Thursday through Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, featuring judging for prestigious awards, an autocross and other competitions, and Corvette laps around the iconic Brickyard oval.

Corvette enthusiasts from all over the world are expected to attend the gathering, which has been held every year since 1973. Since then, Bloomington Gold has become the benchmark for Corvette excellence with intensive judging to the highest standards for Corvettes vying to achieve Bloomington Gold Certification ratings for authenticity. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 Chevrolet Nomad

The Nomad is Gypsy Red and Ivory outside and inside
The Nomad is Gypsy Red and Ivory outside and inside

The 1955 Nomad is the coolest and most-expressive model of Chevy’s Tri-5 era, in my humble opinion. All the elements are there: the full rear-wheel cutouts that blend in such a sporty way with the wraparound two-door wagon styling, the broad chrome spears that shoot back from the thick chrome headlight rims, the vertical chrome bars on the slanted tailgate, and the classic front-end styling with the egg-crate grille of all full-size’55 Chevys.

The Pick of the Day is an apparently preserved 1955 Chevrolet Nomad in the desirable color combination of Gypsy Red and Ivory that has been in the same family for 55 years, according to the private seller advertising the Chevy on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1966 Ford Thunderbird

Landau roof adds air of elegance to this 1966 Ford Thunderbird
Landau roof adds air of elegance to this 1966 Ford Thunderbird

Strikingly elegant was the thought that popped to mind when this triple black 1966 Ford Thunderbird appeared as I clicked through candidates for Pick of the Day. OK, so your typical ’66 T’bird may not be all that special, but with its Town Landau roofline, this Raven-black beauty is striking.

Vinyl roofs, let alone with faux Landau bars, have gone out of style, but just far enough out of style in terms of time that they once again are sort of cool, the kind of thing that draws attention whether you’re parked in a cruise-in or at your favorite fancy restaurant. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

The Monte Carlo looks well-finished in shiny black paint and original black interior
The Monte Carlo looks well-finished in shiny black paint and original black interior

Here’s a sleeper they’ll never see coming, a 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that looks more like a disco-era bar crawler than a performance machine. Despite appearing attractively stock, this “personal luxury” coupe is packing a high-performance 383 stroker V8 under its hood, linked with a Turbo 400 automatic.

That should make for some quick getaways from the stoplight. The private seller in Charleston, South Carolina, advertising the Chevy on ClassicCars.com says the engine and transmission were professional built, and that the car is currently used as a daily driver. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1974 Porsche 914 1.8

The once-unappreciated Porsche 914 has a renew fan base and  values that are rising
The once-unappreciated Porsche 914 has a renew fan base and values that are rising

If you showed up at a Porsche club meeting even 20 years ago with a 914, you likely would be viewed as barely qualifying for membership. If the car was a 914/6, well that was a bit different. But with a standard four-cylinder 914, you were basically tolerated and mostly ignored.

It’s funny how the passage of time changes people’s perspectives. During the past few years, the mid-engine Porsche 914 has had quite a renaissance, becoming a bona fide collectible Porsche right alongside the 356 and the 911. In fact, the Porsche 914 was celebrated a few years back at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, where 10 of these great little cars graced the field and drew good-sized crowds to see them. Continue reading