Category archives: Pick of the Day

Pick of the Day: 1964 Pontiac Catalina convertible

‘Rose’ is a restored beauty with an upscale interior

Meet “Rose.” She’s available from a private owner in Rockledge, Florida, for $47,000 — or she’s available in a trade involving a Peterbilt extended-hood model 359 or 379 motor home, according to the seller’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com.

Rose is a 1964 Pontiac Catalina convertible, which has undergone a restoration that includes the interior from a 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix.

The Grand Prix interior has been updated

“This interior is from my grandfather’s ’64 GP that he bought new,” the seller notes. “The car was totaled. I removed the entire dash and complete interior and stored it all inside my house for 15 years (just ask my wife) while waiting for the time and the car for transplant.”

That car turned out to be this ’64 Pontiac Catalina convertible, which the seller adds is a car that has history in California, Arizona and Florida — all warm-weather locations. The seller stripped the rust-free car to bare metal as part of the restoration process. It was PPG epoxy primed and wears dazzling and clearcoated DuPont G2 Red Fire paint.

Power comes from a Tri-Power big-block 389cid V8, linked to a 375 10 Roto Hydramatic transmission with a 2.69 highway rear gear.

Top up

The car rides on factory Kelsey Hayes 8-lug wheels with rebuilt suspension, power steering and brakes, new tires, new exhaust, etc. The power convertible top has new weather seals, as do the doors, windows and truck, the seller adds. Speaking of the top, it has a glass backlight, which the seller notes was not available when the car was new.

While the Grand Prix interior was installed, it also was upgraded with Auto Meter gauges.

“I have road proven and enjoyed this car for 17 years,” the seller adds.

Top down

“Smooth effortless highway cruising in full-size American muscle. She’s the best of everything. Luxury, Show, and Go, with a convertible top.”

The seller includes an extensive photo gallery of the car, which has less than 125,000 miles (and an interior that has traveled less than 75,000 miles).

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Tri-Power V8

Pick of the Day: 1949 Studebaker Starlight

1949 Studebaker Starlight coupe is located in Port Townsend, Washington
1949 Studebaker Starlight coupe is located in Port Townsend, Washington

The advertisement on ClassicCars.com for Pick of the Day, a 1949 Studebaker Starlight coupe, was placed by someone assisting “an elderly car-enthusiast friend who has been a long-time collector of primarily post-war American classic automobiles who desires to reduce his inventory.”

Several vehicles from the collection are available, it seems, most coming from the Chicago area two to three decades ago, with some sort of restoration started at that time. The advertisement says the cars have been kept in ventilated, insulated dry storage in Port Townsend, Washington.

Another view
Another view

The focus here is on what is purported to be a rust- and dent-free ’49 Studebaker Commander Starlight coupe which at some point got a fresh coat of Bahama Mist paint and a new set of whitewall tires.

The ad notes that the driver’s seat bottom and front bench seat need new upholstery.The car shows 95,499 miles on its odometer, has its original engine and a manual transmission.

The asking price is $16,000.

Studebaker introduced the Starlight coupe in 1947 and kept it in production into 1952. Design was by Virgil Exner, who would become the influential chief designer for Chrysler.

The car’s long-hood, long-rear-decklid design, along with its raked windshield and panoramic wraparound backlight, had some people confused as to whether the car was coming or going.

To which comedian Fred Allen reportedly promised that, “Next year, Studebaker is coming out with a model that you won’t be able to tell if it is going sideways.”

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Pick of the Day: Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina

The Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina has sporty drivability despite its four-door practicality
The Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina has sporty drivability despite its four-door practicality

Alfa Romeo is largely known in the U.S. for its sports cars. Think Spider, GTV and Sprint. But what often is forgotten is that throughout the company’s history, it built many Berlinas, or sedans, all of them with the same sporting feel and performance of their sports car relatives.

Few of these four-door cars were imported to the United States compared with the sports cars, although Alfa built many more of them than sports cars worldwide.

The original Saddle interior looks to be in good condition
The original Saddle interior looks to be in good condition

The Pick of the Day is a 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina that was brought over from Italy nearly two years ago, according to the Miami, Florida, dealer advertising the Alfa on ClassicCars.com. The car has a complete documented history from Italy, and just one U.S. owner.

The Berlina is an original, rust-free example with all original books, tools, spare tire and keys. The Alfa recent had $15,000 in mechanical work completed by renowned Auto Veloce in Miami, the dealer states.

Quite rare is the fact that this car has been equipped with air conditioning, nicely installed so it looks like the factory did it . The Saddle interior is original and looks to be in nice shape as well. Everything in the car works, the ad says, which is rare for an Alfa of this vintage. The original steering wheel and radio are included with the car.

Alfa Romeo Berlinas are fun to drive, have a great competition history and benefit from being something just a little different from the usual Alfa Spider. They also have a usable back seat so they can serve a family cars for sports-minded drivers.

The asking price for this car is $21,000, which is in line with the current market value of these appreciating Italian sports sedans.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Pick of the Day: 1974 Mercury Capri

The Capri was made by Ford of Germany and sold in the U.S. as a Mercury
The Capri was made by Ford of Germany and sold in the U.S. as a Mercury

The Mercury Capri coupe of 1970-77 is pretty much a forgotten classic that nonetheless was quite popular in its day. The captive import built by Ford in Cologne, Germany, and sold in the U.S. by Mercury dealers, was favored by those who appreciated its European styling and sporty handling. But these days, they are rarely seen anyplace.

The Pick of the Day is a 1974 Mercury Capri described by its private seller as a “rare, exceptional vehicle.” These were fun cars to drive when powered by the 105-horsepower 2.8-liter V6, as this one is, and four-speed manual transmission. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1960 Buick Electra

This Buick Electra was shown in the big screen in JFK movie
This Buick Electra was shown in the big screen in JFK movie

Editor’s note: Pick of the Day will be on hiatus during Monterey Car Week and will resume August 22

Although the asking price on the Pick of the Day, a 1960 Buick Electra, is only $9,000, the private seller says the car isn’t merely for sale.

“I’m downsizing and am ‘interviewing’ to find the next caregiver for my delta-finned classic,” the seller notes in the car’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1951 Ford F1 pickup truck

The Ford F1 pickup looks to be in fine, restored condition
The Ford F1 pickup looks to be in fine, restored condition

Ford recently celebrated another milestone, the 100th anniversary of its first work truck, the Model TT. Essentially a big-boned version of the Model T automobile, the TT set the stage for generations of purpose-built workhorses that continue through today’s F-Series pickup, for many years the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.

The Pick of the Day is a 1951 Ford F1 pickup, one of the Dearborn automaker’s post-war redesigns as the economy got booming again and tradespeople sought out trucks that were not only job worthy but modern and stylish. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1987 BMW 3 Series

M3, Pick of the Day at 2016 Legends of the Autobahn | Nicole Ellan James photo
M3, Pick of the Day at 2016 Legends of the Autobahn | Nicole Ellan James photo

What happens to the race cars that are replaced, the cars that become outdated, ineligible to compete, or that never saw much success? Some may go into collections or museums, while others get a second life through vintage racing.

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Pick of the Day: 1988 Porsche 924S

The Porsche 924S was powered by the engine and transmission of the upmarket 944
The Porsche 924S was powered by the engine and transmission of the upmarket 944

It seems that everywhere you look, people are talking about the four-cylinder, front-engine Porsche transaxle cars. The 924 and 944 quite literally kept Porsche in business during a rough patch in the 1970s and ’80s. They were affordable Porsches, and they made great first Porsches for many people to introduce them to the sports car brand.

Like any Porsche aimed at the lower end of the market, they depreciated badly, to the point where you could buy for one as little as $3,500. And like other budget Porsches, such as the once-ridiculed and now wildly popular mid-engine 914, they have started to appreciate and are finally considered collectible Porsches, with prices rising accordingly. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1937 Ford street rod coupe

The Ford retains the vintage details of a 57-year-old street rod build
The Ford retains the vintage details of a 57-year-old street rod build

Authenticity is important criteria for any collector car, whether it’s an all-stock classic, a vintage race car or a custom street rod. Which is what makes the Pick of the Day so appealing, a 1937 Ford coupe that was tastefully hot rodded 57 years go, and presents today as a window into how such things were done back in the street rod heyday.

“Built and painted in 1960!” declares the advertisement on ClassicCars.com placed by a dealer in Mount Vernon, Washington. The ad does not include a detailed history of the Ford, other than to note it was featured in the September 1960 issue of Rod and Custom Magazine. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Ford F-250

1972 Ford F-250 is a barn-found Camper Special
1972 Ford F-250 is a barn-found Camper Special

According to the private seller offering this truck on ClassicCars.com, it’s an all-original 1972 Ford F-250 Camper Special that spent 45 years hidden away in a pole barn.

The truck has been driven only 23,152 miles and still has the factory “OK” stamp on the valve cover of its 390 cid V8 engine. Continue reading