Since I began writing predominantly about classic cars, I’ve lost some of my interest in newer models. Each year, the advancements in technology are cool, but I’ve become more interested in the stories behind each vintage car that add to its provenance.
Named for the famous speed-record Salt Flats in Utah, Bonneville was Pontiac’s luxury/performance car done on a grand scale. Bonneville hit its stride in 1959 as the brand launched its big wide-track models, and it led the division for the next decade.
The Pick of the Day is a 1961 Pontiac Bonneville hardtop, with a roofline so trim and its front and rear glass so broad that it’s called a “bubbletop,” a great look also offered at the time by the other GM divisions. More than 18 feet long and fully loaded with features, the 3,900-pound Bonneville is a monumental automobile that helped launched the muscle-car era of the 1960s. Continue reading
Buick launched a new car line for the 1955 model year; Century was the name for what internally was known as the Buick Series 60.
“Buick’s new performance car combining Roadmaster power and the Special’s lighter weight, the Century had a more agile body and shared in the facelift given other 1955 Buicks,” The Standard Catalog of American Cars reported. Continue reading
Mercury Cougar was Ford Mustang’s higher-achieving but less-successful sibling. Basically, it was a decked-out Mustang with suitable luxury trim and signature features – including hideaway headlights and sequential rear turn signals – for the more-upscale Mercury customers.
Cougar never reached Mustang’s level of sales, nor its iconic image, not by a long shot, which makes it rarer than the ubiquitous Ford pony cars, although generally not as valuable nor as high profile. Continue reading
Say “May the 4th be with you” out loud and you’ll hear the pun that Star Wars fans have turned into an annual occasion to say “may the force be with you” and celebrate the film saga. Widely accepted as “Star Wars Day,” the idea did not start with the original film producer, Lucasfilm, but it has been fully embraced by everyone at the production company, as well as at Disney.
The fascination with pre-war classic cars, which after all started the collector car hobby, has been fading during the past decade as new generations of enthusiasts have come on the scene. Yet there are still those who love and collect the special-interest automobiles of their grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ eras.
The Pick of the Day might not be a “true classic” as defined by the Classic Car Club of America, but the 1936 Packard 120 three-window coupe is a beautiful craft that evokes the lush styling of the 1930s. Continue reading
In 1923, John North Willys returned home from a trip to Europe with half-a-dozen French and British cars. They were smaller than American cars, and in fact too small for American tastes, but Willys thought studying such vehicles might lead to an American-built model that could be sold both at home and abroad. Continue reading
Something rare, Italian, stylish, and with an engine designed by Ferrari, but you don’t have to raid the 401K to afford it.
That would describe the Pick of the Day, a low-mileage 1967 Fiat Dino coupe powered by a 2.0-liter V6 created by famed engine designer Aurelio Lampredi, and nicely styled by Giorgetto Guigiaro while at Bertone, and with an asking price under $50,000. Continue reading
Built during a time when styling drove the industry, the Pick of the Day, a 1950 Chrysler Town & Country, comes adorned with decorative wood paneling. Despite the elegance reflected with the styling and its ties to an affluent community in Road Island, I can’t help but think of surf, sun and sand.
When Chevrolet introduced the third-generation Camaro in 1982, it was a serious upgrade compared with the car it replaced. The second-generation Camaro was introduced in 1970, and with each passing year, it grew heavier, slower and more cobbled together. It was a car that needed a makeover, and the 1982 model accomplished this by bringing back some modicum of engine performance, terrific handling and a great modern look.