Category archives: Pick of the Day

Pick of the Day: 1950 Plymouth Flower Car

The Plymouth Flower Car looks retro chic  with its windshield visor and fender skirts
The Plymouth Flower Car looks retro chic with its windshield visor and fender skirts

While Australians might call it a ute, the Pick of the Day is one of the most interesting little sedan/pickup trucks that I’ve ever seen. The seller describes the 1950 Plymouth as a “flower car,” which are vehicles – usually Cadillacs – used by funeral directors to dress up graveyard-bound processions with their open beds brimming with fresh blossoms.

Flower cars have long been collector items, and while researching this one, I stumbled on the Facebook page of the Flower Car Club, made up of aficionados who collect and restore such things. Another posting I saw described his Caddy flower car as a “funereal El Camino.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1991 Alfa Romeo 164S

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1991 Alfa Romeo 164S

I’ve taken a stronger notice of Alfa Romeo and have been following the Italian automaker ever since I had the opportunity to drive a 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider during Monterey Car Week in August. The Alfas that have caught my eye tend to be classic or very modern without much in between, but as I sorted through ClassicCars.com, I stumbled upon the Pick of the Day, a 1991 Alfa Romeo 164S.

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Pick of the Day: 1936 Lancia Astura ‘Tipo Bocca’

The Lancia Astura won best of show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
The Lancia Astura won best of show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

With the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance taking place this coming weekend, the Pick of the Day is a magnificent piece of concours royalty: the very 1936 Lancia Astura “Tipo Bocco” that won best of show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1926 Essex hot rod

After 13 years, Ollie is selling her late son's hot-rod Essex
After 13 years, Ollie is selling her late son’s hot-rod Essex

Ollie is considered “the little old lady from Pasadena” in Cobble Hill, a community on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The Pick of the Day, a 1926 Essex hot rod, has been her car for 13 years, ever since her son and car-builder Richard died.

Richard designed and did most of the work to restore and modify the car. But part way through the process he learned he had an advanced cancer, so his friends from Foothills Kruizin joined in to help him get the car completed in time for the World of Wheels international car show in Calgary, Alberta, in February 2003. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1948 Packard Super 8 Victoria convertible

The Packard super 8 convertible was the automaker's most expressive car
The Packard Super 8 convertible was the automaker’s most expressive car

Packard’s first modern redesign after World War II appeared in 1948 with polarizing “bathtub” styling, meant to be sleekly streamlined but which critics said looked like a pregnant elephant. The Packard did look bulbous, but today’s collectors see something majestic and appealing in the rounded-off form with its striations of glittering chrome that encircle the front end.

The Pick of the Day is a 1948 Packard Super 8 Victoria convertible, the Detroit automaker’s halo car of the era. In case you’re wondering, that chrome-plated bird taking flight from the prow of this luxury yacht is a cormorant. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1971 Triumph TR6

The Triumph TR6 is powered by a feisty six-cylinder engine
The Triumph TR6 is powered by a feisty six-cylinder engine

A vintage British roadster can be an expensive proposition both to buy and to service, especially if it has a six-cylinder engine. A typical Jaguar E-Type in driver-level condition costs a minimum of around $50,000, and even an Austin Healey 3000 will run you north of $35,000 for any car that can be driven immediately.

Happily, there is a six-cylinder British roadster that’s still affordable, the Triumph TR6, which offers about 60 percent in performance of an E-Type for as low as 20 percent of the price. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner

The Ford Skyliner is said to be a low-mileage survivor in exceptional condition
The Ford Skyliner is said to be a low-mileage survivor in exceptional condition

A convertible with a retractable hardtop might be no big deal these days, but back in the ’50s, that was the latest and greatest feat of automotive technology. Ford’s 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner wowed the crowd when its hardtop folded automatically into the trunk with the push of a button.

The Pick of the Day is the third and final year of Ford’s daring retractable, a 1959 Galaxie Skyliner. Actually, you can take your pick with its name – this was the year that Ford’s top-of-the-line cars oddly said “Galaxie” on their rear fenders and “Fairlane 500” on their trunks. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1993 Ford Taurus SHO

Taurus SHO was high-performance family sedan
Taurus SHO was high-performance family sedan

At a recent Daily News @ ClassicCars.com editorial staff meeting, we got talking about cars that were hot when they were new that somehow seem to have disappeared from consciousness. The first example we discussed was the Ford Taurus SHO.

Which got me to wondering whatever happened to the SHOs and were there any advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com. So I searched and found exactly one — this 1993 Ford Taurus SHO being offered by a classic car dealership in Coral Springs, Florida. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 Chevrolet 210

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1955 Chevrolet 210

The Pick of the Day combines Chevrolet big-block power with classic American styling for a visually stunning custom creation built to perform on the street. Listed on ClassicCars.com, this pro-touring 1955 Chevrolet 210 has graced the cover of Super Chevy and was featured in Chevy High Performance, while the builder, Brent Jarvis of Performance Restorations, has been seen in Hot Rod, and Popular Hotrodding with other builds.

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