Category archives: Pick of the Day

Pick of the Day: 1950 Cadillac Series 62 convertible

he 1950 Cadillac convertible is said to be a low-mileage California car in original condition
he 1950 Cadillac convertible is said to be a low-mileage California car in original condition

A classic Cadillac convertible is just the thing for ringing in the New Year, with you (or your designated driver) and some fellow celebrants nestled in the broad, red-leather seats. And weather permitting, cruising top down under the stars.

The Pick of the Day is a 1950 Cadillac Series 62 convertible that the Concord, California, classic car dealer says is in original condition with just 55,000 miles showing, and owned by the same California family since new. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1990 Buick Reatta convertible

The convertible was a new version of the Buick Reatta for the 1990 model year
The convertible was a new version of the Buick Reatta for the 1990 model year

In the late 1980s, Chevrolet had its Corvette, Cadillac had its Allante, Pontiac had its Fiero and Buick had its Reatta (interesting, in retrospect, that Oldsmobile didn’t have a two-seater).

Buick unveiled its two-seat coupe in January 1988 at the Los Angeles auto show. The Reatta featured rounded if stubby styling, a luxurious interior and a surprising amount of storage room in locked bins behind the two seats and in the trunk. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1941 Ford custom pickup truck

The bright-yellow 1941 Ford custom pickup looks like a Christmas toy
The bright-yellow 1941 Ford custom pickup looks like a Christmas toy

The Pick of the Day is the kind of brightly colored toy truck that we were all hoping to find under the Christmas tree this morning, and hopefully many of us did.

Tastefully customized, this 1941 Ford pickup would look great rolling down Main Street in the Christmas parade. I’m picturing it with a big red bow on top and the bed loaded with presents, a couple of elves, maybe Santa himself standing back there waving to the crowd. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 2014 Shelby Cobra

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2014 Shelby Cobra listed on ClassicCars.com

Tonight I’d like to see good old Santa Clause riding around in this beautiful 2014 Shelby Cobra, and I can’t say I’d be mad if he left it at my house. The Cobra is the perfect combination of British styling with American power making it not only our Pick of the Day, but an excellent Santa sleigh even though it doesn’t have a lot of room for gifts, or anywhere to attach his reindeer.

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Pick of the Day: 1989 Bentley Turbo R

The Bentley Turbo R boasts outstanding performance despite its over-the-top size and weight
The Bentley Turbo R boasts outstanding performance despite its over-the-top size and weight

I am a bit of a fanatic for British cars. Sure I love Italian, German and many American cars, but my real love lies with the cars from Great Britain. And of all the cars from the UK, the ones I love most are the Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars from Crewe.

The Pick of the Day is a 1989 Bentley Turbo R located in Cary, Illinois, that is listed by a Bentley/Rolls-Royce specialist on ClassicCars.com at an asking price of $29,500. The price of these cars when new, depending on year, ranged between $175,000 to more than $225,000, and the fact that you can now purchase one of these cars for as little as $30,000 simply boggles the mind. But that is the current market price for a well-sorted Turbo R. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1988 Italdesign Aztec

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1988 Italdesign Aztec

Not so long ago in a galaxy not so far away… In a period of space exploration of the late ’80s, Giorgetto Giugiaro created the Italdesign Aztec. Sometime after, the Japanese owner of Carozzeria Savio acquired manufacturing rights for the Aztec from Giugiaro.

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Pick of the Day: 1972 Dodge Dart Demon

1972 Dodge Dart Demon
1972 Dodge Dart Demon

For the 1971 model year, Dodge got its hands on the two-door hardtop bodywork of the Duster model that Plymouth had introduced the previous year. The Dodge version, called the Demon, became part of the brand’s compact Dart range even though it rode on a shorter (by three inches) wheelbase and was some four inches shorter overall than the other Dart models.

But what the Demon lacked in size, it more than made up for in performance options. While the famed slant-6 engine was standard, a Demon could be equipped with Chrysler’s 340cid V8, floor-mounted three-speed manual gearbox and Rallye Suspension. A “Sizzler” package added graphics, special wheels — including the steering wheel — racing mirrors and more. Also optional was a hood with dual air scoops. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1912 Cadillac Phaeton

1912 Cadillac was among first to have an electric starter
1912 Cadillac was among first to have an electric starter

What do electric starters and starting college have in common? In the case of a family in Fowlerville, Michigan, children starting college has resulted in the need to sell a 1912 Cadillac Phaeton, one of the first automobiles equipped with an electric starter.

In the case of this Cadillac, it’s been owned by the same family for more than a half century. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1963 Buick Skylark convertible

1963 was second year for Buick's new Skylark model
1963 was second year for Buick’s new Skylark model

Priced at $11,800 or best offer, the Pick of the Day is a 1963 Buick Skylark convertible that might be a nice starter car for someone looking to get into the classic car hobby.

The Skylark, or Series 4300 in Buick terminology, was launched as a 1962 model and available as a two-door hardtop or convertible. It was little changed for the ’63 model year, when it gained full-length body-side moldings with Buick logos on the grille and on the rear between the tail lamps. Convertibles, which comprised about one quarter of Skylark production, came with vinyl interior, which was optional on the hardtop. Continue reading