After winning 38 of the 48 major races during the 1970 NASCAR season, the 1970 Plymouth Superbird was outlawed from NASCAR the following year, making the car very notorious and highly desirable. Only 1,935 cars were produced for customers and prices have skyrocketed, making the cars unattainable for the everyday enthusiast.
The W113 series of Mercedes-Benz roadsters, also known as the “pagoda roof cars” due to the shape of their removable hard tops, have always been desirable.
When new, they were one of the “it” cars for an entire generation of celebrities and millionaires. There is a reason for that: the pagoda roadsters offer a combination of attractive styling, incredible build quality, reliability, good performance and comfort way above just about any other 1960s sports car. Continue reading
The 1960 Corvair was an all-new kind of vehicle for Chevrolet, a rear-engine, air-cooled car aimed directly at the popular Volkswagen beetle. For 1961, Chevy took another shot at Volkswagen with the Corvair Series 95 van and pickup truck to compete with VW’s bus and pickup.
The Pick of the Week is a rare 1961 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside pickup being offered by a dealer in Davenport, Iowa, who describes it as the “upscale Deluxe version (with) chrome bumpers, mirrors, grille and hubcaps, and a color-keyed interior to match its two-tone black on white paint scheme.” Continue reading
John Gately has been restoring Cadillacs since 1956 and in 1968 started the Gately Restoration Co. in Boston. Since then, according to the company’s website, “Gately Cadillac Restoration has traveled the country in our 10 wheeler many times to bring you some of the rarest Cadillac parts. Rust free Cadillac parts from California, to Arizona to Florida and back to Massachusetts.”
Legendary Chrysler auto designer Virgil Exner was in his full glory when he created the 1957 Chrysler 300C, the premium model in which Exner pushed his “Forward Look” styling to its extreme. The massive performance car with the towering tailfins and a 392-cid Hemi V8 under its broad hood was a bold statement and a high point of Chrysler’s iconic “letter car” series.
The Pick of the Day is a 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible, located in Tampa, Florida, and advertised on ClassicCars.com by an Illinois classic car dealer who describes it as a 73,564-mile survivor in white with a tan interior and a black top. Continue reading
Nissan launched the retro-style Pao in 1989 at the Tokyo Motor Show as an economical city car that could cruise “with speed and agility” while giving drivers a unique vehicle with plenty of vintage-looking character. This quirky combination of performance and style makes this 1989 Nissan Pao our Pick of the Day.
Aston Martin. No other sports-car marque has a richer history or mythology than Aston. Old or new, the cars from Newport Pagnell have special magic about them. The older cars personify the idea of the bespoke GT car, and it is no wonder that Ian Fleming chose the Aston Martin for the legendary secret agent James Bond.
Speaking of James Bond, the Aston model we are featuring as our ClassicCars.com Pick of the day is an example of a model that Bond used in the 1987 film The Living Daylights: a 1974 Aston Martin V8 coupe located in Huntington Station, New York. Continue reading
Among Volkswagen enthusiasts, the Type 3 notchback has an unmistakable mystique. Rare survivors are highly sought after, especially on the West Coast, mainly because the classic shape makes such a perfect template for a cool custom Vee Dub.
The 1963 VW Type 3 notchback offered for sale by a dealer in Laguna Beach, California, naturally, is all done and ready to show and drive, according to its listing on ClassicCars.com. Hunkered down over correct-looking custom wheels and treated to a gleaming silver paint job, the notchback is a rust-free western car, the seller says, that performs as well as it looks. Continue reading
No, that’s not a misprint. Plymouth also produced a Suburban model for many years, starting in 1949 when it introduced the first all-steel-bodied station wagon to the American automotive marketplace, a two-door model with seating for six.
The second-row seat folded down to provide a 42-inch-long flat floor for cargo. (The Suburban also was reportedly the first American car with a simple turn-the-key ignition/starter combination.)
The Mazda Miata took over the early ’90’s as a moderately priced two-seater sports car and had huge success in the U.S. So much so that other automakers were quick to respond with their own versions of the two-seater roadster. BMW developed the Z3 to satisfy the demand, and the cars were produced from 1996 through 2002.