Often a popular car to turn into a classic hot rod, the 1930 Ford Model A was created to help Ford maintain a strong presence in the market during a time when other cars began to be more affordable and practical. Ford’s Model A retains the sleek and dramatic lines of the era but minimized in a sense for daily use, as opposed to some luxury cars of the era that spanned upwards of 16 feet in length.
I have always had a soft spot for limited production sports and GT cars, especially ones of the affordable variety. The most common of these are cars from Jensen, TVR, Peerless, Elva, Moretti and the like. One thing these cars have in common is that they are all European. I have tried to love the limited-build Avanti GT but just cannot get my head around the styling.
But the cars from one limited-production American brand, Panoz, tick all the boxes for me, specifically the Panoz Esperante. Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago, the Pick of the Day was an interesting customized Chevrolet Corvair with a 350 Chevy V8 transplanted into its tail section. Today’s Pick is a kindred custom, a mid-engine 1974 Porsche 914 with its normal four-cylinder boxer engine replaced with another 350 powerplant. Continue reading
For the 1974 model year, Jeep launched a second version of what we now recognize as a full-size sport utility vehicle, the new Cherokee joining the Wagoneer. With the introduction of the two-door Cherokee, Jeep was able to move the four-door Wagoneer upmarket.
In honor of SEMA week, when the entire world of aftermarket automotive goodies crowds its way into Las Vegas, the Pick of the Day is a classic street rod that was hand-built using many of the products found at SEMA.
The 1934 Ford three-window coupe is a full-fendered chop top with a rakish stance that “was built to be a show car but it also gets its fair share of cruising,” the Grand Rapids, Michigan, dealer says in the ClassicCars.com listing. Continue reading
So I’m at the SEMA Show, land of obnoxious, flashy, overdone, shiny, and yet still incredibly bad ass automobiles, and while I enjoy it, I find myself craving the seemingly endless hoods, rolling fenders, sharp angles and detailed craftsmanship that make up classic Duesenbergs. So while my Pick of the Day isn’t authentic, it is a fantastic replica of a 1929 Duesenberg.
Many Mustang aficionados will argue that 1970 marked the end of the classic Mustang, and as a result, 1971-73 cars have always lived in the shadow of the earlier models, with prices reflecting this for years. We can remember seeing 100-point restorations of 1971 Mustang convertibles selling for as little as $9,500 at Barrett-Jackson.
Over the past few years as the 1960’s Mustangs have continued to increase in price, the 71-73 cars have finally started getting the respect they deserve. These cars are cool in their own way, and the Pick of the Day, a 1973 Mustang Mach 1, displays the last vestiges of form-over-function design from the Ford Motor Company, with its extreme dimensions and essentially useless rear window. Continue reading
The strangely appealing Tatra T603 is yet another unique product from the Eastern Bloc, a hand-made Czech luxury car with a rear-mounted V8 designed for the elite of the Soviet-dominated society, such as Communist Party bigwigs, diplomats, military brass and industry leaders.
Rarely seen in this country, the Pick of the Day is a 1966 Tatra T603 that was on longtime display in a museum before being refreshed by a subsequent California owner and now listed on ClassicCars.com by a Missouri classic car dealer. Continue reading