Category archives: Pick of the Day

Pick of the Day: 1963 Volvo P1800S sports coupe

The Volvo P1800 combines expressive European styling with Swedish reliability
The Volvo P1800 combines expressive European styling with Swedish reliability

One of the most enjoyable classic cars I have ever owned was my Volvo 1800S. I restored that car, made two cross-country trips, took it to shows, participated in rallies, and used it during Monterey, California, car week. The car did everything I wanted and more, and it gave few if any problems along the way.

The Volvo combines stunning early 1960s European styling with reliable mechanicals. It does not get any better for me. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS hardtop

The Chevrolet Impala SS hardtop in Seamist Turquoise is said to be faithfully restored
The Chevrolet Impala SS hardtop in Seamist Turquoise is said to be faithfully restored

A special car for sale deserves a special description, right? The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, dealer advertising this 1961 Chevrolet Impala “bubbletop” hardtop was downright poetic in how he describes the car and its place in history.

“At the beginning of the 1960s, most Americans thought it was the beginning of something great, the start of the Golden Age is what it was referred to as,” the seller wrote for the ClassicCars.com ad. “What better way to kick off the Golden Age than by introducing the very special 1961 Chevrolet Impala bubbletop SS 2-DR? Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1977 GMC motorhome

GMC motorhome was used for hauling around race car around the Midwest
GMC motorhome was used for hauling around race car around the Midwest

Last summer, I visited the national recreation vehicle museum in Elkhart, Indiana, where the director and I got into a conversation about the popularity of vintage RVs and their restoration. He noted that perhaps 60 percent of those doing such restorations are women, and that the GMC front-drive motorhome is particularly popular.

Our Pick of the Day is a 1977 GMC front-wheel-drive motorhome offered by a classic car dealership in Kentwood, Michigan, near Grand Rapids. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1931 Lincoln Model K Custom Berline

The top-drawer Lincoln Model K has a custom body by the Judkins coachworks
The top-drawer Lincoln Model K has a custom body by the Judkins coachworks

When most of the country was singing “Brother, can you spare a dime” in the depths of the Depression, Lincoln was finding few customers for its grand luxury cars. Model year 1931 would be the pits for Lincoln sales, with only about 3,000 cars sold.

Fewer still were the coachbuilt cars, such as the Pick of the Day, a 1931 Lincoln Model L Custom Berline with a body by Judkins, one of the largest U.S. custom-body builders of the classic era. These were the majestic cars piloted by celebrities and captains of industry, or their chauffeurs, still riding high in the age of soup lines. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1950 Chevrolet 3100

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1950 Chevrolet 3100

With the start of the new year, our conversations are plagued with those happy and optimistic “new year, new me” conversations full of high energy and enthusiastic resolutions. Among the popular resolutions made by car fanatics are declarations to purchase “new” classic cars, the desire to sell cars from overgrown collections, to start or finish that restoration project, and create travel plans to attend an event or drive across the country.

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Pick of the Day: 1965 Chrysler New Yorker 2-door hardtop

The Chrysler New Yorker is a two-door hardtop in gleaming red
The Chrysler New Yorker is a two-door hardtop in gleaming red

‘There are many four-door New Yorkers for sale, but how often do you see a two-door come to market?” the ClassicCars.com advertisement for a mid-century-classic Chrysler hardtop asks. Fair enough. These were fairly scarce cars when new, with fewer than 10,000 built, and they rarely are seen among collector cars today.

The Pick of the Day is a 1965 Chrysler New Yorker, a brawny luxury car that takes a sporty turn with its hardtop roofline. Red with a broad, white-vinyl C-pillar, and white piping on the red seats to match, the New Yorker is indeed an unusual piece of Mopar elegance and performance. Most often, these cars are seen in more conservative attire. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Maserati Mistral

1967 Maserati Mistral on display at the 2016 Cobble Beach concours
1967 Maserati Mistral on display at the 2016 Cobble Beach concours

Between 1963 and 1970, Maserati produced the Frua-designed, Maggiora-bodied Mistral — a few more than 800 coupes and 125 Spyders. Pick of the Day, a 1967 Mistral, is one of only 189 coupes carrying the optional 4.0-liter version of the road-going version of Maserati’s straight-6 Grand Prix racing engine. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder sedan delivery

The Pontiac Pathfinder sedan delivery was produced only in Canada
The Pontiac Pathfinder sedan delivery was produced only in Canada

The Pick of the Day is an unlikely vehicle from the ’50s that most people probably have never seen or even knew existed. The 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder sedan delivery is one of those Canada-only General Motors products that manages to look alien and familiar at the same time. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo

1991 Nissan 300 ZX Twin Turbo still wears its original paint
1991 Nissan 300 ZX Twin Turbo still wears its original paint

The Datsun 240Z triggered the Japanese sports car revolution that would include Mazda’s RX-7 and Miata, Mitsubishi’s 3000GT VR4, Honda’s NSX and S2000, Toyota’s MR2 and Supra, and even the 240Z’s eventually successor, the Nissan 300ZX. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster

The Porsche Speedster is said to have been meticulously restored
The Porsche Speedster is said to have been meticulously restored

Dear Santa:

With Christmas Eve coming right up, I’m sure you’re plenty busy loading up the sleigh, but just give me a minute. I’ve been good this year (relatively speaking), so here is what I would really, really like to find under my tree Christmas morning (or maybe in the driveway would be better).

It’s the Pick of the Day, a 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster fresh out of restoration. Yeah, I know that ratty-but-running Speedsters seem to be all the rage, ala Jerry Seinfeld and such, but I would prefer a sweetly restored one that’s all ready to go and not held together by duct tape. Continue reading