Category archives: Pick of the Day

Pick of the Day: 1966 Ford Thunderbird

Landau roof adds air of elegance to this 1966 Ford Thunderbird
Landau roof adds air of elegance to this 1966 Ford Thunderbird

Strikingly elegant was the thought that popped to mind when this triple black 1966 Ford Thunderbird appeared as I clicked through candidates for Pick of the Day. OK, so your typical ’66 T’bird may not be all that special, but with its Town Landau roofline, this Raven-black beauty is striking.

Vinyl roofs, let alone with faux Landau bars, have gone out of style, but just far enough out of style in terms of time that they once again are sort of cool, the kind of thing that draws attention whether you’re parked in a cruise-in or at your favorite fancy restaurant. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

The Monte Carlo looks well-finished in shiny black paint and original black interior
The Monte Carlo looks well-finished in shiny black paint and original black interior

Here’s a sleeper they’ll never see coming, a 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that looks more like a disco-era bar crawler than a performance machine. Despite appearing attractively stock, this “personal luxury” coupe is packing a high-performance 383 stroker V8 under its hood, linked with a Turbo 400 automatic.

That should make for some quick getaways from the stoplight. The private seller in Charleston, South Carolina, advertising the Chevy on ClassicCars.com says the engine and transmission were professional built, and that the car is currently used as a daily driver. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1974 Porsche 914 1.8

The once-unappreciated Porsche 914 has a renew fan base and  values that are rising
The once-unappreciated Porsche 914 has a renew fan base and values that are rising

If you showed up at a Porsche club meeting even 20 years ago with a 914, you likely would be viewed as barely qualifying for membership. If the car was a 914/6, well that was a bit different. But with a standard four-cylinder 914, you were basically tolerated and mostly ignored.

It’s funny how the passage of time changes people’s perspectives. During the past few years, the mid-engine Porsche 914 has had quite a renaissance, becoming a bona fide collectible Porsche right alongside the 356 and the 911. In fact, the Porsche 914 was celebrated a few years back at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, where 10 of these great little cars graced the field and drew good-sized crowds to see them. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1950 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe

The Studebaker Champion got a bullet nose for 1950
The Studebaker Champion got a bullet nose for 1950

One of the most distinctive cars of 1950 was the “bullet-nose” Studebaker Champion, an effort to set itself apart in difficult times by the venerable company that started out making covered wagons.

The Champion was designed when all the major automakers were experimenting with post-war “modern” styling. Studebaker was struggling against the Detroit Big 3, but it did have an ace up its sleeve: famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy, the guy who made everything from toasters to locomotives look cool. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe

Special Deluxe was top-of-the-line Plymouth in pre-war '40s
Special Deluxe was top-of-the-line Plymouth in pre-war ’40s

Plymouth updated and upgraded its passenger car line for the 1940 model year. “Low Priced Beauty with the Luxury Ride” was the advertising motto for a car built on a longer wheelbase and with 10 cubic feet more interior room than the previous version. Other updates included a significant increase in window glass to further enhance the new and more spacious interior.

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Fastback design adds elegance

The car was available in basic Roadking or Deluxe versions. For 1941, Plymouth added an even more upscale Special Deluxe model. Our Pick of the Day is one of those 1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe two-door sedans that the private seller says has been fully restored. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman hardtop

The DeSoto Fireflite hardtop gleams with yards of chrome trim
The DeSoto Fireflite hardtop gleams with yards of chrome trim

Chrysler introduced the Fireflite in 1955 as the top-of-the-line model for the restyled cars of the premium DeSoto division, lavishing it with chrome accents, exotic styling details and modernistic features.

The Pick of the Day is a 1955 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman hardtop in two-tone red and white, and looking very clean in the photos with its ad on ClassicCars.com. Like most U.S. cars of the era, the two-door hardtop version best shows off Fireflite’s expressive styling, and the Sportsman package adds another layer of trim. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1979 MGB Limited Edition

The MGB Limited Edition was an effort by the British automaker to put a special spin on the long-live sports car
The MGB Limited Edition was an effort by the British automaker to put a special spin on the long-live sports car

By the mid-1970s, the MGB was getting long in the tooth. The sports car had grown heavier due to DOT crash regulations, which included awkward rubber bumpers front and rear, and slower due to EPA emissions regulations. But the British automaker had no money for a redesign or to substantially upgrade any part of the car to bring the poor MGB’s performance even up to the level from when it was introduced. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1928 Chevrolet AB National Roadster

The Chevrolet AB National was restyled for 1928 by the new GM Art and Colour Studio
The Chevrolet AB National was restyled for 1928 by the new GM Art and Colour Studio

Chevrolet launched its 1928 AB National into direct combat with Ford’s new Model A, the long-awaited replacement for the ubiquitous Model T. Anticipating the hot competition, GM had the Chevy AA Capitol from the previous year restyled by its recently organized Art and Colour Studio, headed by the iconic Harley Earl.

The result was the Chevy AB National with a refreshed look, brakes on all four wheels, improved headlights and a four-inch longer wheelbase, to 107 inches. The base-model car retained the four-cylinder engine, although with marginally more power, and mechanical underpinnings of its popular predecessor. Continue reading