Category archives: Pick of the Day

Pick of the Day: 1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner

The Ford Skyliner is said to be a low-mileage survivor in exceptional condition
The Ford Skyliner is said to be a low-mileage survivor in exceptional condition

A convertible with a retractable hardtop might be no big deal these days, but back in the ’50s, that was the latest and greatest feat of automotive technology. Ford’s 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner wowed the crowd when its hardtop folded automatically into the trunk with the push of a button.

The Pick of the Day is the third and final year of Ford’s daring retractable, a 1959 Galaxie Skyliner. Actually, you can take your pick with its name – this was the year that Ford’s top-of-the-line cars oddly said “Galaxie” on their rear fenders and “Fairlane 500” on their trunks. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1993 Ford Taurus SHO

Taurus SHO was high-performance family sedan
Taurus SHO was high-performance family sedan

At a recent Daily News @ ClassicCars.com editorial staff meeting, we got talking about cars that were hot when they were new that somehow seem to have disappeared from consciousness. The first example we discussed was the Ford Taurus SHO.

Which got me to wondering whatever happened to the SHOs and were there any advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com. So I searched and found exactly one — this 1993 Ford Taurus SHO being offered by a classic car dealership in Coral Springs, Florida. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 Chevrolet 210

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1955 Chevrolet 210

The Pick of the Day combines Chevrolet big-block power with classic American styling for a visually stunning custom creation built to perform on the street. Listed on ClassicCars.com, this pro-touring 1955 Chevrolet 210 has graced the cover of Super Chevy and was featured in Chevy High Performance, while the builder, Brent Jarvis of Performance Restorations, has been seen in Hot Rod, and Popular Hotrodding with other builds.

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Pick of the Day: 1974 Austin Vanden Plas Princess

1974 Austin Vanden Plas Princess is luxurious British compact
1974 Austin Vanden Plas Princess is luxurious British compact

In the summer of 1960, British automaker Austin offered the Vanden Plas Princess, a large vehicle built on a long-wheelbase chassis and available as a luxurious saloon (four-door sedan) or as a limousine, the latter version with the passenger compartment — full of leather, wood and mohair carpet — separated from the chauffeur with communication between the two areas done by a telephone-style intercom.

But there was another Austin Vanden Plas Princess, which also was a luxury vehicle, but a much smaller one, produced from 1963 until 1974. This car was based on the same Alec Issigonis-designed platform as the MG 1300, Morris 1100, and similar vehicles, and one of these smaller Austin Vanden Plas Princesses is the Pick of the Day. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 2005 Honda S2000

The Honda S2000 is a strong candidate to become a classic in the future
The Honda S2000 is a strong candidate to become a classic in the future

When the talk turns to future classics, one of the first Japanese cars that pops into mind is the Honda S2000, a quick and aggressive little roadster with an engine that loves to rev. The S2000 is something of a throwback to the British sports cars of the ’60s, and it has earned a reputation as a raw and demanding hot rod that rewards the driver with its unique style and performance.

The Pick of the Day is a 2005 Honda S2000, a second-generation model that had received a minor facelift and an engine enlarged to 2.2 liters from 2.0. The 2.2-liter engine delivers a peak of 237 horsepower at a lofty 7,800 rpm but only a comparably mild 162 pounds-feet of torque at 6,800 rpm. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

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1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition

Imagine buying a new muscle car – something iconic and inherently cool – only to hardly ever drive it and leave it largely untouched. For me, that would be torture and I don’t know how long I’d last before the desire to not only drive the car but modify it would become overwhelming. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1998 Bentley Continental R coupe

The Bentley Continental Turbo R is capable of exceptional performance
The Bentley Continental Turbo R is capable of exceptional performance

One of my favorite things about the collector car hobby is finding a car that was once very expensive and buying it at the bottom of its depreciation cycle. I have done this quite few times, and in every case, I ended up driving a great car that increased in value over my ownership so that when I sold it, I had essentially owned it for free.

Lately, I have been looking closely at the Bentley Continental R coupe built from 1991 until 2002. Over that period, Bentley built only 1,236 of them, and when new, they cost northward of $300,000. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: Mazda RX-7 GSL

The Mazda RX-7 is a clean-looking low-mileage survivor
The Mazda RX-7 is a clean-looking low-mileage survivor

Although the Mazda RX-7 has never hit its stride as a collector car, enthusiasts know it as an innovative sports car powered by a tiny-yet-powerful rotary engine mounted far enough behind the front wheels to earn it mid-engine designation. A near-perfect 50-50 weight balance contributes to the car’s exceptional handling.

The Pick of the Day is a 1983 Mazda RX-7 GSL with only 32,699 miles on its odometer and a very modest price tag for such an interesting survivor. The GSL label designates the fully optioned luxury model equipped with the desirable power and convenience features of its day. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: Ferrari-powered ’32 Ford custom

Twin-turbocharged, Ferrari-powered '32 Ford custom hot rod
Twin-turbocharged, Ferrari-powered ’32 Ford custom hot rod

If your first thought is “why?” then this Ferrari-powered 1932 Ford hot rod is not for you. But for the rest of us, it presents a fascinating juxtaposition that would be sure to attract attention everywhere it goes.

Offered by a classic car dealer in West Hollywood, California, the Pick of the Day is a 1932 Ford custom that’s powered by a turbocharged Ferrari V8 engine. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1968 King Midget Model 3

The King Midget microcar has 8-inch wheels and room for two occupants
The King Midget microcar has 8-inch wheels and room for two occupants

Readers of Popular Mechanics back in the 1950s and ’60s should remember staring starry eyed at the articles and advertisements that offered so many futuristic breakthroughs that would completely change our lives. One memorable ad of the day was for a tiny microcar, the King Midget, that promised to open up a whole new world of sporty motoring at a rock-bottom price.

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 King Midget Model 3 convertible that was one of the final run of the sub-basic runabouts before Midget Motors went bankrupt in 1970. But it had been a good run, with the first King Midgets turned out in 1946, originally advertised as the “500-pound car for $500.” Continue reading