Category archives: Pick of the Day

Pick of the Day: 1967 Dodge Charger

The sleek fastback roofline accentuates the large proportions of the ’67 Charger
The sleek fastback roofline accentuates the large proportions of the ’67 Charger

With the Fourth of July coming up tomorrow in our politically divided nation, let us come together and agree (for once) that there is nothing more all-American than a big-block muscle car from the 1960s.

The Pick of the Day is a bright-red 1967 Dodge Charger powered by a 440 cid V8, which should get the job done. The Lithia Springs, Georgia, classic car dealer notes that these big ground pounders do not get the attention they deserve compared with the later Chargers that regularly go into six figures at auction. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1983 Alfa Romeo Spider

The Alfa Romeo Spider is an inexpensive way to get into an Italian exotic
The Alfa Romeo Spider is an inexpensive way to get into an Italian exotic

Italian sports cars have an allure like no others in the world. They combine striking styling, exotic mechanicals, a driving experience unparalleled by cars from Germany, England or the United States, and a storied history made up of scores of racing victories by some of the most famous drivers in the world. Quite simply, Italian sports cars have souls. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible

The 1964 Falcon Sprint looks extra clean with good paint and chrome
The 1964 Falcon Sprint looks extra clean with good paint and chrome

Resto mods spark plenty of controversy. The purists contend that classic cars should be left original while the “modists” counter that the updates make the cars drive and perform better while retaining original style and appearance.

The Pick of the Day is a good example of the resto mod ideal, an attractive 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible with tasteful refinements that should make it a better car without losing its essence. Continue reading

Pick of the day: 1982 Chrysler LeBaron Mark Cross Edition

Asking price is $9,977 for this special edition 1982 Chrysler
Asking price is $9,977 for this special edition 1982 Chrysler

Back in the day, automakers worked with fashion designers to create special editions of various vehicles. There was the Bill Blass Lincoln Continental Mark V, the Gucci Cadillac Seville, the Nautica Mercury Villager (yes, a “fashionable” minivan), even a Levi’s Edition AMC Gremlin with blue-denim upholstery.

And there was the Chrysler LeBaron Mark Cross Edition. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1940 Ford Deluxe convertible

The restored-to-original Ford convertible looks sleek in glossy black
The restored-to-original Ford convertible looks sleek in glossy black

Lumpy Rutherford. Does that name sound familiar? He was the doltish neighborhood bully in the seminal TV situation comedy, Leave it to Beaver, which portrayed a wholesome suburban American family at the height of the Eisenhower era.

The only thing really memorable about Lumpy was his car. What was supposed to be depicted as a beat-up old jalopy was actually a sweet-looking 1940 Ford ragtop, which even as little kids we recognized as something cool. Reputedly, it was painted a putrid shade of purple, but that didn’t bother us since everything on TV was black and white. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: TV and movie classics

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1957 custom Tow Mater

Since we have begun our Pick of the Day series, I find myself searching the ClassicCars.com online marketplace more and more, always in search of a hidden gem or a great deal.

While window shopping recently, I stumbled upon 12 unique vehicles all from the same dealer located in Venice, Florida, Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1961 MGA roadster

The MGA is one of the most attractive of the classic British sports cars
The MGA is one of the most attractive of the classic British sports cars

Summer has arrived, the perfect time for top-down motoring, and one of the best ways to enjoy the wind-in-your-hair experience of a real sports car is behind the wheel of an MG.

The MGA roadster is considered by many to be among the most beautiful of all British roadsters. Amazingly, MGAs are still quite affordable.

A correct luggage rack is attached to the trunk
A correct luggage rack is attached to the trunk

The MGA is possibly the best mix of vintage and a modern roadster. It offers a vintage sweeping design, an interior in leather that even a 6-foot-plus driver can be comfortable in and enough power to keep up with modern traffic with ease. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1962 Plymouth Valiant Signet 200

The Plymouth Valiant has been restored to original, the seller says
The Plymouth Valiant has been restored to original, the seller says

Now here’s a rare creature, a 1962 Plymouth Valiant Signet 200 that has been restored to mostly stock condition. More often you see these lightweight coupes turned into street rods, but this one has been kept pretty much original.

The Pick of the Day is the smallest Chrysler product of that era, the automaker’s first compact car, designed to compete with Chevrolet Corvair, Ford Falcon and the onslaught of popular little cars coming over from Europe. Continue reading

Pick of the day: 1969 Pontiac Bonneville convertible

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Once upon a time in America, people drove long and large, and in cars to which those adjectives also applied. But there was something even more special about the cars in this era: They not only were long and large but had powerful engines and, best of all, roofs that could be retracted from above the passenger compartment to provide an open-air driving experience. Continue reading