Category archives: My Classic Car

My Classic Car: Bill’s 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

On the track at Daytona | Bill Manchester photos
On the track at Daytona | Bill Manchester photos

A couple of years ago I was attending the Turkey Rod Run in Daytona Beach. This is an annual classic car show with thousands of cars from around the country.

While at the show, the people from Classic Chevy Magazine approached me and said they had selected my car to do a photo shoot and write a feature article on my car. I personally thought that was quite an honor due to the many beautiful Tri Five cars at the show. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1966 Ford ‘High Country’ Mustang

One of 333 'High Country' special edition Ford Mustangs for 1966 |
One of 333 ‘High Country’ special edition Ford Mustangs for 1966 |

The Ford Mustang’s almost immediate million-unit sales stampede was amazing in the annals of the American automobile, but there were pockets in which sales fell off more quickly than dealers might have anticipated. Some 100 Colorado dealers found a solution, the High Country special edition of the pony car.

The High Country cars were available only in Colorado, and only in three colors — Columbine Blue, Timberline Green and Aspen Gold — though with any of the car’s body styles and powertrain offerings. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Martin’s 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe

Fifty years later, Marty has another 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe | Martin Sampson photos
Nearly 50 years later, Marty has another 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe | Martin Sampson photos

It took almost 50 years and a build team of nine, but I once again am the proud owner of a 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe. I owned one back in high school and, though many years had passed, I never forgot how much I loved my first car.

It’s no surprise that when my childhood friend, Larry Seabert, owner of Tech-Ni-Kolor Autocrafters in Dwight, Illinois, found a 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe in a barn in 2007, his first thought was to call his friend and ask if he would like to have his old car back. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Jim’s Factory Five Roadster

Factory Five Roadster looks like a Shelby, but has fiberglass body | Jim Morris photos
Factory Five Roadster looks like a Shelby, but has fiberglass body | Jim Morris photos

I relocated to Valencia (in northern Los Angeles County) earlier this year from the Midwest. Being in the land of sunshine, warmth and dry heat, I longed to own a roadster, drive through twisty canyon roads and feel the wind on my face.

In March, I purchased a Factory Five Roadster which was completely assembled and ready for the road. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Rand’s 1972 Alpine A110 Berlinette

The Alpine returns to its native land | Rand Wintermute photo
The Alpine returns to its native land | Rand Wintermute photo

Having just finished a two-lap warm up in LeMans, France, courtesy of the French Alpine Club, and meeting Alpine enthusiasts at the LeMans Classic, we are this week touring Brittany and Normandy before the Alpine is shipped back to the USA. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Steven’s 1951 Riley (actually, two of them)

1951 Riley arrives in Arizona | Steven Stralser photos
1951 Riley arrives in Arizona | Steven Stralser photos

Growing up in Detroit in the 1950s, I was born with “CGC” (Car Guy Chromosome). That was a time when the city moved to the beat of an annual automobile design/concept/production cycle. In September, the windows of dealer showrooms would be covered with butcher paper. Overnight, automobile transports filled with their shrouded payload,would arrive at the dealership and stunning new model year cars would roll off into the showroom. The next morning, with appropriate fanfare, a showroom full of oohs and ahhs accompanied the big reveal for the gathered brand-faithful. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Bill’s 1969 Samco Cord Warrior

1969 Samco Cord Warrior, with some mechanical updates | William Wyatt photos
1969 Samco Cord Warrior, with some mechanical updates | William Wyatt photos

(Editor’s note: Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sports Automobile Manufacturing Company — SAMCO — a company launched by Bill Lear of LearJet, produced Cord replicas in the late 1960s. There were two models, Warrior and Royale. Some 400 were produced.)

I am 83 years old and when I was young I always wanted a Cord. But the older I got the more expansive the Cord became. So I could never afford one.

Just a little over a year ago I finally heard of the Samco Cords. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Ron’s 1964 Ford Fairlane 500

Fairlane was built in San Jose and lived there until it moved to North Carolina | Ron Fairman photos
Fairlane was built in San Jose and lived there until it moved to North Carolina | Ron Fairman photos

My car was manufactured in the San Jose, California, assembly plant and the original owner purchased it from a dealer in San Jose. The car lived in California until I purchased it from a dealer in North Carolina, George’s Mercury Farm. I’m the second titled owner. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Bob’s 1959 Chevrolet

Bob's 1959 Chevrolet convertible | Robert Langley photos
Bob’s 1959 Chevrolet convertible | Robert Langley photos

We have the car that my wife and I had for our first date in.

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Still doing their Sunday afternoon dates in the Chevy

It was in 1961 that I came home on a week in pass. I had known her ever since she was in the third grade and I was in the eighth grade, though I could not stand her back then. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Barnett’s barn-found 1967 Pontiac GTO

The road home from Colorado to San Diego in the barn-found GTO | Barrett Canfield photos
The road home from Colorado to San Diego in the barn-found GTO | Barrett Canfield photos

For the last few years, I’ve been spending evenings with my 11-year-old son, Rhodes, looking for interesting cars online that we could “Fly and buy” and have a fun road trip, and then a father son project to work on together. Continue reading