Car Craft Magazine Summer Nationals embrace individuality

A heavily horsepower  infused Pontiac Firebird gets checked in | William Hall photos
A  horsepower infused Chevrolet Camaro rumbles in | William Hall photos

For the second year in a row, the Wisconsin State Fair Park in Milwaukee played host to the Car Craft Magazine Summer Nationals on July 15-17, attracting nearly 2,000 registrants in a wildly diverse showing of American automotive ingenuity.

Nothing seemed inappropriate for the event, which welcomed amphibious fire trucks, stunningly-preserved muscle cars, and tubbed and blown pro-street racers. There were no designated groups or areas for individual makes; instead, cars were parked in random combinations throughout the grounds, making for interesting discoveries at every turn. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 Chevrolet 150 two-door post

The '55 Chevy has lived in southern Oklahoma all its life, the seller says
The ’55 Chevy has lived in southern Oklahoma all its life, the seller says

Chevys from the ’50s are most appreciated in lavish hardtop form, with all the chrome embellishments intact. But when it comes to the 1955-57 so-called “tri-5” cars, I favor the unadorned two-door sedans with the traditional door-frame design that creates a thick B pillar post. Thus the nickname: two-door post.

These models make great-looking street rods or resto mods, such as the Pick of the Day, a 1955 Chevrolet 150 two-door post that has been reworked in a very correct fashion. Other than the period-looking custom wheels, this two-door post looks fairly stock, simple and clean with what appears to be a beautifully glossy black paint job set off by a bright-red stock interior. Classic. Continue reading

Big 3 muscle cars featured at first Mecum auction in Portland

The 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda is said to be a restored numbers-matching original | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda is said to be a restored numbers-matching original | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions rolls into Portland, Oregon for the first time June 17-18 with an expected 600 collector cars for sale. Despite being held in Portland, the auction won’t be filled with vintage Volvos and Subarus but instead a broad selection of mostly American muscle cars, hot rods and classics.

The 1969 Mustang Boss 429 fastback in Wimbleton White
The 1969 Mustang Boss 429 fastback in Wimbleton White

A trio of desirable big-block muscle cars representing the Big 3 Detroit automakers leads the consignments so far, all of them lightweight cars with huge performance engines. Continue reading

Hagerty charts fastest-selling collector cars, with some surprises

Hagerty
Hagerty

Selling a collector car through an online listing can be a long and frustrating process. Or, it can be a brief and rewarding experience. It depends on so many things: your asking price, your timing, your choice of selling sites and, of course, whatever it is you are selling.

The latest graphic from Hagerty, the classic car insurance and valuation company, shows the collector cars that have the shortest selling times, according to a survey of online listings dating back to January 2015. What emerged is a motley group of the expected and the unexpected, some of which have seen rising values and others that have not. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

The Monte Carlo is painted in the very '70s shade of Sequoia Green
The Monte Carlo is painted in the very ’70s shade of Sequoia Green

The 1970s was the funkadelic decade when folks did the hustle in bell bottoms and drove around in “personal luxury coupes,” best exemplified by the Pick of the Day, a classic 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

This low-mileage coupe wears the factory-correct Sequoia Green and Antique White colors that were so popular during that strange era, and according to the Tampa, Florida, dealer advertising the Chevy on ClassicCars.com, it is a one-owner Florida car in great original condition. Continue reading

Now 50, first Camaro added to National Historic Vehicle Register

The first prototype Chevrolet Camaro has been restored to original | Historic Vehicle Association
The first prototype Chevrolet Camaro has been restored to original | Historic Vehicle Association

After many months of secrecy, the first Chevrolet Camaro emerged from the General Motors Assembly Plant, located in Norwood, Ohio, on May 21, 1966. This was the pilot car, the Number 1 prototype Camaro of 49 that were built in preparation for mass production of a new kind of sports Chevy.

Camaro would be officially launched in Detroit in August 1966 and a month later, Chevy’s sporty compacts rolled into dealer showrooms to begin their important mission: to chase the runaway success of Ford Mustang, which was more than two years and well over a million cars ahead.

The current owner transports the first Camaro in a see-through trailer | Corey   Larson
The current owner transports the first Camaro in a see-through trailer | Corey Larson

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Camaro, the Historic Vehicle Association is documenting this first car, which wears VIN 100001, to enter the National Historic Vehicle Register, making it the next iconic vehicle with American historic significance so honored with permanent inclusion in the Library of Congress. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS

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The first-year Chevrolet Camaro coupe is powered by a big-block 396 V8

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first Chevrolet Camaro ever built, here is a first-year Camaro just the way we like them, fast and flashy. While the prototype Camaro was a bare-bones economy model, this one is anything but.

The Pick of the Day is a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS coupe, Ermine White with Hugger Orange stripes, powered by a 396 cid V8 fed through a manual four-speed gearbox. This Camaro was built to run away from Mustangs on the strip, or turn every head while rumbling through traffic on cruise night. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: Steve McQueen’s 1952 Chevrolet camper

The 1952 Chevrolet pickup is reputedly the last vehicle driven by Steve McQueen
The 1952 Chevrolet pickup is reputedly the last vehicle driven by Steve McQueen

Still aching for a drivable piece of Steve McQueen magic, but those million-dollar Porsches are a bit out of reach? Then take note: The vintage Chevrolet camper truck once owned and driven by the late film icon, and apparently the last vehicle he ever drove before his untimely death, is up for sale again.

The Pick of the Day is the 1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup with a hand-built camper shell that McQueen used regularly, which has been verified by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by McQueen family members as well as the California vehicle registration with McQueen’s signature. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1932 Chevrolet Confederate Deluxe cabriolet

The 1932 Chevrolet Confederate Deluxe cabriolet features a full array of period options
The 1932 Chevrolet Confederate Deluxe cabriolet features a full array of period options

The 1932 Ford gets all the attention from hobbyists – the Deuce Coupe, flathead V8 and all that – but let’s not forget that Chevrolet also had a stylish model competing for the hard-earned Depression-era dollars of regular folk.

Although this Pick of the Day, a 1932 Chevrolet Confederate Deluxe cabriolet, was aimed a bit higher than everyman, adding a full package of luxury trim and features to the basic Chevy. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Chevrolet Cheetah replica roadster

This Cheetah is a roadster replica of the radical Chevy V8 sports car of the 1960s
This Cheetah is a roadster replica of the radical Chevy V8 sports car of the 1960s

No Chevy fan would ever mistake this Cheetah replica for the real thing, since there were no roadster versions of the radical sports coupes designed and built in the 1960s by racer Bill Thomas to compete against the Ford-powered Shelby Cobras. Only 19 Chevy V8-powered Cheetahs were reputably created during their 1963-66 run, with about 100 continuation models coming later.

The Pick of the Week is advertised as a 1964 Chevrolet Cheetah replica roadster, newly constructed with just 12 test miles, built from a body and rolling-chassis kit produced by the well-known replica-car company Shell Valley Classics of Platte Center, Nebraska. Not sure why it is considered a ’64 model other than designating the era of the originals. Continue reading