Pick of the Day: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO clone

The Camaro is powered by a 427cid V8
The Camaro is powered by a 427cid V8

Ever since I wrote about the 1969 Chevy Camaro ZL1 COPO coupe at Mecum’s upcoming Denver auction, I’ve been thinking about ’69 Camaros with big-block engines. The authentic ZL1 is the featured highlight of the auction, expected to go for north of a half-million dollars.

The COPO Camaro is a legendary creature, a back-door effort by gearhead insiders at GM to defy the corporation’s racing ban and create a handful of cars with outlandish performance capabilities. Just 69 COPO Camaros were built in 1969, with only a few remaining in original condition. 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

Hot Corvettes, Camaros star at Mecum’s Portland auction

The 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is a three-time NCRS Top Flight Award winner | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is a three-time NCRS Top Flight Award winner | Mecum Auctions photos

While green Portland, Oregon, is most-often considered the land of Subarus and vintage Volvos, Mecum Auctions returns to the Northwest city June 16-17 with a sale featuring a pair of high-performance Corvettes. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

The Z28 brought back performance to the Camaro
The Z28 brought back performance to the Camaro

When Chevrolet introduced the third-generation Camaro in 1982, it was a serious upgrade compared with the car it replaced. The second-generation Camaro was introduced in 1970, and with each passing year, it grew heavier, slower and more cobbled together. It was a car that needed a makeover, and the 1982 model accomplished this by bringing back some modicum of engine performance, terrific handling and a great modern look.

The star of the Camaro lineup was the Z28, and the Pick of The Day is one of the first-year cars, a 1982 Camaro Z28 located in Ontario, Canada. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup truck

Chevy added stylish fiberglass rear fenders to the Cameo's pickup bed
Chevy added stylish fiberglass rear fenders to the Cameo’s pickup bed

Before there were El Caminos, there were Cameo pickups, Chevrolet’s answer to a persistent question: how to provide farmers, construction workers and the like with a truck for work that also could be driven proudly to church on Sunday.

Chevy was first off the block in 1955 with a refined-looking pickup that applied stylish fiberglass rear fenders and tailgate cover, along with unique taillights, trim and a premium interior, to its newly minted Task Force truck design. Fiberglass was chosen for the ease of design and tooling, and because of Chevrolet’s relationship with the fiberglass company that made Corvette bodies. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1956 Chevrolet 210 station wagon

The Chevy wagon had a bit part in the David Lynch film 'The Straight Story'
The Chevy wagon had a bit part in the David Lynch film ‘The Straight Story’

Vintage cars with movie or celebrity history often sell for over-the-top prices, far more than they would without the connection to fame. Not so much this Chevy wagon, which was once owned by the offbeat film and TV director David Lynch, best known for his movies Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, Mulholland Drive and The Elephant Man, and the surreal TV series Twin Peaks.

The Pick of the Day is a 1956 Chevrolet 210 station wagon formerly owned by Lynch and which has screen time in one of his lesser films, The Straight Story, according to the Macedonia, Ohio, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

The Drive Home II: The Heritage Run begins snowy trek in Boston

The 1961 Chrysler 300G and 1957 Chevrolet Nomad line up to begin the trip to Detroit | William Hall photos
The 1961 Chrysler 300G and 1957 Chevrolet Nomad line up to begin the trip to Detroit | William Hall photos

LeMay-America’s Car Museum, in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show in Detroit,  put three vintage cars on the harsh winter roads of New England today to start a 2,100 mile, classic car road rally to the Motor City.

“The Drive Home II: The Heritage Run” fleet consists of a 1961 Chrysler 300G, a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad and a 1966 Ford Mustang coupe. The bright-red classics were chosen for their representation of Detroit’s Big Three manufacturers, and the moving tribute to America’s automotive heritage is meant to remind us of the personality, ingenuity and dependability of Detroit Iron. Wannabe automakers Google and Apple should take note. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR racer

The Chevrolet Monte Carlo raced in NASCAR during the 1984-86 seasons

I was inspired for the Pick of the Day by the season-ending race for the 2016 Sprint Cup series, when Jimmie Johnson won his seventh championship. This awesome achievement pushed me to take a look at vintage stock cars for sale on ClassicCars.com.

Little known fact: Not only am I a longtime NASCAR fan but a former NASCAR driver – I raced from 1996-2001 in the NASCAR Winston West, Featherlite Southwest Tour and NASCAR Goody’s Dash series. So, yes, I have an affinity for NASCAR stock cars, especially old ones. Continue reading

What Andy likes at Auction America’s Hilton Head auction

Some of the diverse lineup of collector cars at the Hilton Head auction | Andy Reid photos
Some of the diverse lineup of collector cars at the Hilton Head auction | Andy Reid photos

This marks the second year for the Auctions America Hilton Head auction held as part of the Hilton Head Motoring Festival.  Just as last year’s, this sale literally has something for every kind of collector regardless of interest.

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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