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: 1965 Lancia Fulvia

The Lancia Fulvia was only spottily imported to the U.S.
The Lancia Fulvia was only spottily imported to the U.S.

Italian sports cars have a certain intangible something that those from other countries are lacking. It is not so much the engineering or the style as it is the way in which all the parts are put together, and which makes them so much more than the sum of those parts. Somewhere during the assembly process, Italian cars seem to get a sort of soul, which makes them very special.

The cost of entry for these cars can be very expensive, and well-heeled collectors line up for the opportunity to buy the best examples of rare Italian cars, and for very serious money. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1953 Mercury Monterey convertible

The Mercury convertible would make for a fine summer-evening cruiser
The Mercury convertible would make for a fine summer-evening cruiser

The Pick of the Day is the kind of stylish Mercury that comes to mind when you hear, “Crazy ‘bout a Mercury/Lord I’m crazy ‘bout a Mercury/I’m gonna buy me a Mercury/And cruise it up and down the road.”

The pale-yellow 1953 Mercury Monterey convertible advertised on ClassicCars.com is a “solid Southern California car” with a still-shiny older repaint, the Houston-based dealer says. The stylish ragtop comes complete with full wheel covers, fender skirts and wide-whitewall tires for a period look that still resonates today. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 Studebaker President

The Studebaker President was adorned with a massive chrome front end
The Studebaker President was adorned with a massive chrome front end

Studebaker was so much ahead of the styling curve during the mid-1950s, thanks to famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy, who also created the Coca-Cola bottle, the Lucky Strike cigarette pack and, later, the iconic Studebaker Avanti, among many other designs ranging from streamlined locomotives to stylish toasters.

The Pick of the Day, a 1955 Studebaker President two-door sedan, was an extension of the 1953 Starliner coupe, with which Loewy and his team set Studebaker apart from other U.S. automakers with a low and sleek family car that brought sporty design to the American mainstream. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 Citroen Traction Avant

The Citroen Traction Avant's pre-war styling masks its advanced engineering
The Citroen Traction Avant’s pre-war styling masks its advanced engineering

Say you want to go on a rally such as the Copperstate 1000 or the California Mille, but you want to drive something that is a little different, a car that will stand out from the crowd.

How about something Gaelic in flavor? Maybe not the swiftest mount you could choose but definitely stylish with an elegance that only the French could design. The Pick of the Day is just such a car, a 1955 Citroen Traction Avant 11B Normale sedan that most likely would be the only one on the rally route. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Plymouth Barracuda

The Plymouth Barracuda has been upgraded with performance components
The Plymouth Barracuda has been upgraded with performance components

The Pick of the Day is a restored and resto-modded 1967 Plymouth Barracuda coupe that looks like it was done right, with performance upgrades for power and drivability.

The private seller in Port St. Lucie, Florida, says in the ClassicCars.com advertisement that the car was completely disassembled for restoration in 2010 and is now completed and ready to go. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Volkswagen Westfalia camper bus

The VW camper bus is said to be ready to roll on a cross-country road trip
The VW camper bus is said to be ready to roll on a cross-country road trip

It’s spring, and the open road is calling. And what better craft for an extended road trip than the Pick of the Day, a 1969 Volkswagen Westfalia camper bus with all the trimmings.

According to the Sonoma, California, dealer advertising the VW camper on ClassicCars.com, this Westy is ready for a national tour. The flat-four engine has been rebuilt and bored out to 1,776 cc, the ad says, which should help provide enough muscle for these typically underpowered vehicles. The key to driving any VW microbus is to abide by one simple rule: never be in a hurry. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1985 Jaguar XJS

The Jaguar XJS coupe has been driven fewer than 21,000 miles
The Jaguar XJS coupe has been driven fewer than 21,000 miles

There is something magical about a sports or GT car with a V12 under its hood. The V12 is the mythic engine layout that has won hundreds of races, used in everything from F1 cars to some of the most famous sports cars in the world.

As a result, cars powered by V12 engines also are some of the most expensive collector cars available. An entry-level Ferrari V12 will cost you at least $70,000, while other V12 cars, even modern Aston Martins, will leave you with little change left from that amount. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1909 Pierce-Arrow motorcycle

The Pierce Four, made by Pierce-Arrow, was the first four-cylinder motorcycle in the U.S.
The Pierce Four, made by Pierce-Arrow, was the first four-cylinder motorcycle in the U.S.

Anybody who knows anything about vintage cars knows about Pierce-Arrow, a premier maker of luxury automobiles through the 1930s. Less known is the company’s brief foray into motorcycles, producing the first four-cylinder model in the U.S., a bike that was far ahead of the competition.

The Pick of the Day is a handsome example of the first year of production, a 1909 Pierce Four, made by Pierce-Arrow’s fledgling motorcycle division. It is a very innovative motorcycle for the era, with shaft drive and large-diameter frame tubing that  served to contain both gasoline and motor oil. Continue reading

Pick of the day: 1972 Jeep Commando

The Jeep Commando has remained in stock condition, down to its factory wheels and hubcaps
The Jeep Commando has remained in stock condition, down to its factory wheels and hubcaps

Despite its militaristic name, the Commando was a civilized version of Jeep, in relation to the classic CJ models, designed with a longer wheelbase and more interior space to compete with such interlopers as the Ford Bronco and International Scout.

The Pick of the Day is a 1972 Jeep Commando that appears to be in very good condition with new paint and a fresh interior in stock specifications, unusual for a vehicle that is more-often altered with an array of off-roading upgrades and custom “improvements.” Even the set of new wheels and hubcaps are factory spec, according to the seller, a Roswell, Georgia, dealer. Continue reading