American muscle cars, Corvettes and Shelbys led the bidding at Mecum Auctions’ inaugural collector car auction in Louisville, Kentucky, which scored $13.4 million in total sales for 440 vehicles plus “Road Art” automobilia. About 730 vehicles crossed the block. Continue reading
Mecum Auctions continues its busy schedule with the inaugural Louisville, Kentucky, sale September 8-10 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. More than 1,000 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles are expected, according to Mecum.
American muscle cars and ’50s classics will be featured at the sweeping event, the 12th of 17 auctions that Mecum has scheduled this year, including tractor and motorcycle sales. The most recent Mecum sale in Monterey, California, resulted in total sales of $50 million. Continue reading
I’ve always wanted a big block 4-speed Chevelle since I was a young kid. I would always see an awesome Chevelle go up and down Central Ave in Yonkers as a young kid.
I sold a couple of Camaros to move up to a Chevelle. One being an ’87 IROC and another being a ’69 Z-28. Both were great cars but as I said, I always loved Chevelles.
My Chevelle is a 396/350 hp 4 speed with air conditioning and tilt wheel, power steering, power brakes, and deluxe bucket seat interior. The all original sheet metal is in its original color, Azure Turquoise.
I have won many awards ( best of shows and people’s choice at local shows ), as well as best Chevy at Musclepoolosa, the Chevy invitational at GM Nationals and at the Greenwich concours d’elegance.
— John Mongelli, Somers NY
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If you’re yearning for some serious big-block muscle, here’s a Chevelle resto-mod whose plain-Jane appearance belies the massive power lurking under its hood.
The Pick of the Day, a custom 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle coupe, is described by its seller as a former show car with a mighty 454 cid crate engine slipped into its extra-clean engine bay. Hooked up with a Muncie four-speed, 3.73 posi-traction rear and four-wheel Wilwood disc brakes, it has the right ingredients for an impressive performance machine. Continue reading
The idea of a project car can be very alluring: you obtain a blank canvas that can be transformed into the car of your dreams, be it highly modified or bone stock. For some, the glamour is short-lived as funds dry up or attention is lost during the often years-long process of restoration. Others withstand the challenges and complete their project cars exactly as they had envisioned them.
For GM muscle cars, model-year 1970 brought together a mighty confluence of ingredients, when big-block technology and evocative styling joined up for a final blast down the quarter mile before emission controls and insurance rates ended the game on a high note.
One result was the mighty Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6, fitted with a race-bred 454 cid V8 conservatively rated at 500 horsepower, which was linked up to the mandatory Rock Crusher heavy-duty 4-speed manual transmission and Positraction rear. Available for one year only, the LS6 is considered an apex of U.S. muscle-car performance for all time, and the car has long been a sought-after collector’s item. Continue reading
Eddie Belfour is one of the very few ice hockey players whose teams have won the national collegiate championship (University of North Dakota), an Olympic gold medal (for his native Canada) and the Stanley Cup (Dallas Stars).
A member of hockey’s Hall of Fame and nicknamed “the Eagle” because of the design on his goalie’s helmet, Belfour also is a long-time classic car guy who has his own restoration shop — Carman Customs — which is located in Michigan but takes its name not only from Belfour’s interest in cars, but from his hometown of Carman, Manitoba, Canada. Continue reading
The International Show Car Association and the National Street Rod Association have announced two winners of the “ISCA Pick” award presented at the Street Rod Nationals East held June 5-7 at York Pennsylvania: Continue reading
The gigantic V8-powered AutoFair currently under way at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina has me focused on classic muscle cars, so here’s a high-performance all-American beauty for Pick of the Week. Continue reading
I bought my car as a ” work in progress.”
I had wanted a classic Chevelle for a long time. I used to have a ’77 Malibu ( I traded it in the ’90’s ).
I got the opportunity to buy another car at Charlotte Motor Speedway in September 2013. I picked up a mostly finished ’68. It has Candy Burgundy over gold paint, 350-400 horsepower with a Muncie 4-speed, black interior with bench seat (yeah a bench ). I’ve had some interior work done, including new rubber and having the bench seat redone with new springs and foam.
I have Monroe MA762 air shocks, Hotchkiss trailing arms and 1-inch sway bar, also new ball joints, new horn, new wiper motor and sprayer as well as new wipers plus new chrome for the front right and left corners of the car. It has a new Street Fire distributor, Edelbrock heads, Performer intake, 1406 600 cfm carb and matching chrome breather. Exhaust is handled by Flowmasters with pipes that turn down just before the rear end.
Inside is a Hurst shifter. It also has the “radio delete” option. It has an aftermarket tilt wheel with a Grant steering wheel. I’m not going to put a stereo in the car because I like the radio delete; you don’t see it much.
The wheels are Cragar S/S. The tires are BFG Radial T/A’s (14-inch 70s in front and 15-inch 60s out back).
The hood is a factory cowl type.
My car does get driven; that’s why I bought it.
— Robert Spencer, Grover NC