My Classic Car: Roxy’s 1951 Chevrolet Bel Air

The 1951 Chevrolet Bel Air, lowered and upgraded V8 powertrain
The 1951 Chevrolet Bel Air, lowered and upgraded V8 powertrain

In 1958, I turned 16 and got my first car, a ’50 Chevy convertible my two older sisters had abandoned. I fixed it up, and for the next two years it was my cruiser for school, and most importantly, the drive-ins at night!

Back then, on the west side of Denver, the hot spots to cruise were Berry’s Drive in, 2 Frosted Scotchman’s, The White Spot, and a couple more. Continue reading

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

Rare ’69 Camaro ZL1 highlights Mecum’s Denver auction

The Camaro ZL1 has its original aluminum 427 V8 and four speed | Mecum Auctions
The Camaro ZL1 has its original aluminum 427 V8 and four speed | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum expects 1,000 collector cars to cross the block July 20-22 during its third annual Denver auction at the Colorado Convention Center, where the docket features an array of muscle cars, sports cars and classics.

Leading the list is a bright-orange 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe, No. 30 of 69 produced that year. It also is one of the few surviving examples with its original all-aluminum 427cid ZL1 V8 linked with the factory four-speed manual transmission. Original equipment also includes heavy-duty suspension, brakes and other performance components. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Dana Chevrolet Camaro racer

Dick Gulstrand couldn't wait for Z/28, so he built his own to race
Dick Gulstrand couldn’t wait for Z/28, so he built his own to race

Pick of the Day is a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro modified for racing by Dick Guldstrand and later restored to racing spec by Guldstrand’s mechanic. The car is listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a prominent classic car dealership located in Scotts Valley, California. Continue reading

Cousins: Camaros, Firebirds seize spotlight at AACA museum

AACA Museum celebrates 50th birthday of GM's F-body cousins -- Camaro and Firebird | Photos by Nick Kurczewski
AACA Museum celebrates 50th birthday of GM’s F-body cousins — Camaro and Firebird | Photos by Nick Kurczewski

With the introduction of the Chevrolet Camaro in 1966, followed one year later by its mechanical twin cousin, the Pontiac Firebird, an all-out performance battle was officially launched between General Motors and the Ford Motor Company. Targeted squarely at the Mustang, Ford’s runaway sales hero that had been launched for the 1964½ model year, the GM duo had a tremendously difficult task ahead of them: unseat the very vehicle that inspired the term “pony car.” Continue reading

Year of the Lowrider includes new Petersen exhibition

Gilbert 'Magu" Lujan created Our Family Car, a 1950 Chevrolet sedan, that will be part of the exhibition | Petersen museum photos by Ted7
Gilbert ‘Magu” Lujan created Our Family Car, a 1950 Chevrolet sedan, that will be part of the exhibition | Petersen museum photos by Ted7

Why do Lowriders prefer Chevys? See related story.

2017 is emerging as the Year of the Lowrider.

Consider:

• Historical museums in Colorado and New Mexico recently concluded exhibitions focused on the colorful cruisers with their sometimes hyper-hydraulic suspension systems, and the museum in Santa Fe also published a significant new book on the subject. Continue reading

Yenko Camaro races to top of Mecum’s Portland results

Mecum had a good crowd of bidders and spectators in Portland | Mecum photos
Mecum had a good crowd of bidders and spectators in Portland | Mecum photos

An intense-looking 1968 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro, documented as originally sold by Yenko Chevrolet, roared away with the top spot at Mecum’s collector car auction last weekend in Portland, Oregon, selling for three times the result of the N0. 2 car.

The 427/425-horsepower coupe, one of 64 Camaros performance-enhanced by the legendary Don Yenko in a behind-the-scenes deal with Chevrolet, hammered sold for $395,000, not including auction fee, to lead the sale at the Portland Expo center. Continue reading

Concours and events: Bloomington Gold’s Corvette party

Bloomington Gold's parade of Corvettes | Bloomington Gold
Bloomington Gold’s parade of Corvettes | Bloomington Gold

Bloomington Gold, the longest-running all-Corvette show in the nation, stages three days of events Thursday through Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, featuring judging for prestigious awards, an autocross and other competitions, and Corvette laps around the iconic Brickyard oval.

Corvette enthusiasts from all over the world are expected to attend the gathering, which has been held every year since 1973. Since then, Bloomington Gold has become the benchmark for Corvette excellence with intensive judging to the highest standards for Corvettes vying to achieve Bloomington Gold Certification ratings for authenticity. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 Chevrolet Nomad

The Nomad is Gypsy Red and Ivory outside and inside
The Nomad is Gypsy Red and Ivory outside and inside

The 1955 Nomad is the coolest and most-expressive model of Chevy’s Tri-5 era, in my humble opinion. All the elements are there: the full rear-wheel cutouts that blend in such a sporty way with the wraparound two-door wagon styling, the broad chrome spears that shoot back from the thick chrome headlight rims, the vertical chrome bars on the slanted tailgate, and the classic front-end styling with the egg-crate grille of all full-size’55 Chevys.

The Pick of the Day is an apparently preserved 1955 Chevrolet Nomad in the desirable color combination of Gypsy Red and Ivory that has been in the same family for 55 years, according to the private seller advertising the Chevy on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Van’s sale will deliver ‘bread’ to children’s hospitals

Chevrolet bread van crosses the block today at Mecum's auction in Oregon | Mecum Auctions photos
Chevrolet van crosses the block today at Mecum’s Portland auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Technically, Lot S181 up for bidding today at Mecum Auctions’ sale in Portland, Oregon, is a highly customized 1950 Chevrolet bread delivery van powered by 383 cubic-inch “stroker” engine linked to a 700R4 automatic transmission.

But the “bread” this truck will deliver isn’t the kind that comes out of an oven. Instead, proceeds from the van’s sale will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. Continue reading