My 1949 Chevy truck came into our family in the summer of 1981. While living his dream of a cross-country bicycle trip, my brother Peter stopped in the village of Preston, Missouri, for a cold drink. During that stop he asked if anyone knew of an old truck for sale. He had always wanted one, and figured a truck from that area of the country would be in better shape than anything similar that he might find on the northeast coast, where we live. Continue reading
A popular activity for vintage sports car collectors is taking their cars on rallies and tours, often covering some of the most fun and scenic roads in the United States. To participate in such events, one needs to possess a vintage sports car, generally one from 1972 or earlier.
Ferraris, Jaguars and Porsches are often seen on these events, although they are expensive and sometime fragile, which can result in reliability issues that can consume a driver’s enjoyment of the cross-country tour. And parts for an exotic vintage car are hard to source in rural areas. Continue reading
A pristine, all-original 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 hp four-speed convertible with fewer than 24,000 documented miles, in still-gleaming original black paint with a red hood stinger and Bloomington Gold Benchmark certified.
As Sam Spade said in the Maltese Falcon: “The stuff that dreams are made of.”
Only this Vette is real, and it comes up for auction during Mecum’s 30th anniversary Indianapolis sale from May 16 to 21. Continue reading
Like many who were drafted into military service and sent to fight in Vietnam, and who were fortunate enough to come home, Keith Richard Litavsky returned and bought the car of his dreams, a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette: Marina Blue with Bright Blue interior, and a 427-cubic-inch, 435-horsepower V8 linked to an M21 four-speed manual transmission.
Fifty years later, the car has been driven only 8,533 miles, a figure that may tick up slightly as it is driven across the block at Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Classic auction, May 16-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Continue reading
Burke Rhoads, a police officer in Nicholasville, Kentucky, bought a 1984 Chevrolet Corvette and was restoring it as time and finances permitted. His goal was to have the car ready so his daughter, Jacquelyn, could use it for the trip to her high school prom after she turned 16.
But Burke was killed in a car crash while on duty in 2015, and his widow, Melissa, called the National Corvette Museum to seek recommendations about a shop that might finish what Burke had started. Continue reading
You ever feel like you’ve done something awesome before you have really done it?
My ’68 Z28 has been talking to me and I’ve been listening. For two years now, I have been taunted by a Camaro Z28.
$12K got me a solid, rust-free body, 302 motor, 4-spd, primer grey, black seats great condition and 28,647 on odometer. Continue reading
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.
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
With Spring upon us I can’t help but daydream of road trips – those perfect moments when you don’t have a care in the world, the windows are down, and your favorite song is on the radio. The Pick of the Day, a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air, looks as though it’s been patiently waiting for a drive and is sure to break some necks with its eye-catching two-tone red and white paint along with matching red wheels.
(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)
Seen dramatically erupting from a volcano, Chevrolet introduced its “fiery, new creation,” the 1967 Camaro SS, “the new car that’s something else, something never before seen in a driving machine.”