Pick of the Day: 1962 Chrysler 300H

300H combined performance and power in a single package
300H combined performance and power in a single package

In 1955, Chrysler produced the most-powerful passenger car in America and celebrated its Hemi-headed, 300 horsepower V8 engine by calling the car that carried it the 300.

The Standard Catalog of American Cars subsequently praised that the “performance and styling, combined in one package of such magnitude, created an aura that was to last for more than a decade.” Continue reading

My Classic Car: Wounded veteran’s dream of owning a ‘55

James' dream is to own a 1955 classic, such as this Chrysler New Yorker
James’ dream is to own a 1955 classic, such as this Chrysler New Yorker

(Editor’s note: Today is Collector Car Appreciation Day.)

My story isn’t one of a specific car, but classics in general.

My parents grew up in the ’50s and always spoke fondly of the first cars they drove. I fell in love with ’50s music and culture as a little kid and even had a fund going for a ’57 Chevy. I think I made it to about 50 dollars. Ha. Continue reading

Gilda, a sublime 1955 turbine car, offered at Barrett-Jackson

The turbine-powered Chrysler Ghia Streamline X 'Gilda' was designed with the aid of a wind tunnel | Barrett-Jackson photos
The turbine-powered Chrysler Ghia Streamline X ‘Gilda’ was designed with the aid of a wind tunnel | Barrett-Jackson photos

From a time when designers and engineers were attempting to blend automobiles with jet aircraft comes the 1955 Chrysler Ghia Streamline X, nicknamed Gilda after the Hollywood film and its glamorous leading lady, Rita Hayworth.

Gilda was a concept car commissioned by Chrysler design chief Virgil Exner and styled by Giovanni Savonuzzi with coachwork by Ghia of Turin, Italy. It was first shown at the 1955 Turin Motor Show, where it created a sensation. Continue reading

Bumps, bruises and teamwork deliver The Drive Home II

Mike Garland of Carlisle Events drove the Nomad when The Drive Home stopped in Pennsylvania | William Hall photos
Mike Garland of Carlisle Events drove the Nomad when The Drive Home stopped in Pennsylvania | William Hall photos

The Drive Home II, the second-annual promotional winter road trip cooked up by LeMay-America’s Car Museum and The North American International Auto Show, rolled into Detroit’s Cobo Hall Saturday evening after a 2,100-mile journey fraught with challenges.

Three classic cars – a 1957 Chevy Nomad, a 1961 Chrysler 300G and a 1966 Ford Mustang – began the trip from Boston on December 28. Trailered behind the support vehicle was a fourth car, a 1917 Crane-Simplex Model 5, formerly the property of J.D. Rockefeller. Continue reading

Driven: 1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport

1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport is part of the Bulgari collection | Nick Kurczewski photos
1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport is part of the Bulgari collection | Nick Kurczewski photos

The 1950 Town & Country Newport coupe was the swan song for Chrysler’s wonderful wood-sided luxury cars. As some of the most expensive models in Chrysler’s lineup, these “woodies” were often the car of choice for celebrities and movie stars.

Yet, even the brightest name on the biggest marquee eventually fades away. By the time 1950 rolled around, the Town & Country’s time in the spotlight was drawing to a close. Ironically, despite being in its last year, Chrysler opted to roll out an entirely new variant. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Chrysler New Yorker 2-door hardtop

The Chrysler New Yorker is a two-door hardtop in gleaming red
The Chrysler New Yorker is a two-door hardtop in gleaming red

‘There are many four-door New Yorkers for sale, but how often do you see a two-door come to market?” the ClassicCars.com advertisement for a mid-century-classic Chrysler hardtop asks. Fair enough. These were fairly scarce cars when new, with fewer than 10,000 built, and they rarely are seen among collector cars today.

The Pick of the Day is a 1965 Chrysler New Yorker, a brawny luxury car that takes a sporty turn with its hardtop roofline. Red with a broad, white-vinyl C-pillar, and white piping on the red seats to match, the New Yorker is indeed an unusual piece of Mopar elegance and performance. Most often, these cars are seen in more conservative attire. 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

2016 top stories: 9 – LeMay Museum’s The Drive Home

The LeMay Museum’s 1966 Ford Mustang, 1962 Chrysler 300G  and 1957 Chevy Nomad take a break in the snow | William Hall photos.
The LeMay Museum’s 1966 Ford Mustang, 1962 Chrysler 300G and 1957 Chevy Nomad take a break in the snow | William Hall photos.

When the LeMay-America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, announced last December that it would be driving three classic American cars – a 1961 Chrysler 300G, a 1966 Mustang 289 Coupe, and a 1957 Chevy Nomad – 3,000 miles through winter weather to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, public reaction was fairly predictable.

Critics decried the perceived abuse of such fine vintage vehicles, and dismissed The Drive Home as a publicity stunt. Guilty: as a non-profit that relies on donations from private and corporate sponsors, this museum and others like it are always looking for ways to generate attention, goodwill and operating endowments to stay alive. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1959 Chrysler Crown Imperial

1959 Chrysler Crown Imperial was owned by the seller's father, who bought it after its restoration
1959 Chrysler Crown Imperial was owned by the seller’s father, who bought it after its restoration

The Pick of the Day is a 1959 Chrysler Crown Imperial Southhampton Edition, which means it was one of only 1,728 out of a production of 17,000, notes the private seller in the advertisement for the car on ClassicCars.com.

The car was the seller’s father’s car, purchased after a complete restoration by the car’s previously owner, the ad says. Continue reading

Chrysler 300 International Fall Meet: report, photo gallery

A Chrysler 300F enters the club concours field in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin | William Hall photos
A Chrysler 300F enters the club concours field in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin | William Hall

It took 60 years to get back, but there on Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin’s Road America four-mile race track, was a Chrysler 300 Letter Car, just as it had run during the 1956 NASCAR Grand National race under the championship-winning team of privateer Carl Kiekhaefer’s Mercury Marine.

Not only was the 1956 300B at the track but so were a nearly complete set of Chrysler’s famous 1955-1965 “Letter Cars,” widely considered to be one among the first factory-built muscle cars. Continue reading