Pick of the Day: 1931 Dodge Brothers house car

The roof of the Dodge house car lifts up about two feet
The roof of the Dodge house car lifts up about two feet

Back in the 1920s and ’30s, motorhomes and campers were generally known as “house cars,” a fairly accurate description of the house-on-wheels approach of the day. Some of them were more like gypsy caravans with motors, while others were relatively sophisticated camping vehicles.

The Pick of the Day is a 1931 Dodge Brothers house car with a then-unusual elevating roof, which presages today’s motorhomes and trailers with rising or extending sections. When driving, the roof lies flat for a lower and more-aerodynamic profile. When parked, the roof can be raised about two feet, a fabric structure providing the four walls. Continue reading

Inaugural auction at famed Fairplex in Pomona readied by Mecum

A 1968 Dodge Dart LO23 Super Stock drag racer is one of the auction headliners | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1968 Dodge Dart LO23 Super Stock drag racer is one of the auction headliners | Mecum Auctions photos

The Fairplex in Pomona, California, is a fabled location for legions of motorsports and hot rod fans, the site of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, drag-racing competitions, gigantic swap meets and scores of car-club shows.

This month, the Fairplex will host a new Mecum Auctions collector car sale, with around 600 American muscle cars, hot rods, classics and Corvettes crossing the block during the two-day event February 17-18. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1938 Dodge pickup truck

The Dodge pickup is a three-quarter-ton long bed restored to original
The Dodge pickup is a three-quarter-ton long bed restored to original

As demonstrated again last week during the auctions of Arizona Car Week, old pickup trucks are hot commodities these days, especially those that have been restored to original. It’s hard not to feel nostalgia at the sight of a shapely classic truck, which often were handsomely styled despite their utilitarian purposes.

While most vintage pickups you see preserved or restored are Fords or GM trucks, the Pick of the Day is an unusual 1938 Dodge pickup. Pre-war Dodge trucks are fairly rare, and this heavy-duty, three-quarter-ton long bed usually would have been subjected to rough hauling duties and unlikely to have survived, but this lucky one lives on. Continue reading

Mopar performance muscles in at RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction

This restored 1963 Dodge  330 Max Wedge Lightweight is one of just nine built by the factory | Bob Golfen photos
This restored 1963 Dodge 330 Max Wedge Lightweight is one of just nine built by the factory | Bob Golfen photos

‘You don’t usually see these kinds of muscle cars here.”

That was the comment from a passerby at RM Sotheby’s auction as she walked by a group of vintage Mopar performance machines at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, where the sale is being held.

Big pre-war classics and high-end sports cars are what come to mind at RM Sotheby’s, although the Arizona auction generally features a fairly wide range of collector cars. Still, a solid contingent of mighty 1960s muscle cars is somewhat unexpected in such polite society. Those more likely are found headlining the boisterous Barrett-Jackson or Russo and Steele auctions, both of which specialize in American ground pounders. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1949 Dodge Power Wagon

The Dodge Power Wagon is a civilian version of a WWII military truck
The Dodge Power Wagon is a civilian version of a WWII military truck

While Jeep gets most of the ink as a World War II-derived civilian vehicle, another legendary off-road warrior designed for the conflict also made the switch to civilian life, although with a much-larger footprint: the mighty Dodge Power Wagon.

The Pick of the Day is a terrific, low-mileage 1949 Dodge Power Wagon with enough restoration upgrades to qualify as a resto mod. A brutal-looking pickup truck, the Power Wagon seems ready to wage war on the toughest terrain anywhere. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1987 Dodge Charger/Shelby GLHS

The Dodge Charger / Shelby GLHS is bedecked with dams, spoilers and the Shelby logo
The Dodge Charger / Shelby GLHS is bedecked with dams, scoops, spoilers and the Shelby logo

The Pick of the Day is a genuine, low-mileage Carroll Shelby performance machine with an asking price of just under 7,000 bucks. But no, it’s not a V8-enhanced AC Ace sports car or a done-over Ford Mustang. And to my knowledge, it is part of the only Shelby series with a transverse 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive.

This is a 1987 Shelby GLHS, one of 1,000 Dodge Chargers that Shelby purchased from Chrysler Motors and transformed into hot little hatchbacks at his factory in Whittier, California. The effort to capitalize on the Shelby name, and have some fun doing so, came after the previous year’s similar transformation of 700 Dodge Omnis into Shelby GLH models. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 2008 Dodge Viper SRT/10 Hurst 50th anniversary convertible

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2008 Dodge Viper SRT/10 Hurst 50th anniversary convertible | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Las Vegas Auction. 

Known for performance automotive parts since 1958, Hurst chose to celebrate its golden anniversary in 2008 by creating 50 special-edition Viper coupes and convertibles.

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Pick of the Day: 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

The Dodge Dart GTS is equipped with the performance package
The Dodge Dart GTS is said to be a low-mileage original  survivor

Not very often would a 1969 Dodge Dart be referred to as rare and unusual, but here’s one that most certainly is. That’s because this Dart is Hecho en Mexico, and not only built south of the border but delivered there for home-market sale.

The Pick of the Day, a 1969 Dodge Dart GTS, was produced at Chrysler’s AutoMex plant in Toluca, Mexico, and most noticeably differs from its U.S. counterpart by having a metric speedometer and odometer. Also, the Dart has no U.S.-style VIN plate, instead identified with a metal door-jamb tag showing serial number, engine number and registry number, according to the La Verne, California, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Dodge signs as Mecum Auctions’ automotive sponsor

A 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T convertible sold at Mecum in Florida for $1.65 million | Mecum Auctions
A 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T convertible sold at Mecum in Florida for $1.65 million | Mecum Auctions

Hellcats and Vipers will soon be roaring at Mecum Auctions as Dodge becomes the exclusive automotive sponsor for the auction company, Mecum said Wednesday. The new partnership starts next week with Mecum’s inaugural sale in Louisville, Kentucky.

The performance brand for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Dodge will become part of Mecum’s auctions, advertising, publications, online presence and social media, Mecum said in a news release. Part of the deal is for Dodge to offer thrill rides and demonstrations with 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats and Charger SRT Hellcats, as well as the V10-powered Dodge Viper at some Mecum events, starting with Louisville. Continue reading