Pick of the Day: 1967 Pontiac GTO convertible

The 1967 Pontiac GTO is painted a brilliant white
The 1967 Pontiac GTO is painted a brilliant white

With the start of August a few days away, I cringe at the thought of endless Arizona summer days with temperatures hot enough to bake cookies inside your car. Fortunately, adventure is on the horizon and I can’t help but daydream about cruising the streets of Reno during Hot August Nights or sightseeing along the Pacific Coast Highway near Monterey.

Of course, to do either, you would need the right classic car, and a convertible at that. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1951 Pontiac Streamliner

The Pontiac's  chrome details still look shiny after 65 years
The Pontiac’s chrome details still look shiny after 65 years

There was a time when people thought cars should look like rocket ships or jet fighters, when chrome was lavishly applied to evoke a notion of motion. In the late ’40s and early ’50s, Pontiac was the GM brand that brought the Buck Rogers universe into the family garage.

The Pick of the Day is a rare survivor of that era, a 1951 Pontiac Streamliner fastback coupe that the private seller in Lakeside, California, describes as a former “barn find” with 80,000 miles, and which remains in original, unmolested and, most importantly, running and driving condition. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1973 Pontiac GTO

1973 Pontiac GTO was the final year for the LeMans-based muscle car
1973 Pontiac GTO was the final year for the LeMans-based muscle car

‘You will definitely stand out in the sea of Camaros and Mustangs with this GTO,” the seller of the Pick of the Day promises. “I gain more attention and discussions at the local car shows than I ever did with my 66 GTO!”

The Pick is a 1973 Pontiac GTO located in Rogers, Minnesota, and which can be yours for $24,900 “or best offer.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

The 1979 Pontiac Trans Am is emblazoned with the famous golden eagle, aka screamin' chicken, on its hood
The 1979 Pontiac Trans Am is emblazoned with the famous golden eagle, aka screamin’ chicken, on its hood

Still steamed that you missed out on that 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, the Smokey and the Bandit promo car that sold at Barrett-Jackson for a whopping $550,000 while actor Burt Reynolds looked on from the podium?

Fret not because the Pick of the Day is an essentially similar 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in the same black paint and gold trim. And while this one might not have the celebrity provenance of the Barrett-Jackson car, it doesn’t have the outlandish price tag, either. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016: 1963 Pontiac Catalina ‘Swiss Cheese’

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1963 Pontiac Catalina “Swiss Cheese” | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the 21st in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.

The Collingwood Motors “Tonto VI” 1963 “Swiss Cheese” Catalina may share the same external envelope as every other Catalina of similar vintage, but its four tires bear down on Earth with only 3,300 pounds of weight. That’s nearly 900 pounds less than its regular production equivalent.

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My Classic Car: Barnett’s barn-found 1967 Pontiac GTO

The road home from Colorado to San Diego in the barn-found GTO | Barrett Canfield photos
The road home from Colorado to San Diego in the barn-found GTO | Barrett Canfield photos

For the last few years, I’ve been spending evenings with my 11-year-old son, Rhodes, looking for interesting cars online that we could “Fly and buy” and have a fun road trip, and then a father son project to work on together. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Dan’s 1987 Pontiac Formula Firebird

Top down | Dan Groppenbecker photos
Top down | Dan Groppenbecker photos

I had a 1988 Pontiac Formula Firebird when was a young man, but we live in a city where there are many hills and rear-wheel drive is not ideal. It was my everyday driver and I had to sell to get a front wheel-drive car. Continue reading

Mecum collector-car auction in Chicago surpasses $13 million

The 1961 Chevy Corvette Big Brake Fuelie crosses the block at the Mecum Chicago auction | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1961 Chevy Corvette Big Brake Fuelie crosses the block at the Mecum Chicago auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum sold more than $13 million worth of collector cars during its three-day Chicago auction, held October 8-10, as 494 vehicles went to new owners. Continue reading