My buddy and I drove 18,000 miles round the USA last summer, 4000 miles of it in a 1972 Pontiac Catalina Safari station wagon I bought on eBay from a dealer in Peru, Illinois. Continue reading
I’ve spent far longer then I care to admit staring at the Pick of the Day car, a 1968 Pontiac Firebird, trying to think of something smart and interesting to say about it, but I keep coming back to the same basic things.
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
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
‘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!”
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
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.
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
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 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