The beginning of WW II signaled the end of the coach built industry. If they survived, coach builders, like everyone else converted to working for the US Government in support of the war effort. Coming across a Rollson Convertible Limousine from 1941 is in fact a very rare occurrence. It was probably among the last of its kind. Today’s find is a ‘one off’ custom body by Rollson on Packard’s longest wheelbase in 1941. It is big – Dusenberg big. The odometer 27,010 and is believed to be correct. Read More
Car production in England was at a standstill during the war. That’s not surprising information. After the war, the Rover Car Company wanted to get back to building cars but raw materials were scarce. So they decided to build a simple vehicle based on a JEEP chassis that could be used on a working farm or some industrial capacity. Read More
A Mint friend and collector is offering for sale a complete collection of Automobile Quarterly Books. We must emphasize complete. We are talking Issue #1 until present day. And these aren’t some “stored in a moldy garage” AQs. These are well cared for and in excellent condition. A little history (courtesy of Wikipedia) of the publication and why this is an important opportunity.
Automobile Quarterly is a hardbound, advertising-free periodical publication that started in Spring 1962 with the sub-title “The Connoisseur’s Magazine of Motoring Today, Yesterday, and Tomorrow” or in the words of the founder—”a cross between The New Yorker and Encyclopaedia Britannica in the world of auto mania”. The founder and first editor was L. Scott Bailey working from offices in New York City. In 1963, an “office of publication” was opened in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, which operated first as Automobile Quarterly, Inc. Bailey retired to live in the English Cotswolds and CBS Magazines purchased Automobile Quarterly in 1986 selling the magazine to Kutztown Publishing in 1988. In October 2000, Kutztown Publishing was sold to a newly formed company, Automobile Heritage Publishing & Communications, LLC, and relocated to New Albany, Indiana.
The publication has been well known for quality writing and photography about automobiles, personalities and related subjects.
Contact us directly if you have an interest in this collection.
Our title should not be confused with the age old tradition of kicking the odometer back a few thousand miles. Sadly a common practice back in the day. We apply that phrase to what you experience when you open up the door and get in this pristine, time capsule Firebird with a scant 2,600 original miles. We sometimes call cars like this “reference cars’. We do that because restorers, concours judges can use a fine specimen like this to know what is correct on a particular model. Read More
The Germans had The People’s Car and the French had the Toute Petite Voiture. Both survive to this day albeit in somewhat modernized form. The first prototypes of the Petite Voiture were ready in 1938 but WW II got in the way of just about everything French.We had to wait until the Paris Auto Salon in 1948 for the public introduction. Now dubbed the 2CV for 2 horses – the funny scale for power the French used back then. Read More
General Motors banned racing involvement in 1963 severely hampering their ability to promote high performance vehicles. The engineers and marketing folks in the Pontiac Division knew they had to wage war against Ford’s Mustang and how they were going to do that became a big topic of conversation around the water cooler. They decided to do battle on the street. There are 3 fathers of what would become the GTO – Russell Gee, Bill Collins and John DeLorean. DeLorean is credited with selecting the name. At first, it was an option package for the redesigned Tempest. It was very successful. No matter how Pontiac pushed the international sounding GTO name, loyal followers called it the Goat. Go figure. Read More
Pininfarina designed some lovely Spiders for Fiat and the 124 is probably the nicest. The 124 Spider/Coupe was a lower price and lower performance alternative to Alfa Romeo. When introduced in 1966, the car sported a 1500 cc DOHC four-cylinder engine that over the years went up and down in displacement several times. Most of the cars sold in the U.S.were equipped with a single Weber carburetor. What a sweet little engine it is. Read More
The Ford F100 was one of the best selling vehicles for Ford. And 47 years later, this truck is still demand. This find is a ’66 Ford F100 with a straight 6 cyl, 4 speed manual transmission and get this – 20,000 original miles. The truck was purchased new in Potter Valley, CA. The Ford was delivered to the original owner’s ranch and never left. It sat for much of its life so the seller had to do some serious mechanical work to make it roadworthy. There is a rebuilt the cylinder head, hardened valve seats, all new valve seals and springs. Read More
Some of the world’s greatest cars are happy accidents. The BMW 2002 is one of them. Helmut Bönsch, BMW’s director of product planning, and Alex von Falkenhausen, designer of the M10 engine, each had a two litre engine installed in a 1600-2 for their personal use. When they realized they had both made the same modification to their own cars, they prepared a joint proposal to BMW’s board to manufacture a two litre version of the 1600-2. Read More
What can you say about a Citroen DS 21 other than it is so very cool. When the aerodynamic Citroen DS was introduced at the 1955 Paris Auto Show, it was proclaimed as the most advanced car in the world. In many regards it still is. The hydro-pneumatic suspension, was powered by an engine pump to an impressive 2,200 psi and this one system, raised the car as high as 10 inches through a lever inside. It also shifted the gears as fast as a twin-clutch setup and ran the power steering and power disc brakes, which were so sensitive that the pedal was replaced by a small button on the floor. The secret of the suspension was the nitrogen spheres, which were interconnected by the hydraulic system to function as springs. Read More
The Ford Eifels were built in Germany and Hungary from 1935-’39 and bodies were built by many European coach builders. They really look similar to American Fords of the same era, but the bodies are scaled down and are about the size of an American Bantam. Naturally they were powered by a Ford 1172cc side-valve four-cylinder engine mounted in a Ford Model C chassis and a majority of the model run was produced in Köln, Germany. Several body styles were offered: two-door saloon, four-door, and roadster. Read More
You have to read this story. If you are a big Chevy fan, you’ll be booking a plane ticket to Nebraska in September 27-29. Or maybe just ride along in the empty car carrier you are sending. Over 500 cars stored by the dealership owners including some pretty interesting cars – with less than 5 miles on the odometer. Read all about it by clicking here. Thanks to Eric U. for the heads-up.
The entry level Porsche is really coming on strong in the collector car hobby. But will it really be an important “collectible”? We think not. What it is is a really neat vintage Porsche that is fun to drive, great to look at and easier to maintain than its 6-cylinder stablemate. Read More
This is more like it. Make a 912 as much fun as possible and you will have a giant smile on your face whenever you get behind the wheel. The Polo Red car above would probably be driven by a chap with a tweed hat. The Viper Green in this offering would be Paul Newman’s choice. Read More
The seller states that he is an Italian car collector and is paring down to pursue other interests. We think that is a good thing. For the cars at least. We say let the Alfas go to someone who will use them. Today’s find is the last year that the US market was treated to Coupes in this beautiful Bertone design. Read More