Okay, we get that it looks pretty horrible right now but if you were looking for a restoration project, isn’t this the way you want to start? There is no hiding anything when you have original paint on the car no matter how blasted it is. So we think the body is probably pretty solid all the way around. The interior actually looks pretty decent although closer inspection will be the true test if that needs to be updated along with the body. Read More
The Eldorado Brougham was one man’s dream intended to play upon the fantasies of the American car-buying public. We are referring to GM’s styling boss, Harley J. Earl. To Earl, glitzy sold cars. Many of Earl’s designs had a lot more to do with playing to an audience than anything else. This was Cadillac’s response to the elegant Continental Mark 2. The Ford and GM cars had different philosophies: the Continetal, a formal 2-door and the Eldorado, a pillarless 4-door. The one thing they have in common is the astoundingly high price of $14,000 and the limited production. Like the Continental, profit was not the goal for the Eldorado Brougham. Read More
We come across these utilitarian Ford commercial vehicles on occasion. This one looks really special because of the condition. It still has the original 239 flat head V8 in good working order. All of the gauges are in operating condition too. We aren’t clear about the interior’s originality except we know the headliner is original. Read More
This may look like a run of the mill ’65 Mustang and you want to know what? It is. Except it has traveled only 33,000 miles since new. That is pretty amazing. The Mustang is equipped with the venerable 289 V8, 2-barrel or as they say in the early Mustang world, a “C-Code”. Two more barrels in the carb and it becomes an “A-Code”. It is also an automatic, so it isn’t the sportiest of any early Mustang. But there is a market for these cars particularly for aging gearheads who are tired of shifting. The 3-speed automatic isn’t a bad transmission after all. Read More
The new Continental was not intended to be the largest nor the most powerful automobile; rather, the most luxurious and elegant American car available, designed to recapture the spirit of the great classics of the prewar period—with prices to match. The Mark II’s inspiration was the celebrated V12-powered Lincoln Continentals of the 1940s. It was never to be known as a Lincoln but a separate division. However it was sold through Lincoln dealers and used many Lincoln parts. Go figure.The Continental was a very special car. The styling, done in-house by John Reinhart and engineered by Gordon Beuhrig, was devoid of excess chrome. It was almost European in design. And the cost at over $10,000 was equal to a Rolls or 2 Cadillacs. It was embraced by the Hollywood elite with Sinatra, Liz Taylor and Elvis on the list of owners. But this exclusivity came at a price. Ford was said to lose a $1000 for every car sold – and roughly 3,000 were sold. Half are said to survive including today’s example. Read More
This is a fairly rare surviving example of an early Corvair Spyder. It is the Monza, no doubt named after the Italian race track, and it is a 4-speed Turbo. Of course, as you can tell by the photo, it is also a convertible. One might say this version is the closest the early Corvair came to being a real Porsche. There were tweakers of this model and the most famous and probably most effective was built by John Fitch. It is hard to find a real Fitch-built Corvair. You could build one yourself by purchasing the parts direct from Fitch. Read More
Most of us have fond memories of riding in the back of a big American station wagon. It was fun in a weird sort of way. Today’s wagons, save for a few, have given way to the minivan. A smart decision from a packaging viewpoint but the magic was gone. Some of the older station wagons have real collector value and others are just fun and perhaps useful. Today’s find is the later. It is a fairly gigantic LTD wagon in very good condition. Read More
We like nice, original cars with a family history. This is one of those cars. Is it a hugely popular collectible car? No, but they do have a following. We would have other plans for it. The Hudson Jet series was actually quite successful back in the day. They sold well and had a good reputation albeit it looks a little frumpy. They were known to be comfortable, fuel-efficient (for the time) and nicely engineered. This one was in the family of the original owner until last year. The Jet has 38,xxx miles on it and the seller believes it is accurate. It is also an original paint car and we always find sort of remarkable. We would leave it just the way it is. Read More
In 1935, Packard introduced their extensively redesigned models with redesigned suspension, steering and more horsepower making the cars easier to drive and offering more comfort. The bodies were new too and included true “envelop” styling, designed as a whole, with body, hood, fenders, and running boards integrated into one design. 1937 saw the first major update to the new “senior” cars with the addition of front independent suspension utilizing coil springs and wishbones. Most of the Packard bodies were now built in-house, as the Great Depression had greatly reduced the custom coachwork craft. Read More
We love to feature these Armageddon-prepared vehicles when we come across them. This one wasn’t built for getting out of Dodge when the grid goes down but to rescue people trapped in a fire. That is a very noble thing for a truck to do (and the brave folks who drove it). So the Traveler has lots of cool stuff in it and on it. All kinds of vintage radios and blinking lights plus a working winch up front. Equipped with proper wheels and tires makes this one pretty unstoppable in the down and dirty. Of course it has a hi/lo transfer case a trailer hitch and its share of bumps and scrapes. But it has no rust to speak of. We think this will be a bargain and you won’t be able to build anything like this for the price. Buy it, benchmark the service needs and address any non-functioning issues they head for the hills. Click here for the listing. Photography courtesy of Shadow Man.
The Chrysler letter cars are among the most collectible big muscle cars of the era. The series began in 1955 with the 300 and continued in alphabetical order until 1965. By 1965, the Chrysler 300 letter brand had been diluted by all the various models offered as plain 300s. Chrysler ended production of the letter series with the 300L. The 300L sold quite well, with 2,405 hardtops and 440 convertibles but it did not hold the same magic as the more exclusive early cars. Today’s featured 300 Convertible is a special order car and is being sold by the son of the original owner.
We watched an episode of a TV show dedicated to discussing the top 10 pony/muscle car bargains with appreciation potential. Well, we weren’t surprised when Mustang’s stablemate, the Mercury Cougar, made the list. Frankly, we like Cougars but don’t often see them set up the way we like out pony cars– V8 with a manual floor shift. Bam! This one popped into our inbox. Read More
We love to find a “throw away” car that someone rescues and then lavishes immense amount of creativity on it. That is the case with this Dodge 330 Station Wagon. And with that said, it is even cooler to do that with a station wagon. These are clearly not historic vehicles unless equipped with the top of the line engines like the 426ci 4-barrel cars. Read More
The styling of the Gran Turismo was executed by the studio of Raymond Loewy. He went for a more Euro look but stole styling cues from some domestic competitors like the Thunderbird. The end result is a pretty handsome personal car that has endured the test of time. For 1962, a Hawk buyer could choose from either two or four-barrel carburetted versions of Studebaker’s 289-cubic-inch V8 engine (210 or 225 horsepower) teamed with standard three-speed manual, overdrive, four-speed or Flight-O-Matic automatic transmission. Today’s featured GT is a 289 4-barrel car with a 4-speed transmission. Read More
We were attracted to this one as soon as it hit our inbox for a number of reasons. It is absolutely the nicest GS400 we have seen in a long time. It also reminds us of our cousin’s Matador Red GS Convertible that her dad gave her back in ’71. It had come in on trade and she fell in love with it. Her dad was a Buick dealer so she got pretty lucky. This one is rare because it is a real Muncie 4-speed car. They built only 422 4-speed convertibles and that is rare in the muscle car world. And this is a serious muscle car with 330hp on tap. It has a 10-bolt rear with positraction to try to keep everything under control. Read More