1966 Chevrolet Corvair homecoming – 2018 summary report

Loading the newly acquired 1965 donor car onto the flatbed. Photos by author.

I very nearly gave up.

After the fiasco with the blaster destroyed some important parts of the Corvair, and revealed some really serious problems with it that the previous owner had covered up with large globs of Bondo, there was a point when I didn’t do anything with the car, and thought seriously about just abandoning the entire effort. Read More

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1969 Volvo 164

Restored 1969 Volvo 164 for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description:

This pristine, professionally restored 164 model is, as it would have looked the day it left the dealership. The highest quality 164s are rarely seen on the open market, and seldom in this outstanding condition. The owner, a retired academic professional, is reluctantly selling this “time capsule,” having treated it like a member of the family for many years. The car has always been garaged, never driven in the winter, waxed regularly and maintained religiously. It was inspected this week, prior to listing for sale, by a Volvo service technician to confirm the mechanicals were in good operating order. Read More

Five predictions for the collector car hobby in 2019 – and a few more for the car business

Photo by Marco Verch.

We can’t remember a year — at least in recent memory — that we were happier to see in the rearview mirror than 2018. From an automotive news perspective, it was the “dog’s breakfast,” a partially digestible amalgam of scraps, with very few tasty bits. Time, then, to dust off the crystal ball, and peer into what we hope is a slightly more optimistic 2019. Read More

VIDEO: Watch the most unique donut you’ll see all day!

When we first heard of the automotive-centric series that our cousins up the hill at Condé Nast Entertainment had sold to Netflix, we were admittedly a little skeptical. “A drag race elimination show between ‘sleepers’ and exotics? Meh…”

But then we actually watched the first episode of the first season of Fastest Car and were completely hooked. It was the first time we’d seen a show — a show not only based on cars, but a contest-style show, at that — that was actually GOOD. It’s a show, in the Car Talk-ian tradition, that’s “a little about cars.” It’s more of a cultural spin on cars because the real story is behind them, in the owners. And, on top of that, it’s actually produced well. Read More

History revealed: a 1,000-percent setback!

A little blurry, but check out this old snapshot: a radical ’51 Henry J on what looks like a homemade trailer behind a ’64 Galaxie at a dragstrip of Olden Tymes. If this isn’t the stuff bucket lists are made of, we just don’t know what is. And we have questions…

  1. Are those lightening holes in the decklid or were they punched to let air flow through what’s left of that body?
  2. That slot cut in the driver’s door above the rocker: fenderwell headers that need an exit strategy?
  3. Engine setback: Does that look like more than (what we thought was the legal limit of) 25 percent?
  4. That stack injection: so, so cool, but what’s it on top of? Which leads us to our next question…
  5. What motor might that be in the J? We know it’s not a Ford 223 ‘liner, but what is it? Which also leads to…
  6. Door paint: Class B Altered division is easy enough, but the “223?” Assuming it’s not engine displacement, is it just a chosen number or is it a region number followed by owner’s choice?
  7. Where is this old strip? Looks like winter somewhere east of California, by the snow tires on the Galaxie and lack of leaves on all those deciduous trees, but anyone know where it might be? And if it still exists?
  8. And, the biggie: Who owned and ran this car? Is it still around? Could that entire rig be resting under a tarp in a barn somewhere? Could we completely freak out, cash in that savings bond we got from Grandma, and go plead our case with the owner of said barn who won’t sell it because “I’ll get around to it someday…”?

Don’t let us down, Hemmings Nation — We know someone out there has all the details of this frozen moment in time! Read More

Your license plate story, part three

The 1907 Thomas Flyer won the 1908 New York to Paris Race, and a recreation of its leather license plate is currently on display at the Western New York Welcome Center in Grand Island. Photo courtesy Jeff Mahl.

Preserving, displaying, or using license plates from long-since-sold family cars or our own past rides can foster warm memories, but there are also many other reasons to collect them. What better way is there to learn more than to get the inside stories and photos directly from Hemmings Daily readers? Read More

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE

From the seller’s description:

Here is a very beautiful 1972 Mercedes Benz 280 SE. Finished in a very nice grey exterior on top of a black interior this sedan looks great. Both interior and exterior this Mercedes is well preserved. This car has a classic and elegant style which makes for a great cruiser. This Mercedes reads 78,732 and comes with loads of documentation including maintenance logs, early gas and service receipts, original Becker Radio manual, all of the books, and more. The interior is in great original condition with some petina to the woodwork. The exterior also has some patina but shows very well for its age and shows no signs of rust or accident repair. The whole vehicle was fully gone through mechanically and starts right up and shifts as smooth as ever. Read More

After 12-car donation, Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation seeks to expand its museum

Photo courtesy Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation.

At about 4,000 square feet, the Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation’s museum has only enough floor space for about a quarter of its collection. But it does have plenty of wall space, so the foundation plans to start hanging some lighter vehicles from the walls, including one of a dozen that the Petersen Automotive Museum recently gifted to the foundation. Read More

Remembering those we lost in 2018

Dan Gurney prepares to climb aboard the winning Ford GT40 Mk IV at Le Mans in 1967. Photo courtesy Ford Motor Company.

Some were artists, who challenged our perspective or took us to worlds far better than our own. Some showed us what was possible on a highway or a racetrack, only to continue to raise the bar higher, and then, higher still. For those of us at Hemmings, some were part of our family, making this one of the tougher years in recent memory. Though we said goodbye to many notables in 2018, none will be forgotten, and living on through the memories of others is the closest any of us get to immortality. Read More

Reminiscing – a Bronx tale

Photo courtesy Stephen Klein.

[Editor’s note: This “Reminiscing” story, edited by Richard Lentinello, comes to us from Hemmings Classic Car reader Stephen Klein of Forest Hills, New York.]

My life has evolved around cars; I’ve always been hooked on the things. I was a city kid, born in 1943 in the Bronx, New York. My earliest recollections are of my father’s Dodge. It was probably a 1947 or ’48, in some unassuming postwar color like grey or dark blue. The interior was mohair and, like a lot of cars of the day, it smelled like a combination of old lady and ashtray. My dad’s only vice was El Producto Bouquet cigars at two for a quarter. His car’s interior, along with his winter coats, smelled really awful when wet. I enjoyed riding around in the front of the Dodge and looking at the dash that was painted metal but looked pretty much like wood. I especially liked to hold on to the hand hoops in the back that hung down near the rear seat, though they were quite a reach away for me. Read More

Motorcycle Cannonball releases its 2020 route, opens registration

2020 Motorcycle Cannonball route. Photos courtesy Motorcycle Cannonball.

Jason Sims, director of the Motorcycle Cannonball announced on Sunday that the route for the 2020 Cannonball will begin in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and end in South Padre Island, Texas, with stops along the way at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Additional overnight venues include Traverse City, Michigan; Maggie Valley, North Carolina; Arkadelphia, Arkansas; and Luckenbach, Texas. Read More

How have the mighty fallen?

Circa 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II spotted south of Molalla, Oregon, on OR 213 on a recent drive. Photos by author.

The usual junkers parked beside the roads, with “For Sale” signs in the windows seldom get a second look as I go driving by. This one caused me to snap my head around as though I couldn’t quite believe what I had momentarily seen. It required a stop for photos. Read More

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1958 Volkswagen Alken D2 roadster

From the seller’s description:

1958 Volkswagen Alken D2 Roadster, The 1958 Alken Roadster was developed by some Aerospace Engineers for the VW chassis in Venice California. Maybe 25 cars in total were made. This exact car appeared in a R&T test in November of 1958. While Alkens had several options, this one did not have rollup windows or a top. It has front opening doors (suicide doors) and a tonneau cover for the cockpit. I have extensive research on the car. It appeared in about 12 magazines in the late 50s. Through research, I have located several of the black and white photos from the original photo shoot, uncovered 4 cars, and fully documented the restoration. This Alken was used as one of two publicity cars to launch the Alken Corporation. It was fully assembled in their shop and included accessories like aluminum trim on the bumpers, and modified wiper mechanism. The body was marketed for $1500 which was very expensive. The fiberglass construction is very thick and a system of stiffening bulk heads throughout the design make for a very solid construction. One Alken was raced at Riverside California to further show off it capabilities. After the launch, the two Alken show cars were sold to Nic-L-Silver battery and were converted to electric cars in 1959. Nic-L-Silver had the idea then that battery power would help sell cars and batteries. While their program was short lived, the Alkens were stored in a warehouse for 25 years which protected them and allowed them to survive. During the restoration a 1958 Porsche was used for the driveline. The engine, transmission, brakes, drums, rims and ignition were all used to power the Alken as you see it today. All items used during the rebuild were period correct. A dash logo was created form the original brochure and 3D printed in stainless to highlight the name of the Alken. It was a replica of the Porsche Speedster dash logo. The car drives and shows well at concours events. I can provide links to the extensive work done to bring the 1958 Alken D2 back to life. Read More

Display engine from 1964-’65 NY World’s Fair illustrates a (short) chapter in Corvette history

1965 Chevrolet Corvette 396 Turbo-Jet V-8. Photos courtesy Barrett-Jackson.

For a brief moment, the 425-horsepower Mark IV 396-cu.in. V-8 was top dog of available Corvette engines, producing higher output for less money than the fabled Rochester fuel-injected 327. To highlight the features of its new-for-1965 396, Chevrolet even created a cutaway display version for GM’s Futurama Pavillion at the 1964-’65 New York World’s Fair, but, by the time the engine made the stage, it was already obsolete. One of two built for the Futurama display, this recently restored 1965 Chevrolet Corvette cutaway 396 Turbo-Jet will cross the auction block in January, part of Barrett-Jackson’s 2019 Scottsdale, Arizona, sale. Read More

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1980 BMW 633CSi

Unrestored, two-owner 1980 BMW 633CSi for sale on Hemmings.com. from the seller’s description:

I am a private seller of this E24. I bought this beautiful BMW from the original owner who purchased the car new for $32,000 in 1979. This one of a kind car has never been modified or changed in anyway since it was build. The 633CSI is a four speed with the original M30B32 six cylinder engine with the Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection this engine produces 194 HP at 5500 rpm. For its entire life this car has been stored in a temperature controlled environment. It was driven sparingly and has accumulated only 62,000 original miles. There are no mechanical issues with this E24, and it literally can be driven anywhere. The interior is in mint condition with the only issue being one rear deck speaker surround is starting to peel. The lights, wipers, horn heat and air conditioning and rear defroster all function flawlessly. Power windows work like new. All the seat adjusters work perfectly as well. Radio and tape works but the factory power antenna no longer extends. Mechanically this car starts right up, Idles smoothly with no abnormal engines noises. I recently had two new fuel pumps installed. The car accelerated smoothly without any hesitation. It shifts absolutely flawlessly with a great clutch. Brakes and emergency brake are in excellent shape. Tires have 1500 miles on them. There is the original matching rim and tire as well as the original tool kit in the trunk. Overall this is an almost pristine example of the rapidly appreciating E24 – it has been driven 62,000 so there are the expected small scratches, and minor signs of wear. Read More

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1962 Pontiac Catalina

Unrestored 1962 Pontiac Catalina with Ventura Custom trim package for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description:

Unmoslested survivor, second owner. First owner lived in San Jose CA. 2 DR HT, PS,PB, AT, Dual Exhaust. Super Delux AM radio, tinted glass. Engine rebuilt and trans overhauled at approx. 120,000 miles.Californina car except for last 4 + years. Always garaged by first owner and me. No rust, never driven in snow. Original paint, good interior. Many new brake, steering and suspension parts etc in 2018. Car is in PA. Read More

Yes, Bob Marley worked in a car factory. No, David Bowie didn’t.

Bob Marley in 1973. Photo by Arthur Gorson, courtesy BobMarley.com.

Some would argue that what an artist or musician does or says off the stage should have no bearing whatsoever on their legacy and that they should be judged based on their bodies of work alone. This is patently false, unless one cares to argue that art and music spring fully formed in a vacuum and that context is irrelevant. That said, let’s explore one tiny niche relevant to artistic context: that of the musicians who worked in automobile factories. Read More

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1963 Dodge 330 hearse/ambulance

Mechanically refurbished 1963 Dodge 330 hearse/ambulance for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description:

This is a rare original California car. We purchased this car in Marin County California several years ago. The original California title is still under the name of a mortuary/cemetary in Marin County. Partial restoration completed (mechanical only) and it runs and drives good. Correct poly 318V8 and automatic. This is really a rare and unique car that needs completion. We believe this was possibly a county coroner’s vehicle when it was new. Read More

RADwood makes its way to Cleveland – as a museum exhibit

Image courtesy Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum.

In its short history, RADwood — the immersive show dedicated to cars, fashion, and music from the 1980s and 1990s — has expanded from a single event to an established brand with an entire schedule of shows in three countries. Cleveland has yet to make that schedule, but next month will host the first museum exhibit dedicated to what’s rapidly becoming known as the RADwood era. Read More

A smoother Knobbly – the 1959 SCCA Championship-winning Costin-bodied Lister-Jaguar

Frank Costin-bodied 1959 Lister-Jaguar. Photos courtesy Bonhams Auctions.

The 1958 Lister-Jaguar — known as the “Knobbly” for its bumpy bodywork — was a fine sports racer, competitive enough to deliver an SCCA National Championship for Team Cunningham driver Walt Hansgen. Aeronautical engineer Frank Costin believed he could make a good car even better, and the result was the less-knobbly 1959 Lister Jaguar. Chassis BHL123, a Costin-bodied 1959 Lister-Jaguar raced by Stirling Moss and Ivor Bueb at Sebring in 1959 and driven to a second championship in as many years by Hansgen, is set to cross the auction stage in Arizona next January, part of Bonhams’ annual Scottsdale sale. Read More

The mystery ’58

Full disclosure: We spend the wee hours of too many Sunday mornings at the local swap meet, digging through piles of old photographs, hoping that we’ll stumble across THIS. And, while that’s actually happened maybe once or twice in 20 years, the interwebs cough up enough epic shots like this one to keep us out there before church most Sundays. Read More

Video: Vintage two-stick master!

Look, we’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Gearheads cannot live on muscle cars alone. And it’s in that continuing vein that we bring you this week’s departure from the usual muscle car fare.

Shifting gears — one of the great talents that, while not exclusive to muscle cars, certainly separates the drivers from the passengers. If you can drive anything with a manual transmission, the world is just so much easier to navigate. But in the world of Stick, things can get complicated. Ever drive an old two-stick truck? How about a three-stick? Read More

Bridges of Size: Multiple looks using the same photo background elements

Photography by author.

The National Impala Association Convention held in Dayton, Ohio, this past summer offered an impressive display of high-quality feature opportunities for Hemmings Muscle Machines and Hemmings Classic Car magazines.

Finding locations to photograph these cars proved to be more of a challenge, however, since I was attempting to get away from green tree backdrops if possible. Consequently, I did some experimenting with bridges since this area of Dayton had a few. Read More

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1973 Ford Courier pickup

From the seller’s description:

1973 Ford Courier with 23,000 Documented original miles….absolutely rust free Calirornia truck…newer chrome and original color yellow/gold paint…black interior with 15 inch wheels and dog dish hubcaps…truck is in outstanding condition and serviced 500 miles ago…the 1.8 liter engine is unmodified with original smog equipment in place…truck has nearly perfect paint and shows extremely well….4 wheel drum brakes are in good condition and stops well…..steering wheel and dash are solid and crack free…..4 speed trans. shifts perfect and all switches and gauges operate properly…..this has got to be one pf the finest examples you could find !! Read More

A one-off race car in street car clothing: Mercury’s 1980 Cosworth Capri

1980 Mercury Cosworth Capri. Photos by David Newhardt, courtesy Mecum Auctions.

After a one-year absence, the Capri returned to Mercury dealers in 1979, this time as a badge-engineered Fox-body Ford Mustang. To promote the model’s sporty nature and highlight the performance potential of a four-cylinder engine, Mercury borrowed a page from Ford’s playbook, building a race car-inspired, Cosworth-powered show car. Never considered for production, just one 1980 Mercury Cosworth Capri was built, and on January 12, this unique piece of Ford history will cross the auction block, part of the Waterford Collection at Mecum’s 2019 Kissimmee, Florida, sale. Read More

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1962 Studebaker GT Hawk

Restored 1962 Studebaker Hawk GT for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description:

Body restored 10 years ago by previous owner (I have their progress photos), and I updated this 5 years ago with extensive professional mechanical rebuild including engine compartment repainting, full engine (late 62 289 V8 with full flow filter) and transmission rebuild, alternator conversion, new Edelbrock 4 barrel carb, new front wiring harness, and rebuilds to power brake booster, starter, radiator, power steering and bellcrank. Interior is good with some older restoration. Runs and drives well, and many new parts included. Still needs some fussing, but a solid driver now. Less than 500 miles since mechanical rebuild. Read More

Challenger 2 joins its namesake for the first time ever at World of Speed Museum

Photos courtesy World of Speed Motorsports Museum.

We’ve written a bunch in recent years about the trials, tribulations, and, ultimately, triumphs that Danny Thompson and his Challenger 2 crew experienced while setting the record for the fastest piston-driven vehicle on land. Now, with that record-breaking car retired, for the first time ever both the Challenger 1 and Challenger 2, cars originally built by his father, Mickey Thompson, are on display together at the World of Speed Motorsports Museum in Wilsonville, Oregon. Read More

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1967 Plymouth Belvedere I

Cop car clone 1967 Plymouth Belvedere I for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description:

This is an original California car. A Plymouth Belvedere I is rare to find in original condition, especially with a V8. This car is equipped with a 273 V8 engine and automatic transmission. The car has less than 80k original miles. I purchased the car from the original owner about 14 years ago. I then sold the car to a friend, and recently bought it back. Read More

Bloodhound SSC project back on after purchase

Rendering courtesy Bloodhound SSC.

Never say never, apparently. Just 10 days after the administrators in charge of the Bloodhound SSC world land-speed effort announced they were scrapping the project for lack of a buyer, one has apparently emerged and has expressed a willingness to continue the project’s quest for 1,000 mph. Read More

Tupelo Automobile Museum to close, sell off collection

Tupelo Automobile Museum. Photos by Stephen Mancuso.

Opened in 2002, the Tupelo Automobile Museum in Tupelo, Mississippi, was the dream of broadcast entrepreneur Frank K. Spain, who began collecting cars in 1974. Spain died in 2006, and the museum has remained in operation since, with his widow, Jane, serving as curator. That changes in 2019, when the facility will close its doors and sell its automotive holdings in a no-reserve Bonhams auction, with all proceeds going to fund an education-focused charity. Read More

Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car content to appear in Hemmings Classic Car

1968 Triumph TR250. Photograph by Terry Shea.

In 2017, Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car halted publication with the May issue. After a 12-year run, it was a difficult — but necessary — decision to make, and we continue to receive reader feedback on the beloved magazine’s closure. With that in mind, we have a bit of good news to report: Beginning with the March 2019 issue of Hemmings Classic Car, we’ll incorporate a limited amount of foreign and import car coverage within its pages, at least on a trial basis. Read More

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1972 Pontiac Ventura

Pro Touring 1972 Pontiac Ventura for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description:

underwent a 3-1/2 year build with the goal of a comfortable Pro touring car that replicated the Trans Am race cars of the late 60’s. No bolt left unturned on this build. 400 Stroked to 455 with Eagle iron Crank. Fully balanced rotating assembly. Cowl induction Nascar style air cleaner. Electronic Ignition. Ram Air IV exhaust manifolds into ceramic coated Nascar style side exit oval exhaust. Legend 700 5 speed manual transmission with overdrive. 10 Bolt differential fully rebuilt with upgraded axles and Eaton 3.23 posi Traction,. “Detroit Speed” Quadralink rear suspension. Adjustable coil overs on all 4 corners. Huge sway bars front and back. Quick ratio power steering(This car would be great at Goodguys Autocross). CPP Power brakes with huge 13″ rotors up front and 11″ in the rears. Tubular front suspension components. Centerline 17″ wheels custom made without logos and powdercoated satin gold. Show quality paint and body in “Voodoo Blue.” Laser straight, excellent gaps, fully sanded and buffed. Custom mods to body include shaved drip rails and 69 trans am taillights. Custom aluminum spoilers were fabricated front and back. All new Glass and seals. Scat Bucket seats with Crow 5 point harnesses. Custom rubber floor mats for the “minimalist” look. Tons of sound deadening. Factory AC upgraded to R134A and blows cold. Featured in Car Craft Magazine in 2016. Took an award at the Detroit Autorama, an invite only show, in 2015. Read More

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