Thursday
Jan122017

1950 MG TD

By Vern Parker

Many American servicemen who were stationed in Europe after World War II became enamored of the British built MG sports cars.

Records indicate that an American airman stationed in Germany ordered a 1949 MG TC.  While anxiously awaiting his new car he was informed that 1949 production had ended.  He was then offered a 1950 right hand drive MG TD that had initially been built for the British market.

That deal appealed to the American who then took the sports car with him to his various assignments around the world until he retired.

 

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Tuesday
Dec062016

1959 Triumph TR3A

By Vern Parker

Tom Quinlan clearly recalls the very used dark green 1959 Triumph TR3A that his older brother, George, purchased in 1970.

The British sports car had seen better days but it was affordable.  A few years later the car was put away in storage when it was replaced by a newer, less used, car. There it languished in upstate New York until 1988 when Quinlan's brother decided to breathe new life into the Triumph.

As the rebuilding and associated overhauling progressed Quinlan began to take interest in the car that his brother was renewing in Buffalo, New York.

 

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Friday
Oct072016

1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk

By Vern Parker

Soon after Studebaker and Packard joined in an unlikely alliance in the mid-1950s the effort to survive began.  

Talented designer Raymond Loewy did a lot with a little and for the 1956 model year created a masterpiece, the stylish Golden Hawk.

"Even in my teens I wanted one," Paul Delaney says.  "However, the opportunity never presented itself," he laments.

Half a century passed but the long ago memory of that 1956 Golden Hawk lingered on but since only a total of 4,071 were built he knew the chances of finding one were almost nonexistent.

While thumbing through an antique car magazine in the summer of 2015 he was surprised to see a  1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk for sale.

 

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Monday
Oct032016

1969 Datsun 240Z

By Vern Parker

Nissan was Datsun in 1969 when the 240Z was introduced in the United States.  The sleek hatchback car was an instant success and one such model caught the eye of a graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

He purchased the 240Z and took it with him on his various assignments around the world.

After racking up about 215,000 miles on the car the initial owner died and his sister inherited his  well-worn car.

Having no use for the car she advertised it for sale.

That is when Mark Gibson entered the picture.  It was a cold day in January 2015, Gibson remembers, when he went to Dumfries in Virginia where the 16-foot, 6.75-inch-long 240Z was located.

 

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Friday
Sep302016

1934 Pierce-Arrow

By Vern Parker

More than 100 years ago, as horseless carriages were being introduced to the American motoring public, hundreds of automobiles were produced by hundreds of car companies.

Since nobody knew what a car should look like the variety of cars seemed endless.  Some cars appealed to the practical buyer while other models were plush and aimed to attract the attention of the affluent motorists.

After a few years the various car companies sorted out where they each fit in the hierarchy of the automobile world.

 The top tier of automobiles soon was dominated by three separate manufacturers.  The names of the three all started with the letter "P" and they came to be known as the prestige three.

Peerless built cars from 1900 to 1931 while Packard was in business from 1899 to 1958.  Pierce-Arrow sold cars from 1901 to 1938.

 

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