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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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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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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1941 Cadillac

By Vern Parker

Prior to World War II most American automobile manufacturers were not particularly interested in making their products streamlined or fuel efficient.  Producing luxury cars in that era meant making them heavy for a smooth ride and spacious for passenger comfort.

Cadillac introduced a series 62 model in 1941.  One of the fastback four-door sedan models left the factory wearing a two-tone coat of paint labeled Fair Oaks over El Centro separated by Ivory pinstriping.

The handsome Cadillac was sent to the Scott-Smith Cadillac dealership in Philadelphia.  With a base price of $1,495  the car was snatched up by a local resident and for the next several decades the Cadillac was to be seen in and around the Philadelphia area.


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Jeep Celebrates 75 … and so do I



944 Willys-Overland “Jeep” MB, 1945 Willys-Overland Jeep CJ-2A, 1949 Willys-Overland Jeep Station Wagon, 1963 Jeep Wagoneer, 1984 Jeep Cherokee, 1987 Jeep Wrangler and 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee PHOTO BY JEEP

By Ted Orme

I’ve always had a great affinity for Jeeps. I was less than a month old when the first Jeep rolled off the Willys-Overland assembly line on July 15, 1941. As we both celebrate our 75th year, it’s time to again pay tribute to a true American icon and hero, the Jeep that is.

Whether the name derived from a character in the Popeye comic strip, Eugene the Jeep, or was a slurred designation GP (for Government Purposes or General Purpose) – the two main theories – the name Jeep stuck and evolved into a long line of CJ and Wrangler series that still dominate the Rubicon Trail.

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