Wednesday
Aug092017

1967 Volkswagen

By Vern Parker

For years after a Navy commander purchased a 1967 Volkswagen for his daughter he took the car to master technician Bob Burgess for regular maintenance and needed repairs.

In the spring of 1991, after 74,000 miles, a number of parts on the car simultaneously worn out.

When Burgess gave the Navy officer the bad news he recalls the commander said he did not want to spend any more money on the car and he was going to sell the VW.

 

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Monday
Jul312017

2018 Hyundai Sonata: Back in the Game

By Ted Orme

That applies to the car and the writer. By the luck of the draw at a local press introduction of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Hybrid, I was one of two lucky Washington Automotive Press Association members drawn from a hat to attend the introduction of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata at the luxurious Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California in July. “Yes, yes, oh boy,” was my response. 

Back in the day, when I was an active freelance auto writer, I attended many a “long-lead” new model launches in exotic locales. But I had to step away from that wonderful life to make a living. I took a real job and the junketing ended. So, after a lengthy absence, it was a very happy Teddy that boarded that flight to La Jolla to get back in the game.

For the next couple of days, over windy roads that that led us within sight of the border wall with Mexico and through a Border Patrol checkpoint to make sure we had no illegals in the back seat, we got to flog the thoroughly revised Sonata, which is also looking to get back in the game.

 

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Tuesday
Jul182017

1967 Corvette Sting Ray

By Vern Parker

Jose Rodriguez says he has long been enamored by General Motors products, especially Corvettes.

As the years passed he became more discerning and found himself especially attracted to the 1966 and 1967 model Corvettes.  Of course locating such a Corvette model in excellent condition proved to be a daunting task.

Nevertheless, Rodriguez pesisted, remaining alert for his dream car.  Then one day in 2014 he saw an ad offering a restored 1967 Corvette coupe for sale not too far from his home in northern Virginia.

 

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Monday
Jul172017

1936 Ford Deluxe Cabriolet

By Vern Parker

The restored 1936 Ford Deluxe Cabriolet seemed to call out to Keith Randall at an antique automobile auction he was attending in Pennsylvania.

Even though Randall had no intention of bidding on the car he could not resist the appeal of the Cordoba Tan Ford with the Poppy Red pin stripes.  Consequently Randall soon became the new owner of the car in October 2015.

Some of the history that came with the car indicated that in 1988 it was purchased as a basket case in Miami, Florida.

For the next four years a shop in Homasassa, Florida performed a frame off restoration on the Ford.  Upon completion the owner took the like new car on the "show circuit".  "He chose to show the car rather than drive it," Randall says.

 

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Friday
Jul142017

Studebaker Champions

By Bill Tricarico

To fully understand the critical importance of the 1939-40-41 Champions to the very survival of the Studebaker Corporation and its impact on the auto industry, it may help to review the history of the era.

In the mid-1930’s, the Great Depression is in full swing, Buick is winning the prestige market by a large margin, and the car-buying public is demanding value for its sparse dollars. Studebaker, following weak sales in 1938, introduces the aptly-named Champion, designed from a “clean sheet,” not utilizing older parts, to be one of the lightest and most fuel efficient cars of its time.

 

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