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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Monday
Jun262017

Pontiac Firebird 400

By Vern Parker

When this 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 rolled out of the Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant it had a base price of $2,666.

The original owner of the yellow car is unknown but the evidence he left behind indicates that the car was extensively used by the time the second owner took possession.

The second owner was a high school friend of Jim Rogers and neither one of them was interested in returning the Pontiac to its former glory.  Every time Rogers went to visit his friend the mother. obviously tiring of the Pontiac taking up space would attempt to sell it to Rogers.

 

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Monday
May222017

2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Redefining a Classic

By Ted Orme

Why review a new minivan on a website dedicated to classic cars? We’ve never surveyed our readers but I think I can safely say they are pretty far removed from the traditional “soccer mom” minivan demographic. But for those who appreciate watershed vehicles that forever altered the direction of the auto industry, the minivan is a classic.

I was at the introduction of the 1984 Chrysler minivan, also sold then by the Dodge and Plymouth brands. I was blown away. Not by its paltry performance and certainly not by its shoebox shape, but by the raw ingenuity of design. This unique vehicle would ultimately transform the whole notion and evolution of the family vehicle.

 

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Monday
Apr242017

1953 Mercury Monterey

By Vern Parker

The last thing Gerry Dick thought he would be doing later that spring day in 2012 would be driving home in a 1953 Mercury Monterey two-door hardtop coupe.

Dick had agreed to accompany a friend to an antique car event about 100 miles from his Lottsburg, Virginia home. While at the event Dick spotted a yellow 1953 Mercury that was on display but not for sale. He jokingly asked the owner when he was going to sell him the car.

“Today,” came the unexpected answer.

Dick saw the spectacular condition of the car and was told the Mercury had undergone a thorough restoration two or three owners before.

He bought the car without even starting the 255.4-cubic-inch flathead V-8 engine and drove it home.

 

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Wednesday
Apr122017

1939 Plymouth Coupe

By Vern Parker

While growing up in southeastern Ohio during the late 1940s and early 1950s Jerry Norris learned a lot about old cars from his father.

"My dad and his friends were driving Super and Modified Stock cars," Norris remembers.  The favored cars they would soup-up for racing were coupes from the 1930s, a fact not lost on young Norris.

"I always had it in the back of my mind to own my own 1930s Coupe someday," Norris says.  He was not shy about wanting  such a car with others.  In the spring of 1978 the long search ended when he was tipped off about a 1939 Plymouth coupe near his home in California.

After purchasing the car he nursed it home and began taking inventory.

 

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