Friday
Jul242009

1929 Ford Pickup

By Vern Parker

Ford Motor Co. built 77,917 Model A-based pickup trucks during the 1929 model year. Included in that total were both closed cab trucks and roadster pickups.

Windowless roadster pickups began the year selling for $445 but that price dropped to $430 by the end of the year.

A collector of antique vehicles in Falls Church, Va., ended up with one of the roadster pickups and about 20 years ago had it restored. Once the restoration was complete the truck rarely was used during the next 15 years.

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Friday
Jul242009

2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe

By Brian Armstead, Autosense

Excellence can be measured in many ways. Awards are a common form of denoting excellence, as are kudos from your peers. After spending time behind the wheel of the 2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe, I think excellence is measured in the sheer awe and delight passersby expressed as this luxury chariot cruised by.

With a starting price a bit north of $400,000, the Phantom Coupe is a dream for most of us. Yet, there are still many that the recession has not really touched. For these lucky ones, Rolls-Royce offers what could be described as the “ultimate” driving experience.

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Friday
Jul242009

2010 Honda Insight 5 door EX

By Les Jackson

More than a decade ago I drove the original Insight, a little two-seat innovation from Honda that was way ahead of the "hybrid boom" going on today. The car was very small but it drove quite well up to 80 mph, which is as high as I wished to go while driving next to big rigs.

The car got exceptional mileage, well over 50 mpg. It's now a collectors' item and many sell for nearly as much as they originally did back in the 1990s. This new 2010 model looks very similar overall to its little cousin but it's considerably larger and will comfortably seat 4 people. It still has that dual glass hatchback that the original car had, which – once you get used to it – has lots of rear visibility.

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Friday
Jul242009

2010 Volvo XC60

By John Peige

When it comes to car crashes, slow-speed rear-end collisions are among the most frequent. Now there’s an antidote for the common crash: Volvo’s all-new 2010 XC60 compact SUV that can avoid a crash by automatically stopping itself. Not only is it the safest Volvo ever, it could very well be the safest vehicle ever built.

Volvo’s unprecedented crash-avoidance technology can eliminate or drastically reduce the number of serious injuries from the thousands of costly rear-end crashes that occur each year.

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Wednesday
Jul082009

1965 Cadillac Coupe deVille 

By Vern Parker

 

General Motors in 1965 manufactured a total of 43,345 Cadillac Coupe deVilles. One of them, virtually unused, was on display in 2004 at the gathering of antique cars for sale in Hershey, Pa.

 

That is when and where Dennis Smith first saw the 18-foot, 8-inch-long Cadillac but he determined the asking price was excessive.

 

Two years later, in May 2006, Smith was attending another antique car auction, this time in Carlisle, Pa. Imagine his surprise when he saw the same six-passenger Aspen White Cadillac with the stacked headlights he had seen two years earlier. This time the price was right and Smith became the third owner of the 4,480-pound Cadillac.

 

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