Updated Powertrain: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

The Tri-Five Chevrolets of 1955 to 1957 were some of the most successful ever built by the company. 4.5 million units were sold across the 150, 210, and Bel Air product lines. The Sport Sedan was a 4-door hardtop… more»

Same Owner 20 Years: 1971 Plymouth Road Runner Project

Despite an all-new design in 1971, Plymouth Road Runner sales continued a decline that had started the year before. Reduced demand in 1970 could be attributed to it being a three-year-old design with light sheet metal changes, but the… more»

Ever Seen One? 1947 Hudson Big Boy Pickup

Nash Motor Car Co. was one of the predecessors of American Motors. They merged with Nash-Kelvinator in 1954 to form AMC. But 15 years before that, they built a pickup truck named the Big Boy which would be called… more»

Movie Prop: Original Paint 1967 Chevrolet Impala

After a record sales year in 1965 when Chevrolet sold more than one million Impalas, the car continued in demand in 1967. 575,000 copies of the full-size Chevy still rolled off the assembly line using the same platform as… more»

One-Owner 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza

Chevrolet’s first entry into the compact car market was unconventional by Detroit standards of the day. The Corvair had an air-cooled engine (rather than water-cooled), and it was mounted in the back (not the front). So, it was something… more»

Modified 426 Wedge V8! 1964 Dodge Polara 500

Dodge and Plymouth offered the Max Wedge V8 in their B-bodied intermediates from 1962 to 1964. The official name of the potent engine was Maximum Performance Wedge, also known as the Street Wedge. In lighter Mopars like the Belvedere… more»

Oval Window Barn Find: 1956 Volkswagen Beetle

The VW Type 1 (or Beetle or Bug) is one of the most produced automobiles of all time. Between 1938 and 2003, worldwide production reached 21.5 million units. It takes a real Beetle expert to tell most Bugs from… more»

Is the Circus in Town? 1949 Crosley Clown Car

Crosley Motors was the upstart automaker that began before World War II, took a pause, and struggled into the early 1950s. They’re mostly remembered for creating several variants of microcars that included a small pickup and an open-air roadster,… more»

West Coast Woodie! 1954 Mercury Monterey

The Monterey, named after Monterey Bay, California, was the mainstay of the Mercury lineup from 1950 into the 1970s. The only station wagon that Mercury would offer in 1954 was based on the Monterey and it was marketed as… more»

Drop-Top Project: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu

In 1970, Chevrolet built 635,000 automobiles in the Chevelle family, which included the El Camino and the new Monte Carlo. But just 7,000 were Malibu convertibles with a V8 engine. That’s how the seller’s Chevelle started life, but its… more»

Unfinished Business: 1972 De Tomaso Pantera

Pantera in Italian stands for “panther” and that’s the name that De Tomaso gave its new mid-engine sports car in 1971. The cars had power supplied by Ford and they were sold by Lincoln-Mercury dealers in the U.S. through… more»

1972 Chevrolet Nova SS 350 4-Speed

The Super Sport was the performance side of the Chevy Nova in 1972. An L48 350 cubic inch V8 was the only powerplant offered and 12,309 copies were delivered. We don’t know the split between manual and automatic transmissions,… more»

52k Mile Survivor: 1986 AMC Eagle Wagon

Without the financial resources of General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, upstart American Motors was always willing to push the envelope. One example came in the form of the Eagle in 1980, the industry’s first “crossover” vehicle. Borrowing from the… more»

Ran When Parked: 1927 Ford Model T Pickup

The Ford Model T was one of the first and most successful production vehicles. Launched in 1909, nearly 15 million copies were built before it was retired in 1927. Their affordability was key to the Model T’s success, and… more»

Rare Color: 2009 Mini-Cooper S Turbo Drop-Top

The Mini-Cooper arrived on the automotive scene in 2000, a product built by BMW but marketed separately. Several variants would emerge, including the Mini-Cooper S as a convertible with a supercharger at first, replaced by a turbocharger later. The… more»

Running Convertible Project: 1967 Oldsmobile 442

The 442 debuted in 1964 as Oldsmobile joined others in the GM stable in the mid-size muscle car market. It was an option on the Cutlass until 1968 when it finally became a series of its own. 442 or… more»

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