Author Archives: Angelo Van Bogart

The Auto-Boat in water — is this a legitimate image?

1921 Auto-Boat: Floating along 40 years earlier than the Amphicar

Was this floating car for real? Forty years before the Amphicar, there was the Auto-Boat, an amphibious vehicle built to haul up to seven passengers by New Yorker Paul Panketan. Although the Auto-Boat never became mass-produced like the Amphicar, some of its numbers were more impressive: five or seven passenger carrying capacity, 90 mph...

The Pontiac Trans Am KITT from Knight Rider.

Knight Rider’s KITT Pontiac Trans Am heading to auction

Pontiac Trans Am from “Knight Rider” has a $200,000-$300,000 pre-sale estimate heading into auction KITT — the Pontiac with personality from the hit NBC television series “Knight Rider” starring David Hasselhoff —  is heading to auction June 26-27 in Beverly Hills, California.   Julien’s Auctions Hollywood Legends sale will offer the special T-top Trans...

1949 Mercury co-star from movie ‘Grease’ to be auctioned

‘Hell’s Chariot’ 1949 Mercury convertible from movie ‘Grease’ carries $400,000-$600,000 estimate Greased Lightning’s Mercury co-star will be in the spotlight again during Julien’s Auctions‘ “Hollywood Legends” auction event, set to take place June 26- 27, 2015, at the Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills, California, gallery. The 1949 Mercury “Hell’s Chariot” custom convertible from the 1978 classic...

A sinkhole opened up in the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio. Thankfully, only this scale model was found inside.

Breaking: Sinkhole opens at National Packard Museum

Sink Hole Opens at National Packard Museum Warren, Ohio: A guest at the National Packard Museum discovered a sink hole in the north parking lot of the museum and brought it to the staff’s attention. Upon investigation, the staff discovered a beautiful 1938 Packard Twelve convertible victoria had fallen into the abyss. Upon further...

1952 Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Buick two-door hardtops move down the Fairfax plant’s “final line.”

Peek into GM’s Fairfax, Kansas, plant in 1952 and ’53

Inside a GM Plant: Fairfax, Kansas, assembly in the early 1950s History tends to get tossed aside too regularly, but fortunately, the past has a few champions. Among them is Doug Howard, who had the foresight to save these rare views of Buick, Pontiac and Oldsmobile models from inside a GM plant after they...

Hobby icon Leo Gephart poses with Joe Bortz at Gephart's Arizona location in 2008.

Leo Gephart: one of the hobby’s earliest icons

On April 17, the hobby lost one of the men who made car collecting what it is today. It was Leo Gephart who was the driving force to creating auctions in Arizona every January and Auburn, Ind., each Labor Day weekend. Gephart was also the man who brought professional transport services to the hobby....