Author Archives: Angelo Van Bogart

David Temple's new Motorama book.

New Motorama book features the golden era of GM concept cars

General Motors’ Motorama show was Fort Knox during the golden era of the automobile, and author David W. Temple puts readers of his new book in the middle of the main gold vault. “Motorama: GM’s Legendary Show and Concept Cars,” is a follow up to Temple’s highly desirable first book “GM’s Motorama: The Glamorous...

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Phil Bonner 1964 Ford Thunderbolt drag car finally surfaces

1964 Thunderbolt recovery may be the ultimate ‘Barn Find’ Story and photos by Al Rogers On a brisk morning last January, this 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt emerged from 40 years of hiding. It had been stowed untouched for the last two decades in a non-descript barn in northern Georgia. Although the Thunderbolt had been...

My "Standard Catalog" shelf at my desk.

My secret source: The ‘Standard Catalog’ book series

Almost everything I type pertains to old cars and the old car hobby, and I don’t like to make a mistake. Whether I am writing a story, editing another author’s article or just replying to an e-mail, I keep my trusty “Standard Catalogs” at the ready so I get the facts straight. My “Standard...

Connecticut bill would revise collector car property tax evaluation

Connecticut bill to revise property tax evaluation for older cars may negatively impact collector car owners SEMA Action Network Update: According to the SEMA Action Network, legislation (H.B. 5343) to lower the property tax on many older vehicles has been introduced.  Under the bill, the personal property tax on vehicles eight years old and...

This 1958 Citation two-door hardtop is like gold in Edsel circles, and this one even retains its unique rear fender trim. The trim on the driver's side, however, is dented.

French Lake Auto Parts visit cures cabin fever

Winter weather doesn’t mean salvage yarding should come to an end for the season. Many salvage yards keep the gates open through the snowy season, and one of the best yards in the upper Midwest –if not anywhere – is French Lake Auto Parts (FLAP). The Annandale, Minnesota, salvage yard is heaven on earth...

When pictured in 2005, the Hemi Challenger R/T had just 1,800 miles.

One-owner 1971 Hemi Challenger R/T with 1,871 miles

By Angelo Van Bogart This story was originally published in the September 8, 2005, issue of Old Cars Weekly. This car will now be offered for sale at Mecum’s 2015 Kissimmee, Fla., auction. Owning a Hemi Challenger R/T since new and putting only 1,871 miles on it might be like buying a Playboy magazine...

Kentucky bill would assess new collector car property tax rates

Kentucky Reintroduces Bill to Assess Motor Vehicles for Property Tax Legislation (H.B. 20) to put in place a new valuation procedure for older vehicles was reintroduced.  Vehicles 20 years old or older would no longer be presumed to be in “original factory” or “classic” condition. Original factory and classic vehicles are currently assessed as...