Author Archives: bearnest

Car of the Week: 1968 Excalibur Series I

Industrial designer Brooks Stevens, who was associated with Studebaker during its last years at South Bend, Ind., conceived the idea of building a modern car in the image of a sports classic of the past. The result was the Excalibur.

Car of the Week: 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

I purchased this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door hardtop new at Gene Jantzen Chevrolet in St. Louis, Mo., and it’s one of few — perhaps 12 — built specifically in the General Motors St. Louis plant for demonstration at dealers in the St. Louis area.

Car of the Week: 1949 Packard Eight

Ken Ruminer had watched the huge, black 1949 Packard slowly decaying for years. The stately machine slowly sank into the earth, and even though he wasn’t a “car guy” involved in the collector vehicle hobby, seeing the Packard being so neglected broke his heart.

Grand National Roadster Show turns 69

POMONA, Calif. _ The Grand National Roadster Show, where hundreds of the best hot rods, customs, lowriders and motorcycles from across the country gather, is scheduled for January 26th-28th, 2018. Over 400 awards are up for grabs including the coveted “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster”. Founded in 1949, the “longest continually running indoor...

Car of the Week: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am

Gary Miller decided to give himself a do-over when it came to buying a new Trans Am. And for the past 40 years, the Manitowoc, Wis., resident has been trying to make amends with himself for his first foray into T/A. ownership.

The Good Old Days

Old Cars Weekly archive – October 2, 2008 issue   When Dr. Philip Ruben decides to head out to his garage and take one of his antique cars for a spin, he’s got several pretty appealing options: old, really old and ancient. Ruben, a prominent Beverly Hills dentist who says he...