Author Archives: bearnest

Car of the Week: 1940 Ford De Luxe

About 30 years ago, Paul Zielsdorf’s dad helped him build his first project, a 1975 Chevy pickup that Zielsdorf bought when he was 15 years old. Recently, it was Zielsdorf’s turn to help his dad, Jim, this time building the 1940 Ford De Luxe coupe of his dad’s dreams.

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...