Author Archives: Brian Earnest

‘It’s gonna be a spectacle’: After a whirlwind year for Benchmark Classics, the Tucker convertible is ready for the auction block

Back in December of 2008 when Justin Cole took the gamble of his young lifetime and purchased what was billed by some, including the seller, as the only Tucker “convertible” in existence, he knew he was embarking on a mammoth undertaking in more ways than one. More »

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Car of the Week: 1932 Pierce Arrow Model 54

Somehow, Pierce-Arrow managed to lose $3 million in 1932, and the following year the company was sold to a new group of investors. But it seems hard to imagine that the company could have been struggling so mightily in the 1930s, even with the Depression gripping the country, when it was producing vehicles as nice as Joe Cyr’s 1932 Model 54 coupe. More »

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Bestul’s backyard custom car beauty set to debut

Locals have seen this car rolling through town off and on for the past 50-plus years. Finally, the rest of the car world will see it, too.

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Country Classics: Growing in the Heartland

Russ Noel has found success farming for old cars at Country Classics in Southern Illinois. More »

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The Mysterious Tucker convertible

If you want to start a fight, start asking around about the existence of a Tucker convertible. But later this year are promises that one will roll out of a Wisconsin restoration shop for all the world to see. More »

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Still dealin’: Savvy collector car dealers know how to survive

Veteran collector car dealers are sticking with what they know best: good decisions, good attitudes and good cars. More »

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Dentist Celebrates the Old Days Every Day

Dr. Phil Ruben is a prominent Beverly Hills dentist who had has some very famous patients. When it comes to his car collection, it comes down to old, older and ancient. More »

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Special Delivery: Model A panel truck gets new life

Technically, Jim and Suzan O’Neale’s dandy 1931 Model A panel delivery probably can’t qualify as a “barn find.” Jim actually uncovered the relic, literally, in an old garage. The O’Neales will never know how many miles the truck has actually traveled, because the original odometer was broken when they bought it. Since Jim gave the noble truck a complete restoration, however, they’ve logged more than 9,000 miles in the venerable working man’s Ford. More »

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