Author Archives: John Gunnell

Ten great Chrysler idea cars posed for this photo in 1954.

Chrysler dream cars

  Your blogger is a sucker. It is so hard to pass up an interesting item like a collection of Chrysler in-house employee magazines from the late 1940s and early 1950s. There were about 25 copies of Chrysler Motors Magazine and The Chrysler Magazine in this collection and one was a special issue of...

As shown by this Styleline DeLuxe Sport Sedan, the Chevrolet grille lost teeth for 1950.

1949-’52 Chevys are gaining in collectibility, but they’re still bargains

The Affordable Chevrolet As is true with many immediate postwar cars, the 1949-’52 Chevrolet Stylelines and Fleetlines are following their slightly younger postwar counterparts to the peak of popularity. Tri-Five Chevys have been a hobby sensation since the mid-’70s. Shortly thereafter, the gull-wing 1958 and ’59 Chevys caught the fancy of many collectors. Then,...

Little did we know when we photographed this car on June 3, 2013 that we’d be bringing it home to Iola on June 3, 2014.

Surprise of the year

  The other night we realized that 2015 will be the 60th year of the ’55 Chevy so we decided to write an article honoring six generations of the first of the “Tri-Five” Chevys. After gathering facts about ’55 Chevy history, we started looking through the 560 photo files on our desktop computer for...

Superior Cadillac high-headroom ambulance at Eau Claire.

Ambulance Chaser

  We own about 150 old ambulances, but you could fit all of them inside the orange and white Cadillac ambulance we took a photo of at the Eau Claire Big Rig Show in 2014 in Eau Claire, Wis. As anyone who visits Gunner’s Great Garage knows, we have a toy ambulance collection showcased...

Most, but not all of the cars are inside four huge steel buildings.

Noel, Noel

The other day we heard Christmas carols being played in a Big Box store and when the words “Noel, Noel” rang out we thought of meeting Russ and Anita Noel just about a year ago. We were on our way back from a road trip to the National Funeral History Museum in Houston, Texas....

Restorer Jerry Kopecky invented this dashboard rotisserie.

Necessity is the mother of invention

  They say that necessity is the mother of invention and there’s no better place than the world of old car restoration to prove that’s true. Take, for example, the conversation I had today with a man who rebuilds British car transmissions. He told me how he makes shims for his projects out of...

This all-original 1964 Rambler was seen at a local car show last spring.

AMC cars are catching on with collectors

  Anyone who has visited Gunner’s Great Garage and met my son Jesse knows that he is a quiet young man. He is also my secret weapon for keeping abreast of changes in the old-car marketplace. You see, Jesse spends a lot of time reading old car magazines and checking out cars for sale...

The General Motors Heritage Center (www.gmheritagecenter.com) says that only 659 examples of the 1990 Grand Prix SE with a five-speed manual transmission were sold.

Late Model Rarities

  Did you ever look at ads for old cars for sale in magazines from the ‘50s or ‘60s and wish that you had invested some money in cars like a Model A Ford or a Duesenberg way back when? Well, even though you didn’t, somebody did and those are the folks making big...

An ATHS representative was signing up new members at the Big Rig Show in Eau Claire, Wis.

Wheels of Time

  When we worked in the Old Cars Weekly office, one “club” magazine that we enjoyed reading was Wheels of Time published by the American Truck Historical Society (www.aths.org). Best of all was the fat issue ATHS put out once a year showing every truck that attended its annual convention. Since we own a...

The STP pajamas caused quite a stir at the Speedway and were a great promotional item.

STP Pajamas Revisited

  About a year ago we were trying to find out made the famous STP pajamas that Granatelli and his crew wore when they ran the STP turbine car at Indy. It all began at the 2013 Performance Racing Industry. We had been searching around for racing uniform companies because we needed a racing...