Author Archives: John Gunnell

The car has around 69,000 miles on the odometer.

‘Four-on-the-Door’ Mustang

You’ve heard of Mustangs with four-on-the-floor. They made a lot of those. But what about a Mustang with four-on-the-door?  Everyone said they had never heard of one, but Old Cars Weekly editor Angelo Van Bogart tracked one down. In fact, it was even listed for sale on eBay. We began thinking about whether Ford...

Alex Brown’s Olds reminded us that now is the time to invest in ‘70s cars.

Not Your Father’s Oldsmobile

Alex Brown of Milwaukee had his 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Brougham in the foyer at the 52nd annual Milwaukee World of Wheels. If you stopped to think about it, the amazing thing is that the show was more than twice as old as Alex’s car. Or another way to look at it is that collector...

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Johnny Parsons Jr. will be @ BRW

Johnny Parsons won the 1950 Indy 500. As you can see from the accompanying photo, his son Johnny Parsons Jr. was winning trophies in midget car races as early as 1957. He went on to carve out a successful career driving in other venues including the 500. Now he is going to drive to...

Zane Zander with his Nomad replica from a flyer he made up about the project.

Snow May Have Saved Nomad from Sinkhole

  Zane Zander of Brillion, Wis., feels lucky. Zander owns an accurate replica of the 1954 Corvette Nomad—the Corvette wagon dream car that was shown at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York during the Motorama Show 60 years ago. Zander and friends started building the replica in 1999. It took seven years to complete...

The 2015 Mustang retains the traditional style grille and a hint of sculptured body side coves.

Will new Mustang be as “fun” as the old ones?

  Ford Motor Co. President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs addressed more than 600 Economic Club of Chicago members, guests and journalists to kickoff the 2014 Chicago Auto Show (www.chicagoautoshow.com) on Feb. 6, 2014. The open-to-the-public new-car event showcased some of Ford’s current spotlight vehicles, including the 50th edition Ford Mustang and the all-new...

Here’s Mr Norm with one of the original Dodge Girls back in the ‘60s or ‘70s.

Dodge got the girls right but where’s Mr. Norm?

  Around 1967 or so, dealers who sold Dodges were known as “The Dodge Boys.” It’s an image that would be politically incorrect today, but it sold cars back then. There were even “Dodge Girls” to sort of put smiles on the Dodge Boys’ faces. The girls appeared in Dodge ads wearing tight sweaters,...

First Mustang buyer beat the clock

  The first person to ever make a retail purchase of a Mustang played beat the clock. To generate excitement, the Mustang was unveiled at the New York World’s Fair on April Fool’s Day, but it’s official introductory date was April 17. Sales of the “pony car” were supposed to be embargoed until then....

Alex Carlson put in long days last weekend hauling the electric racecar to the auto show and manning the booth there to tell the public about the program.

Illinois Institute of Technology goes racing

  People complain that the young people of today don’t like cars the way we did years ago. Alex Carson proves that isn’t always true. We met Alex at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 6. He was there with the electric-powered racing car that he and his fellow students in the Illinois Institute...

The Toyota Camry is making inroads in NASCAR racing.

Daytona may need image change with Toyota deal

  The Daytona 500 is called “The Great American Race” but that may have to change as companies like Japanese automaker Toyota buy into the Florida speedway’s new “Daytona Rising” redo. Track officials describe the $400 million project a “reimagining of an American icon.” In terms that you and I understand, what they’re doing...