Author Archives: John Gunnell

The Forneys began the car collection in 1956 with the acquisition of this 1921 Kissel Sport Touring car, which is now the focus of a drive to raise funds to restore the car.

Denver Mint

A mint is a place where they make treasure. The Forney Museum of Transportation (www.ForneyMuseum.org) in Denver, Colo., is a treasure trove of transportation history. It started as an antique car museum, but today you will find an amazing collection of cars there, plus trains, trolleys, carriages, trucks, airplanes and motorcycles. There are over...

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Lincoln Mark exhibit open at Forney Museum

  The Forney Transportation Museum (www.forneymuseum.org) is a one-of-a-kind collection with over 500 artifacts and vehicles related to transportation history. The museum began with antique cars, but expanded to include transport of all kinds. Some of these are familiar, while others spark the imagination. Special exhibits are presented at the Forney Museum several times...

Mr. Thomas of New York painting his car with a brush in 1920.

Painting a car

Painting a car has always been an important part of automobile manufacturing. Once the industry learned how to mass-produce vehicles, factories could crank them out by the thousands. It got to the point where it took less time to make a car than it took for the paint to dry. My college art instructor...

John Kelsey and his wife Jan in the 1914 Stutz Bearcat at the Milwaukee Masterpiece (www.milwaukeemasterpiece.com) in 1912.

Maxwell Smarts

Paul Kelsey bought his first old car in 1928. He lived in Peterson, Iowa, at the time and attended a car auction in the town square. “I made a bid for this old Maxwell and darned if it wasn’t knocked down to me,” he told writer Robert Hegge in a 1955 article. “My heart...

Even if you read all of the books inside the library at the Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum, you still wouldn’t know it all when it comes to old cars.

Educational experience

What you are looking at in the accompanying photo is the library at the Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum (www.pontiacoaklandmuseum.com) in Pontiac, Ill. In fact, it is only about half of the library kept there. And Pontiac, of course, was just one little part of General Motors. And General Motors is one of about 5,500...

With 600+ ponies those “extra” two doors will just be a blur.

Young Gun

  Project LS Late Model Throttle, LLC is an idea that youthful owner Jeff Smith had in his brain that just had to get out. We ran into LMT at the Milwaukee World of Wheels a few weeks ago. Then we visited their website (www.latemodelthrottle.com) and became totally impressed. Smith says he has been...

The 1957 Pontiac Custom Star Chief Safari Transcontinental station wagon has a long name and an equally long list of people who would love to see one show up at the 2014 Iola Old Car Show.

4-Doors For Iola: How about a Transcontinental?

  The Midwest’s largest old car show held will again be held in Iola — the headquarters of Old Cars Weekly — on the second weekend in July. This year’s theme “Four for all in ‘14” will spotlight four-door vehicles. Now, there is a notion that four-door cars just aren’t very collectible. However, when...

The Pacific Blue Karl Kustom Corvettes 67 Coupe in Chicago featured Ligenfelter’s 660-hp Z06 Corvette engine package.

Ligenfelter winds way to Windy City

Ken Ligenfelter stuffed a 660-hp engine package under the hood of the Karl Kustom Corvettes 67 Coupe (www.karlchevrolet.com) he had at the Chicago Auto Show. At first glance, the Pacific Blue car looked like a big-block ’67 Corvette, but there was a 2008 ‘Vette underneath. Ligenfelter also brought a red ‘14 ‘Vette fitted with...

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Sling Shot Shuffle

Going back about 3-1/2 years,  we penned an article called “Dragsters Get ‘Back in the Race’ as Collectibles” for which we interviewed 10 people on the topic of collecting vintage dragsters. In general, the people who owned dragsters said they were collectible, while people who worked for auctions and insurance companies said they were...

The Rebel Rouser ’55 is sure to rouse some passions when finished.

Straight Axle Straight Shooter

  It’s almost time for the Fondy Vintage Auto Club’s “Auto Parts Swap Meet,” which is one of the first collector car events in central Wisconsin each year. It is set for March 16 at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds and you can call Gary Duitman (1-920-579-0077) or Greg Freund (1-920-579-8450) for information...