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Silver anniversary of Minnesota antique car run set

With the mayors of New London and New Brighton, Minn., seeing him off, Wade Smith of San Antonio, Texas, leaves the starting gate in 2010. Smith will make a return trip to Minnesota in August with his 1905 two-cylinder Columbia. … More »

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Restoration Series: The whiter side

Well, I’m getting pretty far along on the hard, dusty trail of a full-blown restoration on my little ‘A’ Body Barracuda. There’s no turning back now, as I’ve stuffed all of my malnourished bank account into the body parts of my little fish car, turning once beaten panels into straightened steel, and beefing up a once sullen uni-body into a masculine, big-boned Mopar Whip. More »

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Vanderbilt Packard found… again


With the last name “Vanderbilt,” Grace Wilson Vanderbilt couldn’t be seen in anything less than a Packard. The family of her husband, Cornelius Vanderbilt III, had built its fortune on transportation — first ferries, then railroads — so moving and shaking was in the family blood. By Grace Vanderbilt’s lifetime, the shaking evolved to hobnobbing with high society and royalty, and the moving came courtesy of Packard.

Several photographs from the 1910s and 1920s show Vanderbilts at the running boards of contemporary Packards, so Grace didn’t need to ask a man who owned one when she went car shopping in the late 1930s. More »

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Car of the Week: 1978 Cadillac Eldorado


Dave Evans’ uber-fancy 1978 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz isn’t just a car fit for a king. It was a car built in honor of “The King” himself. More »

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Mecum auctions Guarise automobilia collection

This flanged Sealed Power Authorized Service (w/lady diver graphic) 20×31-inch tin sign sold for $2,800. Story and photos by Ron Kowalke As part of Mecum Auctions’ 24th annual Spring Classic sale in Indianapolis, Ind., May 17-22, a separate auction arena … More »

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AACA drive-in movie weekend features Tucker film

HERSHEY, Pa. – Drive-in movies were first introduced in New Jersey in the 1930s as a way to make the movie going experience more comfortable for guests by allowing visitors to watch movies from the comfort of their own car. … More »

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Appleton Old Car Show honors Chevy’s 100th

Steven Barker of Oshkosh, Wis., is only the second owner of this 1969 Chevrolet Corvair, which he’ll display at the Appleton Old Car Show July 17. The Appleton Old Car Show and Swap Meet will celebrate its 34th Anniversary by … More »

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America’s Car Museum is ‘Calling All Cars’

TACOMA, Wash.  – LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) has issued an all-points bulletin for the coolest cars in the area to enter its Pre-Inaugural Collector Car Showcase, Aug. 7 at ACM’s headquarters in Fife, Wash. The judged car show, … More »

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Hobby to celebrate Collector Car Appreciaton Day

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils have declared July 8, 2011, as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.”  We hope you can join the staff of Old Cars … More »

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