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Lost Dreams: Mysteries of the missing GM Motorama cars

By David W. Temple; photos from author’s collection and GM Media Archives The tales related to the disappearances of the dream cars of the General Motors Motorama are not too unlike stories of mysterious disappearances within the Bermuda Triangle and of crashed flying saucers stashed at Area 51. The whereabouts of many of GM’s...

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Merry Christmas … Unwrapping Christmas car memories

Christmas time is such a wonderful time! Family, friends, and well… presents. I was driving to Sioux Falls, S.D., the other day and wondering what to get that large Dutch man in my life… Mr. VanDerBrink. Cologne? New shirt? Hmm… Nope none of that. Something any true car guy needs… Load Binders and Ratchet...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: January 1, 2015

Q. Do you know what make, year, and model this mirrored clock was used for? It is a Phinney-Walker Electric Auto Watch, catalog number 217EM. Thank you. — Al DeAmicis, MPIA A. The Phinney-Walker Co. was founded in New York circa 1903. Into the 1920s, it manufactured automobile clocks, and its rim-wind “Embassy” clock...

Old Cars wishes you a super ‘Yooper’ Christmas

Season’s Greetings from the staff at Old Cars Weekly!! We at Old Cars couldn’t think of more appropriate holiday greeting than our favorite Old Cars Carol, otherwise known as “Rusty Chevrolet” by Da Yoopers. Dashing through da snow… in my rusty Chevrolet… down da road I go… sliding all da way… Click here to...

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Lights on at new Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum

By Jim Hinckley U.S. 66, known throughout the world as Route 66, officially ceased to exist almost 30 years ago. Still, this simple highway has morphed into something special. It became America’s longest attraction and a living, breathing time capsule that preserves a century of American societal evolution, with just a thin overlay of...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: December 18, 2014

Q. In the June 12 “Q&A” I read Don Rudolph’s question about an old car frame. I also have a frame from a Badger car with the same spring set-up. A “Badger — Milwaukee” emblem is in the center of both front and rear bumpers. If anyone could use this frame, or parts, please...

We saw this photo of a car restored in the ‘40s or ‘50s when we visited Pollock Restorations in Pennsylvania. Back then, restoration was a less expensive hobby because “nice-but-not-perfect” cars got lots of recognition.

How About “Old School” Restorations?

  While classic car auction prices seem to be constantly on the rise, we also hear a lot of hobbyists complaining about the high cost of collecting old cars today and especially the high cost of a restoration. The same complaint was afflicting the hot rod niche not too long ago and then the...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: December 11, 2014

Q. This axle had a Ford hubcap on it. The width from axle end to axle end is 53 inches and springs run perpendicular to it. The front end of the driveshaft is square. Can you tell me what it fits? — Bob Farrell, Newport Center, Vt. A. It looks like a Ruckstell two-speed...

On December 17, 2014, the first publicly auctioned sale of surplus HMMWVs since 1999, will take place through the online rolling stock surplus sale site, GovPlanet.com

On the auction block: Hummers unleashed

  By John Adams-Graf Editor, Military Vehicles Magazine and Military Trader   For years, one iconic military vehicle has been notably absent in the surplus stream: The AM General High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV, pronounced “HUM-vee”). Known to generations as the “Hummer,” very few of the military 1-1/4-ton trucks have slipped into private...