Author Archives: Ron Kowalke

In 1954, Mercury added the Sun Valley hardtop to its Monterey lineup. A tinted, Plexiglas half roof allowed passengers a view of the sun and the stars from the car’s interior, and 9,761 of the sun-worshipping model were sold in 1954. This example remains in remarkable condition for languishing in a salvage yard.

High and dry parts, cars at Idaho’s L&L Classic Auto

Take a minute to think about how much the old car hobby — as well as life itself — has changed in the past half century. Little is the same as it was 50 years ago, but one constant has been L&L Classic Auto. This salvage yard located in Wendell, Idaho, has been a...

Hartung Collection spurs bidder frenzy in Illinois

Story and photos by Ron Kowalke The automotive equivalent of Woodstock, attendees of the Nov. 3-5 Lee Roy Hartung Collection auction will remember this event decades from now, and the buzz from the sale will continue on the internet and in print for weeks to come. Prices paid for a handful of featured items...

Fitted with wide whites and fender skirts, this 1953 Oldsmobile Super 88 convertible is for sale from the Zocchi Collection in northern Ohio.

Time is right to ‘rightsize’ collection

Fitted with wide whites and fender skirts, this 1953 Oldsmobile Super 88 convertible is for sale from the Zocchi Collection in northern Ohio. Story and photos by Ron Kowalke It’s taken David Zocchi most of his lifetime to accumulate several buildings full of vintage cars and parts, but with age, his collecting focus has...