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Cadillac: GM’s Marque of Excellence

By John Gunnell While attending the Cadillac & LaSalle Club’s recent convention in Brookfield, Wis., I was struck by the fact that so many cars in the show were unrestored originals in nearly perfect condition. This made it clear that people still consider a Cadillac to be GM’s Marque of Excellence. It is still...

The 1966 Ford Mustang retractable.

Retractable 1966 Ford Mustang to be sold by VanDerBrink Auctions

Harv Bish’s Mustang retractable was built by an original Ford Motor Co. engineer who worked on the Skyliner and Mustang retractable programs Ford’s original prototype Mustang retractable was likely scrapped, but that doesn’t mean the chance to own a drop-top pony car with the convenience of a solid roof has to be junked, too....

If we had our way back in the ‘50s, Dad’s Ford would have looked like this.

Not my Father’s Ford

  The red and white ’57 Ford stock car at the 2015 Iola Old Car Show was not my father’s Ford! Instead, it was what we wanted to do with my father’s Ford. Let me explain. One day in about 1959, Dad decided it was about time to get the family a new car....

The Auto-Boat in water — is this a legitimate image?

1921 Auto-Boat: Floating along 40 years earlier than the Amphicar

Was this floating car for real? Forty years before the Amphicar, there was the Auto-Boat, an amphibious vehicle built to haul up to seven passengers by New Yorker Paul Panketan. Although the Auto-Boat never became mass-produced like the Amphicar, some of its numbers were more impressive: five or seven passenger carrying capacity, 90 mph...

Ed Fallon of Cave Creek, Ariz., brought the Panhard to Iola.

French Fried

  We have to admit that it was one of the most unusual cars we have ever seen at the Iola Old Car Show. In fact, there was something “other worldly” about a 1932 Panhard et Levassor 6DS sedan frying in the hot sun in a former hayfield outside a tiny Wisconsin village. When...

The “Tempting T” at the 2015 Iola Old Car Show was this 1923 roadster.

Tempting T

  After my last blog about passing up a bargain-priced 1940 Lincoln Zephyr at the Iola Old Car Show you might have the impression we never spend money at the event. That’s not true by a long shot. Last year we bought a 20-ft. long aluminum, tilt-bed, car hauling trailer from Fagan Automotive. We...

If you were at the 2015 Iola Old Car Show you could have bought this good-running ’40 Lincoln Zephyr for just $15,500.

Lincoln, Lincoln We’ve Been Thinkin’

“For Sale! 1940. Runs and drives good! $15,500 O.B.O.” That’s what the sign said on the windshield of the 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr that was up for sale during the Iola Old Car Show. There was a phone number, too. We took a picture of it. Unfortunately, due to the angle of the photo, the windshield...

Mater made it to Iola this year. Wonder what’s on tap for 2016?

Look. . . it’s Mater!

  Now, we are one of those procrastinators who don’t look at the details of anything until they hit us over the head. From talking to Larry Fechter of Iola Car Show, Inc., we had some vague idea that this year’s Iola Old Car Show (www.iolaoldcarshow.com) was going to have some new excitement. We...

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Two-Wheeled Time Capsule: The Greenfield Honda Auction

  One of the best inventions that were ever invented was the wheel. Whether it was 2 or 4 wheels, the wheel is always being re-invented. Ivan and Clyde Frizell grew up on the farm outside Greenfield, Iowa. Clyde and Ivan worked together and helped out on the farm. Ivan went off to the...