Under the Hood

Under The Hood
A 1996 staff photo of James T. Lenzke.

In memoriam: James T. Lenzke, 1941-2016

It is with great sadness that the Old Cars Weekly staff reports the passing of one of its own. On May 26, retired editor James T. Lenzke of Iola, Wis., died after a fall in his home. Lenzke joined the Old Cars Weekly staff of Krause Publications on Oct. 22, 1984, as a sales...

The victim's 1955 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan.

A sobering reminder from the past to avoid drunk driving

Mike Petersen of Raleigh, N.C., submitted this sobering reminder to avoid drinking and driving. Although the accident happened nearly 60 years ago, the message is just as relevant today. He writes: “Attached are pictures from a car wreck in the late afternoon of September 26, 1957. It occurred on Day Road in rural northern...

A ca.-1990 rear view of the 1953 Buick Skylark hardtop after James Ashworth restored it.

The 1953 Buick Skylark hardtop prototype revisited

Captured Lark The prototype 1953 Buick Skylark hardtop If you liked the one-off GM hardtop based on a sporty ’50s convertible design featured on last week’s blog, here’s another: The unique 1953 Buick Skylark Riviera hardtop. Buick began developing the idea for the special Skylark convertible in 1952. Unlike production Buick converts of the...

Factory photo of the 1955 Eldorado  two-door hardtop. Although it was clearly the prototype for the 1956 Eldorado Seville, no "Seville" scripts appear on this car. (GM Media Archives image)

Found: 1955 Cadillac Eldorado ‘Seville’ prototype

A unique 1955 Eldorado built for the chief engineer of Cadillac By Angelo Van Bogart/copyright Old Cars Weekly Just when I thought all of the one-offs and prototypes were discovered, one popped up in the July 2015 The Self-Starter, publication of the Cadillac & LaSalle Club. Tucked in the classified section at the back...

1958 Fuelie

Our Fave Fab ’50s Car Emblems

’50s Car Emblems were a sign of the times Driving down a modern road in the 1950s must have been like driving down Fremont Street in Las Vegas today. Between bright neon signs, business marquees with futuristic Atomic Age shapes and the glass and chrome of mid-century buildings, the ’50s were flashy and wild....

GFT15 1948 Tucker Brooklin

12 ‘Gear Head’ Gift Ideas from Old Cars Weekly

People say I’m horrible to shop for, and that’s true — most of the things I am looking for come from swap meets and junkyards, the places where mothers and wives usually don’t shop. Other gearheads are equally hard to shop for, but there are gift ideas available out there for the car guy...

If a bill were to pass, Wisconsin collector car owners could display 1985-and-older year-of-manufacture license plates.

Support Wisconsin YOM plates? Write to Rep. Weatherston now!

YOM license plates could be a reality in Wisconsin Anyone who has read this blog before is probably aware that I’ve been begging for year-of-manufacture (YOM) license plates in Wisconsin for at least a decade. Now State Representative Thomas Weatherston, himself the owner of a 1966 Chevy pickup and 2001 Corvette, is trying to...