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Overhauled Comet

Old Cars Weekly archive – April 24, 2008 issue Restored ’64 Mercury Comet becomes 40th birthday surprise Story and photos by Morris and Sandy James This 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente four-door sedan was the first car my wife and I purchased after we were married in 1970. The Comet was purchased...

1906 Zust revamped for Great Race 100th anniversary

Old Cars Weekly archive – April 24, 2008 issue Story and photos by Brennan Clarke For more than a quarter century, Harry Blackstaff kept one of the rarest antiques in automotive history hidden away in his cluttered workshop just outside the Vancouver Island town of Ladysmith. But when he heard about the...

Two out of three ain’t bad

Old Cars Weekly archive – April 17, 2008 issue Retired auto body shop owner Bill Truka, of Des Plaines, Ill., likes prewar Chrysler cars. In fact, at one time he owned 30 of them. But, his latest project is just a bit out of the ordinary for Bill. It’s a prewar...

A Super Sport Standard-Bearer

Old Cars Weekly archive – April 10, 2008 issue Story and photos by Geoff Stunkard Carl and Bessie Nichols bought this 1963 Impala SS new It is the first new car they owned, and they still have it Though the muscle car era has been defined in many ways, the truth...

The Saga of the ‘Hungry Merc’

Old Cars Weekly archive – April 3, 2008 issue Adventures around Chicago with a nearly new 1956 Mercury By Roger King I recently found my long-lost color slides from 50 years ago, and it prompted me to write a story about the subject of those slides with Old Cars Weekly readers....

Snakebitten

Old Cars Weekly archive – April 3, 2008 issue Story and photos by Geoff Stunkard A Torino to take the song out of the birds, the bees and the judges   Cobra. The name itself was for the Asiatic serpent noted for its fast speed and quick-acting venom. When performance Fords...

Corvette collector’s persistence pays off

Old Cars Weekly archive – March 27, 2008 issue Story and photos by John Gunnell One car showcased in Bloomington Gold’s “Special Collection XXIII” last June was Darrell Davis’ gorgeous 1957 Corvette “fuelie” out of Winter Park, Fla. Davis was following the restoration of the Cascade Green sports car and, since he...

The no-bull Matador

Old Cars Weekly archive – March 20, 2008 issue Tempo truck restored to perfection Story and photos by Ron Kowalke Part of my excitement of traveling to Scottsdale, Ariz., every January has nothing to do with attending the high-profile auctions that take place there. In fact, getting away from the auction...

Coast-to-coast car thief traveled 22 states

Old Cars Weekly archive – March 13, 2008 issue Story by John Gunnell Auto theft is certainly nothing new. In March 1940 alone, 1,330 motor vehicles were stolen in California. Both individual thieves and auto-theft rings were in existence back then, but dedicated law-enforcement professionals, like Capt. Earl W. Personius, worked...

The Canadian Connection

Old Cars Weekly archive – January 10, 2008 issue Story and photos by Geoff Stunkard GM of Canada’s hottest muscle car was the Beaumont SD-396 General Motors has had a presence in Canada since its earliest days. Because Chevrolet was, by far, the largest vehicle line the corporation offered, those models...