Editor’s Picks

Old Cars Weekly editors don’t usually play favorites… but we will here! Sometimes it’s a unique car, other times it’s the owner or story behind it that catch our attention. Our Editor’s Picks reflect some of the must-read stories on unique classic cars you won’t want to miss.

Muscle cars of all vintages and classes were back on the Bonneville Salt Flats in September to push the envelope. Above, a pristine ’69 Camaro coupe seemed to be running pure stock.

Salt Shakers: How to race your muscle car at Bonneville

Muscle cars of the ’60s and ’70s sprinkle the Bonneville Salt Flats during the Utah Sale Flats Racing Association’s “World of Speed” each September in Wendover, Utah. The 2012 entries included pristine ’69 Camaros; a hot but not-so-pristine AMX; a Cobra-Jet Torino; a GTO; a Formula Firebird; and an El Camino raced by Utah...


Buick find: Gear head buys his ‘first love’

Almost every collector remembers the first car they drove, or the first car that brought them into the hobby as a kid. Very few of those collectors have the chance to own one of those special cars from their past, but count Leonard Anderson among the lucky few who owns the car that was...


Jet-Age getaway cars

This year, organizers of Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, Mich., hauled in more brightwork and splashed more color than any past year with the Jet-Age Station Wagons class, and the July 29 concours crowd loved it.


Chevelle puzzle solved: Race car comes full circle

Heinke Trapp was just 7 years old when his father purchased a pair of 1970 Chevrolet LS-6 Chevelles to help promote Quality Chevrolet (now Trapp Chevrolet), his dealership in Houma, La. After a few years of racing, this white one was sold and thought gone forever. But then, to Trapp's amazement, it resurfaced a...

After five hours of work, Cleer was finally able to retrieve the Ford from hiding. It was in remarkably good condition and exactly how his uncle had built it.

Ford Find: Fan finds uncle’s long-lost ’46 hiding in barn

When Richard Cleer of Ipava, Ill., found the 1946 Ford five-passenger coupe his uncle had hot-rodded in the 1950s just 25 miles from his home, he was actually following a lead to a 1939 flathead engine for another car. The barn was so overgrown with vines, trees and tall grass, it would have...


VJ Film from 1945: Cars, Jeeps and Youth

67 years ago this month, Richard Sullivan’s father shot this great video along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, Honolulu, capturing spontaneous celebrations that broke out upon first hearing news of the Japanese surrender. Kodachrome 16mm film: God bless Kodachrome, right? Take a look at this absolutely fabulous film from Aug. 14, 1945! Notice the cars,...

This Model A Ford truck is more typical of what lines the tree-shaded roads around Back to the 50’s in June. This red hauler is particularly sharp.

Twin Cities turns back the clock for another great Back to the 50’s

Despite its name, the Minnesota Street Rod Association’s annual Back to the 50’s event isn’t directly about the 1950s as it is about the 1973 cult classic “American Graffiti,” which takes place in 1962. That film reminded Minnesota gear heads about their own automotive heritage of cruising the loop around St. Paul in cool...

You’d be hard-pressed to search out a larger display of finned Mopars — especially convertibles — than you’ll find at the northwest corner of Iola’s Blue Ribbon Concours. This lineup is led by a 1958 De Soto Adventurer hardtop, which flanks a 1957 Adventurer convertible and a 1959 Chrysler 300-E convertible.

Iola heats up with orphans

Steamy Iola ’12 features Mercury, Plymouth, Pontiac and Olds By Angelo Van Bogart Despite the intense heat and threats of much-needed rain, they came from far and wide to the 40th annual Iola Old Car Show, held July 12-15 in Iola, Wis. According to Joan Schultz, executive director of the Iola Old Car Show,...


Restoration Basics: New oil and old cars

By William C. “Bill” Anderson, P.E. Oils are always changing to meet current needs and the recent concern of collector car owners regarding changes in oil formulations is a bit overblown. Misinformation abounds, causing confusion and needless worry for most collector car owners. So, I will attempt to provide some clarification that can guide...