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Throughout the 50 years of Old Cars

As we celebrate a half century, Old Cars takes a stroll down memory lane.
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The world has drastically changed throughout the last fifty years, but one thing has been constant, Old Cars dedication to the hobby. We looked back over the last fifty years and created a timeline of what was happening in the old car hobby as well as the changes within Old Cars. We hope you enjoy the trip back through memory lane as much as we did compiling it.

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1971

  • Old Cars was published monthly
  • Chet Krause founds Old Cars
  • Dave Brownell, editor
  • Glidden tour, creation of Milestone Car Society
  • John Bobo of Dayton, Ohio, founds the International Ford Retractable Club
  • American Truck Historical Society founded
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1972

  • Old Cars was published monthly
  • Dave Brownell, editor
  • 1951 Olds with 8 miles sells for $2750 in Charlotte, NC. First owner died night he drove it home.
  • Harold Coker of Chattanooga, Tenn., was installed as 1972 president of AACA in February
  • Henry Austin Clark, Jr.’s Young Nuts and Old Bolts column begins

1973

  • Old Cars was published  monthly, then twice-monthly
  • Dave Brownell, editor
  • Mack gives $1 million to establish American Truck Historical Museum and Library in Allentown, PA
  • Hitler’s Mercedes 770Ks sell for $153K and $93K, record breaking, at Kruse AZ auction
  • Bob Lichty joins Old Cars as ad manager (May 1973), replacing founder Chet Krause
  • OC frequency doubled (June 1-15, 1973), to “serve expanding hobby.”
  • Montana bill adds “Vintage” plates for post-1934 vehicles
  • Car Classics is published
  • Richard A. Dick Teague assumes Jeep styling duties at AMC
  • Maurice Hendry stops by OC offices.
  • Nebraska inks collector car bill allowing collector license plates for 20 years old and older, modeled after WI bill. One-time fee for collector plates.
  • August NSRA Street rod national meet hosts 18K fans, 2K cars (September reporting)
  • Macungie Flea Mark bursting at ‘seams’
  • 35 Duesenbergs at ACD meet, First Duesenberg to hit $100,000 mark sells at Kruse Classic Auction company, 1932 LeBaron swept-panel dual cowl phaeton
  • Marilyn Chandler’s 1939 M-B 540 K takes PB Best of Show
  • Gas shortage causes fewer entries at West Coast National show in Buena Park, CA (October). Southern California Region of CHVA
  • Robert Pass & Kruse Classic Auction Company bring first car auction to St Louis
  • Hitler’s 770K resold to another record: $176,000 to Robert Pass at Earl Clark’s Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA.
  • Bonnie and Clyde Ford sedan “death car” sells for $175,999
  • Krause Publications sells Car Classics to Frank Taylor, its editor for last 6 years
  • Chrysler Town & Country registry formed

1974

  • Old Cars published twice-monthly
  • Dave Brownell, editor
  • Bob Lichty, ad manager
  • Terry Boyce, admininstrative assistant
  • Terry Boyce joins OC as administrative assistant
  • AACA lifts age limit to 1949
  • Maryland gains collector car law with Maryland Historic Vehicle Act passing, gets “historic motor vehicle” plates
  • 2 millionth visitor given special tour of Harrah’s Automobile Collection by Bill Harrah himself
  • MSRA holds first Back to the 50’s car show in St Paul
  • Alaska act provides for special consideration for “historic or special interest motor vehicles” with plates
  • Buehrig will be guest at Labor Day auction (Kruse Classic Autciotn Company)
  • Cadillac Ranch reported on in OC; cars are pictured graffiti-less.
  • Oldsmobile and Reos join for Aug Olds-Reo Festival in Lansing
  • Packards come to Warren for 75th anniversary meet; hosted by Cleveland Region of Packard Automobile Classics
  • Rain plagues first Carlisle meet, “Postwar ’74,” but returns to start Carlisle Events
  • Scuba diver reclaims 1929 Hudson from shipwreck of new cars at Lake Erie.
  • Old Cars moves from twice-monthly to biweekly
  • Ford of Canada observes 70 years, 9 million cars
  • Metropolitan Owners Club created in December 1974

1975

  • Old Cars published bi-weekly
  • Dave Brownell, editor
  • Terry Boyce, administrative assistant
  • Rick McLaughlin, associate editor
  • Robert Lichty, ad manager
  • Governor Ronald Reagan signs California Historical Vehicle bill, providing special license plates to vehicles 25 years old and older.
  • Record 570 cars offered at Scottsdale sale by Kruse
  • John Lee submits article on new Nebraska Chevy museum, “Chevyland”
  • Aston Martin ceases production; says shutdown in temporary
  • Buck Club historian picks 1908 Buick 10 as ‘Greatest Ever’
  • CCCA expands to include “certain outstanding postwar automobiles through 1948.” Continental is already included
  • Franklin B. Tucker becomes AACA president
  • Old Cars Price Guide published in print issues of Old Cars (2-25-75)
  • Designer Dutch Darrin given honorary CCCA membership
  • AMC Pacer wins American Iron and Steel Institute’s “Design in Steel” award
  • Tri-National Group acquires ailing Aston Martin
  • Kenosha mayor “recalls” all Nash cars to city’s 125th anniversary in Kenosha July 11-12
  • Detroit Public Library’s auto literature collection now called “National Automotive History Collection”
  • CORSA membership tops 4000 members in just five years
  • Michael Lamm elected president of SAH for 1975
  • Starkweather Packard story, May 6, 1975
  • Senators sponsor bill in Ohio fro retrofitting antque cars with pollution equipment
  • Jim York’s Auto Museum in Howes Cave, NY, opens
  • 400 cars, mostly 1936-42, face crushing in Kansas; among the casualties is 1947 Buick Super convert
  • Maserati placed in liquidation
  • Hispano-Suiza Society club formed
  • Revival of 1908 around-the-world race planned in connection with U.S. bicentennial
  • Temple City, Calif., hobbyists successfully protest city ordinance calling disabled vehicles a “public nuisance.”
  • 225 Ferraris meet in Illinois for Ferrari Club of America’s 13th meet, declared “most successful yet”
  • First National Woodie Meet held, hosted by Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter
  • Kruse Auctions plans antique car, plan auction during EAA Fly-In, but EAA thwarts effort
  • Arkansas to issue collector plates for vehicles 25 years old and older
  • Harrah’s buys Winthrop Rockefeller estate of 68 vehicles and 3 carriages for $947,000
  • Ohio passes collector vehicle licensing bill
  • 600 cars offered at Kruse Labor Day auction
  • Crosley Automobile Club hosts three national meets (Ohio, New Jersey, California)
  • Harrah’s Collection cars featuring in Perry Como TV special on CBS
  • Carlisle in October doubles in size; more than 1000 vendors on hand
  • Hershey is muddy
  • Catalytic convertors become the norm, leaded fuel disappears from gas stations
  • Chrysler products return to Detroit for corporation’s 50th anniversary year
  • Famed prewar car hoarder B.J. Pollard of Detroit holds first dispersal auction. Disappointed with prices, Pollard says auction went “Bad.”
  • Diamond-Reo purchased by Consolidated Industries of Ohio
  • 18th Pierce-Arrow Society meet draws 32 cars, one bicycle to Michigan
  • Two unrestored Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts, 1935 Packard V-12 sold from comedian Harold Lloyd’s estate
  • Old Cars moves to new office on State Street in Iola
  • U.S. “Solid Waste Act” moves to encourage states to establish motor vehicle disposal programs.”
  • Pierce-Arrow “archer” modeler reveals story of mascot’s design
  • Doctor retrieves 1912 Peerless from snake-infested California canyon by helicopter
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1976

  • Old Cars publihed bi-weekly
  • Dave Brownell, editor
  • Terry Boyce, associate editor
  • Rick McLaughlin, associate editor (June)
  • Terry Boyce, Advertising Manager (June)
  • Museum of Transportation at Larz Anderson Park announces moves to Boston
  • Hawaii undertakes restoration of 1912 Avery, first truck imported to islands
  • Scranton couple refuses Liberace’s offer to purchase their 1927 LaSalle convertible
  • GM gives first Chevette to Flint’s Sloan Museum (January)
  • 450 cars offered by lone auctioneer Kruse at Scottsdale over 3 days
  • Landmark Ormond (Fla.) Garage, “Birthplace of Speed,” destroyed by fire
  • CCCA adds 1938-41 Cadillac 60 Special, 1940-42 Packard 160 and 1939 Packard Super 8 to list of Full Classics
  • 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud rolled by Oklahoma jail escapee
  • Skip Marketti named ACD Museum Executive Director
  • Franklin Club prepares 25th anniversary celebration
  • Hupmobile Club welcomes Hupp-Yeats Electric and R.C.H. automobiles
  • Flea market, auction activity brisk at second annual Atlantic City meet
  • 100 pre-World War I cars destroyed in Barney Pollard collection fire on March 24
  • Cunningham Automotive Museum marks 10th anniversary with party
  • $250,000 worth of cars destroyed in fire
  • New International Vintage Volkswagen Club holds first meet
  • 1932 Stutz Super Bearcat sells at Harrah’s auction for a record $74,000
  • Last U.S. convertible, a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado, is built on April 21
  • First fiberglass car, 1944 Stout Scarab, added to Detroit Historical Museum
  • ‘New’ Model A Ford roadsters using reconditioned chassis are built by Lordship Antique Auto
  • Vincent Gardner, designer who worked on Auburn and on 1955 T-bird, dies by suicide in Auburn, ind. (June)
  • $150,000 for 1929 Mercedes SSK at Movieworld “Cars of the Stars” California auction, a record for unrestored original
  • Fred and Augie Duesenberg’s grand-nephews aim to build new cars under Duesenberg Brothers name
  • New Indianapolis Speedway Museum opens to public “without fanfare”
  • 50 pre-1915 cars encounter Yellowstone blizzards in VMCCA “Spirit of ‘76” Transcontinental Reliability cross-country trek; end in Philly on July 4
  • Hobbyists open Museum of Automobiles atop Petit Jean Mountain with Rockefeller cars
  • 600 cars, 10,000 spectators make Iola Car Show one of nation’s biggest
  • Montana Historical Society evicts Edward Towe’s collection of 30-plus Fords – Towe later founds own museum
  • World War I Liberty Lorry restoration for Smithsonian Institution wraps up
  • Southwest Florida AACA chapter assembles Model T in record time: 5 minutes, 20 seconds
  • Maryland classic car dealer Eugene M. “Gino” Caraffa’s body found in Great Kill Harbor off Staten Island; police later confirm connection to organized crime, car thefts
  • Nebraska Gibbon Body Shop auctions Ford projects; just $3,200 buys complete and solid ’32 roadster
  • Leaded gas supply said to be “adequate for future use” says superintendent of technical information services for Ethyl Corp.
  • Packards International remanufactures Big Eight exhaust manifold
  • 1909 Zimmerman runabout donated to ACD Museum
  • Lagonda name returns with new Aston Martin sedan model at London Motor Exhibit
  • 177-mile 1940 Plymouth two-door discovered in barn, bought by Wisconsin collector
  • Leo Gephart establishes new Ohio-based Auction America Corp. for nationwide auctions
  • Eleanor Ford dies on Oct. 19 at 80
  • Florida restorer begins converting new cars into convertibles; complete three Mustang II droptops
  • 84-car collection donated to McPherson College to fund industrial arts program restoration course
  • 100 Fords from Ed Towe collection to be housed in old Montana Satate Prison at Deer Lodge
  • William L. “Bill” Mitchell honored with honrary Doctorate of Science Degree by Art Center College of Design
  • Fred “Fritz” Pike Duesenberg, son of August Duesenberg, dies in LaFayette, Ind., on Oct. 28.
  • 22 cars sold in second Barney Pollard auction; prices still “low,” Pollard says. $500 buys unrestored 1905 Dorris
  • Old Cars reaches goal of 76,000 subscribers in ‘76

1977 

  • Old Cars published twice-monthly
  • Terry Boyce, editor
  • R. Chris Halla, associate editor
  • Tim Bauer, ad manager
  • First Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap and Show held (no record, but 1978 is second annual)
  • 851 Rolls-Royces gather at Windsor Castle for Silver Jubilee Tribute to Queen Elizabeth
  • 150-plus Ferraris – including five GTOs – gather for 14th annual meeting of the Ferrari Club of America
  • Pontiac designer, whose career there went back to 1925, dies June 19 at 90
  • Society of Automotive Historians adds Canadian chapter
  • 900 cars, 20,000 spectators at 1977 Iola Car Show
  • First woman to cross U.S., Alice Huyler Ramsey, age 90, speaks at Catskill Region Antique Automobile Meet on June 4
  • Anticipating 75th anniversary, Ford Motor Co. searches for 1903 Model A cars
  • 17-year-old Minnesota teen drives first restoration project to Plymouth Four and Six Cylinder Club’s spring meet, takes how two trophies
  • 650 Corvairs attend Corvair Society of America (CORSA) meet in Bloomington, Minn.
  • At 375 cars, Northeast Ohio Chapter of Buick Club of America declared “largest Buick meet ever”
  • Workers take control of Schlumpf collection of Bugattis; French government considers freezing cars
  • Sale rate breaks 50% at “largest ever” Kruse Auburn auction
  • CCCA celebrates Silver Anniversary Classic Car CARavan
  • Designer Strother MacMinn interviewed in Oct. 18 issue of Old Cars
  • Professional Car Society holds its inaugural international meet in Cincinnati in July
  • J.L. Hudson department store’s 51st annual parade will honor Ford’s 75th anniversary
  • Former Packard vice-president dead at 85; with company until 1958
  • Ton Hulman, “man who made Indy” and chairman of the board of directors of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, dies Oct. 31, 1977
  • Deutsches Museum in Munich, home of Karl Benze’s 1886 three-wheeler, celebrates 75 years
  • Carroll Shelby interviewed in Dec. 27 Old Cars

1978

  • Old Cars starts year at twice-monthly, goes to weekly with Feb. 21, 1978, issue
  • Terry Boyce, editor
  • R. Chris Halla, associate editor
  • Tony Hossain, editorial liaison as of Feb. 21 issue
  • John Gunnell, technical editor in fall
  • Kenny Buttolph (mentioned in June 27 issue)
  • 19 early cars lost in fire at Old Carriage Shoppe in Spring Arbor, Mich., on Dec. 9, 1977. Destroyed 1908 Fuller and 1902 Jackson steam car “may have been last of their kind in existence.”
  • 1936 Lagonda LG45 destroyed by fire in Falls Church, Va.
  • Ford’s search for 1903 examples uncovers 50,000 pieces of new Model T-era automotive glass
  • Otis Chandler, car collector and publisher of the Los Angeles Times, profiled in Jan. 24, 1978, issue
  • Kenny’s 1954 Olds 98 makes its debut in Jan. 24 issue
  • Nearly 1000 cars and 10,000 spectators at Sixth Annual Kruse Scottsdale Auction
  • 1937 Cadillac V-16 town car owned by Phillippino President Quezon and then Gen. Douglas MacArthur found and restored
  • Famous collector Bob Gottlieb profiled in Feb. 7, 1978, issue
  • Bob Lichty, now independent, offers 1964 Comet convertible f0r $1950 from Auburn, Ind., dealership
  • Old Cars goes weekly with Feb. 21 issue
  • Shelby employee Phil Remington profiled in Feb. 21 issue of Old Cars
  • Indy Pace Car for 1978 is Silver Anniversary Corvette
  • Crawford Auto Aviation Museum’s televised membership telethon in Cleveland “a tremendous success”
  • CCCA marks end of era with last winter meet at Buck Hill Falls, Pa.
  • Hagstrom Sales CO. offers new child-size ‘Tin Lizzies’ for $650
  • AACA reports record 40,927 members at February annual meet
  • Classic-era designer Frank Hershey to speak at Southwest Grand Classic in Dallas on July 8
  • Shelby American Automobile Club’s 3rd annual international convention to be held in Pasadena, Calif. Club reports nearly 5,000 members
  • Original owner of 1932 Hupmobile finally trades it even-up for a 1976 Mercury Monarch
  • 1929 Packard 626 Speedster donated to Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn
  • Pete Brock, former Shelby employee, profiled in April 4, 1978, issue
  • Groundbreaking held for new “Verbiesen’s M.G. Museum” in Canyon Country, Calif. Museum defunct by 1982, and in 2017, fire destroyed Verbiesen collection
  • Recently founded Marmon Club to hold national membership meeting in May at Thomasville, Ga.
  • 1961 Pontiac Monte Carlo show car added to San Antonio Museum of Transportation collection
  • Walter P. Chrysler Club holds 9th annual meet in Manassas, Va., in July 1978
  • Sharp 1950 Chrysler hardtop narrowly escapes Nebraska crusher in Collector vs. City Hall battle
  • Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum holds parade of Ford from every year for FoMoCo’s 75th
  • AACA founding member Earle S. Eckel dies; with club since 1935 inception
  • Power steering inventor Francis W. Davis, dies at 91; invented unit in 1926
  • 2nd annual Buick Show held by Buick Club of America Gopher State Chapter; show continues today
  • $400,000 in Kruse Las Vegas auction proceeds stolen in transit; auction company says funds are “protected.”
  • Automotive journalist Karl Ludvigsen appoint to VP of corporation relations for Fiat North America.
  • 100 years later, HCCA commemorates first race between road vehicles, again race from Green Bay to Madison, Wis.
  • Kenny Buttolph & Tony Hossain attend Reno meet
  • 1941 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet donated to Henry Ford Museum as a VIP car
  • Chet Krause’s 1903 Ford displayed in Milwaukee during FoMoCo’s Diamond Jubilee
  • Dearborn celebrates FoMoCo’s 75th in Dearborn
  • William F. Harrah dies on June 30 following heart surgery
  • 683 Buicks return to Flint for marque’s 75th anniversary
  • Henry Ford II fires FoMoCo President Lee A. Iacocca on July 13, 1978
  • Benson Ford, grandson of Henry Ford, dies on July 27 at age 59
  • Lesney Products Corp., of Matchbox toy fame, to acquire model kit producer AMT
  • 400+ Studebaker return to South Bend for Studebaker Drivers Club meet
  • Shelby American Automobile Club holds third American convention in Pasadena, Calif.
  • Walter E. Gosden becomes editor of Society of Automotive Historian’s SAH Newsletter
  • John Gunnell joins Old Cars staff as technical editor; still writing for Old Cars 43 years later
  • Robert F. “Bob” Lemke becomes editor of Old Cars
  • At $235,000 during Kruse Fall Auburn sale, Duesenberg (SJ-261) sets world record price for an automobile sold at auction.
  • Old Cars announces charter subscription offer for Old Cars Price Guide; 65,000 prices offered|
  • Record 3,300 vendors attend Fall Carlisle
  • 1933 Stutz Monte Carlo sells for $50,000 at Harrah’s Automobile Collection sale
  • Second Annual Fall Eastern Flea Market and Antique Auto Show held at Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J.
  • Elite Heritage motors Corp. of Elroy, Wis., to display pilot Duesenberg II model
  • 200,000 pilgrimage to AACA’s 1978 Fall Hershey meet
  • New Sceptre 6.6S production announced in Goleta, Calif.; styling influenced by Talbot Lago, Bugatti and Delahaye
  • Milestone Car Society expands recognition through 1967
  • ACD Museum named “National Historic Place”
  • Contemporary Historical Vehicle Association now accepts automobiles built through 1958
  • Antique Car Rally to be held in Soviet Union in conjunction with 1980 Olympic Games
  • Newly formed Southern California Region of Pierce-Arrow Society holds first meet; 60 members with 12 cars attend
  • Henry Austin Clark, Jr., reports the Long Island Old Car Club commemorates 1908 Vanderbilt Cup of 1908
  • Charles A. Chayne, former Buick chief engineer and GM engineering vice-president, dies Oct. 20 at age 80
  • Chet Krause’s 1930 Packard 733 coupe restored
  • Designer J. Herbert Newport dies on Dec. 25 at age 72
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Founder Chet Krause

1979

  • Old Cars publishd weekly
  • Robert Lemke, editor
  • John Gunnell, technical editor
  • R. Chris Halla, features editor
  • Tony Hossain, news editor
  • Robert “Bob” Lichty, advertising
  • LeRoi C. “Tex” Smith, editor in Oct. 23 issue
  • Wisconsin begins offering vanity plates
  • 10 hobbyists’ work reopens the Museum of Automobiles on Petit Jean Mountain in Arkansas
  • Raymond H. Dietrich & Howard “Dutch” Darrin to appear at February Packars International annual membership meet
  • Robert “Bob” Lichty, advertising rejoins Old Cars in advertising department
  • Kruse Classic Car Auction Co., Inc., announces its worst year, seeks stability
  • Locomobile owners’ organization forms
  • Harrah’s Car Show and Swap Meet is cancelled following founder’s death; future uncertain
  • Harry H. Bennett, Henry Ford’s notorious right-hand man in 1930s, dies Jan. 4 in California nursing home
  • $1.5 million grossed by 3rd annual Scottsdale auction, held by Auction America and Russ Jackson, Inc.
  • $3.4 million grossed by Krause Auction Co. at 7th annual Scottsdale Collector Car Auction
  • History of Woodward Avenue published in Feb. 20, 1979, Old Cars
  • Old Cars introduces “Car Exchange” magazine
  • William H. “Bill” Smith elected as AACA national president for 1979
  • Designer Richard Teague, AMC styling chief, will speak at HET Club banquet
  • Original tires of FDR’s 1936 Ford phaeton finally replaced by Hyde Park, N.Y., library
  • $400,000 paid for 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K roadster is new world record for collector car sold at auction
  • Toledo Willys-Overland building slated for destruction; razed April 14 — pieces sold at auction
  • U.S. marshals appeared at Atlantic City Collector Car Auction, Swap Meet and Auto Concours on Feb. 17 to carry out a judgment rendered against the Kruse Classic Auction Coo., Inc.
  • Antiques phased out of 1979 Chicago Auto Show
  • French high court rules 580-car Schlumpf Collection containing 120 Bugattis may be sold; more legal battles ensue
  • $6,000 Model A roadster fiberglass replicas now offered by Model A and Model T Reproduction Corp.
  • Gordon Bennett’s 1905 Star race car found in India and restored
  • GTO Association of America (GTOAA) conceived by Tony Bastien
  • Smith Old Truck Tour in New Hampshire, first-of-its-kind old truck rally, planned for May 5-6.
  • Society of Automotive Historians approves Wisconsin Chapter
  • National Chrysler Products Club, Inc. is formed
  • Barbra Streisand buys 1956 T-Bird, 1941 Lincoln Continental and 1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost at Christies’ sale of late M.L. Bud Cohn Collection
  • Greenfield Village turns 50
  • Connecticut Governor Ella Grasso signs law to exempt collector cars from inspection regulations
  • Three Mile Island nuclear plant troubles no match for Spring Carlisle
  • Dunkirk Swap Meet to celebrate 10th anniversary
  • Kruse Auction Co.’s auctioneering license revoked in Indiana
  • Walter P. Chrysler Club plans 10th anniversary celebration; Raymond Dietrich speaks
  • Kruse Auctioneers, Inc. gets contract to hold auction in conjunction with Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival
  • Gas shortages blamed on low collector car prices at auction
  • Father-son team of Bill and Angelo Klenck to embark on Artic to Antarctic trip in 1929 Ford Model A truck; complete journey on Nov. 7
  • Henry Austin Clark, Jr. announces the Long Island Automobile Museum will close after 31 years; more than half of museum’s vehicles auctioned Oct. 13
  • “Mini-Toronado” engineering car becomes first vehicle donated to R.E. Olds Museum in Lansing
  • Roy D. Chapin, Jr., son of one of Hudson Motor Car Co. founders, to address HET Club
  • Iola Old Car Show draws 2,000 collector vehicles; Model A Fords featured
  • Gerald Ford’s presidential limousine, a 1973 Cadillac, to cross Greater Wisconsin Collector Car Auction block
  • NSRA nationals attract 4,500 cars to St. Paul; 12,000 people drawn to 318 pioneer cars at Straits Area Antique Auto Show in St. Ignace
  • National Chrysler Products Club holds first meet in Strasburg, Pa.; draws 150 cars
  • Nelson Rockefeller’s 14-car collection sells for $800,000 in “quiet” deal
  • In Des Moines, Shelby Owners of America hold 3rd annual national convention
  • Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club marks marques’ 70th anniversary and club’s 20th
  • New England Willys Overland Jeepster Club holds first meet; 29 Jeepsters gather in Avon, Conn.
  • Ford’s oldest dealership closes; Hughson Ford of San Francisco had been in business since 1903.
  • First Concours d’Elegance held at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Mich.; now called the Concours d’Elegance of America
  • 9th annual National Nomad Club attracts 200 cars, 1,000 enthusiasts to Gatlinburg, Tenn.
  • Chrysler 300 Club Inc., Chrysler 300 Club International, Hemi Owner’s Club and Superbird/Daytona Club convene at Chrysler Proving Grounds for test track’s 25th anniversary
  • 150,000 attend Wally Rank’s 14th annual Antique and Classic Car Show in Milwaukee
  • Sale of Harrah’s casinos and hotels to Holiday Inns, Inc., includes famous automobile collection
  • From bottom of Lake Michigan, salvagers raise 22-mile 1924 Rollin from sunken cargo ship carrying new cars
  • 1955 Chevrolet convertible sells for surprising $13,800 at Midwestern United States Collector Car Auction in Auburn, Ind.
  • California Highway Patrol gets Z-28 Camaro cruisers
  • Crown Victoria nameplate returns to Ford line for 1980 model year
  • MG production to cease217 1942-and-older cars attended Northland Glidden Tour hosted by the AACA’s Minnesota Region
  • “Tex” Smith joins Old Cars as editor
  • Thomas W. Barrett III and Russell C. Jackson announce renewed partnership, to host new Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction
  • Pate Museum of Transportation observes 10th anniversary with concours
  • Rippey Veteran Car Museum closes its doors after 16 years in Denver
  • Just 75 Silver Shadow II models to be sold for Rolls-Royce’s 75th anniversary
  • Fire apparatus builder Pierce Manufacturing registers name Pierce Arrow
  • 38-car fleet of 1958 Chevy rental cars featured in Old Cars
  • Fire destroys one of few remaining Diamond Reo plants in Lansing, Mich., on Oct. 30
  • Wayne Corp. of Richmond, Ind., announces closing of Miller-Meteor, its professional car manufacturing division

1980

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • LeRoi Tex Smith, editor
  • John Gunnell, technical editor
  • R. Chris Halla, features editor
  • Tony Hossain, news editor
  • 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K lost at sea en route from Milwaukee to Hamburg; owner suspects foul play and sues for $400K
  • Thunderbird Classic Motor Car Reporduction Corp., builders of a new ’57 T-Bird, sued in LA over false advertising practices
  • New national museum, “Auto Canada,” slated
  • 1970 Chrysler 300-Hurst will be admitted to Chrysler 300 Club International concours judging classes
  • Junkyard stolen from Rhode Island doctor, who returned to his 10-acre property and found it cleared out
  • MGB will be produced until late 1980, ending MG production
  • Reader’s stolen 1965 Buick Riviera keeps getting parking tickets at swap meets around nation
  • GM announces plans to move Corvette production from St. Louis to Bowling Green, Ky.
  • Tucker movie is in early stages, announces Coppola Cinema Seven
  • Craven Museum in Canada closes doors to museum
  • Raymond Dietrich, famed designer, dies on March 19 at age 86
  • Fire ravages San Antonio (Texas) Museum of Transportation on March 31, damage estimated at $500,000
  • MG nameplate reportedly saved by agreement between British Leyland and Aston martin Lagonda, Ltd.
  • Richard Johnson joins Old Cars staff as associate editor with April 22 issue
  • Imperial nameplate to return to Chrysler Corp. line for 1981
  • Schlumpf collection may be reopened to public, French courts say, but future still uncertain
  • Spring Carlisle 1980 “largest ever,” Bill Miller says, with 3800 flea market spaces sold
  • 92-year-old designer Joe Thompson, who started in auto industry in 1904, dies in California
  • Elgin Road Races to be revived in Illinois
  • Morgan Plus-4 Club & Morgan 3-Wheel Club celebrate 70 years of Morgans, 25th anniversary of Plus-4 club
  • First Hershey in the Spring considered a “big success”
  • Camaro Club of America formed
  • Chrysler Corp. stops production of full-size cars, but luxury New Yorker will be offered in 1981 as mid-size car
  • Mt. St. Helens erupts, ash falls upon third-annual Antique Auto Swap Meet in Kennewick, Wash.
  • Chip Miller & Bill Miller of Carlisle shows hold first Harrisburg Swap
  • Old Cars announces new western bureau, hires Neal East for western office
  • 2,700 cars “jam” 1980 Iola Old Car Show
  • “Lost” Dean Van Lines Offenhauser roadster found, restored
  • Chrysler Historical Collection’s Historical Information Service discontinued
  • 12 cars displayed at McAfee, N.J., for second annual 1953-54 Buick Skylark Show
  • New venue causes decline of 1932 Fords at 8th annual Deuce Day show in California
  • 10th annual Nomad Club national convention held in Colorado Springs, site of first convention
  • Factory experimentals highlight Kenosha ’80, a meet of Nash Car Club of America, American Motors Owners Association & AMX Club
  • Crown Victorias meet in Colorado Springs for second annual Crown Victoria National Convention
  • Facel Vega Club started
  • At AACA meet, 1916 Koehler truck sold by Fred Kohler to Herman Koehler III, grandson of truck’s manufacturer
  • Pebble Beach celebrates 30 years; 10,000 spectators pay $10 each for entry. Duesenberg SJ “20 Grand” wins Best of Show
  • Replica of Jaguar XK-120 to be built by Classic Reproductions, Ltd. Of Costa Mesa, Calif.; debuts at San Francisco import Auto Show
  • J.C. Whitney files Chapter XI finance reorganization
  • Frederick C. Crawford will reminisce to Friends of Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum in Cleveland.
  • 45-foot tractor trailer loaded with 600 tires stolen from Coker Tire in Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Harrah’s Automobile Collection announces it will now offer restorations to individuals
  • First U.S.-built Ford Escort is presented to Henry Ford Museum
  • Last International Harvester Scout, #532,674, rolls off Iine on Oct. 21.
  • Southern California Chapter added to Society of Automotive Historians
  • Gene Bordinat to retire after nearly 20 years as FoMoCo VP of design
  • Schlumpf collection in France to be “released for sale”
  • Richard Noble sets new British land speed record of 251.19 mph
  • Leo Gephart closes dealership in Englewood, Ohio, with auction; heads to sunny Arizona

1981

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • LeRoi Tex Smith, publisher/editor
  • Richard Johnson, associate editor
  • John Gunnell, technical editor
  • Tony Hossain, managing editor
  • Chris Halla, senior editor
  • Ken Buttolph, research editor
  • Duesenberg II replica speedster sells for $500,000 — a record price paid for any automobile
  • Carroll Shelby back in a 1966 GT-350 convertible, thanks to Beverly Hills Mustang repro
  • 1937 Rolls-Royce Hooper-bodied sedan lost to fire
  • ACD Automobile Museum searches for past employees, dealers, distributors
  • John Lennon’s psychedelic-painted 1956 Bentley S-1 to cross auction block; sells for $325,000 at Auburn Labor Day Weekend sale
  • GMC pickup to be pace truck at Indy 500 race; Buick Regal to be pace car
  • Brooks Stevens to host Wisconsin Chapter of Society of Automotive Historians meeting
  • “Electric cars are expected to be taking a share of the vehicle market after 1985….” Reports Jan. 22 issue
  • Old Cars begins the Golden Quill Award competition; 20 winners selected
  • Bernard J. “Barney” Pollard, who saved early cars from scrap drives, dies
  • 10th annual Kruse Scottsdale auction features 300 cars, 35-40% sell-through
  • Excalibur Series IV Roadster debuts at Greater New York Automobile Show
  • Aston Martin purchased by C.H. Industrial, Ltd., and Pace Petroleum in joint British venture
  • Harrah’s Automobile Collection restoring Ed Roth’s Beatnik Bandit and The Outlaw
  • Second Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction sells about $4 million and sets several record prices; Mercedes “gullwing” sells for $106,000, Duesenbergs net $210,000 and $190,000
  • Airport at Hershey to close before AACA Fall Meet
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  • Dodge Main, once the nation’s largest auto factory, undergoes the wrecking ball
  • 15th annul Turlock Swap Meet held in northern California
  • Briggs Cunningham contemplates moving collection from Cosa Mesa to San Diego
  • National Auto Racing Historical Society (NARHS) joins Veteran Motor Car Club of America (VMCCA)
  • The 14,624,866th Pontiac V-8, and the maker’s last V-8, is built in Pontiac Motor’s engine plant
  • 23 millionth Buick, a Regal coupe, rolls off Flint assembly line on March 18
  • 1951 Studebaker used in Muppet film surfaces one year after filming, is snatched by collector
  • James J. Nance, former president of Packard, to speak at Motor City Packards’ 4th annual Perrysburg (Ohio) Meet; fans from 15 states flock to meet him at May 1-3 meet
  • 26-mile 1917 Ford Model T featured in Old Cars…where is it now?
  • Last full-size Chrysler Corp. product rolls out of company’s Lynch Road plant, which then closes
  • New Imperial Palace casino on Las Vegas strip announces it will display vintage cars in early ’82
  • Harry Shay to wind down Model A Roadster replica to focus on building new 1955 Thunderbird replica
  • 30,000 hobbyists gather for Portland Auto Swap Meet April 11-12
  • Harrah’s Automobile Collection will auction 107 automobiles, 23 commercial vehicles, plus boats and aircraft
  • Dutch government taps Old Cars’ audience for “1939-43” Ford four-door convertible it can buy for parade use
  • ’69 fastback sells for record Mustang price at $13,000
  • Old Cars asks, “Leaded Gas Coming Back?”
  • Radio commentator Paul Harvey talks to Old Cars about restoring his 1938 LaFayette, his honeymoon car
  • GM drops air bag research: “safety belts in cars on the road today are the best answer” to occupant protection
  • Lucas Automotive now offers authentic Firestone tires for 1953-’63 Corvettes
  • Ford to reintroduce convertibles, speculates first will be ragtop version of Ford EXP/Mercury LN7
  • AUTO + TECHNIK MUSEUM Sinsheim opens in southwest Germany
  • New record Mustang price: $21,500 for 1965 GT convertible in unrestored condition
  • Mercedes 540K-inspired Excalibur Series IV unveiled
  • Entire Harrah’s Automobile Collection of 1,500 cars to be sold by Holiday Inn following its purchase of Harrah’s casino
  • Famous observation tower erected on Krause Publications’ property for IOLA ’81
  • 75th anniversary of Kissel celebrated by hometown of Hartford, Wis.
  • Vintage Chevrolet Club of America holds 20th anniversary meet in Downingtown, Pa., with 400 Bow-Ties
  • $10,000,000 in cars have been purchased by Ralph Engelstad for his new display at Imperial Palace
  • Smithsonian acquires rare World War I Class B Liberty truck
  • Elite Heritage Motors, builders of Duesenberg II Speedster, announce dual-cowl phaeton “Royalton” version
  • Holiday Inn announces plans to shift responsibility of Harrah’s Automobile Collection to a non-profit foundation
  • GM is “optimistic about oil supplies”
  • “Kennedy Lincoln” goes on display at the Henry Ford Museum
  • Nevada governor announces formation of Harrah Automobile Foundation to keep part of collection in state
  • Studebaker Historical Collection may move to permanent South Bend, Ind., location after 15 years of “near seclusion”
  • 40 former Studebaker stylists and designers gather in South Bend, INd.
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1982

  • Old Cars publihed weekly
  • LeRoi Tex Smith, publisher
  • Tony Hossain, editor,
  • Richard Johnson, associate editor
  • John Gunnell, senior editor
  • Ken Buttolph, research editor
  • Bob Lichty, art director
  • Designer Howard “Dutch” Darrin dies on Jan. 4 at age 84 in Modesto, Calif.,
  • Powell Sport Wagon registry formed
  • Chrysler Corp. announces in 1983, it will build first convertible from a manufacturer since 1976 Cadillac Eldorado
  • Granatelli-designed 1978 Corvette with turbine engine sells for $550,000 at Kruse Scottsdale auction
  • 1,500+ plus vendors at 22nd Pomona Swap Meet
  • Car built by Sephaniah Reese, Sr., found in N.J. — 1884 or ’87 car may be “oldest”
  • Katie Robbins becomes president of the Classic Car Club of America, begins long tenure
  • 1st Edsel built goes on display at Henry Ford Museum
  • 78,000 gather in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 25-28 for Bud Josey’s Winter Festival
  • Late Great Chevy Association to hold its second national convention from July 4-6 in Dayton, Ohio
  • 22 cars destroyed in blaze at restoration shop in New Jersey on March 19
  • Antique Truck Historical Society undertakes first registry of antique trucks in North America
  • Model A and Model T Reproduction Co. of Battle Creek, Mich., faces Chapter 11
  • Checker Motors Corp. of Kalamazoo, Mich., calls it quits, ends production in July
  • Chevy engineer Robert A. Kirkman says only six-cylinder 1955 Corvette built appeared in OC classifieds
  • Don J. Brown named executive director of new Harrah Automobile Foundation
  • Boston’s Museum of Transportation closes doors
  • Kaiser0Frazer owners mark 100th birth of late Henry J. Kaiser at Kaiser Center in Oakland, Calif.
  • VMCCA sponsors first Chrome Glidden Tour for 1935-1957 cars
  • Weathered 1936 Scarab given “Worst Car Trophy” at 4th Mississippi Gulf Coast Antique Auto Show and Swap Meet
  • National Chevelle Owners Association holds first convention
  • Harold Coker of Coker Tire appointed to National Highway Safety Advisory Committee
  • 117 Ford Skyliners gather for International Retractable Ford Club convention for a record
  • 103-car Chevyland U.S.A. Auto Museum in Nebraska expected to expand to 120 cars
  • 100,000 street rodders jam Minnesota State Fairgrounds for 13th annual Street Rod Nationals
  • Imperial Palace Car Collection touts 200 cars on display
  • Volkswagen of America president presents 1949 VW Beetle to Henry Ford Museum
  • Studebaker Drivers Club nationals in Seattle/Tacoma attract 300 cars
  • H.H. Franklin Club sees record turnout for Franklin Trek
  • 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Sindelfingen Special Roadster fetches Best in Show at Pebble Beach concours
  • Record 500 vendors at Ontario, Canada’s Barrie Automotive Flea Market
  • First Corvettes at Carlisle held Aug. 27-29
  • Henry Ford Museum auctions duplicate cars one week after Greenfield Village Festival
  • Ertl buys AMT Co., becomes AMT/Ertl
  • Hershey is 91 degrees and sunny
  • Classic-era coachbuilder Thomas L. Hibbard dies Oct. 11 in Rockport, Maine, at age 84
  • Plymouth 4 & 6 Cylinder owners to recognize cars up to 1959, including V-8s
  • Santa Ynez Airport to sell its fleet of 1958 Chevy taxis
  • Northern California Packards to host The Packard Club’s 30th anniversary meet
  • Year-of-manufacture plate display OK’d in California
  • Collector Jerry J. Moore buys two 1934 Packard V-12s for record $450,000, plans $20 million museum in Houston
  • First Reggie Jackson Fall Classic auto auction in California called “A grand slam”

1983

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • LeRoi Tex Smith, Publisher (gone before end of the year)
  • Tony Hossain, editor
  • Richard Johnson, Associate Editor
  • John Gunnell, senior editor
  • Dennis Schrimpf, technical editor (on or before Nov. 17 issue)
  • Ken Buttolph, research editor
  • Bob Lichty, art director
  • Chevrolet brings back the Super Sport with the 1983 Monte Carlo SS
  • New TV program, “Classic Car Report,” debuts in Los Angeles station KWHY
  • Vintage vehicles to race for $200,000 in first Great American Race
  • Postwar “Standard Catalog of American Cars: 1946-1975” introduced
  • Grandlich Grand Old Cars Museum in Arizona closes, auctions world’s largest collection of convertibles
  • Bob Wingate of Bob Wingate Classic Cars faces suits filed by several complaintants
  • Model T Club announces 1984 New York to Seattle Run
  • Restoration shop fire in Rolla, Mo., destroys ’48 Chrysler sedan and MG
  • Thomas H. Keating, former Chevrolet general manager and employee from 1916-1959, dies at age 88
  • Model A Restorers Club helps build nearly all-new Model A station wagon for Greenfield Village rides
  • Car Exchange editor declares, “The 1984 Corvette…will become the most sought after and highly regarded American automobile produced in this model year.”
  • Sunoco brings back “hot” gas with 93.5 octane rating
  • Bill Mitchell guest at St. Ignace show, Zora Arkus-Duntov guest at Black Hills Corvette Classic
  • Famous designer and engineer W. Everett Miller dies April 6 at age 78
  • Record $319,000 paid for 1933 Duesenberg SJ LaGrande phaeton at LA Christie’s auction
  • Bay Area Roadsters, one of oldest roadster-only clubs, holds first California Roadster Show, Swap Meet and Trade Show
  • Fourth (and final?) Hershey In The Spring show held in April
  • Duesenberg II Royalton functions as Old Cars’ Great Race press car
  • Larry McClure’s Vintage Auto Museum in Georgia to be completely auctioned
  • Chrysler Historical Collection is back in business after four years of inactivity
  • Tucker bid to $60,000 at LA auction; took another $5,000 to buy it
  • 9th annual Tucker Automobile Club of America convention held in Virginia
  • Harrah Auto Foundation, Harrah’s Automobile Collection bring back Reno show, swap
  • 7,000 Corvettes gather at 11th annual Bloomington Corvette Corral — “largest Corvette gathering ever”
  • Impala faces extinction, opines editor Tony Hossain
  • Early Porsche parts to be available again through owners of Porsche brand
  • Packard Automobile Classics celebrates 30th anniversary meet
  • 6th annual “Fall Little Carlisle” Swap Meet and Car Show to be held by Madison Classics in Jefferson, Wis.
  • 75th anniversary of General Motors celebrated week of Sept. 15, 1983
  • First Antique Truck Show & Fleamarket (sic) held in Attleboro, Mass.
  • Kaiser-Frazer Owners Clug Internatinoal holds 25th annual nationals
  • Great American Road Race weekend at Elkhart Lake, Wis., draws 150 cars, 3,000 spectators
  • 1930 Isota Fraschini Tipo 8A Castagna dual-cowl phaeton Best of Show at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
  • Original 1955 Lincoln Futura show car-based “Batmobile” sells for $77,000 at Rick Cole sale
  • One-off 1937 Cord 812 coupe donated to ACD Museum
  • Costume judging added to ’83 Greenfield Village Old Car Festival
  • 325 cars run at 10th Monterey Historic Automobile Races
  • National Antique Oldsmobiel Club holds second annual club meet
  • 2nd National Chevelle Owners Convention held in Huntington, W.Va.
  • The Dodge Brothers Club formed at Hershey on Oct. 7
  • George Barris sells “Green Hornet” 1965 Imperial for $20,000 at Rick Cole auction
  • VMCCA & FIVA host first international rallye
  • Pontiac Fiero becomes first four-cylinder Indy 500 pace car since 1912
  • Reader submits photo of GM Motorama ’55 Biscayne & LaSalle concepts at Warhoops in 1970 while looking for rumored fuelie 1958 Chrysler 300D there
  • 1948 Ford Sportsman Woodie stolen in San Diego from original owner
  • Watkins Glen to reopen announces 1984 reopening after closure in 1981

1984

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Tony Hossain, editor
  • John Gunnell, senior editor
  • Dennis Schrimpf, technical editor
  • Ken Buttolph, research editor
  • Bob Lichty, art director
  • (Tony Hossain gone by March, Mary Haefner editorial assistant by March)
  • OC sister pub Car Exchange picks 1984 Mustang GT as its future “Collector Car of the Year – 2004”
  • Du Pont Co. sells most of its colored pigments business to CIBA-GEIGY Corp.
  • Reggie Jackson talks “Old Cars” after his second Kruse/Reggie Jackson auction
  • Das Awkscht Fescht contributes $45,000 to Macungie Memorial Park treasury
  • Antique Truck Club of America to host its fifth national meet in Macungie
  • New Auburn in the Spring hobby event planned for May in Auburn
  • ACM Museum catalogs Auburn and Cord photos in order to sell prints; proceeds will develop the museum’s archives
  • San Antonio Museum of Transportation moves from one part of city to another
  • Harrah’s Automobile Collection to auction 335 “surplus cars,” start reduction of collection from 1,000 to 200 cars
  • Barrett-Jackson reports $7 million in sales and 800 registered bidders at January Scottsdale auction
  • Original “Christine” 1958 Plymouth Fury movie car won by Oshkosh, Wis., man
  • Ford Mustang celebrates 20 years, 1984 anniversary edition “highlights” New York Automobile Show
  • Ford Model T celebrating 75 years since first model
  • Chevrolet to produce new IROC Z-28 later in model year
  • “Car Exchange” magazine sold to Dobbs Publications
  • Austin-Healey 100S replica, the Saxon 100S, to be built by Fargo, N.D. firm
  • Record $51,000 paid for a Buick phaeton; the 1935 example was one of 186 built
  • William F. Harrah Automobile Foundation receives $1 million gift from Verna Harrah Levin, his widow
  • Last Studebaker dealer closes; business has been repairing Studebakers since it sold its last car
  • 1974 Plymouth Satellite used by former California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., sells for $25,000 to benefit charity
  • 80 Fieros participate in Indy Pace Car activities
  • Boston Museum of Transportation to reopen May 19
  • Henry Ford Museum to exhibit first Mustang
  • First Midwest Regional Convention of Late Great Chevy Association to be held in Madison, Wis.
  • Chicago Historical Antique Automobile Museum to sell all 150 cars, close, before Harrah sale floods market
  • Blaze destroys 20 collector vehicles in former Auburn, Ind., dealership
  • 1931 Marmon Sixteen coupe, stolen 5-1/2 years earlier, discovered abandoned on Spring Carlisle grounds
  • Pate (Texas) Swap Meet a complete sellout
  • 1936 Bentley wins 1984 Great Race
  • Nudie Cohn, who famously customized cars in western motif, dies May 8 at age 81
  • Model T speedster crashes in 75th anniversary edition of 1909 California Grand Prize Road Race
  • Westminster (Vt.) MG Car Museum opens on May 8
  • Towe Ford Museum in Deer Lodge, Mont., to open Lincoln Room on June 17
  • 20 never-driven 1970-1976 Chevrolets to be auctioned by Bill Miller of Carlisle Events and Klare Sunderland in Harrisburg, Pa.
  • AACA Library and Research Center purchases Marmon literature collection
  • New Grand Manor museum opens in Conway, N.H.
  • James Ward Packard heirs to sell family mansion in Ohio
  • 007’s Aston Martin DB5, one of four used in “Goldfinger,” sold for $80,000 by Rick Cole Auctions
  • Steve McQueen collection of 22 cars and 120 motorcycles to be auctioned at Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino
  • “Tin Goose” Tucker prototype restored, shown at 10th annual Tucker Automobile Club convention
  • James J. Nance, last Packard Motor Car Co. president, dies weekend of July 21-22
  • 34 antique autos depart New York City for Seattle in recreating transcontinental race held 75 years earlier
  • GM sued because its “last convertible” isn’t its last
  • Wills Ste. Clair plant in Marysville, Mich., recognized as state historical site
  • “World’s First Funny Car,” a 1965 Mercury Comet drag car, restored by Jim Barillaro
  • 100-plus antique cars valued at $4 million burn in Hamtramck, Mich., arson case
  • Hudson Essex Terraplane Club holds 15th anniversary meet at location of first gathering
  • 185 cars, including 35 Duesenbergs, participate in largest-ever ACD Club Reunion in Auburn
  • 18 Amphicars attend Sacramento Water Festival
  • 50 cars burn in Readington, N.J., fire on Aug. 25
  • 1929 Cunningham all—weather phaeton wins Pebble Beach Best of Show where admission is $12
  • Fifth annual James Dean Memorial Run to be held in California
  • Fall Carlisle flea market sold out
  • In California, collector cars allowed to wear year-of-manufacture license plates
  • 1951 Hudson coupe pulled from long-closed Roy M. Heath Hudson dealership in Salina, Kan.; building demolished thereafter
  • Chicago bans sale of leaded fuel
  • First sale of Harrah’s Automobile Collection nets $10.2 million with 235 cars sold; Nethercutt buys back Duesenberg Rollston convertible coupe for $800,000
  • Kay Buehrig gifts husband, Gordon, with a 1936 Cord he designed at their joint birthday party
  • At $35,000, 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 tops 12th annual Dallas Collector Car Auction
  • Lalique hood ornament of head with wind-blown hair sells for $5,200 at Bonhams’ London auction
  • George Crocker, Glenn Salada, to honor Harrah in new Rear View Mirror museum in Nags Head, N.C.; actual opening is in 1985
  • Mickey Thompson added to SEMA Hall of Fame
  • 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing sells for record $116,000 in San Diego
  • El Camino-based 1978 Grand Prix sport pickup restored by Pontiac Motor Division personnel
  • Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Mich., to become home of Classic Car Club Museum
  • Deer Park Collection in Escondido, Calif., opens
  • $147,000 paid for Steve McQueen’s 1957 Jaguar KX-SS roadster
  • 1929 Mercedes-Benz returned to Pope John Paul II after its restoration by Daimler-Benz workshop
  • Joe Bortz to open museum at his Rockford, Ill., Blue Suede Shoes club
  • NASCAR driver LeeRoy Yarbrough, dies in Jacksonville, Fla., on Dec. 6 at age 46
James T. Lenzke (third from left) with the Old Cars Weekly staff and "Buck," the 1954 Chevy panel truck built by Kenny Buttolph (second from left).

James T. Lenzke (third from left) with the Old Cars Weekly staff and "Buck," the 1954 Chevy panel truck built by Kenny Buttolph (second from left).

1985

  • Old Cars pubished weekly
  • John Gunnell, editor
  • Dennis Schrimpf, technical editor
  • Mary Haefner, news editor
  • Ken Buttolph, research editor
  • Comic W.C. Fields’ 1938 Cadillac V-16 purchased by Imperial Palace Auto Collection
  • Record $325,000 paid for 1930 Bentley Blue Train Speed Six coupe at Sotheby’s auction
  • Ford Model A parts dealer Medicine Bow Motors of Missoula, Mont., goes into receivership
  • Washington, D.C., awaits approval of Lemon Law
  • Former Clenet assembly worker revives Clenet coachworks
  • Avanti Motor Corp and its bank enter agreement so that Avanti can continue building cars
  • 9 cars — including Duesenberg Model J Rollston convertible sedan — demolished in Ohio fire
  • William F. Harrah Foundation unveils plans for Reno museum
  • “Standard Catalog of American Cars: 1805-1942” published
  • Metro Moulded Pars moves to Minneapolis
  • Nelson Rockefeller’s 1941 Lincoln damaged by arson in Ft. Lauderdale
  • Sir William Lyons, founder of Jaguar, dies Feb. 8 at age 84
  • Walter L. Jacobs, 1918 founder of what would become Hertz, passed away on Feb. 6
  • Vintage Chevrolet Club of America celebrates 25th anniversary
  • 82-mile 1961 Tempest, earliest-known, restored by Pontiac Motor Division
  • Old Cars hands off Iola Old Car Show to new non-profit organization, Iola Old Car Show Inc.
  • Old Cars Week slated for week of May 11-19 in California
  • Spring Carlisle reports record crowd of 47,000 in one day
  • Old Cars celebrates 100 years of the automobile
  • 1899 Waverly donated to ACD Museum in Auburn
  • McDonald’s food chain buys 1955 Chevy to promote 30th anniversary
  • Pacific Auto Rentals, Movieworld Museum collections to cross the block
  • 1953 Cadillac LeMans Motorama show car, five other cars burn in Pleasanton, Calif., fire on May 14
  • Recreated 1929 Auburn Cabin Speedster completed, shown at Auburn in the Spring show
  • FWD of Clintonville, Wis., celebrates 75th anniversary
  • 4 Model A Fords depart Cincinnati for Alaska
  • Chrysler turns 60
  • Tornado in Beaver Falls, Pa., on May 30 destroys 30 collector cars
  • Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance adds vintage race
  • Collector car dealer Thomas W. Barrett III in court over $550,000 transaction
  • Kaiser-Frazer Owners Club International meets with retired K-F UAW members
  • George Barris, Gordon Buehrig, Jim Wangers, DJ Dick Biondi attend 10th Straights Area Antique Car Show in St. Ignace, Mich.
  • John Lennon’s 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine sells for $2.229,000 at Sotheby’s auction
  • “$1 million-plus” paid for very desirable supercharged Duesenberg torpedo phaeton
  • 70 collector cars destroyed in fire at former Godfredson Truck plant in Windsor, Ontario
  • Elite Heritage Motors, manufacturer of replica Duesenbergs, “temporarily closes” shop in Elroy, Wis.
  • Publisher Motorbooks celebrates 20th birthday
  • More than 35,00 abandoned vehicles winched from the mountain hollows of Kentucky in cleanup effort
  • All 6 original Bugatti Royales gathered at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
  • Golden Age Auto Corp. formed to produce new 1934 Ford Cabriolets, to be available at Ford dealers
  • Domino’s Pizza founder pays $1 million for Duesenberg Model J phaeton, then buys Murphy convertible coupe at Harrah’s auction for another million
  • Reno buys land for Harrah’s Auto Foundation amid auctions of collection; Harrah’s buyer, Holiday Inn, has already donated 100 cars to foundation
  • San Diego approves plans for auto museum in Balboa Park
  • Excalibur Automotive Co. in Milwaukee files Chapter 11, “taking time to reorganize”
  • ‘55 Thunderbird, ’57 Chevy convertible destroyed in Kansas City Royals’ World Series victory parade when confetti catches fire from hot exhaust
  • 1926 convertible sedan, 1928 boattail speedster Franklins discovered in Massachusetts cellar
  • AACA celebrates 50th anniversary with Nov. 9 party in King of Prussia, Pa.
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1986

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • John Gunnell, editor
  • Dennis Schrimpf, technical editor
  • Mary Jaefner Sieber, news editor
  • Ken Buttolph, research editor
  • Harrah’s Collection liquidated in three auctions by Holiday Inn; $19 million sold in June 28 auction alone
  • $6.5 million paid by Jerry J. Moore for 1931 Bugatti Royale in one of Harrah’s Automobile Collection liquidation auctions
  • $8 million paid to Jerry J. Moore for ex-Harrah 1931 Bugatti Royale by Domino’s Pizza founder Thomas S. Monaghan
  • Hartford Heritage Collection/Industrial Museum opens in Hartford, Wis., on Aug. 15; focuses on Kissel Kars.
  • Kruse International forms after Dean Kruse severs relationship with ITT Auction Services Corp.
  • Vintage Chevrolet Club of America members celebrate club’s 25th anniversary
  • Raymond Loewy, famous designer, dies July 14 in Monaco at age 92
  • Gasohol is posing a fire hazard in some older cars with deteriorated rubber fuel lines
  • Briggs Cunningham Automotive Museum in Costa Mesa, Calif., closes on Dec. 31 after sale to family friend Miles C. Collier of Palm Beach, Fla. Prospective buyers Jerry J. Moore and Tom Monaghan were turned down by Cunningham.

1987

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • John Gunnell, editor
  • Dennis Schrimpf, technical editor
  • Mary Sieber, news editor
  • Ken Buttolph, research editor
  • Chevrolet begins celebrating 75th anniversary of make
  • “Olds is oldest” touts Oldsmobile at 90th anniversary
  • Fifth annual Great American Race will stretch from Disneyland to Disney World
  • Harrah’s/Holiday Inn will now donate 175 cars to Harrah Automobile Foudnation for new museum
  • AMC sells Jeep brand to Chrysler Corp. on March 9 for $800 million
  • The Imperial Palace Collection in Las Vegas and the Blackhawk Collection will host new auction April 11-12
  • Bobby Unser announces second running of La Carrera Classic, a recreation of famed Mexican Road Race, on April 11
  • Gen. William Lyon spends $28.8 million on 82 cars from Harrah’s Automobile Collection in fourth and final liquidation sale
  • Pontiac reintroduces Bonneville as front-wheel-drive model
  • Kruse Scottsdale sale highlighted by Reggie Jackson appearance and $205,000 sale of 1939 Cadillac V-16 convertible
  • Barrett0Jackson auction in Phoenix offers 1,000 vehicles — $225,000 for Mercedes Gullwing, $41,000 for ’55 Ford convertible are records
  • Cord Foundation of Reno donates $250,000 grant to ACD Museum
  • GM and Chrysler sell test cars used for competition research; Lamborghini Countach, Bitter SC and Maserati Biturbo Spyder among them
  • 50th convention held for Horseless Carriage Club of America
  • Horseless Carriage Club of America to celebrate its 50th anniversary in Universal City, Calif.
  • New Avanti Motor Corp. introduces “limousine-style” sports coupe, its newest model
  • Wrecked 1965 Corvette placed on a pole in Phoenix causes neighborhood distraction
  • 9th annual Chevy/'Vettefest attracts 30,000 enthusiasts
  • Don “Big Daddy” Garlits and Charleston Brothers Auctioneers plan third “Autoganza” auction, show and swap meet in Ocala
  • Florida man enraged at wife sets fire to their 1953 Corvette, completely destroys car
  • Fleetwood Square, a two-story building built to look like a 1969 Cadillac front end, erected in Woodland Hills, Calif.
  • Kissel family donates scrapbook to Hartford Heritage Collection in Wis.
  • Volkswagen buys 1959 VW Type II Westfalia Camper, donates it to Henry Ford Museum
  • Nestor and Angelo Ferioli, who drove Model T from South America to Alaska are broke, want to sell Model T for $30,000
  • First New London to New Brighton Run held in Minnesota
  • Chrysler Corp. marks 25 years of its Pentastar trademark
  • Record 52 Duesenbergs gather at the Gilmore Classic Car Club Museum Concours on June 20 in Hickory Corners, Mich.
  • 1966 Volvo P1800 hits 1 million miles
  • Helen J. Earley, “First Lady of Oldsmobile,” retires from Olds after 45 years
  • “On Black Monday, Oct. 19, the stock market crashed, but…investments in old cars did not,” reports Old Cars
  • National Car Rental System begins renting 1950s, ’60s convertibles in Los Angeles
  • On Nov. 19, collector car dealer buys ex-Briggs Cunningham 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale for $9.845 million
  • Old car vendors begin fearing affects from GM enforcing its copyright
  • Ferrari 250 GTOs begin shattering the $1.5 million mark
  • Oldsmobile Starfires, Duesenberg SSJs, Bugatti Royales, 1959-1960 Cadillac Eldorados, Jeeps and Mitchells among Old Cars’ “Top 10 Collector Cars” of 1987
  • Last Buick Grand National rolls down GM “G Car” assembly plant in Pontiac, Mich., on Dec. 11
  • 17 cars destroyed in explosion at Carolina Classic Car Restoration in Simpsonville, S.C., on Dec. 12
  • GM closes Clark Street assembly plant and Fleetwood body facility on Dec. 17; Clark Street cornerstone laid in 1919
  • Vincent Kaptur, original stylist in in GM Art & Color section, dies Dec. 26 at age 92

1988

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • John Gunnell, editor
  • Robert M. Hall III, associate publisher
  • Mary Sieber, news editor
  • Ken Buttolph, research editor
  • Old Cars received a new look and format change (same size)
  • Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme to pace Indy 500 race
  • 1988 Stutz Bearcat II convertible to feature a diamond fiber compound body
  • 100,000th V-12 Jaguar built
  • 102-year-old Quebec man quits driving, never having had an accident or ticket
  • First Bugatti, a 1908 Petit Pur Sang built by Ettore, to be sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale
  • AACA creates HPOF program for unrestored original cars
  • Efforts to create museum in former Stutz factory stall due to lack of funding
  • Michigan to allow year-of-manufacture plates
  • Thrill show driver George “Joie” Chitwood dies Jan. 3 in Tampla, Fla., at age 75
  • Coachbuilder Charles A. Eisenhardt, Jr., of Hess & Eisenhardt Co., dies Jan. 14 at age 79
  • GM’s 1927 Pontiac, Mich., assembly plant and 1923 Flint assembly plants closed
  • 1953 Cadillac Eldorado, serial #1, sells for $103,000 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale; many records broken
  • The National Auto & Truck Museum of the United States (NATMUS) opens in Auburn, Ind.
  • Chrysler closes Kenosha, Wis., assembly plant, the oldest in the United States
  • Route 66 sees a revival with dedication ceremony celebrating preservation on April 22
  • First historic museum in Soviet Union to open in Riga
  • First National Vintage Dodge Power Wagon Truck Show and Rally to be held in Fairfield, Iowa
  • 75th anniversary of Lincoln Highway celebrated with tour through Laramie, Wyo.
  • Barris battles with DC Comics over use of ‘60s Batmobile likeness
  • Michelin to offer vintage-style tires through Coker Tire Co.
  • GM to close Leeds Assembly Plant, which opened in 1929
  • McPherson College restores 1922 Ford Model T coupe
  • Concept car collector Joe Bortz acquires 1964 Pontiac Banshee XP833
  • GM will stop building Fieros; Pontiac, Mich., plant to close indefinitely
  • First GreatRace (one word) California completed; 44 vehicles compete
  • Carlisle Events to start Carlisle California in San Diego from March 25-27; canceled for 1989
  • Oklahoma Northwest Area Vocational-Technical School in Alva to start auto restoration program
  • Mickey Thompson, age 59, and wife shot to death on March 16 in Los Angeles County
  • Carter AFB four-barrel goes back in production
  • 1927 International truck restored in Big Rapids, Mich., by Ferris State College students
  • Former GM president Elliott M. “Pete” Estes dies March 24 at age 72
  • Corvette celebrates 35th anniversary
  • Pre-1946 vehicles may run year-of-manufacture plates in Wisconsin
  • Harley-Davidson plans big bash for 85th anniversary; 30,000 bikes attend
  • 1963 Volkswagen in Pasadena, Calif., passes the million-mile mark
  • Chrysler Corp. begins enforcing rules regarding use of its trademarks
  • New racing museum planned in Coldwater, Mich.|Mercedes-Benz’s new replica of 1886 Benz to be unveiled at San Diego Automotive Museum
  • Kruse International of Auburn, Ind., given OK to build auction complex in that city
  • Buick may revive Roadmaster name
  • AMC fans in AMC World Club plan farewell to automaker from July 28-30
  • Tuckers featured at shows nationwide in anticipation of upcoming film “Tucker: The Man and His Dream”
  • After 80 years, Exchange Club and Lion’s Club of Easton, Conn., revive hill climb there
  • First MG displayed at New England MG T Register’s annual meeting in Andover, Mass.
  • 64 international collector car auction companies listed in Aug. 4 issue
  • USPS issues stamps featuring Locomobile, Pierce-Arrow, Cord, Packard and Duesenberg
  • Fire destroys 35 (one-third) of Reggie Jackson’s car collection
  • Enzo Ferrari dies on Aug. 14 at age 90
  • “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” premiers on Aug. 3
  • National Automobile Museum is name for new William F. Harrah Foundation museum
  • Bonnie and Clyde’s 1934 Ford “death car” sells to Whiskey Pete’s Hotel-Casino for $250,000
  • 1934 Hispano-Suiza town car best of show at Meadow Brook Hall Concours d’Elegance
  • 1937 Alfa Romeo 2900 Spyder best of show at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
  • $2.75 million paid for 1963 Ferrari 250 P at auction in Monterey, Calif.
  • 1959 CERV I concept car pulled from auction as GM files motion to restrict sale
  • Das Awkscht Fescht celebrates its 25th anniversary from Aug 5-7
  • DeSoto Club of America’s third national convention held in Carlsberg, Calif.
  • Joe Bortz saves 4 ‘50s GM Motorama dream cars at Warhoop’s Used Auto & Truck Parts
  • Behring Museum opens in Danville, Calif.
  • William L. Mitchell, famed GM designer, dies Sept. 12 at age 76
  • Number 5 condition 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz sells for $25,000
  • Mullins Red Cap trailer designer Vernon H. Broomall, Sr. dies Aug. 7 at age 83
  • Riviera Owners Association meets to mark 25th anniversary of Buick model
  • Ground breaks on Sept. 15 for Harrah National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nev.; old car remains ominously dug up from site
  • Mercer cars meet for Sesquicentennial of Mercer County, N.J.
  • “Old 16,” winner of fourth Vanderbilt Cup Race on Long Island Motor Parkway, featured at VMCCA-LI Old Car Club chapter event
  • Stutz Club celebrates first year with Sept. 16-18 national meet in Indianapolis
  • First woman to compete with her own car in London to Brighton run is Californian Margaret Ann Payne
  • Collier Automotive Museum in Naples, Fla., opens to public on Nov. 25
  • Kansas State Penitentiary holds car show, 91 cars attend
  • Carroll Shelby to team with SCCA for one-seat, 300-hp Shelby Can-Am spec racers
  • San Diego Automotive Museum opens doors on Dec. 17
Kenny Buttolph with the Old Cars Weekly 1954 Chevrolet panel truck nicknamed "Buck" for its Buckskin color. Chet told Kenny to paint the truck white, like every other company vehicle, but Kenny knew it would look horrible in that color, so he picked this off-white color. He saved his job, and the appearance of the truck, even if Chet ended up cussing him out over the color choice.

Kenny Buttolph with the Old Cars Weekly 1954 Chevrolet panel truck nicknamed "Buck" for its Buckskin color. Chet Krause told Kenny to paint the truck white, like every other company vehicle, but Kenny knew it would look horrible in that color, so he picked this off-white color. He saved his job, and the appearance of the truck, even if Chet ended up cussing him out over the color choice.

1989

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • John Gunnell, editor
  • Robert M. Hall, III, associate editor
  • Mary Sieber, news editor
  • Ken Buttolph, research editor
  • Jim Lenzke, technical editor
  • Michelle (Roe) Kraemer, advertising
  • $1.7 million1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster is third-highest price of year for collector car
  • Grand National Roadster Show in Oakland, Calif., celebrates 40 years
  • Ford celebrates 25th anniversary of Mustang
  • Homer Fitterling collection of 21 Duesenbergs sells to carpet king Ed Weaver
  • Old Cars publishes first “swimsuit issue” in response to popular Sports Illustrated edition
  • Los Angeles area threatens to ban gas-powered cars from its roads by 2007
  • 1954 Buick Skylark carries Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry in his farewell parade, then gets totaled an hour later
  • Music channel VH1 gives away 36 Corvettes, one from each year
  • 1907 Italia completes recreation of 1907 Peking to Paris run in three months
  • $1.2 million for 1932 Duesenberg SJ Murphy convertible coupe is sixth-highest price paid in ’89 for collector car, but highest price for U.S.-built car
  • Joe Bortz unearths Biscayne, LaSalle roadster and sedan and Eldorado Brougham GM concept cars in Michigan salvage yard
  • Elvis Presley Automobile Museum opens on June 12
  • Rick Carroll, famous Florida collector, dies in automobile accident in South Carolina
  • “Tappett Brothers — Click and Clack” (Tom and Ray Magliozzi) among OC’s 1989 movers and shakers
  • 1941 Chrysler Newport parade phaeton — possibly Walter P. Chrysler’s car — found in New England
  • Record $275,000 paid for 1948 Tucker following 1988 debut of Tucker movie
  • AACA Fall Hershey debuts Green Field; White Field eliminated
  • Henry “Toby” Halicki, 48, dies Aug. 20 filming “Gone in 60 Seconds II” when stunt goes wrong
  • $2.536 million Vanwalll VW 10 Formula 1 race car highest price paid in 1989 for collector car
  • $1.924 million for 1956 Jaguar D-type at same Oct. 28 London auction second-highest price paid
  • National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nev., opens during November
  • Japanese luxury brands Infinity, Lexus begin sales late in year of 1990 models
  • Allante, SS454 pickup, ‘Vette ZR-1, Miata, Vector, Lexus LS400, Infinity Q45, Vector, Chryser TC make OC’s 10 most collectible ’90 models
  • Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to display at least 25 Model J Duesenbergs at all times

1990

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Mary Sieber, editor
  • Ken Buttolph, research editor
  • James T. Lenzke, technical editor
  • Ron Kowalke, associate editor
  • Crude oil skyrockets with news of Iraq invading Kuwait
  • Gordon M. Buehrig, famous designer, dies on Jan. 22 at age 85
  • Unocal Corp. will purchase and crush pre-emissions cars (pre-1971), paying owners $700 each
  • D. Cameron Peck, famous car collector, dies on April 19 at age 77
  • Old cars get a boost on the big screen with “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Dick Tracy” and “Havana”
  • Chrysler Corp. clamps down on counterfeiters, but authorizes some reproduction vintage car parts
  • Ettore Maserati, founder of Maserati racing car company, dies Aug. 4 at age 96
  • Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance celebrates 40 years, donates $1 million to charity
  • 6 in. of rain deluge AACA Fall Hershey meet, giving 1990 event nickname “Swamp Meet”
  • Carol Yohe named first SEMA Professional Woman of the Year

1991

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • John Gunnell, publisher
  • Brad Bowling, editor
  • Ron Kowalke, associate editor
  • James Lenzke, technical editor
  • Ken Buttolph, research editor
  • Old Cars undergoes first size change, from 11x17 in. to 15 in.x 11 in., with Oct. 3, 1991, issue
  • Chrysler considering dropping Plymouth due to recession, weak sales, according to Chicago Tribune
  • Buick brings back Roadmaster as rear-wheel-drive sedan and wagon
  • Tucker #38 sells for $450,000 at Kruse Fall Auburn sale
  • GM to license reproduction parts
  • 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC roadster sell for record $550,000 at Christie’s Pebble Beach auction
  • First-time show in Dover Downs, Dela., draws 21,000 to October event
  • $300,000 paid for 1-of-2 1969 Corvette ZL1 at Kennedy Space Center auction on Oct. 11
  • Chrysler will make its V-10 available to hot rodders
  • Willys-Overland’s Model MB military jeep designated an ASME International Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark in Toledo, Ohio
  • Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas buys 1937 Packard 1507 Dietrich convertible Victoria
  • 1,000 vintage cars star in new “Bugsy” film
  • Concept car collector Joe Bortz now up to 9 GM Futurliner buses
  • $20 million bond issue approved to help finance $20 million Robert E. Petersen Automotive History Museum in LA
  • 30 millionth Pontiac — a 1992 Bonneville SSEi — built on Oct. 29
  • Oldest Ford in existence, 1903 Model A with chassis #68, sold in England for $60,192
  • Chevrolet promoting 80th anniversary
  • Atlanta Braves fans damage vintage and new convertibles in parade celebrating team’s World Series participation
  • 1972 Mustang Sprint Registry starts
  • Harry Bradley, Art Center College of Design working on new Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, first was seen in 1936
  • Jaguar ownership transferred from Ford of Britain to Ford’s Dearborn headquarters
  • Dennis Carpenter Reproductions reports record year for production, shipments of Ford and Cushman parts
  • Old Cars contemplates new company car
  • Mattel celebrates 1 billionth Hot Wheels car
  • 1991 Henry Austin Clark, Jr. dies on Dec. 15, as Old Cars celebrates 20 years
  • Imperial Palace has new restoration shop inside Nevada prison
  • Old Cars celebrates 20 years with Dec. 26 issue
Kenny with his loaded-down 1963 Corvair coupe. He, a friend, and loads of parts fit in the car in the drive from Wisconsin to Oregon.

Kenny with his loaded-down 1963 Corvair coupe. He, a friend, and loads of parts fit in the car in the drive from Wisconsin to Oregon. There are four 1955 Packard fenders on the roof of that Corvair.

1992

  • Old Cars published bi-weekly
  • John Gunnell – publisher
  • Brad Bowling – editor
  • Ken Buttolph – research editor
  • Ron Kowalke – associate editor
  • James Lenzke – technical editor
  • Richard Hare – advertising manager
  • Barbara Lane – advertising
  • Paul Katzke – advertising
  • Mark Wenzel – advertising
  • 15”x11”
  • Tucker designer Alex Tremulis dead at 77
  • Bortz Auto Collection finds a home
  • Swimsuit Issue
  • Horseless Carriage Foundation Library and Richard A. Teague Reading room opens
  • Motorbooks acquires Crestline Publishing
  • Iola Car Show “Fabulous Fifties”
  • Doc Boneyard’s Salvage Yard Sweepstakes contest
  • Nardi to celebrate 50 years of design and steering wheels
  • America’s Packard Museum opens in Dayton, Ohio; housed in 1917 Packard dealership
  • 40 Years of KP
  • George Bush & EPA “Pollution credits” to crush pre-1980 cars
  • Camaro Silver anniversary in ‘92
  • Early Ford V-8 Foundation founded
  • John Gunnell moves to Editorial Director in June. Old Cars & Toys are now under Greg Smith as Publisher
  • Kruse International undergoing IRS probe
  • Classified galore!
  • Bow Tie Chevy Association forms
  • 40 years of Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club

1993

  • Old Cars pubished bi-weekly
  • Greg Smith - publisher
  • John Gunnell – editorial director
  • Brad Bowling – editor
  • Ken Buttolph – research editor
  • Ron Kowalke – news editor
  • James Lenzke – technical editor
  • Richard Hare – advertising manager
  • Barbara Lane – advertising
  • Paul Katzke – advertising
  • Eric Dingman – advertising
  • California’s South Coast Air Quality Management Distrist approvs scrapping for pollution credits program
  • Excalibur introduces high-performance model
  • Plymouth Prowler makes debut at So-Cal Rod & Custom event
  • Iola Car Show ’93 “Great Anniversaries”
  • Murder suspect dies while resisting arrest at Carlisle Fairgrounds
  • Porsche 911 Turns 30
  • British automaker Jensen folds
  • Fiat brings back Abarth nameplate
  • GM sells Lotus to Bugatti
  • Hot Wheels Silver Anniversary
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1994

  • Old Cars published bi-weekly
  • Greg Smith - publisher
  • John Gunnell – editorial director
  • Brad Bowling – editor
  • Ken Buttolph – research editor
  • Ron Kowalke – news editor
  • James Lenzke – technical editor
  • Richard Hare – advertising manager
  • Dave Sarna – advertising
  • Paul Katzke – advertising
  • Ricard Dance – advertising
  • LA earthquake affects car collectors
  • Lynn H. Steel of Steele Rubber Products, LLC dies
  • Fun with April Fools with cars that never existed
  • President Bill Clinton guest at Mustang 30th Anniversary celebration in Charlotte
  • East Coast Chevy/GMC Truckin’s Nationals merges with Carlisle All-Truck Nationals
  • Ron Kawalke goes to Book Division and Chad Elmore enters as News Editor
  • Glossy cover June 30 Spectrum Car Show& Auction
  • Peterson Automotive Museum opens
  • Corvette museum in Bowling Green nearly complete
  • AACA Museum incorporated

1995

  • Old Cars published bi-weekly
  • John Gunnell, editorial director
  • Brad Bowling, editor
  • Chad Elmore, news editor
  • James T. Lenzke, auction and technical editor
  • Ken Buttolph, research editor
  • 1995 will be end of line for Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible
  • California Air Resources Board approves plan to scrap 75,000 cars to reduce emissions
  • 1917 Pierce-Arrow used by President Woodrow Wilson acquired by Imperial Palace
  • $250,000 donated to National Automotive Historical Collection by GM
  • Famed designer Brooks Stevens dies Jan. 4 at age 83
  • Upholstery resources LeBaron Bonney, Hampton Coach merge
  • Carroll Shelby, Imperial Palace Prison Restoration Program build new Shelby Cobras
  • 1969 Mustang saved by National Muscle Car Association from “clunker” buying program
  • 1942 Packard staff car allegedly used by Gen. MacArthur sells or just $16,000 at Barrett-Jackson
  • Zil to close all 12 Russian factories
  • Horseless Carriage Club of Missouri celebrates 50th anniversary; may be oldest local club
  • Atlantic concept by Chrysler Corp. bows; takes inspiration from Bugatti, Talbot Lago
  • Tom McMullen, founder of Street Rodder and other magazines, dies in plane crash at age 59
  • Plymouth revitalization includes Mayflower badge’s return, Prowler concept
  • ZR1 Corvette production to end, Chevrolet announces
  • Charlotte AutoFair celebrates 40 years
  • Chet Krause, Old Cars founder, wins first Meguair’s Award for Collector Car Hobby’s Person of the Year
  • Brad Bowling leaves Old Cars, Gunnell resumes editor position
  • Chrysler Corp. sues model maker Motor City U.S.A. for back royalties on Nash, Hudson and Chrysler models
  • New MGF debuts at Geneva Motor Show
  • 1959 Cadillac tailfin appears on USPS postcard stamp
  • St. Louis Car Museum and Sales opens in Missouri
  • “Boss” Mustang is back with new Larry Shinoda aftermarket graphics package
  • 65 years later, Harry Verity, Sr. still driving 1930 Ford roadster he bought new
  • Joe Oros, Ford designer from 1946-1975, honored guest at Deer Park Gathering
  • British license “A-1” offered for sale at $397,500
  • Lincoln’s 75th anniversary to be celebrated in Dearborn from July 18-23
  • “Wolfman Jack” Robert Smith dies July 1 at age 57
  • Iola Old Car Show to celebrate 100 years of the automobile industry with huge Horseless Carriage Club of America display
  • Old Cars addresses cars on-line, asks, “What can you expect?”|
  • New body shells to be offered for Jensen-Healeys by the Martin Robey Group
  • GM Motorsports engineers offer “facelift” to 1st Chevrolet 265 V-8 with new 300 hp crate 265 at engine’s 40th anniversary
  • Society of Automotive Historians founder Richard B. Brigham dies on July 6 at age 89
  • 30 Duesenbergs, 30 Corvettes, more go under gavel at auction in estate auction of Ed Weaver
  • Don Garlits adds antique car museum to existing museum in Ocala, Fla.
  • Isotta-Fraschini name to return to $120,000 sports coupe
  • “Mr. Chevrolet,” “Pinky” Randall, retires from AACA board of directors
  • First Iola Rod & Kustom Weekend held in Wis.
  • Henry Ford Museum Online joins the internet
  • Juan-Manuel Fangio, grand prix great, dies July 17 at age 84
  • George Romney, president of AMC from 1954-’62, dies July 26 at age 88
  • Dennis Casteele, Olds employee/historian and Old Cars contributor, dies on Aug. 8 at age 49
  • New Mecum Auction Gallery facility planned in Marengo, Ill.
  • James Dean Memorial Park dedicated in his howtown of Fairmount, Ind., on Sept. 30
  • Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts featured at 45th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
  • 1931 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8B wins Best of Show at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
  • Brian Jackson, co-owner of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, dies Sept. 28 at age 49
  • Chet Krause receives Society of Automotive Historians’ Friend of Automotive History award
  • Roger Penske buys Kmart auto service centers
  • Cadillac recognizes 60th anniversary of Cadillac Craftsman’s League training program
  • Old Cars resized to 12x11 tabloid format publication with Nov. 9 issue
  • 1902 Knox burns in fire during antique automobile tour in Bermuda on Sept. 7
  • Previously “unknown” Jeep CJ4, serial No. 1, found — may be a 1951 prototype
  • Fire destroys landmark grandstand at Carlisle, Pa., fairgrounds
  • 1910 Franklin Model G touring donated to H.H. Franklin Museum in Tucson, Ariz.
  • GM initiates restoration parts licensing program
  • National Highway Act signed, EPA’s emissions authority restricted
  • Revell-Monogram celebrates 50 years with new plastic models kits
  • Bill Stroppe, motorsports legend, dies Nov. 7 at age 76
  • 1895 Chicago Times-Herald auto race re-run at 100th anniversary on Nov. 28
Lenzke (third from left) with former OCW staffers (from left) Kenny Buttolph, Chad Elmore and John Gunnell (far right).

Lenzke (third from left) with former OCW staffers (from left) Kenny Buttolph, Chad Elmore and John Gunnell (far right).

1996

  • Old Cars published bi-weekly
  • John Gunnell, editorial director
  • Chad Elmore, news editor
  • James T. Lenzke, auction and technical editor
  • Ken Buttolph, research editor
  • Old Cars celebrates 100th anniversary of American automobile industry
  • Iowa arched bridge built in 1916 saved through Lincoln Highway Association
  • 275 pre-1916 cars are headed for Iola Old Car Show
  • New York tests flat-surface license plate
  • President Bill Clinton wishes Old Cars a happy 25th anniversary
  • Following renovation, Imperial Palace Antique & Classic Auto Collection reopens
  • After 10-year hiatus, Barry Meguiar returns as president/CEO to Meguair’s
  • Spokane’s Dukes Auto club celebrates 50 years
  • 1946 Hudson, built for auto industry’s 1946 Golden Jubilee, returns to Detroit for Detroit Auto Show
  • Mystery tear drop appears in Old Cars, is identified as Brooks Stevens-designed Western Clipper and saved by reader
  • Barrett-Jackson celebrates 25th anniversary with its January auction in Scottsdale
  • Pontiac turns 79, celebrates with new Ram Air Trans Am
  • Chevrolet will pace 1996 Brickyard 400 with 30th anniversary 1997 Camaros
  • First Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance to be held April 4-7 at The Golf Club of Amelia Island
  • Bill Miller, Chip Miller receive Meguiar’s Award for Collector Car Person of the Year
  • Lincoln is first to be fitted by factory with run-flat tires (Michelin MXV4 ZP tires)
  • Mid America Designs to buy last C4 Corvette, a 1996
  • Clare M. MacKichan, head of Chevy design studio from 1952-1962, dies Feb. 20 at age 77
  • Shelby American completes first of last Shelby Cobras in Nevada prison
  • Vintage Chevrolet Club of America celebrates its 35th anniversary
  • Fire destroys collection of Struder Super Service in Monroe, Wis.
  • Zora Arkus-Duntov, of Corvette fame, dies April 21 at age 86
  • Museum of Automotive History is slated to open in Syracuse, N.Y., featuring Walter Miller literature collection
  • AACA one of many clubs planning meets in Detroit during American automobile manufacturer’s centennial
  • 426 Hemi’s “father,” Thomas M. Hoover, honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
  • AC Cars, in business for 95 years, enters receivership
  • First Annual AACA Museum Inc. Auto Exposition held in Hershey, Pa.
  • Edsel designer Roy Brown to be honored at “Gathering on the Green” in Escondido, Calif.
  • Liberty-Owens-Ford glass supplier acquires Buchinger’s Auto Glass assets, triples inventory of old glass
  • J.C. Whitney moves from Chicago home of 80 years to LaSalle, Ill.
  • World’s first automotive art museum to open in Behring Automotive Museum in Danville, Calif.
  • Glidden Tour to honor 100 years of American automobile industry
  • 200-plus cars in HCCA “Tour of the Century” descend on Iola Old Car Show
  • Crayford Coachworks factory in Westerham, Kent, England, demolished
  • Nethercutt Collection reopens following repairs required after January 1994 earthquake
  • Madison Classics, promoters of Jefferson and Elkhorn, Wis., shows, adds event in Waukesha
  • AACA creates junior membership program
  • Oshkosh Truck Corp. to purchase Pierce Manufacturing of Appleton, Wis.
  • Old Cars tours Jay Leno’s collection
  • Mamie Doud Eisenhower’s 1962 Valiant donated to museum honoring her in Boone, Iowa
  • French government gets Schlumpf vehicle collection of Bugatti autos
  • Kruse International celebrates 25 years during Auburn auction
  • 10th annual Concours Italiano held in Carmel Valley, Calif.
  • Stutz collector A.K. Miller car, part hoard sold Sept. 7-8 in Vermont
  • AACA acquires 25 acres for AACA Museum in Hershey, Pa.
  • Hobbyists meet with EPA officials in St. Louis
  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway opens, operated by Richie Clyne of the Imperial Palace
  • Ford donates President Nixon’s 1967 Lincoln to his library in Yorba Linda, Calif.
  • Revell, Monogram plastic model kit brands combine into Revell-Monogram
  • 236-vehicle Towe Antique Ford Collection must be sold, says bankruptcy court
  • SEMA Action Network established by ARMO at 1996 SEMA Show
  • Mercedes-Benz now offers roadside assistance to vintage models
  • GM begins leasing EV1 electric cars
  • Behring Museum becomes Blackhawk Automotive Museum

1997

  • Old Cars pubished bi-weekly
  • John Gunnell, editorial director
  • Chad Elmore, news editor
  • Ron Kowalke, editor
  • James T. Lenzke, auction and technical editor
  • Ken Buttolph, research editor
  • Excelsior-Henderson motorcycles to be built again, this time in Minnesota
  • Barrett-Jackson January Scottsdale sale will be broadcast on live television for first time
  • Plymouth Prowler becomes production reality for 1997 model year
  • Chrysler Historical Collection to get permanent home in Auburn Hills, Mich., says manufacturer
  • National Packard Museum established in Warren, Ohio
  • Northern Ohio Region of CCCA holds 40th show at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron
  • AC Cars bought by Pride Automotive
  • 21 collector cars burn on Feb. 3 in Maple Shade, N.J., dealership
  • Oldsmobile Aurora paces Indy 500 at marque’s 100th anniversary
  • Italian coachbuilder Nuccio Bertone dies Feb. 25 at age 82
  • Thunderbird production stops for first time; 1997 model to be last until early 2000s
  • Chrysler to bring back 300 model
  • Shelby Series I debuts at Los Angeles Auto Show
  • Buddy Holly’s 1958 Impala found, reunited with “Peggy Sue”
  • Jay Leno receives Meguair’s Award, is Collector Car Hobby’s Person of the Year
  • Actor Nicolas Cage buys 1971 Lamborghini
  • Jay Leno endows scholarship at McPherson College
  • Maaco paints 10 millionth car
  • Mid America Design buys first C5 Corvette
  • Bloomington Gold celebrates 25th year
  • BMW turns 70
  • Jackson family acquires full control of Barrett-Jackson Auction Co.
  • Comedian Jerry Seinfeld sells 1954 Porsche 356 to Yankee Candle Car Museum
  • Ferrari is 50 years old
  • Lena Shelby, wife of Carroll, dies May 1
  • Nissan celebrates 40 years in USA with remanufactured 240Z cars
  • Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Collection acquires Miller Motors, last Hudson dealer
  • Plymouth Prowler production starts in June
  • Pontiac Oakland Club International celebrates its 25th year
  • Chrysler Corp. buys back on of its 5 1941 Newport parade phaetons
  • American Station Wagon Owners Association holds first annual convetion
  • 2,500 Oldsmobiles expected in Lansing, Mich., for Olds’ 100th celebration
  • RM Classic Car Productions buys into Rick Cole Auction Co.
  • Historic hot rods at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for first time
  • Automotive Hall of Fame to open Aug. 16 in Dearborn, Mich.
  • Dutch Wonderland Auction celebrates 25th year
  • Pate Swap Meet moves to Texas Motor Speedway
  • Mid-America Designs enters VW market
  • Carlisle Productions expands to Midwest with show in Bloomington, Ill.
  • “Old 16,” winner of 1908 Vanderbilt Cup, goes to Henry Ford Museum
  • Hershey’s new Kissmobiles celebrate 90 years of chocolate Kisses
  • American LaFrance opens museum in Cleveland, N.C.
  • Auctioneer Keith McCormick will open The Palm Springs Automotive Museum in California
  • Nethercutt Collection breaks ground on second facility
  • 1937 Talbot Lago T150C coupe wins Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Best of Show
  • Morgan Motor Car Co. returns to U.S. with Morgan 4-4
  • Mercedes-Benz shows off Maybach design concept in Tokyo
  • London taxi gets first redo since 1959
  • SEMA pegs restoration market at $785 million
  • Ford celebrates 50 years of F-Series on Oct. 1
  • Sacramento Towe Museum remains open despite auction of Towe’s Fords
  • Designer Franklin Q. Hershey dies Oct. 20 at age 90
  • Rolls-Royce company put up for sale
  • 70 years of Ford Model A celebrated in December 1997
The staff of Old Cars Weekly while LeRoi Tex Smith was editor and publisher.

The staff of Old Cars Weekly while LeRoi Tex Smith was editor and publisher.

1998

  • Old Cars pubished bi-weekly
  • John Gunnell, editorial director
  • Chad Elmore, news editor
  • Ron Kowalke, editor
  • James T. Lenzke, auction and technical editor
  • Ken Buttolph, research editor
  • Early Ford V-8 Club of America celebrates 35th meet in Dearborn
  • $1 million from Wisconsin slated for future AMC & Nash museum in Kenosha
  • Toy Cars & Vehicles magazine launched as sister pub to Old Cars
  • Bloomington Gold ‘Vette show returns to Bloomington, Ill.
  • Ford Model T appears on USPS stamp
  • Designer Strother MacMinn dies Jan. 19 at age 79
  • Beach Boys’ “Little Deuce Coupe” tours car show circuit
  • 500 Mustangs expected in Dearborn for Mustang Club of America June meet
  • GM announces Buick City in Flint, Mich., will close in 1999
  • Automotive Heritage Museum opens in Kokomo, Ind.
  • Chrysler Chronos dream car recalls 1953 Chrysler D’Elegance concept
  • NASCAR 50th Anniversary Fan Tour circles tracks nationwide
  • Shelby American will resume production of Daytona coupe, 289 FIA Cobra
  • OC celebrates 40 years since first Impala
  • Ferry Porsche dies March 27 at age 88
  • Buick Club of America undertakes nationwide survey of clubs
  • Washington state exempts older vehicles from emissions inspection
  • “Mr. Norm” Kraus, of Grand Spaulding Dodge, celebrates 50 years of performance
  • Tim Flock, NASCAR legend, dies March 31 at age 73
  • Chrysler, Daimler-Benz merge into DaimlerChrysler AG on May 7
  • Imperial Palace Antique & Classic Auto Collection open Biloxi, Miss., branch on May 8
  • Duesenberg J-286, with Murphy convertible coachwork, donated to ACD Museum
  • Jules Huemann and Lorin Tryon awarded Meguiar’s Award
  • Inaugural Route 66 Car Show to be held at new Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.
  • Concours on Rodeo to occupy three blocks of Rodeo Drive
  • Petersen Automotive Museum to host inaugural Cars & Stars event
  • OC celebrates 70 years of Plymouth
  • National Ford Tool Collector (NAFTCO) club formed
  • Saleen Performance celebrates 15 years, 10 special Mustangs to be produced
  • Subaru celebrates 30 years in U.S.
  • Hobby watchdogs COVA, CVAG merge into COVA/CVAG
  • Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen — ex-GM, Ford then White executive — dies July 6 at age 85
  • Chrysler Cordoba Club formed with registry
  • Tom Kendall breaks Mark Donohue’s record for most consecutive Trans-Am victories
  • Packard Timing Tower at Utica Packard Proving Grounds to be saved, moved
  • Chrysler Historical Museum to open in mid 1999
  • Michigan universities, carmakers and museums form non-profit Automobile National Heritage, Inc.
  • Eldon Hostetler invites Hudson-philes to his private collection
  • BMW chairman tells Rover to get Riley brand back on the road in 365 days
  • Nissan has Z-car back on its drawing boards
  • Cushman scooter developer, Robert H. Ammon, dies Aug. 16 at age 81
  • John Gunnell celebrates 20 years at Old Cars
  • Ford Piquette Plant, birthplace of Model T, at risk of razing — museum talks quickly follow
  • GM to drop Buick Riviera on Nov. 25, Oldsmobile 88 on Dec. 23
  • Dick Gold, charter CCCA member and club past president, dies on Sept. 17 at age 71
  • Mercedes-Benz Club of America tops 30,000 members
  • Renault celebrates 100 years
  • Cougar Club of New Jersey gets its start
  • Honda Motor Co. marks its 50th anniversary
  • Detroit seizes control of Packard plant
  • First Franklin, 1902 light roadster, returns to hometown of Syracuse for museum display
  • First Durant tour to start in Canada during June
  • Wisconsin issues 100,000th collector plate

1999

  • Old Cars pubished bi-weekly
  • John Gunnell, editorial director
  • Chad Elmore, news editor
  • Ron Kowalke, editor
  • James T. Lenzke, auction and technical editor
  • Ken Buttolph, research editor
  • William Clay Ford, Jr. becomes chairman of Ford Motor Co.
  • 100 years since first Packard, Opel
  • Lincoln Highway license plates offered in Illinois
  • Pontiac brings back GTO name for show car
  • Saturn to build right-hand-drive station wagon for U.S. letter carriers
  • 2001 Ford Thunderbird makes its debut
  • Oakland Roadster Show renamed Grand National Roadster Show at its 50th anniversary (February)
  • Forney Museum of Transportation changes Denver addresses, gets bigger building
  • California teen takes road test in ’23 Model T
  • Ford confirms 25th anniversary Mustang model
  • Dodge debuts Charger R/T show car at Chicago
  • 30th anniversary Pontiac Trans Am offered
  • Jay Leno drives Indy 500 pace car
  • 75 years of GM proving grounds in Milford, Mich., marked by events
  • Chevrolet debuts new Nomad concept, Cadillac Catera concept is “hot”
  • Rochester (N.Y.) Corvette Club celebrates 40 years
  • Packard centennial to be held in Warren, Ohio
  • 18 old cars burn in fire by grinder in Campbell, Ohio
  • eBay buys Butterfield & Butterfield Auctioneers Corp., acquires Kruse International
  • New Holland buys Case Corp. of Racine, Wis.
  • Washington law redefines “street rod”
  • Mr. Norm’s Sport Club revitalized
  • Father’s Day fire in Iola, Wis., spares car show office, but depletes downtown businesses
  • 10 millionth Model T driven cross-country for its 75th anniversary
  • 1931 Bugatti Royale sold for over $12 million
  • Corgi toy creator Arthur Katz dies June 26 at age 91
  • Plymouth, Dodge names will not appear on Canadian cars
  • Nels Egge, Egge Machine Co. owner, passes away July 30
  • Timken Co., of bearing fame, celebrates 100 years
  • 80th anniversary of Pan Motor Co. celebrated in St. Cloud, Minn.
  • GM purchases marketing and distribution rights to Hummer
  • Mustang stamps to be sold by USPS in September 1999
  • Walter P. Chrysler Museum to open Oct. 5 in Auburn Hills, Mich.
  • Malcolm Meguiar, of car wax fame, dies Aug. 19 at age 84
  • Piquette Plant Preservation Project purchases Ford’s early plant
  • Elvis’ 1956 Continental Mark II sells for $277,000 in Las Vegas
  • Plymouth nameplate joins De Soto in MoPar mortuary
  • 51 old cars burn in fire at Dells Auto Museum in Lake Mills, Wis.
  • Dean Kruse buys 100 classics, including 36 Duesenbergs, after selling auction company
  • 1971 Hemi ’Cuda convertible sells for $400,000 at Kenmore, Wash., auction
  • GM finalizes deal to buy Hummer marketing, distribution rights
  • Ford donates $2.5 million to fix Fair Lane, Henry’s old home

2000

  • Old Cars pubished bi-weekly
  • John Gunnell, editorial director
  • Chad Elmore, news editor
  • Ron Kowalke, editor
  • James T. Lenzke, auction and technical editor
  • Ken Buttolph, research editor
  • Robert & Margie Petersen donate $30 to save namesake Petersen Automotive Museum
  • Packard Motor Car Foundation & Shelby Township work to make proving grounds a Nat’l Historic Place
  • Stalin’s ’48 ZIS limousine found in Poland
  • Rumor: Ford to replace Blue Oval logo on its headquarters with script
  • Ford Model T is voted “Car of the Century”
  • Porsche named “Engineer of the Century”
  • Mini is Europe’s “Car of the Century”
  • Auburn Automobile Co. centenary celebrated in 2000
  • Chrysler presents new 300 Hemi C convertible Letter Car
  • Ford debuts 2000 Bullitt Mustang as prototype
  • Restored prototype 1965 Mustang coupe to be displayed at 35th Mustang Club of America meet
  • A GM Futurliner to be finally restored by volunteers, NATMUS
  • OC columnist Peter Winnewisser wins AACA’s Thomas McKean Memorial Cup for his Model A book
  • NYC’s last Checker cab sells for $120,000 at auction
  • Ford buys Land Rover from BMW on March 17
  • Couple begins circumnavigating globe in 1949 Buick Woodie on May 1; finishes July 18
  • 50th anniversary Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held Aug. 20
  • Pomona Swap Meet & Car Show celebrates 25 years
  • Lee Petty, racing patriarch, dies April 6 at age 86
  • Around the World in 80 Days Motoring Challenging begins May 1
  • Milwaukee car dealer Wallace “Wally” Rank, known for his collector cars and shows, dies at 83
  • Hartford Heritage Collection in Wisconsin becomes Wisconsin Automotive Museum
  • 75 Years of Pontiac
  • Designer Dave Holls dies June 16 at age 69
  • GM to close Desert Proving Grounds in Mesa, Ariz., by end of 2002
  • 1913 Car-Nation discovered in New York barn
  • Buick’s retro-styled Blackhawk concept debuts at Buick Club of American meet in Virginia
  • Shipper Passport Transport sold to FedEx Custom Critical, Inc.
  • Hobbyist William Swigart, of museum fame, dies July 10 at age 85
  • 50th Greenfield Village Old Car Festival held Sept. 9-10
  • New Nethercutt Collection building opens on June 16; displays 100 cars

2001

  • Old Cars publihed weekly
  • Greg Smith - publisher
  • John Gunnell – editorial director/editor
  • Brad Bowling – editor
  • Ken Buttolph – research editor
  • Ron Kowalke – auction/technical editor
  • Todd Haefer – associate editor/book editor
  • Pat Lacke – advertising manager
  • Michelle Kraemer – advertising
  • Dennis Piotrowski – advertising
  • Hank Stanczyk – advertising
  • David Eschenbauch – advertising
  • 90 years of Chevrolet
  • Old Cars turns 30
  • Chicago Auto Show turns 100
  • Dale Earnhardt dies in Daytona crash
  • Old Cars has a “web site” directory in print
  • Ford has 49 Concept (written by an upstart Angelo Van Bogart)
  • Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth dies.
  • Angelo Van Bogart added as Associate Editor in February
  • Smokey Yunick dies at age 77
  • Keith Mathiowetz becomes editor in May 
  • Colleen Courtney taken on as Old Cars intern
  • Pontiac turns 75
  • Ghost Pontiac in Iola 
  • GM's Nomad concept
  • Retro-inspired Thunderbird was Motor Trend’s Car of the Year
  • Kenny Buttolph retires
Ford debuted the restored 20 Millionth Ford, a 1931 Model A, on our property during the Iola Old Car Show. Pat Lacke (OC sales manager) on the far left, a Ford representative, Keith Mathiowetz (editor), Angelo Van Bogart (editor) and Greg Smith (OC publisher).

Ford debuted the restored 20 Millionth Ford, a 1931 Model A at Old Cars' headquarters during the Iola Old Car Show. Pat Lacke (OC sales manager) on the far left, a Ford representative, Keith Mathiowetz (editor), Angelo Van Bogart (editor) and Greg Smith (OC publisher).

2002

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Greg Smith - publisher
  • Keith Mathiowetz – editor
  • Angelo Van Bogart – associate editor
  • Ron Kowalke – auction/technical editor
  • Pat Lache – advertising manager
  • Michelle Kraemer – advertising
  • Dennis Piotrowski – advertising
  • Hank Stanczyk – advertising
  • David Eschenbauch - advertising
  • Terry Ehrich (Hemmings Motor News) dies at age 60 lung cancer
  • Krause turns 50 (Celebrated with Chet tank ad)
  • Ford GT40 concept unveiled at NIAS
  • Cadillac Cien concept at NIAS (Looks a lot like current Corvette)
  • Studebaker hits 150 years
  • Wally Parks receives first Petersen award
  • Charlotte AutoFair turns 25
  • Jefferson Car Show turns 25
  • GM builds SSR “Corvette pickup”
  • Detroit Autorama celebrates 50th show in 2002; show started in 1953
  • Hemmings sold to American City Business Journals, Inc.
  • Racing legend Buck Baker dies at age 83
  • Restored 20 Millionth Ford debuts at Old Cars headquarters during 30th Iola Old Car Show
  • Eldorado ends production
  • Last new 4th Gen Camaro sold at auction

2003

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Greg Smith - publisher
  • Keith Mathiowetz – editor
  • Angelo Van Bogart – associate Editor
  • Ron Kowalke – auction/technical editor
  • Pat Lacke – advertising manager
  • Michelle Kraemer – advertising
  • Dennis Piotrowski – advertising
  • Hank Stanczyk – advertising
  • David Eschenbach - advertising
  • Barret-Jackson expands to Florida
  • Ford 100th Anniversary
  • Chicayne wins Shine Award at SEMA 
  • Shelby American introduces new Cobra 289
  • Cadillac Sixteen concept and Magnum SRT-8 concepts at 2003 NAIAS
  • Hagerty advertised with us
  • AACA Museum open to public in June
  • 100 years of Rolls Royce
  • Buick turns 100
  • Corvette turns 50
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2004

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Greg Smith - publisher
  • Keith Mathiowetzz – editor
  • Angelo Van Bogart – associate editor
  • Brendon Dooley – associate editor
  • Ron Kowalke – auction/technical editor
  • Pat Lache – advertising manager
  • Michelle Kraemer – advertising
  • Dennis Piotrowski – advertising
  • Hank Stanczyk – advertising
  • John Hammond - advertising
  • LeMay starts construction of museum
  • Rick Groth to take over as publisher
  • AACA hires Steve Moskowitz as executive director
  • Chip Miller of Carlisle Events dies from complications of Amyloidosis
  • Tom Barrett of Barrett-Jackson dies at age 75
  • Brendon Dooley added as associate editor
  • RM Auctions celebrates 25 years
  • Ford’s Dearborn Assembly Pant closes
  • Jessica Toth added to Advertising
  • Road America turns 50
  • Pomona Swap Meet turns 30

2005

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Keith Mathiowetzz – editor
  • Ron Kowalke – auction/technical editor
  • Angelo Van Bogart – associate editor
  • Brendan Dooley – associate editor
  • Pat Lache – advertising manager
  • Michelle Kraemer – advertising
  • Jessica Toth – advertising
  • Hank Stanczyk – advertising
  • Bob Crase of Car Show dies at 75
  • John Z. DeLorean dies at age 80
  • Denny Suesenberg dies at age 91
  • Chip Foose love was strong in 2005
  • Hirohata Mercury at Ohio Concours
  • Hurricane Rita hampers shows in Texas
  • Kevin Isaacson becomes publisher
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2006

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Kevin Isaacson -publisher
  • Keith Mathiowetzz – editor
  • Ron Kowalke – auction/technical editor
  • Angelo Van Bogart – associate editor
  • Brendan Dooley – associate editor
  • Pat Lache – advertising manager
  • Michelle Kraemer – advertising
  • Jessica Toth – advertising
  • Hank Stanczyk – advertising
  • First Newport, R.I. Concours d’Elegance
  • Gopher State Timing Association holds 50th Rod & Custom Spectacular
  • AACA Museum becomes a Smithsonian affiliate
  • 5th Gen Camaro concept hits NAIAS
  • Dodge Challenger concept hits NAIAS
  • GSTA hosts 50th Rod & Custom Show
  • Pontiacregistry.com is born
  • Angelo Van Bogart becomes editor in May
  • Robyn Austin becomes editorial director
  • Brian Earnest Old Cars book editor
  • Challenger received green light from Chrylser for production
  • Early Ford V-8 Foundation set to build new museum
  • ’57 Chevy bodies earn SEMA award nomination
  • Slight re-design (More columns added)
  • Old Cars is 35

2007

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Kevin Isaacson - publisher
  • Keith Mathiowetzz – special projects editor
  • Ron Kowalke – auction/technical editor
  • Angelo Van Bogart – editor
  • Brendan Dooley – associate editor
  • Robyn Austin – editorial director
  • Steve Madson – advertising manager
  • Michelle Kraemer – advertising
  • Joe Diedrich – advertising
  • Hank Stanczyk – advertising
  • Dick Landy (Drag Racing fame) dies at age 69
  • Pontiac Solstice voted as “Future Classic” of the year
  • NAIAS turns 100
  • Lance Miller and Bill Miller Jr. take over the families’ business
  • Robert Peterson dies at age 80
  • Matt Gergeni becomes Online Editor
  • Old Cars beomces online presenc
  • 30 years of Spring Jefferson
  • Warren Avis dies at age 92 (rental cars)
  • Tulsarama! Digs up rusty 1957 Plymouth time capsule
  • Bill France Jr. dies at 74 (NASCAR)
  • Short-lived “Build-a-Car” opens (Build-a-Bear style)
  • Meredyth Albright added as copy editor
  • 2008 Dodge Challengers hit the market
  • Jeff Pozarski takes over as Publisher
  • Evel Knievel dies at 69
  • Brian Earnest takes te helm of editorial director
  • Jay Leno’s garage now online
  • Old Cars gets a wrap cover
  • Philip Egan, one of Tucker’s designers, dies Dec. 26 at age 88
  • Beverly Rae Kimes dies
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2008

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Dean Listle - publisher
  • Ron Kowalke – auction/technical editor
  • Angelo Van Bogart – editor
  • Brian Earnest – editorial director
  • Meredyth Albright - copy editor
  • Matt Gergeni - online editor
  • Steve Madson – advertising manager
  • Michelle Kraemer – advertising
  • Joe Diedrich – advertising
  • Hank Stanczyk – advertising
  • Model T turns 100
  • Tom Dupuis takes over design work
  • Holley Performance files for bankruptcy
  • Edsel turns 50
  • Boyd Coddington dies at 63
  • Orbitron found in Mexico
  • Public Enemies films in Wisconsin with old cars
  • GM razes Fisher Body plant
  • Two die of carbon monoxide poisoning at Chickasha
  • Leno sued over Duesenberg; co-defendant takes own life
  • Kevin Ulrich takes over as head designer
  • Sharon Thatcher added as associate editor
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2009

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Ron Kowalke – auction/technical editor
  • Angelo Van Bogart – editor
  • Brian Earnest – editorial director
  • Sharon Thatcher - associate editor
  • Meredyth Albright - copy editor
  • Matt Gergeni - online editor
  • Steve Madson – advertising manager
  • Michelle Kraemer – advertising
  • Joe Diedrich – advertising
  • Hank Stanczyk – advertising
  • GM to auction 25% of Heritage Collection at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale
  • Camaro production to begin mid-February for new 2010 Camaro; paces Indy 500
  • Steve Saleen’s new SMS company will create new ultra-high-performance Mustangs
  • Chevy Vettefest holds engine-building challenge Nov. 22-23
  • Porsche increases stake in Volkswagen AG to more than 50%
  • Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) founded to document notable vehicles
  • Bloomington Gold holds 25th GoldTour for Corvettes on June 27
  • Rocker Eddie Van Halen auctions 1956 Chevy 210, Nomad in Arizona
  • Shelby Automobiles opens new expansion at Las Vegas factory
  • “Tucker convertible” featured in Old Cars’ Feb. 5 issue
  • Saleen debuts new hi-po Dodge Challenger SMS 570
  • Cadillac pulls plug on XLR roadster; just 1250 built alongside Corvette in 2008
  • SEMA joins fight against “cash for clunkers” bill
  • 35th Winter Autofest held in Zephyrhills, Fla.
  • Atlantic City Classic Car Auction highlights 110 years of Packard
  • Fiberglass pioneer Dee Wescott dies on Jan. 29 at age 81
  • Unrestored 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante sells for $4.4 million at Bonhams sale
  • 1970 Chevelle SS454 from 21-car trailer find goes to AACA Museum
  • Alaska’s first car, homebuilt in 1905 by Robert Sheldon, loaned to Fairbanks Antique Auto Museum
  • Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum opens
  • Mercury XM-800 concept, now restored, sells for $390,000 at RM Auctions’ Arizona sale
  • Ellen “Nellie” Jackson, matriarch of Barrett-Jackson, dies Feb. 10 at age 90
  • David Uihlein, founder of Harry A. Miller Club, dies Jan. 29 at age 89
  • TP Tools opens collector car museum in Canfield, Ohio
  • California collector Tom Price buys 21 Ferraris for $30 million
  • Muscle Car City Museum opens in Punta Gorda, Fla.
  • GM shelves hi-po program while seeking federal aid
  • After settlement, American’s 1919 Turcat-Mery returns to France where it’s a historic landmark
  • Mercedes-Benz brings back gullwing model with AMG-produced SLS, priced around $250,000
  • National Packard Museum features every 1937 model
  • Hurst begins delivery of HURST/Hemi Challengers and 50th Anniversary HURST/Vipers on March 16
  • Hagerty initiates Operation! For youth
  • Hudson Essex Terraplane Club celebrates club’s 50th, Hudson’s 100th
  • President Obama rejects GM, Chrysler restructuring plans amid bankruptcies
  • Robert Turnquist, Packard collector and co-founder of CCCA, dies on April 4 at age 82
  • Towe Auto Museum becomes California Automobile Museum
  • Karmann USA launches aftermarket group to rebuild/restore convertible tops
  • NATMUS suffers flood in Auubrn, Ind.
  • International Scout creator Theodore Ornas dies March 14 at age 91
  • NSRA now welcomes vehicles as young as 30 years old
  • Barrett-Jackson begins offering collector car insurance
  • GM to pull plug on Pontiac in 2010
  • Tom Brownell, 25-year Old Cars Q&A columnist, dies May 2 at age 67
  • LeMay Automobile Museum to break ground on new museum
  • Daimler AG, Chrysler split
  • 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa sells for $12.15 million at RM Auctions sale in Italy
  • Pierce-Arrow Society celebrates celebrates 80 years of 8 cylinders at 52nd meet
  • GM strikes deal to sell Hummer
  • First Elvis Presley Car Show at Graceland held in Memphis
  • First Legends of Drag Racing Festival held in Union Grove, Wis.
  • 3 Idaho gang members sentenced for rioting at 2008 car show at Boise State University
  • AC Owners Club celebrates 60 years
  • Antique & Classic Car Museum in Shreveport, La., closes doors
  • MG auto rebuilder University Motors closes doors after 34 years
  • Amendment to “cash for clunkers” bill protects pre-1986 vehicles; passed June 18
  • Unissued, early-1930s California license plates uncovered beneath house roofing
  • Beverly Rae Kimes’ research materials donated to Society of Automotive Historians
  • E-M-F Registry celebrates 100-year anniversary of Everitt-Metzger-Flangers Co.
  • Lee Iacocca blesses 45th anniversary Mustang
  • Papa John’s pizza founder offers $250,000 to find his long-sold 1972 Z/28 Camaro
  • Packard Motor Car Co. assembly plant in Detroit suffers devastating fire
  • California reissues black-and-yellow license plates for pre-1970 vehicles
  • Weinermobile crashes bun-first into Mount Pleasant, Wis.
  • Buick GSX reunion planned for Aug. 1 outside Columbus, Ohio
  • NFL linebacker Thomas Davis’ 1975 Caprice Classic stolen
  • 5th Back to the Bricks event in Flint, Mich., expects 25,000 collector vehicles
  • Keith Marvin, historian and OC contributor, dies June 22 at age 84
  • First Symco Shakedown traditional hot rod show held in Wisconsin
  • 1.5 millionth Corvette rolls off Bowling Green GM assembly plant on May 28
  • 4 Hurst/Olds cars stolen during Hurst/Olds Club of America 25th National Meet in Indy
  • $7.25 million buys Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe at Aug. 15 Mecum sale; sets American car record price
  • 1985 Maserati BiTurbo with 18K miles turned into “cash for clunkers”
  • Now VW says it will buy 42% stake in Porsche with merger
  • GM reaches deal to sell Saab to Koenigsegg Group AB
  • Automotive History & Preservation Foundation to set up museum in Monterey, Calif.
  • First Keene Hill Climb Reunion scheduled in New York for Sept. 26-27
  • Milwaukee Corvair Club & Holtz Motors to celebrate 50th anniversary of Corvair intro on Oct. 3
  • Hurst Performance to build 50 2010 BF Goodrich/Hurst Mustang Pace Cars
  • Penske deal to buy Saturn from GM fails; production to end in 2012
  • Jim Wangers teams up to build restomod GTO Judge; duplicates to be sold
  • Last Duesenberg Model J in original owner’s family is sold to new family
  • Gilmore Garage Works program teaming high schoolers with mentors begins
  • '36-'37-'38 Buick Owners’ Association formed
  • Bill Thomas, Sr., Chevy high-performance legend, dies Oct. 10
  • 1937 Kenwoth tour bus put back into use at Mount Rainier National Park
  • Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum adds hall of fame for female automotive pioneers
  • Karmann files for bankruptcy, Volkswagen AG looks to buy it
  • John O’Quinn, who built huge collection after suing tobacco industry, dies in car crash on Oct. 9
  • Zephyrhills FallFest celebrates 25 years
  • 57 Heaven museum in Branson, Mo., closes, disperses collection in Oct. 24 Mecum auction
  • First Nickey Chicago Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals held
  • Coker Tire Co. plans to build replicas of first Indy 500 cars
  • Federal prosecutors say Indy-based car collector Timothy Durham defrauded investors in Ponzi scheme
  • Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance celebrates 60th anniversary
  • Hagen’s Auto Parts, rare parts source for 65 years, burns in Puyallup, Wash.
  • Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum adds 1963 Corvette Grand Sport
  • Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions suffers $500,000 in damage after Dec. 11 arson
  • Saab Automobile AB closes sale of assets to Beijing Automotive Industry Holdings Co. Ltd. On Dec. 14
  • Pate Museum of Transportation in Ft. Worth, Texas, closes doors on Dec. 24
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2010

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Ron Kowalke – auction/technical editor
  • Angelo Van Bogart – editor
  • Brian Earnest – editorial director
  • Sharon Thatcher - associate editor
  • Meredyth Albright - copy editor
  • Matt Gergeni - online editor
  • Steve Madson – advertising manager
  • Michelle Kraemer – advertising
  • Joe Diedrich – advertising
  • Hank Stanczyk – advertising
  • Leo Gephart buys, displays stainless-steel 1936 Ford Tudor
  • 300-car collection of alleged Ponzi schemer Jeffrey L. Mowen headed for auction
  • Don “The Snake” Prudhomme announces retirement from racing
  • January Scottsdale auctions rocked by storms; tent falls on cars at Russo & Steele sale
  • Cadillac–LaSalle Museum and Research Center will join Gilmore Car Museum campus
  • Dodge offers 2010 Challenger R/T Classic in Plum Crazy
  • Giant John O’Quinn car collection to be liquidated
  • Bob Lutz, famed designer, retires from GM on May 1
  • Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance becomes Concours d’Elegance of America
  • Donald Frey, retired Ford engineer with role in Mustang development, dies March 5 at age 86
  • 1958 Buick Special discovered in home’s porch foundation in Kankakee, Ill.
  • Old Cars goes from 11x12-in. tabloid to 8x10-3/4-in. magazine with April 15, 2010, issue
  • Mullin Automotive Museum of French Full Classics opens in Oxnard, Calif.
  • Inaugural Midwest MuscleCar Challenge held inLawrenceville, Ill.
  • Chrysler 300 Club International, Inc. holds its 40th Annual Spring Meet in Virginia
  • Ford’s remaining 1969 Talladega prototypes will gather in Kingsport, Tenn., at Forge Musclecar Show
  • Brass in Bucks County (Pa.) moves to Berks County, keeps initials and brass-car focus
  • Henry Ford Estate and Ford House unite
  • Dodge builds 50 “Final Edition” 2010 Viper SRT10 models
  • Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic sells for record price of $40 million to Peter Mullin
  • Huntington Beach Concours d’Elegance celebrates 25 y ears
  • Chevrolet Suburban’s 75th celebrated May 3 at GM’s Arlington, Texas, assembly plant
  • H.H. Franklin Club, Inc., dedicates its new 7000-sq-ft museum in Hickory Corners, Mich.
  • U.S. Senate Oks resolution for first National Collector Car Appreciation Day on July 9
  • 55th anniversary of 1955 Thunderbird celebrated at Ford World Headquarters on June 26
  • Record 30-50 International Highwheelers to gather in LaPorte, Ind.
  • $925,000 paid at Mecum auction for 1963 Corvette originally gifted to Harley Earl
  • Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum celebrates 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo
  • GM bestows new Corvette to Detroit Tigers pitcher after perfect game record is snatched by ump’s bad call
  • First Ab Jenkins Memorial Duesenberg Exhibition of Speed held with annual ACD Reunion
  • Kissel Gold Bug Speedsters unite in Greenfield Village
  • Chevrolet says, “stop using ‘Chevy’” in marketing
  • FoMoCo will stop building Mercurys at end of 2010
  • 70 cars expected at meet celebrating Willys-Overland-Knight Registry’s 50th anniversary
  • Madison Classics holds 25th Elkhorn Swap Meet, Car Corral and Car Show in Wisconsin
  • GM Futurliner comes to Iola
  • RM Auctions buys Kruse Auction Park in Auburn, Ind.
  • Egglefield Bros. in Elizabethtown, N.Y., celebrates 100 years of selling Fords
  • 3 floors of historic cars, automobilia featured at new Louwman Museum in the Netherlands
  • Roy Rogers’ 1964 Pontiac Bonneville convert sells for $254,500 at Christie’s sale in New York City
  • Last PT Cruiser rolls off Chrysler’s Toluca, Mexico, plant on July 9
  • Larry Watson, custom car legend, dies July 20 at 70
  • 1933 Delage D8S De Villars, featured on Aug. 26 OC cover, is Pebble Beach Best of Show
  • Golden Age of Trucking Museum, founded in 1998 in Middlebury, Conn., closes
  • Custom car builder Larry Alexander, of Detroit, dies Aug. 25 at age 79
  • Autoseum announced for Long Island
  • Actor Tim Allen to become voice of Chevrolet, starting with 2011 Cruz ads
  • AACA celebrates 75 years at Fall Hershey meet
  • First Hurst Challenger goes up for sale
  • Ex-Bond 1964 Aston Martin DB5 goes up for auction
  • Dodge unleashes race-only V-10-powered MoPar Challenger Drag Pak
  • A new 3-wheel Morgan will be built for first time in 60 years
  • FoMoCo plans to shed Lincoln dealerships
  • Porsche’s search for oldest survivor at its 60th anniversary turns up a ’52 356 Cabriolet
  • Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi opens on Oct. 7
  • GM to send Mr. Goodwrench packing on Feb. 1, 2011, after 37 years
  • New Allard J2X MKII, built in Canada, to be distributed in Europe
  • Rocker Neil Young’s electric-powered 1959 Lincoln convertible burns on Nov. 16 in charging mishap
  • Stolen 1956 Ford pickup returned to California owner 38 years after theft
  • Eckler Industries acquires Dearborn Classics
  • Frank Kleptz, owner of see-thru ’40 Pontiac and a Chrysler Turbine Car, dies Nov. 5 at age 89
  • Chuck Jordan, famed GM designer, dies Dec. 9 at age 83
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2011

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Ron Kowalke – auction/technical editor
  • Angelo Van Bogart – editor
  • Brian Earnest – editorial director
  • Robyn Austin - editor
  • The Elegance, a concours at the Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania, debuts
  • New Model A Ford Museum groundbreaking at Gilmore Car Museum campus announced for 2011
  • Chrysler says Viper will return for 2012
  • Chevrolet celebrates 100 years
  • Mark Racop says he will build licensed replicas of the Batmobile from the 1960s TV series
  • 45-year-old Gilmore Car Museum expands with Heritage Center
  • Joel Rosen of Baldwin-Motion fame partners to build 427 and 454 2011 Camaros
  • Rapper Eminem pumps Chrysler, Detroit in Super Bowl commercial
  • Wisconsin DOT withdraws proposal to prohibit registration of post-1967 imports
  • World Race 2011 New York to Paris begins April 14
  • Reno Swap Meet adds Sacramento event on April 17
  • Glenn Pray, of Auburn Cord Duesenberg Co. fame, dies March 23 at age 86
  • 1911 Mormon Wasp appears on USPS stamp highlighting Indianapolis 500
  • Hurst to offer supercharged 2011 Hurst HEMI Hauler based on RAM 1500 regular cab, shortbox
  • Joe Mondello, legendary engine builder, dies April 6 at age 74
  • 70 years of Jeep celebrated at Walter P. Chrysler Museum
  • Brit Joy Rainey to drive 1904 Olds across U.S. to raise money for cancer research
  • 100th anniversary of Lincoln Highway celebrated with tours of roadway
  • 50th anniversary of Jaguar XK-E
  • Margie Petersen, her foundation, bestow $100 million gift upon Petersen Automotive Museum
  • Race car builder Smokey Yunick’s historic “best damn garage” destroyed by fire on April 25
  • Pontiac-Oakland Museum opens July 23 in Pontiac, Ill.
  • Carlisle GM Nationals held for 10th year
  • $12 million gift aids Crawford Auto Aviation Collection
  • Chrysler Group LLC returns $7.6 billion in bail out money to U.S. and Canadian governments on May 24
  • Nicola Bulgari adds last Cadillac DTS built to his collection
  • Wheels Through Time Museum, opened in 2002, plans move out of Maggie Valley, N.C.
  • Gerald L. Durnell, publisher of Automobile Quarterly, dies May 23 at age 69
  • 25th New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run held Aug. 13 in Minnesota
  • Bentley Drivers Club celebrates 75th anniversary north of London from Aug 13-14
  • Cuba to loosen restriction on buying and selling of cars
  • Gen. William Lyon’s impressive Duesenberg collection displayed at Lyon Air Museum
  • 25th anniversary Hot August Nights held in Reno, Sparks
  • SEMA Action Network mobilizes to save salt fading from Bonneville
  • 125th anniversary of Carl Benz’s first car celebrated at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
  • First Concours d’Elegance of Texas organized
  • 40th annual Intermountain Concours d’Elegance (formerly Utah Concours d’Elegance) held Aug. 27
  • Texas wildfires claim 175 collector cars
  • Studebaker Corp. foundry in South Bend is razed for new businesses, park
  • Chip Foose returns to TV with new show “American Icon With Chip Foose”
  • 100-millionth Chevy small-block produced by General Motors
  • $700,000 paid for resto-modded ’64 Fairlane at Barrett-Jackson; money goes to charity
  • ACD Museum cofounders John Martin Smith and Barbara Smith die Oct. 5 in car accident
  • First 2012 Camaro ZL1 publicly sold gets $250,000 at Barrett-Jackson auction
  • Model T Ford Club of Amerca plans to move its Richmond, Ind., museum
  • Margie Petersen, wife of late publishing executive Robert E. Petersen, dies Nov. 25 at age 76
  • Ford’s St. Paul assembly plant closes Dec. 16; last vehicle is a Ford Ranger
  • Duesenberg/Willys-Overland/Star plant in Elizabeth, N.J., destroyed by fire on Dec. 22
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2012

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Angelo Van Bogart – editor
  • Brian Earnest – editorial director
  • Robyn Austin - editor
  • 8 Ferraris, a Lamborghini and 2 Mercedes crash in Japan during a tour
  • Dynacorn to build complete, new first-gen Mustang convertible bodies
  • Bloomington Gold moves to Champaign County for 2012
  • Saab Automobile files for bankruptcy after failed purchase
  • 80th anniversary of Ford’s 1932 “Deuce” honored by Ptersen Automotive Museum
  • Old Cars celebrates 40 years with March 1 issue
  • R.E. Olds family establishes R.E. Olds Family Award
  • $180 million in collector cars sold during January auctions around Scottsdale
  • Bruce McCalley, co-founder of Model T Ford Club of America, dies Feb. 15 at age 86
  • Speedway Motors celebrates 60 years
  • Inaugural Concours d’Elegance of Texas to feature Beatle’s 1965 Aston Martin DB5
  • Gilmore Car Museum opens year-round
  • Saab’s museum saved by Wallenburg family trust
  • Mecum Auctions establishes its HQ in in Walworth, Wis.
  • Branson Auto Museum to rebuild after Feb. 29 tornado
  • MKZ unwrapped at Detroit auto show with hopes to revive Lincoln brand
  • Edward Towe, Ford collector and one-time museum owner, dies March 13 at age 97
  • Bill “Grumpy” Jenkis, NHRA pro-stock icon, dies March 29 at age 81
  • Keith Richards’ 1950 Pontiac convertible heads to April 30 Bonhams auction
  • Pennsylvanians can display year-of-manufacture plates
  • 55th Pierce-Arrow Society meet to be held at its museum on Gilmore Car Museum campus
  • Willie G. Davidson, 50-year head of styling for Harley-Davidson, retires April 3
  • Jim Grundy announces return to Grundy Worldwide Collector Vehicle Program
  • Yellowstone Trail Days celebrates 100 years of the first-cross-continental road
  • Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, creator of Porsche 911, dies April 5 at age 76
  • 1911 Marmon Wasp replica completed by Corker Coker & Honest Charley Garage team
  • Nancy LeMay donates $700,000 to LeMay — America’s Car Museum
  • Auction expert Rick Cole joins Barrett-Jackson
  • Carlisle Events expands with Bloomsburg Nationals powered by Carlisle Events
  • 20 Millionth Ford leads Model A Ford Club of America tour
  • Famed automotive artist David J. “Dave” Bell dies May 5 at age 72
  • Custom 1937 Imperial C-15 town car used by Walter P. Chrysler’s wife unearthed
  • RK Motors to restore last 426 Hemi, a 1971 Dodge Charger R/T
  • LeMay Museum opens in Tacoma during early June
  • Carroll Shelby dies May 10 at age 89
  • Saab now to be bought by Hong Kong and Japanese investors
  • 60 years in hiding, only 1940 Graham convertible to debut at Concours d’Elegance of America
  • 35th annual Appleton (Wis.) Old Car Show and Swap Meet held July 22
  • Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, first Model T plant, opens as museum in Detroit
  • Scott Bailey, founder of Automobile Quarterly, dies June 26
  • 1971 Chevrolet C10 welcomed back at Flint assembly plant where it was built
  • Coachbuilding icon Sergio Pininfarina dies July 3 at age 85
  • Laster Mercer, 1925 Series 6 Type 35R raceabout, rolls onto Pebble Beach lawn
  • Back to the Bricks, in Flint, commissions Louis Chevrolet statue in city
  • At its 50th anniversary, Ferrari Club of America plans 20,000-mile relay
  • Mid America Motorworks plants time capsule at Corvette’s 60th anniversary, to be opened in 2053
  • Dodge withdraws from NASCAR
  • Foreclosure judgment jeopardizes the Dean V. Kruse National Military History Center
  • Collector buys DeanKruse foundation building, keeping open adjacent military center
  • “Dr. Phil” McGraw’s 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible stolen
  • Federal judge rejects challenge to EPA’s increase in ethanol to fuel
  • 8 Tuckers gather at Ohio’s Glenmoor Gathering in September
  • 007’s 2012 Aston Martin V12 DBS coupe from ”Quantom of Solace” heads to Christie’s auction
  • Legal battle ensues over 1 of 3 Corvettes that raced at 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • Model A Ford Museum opens on Gilmore Car Museum campus Sept. 22
  • T-bucket creator Norm Grabowski dies Oct. 12
  • Legendary racer and safety advocate John Fitch dies Oct. 31 at age 95
  • Walter P. Chrysler Museum, founded in 1999, to close; Chrysler Foundation LLC buys collection
  • Wheels of Yesterday Antique and Classic Car Museum, founded in 1996, closes
  • Statue of David Dunbar Buick unveiled in Flint, Mich., on Dec. 1
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2013

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Angelo Van Bogart – editor
  • Brian Earnest – editorial director
  • Robyn Austin - editor
  • Kansas designates 13 miles of Route 66 as a Kansas Historic Byway
  • Bill Ford, FoMoCo executive chairman, buys oldest known Ford passenger car, a 1903 Model A
  • Glenmoor Gathering ends after 18-year run
  • Studebaker collector loses 50 cars in Chesnee, S.C., fire
  • VMCCA celebrates its 75th anniversary with six national tours
  • Alfa Romeo will return to U.S. by end of the year
  • Atlantic City Classic Car Show & Auction celebrates 40 years
  • Elliott Museum opens March 3 in Stuart, Fla.
  • Concept 1955 LaSalle II roadster restoration completed for owner Joe Bortz
  • USPS puts muscle cars on stamps
  • Edsel chief stylist Roy Brown dies Feb. 24 at age 96
  • Ferrari is determined to be world’s most powerful brand in study
  • Old cars used for erosion control turn up on Water Mill, N.Y., shore
  • Tucker collector David Cammack dies April 7 at age 87
  • Inaugural 10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance held June 2 in Excelsior, Minn.
  • 1 millionth Mustang rolls off Ford’s Flat Rock, MIch., assembly plant since pony car production began there in 2004
  • 1901 Olds replica, built in 1960s, to travel 4,500 miles to raise money for wounded vets
  • Dean Jeffries, legendary customizer, dies May 5 at age 80
  • GM buys “Factory One,” a century-old building in Flint originally Durant-Dort Carriage Co. facility
  • MSRA’s Back to the 50’s turns 40
  • Early Ford V-8 Foundation offers coin commemorating Henry Ford’s 150th birthday
  • AACA Museum celebrates 10 years
  • The Peerless Motor Club, Inc., starts new publication, The Peerless Co-Operator
  • VCCA celebrates its 50th anniversary Central Meet
  • Ground breaks on new Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum on Gilmore Car Museum campus
  • Juan Manuel Fangio-driven 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 race car sells for $29.6 million in London
  • David Cammack Tucker collection donated to AACA Museum
  • 50th Das Awkscht Fescht celebrated Aug. 2-4 in Macungie, Pa.
  • 25th anniversary of Blackhawk Automotive Museum
  • Joyce Smith, “Mrs. Speedway” of Speedway Motors, dies Aug. 4
  • 20th anniversary of Corvette Funfest
  • Statue of William Durant erected in Flint, Mich.
  • Chevy pickup trucks are most stolen vehicles in Ohio
  • Man crashes into Buick Gallery at Sloan Museum in Flint, Mich., on Aug. 10
  • VanDerBrink Auctions sells Lambrecht Collection of 50 unsold 1958-and-newer Chevys Sept. 28-29
  • CHP searches for 3 Chevys stolen during Monterey car week
  • 40th anniversary Fall Carlisle event
  • Buick celebrates 110 years, Riviera celebrates 50
  • New Lister cars to be offered again after almost 25 years
  • Irvin Gordon’s 1966 Volvo P1800S hits 3 million-mile mark on Sept. 17
  • Statue of Louis Chevrolet unveiled in Swiss city of La Chaux-de-Fonds
  • “Studebaker” forest at old proving grounds honored at 75th since planting
  • $3.2 million paid for L88 1967 Corvette roadster at Mecum Auctions Dallas sale
  • Joshua B. Malks, Cord historian, dies Oct. 11 at age 78
  • Bob McEwan, ACD Club cofounder, dies Oct. 18
  • Former Packard plant sells again, this time for $6 million
  • Lincoln Continental that transported Kennedy on last flight to Dallas sells for $318,000 on Oct. 24
  • Dodge brings back Scat Pack Club at its 45th anniversary, Shaker hood scoop
  • Actor Paul Walker dies Nov.30 at age 40 while racing 2005 Porsche Carrera GT
  • Shelby American opens global headquarters on Dec. 1 in Las Vegas|First new Saab in 2-1/2 years rolls off line Dec. 2
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2014

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Angelo Van Bogart – editor
  • Brian Earnest – editorial director
  • Robyn Austin - editor
  • Bob Stevens, longtime Cars & Parts editor, dies Jan. 1 at age 68
  • AACA plans permanent Tucker exhibit for Cammack collection
  • Mecum Auctions takes financial stake in MidAmerica Auctions
  • Inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance held in Phoenix on Jan. 12
  • At its 100th anniversary, Dodge issues centennial Charger, Challenger models
  • Marry Barra becomes GM CEO
  • 1898 Porsche electric carriage, Ferdinand Porsche’s first vehicle, at Porsche Museum in Stuttgart
  • Jim Wangers helps celebrate Pontiac GTO’s 50th
  • Robert (R. Chris) Halla, former OC staffer, dies Jan. 31 at age 64
  • Stolen 1957 Chevy returned to owner 30 years later, and in better condition
  • Sinkhole beneath National Corvette Museum swallows 8 Corvettes on Feb. 12
  • Fiat-Chrysler tells schools to crush Vipers donated for educational purposes
  • Tom Medley, author of “Stroker McGurk” cartoons, dies March 20 at age 93
  • William Clay Ford, Henry Ford’s last surviving grandchild, dies March 9 at age 88
  • Mustang Club of America, Ford celebrate pony cars’s 50th with 2 concurrent events
  • Frank Hagerty, cofounder of insurance company, dies March 18 at age 79
  • “Speedy” Bill Smith of Speedway Motors dies May 30 at age 84
  • 40th anniversary of Spring Carlisle
  • Last of 8 ‘Vettes pulled from 30-ft.-deep sinkhole beneath National Corvette Museum April 9
  • 1964 Ford GT40 prototype sells for $7.1 million at Mecum Auction’s Houston sale
  • Ford to build 1,964 50th anniversary Mustang GT models based on new 2015 model
  • MoPar celebrates 50 years since 426 Hemi with intro of second-gen 426 race Hemi
  • Duesenberg sign restored on former complex at 1511 W Washington St. in Indianapolis
  • AACA begins its Century Club Recognition Award for centenary vehicles
  • Museum planned for Newport, R.I.
  • Raymond J. Miller, last surviving founder of Model T Ford Club of America, dies March 10 at 90
  • A.J. Watson, Indy car mechanic and designer, dies May 12 at age 90
  • 3,500 vintage cars crushed after Montana yard closes
  • Milwaukee Masterpiece celebrates 10th anniversary
  • National Hudson Motor Car Company Museum established in Ypsilanti, Mich.
  • 20th Millers at Milwaukee – Vintage Indy Car Event held at Milwaukee Mile
  • USPS puts Deuces on stamps
  • $3.5 million paid for 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible at June 14 Mecum sale
  • Robert E. “Bob” Johnson, famed literature dealer, dies May 29 at age 62
  • Don Bunn, truck historian and OC contributor, dies June 18 at age 78
  • Small fire at National Automobile Museum on June 20 temporarily closes museum
  • Bill Hoglund, retired GM CFO, dies June 9 at age 79
  • 50th LA Roadster Show held in Pomona, Calif
  • Preston Tucker’s daughter, Marilyn Lee Tucker McAndrew, dies June 5 at age 87
  • 15th annual Syracuse Nationals held
  • 2,000 tons of salt deposited on Bonneville Salt Flats as part of “save the salt” campaign
  • Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum celebrates 40 years, has had 2 million visitors
  • Space Age Chevrolet Region of AACA forms for post-1954 Chevys
  • $8 million raised to save part of factory where Rosie the Riveter worked during WWII
  • Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum opens Aug. 9
  • $35.65 million buys 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at Bonhams Aug. 14 auction in Monterey
  • 60th anniversary celebrated by Pioneer Auto Show in Murdo, S.D.
  • 40 years of Fall Carlisle
  • Heidi Hetzer, 76-year-old German businesswoman, takes 1930 Hudson around the world
  • 1954 Ferrari 375 MM first postwar car to take Best of Show at Pebble Beach concours in nearly 5 decades
  • Checker Motor Cars open to restore, recondition Checkers
  • David Cammack Tucker Gallery at AACA Museum opens during Fall Hershey meet
  • GM’s Warren Technical Center a National Historic Landmark
  • Cadillac & LaSalle Club Museum and Research Center opens Sept. 28 in Hickory Corners, Mich.
  • 30 Rolls-Royces ordered by Hong Kong tycoon for his Macau resort
  • Petersen Automotive Museum closes Oct. 19 to begin $125 million renovation
  • 1928 Plymouth roadster circles the globe
  • Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation opens Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum in Kingman, Ariz.
  • Harold Coker, founder of Coker Tire Co., dies Nov. 16 at age 84
  • 2014 North American classic car auction sales reach $1.3 billion
  • Edward Herrmann, actor and car collector, dies Dec. 31 at 71
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2015

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Angelo Van Bogart – editor
  • Brian Earnest – editorial director
  • Mike Eppinger - editor
  • Michelle Kraemer - Advertising
  • Revival Glidden Tour, the 70th held, returns to Oklahoma City
  • Government finally begins selling used military Humvees
  • Wisconsin Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America celebrates 50 years with Greater Milwaukee Indoor Winter Swap Meet
  • J.C. Whitney celebrates 100 years
  • Ford begins shipping Mustang to China
  • 1-of-a-kind 1927 Duesenberg Model X Speedster donated to ACD Automobile Museum
  • After 40 years, Zephyrhills Winter Auto Fest ends
  • Yellowstone Trail Association celebrates 100th anniversary of Yellowstone Trail completion
  • Phil Bonner’s 1964 Ford Thunderbolt race car found
  • Lane Motor Museum completes replica of Dymaxion Car #1
  • Jeep celebrates 75 years
  • CCCA now recognizes some cars as old as 1915 as Full Classics
  • Volvo to build its first U.S. assembly plant
  • 40-year Texas landmark, a 1955 Cadillac, lowered and sold to restorers
  • Tom Hoover, “father of the 426 Hemi,” dies April 30 at age 85
  • Journalist and race car driver Denise McCluggage dies May 6 at age 88
  • Famous longtime Packard owner Margaret Dunning dies whlle touring May 17 at age 104
  • National Impala Association celebrates 50th anniversary of 1965 Chevrolet
  • LeRoi “Tex” Smith, second Old Cars editor, dies June 11 at age 81
  • 30th annual Summer Elkhorn Swap Meet & Car Show
  • Indian Uprising All Pontiac Weekend celebrates 25 years
  • Aston Martin DB5 and Vauxhall Astra crash on July 28
  • Flint Factory One to become GM research and archive center
  • GM finishes restoring 1 millionth Corvette after it falls in National Corvette Museum sinkhole
  • Britain’s National Motor Museum founder, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, dies Aug. 31 at age 88
  • Vette racer Dick Guldstrand dies Sept. 2 at age 87
  • Checker Motor Cars to produce second-generation Checker vehicles
  • Real Deal Steel says it will build replacement 1966-67 Nova bodies
  • George Barris, “King of Kustomizers,” dies Nov. 5 at age 89
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) Automotive Museum to move in 2016
  • License plates on Lincoln carrying JFK when he was assassinated sell for $100,000
  • Art Fitzpatrick, famous for Pontiac ad artwork, dies at age 95
  • Arson at America’s Packard Museum in Dayton, Ohio, destroys cars, artifacts on Nov. 16
  • Replicas of vintage cars can be built in low volume without meeting current safety standards
  • $28 million for 1956 Ferrari 290 MM at RM Auctions sale in New York City
  • Janis Joplin’s psychedelic 1964 Porsche 356 C 1600 sells for $1.6 million
  • 1974-1977 Porsche 911 gains most in value; 1946-1952 loses most value, says Hagerty
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2016

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Angelo Van Bogart – editor
  • Brian Earnest – editorial director
  • Mike Eppinger - editor
  • Michelle Kraemer - Advertising
  • Hudson collector, museum owner Eldo Hostetler dies Jan. 8 at age 93
  • Peach Auction Sales shutters
  • Automobile Gallery in Green Bay, Wis., opens Jan. 2
  • Motostalgia holds its first Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
  • 500 new DeLorean to be built in Humble, Texas, by 2017
  • Reggie Jackson buys into Rick Cole Auctions
  • EPA starts efforts to ban turning road cars into race cars
  • Nicola Bulgari to host Buck Club of America’s 50th anniversary celebration
  • 17 Jerry Seinfeld sells 17 Porsches, VWs for $22 million at auction
  • Gilmore Car Museum celebrates its 50th
  • Ferrari restorer Wayne R. Obry of Motion Products dies March 11 at age 62
  • 30th annual Iowa Gas Swap Meet
  • Dream Car Museum opens in Evansville, Ind.
  • Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum to open in 2016
  • Designer Ed Welburn to retire from GM July 1
  • Jaguar plans continuation 1957 XKSS cars
  • Land Rover to restore 25 of its Series 1 trucks
  • First Atlanta Concours d’Elegance held Oct. 8-9
  • BMW turns 100
  • Howard Eckler, owner of Eckler Industries, dies April 23 at 74
  • First York US30 Heritage Days held July 8-9
  • Auburn Cord Duesenberg Co. Factory Meet to celebrate 50th anniversary of Auburn 8-66
  • 25th Carlisle Chrysler Nationals
  • 20th annual Ironstone Concours d’Elegance
  • Customizer Bill Hines dies May 20 at age 94
  • James T. Lenzke, former OC staffer, dies May 26
  • OC founder Chester “Chet” Krause dies June 25 at age 92
  • Carroll Shelby’s first Shelby Cobra heads to RM Auctions’ auction block
  • Pre-1997 cars banned from Paris on weekdays
  • 50th annual Belltown Antique Car Club Vintage Motorcar Meet
  • 25th annual Iola Vintage Military & Gun Show with Vintage Tractors and Equipment
  • Florida man sells Ferrari for not selling him its new LaFerrari
  • 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet is Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegane’s Best of Show
  • First Camaro restored, displayed at Woodward Dream Cruise
  • 75th anniversary of 1941 Cadillac celebrated by Potomac Region of Cadillac & LaSalle Club
  • Bob Taylor’s Classic Auto in Bloomington, Ill., closes Oct. 27 after 37 years
  • Hagerty team assembles, drives Model A built from parts at Fall Hershey
  • Walter P. Chrysler Museum to close, again, space turned into offices
  • Feds round up counterfeiters at SEMA Show
  • Vintage Chevrolet Club of America forms Vintage Chevrolet Heritage Foundation
  • Dave Cole, automotive historian, dies Nov. 11 at age 85
  • OC staffer Kenneth “Kenny” Buttolph, dies Dec. 23 at 78
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2017

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Angelo Van Bogart – editor
  • Brian Earnest – editorial director
  • Mike Eppinger - editor
  • Michelle Kraemer - Advertising
  • 17 cars donated to Early Ford V-8 Foundation of America and Museum
  • First Carlisle Hurst Nationals held
  • Classic Thunderbird Club International holds reunion of E- and F-code T-Birds at their 60th
  • AACA and AACA Museum reiterate separate entity status
  • Bob Lemke, former OC editor, dies Jan. 3 at age 65
  • Simeone Museum in Philadelphia buys 1907 Renault race car
  • Carl Jensen, Road America official, dies Jan. 5 at age 74
  • Pete Chapouris, of Pete and Jake’s fame, dies Jan. 6 at age 76
  • Keefe Media International buys National Impala Association
  • Northeast Classic Car Museum celebrates 20 years
  • Newport Car Museum in Portsmouth, Maine, to open in June
  • Jim Mateja, automotive journalist, dies Jan. 30 at age 71
  • Airstream Ranch, in Seffner, Fla., removed to make way for an Airstream museum, dealership
  • Four Wheel Drive (FWD) Museum in Clintonville, Wis., moves
  • Mecum Kansas City sale celebrates 25 years
  • Illinois Region of the AACA holds 40th annual Auto Parts Swap Meet on April 2
  • AACA Hornets Nest Region hosts 10th Charlotte AACA Southeastern Spring Meet
  • After 79 years, Veteran Motor Car Club of America changes “Veteran” in name to “Vintage”
  • 40 vintage cars, 40 vintage tractors burn in Alberta fire
  • 50 years of Camaro, Firebird celebrated across the hobby
  • Bullitt Mustang #558 found in Mexico junk yard
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1932 Packard ticketed for restoration
  • 40th annual Spring Jefferson Swap Meet and Car Show held in Wisconsin
  • AMSOIL founder Al Amatuzio dies March 31 at age 92
  • Fort Lauderdale Auto Museum opens in Florida
  • John Parham, of the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, dies at age 62
  • 25th annual Oldsmobile Homecoming Car Show & Swap Meet in Lansing
  • Arizona Concours d’Elegance folds after 4 years
  • Classic Industries acquires California Mustang Parts, California Muscle Parts and Highway Classics
  • Inaugural Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance
  • GM finishes restoring Durant-Dort Factory One for May 1 reopening
  • RM Sotheby’s ends its Michigan Motor City auction after 2 decades
  • Worldwide Auctioneers joins Monterey Car Week foray with new auction
  • Boyertown Museum of Historic vehicles hosts rand re-opening
  • Newport Car Museum in Portsmouth, R.I., officially opens June 1
  • Vic Edelbrock, Jr., dies June 9 at age 80
  • “Akron” Arlen Vanke dies June 15 at age 80
  • Hostetler Auto Museum in Shipshewana, Ind., will close unless community acts
  • AACA holds first Zenith Award competition for club’s best restoration
  • 1931 Stutz last car to drive on historical Stillwater, Minn., lift bridge
  • Clyne Gateway Exhibition Gallery construction begins on AACA Museum
  • Hibernia Auto Restoration co-founder Sonia “Sunny” Turnquist dies Aug. 3 at age 89
  • Madison Classics’ Fall Jefferson meet turns 40
  • Country Classics suffers 8-alarm blaze in Staunton, Ill.
  • Mitch Silver sells Silver Auctions Arizona operations
  • 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 sells for $22.55 million at RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale
  • 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker tourer wins Best of Show at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
  • Hagerty Insurance to make hundreds of collector cars available for rent across U.S.
  • 1 killed, 5 hurst when two cars crash during Speed Week at Bonneville Salt Flats
  • AACA Museum to unveil Tucker Torpedo recreation
  • Henry Austin Clark, Jr.’s former museum in Long Island sold
  • Henry Ford’s “Secret Experimental Room” opens in Piquette Avenue plant for first time in 100 years
  • Cars 40 years old, older, no longer need an MOT inspection in the U.K.
  • John Gunnell’s 1917 Oakland to tour all 406 miles of the Wisconsin Yellowstone Trail
  • RM Sotheby’s discontinues “Auctions America” brand
  • GM donates $5 million to The Henry Ford museum
  • 1914 Ford plant in Indianapolis sold; will be repurposed
  • 4 people injured in London to Brighton Run in Surrey, England, on Nov. 5
  • Rocker Neil Young to sell part of his car collection, including ’53 Skylark
  • Arjay Miller, former FoMoCo president, dies Nov. 10 at age 101
  • Steve McDonald, SEMA’s VP of government affairs, dies Sept. 26 at age 56
  • New National Corvair Museum opens at Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum in Decatur, Ill.
  • Linq Museum, formerly Imperial Palace Collection, to close Dec. 30
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2018

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Angelo Van Bogart – editor
  • Brian Earnest – editorial director
  • Mike Eppinger - editor
  • Michelle Kraemer - Advertising
  • Hackett Auto Museum planned in Jackson, Mich., for 2019
  • OC goes glossy with Feb. 1 issue
  • Tucker Automobile Club of America becomes part of AACA Museum
  • Former Pierce-Arrow Administration Building in Buffalo, N.Y., sold to developer for apartments
  • 45th Atlantic City Auction & Car Show
  • Old Bridge Township Raceway Park to close after 52 years in Englishtown, N.J.
  • $929,000 — most ever paid for a vintage motorcycle — buys 1951 Vincent Black Lightning
  • Ritchie Bros. buys Leake Auction Co.
  • Jay Leno’s recently restored Duesenberg Model J LaGrande coupe featured on March 8 issue
  • Jaguar to built 25 new D-Type race cars; originals were built in 1956
  • Bullitt Mustang #559 “hero car” resurfaces in good, original condition at Detroit Auto Show
  • Phillipines government publicly destroys 2 dozen illegally imported vehicles to send message
  • Jim Schneck of Manitowoc, Wis., dies Jan. 18 at age 75
  • Water pipe causes minor damage to National Automotive History Collection in Detroit
  • New Cigar City Concours held in Palm Harbor, Fla.
  • Stowe Vermont Antique and Classic Car Meet to change name, move venue to Waterbury, Vt.
  • Amelia Earhart’s 1932 Essex stolen, recovered, returned to owner in California
  • GM plant in Janesville, Wis., to be demolished
  • 50 years since last Amphicar celebrated by International Amphicar Owners Club
  • Chrysler Historical Services to move to former Viper plant
  • Carroll Shelby estate cars to cross Bonhams auction block
  • 30th annual Chevrolet Nomad Convention
  • FoMoCo announces it will eliminate all cars but Mustang to focus on SUV, truck production
  • New 1968 Yenko Camaros on drawing board of Brand New Muscle Car
  • 45th MSRA Back to the 50’s held
  • 25th Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance held
  • 2000 Corvette with 773,000 miles donated to National Corvette Museum
  • $70 million reportedly paid for 1963 Ferrari GTO, highest price ever paid for a collector car
  • Last Viper, a 2017 model, auctioned for charity at Barrett-Jackson June auction
  • 25th year of Corvette Funfest
  • Katie Robbins, longtime CCCA officer, dies June 18
  • Coachbuilder Marcel De Ley dies at age 89
  • Mustang Owner’s Museum opens April 17 in Concord, N.C.
  • Collector car dealer Mark Hyman speaks before US Dept. of Commerce committee members
  • Eldon Hostetlers’s Hudson Auto Museum liquidated for $7.5 million, nearly twice pre-sale estimate
  • Ford produces 10 millionth Mustang; 60 Mustang owners form “10,000,000” with cars
  • 1956 XM-Turnpike Cruiser found by Tom Maruska; restoration begins almost immediately
  • FoMoCo plans renovation of Michigan Central train station
  • 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Touring Berlinetta is Best of Show at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
  • Bonhams auction house sold to Epiris Fund II
  • “Kookie Kar,” famed T-bucket, sells for $484,000 at Mecum Indy auction
  • John S. “Jack” Juratovic, founder of Automotive Fine Arts Society, dies Oct. 15 at 79
  • Terence Adderly, benefactor to hobby, dies Oct. 16 at age 85
  • William S. “Bill” Hirsch of Bill Hirsch Auto Parts, dies Oct. 23 at age 90
  • Gilmore Car Museum hosts a year of Duesenbergs with approx. 20 on display at all times
  • Meltdown Drags call it quits after 8 years
  • Timbs Roadster, famous 1952 custom, burns in California wildfire
  • Coker family sells Coker Tire Group to Irving Place Capital private equity firm
  • Irv Gordon, who drove 1966 Volvo P1800S to more than 3.2 million miles, dies at age 77
  • Model T Restoration Program started by Saratoga Automobile Museum, Tri-City T’s Club and Capital District Chapter of MTFCA
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2019

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Angelo Van Bogart – editor
  • Brian Earnest – editorial director
  • Mike Eppinger - editor
  • Michelle Kraemer - Advertising
  • 18 months after fire, tornado strikes Country Classics dealership in Stauntion, Ill.
  • 1927 Chevy found aboard sunken steamship at bottom of Lake Huron
  • Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Thunderbird sells for $490,000
  • Tupelo Automobile Museum closes in April, sell contents
  • Cadillac dealer buys back 1912 touring it sold new
  • Famous bridge at Packard plant collapses, owner faces foreclosure
  • Jaguar Land Rover North America archive dedicated to Michael Cook
  • Only known Badger automobile donated to Wisconsin Automotive Museum
  • Jerry Seinfeld in legal dispute over 1958 Porsche sale
  • Haynes manual founder, John Haynes, dies Feb. 7 at age 80
  • Fisher Craftsman’s Guild display opens at Gilmore Car Museum April 4
  • 103rd Indy 500 welcomes all original pace cars for special display
  • AACA secures property for new library, headquarters
  • Inaugural Concours d’Elegance at Copshaholm (Ind.) held July 13
  • Carlisle Events adds Sarasota, Fla., auction
  • Tims Ford Region AACA Car Show and Flea Market turns 50
  • “Bandit Jump” with Pontiac Trans Am at Carlisle Carlisle June 21
  • Bugatti builds, sells just on La Voiture model, priced at almost $19 million
  • Arkansas bumps minimum collector vehicle age from 25 to 45 years old
  • LeBaron Bonney exits upholstery business, files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy
  • Military vehicles no longer need plates in Tennessee
  • Former FoMoCo HQ on Woodward Avenue up for sale
  • $1.8 million buys Tupelo Automobile Museum’s Tucker; car goes to Maine Classic Car Museum
  • 75 old cars, motorcycles burn in Etna, Pa., fire
  • Motorcar Portfolio moves to new Canton, Ohio, address
  • $70 buys 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO
  • Forty Ford Day turns 43
  • Arrest made in 2001 heist of multi-million-dollar 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS teardrop coupe
  • Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum rededicated on May 10 after expansion
  • Richard P. Kughn, car collector and manufacturer of Lionel trains, dies June 7 at age 89
  • Gateway Auto Museum and contents offered for sale at $279 million
  • Sloan Museum in Burton, Mich., begins expansion
  • Honda restores 1961 Chevy pickup
  • Burt Reynold’s replica “Smokey and the Bandit” Trans Am sells for $317,500
  • Italian court says Ferrari 250 GTO is a work of art, preventing future replicas
  • Lee Iacocca dies July 2 at age 94
  • OC columnist Byron “Barney” Olsen dies on July 9 at age 84
  • 4 GM concepts shown at Cadillac Fall Festival in Hickory Corners, MIch.
  • Active Interest Media buys Old Cars
  • Kenneth Behring, founder of Blackhawk Museum, dies June 25 at age 91
  • 007’s 1965 Aston Martin DB5 (with modifications) sells for $6.4 million by RM Sotheby’s
  • $1 million donated to McPherson College by Richard and Melanie Lundquist
  • Pics of James Dean’s fatal crash sell for $22,498
  • Markel Corp. buys stake in Hagerty Insurance
  • Actor Kevin Hart hurt in wreck with 1970 Plymouth Barracuda
  • Actor Brian Austin Green sued over sale of 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster
  • Gilmore Car Museum plans new muscle car museum
  • Late Paul Walker’s car collection to be sold
  • TV reporter fired for climbing on cars in “Good Day Sacramento” segment
  • North Carolina lowers collector plate age to 30
  • Team Penske buys Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Oct. 28
  • 1903 Knox driver dies in London to Brighton Run
  • Fire devastates Porsche business Benton Performance on Oct. 30
  • Pontiac Fiero Firehouse building at Fisher Body Plant dismantled in Pontiac, MIch., on Nov. 2
  • Film “Ford v Ferrari” debuts in movie theaters on Nov. 15
  • 3 cars swiped Nov. 9 at Goodguys Pleasonton, Calif., event
  • Walter Miller, literature dealer, dies Nov. 15 at age 66
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2020

  • Old Cars published weekly
  • Angelo Van Bogart – editor
  • Brian Earnest – editorial director
  • Mike Eppinger - editor
  • Michelle Kraemer - Advertising
  • Duesenberg celebrates 100 years of passenger cars
  • First Duesenberg Model A is donated by original family to ACD Automobile Museum on Jan. 9
  • Bullitt Mustang Hero Car #559 sells at Mecum Auctions Kissimmee sale for $3.74 million on Jan. 10
  • Last Impala rolls off GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly line on Feb. 27, goes to M.G. “Pinky” Randall
  • Author, car collector Clive Cussler dies Feb. 24 at age 88
  • Bristol Cars will be liquidated, ending 75 years of car building
  • Car shows, auctions close due to COVID-19 pandemic
  • Former Cadillac general manager John O. Grettenberger, Sr., dies March 17 at age 82
  • VanDerBrink Auctions quickly moves to online auctions
  • Gale Halderman, who sketched first Ford Mustang, dies April 29 at age 87
  • Sloan Museum Auto Fair converts to cruise
  • Mustang historian, owner of earliest Mustang coupe, dies at age 77
  • Fieros Forever, in Midland, Mich., flooded, taking 20 cars
  • Car museums begin to reopen in June
  • Carlisle Events holds Spring Carlisle after suing PA Department of Health
  • Vicki Wood, “fastest woman in racing,” dies June 5 at age 101
  • Ohio moves to single, rear license plate
  • Iola Car Show adds fall swap meet, flea market, then cancels
  • 1st Shelby GT350 R-model, aka the “Flying Mustang,” sells for $3.85 million at Mecum Auctions Indy sale
  • RM Auctions holds 50th anniversary Auburn Fall Auction Sept. 3-5
  • Gooding & Co. holds first overseas sale
  • Mecum Auctions adds new Indianapolis sale in October
  • William D. “Bill” SIuru, former OC contributor, dies July 12 at age 82
  • Fall Hershey is car show only, and in Gettsyburg, for 2020
  • Graffiti USA Classic Car Museum planned for Modesto, Calif.
  • “Christine” movie car sells for $275,000 at Saratoga Motorcar Auction on Sept. 19
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum begins auctioning some cars in revamp
  • Allard Motor Co. makes comeback with continuation series of 1953 race model
  • Transaxle from James Dean’s missing 550 Spyder “death car” surfaces
  • Gayle “Glenn” Garnder, co-designer of original Chrysler minivan, dies Aug. 7 at 84
  • Very Beach, Fla., begins planning for new museum
  • I-X Center in Cleveland closes due to pandemic, takes shows with it
  • $92,000 for 1972 Datsun 240 Z at RM Sotheby’s sale
  • Hagerty Insurance buys California Mille rally
  • Meyers Manx brand sold to Trousdale Ventures
  • Milton E. Schornack, legendary Pontiac mechanic, dies Nov. 14 at age 85
  • So-Cal Speed Shop bought by PC3 Holdings, which includes Chapouris family members
  • Steve Ames, of Ames Performance Engineering, dies Dec. 20 at age 78
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2021

  • Old Cars published bi-monthly
  • Angelo Van Bogart – editor
  • Brian Earnest – editorial director
  • Mike Eppinger - editor
  • Michelle Kraemer - Advertising
  • Old Cars goes twice-monthly again
  • McConkey Auction Group (MAG Auctions) buys ABS Auto Auctions
  • Moss Motors buys Victoria British
  • Fiat Chrysler, PSA Peugeot vote on Jan. 4 to merge
  • William “Red” Lewis, founder of Automobile Gallery in Green Bay, dies Jan. 7
  • Frank Scheidt, of Early Ford V-8 Foundation, dies Jan. 12 at age 76
  • Keith Brown, longtime ACD Club/CCCA member, dies Jan. 14 at age 87
  • Treworgy’s Muscle Car City Museum closes, contents auctioned Jan. 22-23
  • MicroMini Car Club starts
  • NHTSA allows tribute vehicles to be built, operated on U.S. roads
  • Randy Rundle, of Fifth Avenue Antique Auto Parts, dies Feb. 1 at age 62
  • 20-car collection wiped out in Bushwood, Md., on Feb. 19
  • Norman “Mr. Norm” Kraus dies Feb. 26 at age 87
  • Gallery of Automotive Art opens May 1 at Museum of American Speed
  • At its 50th, American Truck Historical Society plans new American Trucking and Industry Leader Hall of Fame
  • Thomas A. McPherson, professional car authority, dies Feb. 25 at age 73
  • Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed and Darryl Starbird’s National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame merge
  • “Big Oly,” Parnelli Jones ex-racing 1969 Bronco, sells for $1.87 million at Mecum sale in Indianapolis
  • International supply shortage affects hobby, including SEMA youth build
  • Hagerty Insurance buys Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
  • Rocker Neil Peart’s car collection auctioned by Gooding & Co.
  • FWD Seagrave Museum expands archive
  • Duesenberg restorer Randy Ema retires from resto business, focuses on history
  • New parts for vintage Land Cruisers offered by TOYOTA GAZOO
  • 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn Kurier wins Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Best of Show
  • Legendary Companies acquire Paragon Corvette Reproductions
  • Hirohata Merc, most famous Mercury kustom, will be sold January 2021 by Mecum Auctions
  • Segerstrom Shelby Event Center to open in Irvine, Calif.
  • 1979 Porsche 928 driven by Tom Cruise in “Risky Business” sells for $1.98 million
  • Club forms for Brooklin Models collectors
  • William H. “Bill” Smith, former AACA president, dies Sept. 19 at age 86
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