1957 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible

Patterned after other GM luxury specials, Pontiac’s Bonneville convertible was a low-production luxury liner with power to spare.

One of just 630 built, this mostly original 1957 Bonneville shows a believed-actual 53,032 miles. It was in careful storage from 1961 to 1980, when its Kenya Ivory paint and red interior were refinished to as-original condition. Like all Bonnevilles, it is powered by Pontiac’s fuel-injected 347-ci, 310-hp engine and offers leather upholstery, power steering and brakes, Strata-Flight Hydra-Matic, eight-way power seats, Read More

1929 Cord L-29 Special Coupe

The fast rise and eventual collapse of E.L. Cord’s massive industrial empire, with the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg marques at its core, remains one of corporate America’s most fascinating and tragic stories. From the dramatic turnaround of Auburn in the mid-1920s, which is a textbook case of selective marketing, Cord’s companies manufactured and sold some of the most innovative, stylish and value-rich automobiles ever conceived.

The L-29 Front Drive Cord was developed as Read More

Italian Bicycles Join the Festivities at Concorso Italiano

Many say Italians are at the vanguard of bicycle design and engineering. After all, bicycles have long been associated with Italy, with the oldest bicycle company, Bianchi, originating from Italy in 1885.

This year, Concorso Italiano will host a display for Italian bicycles. Welcoming all Italian bikes, from the early 1900s to current models, attendees are invited to witness the transformation and honing of these non-motorized transporters over the decades.

Concorso Italiano will take place August 17, 2012 from Read More

1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Convertible Victoria

This 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Custom Convertible Victoria by Waterhouse was produced on June 15, 1931. The known history dates to 1939, when Calvin Collins of New York purchased it from the McCormick garage.

The Collins family enjoyed the car for several years, but it was almost lost to the scrap metal drives of World War II. At the insistence of Collins’ young son, Scott, the sculpted Imperial was spared, but in the balance of patriotism and patronage, the Read More

1931 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Coupe

The Duesenberg presented here, one of six Model Js that Capt. George Whittell Jr. purchased new, is arguably the finest example of the coachbuilt American automobile. Penned by legendary designer Franklin Hershey and executed by Murphy, the coachwork is a study in elegance and individualization, distinguished by Whittell’s inimitable motifs.

At its foundation is Duesenberg’s long-wheelbase chassis, a full eleven inches longer and more expensive than the standard Model J. Generally reserved for the most lavish and Read More

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

Without side rails there was no lateral-impact protection, but safety was not a major concern in the 1950s

In 1953, General Motors wowed the automotive world with the introduction of a 50th Anniversary Buick, the Skylark, as well as the Oldsmobile Fiesta, the Cadillac Eldorado and a fiberglass sports car called the Corvette. All four cars were successful, but it was the mighty Cadillac that retained the most star power. Today, 1950s-era Read More

1967 Volkswagen 21-Window Samba Bus

As readily recognizable as the immortal Volkswagen Beetle itself, the VW Type 2 and its derivatives enjoyed an even longer period in production than their progenitor. The original was conceived in the late 1940s by a Dutch Volkswagen agent, Den Pon, who drew up plans for a van based on the Beetle floorpan and running gear.

Known as the Volkswagen Type 2 (the Beetle being Type 1), the result of Pon’s efforts arrived in 1950 and almost immediately proliferated into Read More

1954 Dodge Firearrow III Concept

Chysler’s financial crises of the early 1950s couldn’t stop the string of Virgil Exner’s Ghia concept cars

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In 1953, Dodge unveiled its first concept car, the Firearrow, a sleek out-of-this-world roadster that provided a glimpse of what everyone’s new automobile would look like in just a few years. While this stylish open-top car looked like it was ready to ply the highways of tomorrow, it was just a rolling concept Read More

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