While it was respected for producing sensible, economical cars, American Motors responded to declining market share in the mid-1960s with a change in focus to performance. Given new creative freedom, American Motors styling director Richard “Dick” Teague and his design team unleashed the bold “Project IV” concept cars that toured U.S. auto shows during 1966 and previewed AMC’s future designs, including the AMX that would debut alongside the sporty Javelin for 1968.
Momentum heightened in January Read More
We at SCM believe the car hobby is thriving and growing, and new generations of enthusiasts are becoming a part of it all the time. Here’s your chance to help us recognize them.
Later this year, SCM will name 40 enthusiasts under 40 years old who are making a difference in the classic car world.
We’re asking you for nominations. Candidates can be involved in restoration, detailing, aftermarket parts, buying and selling privately or through Read More
Ihave to think I was in the clear majority of the country — I didn’t see much chance that Donald Trump was going to be elected president.
What may have been even more astounding was that the Republican Party gained control of both chambers of the Congress. That sets the stage for some pretty major changes to our tax system that will have substantial effects on car collectors.
Before getting into details, one important qualification Read More
When Honda brought the first Civic subcompact to America in the middle of 1972, the car was not very well received.
Honda’s previous cars had been far too small and idiosyncratic for the American buyer, and early Civics had a tendency to rust so badly that the U.S. government forced Honda to recall and repair them with new fenders.
For a short time it looked as though the Civic might not catch on, even though Datsun and Toyota were making Read More
Luigi Compiano is an Italian businessman who inherited a substantial security company from his father, Arnaldo.
Based in Treviso in the northeastern corner of Italy, North East Services was founded in 1929 by Mr. Compiano’s grandfather.
Arnaldo Compiano developed this small business into one of the market leaders in the secure handling and movement of cash and valuables by armored trucks. He died at age 79 in 2010, by which time he was known not only as a successful businessman Read More
We do these things to ourselves.
On purpose. It’s part of our old-car madness.
When American Car Collector contributor Michael Pierce and his wife, Linda, invited me to spend Christmas Day night with them, it became an excuse to give an old car some exercise.
They live in Carlton, OR, a bucolic town in the heart of Oregon’s Pinot Noir region. It’s about 44 miles from Portland on the main roads. But why take a four-lane highway when there are Read More
If you want to put an all-wheel-drive sports car into your collection, but you don’t want to pay the ticket price for an exotic and you don’t want the boy-racer styling of a sport compact, there aren’t a lot of options. Fortunately, the obvious choice is also a good one. The Audi TT is a car you can drive every day, and it is likely to age well in your collection.
The TT badge recalls the Tourist Trophy races, where Read More