1941 Chrysler Town & Country Barrel Back Estate Wagon

Built for a limited time, the Town & Country remains arguably the rarest, most desirable pre-war Woody produced

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Conceived in 1939, the Town & Country Estate wagon represented Chrysler’s desire to create an entirely new car that was both luxurious and dramatic. It had to be elegant enough for city driving and chauffeur driving, but utilitarian enough for country living.

David Wallace, Chrysler’s president, was the driving force behind Read More

1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz “The Raindrop Car”

In 1958, Cadillac produced a total of 815 Biarritz convertibles. Five were taken straight from the assembly line to GM’s super-secret Styling Center, where they were highly modified. At least one of these cars has survived, reportedly the prototype of the “Raindrop” modification, and is presented here as part of the Wiseman Collection.

At first glance, this unique convertible, finished in its original shade of red, may look like its regular Biarritz counterparts, but the rear-end styling used on this Read More

1965 Pontiac GTO Convertible

I suspect the judges who previously gave this car an AACA Senior badge would not have done so on sale day

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Pontiac first offered the GTO option on the Tempest in 1964, and despite UAW strikes, which kept production down, it was a big hit.

The muscle car market was evolving, and in 1965, the GTO was named Motor Trend Magazine’s Car of the Year. It was easily distinguished Read More

1911 Oldsmobile Limited 7-passenger Touring

Without evidence of time, what does a real object offer the collector that a perfect replica does not as well?

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Oldsmobile made its name with the tiny single-cylinder “curve dash” buckboard in the early years of the 20th century, but went on to produce one of the most significant and largest early American cars.

Based on the earlier Model Z, the 1910 Limited rode on the same 130-inch wheelbase with Read More

1903 Cadillac Runabout Rear-Entrance Tonneau

Founded by Henry Leland and Robert Faulconer, the Cadillac Automobile Company of Detroit completed its first car in October 1902. The firm’s superior manufacturing technology-precise gear cutting was Leland and Faulconer’s specialty-soon established it as the foremost builder of quality cars in the United States. The company was formed using funds supplied by two of Henry Ford’s ex-backers and took its name from Le Sieur Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the great French 17th century explorer who founded Detroit in Read More

1974 Pontiac Trans Am Super Duty

The Trans Am was not without options, and one in particular made this Trans Am the king of the no-horsepower kingdom

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The year 1974 was a tough time for American automakers, with many legislated changes. The results were not good.

New emission regulations, which had gone into effect in 1968, gradually sapped horsepower by the early 1970s. They also added additional weight, further inhibiting performance. In addition. the government enacted Read More

1970 Chevrolet Camaro Sport Coupe

It seems hard to justify the extra $75,000 to own #1, especially as there’s another #1 out there from the Norwood plant

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Introduced to the public on February 26, 1970, the 1970 Camaro series stayed in production for twelve years. This handsome design survived gas crises, “big bumper” redesigns, and emasculating emissions. Attesting to its popularity, the last year’s production in 1981 totaled 126,139 units, almost the same as the Read More

1956 Arnolt-Bristol Coupe

The greatest attraction of the car is that it is ideal for vintage tours and
rallies, offering protection from the elements and reasonable luggage space

In 1955, Road & Track described the Arnolt-Bristol as “American designed, British powered and Italian styled.” Offered as a coupe or roadster, it combined the talents of designer Arnolt from Chicago, the car division of Bristol Aircraft in England, and the body-building talents of Bertone in Read More

1953 Muntz Jet

In the annals of automotive history, there have been few hucksters, snake oil salesmen, and promoters as bizarre as Earl “Mad Man” Muntz.

Muntz made and lost a fortune in the automobile business, first selling used cars to service men returning from WWII and later as a Kaiser-Frazer dealer in Chicago. After WWII you could sell anything with wheels, and the Mad Man did a good job of it.

As Kaiser-Frazer’s future dissolved, Muntz turned his attention to television and Read More

1965 Shelby GT350 “Supercharged”

Unveiled by Carroll Shelby on January 27, 1965, the GT350 fastback had a fiberglass hood and functional scoop, and a clean-looking grille with a tri-color horse on the driver’s side. All 1965 Shelbys were Wimbledon White with a blue GT350 side stripe below the door. Dealer option Le Mans stripes were available, running down the center of the body.

The interior was black with a flat wood-rimmed wheel. A special instrument cluster in the center of the dash carried a Read More