1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt

Last year’s $3.2 million Oldsmobile F-88 sale has collectors scouring barns and museums for ’50s dream cars

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The business of building “show” or “concept” cars was in its infancy in 1940, with the notion of showcasing future styling and innovations. The idea dated back to Harley Earl and his 1938 Buick Y-Job, which was such a success that it didn’t take long for other automobile manufacturers to follow Earl’s lead. Read More

1953 General Motors “Parade of Progress” Tour Bus

One of twelve built by General Motors, this self-contained display and transport vehicle was created in 1940 by the GM design staff under Harley Earl’s direction.

The Futurliner has opening sides, interior and exterior floodlights, a retractable stage, distinctive center cockpit driving position and dual-wheel front and rear axles. The buses were used in the “Parade of Progress” touring exhibit created by GM Vice President Charles “Boss” Kettering, which complemented GM’s Motorama exhibits from 1940 through 1956.

This 1953 “Parade Read More

1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner Retractable

Even if the Commies had beaten us in space exploration, we had both the hideaway hard top and the Edsel

The Ford Fairlane Skyliner can claim to be America’s first production convertible to feature a retractable hard top. Introduced as Ford’s top-of-the-range model in 1955, the Fairlane was rival to Chevrolet’s successful Bel Air and came in six different body styles with a choice of six-cylinder or V8 engines.
The range Read More

1957 Chevrolet Corvette “Fuelie” Convertible

In 1956 Chevrolet introduced a restyled Corvette that was a complete departure from earlier models. The new Corvettes gave the American sports car a new identity that was much more sporting. They were fast, sleek, and extremely clean in their appearance. Recognized by collectors as benchmark years in Corvette styling, the 1956 and 1957 models generally draw the most attention at shows and events nationwide.

By 1957, Corvettes were offered in many configurations. Now more than ever, customers had the Read More

1937 Cord 812 SC Convertible Coupe

E. L. Cord was a master salesman who acquired Auburn in 1928 after saving it from bankruptcy by unloading about 700 sedans languishing on the lot. He spiffed up the orphans with bright paint schemes and applied his considerable sales talent to move them. His reward was the company, which he revitalized.

In 1929 he took Auburn to the next step, introducing the front-wheel-drive Cord L-29 with low-slung sporting styling. He also bought Duesenberg and Lycoming engines to add to Read More

1947 Buick Super Series 50 Woody Wagon

This was the Mercedes G-Wagen of its day, most often sold in high trim
levels to affluent customers

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Buick’s biggest and most elegant woody wagons owe their genesis to a cocktail party in Hollywood in 1941. Movie director Norman McLeod and his wife Bunny invited Buick designer Harley Earl over as part of a West Coast sales meeting and Mrs. McLeod complained that the couple didn’t have a Buick Read More

1965 Shelby GT 350

This is a very rare and original ’65 Shelby, one of the few remaining two-digit cars in existence as car #18. Celebrity status is also bestowed on this car as it was previously owned by Reggie Jackson. The car has recently undergone a complete and professional restoration and a professional rebuild of the original engine.

With only 458 miles since restoration, S/N SFM5018 is a consistent Best of Show and First Place winner, which has been meticulously maintained by a Read More

1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda Coupe

What kept production numbers low was the staggering cost of the Hemi
option, at just under $900-or nearly a third of the base price of the car

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In a day when clones and replicas are so commonly seen, it is a pleasure to see an authentic, factory-built 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda coupe. Presented in its original Hi Impact Tor Red finish, its eye-catching beauty is complemented with white bucket seats Read More

1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro

I remember when I sold one for a record price of $30,000. I’m sure
someone called the buyer a lunatic for paying so much

Don Yenko was the major Chevrolet performance dealer for many years, and was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the 427 Camaro. He converted numerous cars to 427-cid engines before planning a new “Super Car” distributorship for the 1969 model year. Knowing that demand would outstrip his Read More

1965 Pontiac GTO

Pontiac Historic Services build sheets are the only way to tell which cars left the factory as real GTOs

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The exemplary 1965 GTO offered here is one of only 11,311 Pontiac GTOs that came as convertibles, just 15% of production in 1965. How many came with the ultimate 389-ci, 360-hp Tri-Power V8 and four-speed manual transmission is unknown, but it is certainly relatively few.
This example’s other equipment includes a Read More

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