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
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
This was the Mercedes G-Wagen of its day, most often sold in high trim
levels to affluent customers
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 because there Read More
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
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
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 and optional Read More
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
Pontiac Historic Services build sheets are the only way to tell which cars left the factory as real GTOs
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
When Hot Rod Harry had a disastrous engine failure, he souped up the powerplant and installed an overdrive five-speed transmission
In 1925, Errett Lobban Cord added the Duesenberg Motors Company to his rapidly growing enterprise, the Auburn Automobile Company. Cord’s vision was to create an automobile that would surpass the great marques: Cadillac, Isotta Fraschini, Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, and Hispano-Suiza. He presented Fred Duesenberg with the opportunity to create the greatest Read More
Its massive fins reflect the height of American optimism, a sculptural
representation of the opulence of the era
This 1959 Cadillac convertible was previously owned by Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis of German Royalty. The onetime waitress who used to be known as the “Punk Princess” because of her wild clothes and hairstyles is now one of the richest people in the world, worth $1.4 billion.
This Read More
GM’s Motorama displays ignited millions of automotive passions, and the heat can still be felt in 2005
Throughout the 1950s, the grandest expressions of General Motors’ visions of the automobile’s future routinely went on display at the corporation’s Motorama shows. But once out of the spotlight, GM’s “dream cars” were supposed to be destroyed.
This two-seat 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 survived that fate and is the epitome of styling and Read More