1932 Ford Ricky Nelson roadster

This is the real thing, in a sea of fiberglass-bodied imitators with their ubiquitous 350 Chevy V8s and TH400 transmissions

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If this channeled ’32 roadster looks familiar to nostalgia-prone baby boomers, it is because it’s the same car that David and Ricky Nelson drove in a memorable episode of the Ozzie and Harriet television series. Legend has it, young Ricky desperately wanted to buy the car with some of his Read More

1968 Pontiac GTO Ram Air Convertible

I saw the book of bills the seller had assembled, and the claimed $120,000 spent on restoration was well documented, if a bit outrageous

Of the more than 77,000 GTOs built in 1968, fewer than 10,000 were convertibles. The meticulously restored GTO pictured here has only 68,000 original miles and features several factory options, including Hurst shifter, power windows, power steering, power antenna and trunk release. Under the hood sits the 400 Read More

1930 Pierce-Arrow Model B Convertible Coupe

If you own one of these old chariots and you’ve been thinking about parting with it, this would be a good time to act

Before entering the automotive business in 1901, the George N. Pierce Company of Buffalo, NY, had been engaged in making such diverse products as birdcages and bicycles. Pierce’s first cars were called Motorettes and were powered by DeDion-Bouton engines. By 1903 Pierce was building two-cylinder cars and in Read More

1955 Oldsmobile Stafire Convertible

Less-well-equipped ’55 Chevys sell for more, and don’t provide nearly the visual excitement or driving pleasure

Oldsmobile’s revolutionary Rocket engine debuted in 1949 and immediately became the favorite of racers. Designed from inception to take advantage of “Boss” Kettering’s research into high compression ratios, it evolved steadily with the availability of high-octane gasoline and was a consistent winner in stock car racing. By 1955, Olds engineers were getting 202 horsepower and an Read More

2002 Ford Thunderbird Neiman Marcus Edition

As a true collectible, it simply fails the test.

On September 25, 2000, at 10 a.m. Eastern time, Neiman Marcus began taking calls from customers on a special 800 number. Two hours later, every one of the 200 Neiman Marcus-edition Thunderbirds available was sold. It was the fastest time elapsed for any of the cars offered through the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog, and a pretty good sales result for any car. At Read More

1965 Shelby Mustang GT 350

The ultimate Shelby, with serious factory modifications

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Race car driver, car builder, chicken farmer, chili chef, heart transplant survivor, children’s charity founder-Carroll Shelby is all of these, a living legend. And as Shelby’s legend has grown, so have the values of his cars.

The subject car, SFM5R535, is one of five competition Shelbys sold new to Peru, where Sr. Benito Lores of Lima was the original owner. The Read More

1948 Lincoln Convertible V12 Coupe

1942 was a tough year to introduce a new model, as the advent of WWII led to the cessation of all passenger automobile production. When Lincoln resumed production in 1946, what had been a bold restyling of the Zephyr model in 1942 was already starting to look dated. The front end retained the massive appearance it had established before the war, with the headlights still flanked by the parking and turn-signal lights.

Pent-up consumer demand for new Read More

1982 Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition Coupe

Last of the “Big ‘Vette” series, the 1982 Corvette lineup included a built-to-order-only Collector Edition model. Distinguished by more than just special paintwork, though of course it had that too, the Collector Edition featured an opening hatchback rear window in place of the previous fixed backlight. As well as a unique silver-beige metallic, “fading shadow” paint scheme, the Collector Edition’s other distinguishing features included matching interior with leather upholstery and door trim, “Corvette Collector Edition” crossed-flag emblems, solar screened Read More

1970 Plymouth Superbird Hemi Coupe

This is a very rare, very original 426-cid/425-hp Hemi Superbird, one of only 74 Torqueflite Hemi Superbirds built. A Chrysler/Plymouth dealer used this car to increase showroom traffic, and to participate in parades and local Mopar events.

This vehicle has just over 9,600 miles on it, and the spare has never been on the ground. The car has been recently inspected by Mopar expert Galen Govier and his report is available. Documentation also includes the original broadcast sheet Read More

1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Dual Cowl Phaeton

The remarkable styling of the CG series Imperials was the work of LeBaron, one of the greatest design firms of the classic era. Founded by Thomas L. Hibbard and Ray Dietrich, and later joined by Ralph Roberts, the company established itself as innovative, creative and responsive. Although Hibbard and Dietrich later left the firm to pursue other opportunities, the company flourished at the hands of Ralph Roberts.

Probably the most striking design in existence at the time was Read More