Buick marked their 50th anniversary in 1953. With V8 engines gaining popularity, it was quite natural that Buick would celebrate its golden anniversary by introducing a modern overhead-valve V8. Remarkably, in addition to the first Buick V8 engine and the first use of a 12-volt electrical system, the 1953 Buick Estate Wagon was the very last woody station wagon offered by an American automobile manufacturer. These factors, combined with Buick’s beautiful styling, make this one of the most desirable Read More
Earl “Madman” Muntz is the type of all-American character that we would have to create had he not already existed. In a career that lasted more than six decades, Madman Muntz made and lost many fortunes, in a bewildering variety of businesses. A few highlights of Muntz’s entrepreneurial endeavors include numerous used car operations, both in his hometown of Elgin, Illinois, and in the Los Angles area; new car Chrysler-Plymouth and later Kaiser-Frasier dealer; television manufacturer, air conditioning manufacturer; Read More
In the days following WWII, man’s “need for speed” manifested itself in many different ways. If your name was Kimberly or Cunningham, you wrote a $10,000 check for a red European sports car.
This wonderful obsession for performance had nothing to do with family fortunes, however, and was just as keenly felt by the garage mechanic from San Mateo or the crane operator in Atlantic City. Unable to afford a brand-new high-performance car, thousands of returning servicemen turned to hot Read More
Jim Kellison was a fighter pilot during the Korean War who went on to study aircraft engineering at UCLA. In 1954, he founded his own company, Kellison Engineering, and began building professionally-engineered sports cars with fiberglass bodies. A Kellison J-4 Grand Turismo coupe cost $6,700 in 1959. To put that into perspective, you could buy a new Corvette for $3,875. As Motor Trend wrote when they tested Andy Porterfield’s new car, “Kellison’s J-4 is a well-built, nicely-executed coupe made Read More
Inspired by Carroll Shelby’s success in shoehorning a Ford V8 into the AC Ace to create the Cobra, Rootes asked Shelby to perform the same trick with its Sunbeam Alpine sports car. Ford’s 260 cubic-inch (4.2-liter) unit was chosen, similar to that used in the Cobra and more than capable of powering a car that began life with a 1.6-liter four. Assembled by Jensen Motors and introduced in 1964, the Tiger featured a stronger gearbox and rear axle plus Read More
The ACD Newsletter recently ran an article entitled “Cord Shifting for
Dummies” with emphasis on gear-changing techniques
Dummies” with emphasis on gear-changing techniques
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 Errett Lobban Cord, expanding his automotive empire, introduced a front-wheel drive automobile that he named after himself. The Cord L29 offered a distinctive, sporting appearance and great performance for its price. Unfortunately, when the stock market crashed shortly after the car’s introduction, so did the market for the L29. The Cord’s distinctive styling did, however, provide the basis for a new medium-priced front-wheel drive car, the 810.
The 810 was intended to restore Cord’s auto manufacturing operations to Read More
Flames, Flatheads, Fenders, Fatboys: the American hot rod has many manifestations. Each is the personal expression of its creator, which is both the charm and the attraction of the street rods. Some take T-buckets, some favor ’40 Fords, others prefer Plymouths or choose Chevys. The permutations and combinations are endless but the essence of the genre is high performance and individual expression.
The Deuce offered here is a beautiful example of the classic street rod. Built in the late Read More
In 1965 the nine-year reign of the “fuelie” Corvette came to an end. Only 771 cars with the L84 option were built in 1965, making it the lowest production year. It was the only year you could buy a fuel-injected, disc-braked Corvette.
This 1965 Glen Green model has traveled only 1,577 miles since new and is in original condition. It has to be one of the finest examples of an original vintage Corvette in existence.
The original owner bought a Read More
Today, the words “tuner car” conjures up images of an AMG or Renntech-equipped Mercedes. Or perhaps a Stillen-equipped SUV or a McLaren Mustang. But long before these high-impact, sophisticated cruisers existed, a group of dealer-based “tuners” were turning out supercars of a different sort. Baldwin-Motion, Dana, Nickey and Yenko were all Chevrolet dealers who sold modified bowtie products ready for the dragstrip, thinly disguised as streetable (and thereby finance-able, and in theory, insurable) cars.
When Chevrolet introduced Read More