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What Is The History Of Leonard Oil Company?
12/6/2019 John Pizzo
At a time when production in the state amounted to about 37,000 barrels of oil a day, Leonard’s Durban #1 discovery well daily produced an astounding daily figure of 3,594 barrels of oil. J. Walter Leonard suddenly had more oil than he could sell.
History Of The White And Bagley Oil Co.
12/6/2019 John Pizzo
Well, it's the start of a new year and this month I thought I would do a history report on my favorite oil company in the hobby, the White and Bagley Oil Co., or better known as Oilzum.
Tanker Truck History
12/6/2019 John Pizzo
Tank trucks began to appear in the United States in 1910. Standard Oil companies including Conoco were foremost among the early users, but other refiners were soon persuaded to purchase their own fleets.
How Rare Is The 1966 Pontiac Grand Prix?
12/1/2019 Greg Zyla
Is the 1966 Pontiac Grand Prix a rare car? I see a lot of the full-size Bonnevilles, Star Chief Executives, and Catalinas including the Catalina 2+2, and many smaller Lemans and GTOs.
1964 Canadian Built Meteor Custom Convertible
12/1/2019 Greg Zyla
It’s a Canadian-built 1964 Meteor Custom Convertible with a Mercury body and Ford Galaxie interior. The engine is the 352-inch V8 that originally came with a 2-barrel carburetor but has been replaced with a 4-barrel.
Department Stores And Gas Stations Of The Past
12/1/2019 Greg Zyla
It's really a shame that these stores are closing. You said you worked in the paint department at Sears in Vineland. I too worked at both S.S. Kreske's (a forerunner of Kmart) and at the Kmart in Burlington, NJ.
How Can I Tell If I Have An Official 1962 Thunderbird Sports Roadster?
12/1/2019 Greg Zyla
My father is quite sure it's original, but a lot of them apparently were put together from regular Thunderbird convertibles.
How Does The Corvair Compare To The Edsel?
12/1/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I really liked the Corvair articles you’ve written through the years, and am wondering how you feel about the Edsel?
History Of The Two Passenger Crosley
12/1/2019 Greg Zyla
Your column on the first small and compact American cars brings back my memories of the two-passenger Crosley, which was very small and came with a two-cylinder engine.
How Durable Is A 195.6 Inch Rambler American Six Cylinder Flathead?
12/1/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Hi Greg, I really enjoyed your article about the little 195.6-inch Rambler American six-cylinder flathead that I also have in my car, a 1959 Rambler American.
Dublin Gas Show
12/1/2019 John Pizzo
Hello and welcome to another great show for the collector. This year’s show, held in Dublin, OH, was the third time I went and “oh boy,” was it a good show.
History Of The Gas Pump
12/1/2019 John Pizzo
Here is the second installment of the gas pumps article I hope it was informative and gave some insight to the development of the gas pump and its origin.
History Of The Gas Pump
12/1/2019 John Pizzo
For this month I will shed some light on the gas pump and its history. The gas pump has been around for decades. Its creator was a man named Sylvanus F. Bowser.
Cities Service History
12/1/2019 John Pizzo
Henry Latham Doherty formed the Cities Service Company on September 2, 1910. A New York based holding company, it derived income from dividends generated by stock held in subsidiary corporations.
The History Of Texaco
12/1/2019 John Pizzo
Texaco’s history is often confused with that of the Indian Refining Company, which The Texas Company bought in 1931.
Michigan Gas Show
12/1/2019 John Pizzo
Another great season of gas shows is underway and I'm kicking mine off with a local gas show in Ottawa Lake, MI. This is a great show where everyone can find something.
How Much Is A 1970 King Midget Car Worth?
12/1/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, my sister and I have a 1970 King Midget car and we would like to know if you could tell us about it and how much it might be worth?
Top 10 Pony Cars Through 1970
12/1/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I enjoyed your column on the larger muscle cars from last week. How about your list of the best all around Pony Cars up to 1970 and I hope the Boss 302 is on there.
Do You Remember The 1960s Amphicar?
11/25/2019 Greg Zyla
Back in the 1960's, there was a car that I thought was real cool called the Amphicar. Do you remember them? It didn't last very long and was gone by the time I could afford a car.
1947 T-600 Tatraplan
11/25/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I’m working on a T-600 Tatraplan automobile, and I know many people have ever never seen or heard of one of these.
What Is The History And Value Of The 1973 Triumph GT6 MK3?
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I enjoy your columns in Auto Roundup Magazine very much, and I would appreciate if you could help me find information on my 1973 Triumph GT6 MK3.
How Did The Corvette Racing Team Start?
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
This week, we do things a little different as we present a one-on-one interview with Doug Fehan, the Corvette Racing Program Manager responsible for the overall running of the Corvette professional GT road racing team.
Top 10 Muscle Cars From The 1960s
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
Knowing I’m probably going to get many letters from readers as to why I forgot “this or that one,” here are my 10 best muscle cars of the era list, based on introduction year.
Will The Value Of A 1988 Pontiac Fiero Increase In The Years To Come?
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Hello Greg and I want you to know I look forward to your column every issue. I would like your opinion on the Pontiac Fiero, mainly the 1988 model.
1968 Shelby GT500 Mustang Convertible
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
Now for $650.00, I wasn’t expecting much. But as I drove up I saw a Highland Green with white convertible top 1968 Shelby GT 500 that needed a left front fender, bumper, grill nose surround and a good paint job.
What Happened To The Company That Built The Checker Cars?
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
As for your question about the taxi cabs, the Checker Motor Company was a very busy manufacturer at one time with a long history of building everything from complete taxis to frames and body stampings for the major auto companies.
Who Really Won The First Daytona 500 In 1959?
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
You’ve written about it before, but I’m still wondering about this race and why it took so long for Bill France to reverse his decision and give Petty the win over Beauchamp.
What's The Current Value Of A 1974 Chevy Malibu Laguna Type S-3?
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Hi Greg and first I want to tell you I enjoy your articles on the older cars and your auto experiences. I still have my 1974 Chevy Malibu Laguna Type S-3 that I bought brand new from the Ferrario Chevrolet dealership in Wysox, PA, back in 1974.
What Is The History Of The Bonneville Salt Flats?
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
As for history, performance fanatics acknowledge that Bonneville, neat Salt Lake City in Utah and Muroc and El Mirage dry beds out your way were directly responsible for the birth of the high performance industry.
What Motor, Transmission, And Suspension Did The 1995 Chevy Impala SS Come With?
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
I would like to know about the 1995 Chevy Impala SS, and what motors, transmissions and suspensions they came with.
Why Don't Designers Incorporate Distinguishing Features Of Past Popular Models Into The New Design?
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Dear Greg, I have long been upset at the people who design the new model cars. All the autos look very much alike, and as a former Lincoln Continental owner, I note the new Lincoln.
Was The International Harvester Scout Ahead Of Its Time?
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I enjoy your column and want to know about the International Harvester Scout. I feel the IH Scout was ahead of its time and was a popular Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) back in the 1960s.
What Is The History Of The First Jeep?
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
Also, can you give me the story of the first Jeep? There is much information online that is misleading. Finally, if you could give some info on the new Jeep pickup it would be appreciated as it’s been a while since the last Jeep pickup.
Were The 1941 Hudson And The 1957 Dodge Sweptline Car-Like Pickup Trucks?
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
When I wrote about the 1957 Ranchero in a different column five years ago, some readers asked if the 1957 Dodge Sweptline was a car-truck model and should be recognized as such. I’ll deal with this situation, too.
2019 RAM 1500 REBEL QUAD CAB 4X4
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
This month, we got a chance to drive the all-new 2019 RAM 1500 pickup for Truck Round-Up, delivered in Rebel Quad-Cab 4x4 trim and packing a powerful Hemi V8 under the hood.
Midsize Chevy Colorado Bigger Than Full Size Trucks Of The Past
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
As most of my readers know, I also do Test Drive articles every week for many newspapers. And, while driving the second generation Chevy Colorado with the Z71 suspension recently, I realized just how big today’s midsize trucks have become.
10 Pickups Making A Difference
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
So, with due respect to the past and present class of pickups, here’s my personal “Top 10” list of pickups that made an impact on me along the way.
The Little Red Wagon Wheelstander Pickup
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
I remember the Dodge D-100-A compact pickup with its 90-inch wheelbase as it toured the country back then on drag strips everywhere. I also remember the Hemi Under Glass and LA Dart Hemis, too.
Ford Ranchero History
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
As for the Ford Ranchero, it made its debut way back in 1957 and was a popular vehicle with those consumers who I indeed said, “wanted a car but needed a truck" or, vice versa, “wanted a truck but needed a car.”
What's The History of USPS Trucks?
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I enjoy your articles on nostalgia trucks and wondered if you could tell me some history of the mail delivery trucks?
Volkswagen Transporter 4WD Pickups
11/24/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg can you tell me a bit of the history of Volkswagen pickup trucks, specifically the Transporter 4WD units?
Did GMC Or Chevrolet Ever Make A 4 Door Or Extended Cab Truck In The 1960s?
11/15/2019 Greg Zyla
My question is when did the very first four-door truck appear for purchase and also did GMC or Chevrolet ever make a four-door truck in the 1960 decade?
How Much Would A 1965 Chevy C20 With A Slide In Camper Be Worth Today?
11/9/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg I’m wondering if you can give me some information on a truck and camper my friend used to own but sold eight years ago.
Should Cadillac Receive Credit For Today's Variable Firing Cylinder Engines?
11/14/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I am a big fan of the Cadillac and want to know about their engines and overall sizes.
How Can I Sell My 1956 Plymouth Savoy?
11/14/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I have a '56 Plymouth Savoy 4-door with a flathead 6-cylinder and just 84,081 miles.
How Much Is A 1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner Convertible With A Retractable Hardtop Worth?
11/14/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I have a '59 Ford Galaxie Skyliner 2-door retractable hardtop convertible.
How Rare Is A 1968 Chevelle Malibu 4-door Station Wagon?
11/14/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Hi Greg. I just picked up a 1968 Chevelle Malibu 4-door Station Wagon that I found between Ohio and Indiana.
What Tires Should I use On My 1966 Plymouth Fury That Will Allow Me To Use The Original Hubcaps?
11/14/2019 Greg Zyla
I have a '66 Plymouth Fury III convertible with 17,000 miles on it. When I bought it in 1994, the previous owner had put P255/75R-14 steel belted tires on it.
Where Can I Find A 3 Speed Transmission For A 1972 GTO?
11/14/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, could you please tell me if the M13 Trans listed on my 1972 GTO build sheet (enclosed) is indeed the 3-speed manual that you talked of in a recent Auto Roundup Car Collector Corner column?
11/14/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I've seen so many TV ads for oil additives it is starting to drive me crazy. There's a new one out now with Carroll Shelby telling people "it works and he puts his name on it" and it's called zMAX.
11/14/2019 Greg Zyla
Q:Greg, I really enjoy your columns on collector cars. I have a 1958 Chevy Delray, and it drips oil on my garage floor.
11/14/2019 Greg Zyla
I’ve read Jim Wangers’ “Glory Days” and it really is a fine book on the state of Detroit and high performance back “in the days.” Gary P., Pennsylvania.
Was Leland The Inventor Of The Cadillac Car?
11/14/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I read with interest your article on Henry Leland, who was trained as a toolmaker at the Springfield Armory around the beginning of the Civil War.
When And Where Was The LaSalle Manufactured And By Whom?
11/14/2019 Greg Zyla
I'd like to know about the LaSalle automobile. My dad had a 1936 (I believe it was) 4-door sedan, purchased in 1943 and traded in for new 1950 Pontiac.
Were There Any Aftermarket Racing Parts Made For The 1949 to 1954 Pontiac 8 Cylinder Engine?
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I enjoy your Auto Roundup “Collector Car Corner” articles and would like to know if there were any aftermarket high performance or racing parts made for the 1949 to 1954 Pontiac inline flathead 8-cylinder engine?
Buy Quality Tires At All Times
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I read your answer to a person who had a muscle car or pony car that "tire hopped" under acceleration in the winter, but not in the summer. You said his problem was due to the coldness of the rubber and roads in the wintertime.
Katech's Solid Adjustable Belt Tensioner
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
I have a 2000 Pontiac Firebird Formula with an LS1 engine that I put headers on and did a few other modifications, including an intake manifold, Hypertech chip, and throttle body.
Kaiser Darrin With A Willys Knight Six Cylinder Engine
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I enjoyed your article on the Kaiser Darrin recently in Auto Round-Up, and want to let you know there was a Darrin in Mount Carmel, Pa., when I 12 back in 1958.
Should I Run A Manual Or An Automatic In My Rebuilt 1993 Camaro LT1?
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Should I run a manual or an automatic in my now being rebuilt 1993 Camaro LT1? It has a manual, but I'll need a new one as it has over 125,000 miles on it and I had some problems anyway.
Lack Of Car Production In 1942
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
One point you made I'd like to embellish a little. You are correct that there was no car production from '43 to '45 but there was not much during 1942 either which is why there aren't many '42 model cars around today.
Where Can I Find Vent Window Gaskets For A 1948 Nash Ambassador 4 Door Sedan?
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I own a 1948 Nash Ambassador 4-door sedan and am trying to locate vent window gaskets for both the front and rear.
How Much Is A 1961 Pontiac Catalina 2 Door Hardtop Worth And Where Do I Find One?
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Greg, I purchased a 1961 Pontiac Catalina 2 door Hardtop new in that year. It was the coolest car that I ever owned. I want to obtain another "61" Catalina in good condition for restoration.
What Does Mopar Stand For?
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I know Chrysler-Dodge-Plymouth is Mopar, but what does Mopar really stand for, if anything?
 3 Speed Manual Equipped Pontiac GTO
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Q:Greg, I am writing mainly to compliment you on your answer to "M.M" and his 3-speed manual equipped Pontiac GTO in a recent “Car Collector Corner” column in "Auto Roundup,” Vol. 7, Number 694 on page 35.
Popular Car Music And Groups
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Greg, you once printed your most popular car songs. I remember your top pick was thought not to be a car song, right? Do you still have your old albums?
How Many Oldsmobile 98 Starfire Convertibles Were Built In 1956?
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I am in the process of restoring a 1956 Oldsmobile 98 Starfire Convertible. I will be using all original parts for the restoration.
What Would It Cost To Restore A 1968 Mercury Montego MX Convertible?
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
I own a 1968 Mercury Montego MX Convertible, the car is in decent shape, considering its age, but pretty much needs a top to bottom refurbishing.
How Many Body Styles Were Available Of The 1966 Pontiac GTO?
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
How many body styles were available, and I am told the 3-speed manual in my car was made by Ford Motor Company and used at the end of the model run because GM ran out of 4-speeds. Is this true?
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Greg, I have a 1956 Ford F350 V8 pickup Custom Cab Dually. It has the 8-foot bed and I want to restore it. Where do I find bumpers, glass, fenders and other pieces?
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: I'm From South Dakota and am presently in Topeka, Kansas, looking around for early Hemi parts.
1984 Lincoln Mark VII Diesel
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
I have a 1984 Lincoln Mark VII with a 2.4-liter Diesel engine that I believe was made by BMW. It came from the factory like this and I have enclosed the documentation.
How Many Thunderbirds Did Ford Produce In 1955?
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
How many Thunderbirds did Ford produce in the car’s first year in 1955, and what engine came with it? Connie K., Wisconsin.
Rare 1996 Chevrolet S10 SS Compact Pickup
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
A: Bryan, you indeed have a very rare Chevy S10 on your hands. Even though compact pickup trucks haven’t appreciated much in the collector car and truck hobby, that SS pickup badge makes it very special.
2017 Toyota Highlander SE
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Our review this week centers on the Toyota Highlander SE AWD, powered by a new V6 engine with all-wheel-drive (AWD) underpinnings.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
This week, we’re driving the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, delivered in new Trailhawk 4x4 dress and the most off-road ready of the Grand Cherokees.
1953 Chevy Bel Air Sedan
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Hi Greg, I just read your column “The Cars of my Early Childhood” in my local paper and it brought back many fond memories.
Who Had The First AMC Funny Car?
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Most people still think Rambler and AMC cars were just for the family, but they put together many a fast muscle car. My question is, do you remember those AMC Funny Cars? Who had the first one?
1987 GMC Caballero Amarillo
11/10/2019 Greg Zyla
I have found that GMC only produced the Caballero vehicles from 1978 through 1987. Is there anything you can tell me about this vehicle and its approximate value?
2017 Nissan Titan XD Crew Cab
11/9/2019 Greg Zyla
This week, we’re driving the second generation 2017 Nissan Titan, the company’s flagship full-size pickup that comes in rear drive or 4x4 in both single cab or crew cab designs.
2017 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon 4x4
11/9/2019 Greg Zyla
At last year's Tioga Downs Casino auto and truck show, held at the casino located off Rte.17 and 86 at Nichols, N.Y., we took along a brand new 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Crew Cab 4x4 to display at the Auto Round-Up tent.
When Did Jeep Stop Making A Pickup Truck?
11/9/2019 Greg Zyla
My question is when did Jeep stop making a pickup truck? I remember so many Jeep pickups on the road, but then they disappeared.
GMC Powered Missile Transporter Truck Memories
10/27/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, your Truck Roundup “Pickup Report” brought back great memories of my time in the Air Force when I worked as a missile tech on the Minuteman Missile transporter (WS133 also known as the TE or TEL).
Different Types of Collectible Grease Cans
10/31/2019 John Pizzo
Grease cans are great for entry level collectors. They’re plentiful, small, and relatively inexpensive.
A Glimpse Into My Garage
10/31/2019 John Pizzo
Hello everyone. This month’s article is a glimpse into my shop and my garage.
Kalamazoo Swap Meet
10/31/2019 John Pizzo
In February, Scooter and I went to the Kalamazoo Fairgrounds for the KAARC auto parts and memorabilia swap meet.
Car Companies And Automotive Fluids
10/31/2019 John Pizzo
Hello once again readers. This month I'm going to talk about the specific fluids that car companies made for their cars.
Chicagoland Petroleum And Advertising Show
10/30/2019 John Pizzo
So on October 19 I went to Peotone, IL for the fall Chicagoland Petroleum and Advertising Show.
Check The Oil Gas Show
10/30/2019 John Pizzo
I've gone to yet another great gas bash and loaded up some amazing finds at "The Big Friendly" gas show presented by Check The Oil (CTO) magazine.
Wheelstanding Pickups And The Dodge Lil’ Red Truck D-150
10/27/2019 Greg Zyla
A: Michael thanks so much for your letter as it is letters like yours that keeps me going! I’ll get to the Little Red Wagon and the iconic Little Red Express pickups, but first I’ve got to tell you my bicycle memories, too.
10/27/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I know you race Chevy cars and also own a nice MOPAR, too. But I feel you will be 100-percent fair when I ask if you feel the Ford Ranchero had it all over the Chevy El Camino?
GMC Truck Engines And Differences Between The 348 And The 409
10/27/2019 Greg Zyla
Q: Greg, I was reading your column about the 409 Chevy engine where you said that the 348 and the 409 were identical from the outside as both had the "W" cylinder head design.
Service Attendants
10/26/2019 John Pizzo
The service attendant, was not only a welcoming smile and a friendly face but he was also that one person that you could trust to tell you what would be the best thing for your car and your pocketbook.
1969 Monteverdi
10/26/2019 Tad Burness
Monteverdi introduced his attractive Chrysler-powered GT coupe, with Frua bodywork, at the 1967 Frankfurt Automobile Show in Germany.
1938 Triumph Dolomite
10/26/2019 Tad Burness
This Dolomite series convertible of 1938 was a beauty, though some reviewers at the time didn't like its Hudson/ Terraplaneish grille, which they derided as having the look of a "fencer's mask."
1933 Beacon By Continental
10/26/2019 Tad Burness
As a low-priced four-cylinder, the 1933 Beacon was in direct competition with Willys' new "77" model, a bizarrely styled little car of which some 20,000 were sold in 1933.
1938 Horch Convertible
10/26/2019 Tad Burness
A 1938 Horch convertible was awarded "Best of Show" top prize at the August 2004 Concours d'Elegance classic and antique car show at Pebble Beach, CA.
1928 Hudson Essex
10/26/2019 Tad Burness
Hudson Motor Car Company (founded 1909) was doing well with its big Super-Six Hudsons of the mid-'teen years, and so it was decided to launch an additional companion brand in 1919: the four-cylinder Essex.
1917 Ben-Hur Six
10/26/2019 Tad Burness
The second Ben-Hur (1917-1918) was somewhat more successful, with better financing. L.L. Allen announced in February 1918 that between 30 and 40 cars had already been completed and shipped.
1981 Ford Mustang
10/26/2019 Tad Burness
As the 1981 catalog exclaimed, Mustang had a "fun to drive" attitude. "Exhilarating like the rush of the downhill (on skis). Sleek with clean lines that slice through the wind."
1914 F.A.L. Greyhound
10/25/2019 Tad Burness
The F.A.L. was first introduced as "The Car Without a Name." Shortly afterward, the three founders of the company realized that an anonymous automobile could not succeed.
1948 Porsche
10/25/2019 Tad Burness
The 1948 Porsche was the first of the famous Type 356 models. It marked a new beginning for the famous Dr. Ferdinand Porsche and his son, Ferry.
1915 Oakland
10/25/2019 Tad Burness
The first Oakland automobile was built in 1907, and two years later, Oakland joined Billy Durant's up-and-coming General Motors Corporation, which was to become the world's largest auto manufacturer once Henry Ford's Model T had run its course.
1989 Buick Reatta
10/25/2019 Tad Burness
Because Buick seldom built anything resembling a sports car (save for the Skylark convertibles of the mid-1950s or the 1963-1973 Rivieras), it was a surprise when Buick introduced its sizzling compact Reatta sports coupe in 1988.
1938 Najjar
10/25/2019 Tad Burness
Visually examining this design, one would certainly think it was from the early 1950s. The styling is too modern for the 1940s, and utterly unheard of before that!
1942 Wood-Burning Volkswagen
10/25/2019 Tad Burness
Probably, you never heard of steam-powered Volkswagens, but they did exist in 1942. These cars were modified by installing a Porsche-designed boiler and steam engine.
1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
10/25/2019 Tad Burness
First released during 1970 for the 1971 season, Ford's subcompact Pinto enjoyed a 10-year run, eventually being replaced by the 1981 Escort (which also replaced the 1978 to 1980 Fiesta in the United States).
1987 Plymouth Sundance
10/25/2019 Tad Burness
The first Plymouth Sundance was the 1987 model, and the same year, Dodge introduced the Dodge Shadow.
1981 Eagle Kammback DL
10/25/2019 Tad Burness
American Motors introduced its Eagle series in the 1980 season, and it was unique at the time, offering four-wheel drive in an ordinary family-type car.
1905 REO
10/25/2019 Tad Burness
In October 1904. REO was a hit at the January 1905 New York Automobile Show, and production commenced at that point.
Ad Glass For Pump Restorations
10/24/2019 John Pizzo
So for this month let’s talk about ad glass. The ad glass is the glass insert on top of the pump. The insert should not be confused with the globe.
1920 Ford Model T
10/24/2019 Tad Burness
For a generation, Ford's humble Model T was the world's most popular car, with more than 15 million sold between late 1908 and 1927!
1930 Durant 614
10/24/2019 Tad Burness
Billy Durant put millions of his own dollars into his company to keep it afloat after the late 1920s.
Was There Ever A GMC V12 Truck Engine In 1960?
10/24/2019 Greg Zyla
I absolutely remember a GMC V-12 cylinder engine that was available in 1960 in big trucks. Can you please tell us about this engine, and that there definitely was a V-12 available?
1982 Mustang
10/22/2019 Tad Burness
The 1982 Mustang, especially the V-8, was a choice of some police departments that wanted a nimble, powerful pursuit car without a premium price.
1962 1/2 Taunus - Ex Cardinal
10/22/2019 Tad Burness
The Ford Motor Company planned to introduce its all-new front-wheel-drive, V-4-powered Cardinal in the United States in 1962.
Porcelain Pump Plates
10/22/2019 John Pizzo
Hello. For this month’s article, I have chosen to write about the porcelain pump plates. These used to show the brand of fuel the customer was buying.
1987 Cadillac Fleetwood 75
10/21/2019 Tad Burness
This 1987 model was Cadillac's final Fleetwood 75, the last of a proud line that began with the introduction of the first Fleetwood 75 in 1936.
1974 Cadillac Eldorado
10/20/2019 Tad Burness
Cadillac's first Eldorado model was a luxury convertible of 1953, featuring a new panoramic wraparound windshield that all GM cars adopted by 1955.
1967 Ferrari V12
10/20/2019 Tad Burness
Steve McQueen starred in the original 1968 version of "The Thomas Crown Affair," and he drove this 1967 Ferrari in the movie.
1972 Chrysler Imperial
10/20/2019 Tad Burness
Way back in August 1971, the Chrysler Corporation sent out an information packet on the then-upcoming 1972 Imperial, which came in handy for this issue of Auto Album.
1929 Du Pont Speedster
10/20/2019 Tad Burness
From 1919 to 1932, Du Pont built high-quality automobiles for those who could afford them. Before 1928, Du Pont's products were comparatively unassuming in appearance, with little changes from year to year.
AMC Replacing Old Brand Names With New
10/18/2019 Tad Burness
AMC had a policy of periodically replacing old brand names with new. Remember Rambler's Classic? The Rebel? The Marlin? How about the AMC Hornet?
1916 Cadillac Victoria
10/18/2019 Tad Burness
This so-called Victoria replaced the more window-full Landaulet coupe of 1915, and was one of Cadillac's best-looking cars for the 1916 season.
1953 Kaiser Dragon
10/18/2019 Tad Burness
For 1953 only, a glamorous top-of-the-line model, the Dragon (also called the Golden Dragon), was available for nearly $4,000, putting it into the Cadillac price range.
1954 De Soto
10/18/2019 Tad Burness
Though De Soto had semi-automatic Fluid Drive transmissions since the 1940s, Powerflite automatic transmissions were new for De Soto in the 1954 models, a $189 option.
1951 Meteor V8
10/18/2019 Tad Burness
If you're a longtime reader of Auto Album, you might already know about the rare Meteor and Monarch cars Ford Motor Company built in Canada, for Canadians only!
Jeepster History and Fun Facts
10/18/2019 Greg Zyla
James, thanks for the photo you sent along with your letter. Your ’67 Jeepster looks great following the restoration.
How Many 1993 Cadillac Allantes With The Northstar Engine Were Produced?
10/17/2019 Greg Zyla
The Cadillac Allante is indeed a rare piece, as you don’t see many around. Cadillac produced the Allante to much fanfare from 1987 through 1993, and only 21,300 cars were built during the model run
How Can A 1938 Plymouth Change To A 1937 And Back Again!
10/17/2019 Tad Burness
In the film, High Sierra, Bogart's car is a 1938 Plymouth coupe (as illustrated), but in many scenes, it suddenly becomes a 1937 Plymouth!
The Style Of The 1941-1947 Chevy Pickup
10/17/2019 Tad Burness
This style of Chevy pickup (1941 to mid-1947) is a favorite of many collectors today, as well as of the millions of people who owned or rode in one during the past six and a half decades.
1942 Ford Jeep - A Carbon Copy Of The Better-Known Willys Version
10/17/2019 Tad Burness
The Ford Jeeps were created in the exact image of the Willys model, so that all parts were interchangeable between the two brands.
What Does A 1951 Pontiac Straight-8 Engine Look Like?
10/17/2019 Tad Burness
Even though my files contain many views of the 1951 Pontiacs, I was never able, until 2005, to find any good, clear pictures of 1951 Pontiac engines.
1950 Keller 4 - A Car Ahead Of Its Time
10/17/2019 Tad Burness
The Keller was the successor to the Bobbi-Kar, a similar little mite conceived in 1945 in Southern California.
Greg Zyla's Collector Car Market Update
10/17/2019 Greg Zyla
Today, the popularity of the collector cars, older pickup trucks and muscle cars have expanded to include not only the baby boomer generation, it’s spreading to much younger groups who are finding the excitement of the hobby serves them well.
10/17/2019 Greg Zyla
If you put larger overall tires on your 1973 Chrysler Newport, it could affect the accuracy of your speedometer and you’ll be going faster than the speedometer says.
Kaiser Darrin Fiberglass Body Sport Cars
10/11/2019 Greg Zyla
the 1954 Kaiser Darrin was the brainchild of the late Howard Darrin, Kaiser's chief designer and personal friend of Henry J. Kaiser. Darrin created a clay model in 1952 with full backing from Kaiser, and worked with his son in California on the car.
In Memory Of Andy Granatelli
10/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Andy Granatelli, who is best known for his wins at the Indy 500 and his beloved STP brand of oil treatment, became the principal at Studebaker Racing in the early 1960s.
Am I Wasting Money On Synthetic Motor Oil?
10/9/2019 Greg Zyla
Am I wasting money on synthetic motor oil? I like to feel I'm doing the best I can for the cars. If they were yours, what specific oil and brand would you use?
How Much Is My 1967 Ford Mustang 6-Cylinder Worth?
10/8/2019 Greg Zyla
I have a 1967 Mustang with a 6-cylinder engine. It needs some work but looks good from 10-feet. I want to sell this car and have no idea on how much it is worth. How much is my 1967 Ford Mustang 6-cylinder worth?
Model Car Companies Of The 1950s
10/3/2019 Greg Zyla
I am a model car lover and remember all the great model car companies of the 1950s through today. I was wondering if you know of the heritage of these companies, including Jo-Han, AMT, Monogram and the others.
When Did The First Independent Car Manufacturer Come Out With A V8?
10/2/2019 Greg Zyla
When did the first independent car manufacturer come out with a V8? Studebaker receives the nod for producing the first overhead valve (not flathead or inline) V8 thanks to its 1951 232.6-inch, 120 horsepower overhead valve V8.
Jaguar Repros And The Larz Anderson Museum
10/1/2019 Greg Zyla
I read your column about the D-Type Jags and it reminded me of my trip to Larz Anderson Museum in Brookline, MA. Larz is a great place with acres of lawns. About every Sunday they have a car day.
Was The 1971 Vega The Worst Car Ever?
10/1/2019 Greg Zyla
Back in 1971 we owned a ‘71 Vega and it was the worst car we ever purchased. At 20,000 miles the tires were bald; the aluminum block had steam coming out the sides; the body had begun to rust; and it would just stop running at times!
Kaiser, Chrysler And Packard Memories
9/26/2019 Greg Zyla
Your recent articles were special for me on the Kaiser-Frazer. My grandpa's brother opened a Kaiser-Frazer dealership in the little town of Harrington, WA. It was in that 1947 Frazer that I learned to drive on the highway.
What was the biggest Ford engine ever put into a Ford Thunderbird?
9/25/2019 Greg Zyla
The first “big” engine to appear in the Thunderbird came in 1958 thanks to Ford’s involvement in NASCAR racing. Ford teamed up with Holman-Moody of NASCAR fame to produce a 430-inch racing V8.
Frazer Automobile History
9/24/2019 Greg Zyla
As for those Frazer cars, the company came into existence thanks to Joseph Washington Frazer, a noted descendent of the original “Washington” family from Virginia (yes, President George was related!)
What Years Did Car Manufacturers Not Build Cars During the World War II Era?
9/23/2019 Greg Zyla
To be specific about the WWII effort, car manufacturers did not build cars for three years: 1943, 1944 and 1945. When the war came to an end, the 1946 models were “unveiled,” but were the same as the 1942 vehicles.
Which American Car Manufacturer Sold the Most Cars in the 1950s?
9/20/2019 Greg Zyla
I enjoy most the articles on cars from the 1950s, so can you tell me which American car manufacturer sold the most cars during the great decade of 1950? I think I know it is the Chevy, and then Ford. But how about after that?
The Rare 1958 Mercury Super Marauder 430 V8 & 1956 Golden Hawk 374 V8
9/19/2019 Greg Zyla
That 1958 Mercury Super Marauder was a very rare option, and did appear on the option list. The 1956 Golden Hawk model was available with either a 352 Packard V8 or the rare but available 374 as an option.
The Best Classic Car Songs
9/17/2019 Greg Zyla
Many years ago you wrote an article about car songs and the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean that I saw in a recent issue. The article covered the best classic car songs, and I’d love if you could touch on some of these great classic car songs again.
1940-1942 Willys Coupes Are Very Popular Today
9/16/2019 Greg Zyla
Those 1940-1942 Willys Coupes are very popular today, and several companies produce complete fiberglass bodies for use on the street or strip.
The Very Rare 1971 Corvette LS6 454 Cubic Inch V8 With 425 Horsepower
9/13/2019 Greg Zyla
The very rare 1971 Corvette LS6 454 cubic inch V8 with 425 horsepower was similar to the LS7 engine that could be ordered from the factory as a crate motor (I bought one for my race car in 1979 for $1,448), and came with a solid lifter camshaft.
What Happened to the Lincolns From Back in the 1950s?
9/12/2019 Greg Zyla
I'd like to know about what happened to the Lincolns from back in the 1950s. Up until 1958, I thought the styling was quite nice for a luxury car. Then in 1958, Lincoln came out with a massive piece of monstrosity.
Is There a One Mile Dragstrip in the East That Officially Sanctions Races?
9/11/2019 Greg Zyla
Is it true that there is a one mile dragstrip in the East that officially sanctions races? Yes and no. The track you are talking about is a 9,000 foot long private airport used mostly by DHL business delivery airplanes.
How Many Shelby AC Cobras Did Ford Build?
9/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Overall, only 654 small blocks and 350 or so big block AC style Cobras were ever built in those seven years of availability, and many were indeed for street use.
Diana Motor Company Automobile History
9/9/2019 Greg Zyla
The Diana Motor Company built cars from 1925 through 1928, so it sounds like your dad bought his Diana in its last year of production.
The DKW German Steam-Powered Automobile
9/6/2019 Greg Zyla
The DKW was a German built car from 1928 through 1966. The word means "Dampf-Kraft-Wagen," or, translated into English the "steam powered vehicle."
Is My 1968 Mercury Worth Restoring?
9/5/2019 Greg Zyla
Your car is currently listed under NAPA Old Car prices somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,620 to $2,948, mainly because of the six-cylinder engine which is a 10-percent deduction in value.
How Long Were the Muntz Jet Cars Available on the Market?
8/29/2019 Greg Zyla
Muntz said 394 Jets were built, and it is estimated that today some 49 survive. Movie starts, of which he was friend with many, usually bought them, but from the beginning Muntz was losing money on every sale as production costs were very high.
Who Marketed the First Front Wheel Drive Car?
8/28/2019 Greg Zyla
The first consumer available front wheel drive, mass marketed car came from the DKW F1 company from Germany in 1931. Other German car producers, of which there were many back then, followed as Stoewer later in 1931 offered a front drive.
Studebaker Golden Hawk Transmission Types
8/27/2019 Greg Zyla
Specifically, two transmissions were available for the 1956 Studebaker Goldenhawk, including the manual Borg Warner T85 three-speed with overdrive or Packard's "Twin Ultramatic" automatic transmission.
Why Did General Motors Drop Oldsmobile?
8/23/2019 Greg Zyla
General Motors dropped the Olds because of declining sales numbers. That's pretty much the same reason Pontiac fell by the wayside, too. Olds was first to go in 2004 following several years of trying to prop up the brand with new marketing.
Brief History of the Graham Cars
8/22/2019 Greg Zyla
I was wondering if you could give any information on the history of the Graham cars? The first Graham car was dubbed a “Graham Paige,” released in 1928, and the Graham cars continued along through 1941.
5 Things You Need To Know About the Collector Car Market
8/21/2019 Greg Zyla
Collector car journalist and racing legend Greg Zyla presents five things you need to know about the collector car market including values of classic cars, restoration tips and where to find the most resourceful collector car news.
The 1954 Ford Skyliner - The Grandfather of Moonroofs
8/20/2019 Greg Zyla
I own a 1954 Ford Skyliner and enjoy your column very much. I have read somewhere that Ford tested two Skyliners in 1954, one with the plexiglass top and one with a steel top in Arizona with all of the windows up.
Which Production Car Had the First Moonroof?
8/19/2019 Greg Zyla
Which production car had the first moonroof? I was really taken in by Ford’s new 1954 Skyliner, which was a Crestline Victoria that featured a green, transparent, Plexiglas window roof right above the driver’s seat.
How Many Panteras Were Built?
8/14/2019 Greg Zyla
To give you the scoop on the Pantera, the mid-engined beauty was sculpted by noted designer Tom Tjaarda and manufactured by the Italian car company DeTomaso.Overall, a total of about 7,500 Panteras were built, with most sold by Ford/Lincoln/Mercury.
More Volkswagen Beetle History
8/12/2019 Greg Zyla
The evolution of the Volkswagen Beetle model is very interesting. From the sporty Karmann Ghia to the VW Camper and Bus line, Volkswagens were the mode of transportation for so many of my friends during the 1960s and 1970s.
Is My Numbers Matching 1967 Chevelle Worth More as an Original Car?
8/9/2019 Greg Zyla
I have a 1967 Chevelle 2-door that has a 283 with a two barrel carb. I would like to do an engine upgrade to a new muscle car crate motor and put some SS badges on it, but some of my friends say it is worth as an original.
Hudson Cars of the 1930s
8/8/2019 Greg Zyla
Model 73 Hudson Custom vs. Model 74 Hudson Deluxe with all the specs: weight, horsepower, prices, and even the option of a 3-way hot water heater and defroster unit for $21.65, plus 65-cents tax, totaling $22.30. Now, how great is that?
Was the Studebaker Golden Hawk Considered a Muscle Car?
8/7/2019 Greg Zyla
The Studebaker Golden Hawk was powered by a 374 cubic inch Packard twin four barrel engine that produced 310 horsepower and 400 pound foot of torque, so I think it should be classified as a muscle car.
When Did Buick Begin Their Car Manufacturing Operations?
8/6/2019 Greg Zyla
Buick actually began producing a horseless carriage in 1903 utilizing a chain driven twin-power engine. The inventor was David Buick, a Scottish industrialist. All Buicks used inline six cylinder engines until 1931.
The Fabulous Hudson Hornets
8/5/2019 Greg Zyla
The most famous of the performance Hudsons was the 308-inch 6–cylinder “racing” versions that allowed race drivers like Marshall Teague to win 12 of 13 scheduled AAA stock car races in 1952 in a Hornet.
How Rare is the 1968 Mercury Cougar 427?
8/4/2019 Greg Zyla
As for the 1968 427 Mercury Cougar, only 357 were ever built, making it the rarest of the rare Cougars because of the 427 “W” Code side oiler engine. (I guess I’d probably opt for the 427 based on numbers only).
Did the Hemi Engine Come Out Before 1965?
8/2/2019 Greg Zyla
Those famous 426 Hemi engines came out way before 1965, but in smaller dimensions. My dad had a 1953 Dodge with a Hemi in it. The 1953 Dodge Hemi came with a scaled down version of the already introduced in 1951 Chrysler 331 Hemi V8.
Can a 440 Wedge Block Accept Hemi Heads?
7/31/2019 Greg Zyla
I was going to buy a new 1965 Plymouth Belvedere. The salesman told me he could get me a 426 Hemi for it. Was the salesman telling the truth about being able to buy the 426 Hemi for the Belvedere? Is there a kit to make my 440 into a Hemi?
Did the 1968 Camaro RS SS 396 Engine Have Aluminum Heads?
7/30/2019 Greg Zyla
Back in the 1960s, it was a great time to own a performance car, and I owned a 1968 Camaro RS SS. Did the 1968 Camaro RS SS 396 engine have aluminum heads?
Bill Bratko's 1965 Chevy Nova Survivor Car
7/29/2019 Greg Zyla
I still have my 1965 Chevrolet Nova that was bought brand new in 1965 and I consider it a true survivor collector car. It has a 355 cubic inch V8, 12.5 to 1 compression, dual quad carburetors, 4-speed transmission and a 4.88 posi rear end.
Rare COPO 427 Chevys
7/28/2019 Greg Zyla
Chevy allowed two specific "COPO" allotments, numbered 9560 and 9561 for the 1969 model year. COPO 9561 included the L72 427-425 horse big block and was by far the most popular of the two.
Are the Interior Parts the Same in the 1959 Ford and the 1959 Edsel?
7/27/2019 Greg Zyla
The 1959 Ford had similar mechanical parts as the 1959 Edsel Ranger, including engines, rears and transmissions, but are any of the interior parts the same?
Building Model Cars in the 1950s and 1960s
7/26/2019 Greg Zyla
I want to dedicate this column to model cars and model car builders. Building models was and still is an enjoyable endeavor of my "car loving" life. Just about every car lover goes through the model building days.
Eastern Museum of Motor Racing
7/25/2019 Greg Zyla
The Eastern Museum Of Motor Racing (EMMR) is located in York Springs, PA and was purchased in 1982 by EMMR, a 501-c nonprofit organization is home to the EMMR museum that houses an extensive collection of historic race cars.
1957 Ford Fairlane Model Car Kit
7/24/2019 Greg Zyla
A few years ago I found a 1957 Ford model car kit. I think it was a Revell. My car was light green and white, and the photo of the Revell model was the same color, so that's what color I was going to paint it.
Did the Chrysler Newport and Dodge 880 Receive the Same Sheet Metal in 1962?
7/23/2019 Greg Zyla
Chrysler had regularly used the Newport logo in the 1940s and 1950s, but it wasn’t until 1961 that the Newport became a standalone model.
More Plymouth Collector Car History
7/22/2019 Greg Zyla
I’ve been reading your columns recently and liked the GTX column last month. I still like the old Plymouths, and ask if you think Chrysler should have kept the name instead of Dodge.
1957 Ford Police Interceptor
7/16/2019 Greg Zyla
My dad said the 1957 Ford business coupe had a 270 Police Interceptor engine in it with two 4-barrel carbs and a 3 speed transmission on the column.
How Many 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 312 V8 Superchargers Were Made?
7/1/2019 Greg Zyla
I had a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 with the optional 300-horsepower supercharged 312 V8. It was quite a fast car back then, and I'm wondering if you know how many of these 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 312 V8 Superchargers were made?
Why Did Checker Motor Company Go Out of Business?
7/1/2019 Greg Zyla
I really miss those old Checker Taxi cabs. Whatever happened to the Checker Taxi cabs and why did Checker Motor Company go out of business?
The Tatraplan T-600
6/24/2019 Greg Zyla
I want to know about a vehicle called the Tatraplan T-600. My friend once had one and it would be interesting to see what info you have on the Tatraplan company? My friend told me they also built a V8, too. Is this correct?
The Rod Spalding Car Collection
6/20/2019 Greg Zyla
It's Rod Spalding here. I want to tell you about my three collectible cars. I have a 1948 Willys Jeep CJ-2A with only 19,396 actual miles, a 1961 Corvair 300 two-door with automatic transmission and a 1969 Chevy C-10 short box with a 350-V8.
1956 DeSoto Fireflite–Finding This Car Was A Million to One Shot
6/20/2019 Jerry Sutherland
Roy Patriquin grew up with a 1956 DeSoto Fireflite 4-door sedan. His dad bought it used from a City Police Commissioner and it became an all-purpose vehicle. Roy remembered the car and he asked his dad, “Whatever happened to your DeSoto?”
How Much Is An Original 1947 Pontiac Silver Streak Worth?
6/19/2019 Greg Zyla
I have a 1947 Silver Streak Pontiac with only 24,000 miles showing on the speedometer and it has the Straight-8 with a 3-speed manual that runs great. Could you please tell me what a fair price would be for this car?
When Was the Last Official Packard Built?
6/17/2019 Greg Zyla
In 1958, even less Packards were sold, and the Packard-Studebaker board announced it would end all Packard production midway that year.
What is the Definition of a Muscle Car?
6/17/2019 Greg Zyla
The term muscle car is any American-produced vehicle with a high horsepower engine built specifically for performance. The years 1956-1957 were loaded with fine examples of Detroit muscle.
Should I restore my 1963 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon or Should I Part It Out?
6/14/2019 Greg Zyla
I have a 1963 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon that has been in a shed for 35 years. It needs a total restoration, but the car is all there. It has a 352 V8 with two barrel carb, automatic, p/s, p/b, and all the glass is there.
Charleston Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop History
6/13/2019 Submitted Article
The Charleston Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop is one of the country's top car shows and is hosted in downtown Charleston, WV. The event brings in nearly 2,000 classic cars and trucks and over 100,000 spectators annually.
This 1967 Nova gets 27 Miles Per Gallon and does a 12.5 Second Quarter Mile
6/13/2019 Jerry Sutherland
This 1967 Nova gets 27 Miles Per Gallon and does a 12.5 Second Quarter Mile. Norm Johnston bought this 1967 Chevy Nova back in 2008 and it was a standard small-block Chevy (383 stroker) in a light car combination.
1956 Plymouth Fury – A Great Example of Early Mopar Muscle
6/13/2019 Jerry Sutherland
Larry Gammon is a Mopar guy’s Mopar guy because he lives and breathes Mopar plus he’s the President of the Northern Mopars Auto Club and his trademark car is his 1956 Plymouth Fury.
How Much Is My 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 XL 2-Door Hardtop Worth?
6/11/2019 Greg Zyla
How much is my 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 XL 2-door hardtop worth? Our Galaxie has an AM/FM radio, 390 V8 engine, 4-speed transmission and only 69,000 original miles.
What Was the Best Year for Collector Cars of the 1950s?
6/11/2019 Greg Zyla
What was the best year for collector cars of the 1950s? If you had to choose one year from the decade of the 1950s as the best overall for cars, what year would it be?
1957 Dodge Coronet Lancer
6/11/2019 Greg Zyla
The 1957 Dodge Coronet Lancer was one of Dodge's most popular all-new cars of the era, featuring a 325 V8 engine producing 245 horses, 3-speed push button Torqueflite transmission, lots of chrome and beautiful interior.
The Legendary 1969 Dodge Charger 500 And 1969 Dodge Daytona
6/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Can you please tell me about the legendary 1969 Dodge Charger 500 and how it grew into the Dodge Daytona with the big wing on back and aero front end?
The Mystery 427 Chevy Engine Used at the 1963 Daytona 500
6/10/2019 Greg Zyla
The engine in your photo is actually the 427 mystery engine my dad, Louie Clements, built for Rex White to run the 1963 Daytona 500. That engine pulled 540 horsepower on the dyno a couple nights before the race.
NASCAR's T-Bird 430 V8 and Olds 88
6/6/2019 Greg Zyla
Thunderbird raced the 430 V8 engine in 1959, and it was available in both a street version and the (Holman-Moody) NASCAR racing version strictly for racing. The 1958 Thunderbirds had four coil springs, which was a poor setup for the NASCAR race cars.
Is It True That a Monkey Used To Ride With One of the NASCAR Drivers Back in the 1950s?
6/5/2019 Greg Zyla
Is It True That a Monkey Used To Ride With One of the NASCAR Drivers Back in the 1950s? The driver who took a monkey with him in the NASCAR races was the legendary Tim Flock.
Al Capone's 1931 Dodge
6/4/2019 Greg Zyla
I bought a 1931 Dodge in Burlington, IA, in 1997 and I thought the owner was kidding when she told me it was once owned by Al Capone who bought the car for his bookkeeper in 1931 before he went to prison.
1950s Saabs That Sounded Like Bumblebees
5/31/2019 Greg Zyla
Do you remember those great Saabs of the late 1950s that sounded like bumblebees? I sure do. I, too, was a Saab fan, especially of those “bumble bee” sounding 1956-1959 models with a four speed on the column and a three cylinder, two stroke engine.
The 1963 Ford Galaxie Rum Runner Moves to Harrison. . .
5/30/2019 Mark Reynolds
In February 1963 a legend was born, the popular 1963 Ford Galaxie was re-designed with new sheet metal and a rather interesting engine. The venerable and legendary 427.
Collector Car Insurance Options
5/29/2019 Greg Zyla
I am planning on buying a Lincoln or Cadillac from the late 1950s or early 1960s and want to know about collector car insurance. How do you insure your collector cars?
The 1962 Biscayne Was One of the Baddest Muscle Cars of the 1960s
5/22/2019 Greg Zyla
The 1962 Chevrolet Biscayne 409 is also a very rare collector car today, making your ride a valuable piece of automobile history. The 1962 Biscayne 409 is one of the top muscle cars ever.
When Did the Chevy Powerglide Two-Speed Automatic First Come Out?
5/16/2019 Greg Zyla
The first-ever Chevy Powerglide transmission arrived in 1950 as a $159 option on the Chevrolet. It was a very popular transmission right on through the 1960s, and today many drag racing cars utilize Powerglide race units.
Who Won the Very First Indy 500 in 1911?
5/13/2019 Greg Zyla
A Bosch-powered Marmon Wasp driven by Ray Harroun did indeed win the very first Indy 500 in 1911, so Bosch’s roots in motorsports goes back a long, long way.
What Changes Have to be Made to Put Overhead Valves on a Fathead Engine?
5/9/2019 Greg Zyla
What Changes Have to be Made to Put Overhead Valves on a Fathead Engine? Flathead Fords have really caught on again with hotrodders as the nostalgia car market continues to boom.
10 Best Race Cars of All-Time
5/9/2019 Greg Zyla
What are the 10 best race cars of all-time? Find out Greg Zyla's top 10 picks of the most famous race cars in history including Richard Petty's No. 43 1966-1967 Hemi Plymouth.
How Many Different Engines Were Available in the 1965 Dodge Coronet?
5/8/2019 Greg Zyla
The powerful 426 Hemi engine was available in 1965 in the Dodge, and five other V8 engines including the 273, 318, 361, 383 and 413 power plants. Additionally, two Slant-6 engines were available.
Did a Nash Car Ever Pace in the Indy 500?
5/7/2019 Greg Zyla
Nash was the official pace car of the Indy 500 in 1947 and was driven by George W. Mason, president of Nash-Kelvinator. Mason was a marketing genius who utilized Nash automobiles in the Superman TV series, too.
1929 Pontiac: Built and Driven–It’s a Car Guy Thing AND a Family Thing
5/3/2019 Jerry Sutherland
Ken Andres lives by both those rules because he builds his rides and he definitely drives them. His 1929 Pontiac street rod is extremely rare and he wanted to build a ride he could literally use as a daily driver and build the old fashioned way.
1971 Dodge Monaco Two-Door Hardtop—His Uncle’s Car Didn’t Quite Make the High School Prom
5/2/2019 Jerry Sutherland
This 1971 Dodge Monaco is a fairly well-optioned car because it came with AC and a power trunk in addition to the usual array of power options like p/s and p/b.
How Can a Car Collector Tell if a 1968 Mr. Norm Grand Spaulding 440 Dart is Real?
4/23/2019 Greg Zyla
How Can a Car Collector Tell if a 1968 Mr. Norm Grand Spaulding 440 Dart is Real?
426 Hemi Engine Historical Facts
4/22/2019 Greg Zyla
I read your article on the 426 Hemi engine and would like to add more historical facts. The 426 hemi engine roared to life in Chrysler’s dyno rooms in December of 1963 and was coded the A-864 engine.
Ever Heard of a 1971 Pontiac GT-37?
3/5/2019 Jerry Sutherland
The 1971 Pontiac GT-37 was based on the Tempest model in 1970 and the LeMans in 1971. It was built for the budget-minded muscle car buyer and had a low sticker price.
Brae's 1963 Buick Skylark Cruises Up and Down LA Coast
2/19/2019 Pennan Brae
I purchased this 1963 Buick Skylark Convertible in Portland, OR last April after seeing the car for sale in Auto Round-Up. I'm a musician and I'd created a story for a music video for my song, 'On The Highway', which called for a classic car.
Small Things in Petroliana
2/13/2019 John Pizzo
Back in the old days, most of the gas and oil companies gave out many different kinds of freebies or promotional items to a lot of their customers, kind of like an incentive to ensure that they would return.
Holy Cow, Batman
2/6/2019 Mark C. Bach
The winter of 2013, you might have seen on television the original Batmobile auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction for $4.2 million dollars. Well here is more background on the car and the sale.
Muscle Car Madness
1/2/2019 Greg Zyla
I love the muscle car era and want to know what started the muscle car popularity? In other words, what is the definition of muscle car?
What is a Fair Price for a 1960 Chevy Impala 2-door Hardtop with a 348 Tri-Power V8?
12/18/2018 Greg Zyla
What do you feel is a fair price for a 1960 Chevy Impala 2-door hardtop with a 348 Tri-Power V8? I am thinking of buying one and want your opinion on what a real nice one will cost.
Great Old Packards
12/18/2018 Greg Zyla
I want to ask about your feelings on the Packard automobile that was built up through 1958. Also, do you know what the “Thee “P”s were in luxury cars?
Gulf Oil Company
11/21/2018 John Pizzo
Gulf Oil Company started in 1909 and are still around today, many of you may see them and go to their stations but around here I only know of one gulf oil change place.
1967 Dodge GTS - Rare Version of a Rare Mopar
11/15/2018 Jerry Sutherland
The Dodge Dart was always known for its reputation as a sedate, reliable car and it deserved the title because it was sedate and reliable.
The Cayman Motor Museum
10/26/2018 Shaun Smith & Rachel Smith
The Cayman Motor Museum is home to one of the greatest car collections in the world. Located in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, one would not expect to stumble upon such a magnificent jewel in the middle of the ocean.
The Bandy Collection
10/23/2018 Shaun Smith
The Bandy Collection is a spectacular selection of some of the world’s finest foreign automobiles under one roof.
Elegant Two-toned 1936 Auburn Boattail Speedster Replicar
10/18/2018 Staff
When Auburn sold in the 30’s and manufacturing stopped it was not quite the end of an era for the iconic Auburns thanks to Glenn Pray, President of Auburn Cord Duesenberg Company in Broken Arrow, OK.
The Rarity of a True 1966 Ford Bronco
10/17/2018 Jeff Leslie & Janet Werner
Most people don't know the rarity of a true Bronco Roadster. A true Roadster (VIN U13) model was only made the first three years (1966-1968) of the ‘66-‘77 first generation Early Broncos.
Model AA and Model BB Ford Difference
6/5/2018 Greg Zyla
Ford replaced all of its Model A cars and model AA Trucks, which debuted in 1927, with the new B and BB models from 1932 to 1934s. The big trucks, meanwhile, always used the double letter nomenclature as opposed to the cars with the single letter.
The Super Rare 1950 Fitzpatrick
5/8/2018 Joe Bortz
When I first saw the 1950 Fitzpatrick custom in the early 1980s, it was in a parking lot at a Pennsylvania shopping center, I was absolutely stunned. I searched for the owner, but could not find him.
1955 Packard 400
4/24/2018 Owner
This is an untouched 1955 Packard 400 Hardtop Coupe. Car has 47,000 miles and is all original. It even has an original 1950's car telephone installed.
1964 Buick Riviera with a 425 Cubic Inch Buick 465 V-8
4/24/2018 Jerry Sutherland
This was a 1964 Riviera because Malcolm preferred the Turbo 400 over what he called “the slush-bucket Dynaflow 2-speed” found in the 1963 Buick Rivieras.
Earl Madman Muntz and his Muntz Jet
4/24/2018 Greg Zyla
Another car manufacturer that I remember from the 1950 era was a man called “Madman Muntz” and his Muntz Jet. I’m sure you remember him and would appreciate if you could give us some information on him and his car?
Growing Up with Cars, Model Kits, and Drag Races
4/10/2018 Greg Zyla
I remember the wheelstander drag vehicles you mention like it was yesterday, and I, too, built a model of the “Little Red Wagon” just like you did.
Car Shopping in the 1960s
4/10/2018 Greg Zyla
Buying a car back in the 1960s was a lot different than it is today and the marketing was so much fun with the new model year dealership “new car celebrations”.
1957 Monarch Lucerne Convertible – Rarest of the Rare
4/10/2018 Jerry Sutherland
The 1957 Monarch Lucerne convertible is one of the rarest cars in the world.
Modern-Day Trucks, Collector Trucks and “Backyard Mechanic” Necessities
4/10/2018 Greg Zyla
To summarize this column, today’s manufacturers really don’t want you doing your own mechanical work on your truck, especially with the extended warranties they offer.
1980 Ford Thunderbird
4/10/2018 Owner
This is my 1980 Ford Thunderbird. It is powered by a V8.
Somebody Up There Likes Me!
4/10/2018 Joe Bortz
They were of course the: (all part of the Bortz Auto Collection) 1954 Bonneville Special, 1955 LaSalle Roadster and the 1964 DeLorean Pontiac XP-833 Banshee.
Finding Parts for a 1972 Ford LTD and a 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1
4/10/2018 Greg Zyla
I am having trouble finding parts for my 1972 Ford LTD and a 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1. Where can I find auto parts for these vehicles?
Top 10 Cars and Trucks from Goodguys 2017
4/10/2018 Mark C. Bach
Throughout the year at various venues, Goodguys select 12 cars and trucks as vehicles "of the year." Then at Scottsdale, they try and get all twelve to show up. Here are the winners.
1965 Corvette Stingray & 1970 Chevelle SS 396
3/27/2018 Owner
My two classic babies are a 1970 Chevelle SS 396 and a 1965 Corvette Stingray convertible.
1956 Plymouth Fury – A Great Example of Early Mopar Muscle
3/27/2018 Jerry Sutherland
The debate has raged for decades about the first muscle car. Many take the easy way out and assign the title to the 1964 Pontiac GTO but in reality, the Poncho was one of the first affordable muscle cars.
Tioga Downs Casino Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show
3/13/2018 Greg Zyla
This past September, a huge turnout showed up at the Tioga Downs Casino car, truck and motorcycle show.
Classic Car and Truck Restoration Tips
3/13/2018 Greg Zyla
We’ll use this week’s column to answer many similar questions I receive about collector car and truck restorations, and whether a vehicle is worthy to proceed with major repairs and/or a restoration.
The Light Bulb Story
3/13/2018 Joe Bortz
I started to realize that that light bulb was extremely unusual, as I had never seen another one like it anywhere. So one day I decided to find a ladder and replace it with a frosted light bulb.
2018 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Arizona
3/13/2018 Mark C. Bach
Well, the Arizona auctions just ended as I am writing this. In just one week, seven different auction houses sold nearly 2,700 vehicles for a total of almost $250 million.
Phoenix Says Adios to Champion Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2/13/2018 Mark C. Bach
Dale Earnhardt Junior finished tenth at this fall race, which was his fifteenth top ten finish here at PIR. So Phoenix will be special for Dale Earnhardt Junior, and he will always be special to the fans here in Phoenix.
Gas Pump Nozzle History
2/13/2018 John Pizzo
So we all know the way that a nozzle works and the design isn’t much different then when they were first designed. There are a few different styles however.
Why NASCAR Needs to Change Its Champion Points System
2/13/2018 Greg Zyla
NASCAR’s current championship format is loaded with rules that can ruin fan interest and excitement as opposed to what NASCAR thinks is best for generating interest. Here’s why NASCAR’s current system of crowning a champion is flawed.
The Difference Between GTO Tributes and Clones
1/16/2018 Greg Zyla
Let’s start with tribute, clone and fake. All three of these terms have been used by car collectors, but clone is now not as popular in the collector dictionary and many times replaced by tribute.
Check The Oil Gas Show 2017
9/5/2017 John Pizzo
Check The Oil Magazine is under new ownership and this year’s show located at Dublin, OH on June 23, 2017 was another great show even with the rain. I thought the new crew did a fantastic job and look forward to next year.
Michigan Gas Show 2017
8/1/2017 John Pizzo
The Michigan Gas Show was held on May 14, 2017 at Ottawa Lake, MI. This year there was a good amount of different things, mostly signs but lots of other stuff as well.
History of Pure Oil Company
6/6/2017 John Pizzo
Three companies operating in the United States have used the Pure Oil name. The first began as a group of independent oil refiners, producers, and pipeline operators, in Fall 1895 in Butler, PA.
Vintage Service Awards from Gas Companies
5/9/2017 John Pizzo
We all like to be recognized for our hard work and get some kind of physical item to show that hard work off. A lot of different industries did this, not just gas companies.
The 8th Annual Charleston Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop
11/22/2013 John Shapiro
It's a combination of a downtown event, swap meet, oldies concert, show 'n shine and several cruise-ins that make the Charleston Rod Run & Doo Wop an "absolute must-do event."