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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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?
1980 Ford Thunderbird
4/10/2018 Owner
This is my 1980 Ford Thunderbird. It is powered by a V8.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.