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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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?
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."