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More Plymouth Collector Car History
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
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?
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?
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?
How Much Is An Original 1947 Pontiac Silver Streak Worth?
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?
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?
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.
How Much Is My 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 XL 2-Door Hardtop Worth?
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?
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
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.
Is It True That a Monkey Used To Ride With One of the NASCAR Drivers Back in the 1950s?
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.
1950s Saabs That Sounded Like Bumblebees
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.
Collector Car Insurance Options
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?
Who Won the Very First Indy 500 in 1911?
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.
How Many Different Engines Were Available in the 1965 Dodge Coronet?
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?
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.
What is My 1937 Buick Series 40 Special and My 1969 Midget Worth?
I have a 1937 Buick that I restored about 30 years ago and a 1969 MG Midget that I worked on 20 years ago. I'd like some ballpark figures on what my 1937 Buick Series 40 Special and my 1969 Midget are worth?
Should I Install Aluminum Rods In My 454 Chevy For My 1969 Chevelle?
I am rebuilding a 454 Chevy to put in my 1969 Chevelle and came upon a set of used aluminum rods I picked for only $200. DO NOT run these aluminum rods in your 454 engine, or any engine for that matter.
How Can a Car Collector Tell if a 1968 Mr. Norm Grand Spaulding 440 Dart is Real?
How Can a Car Collector Tell if a 1968 Mr. Norm Grand Spaulding 440 Dart is Real?
I have a 1940 Graham Supercharger and I would like to know what it’s worth. The supercharger is designed and built by Graham and has a serial number of F82857.
1940 Graham Supercharger
The Graham became known as the car line with a “Supercharger” series, and many of their production models came with a supercharger.
1950 Plymouth Business Coupe
You do have a rare piece of automotive history on your hands, as just 16,861 1950 Plymouth Business Coupes were ever produced in a total run of 610,954 Plymouth cars that year.
What is the Value of a Crosley Today?
What is the value of a Crosley today? How well do these cars do at auctions nowadays, as they weren't a very expensive car back when they were built?
Honda Insight Memories and the Modern Electric Car
I’d love to hear your comments on the original electric car to come to America, the 2000 Honda Insight. I know it came before the Toyota Prius and I would guess you test drove the car back then as I see you’ve been doing this since 1994.
How To Rebuild a Mopar 383ci V8 Engine for $2,500
I am preparing to rebuild a Mopar 383 V8 engine that has been sitting around my garage for years and I am going to put it in a 1968 Plymouth 2-door Satellite. How can I rebuild my 383 V8 engine for $2,500?
1939 Chevy Sedan Delivery Model JB Sells For $673!
1939 Chevy Sedan Delivery was called a Model JB, and it sold new for $673.00. The vehicle has a 112.25 in wheel base and weighed 3005 lbs. from the factory on the original chassis.
The Writing Is On The (Side) Wall
If I inflate my tires past the recommended tire pressure number by a few pounds, will I get better gas mileage in both my muscle car (1970 Plymouth Barracuda) and my street car 2010 Dodge Avenger R/T?
Lincoln Continentals of the 1950s
Lincoln produced a Continental from 1939 to 1948 and then let the name sit for several years until bringing it back as a stand-alone model in 1956.
What Was the Very First Sport Utility Vehicle?
Of all vehicles out there, the 1949 Willys Jeep Station Wagon in my opinion is the very first SUV ever built, as it included a strong four-wheel drive underbody with the flexibility of the station wagon body design.
Who Built the First Hatchback Car, and What Year Did It Happen?
Who built the first hatchback car, and what year did it happen? I'd give that vote to the 1949 through 1954 Kaiser Traveler utility sedan.
What is a Fair Price for a 6-Pack, Three-Two Barrel Setup?
What is a fair price to pay for a 6-pack, three two barrel setup, for my 440 Dodge R/T?
Fastest American Car in 1957
What was the fastest American car in 1957? In my view, the 1957 F code T-bird was the fastest American car in 1957.
The Crosley Motor Company
Crosley Motors Inc. was founded by Powell Crosley Jr. in Cincinnati, Ohio, back in the 1930s. I remember Crosley because I was a big Phillies baseball fan beginning in 1958, when I used to listen to the games on a Crosley manufactured radio!
Great Old Packards
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?
Did Ford Produce Enough 1969 Talladega Fastbacks to be Legal for NASCAR Racing?
Did Ford Produce Enough 1969 Talladega Fastbacks to be Legal for NASCAR Racing?
Famous Mercurys on Highway, Dragstrip and Oval
Which year do you feel was most important to Mercury as a car brand on the dealer showroom, on the drag strip and on the racing ovals?
Was the 1967 GTX the First True Muscle Car Effort from Plymouth?
Was the 1967 GTX the First True Muscle Car Effort from Plymouth? The 1967 Plymouth GTX wasn’t the first muscle car effort by any means.
1967 Chevelle:  Real or Clone?
1967 Chevelle SS a few years ago that had a 350 small block crate motor in it. However, it does have all the correct SS396 badges inside and out. After doing some research, I read that the SS Sport Coupes came with 396/325hp engine.
Remembering the 1956-1959 Saab Model 93
Saab was founded back in 1949. Saab is still best known by car collectors for these very unique “humpback” sedans and coupes that roamed the roadways in the Fifties.
Lee Iacocca and the Ford Mustang
Didn’t Lee Iacocca start with Ford Motor Company and help bring the Mustang to market as well?
Earl Madman Muntz and his Muntz Jet
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
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
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”.