The Stars In Our Cars

1970 Chevelle SS 454: A Second Chance At Love
Larry Demchuk wanted a 1970 Chevelle SS 454. That’s not a startling statement in itself because there are at least 10 million red—blooded guys with the same wants and desires.
1963 1/2 Ford Galaxie: 427 Cubic Inches of Nasty
The 1963 NASCAR stock car was much closer to the actual showroom car than the 21st century version of the “stock car”. That’s why aerodynamics specific to factory built cars were so important.
1961 Chevrolet Apache With A Special Birthday License Plate
“61 Rose” was the name on the truck’s license plate and we wanted to learn more about the name.
1971 Barracuda 340: 13 Year Old Boy Finds His Dream Car
Peter’s oldest sister Teri got to drive a brand new 340 Barracuda to high school back in 1971 and this pony car was the stuff of dreams for a very young Peter Swainson.
1947 Mercury Find The Middle Ground Between For And Lincoln
The Mercs were a comfortable choice for buyers with a little extra disposable income- just not enough to buy a Lincoln.
1929 Ford Model A Takes Its Owner On A Wild Ride
Tom Reed’s adventure with his 1929 Model A began as soon as he decided to drive it back from its former home in the state of Washington to his home in Alberta, Canada.
1958 GMC Pickup Upgraded To Make The Long Haul
The truck has a Turbo 400 in place of the old 4-speed farm truck gears because it made more sense to not top out at about 60 miles per hour.
1967 Hemi GTX: Dad Leaves A Mopar Legacy For His Family
The family dynamic is a key part of the car hobby. Most people in the hobby point to an influential family member as the sole reason he or she owns an old car or truck.
1975 Bricklin SV-1: A Canadian Comes Home
Bricklins were an experiment in private and public funding that didn’t pay off, but it did produce an iconic car in a short history.
Story Of A Boy And His Childhood Car: 1976 Ford Elite Found A Loving Family
The Ford Elite was a sporty addition to the Blue Oval family in the 1970s.
The 67-X: The Perfect Sesquicentennial Car
There was Expo 67, the Centennial Train, The RCAF Golden Centennaires and the 67-X—one of the coolest custom rides ever built.
1967 Rebel SST Convertible: Legacy Car of the Year
This 1967 Rebel SST convertible is at the top of the list of major family heritage stories.
A 1941 Ford Custom Coupe Built For Fun And Attention
There were a few 1942 models built by Detroit but they were built in the fall of 1941 before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
1954 Buick Roadmaster Convertible: A Hand Went Up At The Right Time
Car auctions can be a bigger gamble than a slot machine at Vegas. The risk is spread evenly between buyer and seller because you could be spending the cost of an average house on a car that’s a can of worms under the metal.
1966 427 4-Speed Corvette Roadster: A Mythical Barn Find
There are more myths than facts in the car hobby but one of the biggest is the barn find. One in particular keeps surfacing—the story about the widow who had “an old Chevy” for sale.
1970 Plymouth Fury II 4-Door Sedan: More Than Just A Granny Car
The car hobby puts the humble 4-door sedan on the lowest rung of the ladder. Four-door sedans have several less than flattering nicknames like more-door, granny car or the more ominous donor car.
A 1930 Hot Rod Hudson Joins Forces with A 1950 Chris Craft Boat
The original Hudson flathead straight 8 engine had been replaced by a 454 Chevy big block with more than enough horses to drag around the ultra-cool wooden boat from a bygone era.
Styling In A 1960 Oldsmobile 98
Oldsmobile was always one of GM’s premium brands. It was not quite a Cadillac but it was more than a Chevy. The 98 was the flagship of the Oldsmobile fleet and these models were large and in charge during their heyday.
1965 Mustang: Second Chances Do Not Come Along That Often
Stan Norlander lived the mistake part but he found a solution to the painful memory part. He owned a nearly new 1965 Mustang in 1966 and lived with it for a few years until he was married in 1969.
1961 Pontiac Parisienne Convertible: Chasing A Princess For Ten Years
Every car guy has that one classic they covet above all else. This coveted ride is usually a neighbor’s car, an uncle’s car—there’s a connection that transcends a typical reaction to an old piece of iron.
1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster: He Definitely Did It His Way
Larry found his 1948 Chevy nine years ago and he described it accurately as a “field car”. Despite the shortcomings of outdoor storage Larry’s project only had “a little rust on the lower quarters” so he had a solid platform for his dream machine.
A 1947 Lincoln Continental Restoration Mod Rocks the Show
Ford’s premier luxury liner has carried the Lincoln name for many decades and the post-war 1947 Lincoln Continental was a stylish flag ship for the Blue Oval boys.
1969 Charger Pro Touring: The Couple That Builds Mopars Together Stays Together
Jason and Corrie Carnell are the proud owners of a pro touring 1969 Charger in 2016 but the seeds of the idea were planted long before they were even married.
1954 Pontiac Star Chief Custom Catalina: High Points Awarded For Originality
The Pontiac Star Chief was the Poncho flag ship in 1954. The Star Chief had the extra bling that made chrome dreams a big part of the ‘50s automotive scene and the high end Poncho wore it well.
I’ll See Your Mercury and Raise You Two 1957 Chevrolets
The barter system is alive and well in the old car hobby and the formula is simple.
The Story Behind a 1964 Studebaker Tribute Car: 'Dad Loved Them'
The 1964 Studebaker compact was the third and last generation of the Lark models-and even the Lark name disappeared with this generation.
1970 Super Bee: Car Bear Steals The Honey On This Sweet Deal
We all have the one car that really made an impression in our youth.
1973 Mercury Comet GT: The Era Of The Bumper Car Begins
1973 was the first year for new government legislation that required North American cars to have impact-resistant front and rear bumpers.
1955 C-300 Chrysler: The Real Dawn Of The Muscle Car Era
Pop culture likes to point out the 1964 GTO as the birth of the muscle car era but that’s a very short sighted view of automotive history.
Picking Up The Pieces Of A 1954 Oldsmobile Super 88
One of the toughest builds in the car hobby is a Humpty Dumpty project: a car that has been torn apart without a game plan by the last guy.
1966 Corvette: More Go Then Show
The 1963-1967 Corvette era is the blue chip era for these iconic cars.
Humpty Dumpty The 1958 Impala Was Put Back Together Again
The Impala had a 348 with the aforementioned Tri-power carb set up. A Tri-power carburetor system is three two-barrel carbs working in harmony to provide extra punch to an engine.
1956 Ford Victoria: The 427 Cobra Completes The Deal For An Old Drag Racer
The 1955-1956 Fords can match any 1950s ride for style because these were extremely clean-looking cars that really made the transition from modest post-war upgrades to welcome to the new age of the 1950s
1950 Nash Airflyte Resto Mod is Ready for Takeoff
Nash was an independent automotive manufacturer in 1950 as part of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation.
1955 Plymouth Savoy: This Classic Crosses So Many Generations It’s Part of the Family Tree
Stan Simonin’s grandfather bought into the Forward Look in a big way when he walked into a dealer 61 years ago and bought a brand new Plymouth Savoy.
1957 Volkswagen Beetle Keeps Pace in a Car Family
A Bug was a dependable car that could handle tight parking spots because of its compact size and deliver great gas mileage in the bargain.
1969 Dodge Charge RT: A Family Legacy
Mopars like ‘Cudas and Road Runners were heavy hitters from Day 1 and that made them really popular on the street and at the track but the massive horsepower thinned the herd over the years.
A Storied 1947 Chevy Owned By A Storied Hotrodder
Owner Jim Shaw carved out quite a reputation as a car guy and upholsterer since his first build at the age of 13.
1964 Oldsmobile F-85: A Family Heirloom That Crosses Three Generations
Arlen Kublick knows the difference because he is the proud owner of his grandfather’s 1964 Olds F-85 four door sedan.
1934 Chevy Hot Rod: A Story Of Doing What You Can Afford
One of the iconic hot rods in the car hobby over the years has always been the early 1930s Fords.
A 1955 Chevy Resto Mod Makes The Perfect Selfie Birthday Gift
Gord Phillips had a pretty solid idea about the perfect gift for his own birthday: a 1955 Chevy two door post with a whole new attitude in life.
The Beat Goes On with An Original 1967 Chevy Impala
The 1967 Impala 2-door hardtop was a great-looking car with a roof line that swept back to the rear of the car with plenty of influence from the fastback look of the late 1960s.
1965 Volvo 122 Celebrates 50 Years with one Family
The car was built to survive harsh Swedish winters so any address in the Northern Hemisphere was not a problem for the 122.
Kicking it Old School with a 1935 Ford
One of the beautiful relationships from the early days of the hot rod culture was the marriage of a pre-war car with a post-war V-8.
A Smoking-Hot 1956 Dodge Station Wagon
Gordie took a 1957 Chrysler 392 Hemi and worked the motor into his master plan.
Enthusiast Enjoys His 1969 Chrysler Newport Convertible Thanks To His Astute Father
George Andre knows exactly what it’s like to own a vintage ride for a great price without a time machine—thanks to his very astute father.
1934 Pontiac Convertible: Would A Poncho Guy Really Drive a Deuce Coupe?
He’s a self-described Pontiac guy who has owned a couple of GTOs plus his grandfather owned a 1934 Pontiac.
The One That "Almost" Got Away: 1974 Gremlin X Levi Edition
Glenn was sold on the spot so he made the deal for 500 bucks and the “car sat in the junkyard for quite some time”.
Enthusiast Still Driving His High School Ride The Classic 1968 Ford Thunderbird
Despite the odds against it, Doug Grand still has his high school car. One of the reasons is the car itself because Doug’s first car was a 1968 Ford Thunderbird.
Fury Road: 1978 Plymouth Lives A Second Life As A Retro Police Car
Most police cars were used up after a life of high-speed chases, hopping curbs at 70 miles per hour, idling for hours on end and the effects of too many different drivers behind the wheel.
1935 Plymouth: Total Mopar Build By A Proud Mopar Guy
Cor Radder had a different game plan because he’s a self-described hardcore Mopar guy so there was only one option for the heart of his 1935 Plymouth and it would wear a Pentastar
1952 Nash-Healey: A Multinational Sports Car Rocks A Big Car Show
Ron Brookes is the proud owner of a 1952 Nash-Healey so he knows how well that combination works in practice.
1949 Ford Business Coupe: The Ultimate In "ShoeBox" Cool
Some call them “shoeboxes” but there’s little doubt these cars were instant classics with the custom guys because they were already cool.
1966 Polara 880 Convertible: The Perfect Grad Car
Joe wanted a car in high school but he couldn’t see himself behind the wheel of typical rides when he graduated from high school so a 1966 Dodge Polara 880 convertible really appealed to him.
1967 Dodge Dart GTS: More Than Just A Rare Mopar
John replaced his gone, but not forgotten car with a much more formidable 1967 GTS with a big block 383.
What Do You Do With Mom’s 1974 Buick Century Station Wagon? Turn It Into A Monster
Lawrie McLeod had an option to purchase on a long-term family ride when his mother’s 1974 Buick Century station wagon came up for sale so he forked over the princely sum of a dollar for the classic 1970s wagon.
Grocery Hauler On Steroids: The Story Of A Converted 1965 Chevelle Station Wagon
The Chevelle wagon was a genuine track car because this grocery hauler on steroids competed as a Super Stock car back in the late 1970s
A Replacement 1962 Chevy With More Muscle
The replacement 1962 Chevy is a street monster and sports a 454 big block engine.
A 1984 Pontiac Fiero with an Indy 500 Heritage
The Fieros were the first and only mid-engine sports cars ever produced by a major North American manufacturer when they debuted as a 1984 model.
The 1948 Ford: A Car That Imbodies The Reasons Why Car People Build Old Rides
Nostalgia is the number one reason why the car hobby exists and the next most popular reason is a connection with a family member.
A Legend Driven By A Legend
Duke’s pride and joy is a very cool little ’39 Ford. These cars have been the default position for customs ever since they hit the radar of hot rod guys and in Duke’s case, this one hit his radar back in 1951.
Conservative 1982 Cadillac De Ville Goes Beast Mode
Giant cars with huge engines were headed in the same general direction as disco by 1982, but the holdouts were the loyal Caddy customers from a bygone era: older drivers who still loved a lot of car around them and did not care about mpg.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air: It Called His Name Decades Ago
If you own a 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible you literally own an icon. These cars are so popular their numbers have actually increased in the last 20 years thanks to reproduction bodies. This one is the real deal so it’s 58 years old.
A 1965 Rambler: This One Is A Keeper For It's Owner
One unusual car that really caught Herb’s eye at a young age was the 1965 Rambler Marlin. AMC was a company built around a cost-effective philosophy and rarely strayed out of its comfort zone of dependable but unremarkable cars.
1969 Camaros: What Happens When They Stay Factory
The 1969 Camaro should be added to Mt. Rushmore because it’s that much of a cultural icon. Very few 1969 Camaros remain in stock form but the ones that do have a great story behind them.
Ford Escort With British Blood: Escort Has A Cousin From England
The British Ford Escort was a less expensive version of the Ford Squire in 1959 and they were not common on North American roads.
Keeping It In The Family: Father Gifts Daughter 1968 Chevrolet Truck
Don Dumkee steered us to his daughter Marilyn's 1968 Chevy pickup truck because he was well aware of its history and could tell the story from the day he bought it brand new back in 1968.
A true Road Warrior: The 1956 Oldsmobile Is the Ideal Of Comfort On The Road
Ken Roberts is the proud owner of a 1956 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday Hardtop but he cannot clearly define the one thing that convinced him to own it.
The Durable, Endearing Ford Ranchero
The Ford Ranchero entered the car-masqueraded-as-a-pickup-truck market in North America in 1957; a full two years before the Chevrolet El Camino.
Marmon Motor Company Roosevelt: A Historic Car Named After A Historic Man
Roosevelts were only built for two years in 1929 and 1930 by the Marmon Motor Company and were named after President Teddy Roosevelt.
What's Under The Hood... Does It Really Matter?
Newer Mustangs offered big block choices like the 390, 427 and 428 under the hood.
Reasons To Attend A Car Show
The opportunity to soak up an atmosphere filled with nostalgia, coolness, fulfilled car dreams, and even race fuel exhaust particles is an irresistible sensor buffet of sight, sound and smell.
Modified Masterpiece: 1964 Corvette Mods Can Create A Brute Force Street Machine
John Pyper is the proud owner of a 1964 Corvette but his car is light years away from the car that originally rolled out of the factory.
1927 "Monster" T: Cummins Diesel In A Model T...? Oh Yeah
Brandon Hegedus is the proud owner of this 1927 T and this ride is clearly a departure from stock as he explained: "There was a lot of trial and error but eventually I went for a Cummins diesel.
1927 Erskine Studebaker: To Trailer Queen or Not?
Frank Erlam likes the second idea a lot better. Frank is the proud owner of a 1927 Erskine (built under the Studebaker umbrella) and he is definitely a real world owner.
1956 DeSoto Fireflite–Finding This Car Was A Million to One Shot
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?”
This 1967 Nova gets 27 Miles Per Gallon and does a 12.5 Second Quarter Mile
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
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.
1929 Pontiac: Built and Driven–It’s a Car Guy Thing AND a Family Thing
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
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.
1970 Ford Torino Cobra Jet–This is What A Used Car Looked Like in the Early 1980s
Dwayne Baczuk was an average car guy back then when he found a low-mileage 1970 Ford Torino 429 Cobra Jet. This was a two-owner car and it was still in pristine condition over a decade later.
1965 Barracuda–This Car Just Couldn’t Leave the Family
Dave Rolfe is definitely part of that over 50% demographic with his 1965 Plymouth Barracuda. His brother-in-law bought this factory 273 4-speed car right off the dealer’s floor when it was brand new.
1958 Impala Convertible–File it Under “Always Wanted”
American Graffiti turned a lot of guys into 1958 Chevy Impala fans and Ron Howard piloted one of the finest examples of the first edition Impalas ever captured on film in this cult classic for car guys.
1970 T/A Challenger is Pink for a Reason
Cecil Perry is well aware of how rare his 1970 T/A Dodge Challenger is, but it never came from the factory with a pink hue. He changed the paint for a really good reason despite the purists who give him a little flak for the change.
Ever Heard of a 1971 Pontiac GT-37?
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.
1968 Mustang Restored to Pro-Touring Road Carver
Dennis Meijndert made the transition to Pro-Touring on his 1968 Mustang and he’s never been happier. Dennis is a recently converted 1/4 mile car guy because the first version of his Mustang was a traditional drag car.
One-Owner 1967 Hemi Coronet RT is a Boat-Hauler
Allan Jackson walked into his local Chrysler dealership in December of 1966 and bought a Hemi, specifically a 1967 Dodge Coronet RT.
A Factory Pink 1971 GMC Pickup is a Rare Beast
A pink 1971 GMC pickup truck definitely stood out in a crowd of vintage rides and we wanted to get the story behind the color choice.
A 1951 Custom Merc Built For Go Wins at Show
Dave Bordman is the owner of a very cool 1951 Mercury custom that would have made the late King of the Kustomizers (George Barris) very happy.
1967 Dodge GTS - Rare Version of a Rare Mopar
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.
1964 Buick Riviera with a 425 Cubic Inch Buick 465 V-8
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
The 1957 Monarch Lucerne convertible is one of the rarest cars in the world.
1956 Plymouth Fury – A Great Example of Early Mopar Muscle
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.