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  • ThrustSSC receives Engineering Heritage Award
    Photo by Cmglee. More than 20 years after it became the first car to set the world land-speed record in excess of the speed of sound, ThrustSSC not only still holds the record, it’s also still racking up accolades after the Institution of Mechanical Engineers presented the jet car with ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-13
  • Fiat 500 F debuts in design exhibit at New York’s Museum of Modern Art
    Fiat 500 F featured in “The Value of Good Design,” at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Photos courtesy FCA. Like the Fiat 500 Topolino that preceded it, the Fiat 500 Nuovo — that debuted in July 1957 — was built with the philosophy that high-quality design should be ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-13
  • Lost and Found overflow – Jeep wheelcover, Jeep, wheelcover
    Ours is a hectic, fast-paced world, in which we can only pause to research miscellany for so long before it’s time to meet another deadline. That’s why, even though we’re sure we’ve seen this wheelcover that reader Carl photographed and sent us (“I have a set of four that ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-12
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, 1974
    Date: May 1974 Location: Richards Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Source: City of Vancouver Archives What do you see here? ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-12
  • Hemmings Find of the Day – 1937 GMC COE
    Recently refurbished 1937 GMC COE wrecker for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description: Body by GMC’s Yellow Coach and Truck MFG. Co. Excellent, original, unrestored condition with new period-correct radiator core, re-sleeved brake cylinders, new brake shoe lining, and six new tires, flaps, and tubes. All of the ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-12
  • The founders of the SCCA didn’t intend it as a racing organization 75 years ago
    Photo by Jay Reed. Just before the end of World War II, vets started coming home en masse with visions of importing and driving the zippy little roadsters they saw overseas. A group of well-off men in Boston, slighted at the attention already being paid to veteran cars, decided they ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-12
  • Repair manual mogul John Haynes, 1938-2019
    John Haynes, during his RAF days. Photo courtesy Haynes Publishing. When young John Haynes placed a classified ad to sell his home-built Austin 7 Special, he never could have imagined that this simple act would lead to a repair manual publishing empire with branches in England, Europe, and the United ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-12
  • Simba-Dickie buys Jada
    Radio controlled 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R from Jada’s Fast and Furious collection. Photo courtesy Jada Toys. Some potentially interesting news for anyone who enjoys diecast and radio-controlled cars: German toy conglomerate Simba-Dickie has purchased Jada Toys with immediate effect. If you’ve paid any attention to diecast cars in the last ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-11
  • Irvine, California, 1970
    Date: circa 1970 Location: Irvine, California Source: UC Irvine Libraries, via Calisphere What do you see here? ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-11
  • Hemmings Find of the Day- 1969 Autodynamics Hustler
    Volkswagen-based 1969 Autodynamics Hustler for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description: Lotus Replicar 1969 (Autodynamics Hustler) Porsche 912 engine. Runs good, needs brake work and paint. 200 miles on new Michelins. Modified VW Transporter 14″ wheels. Lotus Europa seats. Porsche instruments. Relocated battery from back to front. On ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-11
  • Half a century later, the fate of the last Corvair ever built remains unknown
    Joe Strayhorn in Corvair #6000. Photo courtesy Dave Newell. In the months leading up to the final day of production for the Chevrolet Corvair, General Motors fielded calls from dealers, executives, and VIPs requesting a chance to buy the very last example of Chevrolet’s air-cooled wonder. Instead, Chevrolet just let ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-11
  • Mazda reveals it 30th Anniversary Edition MX-5 Miata (but it’s already too late to order one)
    2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniverary Edition retractable fastback. Photos courtesy Mazda North America. In 1989, Japanese automaker Mazda debuted an entirely new model at the Chicago Auto Show. Called the MX-5 Miata — a word that either has no meaning or translates to “reward” in old German, depending upon ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-11
  • Hemmings Find of the Day – 1964 Chrysler 300 two-door hardtop
    From the seller’s description: 1964 Chrysler 300 2 door hardtop, original survivor with one repaint in the original color years ago, Silver Turquoise Poly # 12648. Absolutely NO Rust. Chrome on front bumper is worn, all other chrome and stainless is very nice. Just turned 100,000 last year. Bucket ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-10
  • The classiest Classic at Hershey: my big brother’s 1941 Packard limousine
    One of three limos built for Packard executives in 1941, the car’s trunk housed an enormous air conditioning unit. My brother tried to sell the Packard at the 1972 Hershey, Pennsylvania, classic car show. Photo by the author. As far as I was concerned, big brother Chuck’s 1941 Packard Model ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-10
  • Hemmings Find of the Day – 1972 Buick Gran Sport convertible
    Unmodified 1972 Buick Gran Sport convertible, wearing what’s said to be the original paint, for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description: Well-maintained original Buick GS350 Convertible in Flame Orange, pearl white interior, white top. 2nd owner. 72K miles. Garaged 30+years. Runs and drives great. The original exterior paint, ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-09
  • Four-Links – Nira Johnson, Mythbusters MR2, Harley HQ, Ward’s Automotive Reports
    The recent death of French artist Denis Sire prompted Mark Gardiner to take a look at how French motorcycle and hot-rod enthusiasts came to know motorcycle racer Nira Johnson as a Caucasian racer named Bill Carbu. Nira Johnson was born in New York of African-American and Native-American parentage. He ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-09
  • Open Diff – your worst winter driving experience
    Photo by Vetatur Fumare. ‘Tis the season. ‘Tis the season for slushy, skiddy, screamy white-knuckled times on the highway, that is. The season for determining the limits of your driving ability and of the capability of your tires. The season for budgeting a few hours for what should be a ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-08
  • Toronto, 1973
    Date: 1973 Location: University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Source: Boris Spremo, via Toronto Public Library What do you see here? ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-08
  • Hemmings Find of the Day- 1965 Ford Econoline
    Reconditioned 1965 Ford Econoline TravelWagon camper van for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description: 170 CI, 3 on the tree manual. Approximately 59000 original miles. These vans are extremely rare to find, let alone in a restored condition. This van drives and brakes very smoothly with no noises ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-08
  • The only long-wheelbase Duesenberg J “Sweep Panel” dual-cowl phaeton built by LeBaron heads to auction at Amelia Island
    1930 Duesenberg Model J “Sweep Panel” dual-cowl phaeton by LeBaron. Photos by Rafael Martin, courtesy RM Sotheby’s. Coachbuilder LeBaron originated the “Sweep Panel” styling used on early Duesenberg Model Js, building roughly 18 examples with dual-cowl phaeton bodies between 1928 and 1930. Of these, RM Sotheby’s states that just one, ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-08
  • Know ye fear: Lucas once tried to build an entire car
    Photo courtesy State Library of Western Australia. Apologies for leading with a cheap-shot Lucas joke, but you knew they were coming. After all, if a lighting and electrics automotive supplier best known by the totally unofficial slogan “Prince of Darkness” were to apply its technology to a malaise-era electric vehicle, ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-08
  • When Dragosaurus roamed the earth
    When we talk about the “good ol’ days,” we’re really talking about the days when you could go racing on your own. Paint something cool on the doors. Spend your week’s pay at the speed shop when there were speed shops. Wear a speed shop T-shirt when it made ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-07
  • WATCH THIS: the NASCAR question of the ages!
    This week, we’re donning the leather-elbowed cardigan, sitting down by the fireplace, lighting a pipe and getting all existential about…NASCAR. That’s right: we’re gonna go deep on the topic of “What Happened To NASCAR?” If we’re muscle car freaks, there’s a good chance we’re also stock car racing fans. ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-07
  • Quicker than stick
    2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. Photo courtesy Chevrolet. Chevy’s top Camaro–the ZL1 1LE–will offer an optional paddle-shifted 10-speed automatic transmission starting late this month. The division is hoping this will be a win for the Camaro, which has seen sales slide annually since its 2015 redesign; Chevrolet claims that 80 ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-07
  • Philadelphia, 1975
    Date: October 1975 Location: Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Source: Dominic Ligato, via Temple University Libraries Digital Collections What do you see here? ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-07
  • Hemmings Find of the Day – 1968 Dodge Charger
    Unrestored 1968 Dodge Charger for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description: This vehicle has an interesting history. I believe I am probably the fourth owner of the car. I think it has always been an Arkansas car. The original owner (perhaps the second, I cannot verify) traded this ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-07
  • With 44 potential candidates, revival of the National Scenic Byway program proposed
    Colorado’s Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway. Photo by Jeffrey Beall. Though it may provide a vista here and there, America’s interstate highway system was designed with speed and efficiency in mind, not for meandering road trips intended to take in the wonder and awe of the American countryside. That ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-07
  • The most-recognized Ferrari F40 of all time heads to auction again, courtesy of the U.S. Marshals Service
    The Gas Monkey Garage-built 1991 Ferrari F40, now offered at U.S. Marshals online auction. All photos courtesy Apple Auctioneering. Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, Texas, didn’t make its name by rebuilding exotic cars, but when the opportunity arose to buy a crash-damaged 1991 Ferrari F40 at a good price, owner ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-07
  • This or That – Season 3: 1954 Dodge Granada or 1956 Plymouth Plainsman?
    1954 Dodge Granada (top); 1956 Plymouth Plainsman (bottom). Images by David Conwill. [Editor’s comment: Please note that the This or That column is not a comparison report between two or more vehicles (in the original spirit of the Hemmings Special Interest Autos/Hemmings Classic Car/Hemmings Muscle Machines articles), but rather a ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-06
  • Atlanta, 1969
    Date: May 1969 Location: Interstate 75, Atlanta, Georgia Source: J.C. Lee, via Georgia State University Libraries Digital Collections What do you see here? ... read more
    Source: Hemmings Classic NewsPublished on 2019-02-06