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Aug
02
1969 AMC Javelin SST

1969 AMC Javelin SST

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2019 issue of  Collectible Automobile magazine

After the successful Romney years, American Motors Corporation stumbled in the mid Sixties. One misstep was the Marlin. It began as the well-received Tarpon show car based on the compact American chassis. Had AMC stayed with the original concept, it would have had a sporty compact to compete with the Ford Mustang in 1965. Instead, Marlin was stretched to fit on the midsize Classic chassis and sales were minuscule.

Jun
15
1947 Delahaye 135MS Chapron Convertible

1947 Delahaye 135MS Chapron Convertible

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2019 issue of  Collectible Automobile magazine

The French automaker Delahaye had a long and varied history before the introduction of its most famous model, the 135. The firm was founded in 1895 and produced cars known for quality and dependability, although Delahaye wasn’t really a serious contender in the luxury market until the 135 debuted in late 1935. 

Jun
13
1961 DeSoto Hardtop Coupe

1961 DeSoto Hardtop Coupe

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2019 issue of  Collectible Automobile magazine

The writing was on the wall for DeSoto in the late Fifties. In 1958, DeSoto production plummeted from 117,514 to 49,445. It was a bad year for almost every make, but DeSoto fell harder than most. Later that year, DeSoto lost its dedicated factories as production moved to Chrysler’s Jefferson Avenue plant. In late 1959, the DeSoto Division was folded into Plymouth. 

May
25
1936 Reo Speedwagon 6AP, Tokay Maroon

1936 Reo Speedwagon 6AP

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2015 issue of  Collectible Automobile magazine

Many independent makes disappeared during the Great Depression, but Reo beat the odds to live on as a truck maker until 1975. What makes the story all the more remarkable is that Reo had to survive not only the Depression, but also its own board of directors. 

May
05
1942 Oldsmobile Special 66 Club Coupe

1942 Oldsmobile 66 Special Club Coupe

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2019 issue of  Collectible Automobile magazine

The 1942 Oldsmobile brochure proclaimed that the cars were “Better Looking . . . Better Lasting . . . Better Built Than Any Oldsmobile In Forty-Four Years.” Playing off the “B” in “better” and 44 years, all 1942 Olds wore a B-44 badge. This ’42 Series 66 Special, owned by Dave and June Simon of Gardena, California, confirms Olds’s boast of quality and durability. The club coupe has covered 76,000 miles and is mostly original. It has been repainted in its original Metallic Mist Blue, although the engine compartment and trunk retain the factory paint. The tan ripple-weave Bedford-cloth-and-broadcloth interior is original. 

Feb
24
1938 Studebaker State Commander

1938 Studebaker State Commander

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

Most people associate Studebaker with South Bend, Indiana, or maybe even Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, but the Studebaker State Commander on these pages was built in Los Angeles. In 1935, Studebaker opened a plant there for assembly of cars destined for the western states, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Dec
30
1939 Delage D8-120S Aerosport Coupe, 1939 Delage Aerosport Coupe

1939 Delage D8-120S Aerosport Coupe

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

In the late Thirties, the French excelled at building streamlined fastback coupes. Makes such as Bugatti, Talbot-Lago, and Delahaye displayed fine examples of the coachbuilder’s art with glamorous art deco designs. 

Dec
29
1963 Ford Thunderbird Italien

1963 Ford Thunderbird Italien

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

Ford dabbled in semifastbacks in the early Sixties with its Galaxie Starliner hardtop coupes, and the more aerodynamic roofs gave good results on NASCAR tracks. Although the Thunderbird was famous for its formal notchback roof, Ford designers decided to experiment with a fastback treatment for a T-Bird—perhaps inspired by the NASCAR Fords—that turned into a show car.

Dec
28
1936 GMC T-14 Panel Truck

1936 GMC T-14 Panel Truck

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

Truck makers rushed to join the high-volume light-truck market in the mid Thirties. International brought out a Willys-sourced 1⁄2-ton for 1933; in ’36 Mack introduced a Reo-built Mack Junior, and GMC also jumped on the 1⁄2-ton bandwagon.

Dec
23
1960 Studebaker Hawk

1960 Studebaker Hawk

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

Says owner Malcolm Stinson Jr. of the Studebaker Hawk featured here, it “is just as you would have seen it in a showroom in 1960.” Stinson, of Show Low, Arizona, should know. He was a service manager at a Studebaker dealership. It’s experience that has served him well while restoring many Studebakers, including the Hawk, which was in poor but mostly rust-free condition when he acquired it.