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Dec
31
1958 Ford Del Rio Ranch Wagon

1958 Ford Del Rio Ranch Wagon

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2004 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

By John Biel

The American station wagon has had many transformations over the years. It went from being seen as a commercial vehicle to being accepted as a passenger-car style. Wood body construction gave way to steel. And though four-door convenience made the most sense for such a vehicle, two-door wagons enjoyed a brief heyday that peaked in the mid Fifties. 

Dec
12
1956 Oldsmobile Super 88, Green, 2-Tone

1956 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday Hardtop Sedan

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2011 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

By Don Sikora II

It’s hard to believe that the car on these pages is original from the tires up. This 1956 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday four-door hardtop was purchased by an elderly lady in Kentucky and used by her housekeeper for shopping. A nephew inherited the car, but didn’t drive it—although he did start the engine occasionally. The nephew sold the Olds to a collector of original cars who later sold it to current owner Jimmy Blackburn of Texarkana, Texas.

Nov
29
1953 Dodge B-4-B-116

1953 Dodge B-4-B-116

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2011 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

By Don Sikora II

Back in 1953, trucks were nearly always used for work. Dodge recognized this and attempted to tailor its truck offerings to every possible need.

Nov
06
Photo Feature: 1932 Buick Series 90 Convertible Phaeton, Top Down, Green

1932 Buick Series 90 Convertible Phaeton

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2005 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

The story of how Buicks came to be manufactured in Canada—including the very one featured on these pages—starts with one man. Robert Samuel “Sam” McLaughlin, born in 1871, eventually entered the well-regarded family carriage business located in Oshawa, Ontario. Then, in the early years of the twentieth   century, he got interested in the automobile business.

Sep
03
1929 Chevrolet LQ Dump Truck

1929 Chevrolet LQ Dump Truck

Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2010 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

By Don Sikora II

As America worked its way deeper into the Twenties, Chevrolet was roaring up the sales charts—just as Ford’s legendary Model T was running out of gas. When the last Model T rolled off the assembly line on May 26, 1927, it was nearly a given that for the first time Chevrolet would win the yearly new-car sales race. Ford’s Model TT trucks remained in production a bit longer, but Chevrolet claimed the 1927 truck sales crown as well.

Aug
19
1954 Hudson Jet-Liner Convertible Prototype

1954 Hudson Jet-Liner Convertible Prototype

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2012 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

By Don Sikora II

When it comes to collecting just about anything, rare is usually good. When it comes to cars, few are rarer than factory-built prototypes. Count among them the one-of-a-kind factory-built 1954 Hudson Jet-Liner convertible prototype owned by well-known Hudson collector Edward Souers of Woodburn, Indiana. 

Jul
26
1950 Mercury Monterey Coupe, Cortaro Red

1950 Mercury Monterey Coupe

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2006 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

By John Biel

The choices we make in life can be so important. Ted Burleson’s gleaming beauty of a 1950 Mercury Monterey coupe featured here proves that.

The Los Angeles-built Merc spent many years in Colorado before the Alton, Illinois, man acquired the car in 1990 and finished its restoration. “It was a rust-free car in good condition to start with,” Burleson noted.

Jul
24
1930 Isotta Fraschini 8A Flying Star Roadster

1930 Isotta Fraschini 8A Flying Star Roadster

Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2007 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

By Jack Stewart

Kings, tycoons, popes, and movie stars rode in Isotta Fraschinis. Clara Bow had an Isotta, and Rudolph Valentino owned two. The 1950 film Sunset Boulevard appropriately equipped fictional silent-film star Norma Desmond with an Isotta Fraschini landaulet.

Jun
26
1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Fleetline Aerosedan

1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Fleetline Aerosedan

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2006 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

Let’s say you’re not convinced that appearance is an important factor—maybe the important factor—that drives car shoppers to choose one vehicle over another. Then consider the 1947 Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan. Despite being the most expensive two-door closed car in the Chevy lineup, it was still the most popular model of the best-selling brand in America in ’47.

May
21
1933 Hupmobile K-321 Convertible Coupe

1933 Hupmobile K-321 Convertible Coupe

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2004 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The automobile was meant to foster travel and, by golly, here’s one that has. The Hupmobile convertible coupe featured on these pages has been to Australia and back during its lifetime.