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Oct
27
2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness

2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness in Crystal White Pearl

2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 141

Fuel used: 5.8 gallons

Sep
30
1947 Hudson Series 178 Pickup

1947 Hudson Series 178 Pickup

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

Hudson trucks always were a rare sight, even when new. Hudson Motor Company, founded in 1909, didn’t offer a true truck line until 1929. It instead concentrated on cars.

Sep
01
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Hardtop Coupe

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Hardtop Coupe

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

Do you still want my old car? I’m at the beauty shop and it won’t crank. If you can get it home, it’s yours.” With that, Kevin and Kelly Sheehan of Harleton, Texas, became the owners of this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Sport Coupe.

Aug
10
1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner

1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner Convertible

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

Riding the competitive advantage of an all-new and attractive design, Ford was able to produce America’s best-selling 1957 automobile. The push to deliver 1.67 million copies of its expanded lineup included significant contributions from two body styles that had historically been segment-leading sellers for Ford: station wagons and convertibles.

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.