Author Archive

Jul
12
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon, 2018 Challenger Demon

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora II

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

Remember how Dodge’s new-for-2015 Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats were headline grabbers with their 707-hp supercharged Hemi V-8s? Now that’s yesterday’s news, and the story Dodge is selling for 2018 stars an 840-horsepower Challenger. Let that 840 number soak in as we consider the latest Future Collectibles pick, the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon.

Jul
03
1988 Toyota Corolla FX16 GT-S

1988 Toyota Corolla FX16 GT-S

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

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

If our readers were asked to rank Toyota Corolla traits, we’d guess sportiness and enthusiast interest would fall pretty far down the resulting list. Still, there have been Corollas capable of piquing a cheap-wheeler’s curiosity, and we think the 1987-88 FX16 GT-S “hot hatch” is one of the cars from this subset.

May
27
Honda Civic Type R

2017 Honda Civic Type R

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora II

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

If you’re a “hot-hatch” fan in America, these days your choices have largely been limited to the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R, along with the Ford Focus ST and Focus RS. Of course, there are also various speedy Subarus, along with the Honda Civic Si coupe and sedan. Not that there’s anything wrong with any of those, but if you’re the type of enthusiast who can’t wait to pick up the next issue of EVO magazine, you’re certainly aware of all the fantastic over-the-top hot hatches the Brits get to drive but you can’t buy. Why is it we always want what we cannot have?

May
22
2001 Ford Escort ZX2

2001 Ford Escort ZX2

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

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

When Ford redesigned the Escort subcompact for 1997, there was no longer a two-door version. That changed for the 1998 model year with the addition of the Escort ZX2, a new coupe variant with a sportier attitude than its four-door sedan and wagon siblings.

Apr
08
2018 Lexus LC 500

2018 Lexus LC 500

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora II

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

Lexus calls its brand-new LC 500 coupe the luxury brand’s flagship. It also says it’s a concept car come to life, in this case the LF-LC concept first shown at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in early 2012.

Jan
30
1987-88 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special

1987 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

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

Our story starts with the 1985 Cadillac De Ville and Fleetwood. This pair followed up Caddy’s downsized 1977 volume models and introduced even smaller packages, unitized construction, and front-wheel drive. Then the 1987 model year brought a new model, though one with a historic Cadillac name: the Fleetwood Sixty Special. It was based on the front-drive Fleetwood sedan, and it’s our latest choice for Cheap Wheels.

Aug
24
1940 Ford Fire Truck

1940 Ford Regular Fire Truck

by Don Sikora

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2013 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The residents of Big Rock Township, Illinois, bought their first fire truck in spring 1940. They—and their descendants—still have it.

Aug
23
Coolest Dashboards

1955 Packard

by Frank Peiler

In the early days of the automobile, dashboards were just that: wooden planks onto which gauges and switches were mounted.

By the early Thirties, wood dashboards were replaced by steel, and designers began to take an interest in the collection of dials and knobs located there.

Jul
07
2016-2018 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

Volkswagen Beetle Dune

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora II

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

Since news of “dieselgate” broke in September 2015, Volkswagen’s TDI diesel engines and the software that enabled emissions-test cheats have received tremendous attention. It’s probably an understatement that the resulting avalanche of bad press has overshadowed the company’s new-product news.

Jul
04
2001 Oldsmobile Aurora

2001 Oldsmobile Aurora

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora

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

Back in the December 2007 issue of Collectible Automobile® we considered the 1995-99 first-generation Oldsmobile Aurora as cheap wheels. Now let’s take a look at the second—and as it turned out, last—Aurora.