Author Archive

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.

May
28
2017-18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Camaro ZL1

2017-2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Chevrolet celebrated the Camaro’s 50th anniversary in 2017. There was a commemorative model with special trim, but here we’re more interested in the latest high-performance ZL1 as a possible future collectible.

May
24
1988 Mazda 626 Turbo AWS

1988 Mazda 626 Turbo AWS

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

.In the late Eighties, Japanese automakers introduced four-wheel steering to the U.S. market. The first car Americans could buy with such a system was the 1988 Honda Prelude Si 4WS. Mindful of the old adage that nobody remembers who was second, let us suggest the 1988 Mazda 626 Turbo 4WS as cheap wheels.

May
23
1960 Plymouth Fury Hardtop Coupe

1960 Plymouth Fury Hardtop Coupe

by Jack Stewart

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

Nineteen sixty didn’t turn out the way that Virgil Exner envisioned.

May
08
2017 Ford Fusion Sport

2017 Ford Fusion Sport

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The second-generation Ford Fusion made its debut as a 2013 model, and the midsize sedan received some significant updates for 2017. Most Fusion models cater to a practical and mainstream market, while the Hybrid and Energi plug-in models target efficiency seekers. Now, though, Ford has added something for those looking for more speed and a bit more excitement than run-of-the-mill sedans offer: the Fusion Sport.