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Feb
18
1971 Toyota Celica ST Hardtop Coupe

1971 Toyota Celica ST Hardtop Coupe

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

In 1971, Toyota introduced its Celica sport coupe, a car that many automotive magazines compared to the original Ford Mustang. By 1971, Mustang had grown eight inches longer and 600 pounds heavier than the ’65 original. (Ford President Lee Iacocca realized this was too big for a “ponycar” and had a much smaller Mustang in the pipeline.) Meanwhile, import coupes such as the Celica, Opel Manta, and Mercury Capri catered to those who wanted a sporty car that was smaller than the early Seventies ponycars. 

Dec
30
1961 Plymouth Belvedere Four-Door Sedan, Lexus Grille

1961 Plymouth Belvedere Four-Door Sedan

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

Plymouth spent the early Sixties in crisis mode. Sales of the 1960 Plymouths had been disappointing. Although the 1961 car was a continuation of the 1960 body shell, it got a complete makeover. Only the roof and doors were carried over—all other sheetmetal was new.

Dec
24
Pontiac Star Chief Hardtop Coupe

1957 Pontiac Star Chief Hardtop Coupe

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

The 1957 Pontiac was the first Pontiac since 1934 without “Silver Streaks” on the hood. Before Cadillac had tailfins and Buick had portholes, Pontiac had its signature chrome band (or bands) adorning the hood. However, Semon E. “Bunkie” Knudsen arrived as Pontiac’s new general manager just as the ’57 models were ready for production, and he was determined to change that.

Oct
22
1970 SuperBee

1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee Hardtop Coupe

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

Collector cars can turn up in odd places. A 1925 Bugatti was found at the bottom of a Swiss lake. A 1957 Plymouth was buried in a time capsule in Oklahoma. The elements took their toll on both.

Oct
08
1950 DeSoto Custom Station Wagon

1950 DeSoto Custom Station Wagon

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

The wood-bodied station wagon was in its twilight years by 1950. It had progressed from commercial depot hack in the Teens and Twenties to something of a status symbol in the Thirties and Forties. Station wagons were just the thing for hunting trips or carrying riding tack to and from the stables. In the 1939 movie Dark Victory, Bette Davis’s socialite-horsewoman character describers herself as part of the “station wagon crowd.”

Sep
24
1962 Oldsmobile F-85 Jetfire Hardtop Coupe

1962 Oldsmobile F-85 Jetfire Hardtop Coupe

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

General Motors was flexing its engineering muscles in the early Sixties, especially when it came to the corporation’s new Y-body small cars. The line of 112-inch-wheelbase premium compacts included the Pontiac Tempest with independent rear suspension and curved “rope drive” driveshaft. Meanwhile, the Buick Special and Oldsmobile F-85 bowed in 1961 with an aluminum V8, followed in ’62 by a 90-degree V6 initially exclusive to Buick. 

Sep
17
Alfa Romeo 1900C

1953 Alfa Romeo 1900C Ghia Coupe

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

When Alfa Romeo wanted to make a splash at the 35th Turin Automobile Show, it asked six coachbuilders to build a custom body on the Alfa 1900 chassis. They were Bertone, Castagna, Boneschi, Pinin Farina, Vignale, and Turin’s own Ghia.

Jul
30

The Cars of American Graffiti

American Graffiti is a classic coming-of-age comedy film that follows its cast through one end-of-summer night in 1962. This was technically the early Sixties, but culturally, 1962 can be considered the end of the Fifties era. Change was coming quickly, both for America itself and the main characters of American Graffiti. The plot of the movie centers around recent high-school graduates Steve Bolander (Ron Howard) and Curt Henderson (Richard Dreyfuss), who are set to enjoy one last night in their hometown before boarding an eastbound flight to college the next morning. Although the era was ending, this movie celebrates the Fifties in full flower.

May
29
Cars of Hogan's Heroes

Set in a prisoner-of-war camp, Hogan’s Heroes would seem an unlikely program in which to find interesting vehicles, but there were several cars and trucks featured on the hit sitcom that merit consideration.

Hogan’s Heroes, the zany WWII-themed sitcom that ran on CBS from 1965 to 1971, isn’t in the same league as shows like Batman, The Munsters, or The Beverly Hillbillies when it comes to memorable “star cars.” However, while chronicling the havoc wreaked on the Nazi war machine by the fictional U.S. Colonel Hogan (Bob Crane) and his Allied crew in a German prisoner-of-war camp, Hogan’s Heroes nevertheless paraded some interesting vehicles. Check out the cars of Hogan’s Heroes.

Nov
19
Lexus LC 500 Convertible

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible

Los Angeles Auto ShowWell, it’s official now… the Lexus LC 500 grand touring coupe will be joined by a convertible version for 2021. At the beginning of this year, Lexus displayed a LC 500 Convertible Concept at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, and the production version that is making its global debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show is remarkably close to the show car.