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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.

Dec
30
1939 Delage D8-120S Aerosport Coupe, 1939 Delage Aerosport Coupe

1939 Delage D8-120S Aerosport Coupe

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

In the late Thirties, the French excelled at building streamlined fastback coupes. Makes such as Bugatti, Talbot-Lago, and Delahaye displayed fine examples of the coachbuilder’s art with glamorous art deco designs. 

Dec
29
1963 Ford Thunderbird Italien

1963 Ford Thunderbird Italien

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

Ford dabbled in semifastbacks in the early Sixties with its Galaxie Starliner hardtop coupes, and the more aerodynamic roofs gave good results on NASCAR tracks. Although the Thunderbird was famous for its formal notchback roof, Ford designers decided to experiment with a fastback treatment for a T-Bird—perhaps inspired by the NASCAR Fords—that turned into a show car.

Dec
28
1936 GMC T-14 Panel Truck

1936 GMC T-14 Panel Truck

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

Truck makers rushed to join the high-volume light-truck market in the mid Thirties. International brought out a Willys-sourced 1⁄2-ton for 1933; in ’36 Mack introduced a Reo-built Mack Junior, and GMC also jumped on the 1⁄2-ton bandwagon.

Dec
23
1960 Studebaker Hawk

1960 Studebaker Hawk

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

Says owner Malcolm Stinson Jr. of the Studebaker Hawk featured here, it “is just as you would have seen it in a showroom in 1960.” Stinson, of Show Low, Arizona, should know. He was a service manager at a Studebaker dealership. It’s experience that has served him well while restoring many Studebakers, including the Hawk, which was in poor but mostly rust-free condition when he acquired it.

Nov
22
1965 Ford Falcon Squire

1965 Ford Falcon Squire

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

The Ford Falcon was Robert McNamara’s baby. A practical “numbers guy,” McNamara hated waste and excess. The Edsel went against his core beliefs with its large size, superfluous decoration, and the fact that it competed with existing Ford and Mercury products. As the Edsel was failing, McNamara was campaigning for a compact Ford.

Nov
09
1959 Chevrolet 3100 Fleetside

1959 Chevrolet 3100 Fleetside

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

American servicemen learned the value of four-wheel drive with “jeeps” during World War II. In the postwar era, Willys sold a civilian version and a larger 4×4 pickup. Meanwhile, Dodge added a heavier-duty Power Wagon four-wheeler.

Oct
11
1955 Monarch Richelieu Convertible

1955 Monarch Richelieu Convertible

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

The population of Canada in the Fifties was less than 10 percent than that of the United States, yet Ford Motor Company sold up to six brands of cars in Canada. For as odd of an idea as that sounds, there was a reason for it.

Aug
11
1953 Nash Rambler Custom Convertible

1953 Nash Rambler Custom Convertible

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

The Nash Rambler went against conventional economy-car wisdom when it bowed as a pricey convertible instead of a low-priced sedan. When the compact was introduced in 1950, World War II had been over for five years, yet raw materials were still regulated by the government and Nash wouldn’t have been able to get enough steel to meet the expected demand for the new Rambler. Since production would be limited, Nash decided to build a high-profit car.