Posts from ‘Collectible Automobile Magazine’

Jul
03
1950 Dodge B-2-B

1950 Dodge B-2-B Panel Truck

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

By Don Sikora II

For decades after the old-car hobby got rolling in earnest, there was an increasing emphasis on exacting nut-and-bolt restorations, the results sometimes being vintage vehicles that looked better in retirement than the moment they left the assembly line years before. In recent years, though, an appreciation for worn but undisturbed originals has arisen. Even some prestigious car-club meets and concours d’elegance have created “preservation” classes to include these hardy survivors.  

Jul
03
Cars of 1940

Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you’ve come to the right place. Join the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive as they break down everything that’s going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests. This is the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast.

Jun
22
1985 Dodge 600 ES Convertible

1985 Dodge 600 ES

The bad news is that fewer than one of every hundred cars sold in the United States is a convertible. (I will spare you the fractional math required to pass along the number of manual-transmission-equipped convertibles sold on our shores last year, but it’s fewer still.)

Jun
11
Photo Feature: 1935 Ford Model 50 DeLuxe Panel Truck

1935 Ford Model 50 DeLuxe Panel Truck

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2009 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

By Don Sikora II

The Ford Motor Company ambitiously introduced restyled lines of cars and trucks for 1935. The truck line was comprised of the light-duty Model 50 Commercial Cars and the 1½-ton Model 51. For the first time, Ford truck styling was starting to show the streamlined look the company’s passenger cars had been using since 1933. While the trucks clearly looked more modern, Ford’s recent practice of greater stylistic differentiation between car and truck models continued.

Jun
05
1952 Pontiac Chieftain

1952 Pontiac Chieftain Station Wagon

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2009 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

By Don Sikora II

The 1952 Pontiacs sported the third in a series of styling updates to the basic circa-1949 design. A new grille, fresh trim, and redesigned wheel covers were the major appearance changes.

May
25
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition, Collectible Miata

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition

Camaro ZL1

by Don Sikora

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

Since its debut at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, Mazda’s MX-5 Miata has become an enthusiast favorite. Three decades later, Mazda came to the 2019 Chicago show with the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary limited-edition special. We think it’s worth checking out as a future collectible.

May
14
Healey Tickford

1952 Healey Tickford Saloon

Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2008 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

By Don Sikora II

Donald Healey is famous for the Austin-Healey, but he had an active life long before he teamed up with Austin. Healey flew for the Royal Flying Corps during World War I. Between the wars he was a successful rally driver and won the 1931 Monte Carlo Rallye. Later he was director of experimental design at Triumph. During World War II he worked on armored-car design.

May
07
1996 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi

1996 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

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

A Pontiac fixture since 1957, the Bonneville abandoned rear-wheel drive for its 1986 redesign. The big Pontiac was restyled again for ’92, and it’s in this second-generation front-drive Bonneville where we find our latest Cheap Wheels choice, the racy 1992-99 SSEi.

Apr
17
1948 GMC ACR 723 Tractor

1948 GMC ACR 723 Tractor

Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2008 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

By Don Sikora

GMC spent much of the early Forties concentrating on military truck production for American and Allied efforts in World War II. By the time hostilities ended, the division had produced more than 580,000 6×6 trucks and amphibious “Ducks.”

Mar
20
Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast, Shirley Shahan

Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you’ve come to the right place. Join the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive as they break down everything that’s going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests. This is the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast.