Posts from ‘Collectible Automobile Magazine’

Jan
01
Top Auto Stories of 2020

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.

Dec
31
2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition, Stonewashed Blue Metallic

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2020 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Elaine JoyceThe most recent Volkswagen Beetle went on sale in September 2011 as a 2012 model. It replaced the 1998-vintage New Beetle in VW’s lineup, and became the third iteration of the car that made VW famous. As this latest Beetle ended production—for the foreseeable future at least—Volkswagen sent it off with specially trimmed 2019 Final Edition cars. 

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
28
Pontiac Grand Prix STE Turbo

Pontiac Grand Prix STE Turbo

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the Februry 2020 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

From the Pontiac Grand Prix’s 1962 introduction through 1989 it was exclusively a two-door car. That changed with the addition of four-door sedans for 1990. More-door GPs continued through 2008, but perhaps the most interesting one of them all came from that inaugural season: the little-remembered STE Turbo. 

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.

Dec
01
Town Sedan

1929 Cadillac Series 341B

by Leigh Dorrington

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2012 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

Cadillac was due for a “quiet” year in 1929, considering the previous season had seen the arrival of all-new Series 341 cars. They came with attractive styling by Harley Earl, fresh off his success with the 1927 LaSalle; a new 90-bhp 341-cubic-inch version of Caddy’s established L-head V-8 engine; and a chassis with wheelbase stretched to 140 inches, a switch to torque-tube drive, and the adoption of 32-inch-diameter tires.

Nov
26
1949 Anglia Two-Door Sedan

1949 Anglia Two-Door Sedan

by Don Sikora II

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

Ford’s history in Great Britain dates to 1903 when a small batch of cars was imported from America. By 1911, Ford’s British operations were assembling the Model T locally, but the first cars specifically designed for the English market did not arrive until the Thirties.

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
16
370Z 50th Anniversary Edition, 2020 Nissan 370Z

2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition

Camaro ZL1

by Don Sikora II

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

Nissan’s 370Z traces its heritage back to the Fairlady Z, the car that made its American debut as the 1970 Datsun 240Z at the 1969 New York Auto Show. To celebrate a half century of the Z-car, Nissan prepared a 50th-anniversary package for the 2020 370Z Sport hatchback coupe and introduced it at the 2019 New York International Auto Show.

Oct
15
Chevrolet Lumina Z34

Chevrolet Lumina Z34

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

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

Chevrolet performance models are often named after their esoteric option codes that start with the letter Z. We’d guess that most everyone reading this will immediately know what Z28 or Z06 means in the context of the Camaro and Corvette. A smaller group may remember the Cavalier Z24, and somebody must recall the Beretta Z26. For this installment of Cheap Wheels we’ve tapped into another of Chevy’s lower-profile “Z” machines, the 1991-1994 Lumina Z34.