Posts from ‘Classic Cars’

May
22
2001 Ford Escort ZX2

2001 Ford Escort ZX2

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

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

When Ford redesigned the Escort subcompact for 1997, there was no longer a two-door version. That changed for the 1998 model year with the addition of the Escort ZX2, a new coupe variant with a sportier attitude than its four-door sedan and wagon siblings.

May
21
1933 Hupmobile K-321 Convertible Coupe

1933 Hupmobile K-321 Convertible Coupe

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2004 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The automobile was meant to foster travel and, by golly, here’s one that has. The Hupmobile convertible coupe featured on these pages has been to Australia and back during its lifetime.

May
17
Classic Ads From 1985

1985 Buick Electra

Which of the following events was more jarring? The addition of Elmo to the cast of Sesame Street, or the introduction of a front-wheel-drive Buick Electra? Both events, coincidentally, took place in 1985, and both events were met with a certain amount of grumbling.

May
13
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Cuba is something of a paradise for old-car spotters. This 1951 Chevrolet four-door sedan is just one of thousands of vintage automobiles still in faithful use as daily-driver transportation.

My wife Kristin and I will be celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary this year, and we decided that we needed to take an out-of-the-country vacation as part of that celebration. We were looking for somewhere reasonably close, to minimize flight time and the jetlag that usually goes along with it. Kristin is fond of Latin American countries, bird watching, and rugged-outdoors adventuring, and she speaks enough Spanish to get around quite well. Me? I really love old cars. Cuba checks all those boxes, so it was a natural choice.

May
09
1980 AMC Eagle Sedan

1980 AMC Eagle Sedan

I’ve long believed that if American Motors had been able to muster the capital to fully redesign its cars sometime around 1980, the company might have lasted well into the Nineties, maybe longer. Instead, AMC management—at the time already working with the company’s soon-to-be partner, the French automaker Renault—played a hunch, and built a line of full-time AWD passenger cars off of a long-serving existing platform. The result helped buy AMC a few more years, but in the end wasn’t enough to save the company.

May
01
1960 GMC Bus

1960 GMC Bus

Per ride-hailing giant Uber, the company’s drivers provide patrons an amazing 15 million rides daily. And that’s just Uber–similar firms, such as Lyft, Via, and Juno, are shuttling plenty of people around as well.

Apr
26
1938 Peugeot 402 B Retractable Hardtop

1938 Peugeot 402 B Retractable Hardtop

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2007 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Chrysler’s streamlined 1934 Airflow flopped in America, but it was an inspiration to French automaker Peugeot. With headquarters in Paris and its main plant in Sochaux near the Swiss border, Peugeot is the second-oldest automaker in the world.

Apr
26
Our Favorite Oldsmobiles

1954 Oldsmobile

There are two things that the Editors of Consumer Guide respond to faster than all other things. It’s not fire, threat of personal harm, or even the promise of paid time off that elicits prompt action.

Apr
23
1984 Hurst/Olds, Sporty Car Ads

1984 Hurst/Olds

If you were looking for a diverse collection of affordable sporty cars, you’d probably want to set the time-machine dial for 1984. You would be hard pressed to find a broader collection of fun-to-drive rides at any time other than the mid Eighties.

Apr
11
1969 AMC Javelin

1969 AMC Javelin

“What about the Javelin?”

Available between 1968 and 1974, the AMC Javelin would be, based on total production, the rarest of the cars we refer to as pony cars. That said, it’s possible the Javelin is among the most beloved—at least among readers of Collectible Automobile magazine.

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