Category Archives: Classic Cars

Malaise Era: Definition and Examples

Malaise Era: Definition and Examples

'74 Apollo Buick Malaise: This word comes from the combination of French words mal- and aise (which translates to ease). This word generally means a sense of being uneasy or feeling out of sorts. It usually involves the beginning of an illness or feeling less that healthy. The term “malaise” has come to designate the decade of cars produced between 1973 and 1983.

Car Furniture: Hot or Not?

Car Furniture: Hot or Not?

'68 Ford MustangHaving a garage full of your favorite cars is one thing, but what about a house full of your favorite cars – as furniture? You no longer have to visit a 1950’s themed restaurant to find furniture made from car parts. Clever designers are turning every type of car and parts into useful furniture. Would you invite these cars into your home as furniture?

Ford Mustang Furniture

Ford Mustangs from the 1960s have that unmistakable grill and some people have been able to turn the front end into a bar. By chopping off the front and artfully placing a glass tabletop above it, you, too, could have a Ford Mustang bar in your home, too.

Chevy Special De Luxe: Not a Household Name, but You Know the Car

Chevy Special De Luxe: Not a Household Name, but You Know the Car

1940 Chevrolet Special DeluxeThe Chevy Special De Luxe might not be as recognizable a name as the Chevy Corvette, Bel Air, or Camaro. You might not know the name, but you have seen the car, since it has appeared in many well-known television shows and movies.

1941 Chevrolet Special DeluxeFans of early superhero shows like The Batman and The Adventures of Superman often were treated to images of the Special De Luxe. The cars were often used in chases and main characters were often seen driving in the cars. In both early superhero shows, the convertible versions were used. These shows were on the air in the early to mid 1950s, so the Special De Luxe was still a viable car on the roads at the time.

356

356

1957 Porsche 356The Porsche 356 is a car that the legendary German manufacturer produced from 1948 to 1965. Today the 365 is a popular collectible, especially among those who revere the German brand. The 365 is notable for many reasons, but primarily for being the first production vehicle that Porsche ever made. The company began in the 1930s to do consulting and development work, including the government-directed design of the Volkswagen, the car for the people. The 356 is a rear-wheel drive, two-door sports car with a rear-engine configuration. Of the 76,000 units originally made, about half have been accounted for today.

55 Chevrolet

55 Chevrolet

417007-0-lgFor ’55, Chevrolet restyled its popular economy 150, mid-range 210, and upscale Bel Air models to great commercial success. Along with the introduction of the brand’s long-running small block V8 as an optional engine this year, Chevy was doing very well in the marketplace. The look of the ’55 Chevrolet is classic mid-century. They were low and wide, included a curved, wraparound windshield, a refreshing reduction in chrome fittings, and modest tailfins.

Classic Car Financing

Classic Car Financing

'55 ThunderbirdOwning a classic car can be a great joy, but if you cannot buy your dream car outright, you will need to consider your financing options. Classic car financing is not always the same as getting a loan for a new or used vehicle. Especially if the car you hope to purchase is rare or has been customized, you can expect to need specialized financing.

Pontiac T-1000: I Miss the Chevette

Pontiac T-1000: I Miss the Chevette

78 Chevy ChevetteAs a kid in high school during the 1980s, everyone I knew drove a Chevy Chevette or a Pontiac T-1000. This compact hatchback was the perfect car for nearly every driver, but it became the go-to car for high school kids who needed something cheap and reliable.

Pontiac Solstice: Why It May not Be the Collectible It’s Predicted to Be

Pontiac Solstice: Why It May not Be the Collectible It’s Predicted to Be

Pontiac Classic CarsThere are two types of car collectors. One collects cars for the financial investment. The other collects cars for the emotional attachment. The financial collector does research, follows trends, and buys wisely. The emotional collector does not worry about the financial value of the car; the car’s value is in the feeling it provides, usually in the form of a powerful family memory or a joyful driving experience.

Cars That Feed Both Types of Collectors

MG Midget and the Shakespeare Rally

MG Midget and the Shakespeare Rally

'71 MG MidgetThe road rally is the true joy of anyone who owns a car that is fun to drive. In the UK, road rallies are incredibly popular and the little British racing cars, like the MG Midget and the Triumph Stag. One of the newest and popular road rallies that is drawing drivers in the UK is the The Shakespeare Rally. Interestingly, the rally is organized by Keith Shakespeare and takes place in Stratford-on-the-Avon – which is where the best known Shakespeare, William Shakespeare, was born.

'70 MG MidgetSerious Car Show with Serious Entertainment

The Ford Pinto Controversy: Info for Young Car Collectors

The Ford Pinto Controversy: Info for Young Car Collectors

'76 Ford PintoAs car collectors get younger, their car awareness does not include newsworthy events that predate the 1980s. This means that the newest car collectors do not know much, if anything, about the events surrounding the Ford Pinto. Since very few people drove the Pinto after the recalls in the 1970s, young car collectors have never seen them on the roads. There are not any celebrities who currently drive Pintos so they are not discussed on celebrity blogs. It’s almost as if the Ford Pinto has been successfully buried by those who do not want to show the flaws of the earlier days in the automotive industry.