Category Archives: Classic Cars

The Woodie vs the Wooden Body Tub

The Woodie vs the Wooden Body Tub

'47 Ford WoodyIn today’s world of carbon fiber, steel, and aluminum auto body parts, we often forget that real wood was regularly used. In the 1930s and 1940s, American car makers used actual wood to enclose the passenger compartments in style. These lovingly named “Woodies” had an interesting history. The first Woodies were custom crafted cars with attractive wood paneling, then as World War II cause the production of automobiles to stop, carmakers turned pre-existing sedans in to station wagons by using wood paneling to extend the length and usefulness of the vehicles. Today, the Woodie is synonymous with California surfing.

There Were Other Cars in Back to the Future

There Were Other Cars in Back to the Future

DMC-12 Delorean When you look back at the wildly popular Back to the Future, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015, you might think of Marty McFly, Biff, Doc Brown, and the DeLorean DMC-12. The characters and the car appeared in all three episodes of the movie and they all created memorable moments that make that movie timeless. These are a few of the other vehicles that you might not remember from the Back to the Future trilogy:

Learn about the Alfa Romeo Badge

Learn about the Alfa Romeo Badge

Photo Courtesy of www.autoevolution.com

Photo Courtesy of www.autoevolution.com

Even though car fans know the Alfa Romeo brand, the brand has been non-existent in the US for many years. Now that the Fiat Group owns the brand, it will not be long before Alfa Romeo models become recognizable to a new generation. As of this point, just over 80 dealers in the United States will soon be selling the classic Italian lineup. While buyers will not be seeing cars like the Alfa Romeo 164, they will be seeing plenty of Alfa’s with the unusual logo.

The Deuce and a Quarter: Slang for the Car Enthusiasts

The Deuce and a Quarter: Slang for the Car Enthusiasts

1962 Buick ElectraCars have earned their place in the hearts of their drivers. In the United States, it seems that as soon as something becomes special to us, we give it pet names. Those pet names then turn into slang terms, which evolve as they spread around the country. Cars have had their fair share of memorable slang terms.

1968 Plymouth Belvedere

1968 Plymouth Belveder

1968 Plymouth Belevedere

The 1968 Plymouth Belvedere came close to the end of the life for this model, which Chrysler produced from 1954 to 1970. The first incarnation of the model was the 1951 to 1953 Cranbrook Belvedere. The two-door hardtop came out to compete with the Chevy Bel Air. As was always intended for the Plymouth name, this version of the Cranbrook was a low-cost car. In fact, it was the first, affordable two-door hardtop to come out of Detroit.

Cars with the Wrong Names

Cars with the Wrong Names

1974 AMC HornetCarmakers have had some serious winners when it comes to names. Take the Ford Mustang, Chevy Corvette, and the Mazda Miata. Before a car is named, the manufacturers work with their marketing departments to create a name that embodies the look and feel of the car. The names are created to appeal to a particular audience, so when the marketing departments get it right, they really do get it right. But, when they get the name wrong, it can become a joke in the industry. These are a few of the comical names that do not fit the car’s style and driveability:

Gateway Classic Cars

Gateway Classic Cars

Gateway Classic CarsAt Gateway Classic Cars, you can find the collectible vehicle of your dreams at the right price. This successful classic car consignment dealer has been making customers happy for nearly 15 years. And, they can sell you your dream car at one of three different locations. Search for the next addition to your collection at their downtown St. Louis location, in Tinley Park near Chicago, or at the Memphis, Indiana showroom, just north of Louisville, Kentucky. With their great success, Gateway Classic Cars expects to open even more locations in the near future.

The World’s Oldest Cars From London to Brighton

The World’s Oldest Cars From London to Brighton

Photo Courtesy of Eventageous

Photo Courtesy of Eventageous

Every year, the oldest cars in the world, and their devoted owners, gather in England to make the trek from London to Brighton. The Veteran Car Run, held early each November, sees hundreds of pre-1905 cars make the journey in a parade of automobile antiquity.

The Run itself is even older than most of the vehicles participating. According to the Royal Automobile Club, which sponsors the event, the Veteran Car Run commemorates the Emancipation Run, which took place on November 14, 1896. The original run was held to celebrate the passing of a law that raised road speed limits in the UK from four to a whopping 14 miles an hour.

American Motors Custom and Classics

American Motors Custom and Classics
American Motors Custom and Classics LogoAmerican Motors Custom and Classics is a classic car dealer, buyer, and seller based in San Jose, California. This family-owned and operated business started out as a hobby, but is backed by decades of experience buying and selling new and used cars. For buyers, sellers, collectors, new enthusiasts, and anyone needing financing and shipping to go along with a classic car purchase, American Motors is the place to go.
American MotorsWith decades of experience owning and running a Toyota dealership in San Jose, the owner of American Motors decided to turn his passion for classic cars into a spin-off business. When you work with American Motors you know that you are working with someone that has years of experience owning a dealership and working with cars. Whether buying or selling, you can feel comfortable knowing that you are dealing with someone who has a solid reputation to go along with his experience with cars, old and new.

Hanksters Hot Rods

Hanksters Hot Rods

Hanksters Hot RodsHanksters Hot Rods is a classic car dealership, buyer, seller, and showroom based in Indiana, Pennsylvania and founded and owned by long-term car enthusiast Gary Hankinson, aka Hankster. He has been putting his passion to work for decades and specializes in muscle cars along with his professional staff. In 2015, Hankster partnered with Kevin Sergent and opened a new showroom in South Daytona, Florida.

Combined, Gary and Kevin have nearly 60 years of experience working with cars, both new and classic. Together they bring their strengths to bear on the classic, and especially muscle car, market. With their trusted and equally car-passionate staff they offer services from buying and selling classic cars to financing to transportation. They work with first-time buyers and experienced car collectors alike.