Category Archives: Vintage Car

Hanksters Hot Rods and Muscle Cars

Hanksters Hot Rods and Muscle Cars

Hanksters Showrooms
Hanksters is a dream come true for muscle car and hot rod enthusiasts. With two locations and an online searchable inventory, it’s easy to buy, sell, and even finance here. Whether you want to expand your collection, have a specific car in mind, or need to let one of your cars go, Hanksters can help. 

Gary Hankinson has been working with classic cars for decades. For nearly 30 years he has worked on building and repairing, buying and selling hot rods, muscle cars, motorcycles, and other classic vehicles. Along with an expert staff, he has the knowledge and experience to make buying and selling a breeze. 

1958 Plymouth Fury

1958 Plymouth Fury

58 Plymouth Fury

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As one of the most famous movie cars, the 1958 Plymouth Fury has an intimidating look that causes people to turn heads, to this day. Stephen King brought extra fame to the car in his book Christine, which later adapted into a movie. In the story, Christine is the name of a possessed vehicle that takes over her owner, Arnie.

When the car was released, it came with a price tag of $3,032, making it the most expensive Plymouth, for that model year. The V8 engine that produced 225 horsepower at 4,400 rpm. The two door hardtop had a three speed manual transmission. Only 5,303 units were produced, which was significantly fewer than the previous model year.

1965 Chevelle SS

1965 Chevelle SS

65 Chevrolet Chevelle SSThe Chevelle, first introduced in 1964, was Chevy’s answer to the Ford Fairlane. A mid-sized, mid-priced car, the Chevelle proved to be popular for its entire run. One thing that made it such a good seller for the company is the fact that it came in so many different varieties. In the ‘60s, buyers could get nearly any body style, and could choose from low-end to high-end trim levels. And, of course, the Chevelle also included a performance package, the Super Sport.

1967 Dodge Dart Convertible

  1967 Dodge Dart Convertible

67 Dodge Dart

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Most well-known as a compact car, the Dart actually began as a full-sized car for the Dodge brand in 1960. By 1962, it shrank to mid-sized, and was fully part of the compact niche by 1963. The 1967 Dodge Dart convertible kicked off the fourth generation of this popular model. The Dart went through a lot of changes in its early years and moved through generations one through three pretty quickly. As well as a reduction in size over those years, it slowly evolved from an affordable, safe family car to a genuine muscle car.

Pontiac Revived: The Chieftain

Pontiac Revived: The Chieftain

1950 Pontiac Chieftain When World War II had come and gone, many car companies were looking for new car designs to boost their sales to the pre-World War II levels. Pontiac was no different from this.  They decided on a vehicle that was much like their lower level Streamliner in terms of engine, dimensions, trim level and options, but it would use the sportier GM A-Body style instead of the B-Body style of the Streamliner.  This vehicle was called the Pontiac Chieftain and it rose to its expectations by replacing the Torpedo as Pontiac’s top automobile in its first year.

1970 Olds 442

1970 Olds 442As a member of the muscle car category, the Olds 442 proved its worth the hard way: Originally, the Olds 442 was an optional package for the F-85 and Cutlass models, beginning in 1964. After the Pontiac division of General Motors experienced an unexpected success with the release of the The Tempest GTO the same year, Oldsmobile quickly compiled the package to keep buyers interested. The 442 did not become an actual car model independent of others, until 1968.

St. Louis Car Museum

St. Louis Car Museum

St Louis Car Museum and SalesThe St. Louis Car Museum has something for everyone interested in classic and vintage vehicles. Not only is this a destination site for simply browsing and viewing classic cars, but it is also a sales center. Consign and sell vehicles from your collection or find the classic car of your dream to buy. The Museum also offers repair and storage services. 

A Diverse Collection

If you’re in the market to shop and buy, few classic car salesrooms has a more diverse inventory to browse. From classic muscle cars to 1950s Messerschmitt models, you’ll find just about every type of vintage car at the St. Louis Car Museum. 

A Look At Classic Car Commercials

A Look At Classic Car Commercials

66 Ford MustangTelevision commercials from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s had a certain charm that today’s commercials could never match even despite the slickness of their modern-day sheen. It is interesting to take a look back at these commercials for a look at the advertising styles of the day, as well as to get a glimpse into the demographics of the time. It is especially telling in the world of car advertisements, as old commercials help to indicate how manufacturers were attempting to position their cars in the marketplace.

United Auto Exchange

United Auto Exchange

United Auto Exchange, or UAX, is a used car dealership in Addison, Illinois and serving the entire Chicagoland area. In the business of buying, selling, and trading cars for 20 years, UAX can help you find a classic car, a used car, a foreign car, or a specialty vehicle. They can also guide your sale of a car, financing, and any trades. 

While UAX has been in business in Addison for just 20 years, the staff together offers more than 100 years of experience working with cars and car lovers. The UAX showroom draws people in from all over Chicago and it suburbs, while the online inventory brings in buyers from across the country. 

The Nash Rambler: The Big 3′s Competitor

The Nash Rambler: The Big 3′s Competitor

 Nash RamblerThe President of the Nash-Kelvinator Company, George Mason, saw that his company needed to design a car to compete with the “Big 3”, and it had to be something that those companies did not have. He decided to concentrate on a compact car that was small, yet still would fit 5 passengers comfortably.  Finally, he wanted a car that would save Nash on materials but still get great fuel economy and that would compete with companies that were dominating the lower price segment of the market (i.e. Chevrolet, Ford and Plymouth).  His outcome, the first successful modern American compact car, the Nash Rambler.