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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.

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.

Perry Mason and Classic Cars

Perry Mason and Classic Cars

58 Ford Fairlane 500 SkylinerPerry Mason is the detective show that started it all. The show debuted in 1957 and lasted until 1966. The television show was based on the collection of over 80 novels that sold over 135 million copies. Perry Mason, the hard working attorney, became the inspiration for detective shows like Bones, Dexter, CSI, and Criminal Minds. It also became an inspirational show for classic car collectors, especially those who work on authentic restorations. Collectors and restorers simply have to watch the DVDs to see what their favorite vintage cars looked like in mid-century years when the show was first released.

1967 Ferrari 330 GTC

Here’s a classic car that’s sure to impress. Though the 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC isn’t an American model it is a great example of what classic car fans appreciate about vehicles from days gone by. Both sleek and sophisticated, this model can still be found on posters in college dorm rooms and garage walls across the country. Anyone lucky enough to own one easily becomes the envy of everyone on the block.

Reno Beckons

Reno: So now the holidays are all over and we settle in for the cold winter months. We suggest that you take advantage of the opportunity to travel in your mind’s eye during this time of year and keep yourself occupied with positive thinking. And what can be more positive than thinking about what you’re going to do when the weather changes and the car show season gets underway?

Here’s the idea: First, you do your research and identify the car shows and cruises that you are interested in. You make decisions and circle your calendar, and this process is a lot of fun.

Mullin Automotive Museum

The next Rétromobile, the car show that takes place each year in Paris, will feature some exciting car models from the Mullin Automotive Museum. The museum, located in Oxnard, California is generously showing the cars to lucky viewers, and many of the cars haven’t been shown in France since they were new, some almost a century ago! The 10 cars from the museum are sure to bring child-like glee from viewers of all ages. Among them are some of the most valuable and special cars in the world. Over the next few posts, we will highlight some of our favorites from the collection, so be sure to keep checking back!

Most Expensive Car Sold at Auction: ’57 Testa Rossa

Last month, at a California auction that is held in conjunction with the famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the record for the most expensive car ever sold at auction was broken.  Beating the previous $12 million record that was paid for a 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa in Maranello, Italy in 2009, the new record was given to yet another 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa.  This one sold for a jaw-dropping $16.4 million!

2011 Shelby GT350 Up For Auction

Shelby Mustang GTThe team at Shelby decided to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the very first Shelby GT350 in January at the Barrett-Jackson Auction with the release of a supercharged concept model. Needless to say, the car made quite  a splash.

“There was a great deal of pent up demand for the first GT350 since the 1970 model year. We chose to introduce the car at Barrett-Jackson because the people who attend their events are among the most passionate car enthusiasts in the world. Thus, we will reward that loyalty by offering a very special serial number to their bidders,” said Shelby American president Amy Boylan.