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Driving In A Winter Wonderland

The first snows have fallen across the country, parents everywhere have dragged out the kids’ snow gear, and people have been heard far and wide grumbling about the frost so stubbornly clinging to the windshield. Though this time of year can be filled with extra cheer, beautiful views, and plenty of old family memories, we’re sad to say it also means it’s time to “winterize” all the great classic, sporty cars and store them safely in Grandma’s garage, nestled safely away from the bustling cities…over the river, and through the woods, of course!

1970 Pontiac GTO

1970 Pontiac GTO

'70 Pontiac GTOImagine that today is a beautiful summer morning with the birds chirping, the sun shining, and the neighborhood kids already dragging out the sprinkler. You’ve taken a moment to enjoy your morning coffee on the porch, soaking in every last drop of sun you can, and you head to the garage. This story doesn’t end with a lawnmower or even gardening tools, no, this is something better. You open the garage door and step back, taking a second to enjoy the sight of your 1970 Pontiac GTO. Upon starting the engine, you can’t help but smile when you hear it roar to life before turning it off, popping the hood, and spending the next few hours, just…tinkering. Any little bit of fine-tuning you can justify, you’ll do. After all, what’s a bright summer’s day without a good muscle car?!

1949 Willys Jeepster

There’s something about a Jeep, and anyone who owns one, whether it’s a classic car or not, would definitely agree. There’s nothing like driving down the road and spotting another Jeep, and knowing the subtle wave both drivers exchange can be explained in one quick phrase: “it’s a Jeep thing.” The story of the Jeep begins long ago, and there have been several different Jeep models over the years.

1957 Ford Thunderbird

Among classic car restorers, the “good ol’ days” of the 1950s provide some of the best classic cars to work on. One such vehicle is the 1957 Ford Thunderbird. The concept for the Ford Thunderbird began in 1953 as a response to the ever-popular Chevrolet Corvette, and while both are popular, there are certainly things about the Thunderbird that will always set it apart from the Corvette. The Thunderbird itself was on the production line from 1955-1997, and then again from 2002-2005 as a personal luxury vehicle, and though the idea had come about years before Ford began production on the Thunderbird.

1925 Chevrolet Series K Superior

Oh, the Roaring 20s. They were a time of prosperity and relative calm, as the world continued its celebration of the end of the War to End All Wars, though a rumbling was quietly creeping into the world again. Until the depths of the Great Depression reared their ugly head a few years later, the United States enjoyed a few care-free years, and auto companies capitalized on that. Chevrolet was excited to roll out its 1925 Series K Superior, and customers were excited to enjoy its many improvements from other models. Focusing on these improvements, Chevrolet was proud to spotlight the many improvements this model had over its predecessor, the 1924 Series F Superior.

The Datsun Revival

The Datsun is a car model which existed years before it gained popularity here in the United States. Originating in 1931 under the DAT Motorcar Co., this nameplate was spelled differently and was largely popular in Japan. It wasn’t until after World War II that the car made its debut in the States. Although it would become known as an economy car , yet a classy one, the logo for the Datsun was based on the Japanese flag, which features a red circle in the middle of a white flag.

1958 Oldsmobile Super 88

As the United States auto companies began to embrace more futuristic looks of the late 1950s and early 1960s, due in large part to the beginning of the country’s fixation on outer space, chrome started to make its appearance more and more. The 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 was also called the “Chrome Mobile” because of the sheer amount of chrome on the body. The entry level Super 88, the Dynamic 88, ran from 1958-1966, and like the Super, it also had its fair share of chrome. For now, we’ll focus on the 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88.

1968 Pontiac LeMans

Mid-sized cars are great for those who would like to enjoy the cool looks of smaller muscle cars, while at the same time enjoying some of the more practical aspects of a full-size car. Pontiac, a division of General Motors produced a great mid-size car for several years, beginning in 1962. The Pontiac LeMans was quite successful, and its production continued through 1981. Here, we’ll focus on the 1968 Pontiac LeMans, which enjoyed a great deal of success, in particular with its hardtop coupe, which was its most popular body style.

1952 Kaiser Manhattan

Between the years 1947 and 1955, an independent auto company, produced a vehicle which exuded the elegance and sophistication of one from the much larger, more established automotive companies. This was a feat which was and is often seemingly impossible. The Kaiser-Frazer Corporation was formed in 1945, and production began only two years later. The Kaiser Manhattan gave customers surprising fuel economy and roomy seats, but it was reasonably affordable as well. Let’s take a look at the 1952 Kaiser Manhattan to find out more about this great classic car.

1972 Ford Gran Torino

Among the most popular muscle cars in American automotive history is the Ford Gran Torino. Featured in movies and other forms of popular culture, it represents a unique time in automobile history because of its ability to compete with other muscle cars which were just as exciting then as they are now. The Gran Torino was produced from 1968 until 1976, and it was named after an Italian city called Turin. Though it is still a popular muscle car, this was not the most powerful or the fastest car of its time. Take a look below as we examine one model year of the Ford Gran Torino.