Category Archives: Informational articles

A Top 10 List of cars with the highest % of overhang. Number 1 may surprise you.

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Recently, I was reading an article on Curbside Classic’s website titled “Design Analysis: Did The Lincoln Mark VI Have The Biggest Overhang Ratio Ever?”.  After studying that new-for-1980 design, author Paul Niedermeyer comments that the fundamental problem with the Mark … Continue reading

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Two coffee table books for the true classic car fanatic that will pass any snobby-guest-test

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If you’re a car fanatic, it’s a safe bet you’ve got enough automotive interest books, repair manuals, and reference guides somewhere in your home to fill a whole shelf (two probably). A shelf that lurks in a back office room, … Continue reading

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A look back at simulated wire wheel covers. Part 4: the 1980s

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(…Continued from prior article series on 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s wire wheel covers) I’ve always been a fan of simulated wire wheel covers.  While being an automotive accessory extremely subject to personal tastes, one cannot deny wire wheel covers are … Continue reading

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A town with one of the best weekly classic car cruise nights in the USA – Somerville, NJ

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by contributor Pete Abbate… In the summer of 1989, a local car club known as the Classic Cruizers began a “cruise night” tradition on Friday evenings in the downtown area of Somerville, New Jersey.  A cruise night is usually defined … Continue reading

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On Parking – 5 Ways I Kept the Same Car Dent-, Ding- and Scratch-Free For 10 Years

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 (by contributor Kristi Burns) When I began dating my husband many years ago, he let me use his car, providing that I follow a few “rules” to keep it free from dings, scratches, and dents. Since I was able to … Continue reading

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Classic Mercedes fans, 15-inch versions of the original 14-inch “bundt” style wheels from 1969-85 are out there. Here’s how to find them…

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From 1969 to 1985, well over 1 million Mercedes-Benz vehicles were sold new with 14-inch aluminum alloy wheels similar to the one shown in this picture.   If you’re sprucing up or restoring a vintage model from this era, you … Continue reading

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11 must-read web sites for the classic car fan

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  If you appreciate classic cars and enjoy finding fresh commentary about your favorite models, vintage automotive advertisements, memorabilia, original commercials, or any related subject you can think of, the internet is a vast and unparalleled resource.  From finding pictures … Continue reading

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Avoiding the inevitable pitfalls that lurk at drive-in movie theaters

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If you plan on heading to a drive-in movie theater this summer, as I did this past Saturday night for the first time in over 30 years, you will have high hopes for an enjoyable experience.  To make sure reality … Continue reading

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Biodiesel fuel – a brief history and some notable facts

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Diesel engines running on naturally-grown fuels are not a new concept.  Doctor Rudolf Diesel developed the first compression-ignition motor in the 1890s as a solution to the wasteful inefficiency of steam engines commonly in use at the time.  While he … Continue reading

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How to check and replace fuses

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Fuses are designed to stop excess current flow that can overheat circuits, damage equipment, or even cause a fire.  To account for normal electrical spikes and surges, vehicle designers typically specify fuses with amp ratings of double the current flow … Continue reading

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Want to know what movies or tv shows have scenes with your favorite classic cars? Here’s how to find out…

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Long ago on a quiet summer night, my girlfriend was over and we were spending an evening watching television.  I had been surfing channels until my screen was unexpectedly filled with a young Charlie Sheen driving an arctic blue, rusty, … Continue reading

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Some facts about #1 best-selling car models in the U.S. since 1949

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Analyzing the last 60 years of automotive trends, some very interesting data can be found among the specific and ever-changing car models Americans chose to buy the most of each year since 1949. (See slide show at end of article … Continue reading

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20 affordable cars from the last decade that have the best chance of being collectible…

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…They may not be what you’d expect. A 1974 Chevrolet Impala advertisement once pointed out “If a car isn’t popular new, it won’t be popular used”.  To make their point, behind the ’74 Impala sits a 1957 Bel Air hardtop … Continue reading

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6 things everyone should know about gasoline

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After the Clean Air Act of 1995, gasolines do not have as many detergent additives as they used to.  This leaves engines more susceptible than ever to carbon and sludge buildup if too low an octane fuel is used.  Gasoline … Continue reading

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The Audi Museum in Ingolstadt is a must-see for any automotive history buffs visiting southern Germany

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Audi fanatics, do you know what year the marque was founded?  Where the name “Audi” comes from and how it was picked?  What major German automaker owned it before selling it to Volkswagen?   What the first Audi logo used … Continue reading

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A car museum with an authentic General Lee? Christine? Herbie? KITT? The Hollywood Star Cars Museum offers much to see…

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Located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee (not Hollywood, CA), The Hollywood Star Cars Museum is a find for fans of historically noteworthy classic cars.  The museum features two floors of displays featuring over 40 vehicles.  Cars owned by Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Mike … Continue reading

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Not sure what your 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number signifies? A guide…

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Before 1981, vehicle manufacturers created their own vehicle identification (vin) numbers of varying lengths to signify facts about their vehicles as they saw fit. During the 1970s to ease confusion, the United States Department Of Transportation (DOT) mandated all vehicles … Continue reading

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Considering importing a favorite classic car into the United States? You may want to check with an expert first…

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If you’re a car enthusiast like we are at Classic Cars Today Online, you may have grown to admire specific car makes and models sold in other countries that were never available in America.  Or maybe before living in the … Continue reading

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