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A look back at color-matched wheels and wheel covers. A design feature worthy of a comeback…

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For a very small manufacturing cost, applying paint to a car’s wheels or wheel covers that matches body color can add a lot of visual interest to a vehicle’s profile.  And if chrome trim or brightwork is applied tastefully with … Continue reading

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The best car chases you have & haven’t seen

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To us, a good car chase is the look on a driver’s face when encountering unexpected obstacles.  It’s panic on the bad guy’s face who’s riding shotgun because he’s not in control of things.  Typically, suspension of disbelief is required … Continue reading

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A look back at the 1963 – 1991 Jeep Wagoneer: A guide to year-to-year changes

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One of the guidelines in the original Preppy Handbook (1980) reads, “Never replace anything until you have exhausted all possibility of repair, restoration, or rehabilitation.  No matter what it is, they don’t make it as well as they used to.”  … Continue reading

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The 1956-57 El Morocco – a “small Cadillac” created decades before the first Seville and Cimarron

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Once in awhile throughout the history of classic cars, truly interesting creations are born.  Interesting because they’re unique enough to stand out and catch your attention in the first place, well-done enough to hold your attention, and perceived as desirable … Continue reading

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Vinyl roof coverings were created to be retro in 1925. Now the on-and-off fad is making a comeback. A brief history…

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Coming across a can of old glue thinner in the garage recently made me recall how I had used it to remove the padded vinyl roof on a ’79 Cadillac Sedan deVille I once owned.  Which got me thinking about … Continue reading

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My mother claims cars were more recognizable 60 years ago. I analyze decades and disagree (Part 2 – the 1960s))

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CONTINUED FROM PART 1… (Attempting to resolve a debate with my mother that cars from the late 1940s and ’50s on any given street were more recognizable than now, I take a look at some of the more popular design … 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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Need a gift for that car fanatic in your life? Check out our online store of vintage car ads and brochures

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If you’ve been searching for an inexpensive, unique gift that will intrigue the car fanatic in your life, our online store BEST OF THE PAST CAR ADVERTISEMENTS (Click here to visit our page) has just what you need.  Specializing in … Continue reading

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Many automakers claim they sell 4-door coupes. We beg to disagree, because here are some real ones.

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Attending the press preview of the 2014 New York International Auto Show, we heard a lot of talk from automakers about “4 door coupe” models.  We feel they need to rethink their definition of what a 4-door coupe is, because … Continue reading

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Owner profile – 1982 Chrysler Imperial

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Jack Harkavy owns a 1938 Packard Eight, a 1954 DeSoto, and, as a professional driver, is regularly behind the wheel of high-end cars old and new that are used as props in major movies and television shows. Ask him what … Continue reading

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When your favorite fiction authors write about cars, do they get the details correct? (Part 1)

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My wife paused from reading a Sue Grafton novel to ask me, “Could a Mercedes sedan that would have been around in 1988 do a tire-smoking burnout, on a smooth cement parking garage surface?”  Having owned and driven a succession … Continue reading

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When your favorite fiction authors write about cars, do they get the details correct? (Part 2)

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(Continued from Part 1) If you’re like me when you read a work of fiction, you visualize things you read to a high degree.  You form a mental picture of characters in the story based on people you know or … Continue reading

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A look back at simulated wire wheel covers. Part 3: the 1970s

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(Continued from Part 2) The 1970s began with carryover wire wheel cover styling from the late 1960s.  As that decade drew to a close, wire wheel covers were trending towards designs with two layers of straight, parallel spokes.  The effect … Continue reading

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If you’re going to dress up as Elvis for Halloween, you should know a little about his personal cars

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If you’re considering going to a Halloween party dressed as Elvis, you owe it to yourself to know a little about the cars he’s owned.   And if you think the King only owned Cadillacs, you’d be wrong.  Why write … Continue reading

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A look back at simulated wire wheel covers. Part 2: the 1960s

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By 1960, wire wheel covers had become a fixture on American roads.  During the previous decade, American automakers equipped them on everything from Buicks and Oldsmobiles to sleek sports cars such as the Kaiser Darrin and Nash-Healey Lemans. Similar to … Continue reading

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Alternative gear shift levers through the years

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The American Business Dictionary defines the word alternative as “One of two or more ways of achieving the same desired end or goal.  An alternative need not be a close substitute for the first choice (or other alternatives), but it … Continue reading

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When classics were born – a collection of assembly line pictures

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“I created you inside of me. I watched your body form then come together, growing in size. I smiled as you first made your way along the floor. Treading slowly on all fours. You were flawless and beautiful, yet unscathed … Continue reading

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A look back at simulated wire wheel covers. Part 1: the 1950s

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We have always been fans of simulated wire wheel covers at Classic Cars Today Online.  While they are an automotive accessory extremely subject to personal taste, one cannot deny wire wheel covers are uniquely American in flavor.  Mostly shunned by … Continue reading

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Actor Bruce Campbell reflects on director Sam Raimi’s 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88

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When I was growing up, my father owned a full-size ’73 Oldsmobile from 1975 until 1983.  During that era in the United States an Olds was a respected car that middle class people of all age groups aspired to, upper-middle-class … Continue reading

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What a “donk” is, and why classic car fans should value them

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Being fans of all the 1971-1976 full-size General Motors models, we at Classic Cars Today Online have watched the growing trend of fitting these “B-body” platform cars with oversized rims and lift kits to create cruisers generally known as “donks”.  … Continue reading

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The 1977-1988 Porsche 924 proves VW involvement isn’t a bad thing

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In light of the fact many are bemoaning the merger* completion between Volkswagen and Porsche AG earlier this year, we feel it’s important to remember that a number of successful Porsche models over the years would not have existed without … Continue reading

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The classic 1972 – 1989 Mercedes SL spanned 18 model years without one body panel change

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With a design run spanning model years from 1972 to 1989, fans around the globe feel the the third generation Mercedes-Benz SL is a model that most embodies the image of the company and the elements that led to its … Continue reading

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1993-1995 Mercedes 300CE / E320 Cabriolets – A look back at these modern classics

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“Few automobiles can claim to be instant classics.  The thrilling new 300CE Cabriolet might be one of them” claimed advertising introducing the 1993 E-class Cabrio to the United States market.  Truer words have never been spoken if one considers how … Continue reading

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Some interesting four-door sports cars and exotic cars over the years. Ford Mustangs, Porsche 911s, Chevy Camaros, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Cadillac Eldorados and much more

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Four-door sports cars based on two-door coupes (even two-seaters) have always been intriguing.  Whether produced by automakers themselves or customized via cut-and-stretch methods by limousine builders, this classification of car represents a slightly rebellious nature.  For if two-door Ferraris and … Continue reading

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Three modern reboots of iconic classic cars – the affordable 2012 Fiat 500, Mini Cooper, and VW Beetle. A roadtest comparison of base models.

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Shopping for an economical new car on a budget but don’t like the look of most “modern” economy cars?  If you appreciate classic automotive design, you have more choices than ever this year.  Witness the recently-introduced 2012 Fiat 500, redesigned … Continue reading

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If the 1955 – 1963 Mercedes 190SL design was engineered today, here’s what it would look like…

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In 2008 when car collector Richard Mott contacted Hot Rods and Custom Stuff tuning shop in California to discuss upgrading his stock 1961 Mercedes 190SL with a more powerful engine, better brakes and lowered suspension, neither parties could even begin … Continue reading

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If your car had a “door ajar” voice reminder in the 1980s, you’ll enjoy these flashback videos

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My mother bought a Chrysler LeBaron convertible in the mid-’80s, fully equipped with whitewalls, wire wheel covers, digital dash, and fake wood.  But one feature it had that made it an ’80s period piece more than any other was its … Continue reading

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The 1975 – 1980 Ford Granada had a simple and effective ad campaign – we copied the cars you really want

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If you’re like me, you may have noticed car makers just don’t criticize each other the way they used to in advertisements.  By criticize, I don’t mean making value comparisons against competitors based on selling points of price, features, or … Continue reading

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Commentary – Does being loyal to one car brand make you a glutton for happiness, or punishment?

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Erica is a friend of mine who recently became the owner of a used 2006 BMW 750Li.  An enviable purchase by any stretch of the imagination, but one she agonized about due to feelings of brand loyalty to another marque. … Continue reading

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The top 50 longest-running car designs

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The Beetle had the number 1 longest-running automotive design.  But you may not guess what numbers 2 through 50 are… If a car design is right from the start, it does not need to be changed for the sake of … Continue reading

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1984 – 1987 Toyota Corolla Sport coupe: a last rear-wheel-drive economy car classic

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Looking for a modestly priced rear-wheel-drive car that’s fun-to-drive and has collector appeal?  How about one that gets over 40 miles per gallon? Often cars we find most collectible have a unique mixture of last-of-its-kind and first-of-its-kind attributes.  Popular “last” … 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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The 1999-2004 Land Rover Discovery II: a look back at these modern classic SUVs

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The second generation Land Rover Discovery, introduced partially through the 1999 model year, was badged as the “Discovery II”.  Until production lines were fully changed over from building the original Discovery I model, both generations were sold alongside each other … 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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A look back at a true American classic: the 1977-79 Lincoln Continental Mark V

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A star during the 1970s boom in “personal luxury” cars, 1977 – 1979 Lincoln Mark Vs are highly sought after today for their clean styling and last-of-their-kind extra large dimensions.  By the 1979 model year, every other make and model … Continue reading

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An interview with DeLorean Motor Company vice president Jim Espey about their new electric vehicle

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In the 1985 movie “Back To The Future”, Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) uses a DeLorean to jump 30 years back in time to 1955.  Today, the new DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) does virtually the same thing – … Continue reading

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1980-1991 Mercedes S-Class models: A buyer’s overview

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The “126 body” S-class (or “126”) sold from 1980-1991 is considered one of the most influential designs in Mercedes-Benz’s history.  It’s hard to argue 126’s exude power, sophistication and continue to inspire imitation today.  Among the sleekest designs on the … Continue reading

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The 1983-1986 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country convertible: a true ’80s period piece…

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“In convertibles it’s important to remember you’re under a magnifying glass, because everyone notices what you’re doing.  It’s no place to pick your nose.  You want to look bored almost – give it some ennui” was the advice K.J. Barrett … Continue reading

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