The Classic Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center

The Classic Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center

Described by its promoters as “everything automotive” the first Classic Auto Show fulfilled that promise with a bewildering variety of over six hundred vintage rides at L.A. Convention Center’s South Hall. The word eclectic seemed unavoidable while strolling past a mighty Duesenberg with a hood longer than the presidential campaign season, an ultra-rare coachbuilt Volkswagen, rows of fresh looking, restored Mustangs and Datsun 340Zs, and the original 1964 Meyers Manx dune buggy prototype

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Fords of Canada - an alternate reality

Fords of Canada - an alternate reality

Ford of Canada was founded in 1904. Though it wasn’t originally a subsidiary of the U.S. company, 51% of its shares were held by FoMoCo’s founders. By the time the 1950s rolled around, the company faced a different environment than its U.S. cousins. In Canada, Ford was priced under mid-priced Mercury, just as in the U.S., but Lincoln-Mercury often found itself the only dealer in many small towns and needed its own low-price car to complete their line up

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1946 Beechcraft Plainsman - too much hybrid too soon

1946 Beechcraft Plainsman - too much hybrid too soon

In the frenzy to fill the transportation needs of Americans following WWII, airplane maker Beechcraft considered throwing their hat in the ring with a gasoline-electric hybrid that even had a built-in communications device. So why didn't the car fly? Jim Cherry has the story this week on Cherry Classics. 

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