Vintage vehicles, Automotive history and stories from motoring's past. 

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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Chrysler 300 1955-59 - a beautiful brute

Chrysler 300 1955-59 - a beautiful brute

Like a heavyweight boxer in a fitted tux, Chrysler’s elegantly brutish 300 packed the power to match its looks. The Chrysler letter series cars’ beauty, power, and scarcity will no doubt gaurantee blue chip collectable status for a long time to come, with prime examples currently approaching six figures at auction. 

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General Motors’ 1956 Firebird II: World’s First Self-Guided Car

General Motors’ 1956 Firebird II: World’s First Self-Guided Car

The Firebird II was more than just a turbine-powered fantasy, it was an automated wonder that could steer itself down the highway while the family played board games under a plexiglas bubble top. And on its specially prepared test track, it worked. What happened to this jet-powered wonder? Jim Cherry has the details in the week's Cherry Classics. 

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Continental 1956-57; A Modern Collector Classic

Continental 1956-57; A Modern Collector Classic

A family owned business can do whatever it wants, even if what it wants to do is create something wildly impractical, just because they can. The Ford Motor Company was still family-owned in the early 1950s when it decided to build an ultimate “halo” car to captured the elegance of the great pre-war classics. 

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