The Truth About Cars » Classic Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 03 May 2016 20:50:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Riches to Rags: When Luxury Gets Old http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/riches-rags-luxury-gets-old/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/riches-rags-luxury-gets-old/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1315202 The shopping center had seen better days. Most of its smaller spaces were vacant, long since abandoned with only the leaves left scuttling about on the breeze to give the empty storefronts the illusion of life. Now, only the anchor stores remained. On one end of the complex, a dollar store. It somehow managed to […]

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The shopping center had seen better days. Most of its smaller spaces were vacant, long since abandoned with only the leaves left scuttling about on the breeze to give the empty storefronts the illusion of life. Now, only the anchor stores remained. On one end of the complex, a dollar store. It somehow managed to […]

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Old Porsches: Good For Investors, Probably Bad For Drivers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/old-porsches-good-investors-probably-bad-drivers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/old-porsches-good-investors-probably-bad-drivers/#comments Sat, 26 Dec 2015 17:00:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1249785 Looking for a place to park that retirement cash? Find a Porsche crest. Last year, the average sale price for 1974-1977 Porsches increased by 154 percent, according to Bloomberg — and the prices aren’t expected to drop anytime soon, according to the report. “European sports cars in general have been on a real rise in the last […]

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Looking for a place to park that retirement cash? Find a Porsche crest. Last year, the average sale price for 1974-1977 Porsches increased by 154 percent, according to Bloomberg — and the prices aren’t expected to drop anytime soon, according to the report. “European sports cars in general have been on a real rise in the last […]

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The Impala or Nothing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/impala-nothing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/impala-nothing/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:36:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=918642   This could be the 2nd coolest Chevrolet Impala ever featured on TTAC. We all know Murlee Martin’s Impala from Hell is the first. There just one problem with that; this car is not really a Chevrolet Impala. What you are looking at is a 1967 GMC (General Motors Continental) Impala. In fact, prior to […]

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  This could be the 2nd coolest Chevrolet Impala ever featured on TTAC. We all know Murlee Martin’s Impala from Hell is the first. There just one problem with that; this car is not really a Chevrolet Impala. What you are looking at is a 1967 GMC (General Motors Continental) Impala. In fact, prior to […]

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An Interesting Vehicle Delivered Daily To Your Inbox http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/an-interesting-vehicle-delivered-daily-to-your-inbox/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/an-interesting-vehicle-delivered-daily-to-your-inbox/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:05:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=845937 TTAC reader Michael Banovsky has launched a new service that offers a novel promise: an interesting vehicle delivered daily to your inbox. Banovsky’s Car of the Day reaches deep into the annals of the automotive world, in the pursuit of profiling the obscure: everything from the Anibal Podadera to the Zimmer Quicksilver and all points […]

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TTAC reader Michael Banovsky has launched a new service that offers a novel promise: an interesting vehicle delivered daily to your inbox. Banovsky’s Car of the Day reaches deep into the annals of the automotive world, in the pursuit of profiling the obscure: everything from the Anibal Podadera to the Zimmer Quicksilver and all points […]

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Duesenberg Model J Murphy Body Roadster – One of These Is Not Like the Other. Can You Spot the Fake? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/duesenberg-model-j-murphy-body-roadster-one-of-these-is-not-like-the-other-can-you-spot-the-fake/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/duesenberg-model-j-murphy-body-roadster-one-of-these-is-not-like-the-other-can-you-spot-the-fake/#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 13:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=788073 One of these cars is not like the other. A while back I wrote about the replica Duesenberg Murphy Roadster that former GM designer Steve Pasteiner’s Advanced Automotive Technologies fabricated for someone who owned a real Duesenberg. The person who commissioned the replica wanted to be able to drive in that style without risking damage […]

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One of these cars is not like the other. A while back I wrote about the replica Duesenberg Murphy Roadster that former GM designer Steve Pasteiner’s Advanced Automotive Technologies fabricated for someone who owned a real Duesenberg. The person who commissioned the replica wanted to be able to drive in that style without risking damage […]

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Hammer Time: The Third Set http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/hammer-time-the-third-set/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/hammer-time-the-third-set/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:16:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=772345 “Gimme Carter!!! Gimme Carter!!!” “You can have him!” My brother Lewis, a lifelong conservative was watching me, a hyperactive  six year old, pointing eagerly at our home’s only TV. “I’m voting for Reagan.” “Pa-tau!!1 Pa-tau! To a 1st grader’s ear, the word Reagan sounded just like “Ray gun”. And for all I knew, Carter and […]

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“Gimme Carter!!! Gimme Carter!!!” “You can have him!” My brother Lewis, a lifelong conservative was watching me, a hyperactive  six year old, pointing eagerly at our home’s only TV. “I’m voting for Reagan.” “Pa-tau!!1 Pa-tau! To a 1st grader’s ear, the word Reagan sounded just like “Ray gun”. And for all I knew, Carter and […]

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QOTD: What’s The Future Of Everyday Classics? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/qotd-whats-the-future-of-everyday-classics/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/qotd-whats-the-future-of-everyday-classics/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 02:43:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=726602 We received an interesting email the other day here in the TTAC underwater battle station. As is frequently the case, this one was about a used car. But not just any used car. is a touring car that took my mother to and from work as a teacher in the 1920s. It stayed in the […]

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We received an interesting email the other day here in the TTAC underwater battle station. As is frequently the case, this one was about a used car. But not just any used car. is a touring car that took my mother to and from work as a teacher in the 1920s. It stayed in the […]

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I’m Here to Say, I Was Drivin’ that Model A: The 2013 Ford Model A Restorers’ Club National Meet http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/im-here-to-say-i-was-drivin-that-model-a-the-2013-ford-model-a-restorers-club-national-meet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/im-here-to-say-i-was-drivin-that-model-a-the-2013-ford-model-a-restorers-club-national-meet/#comments Sat, 29 Jun 2013 14:28:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=493303 This year marks the 85th anniversary of the introduction of the Ford Model A. During the week of June 24th, over 800 of them descended on Lexington for the 2013 Model A Restorer’s Club (MARC) national meeting. Despite numerous storms that rolled through Central KY during the week, spirits were high and your humble author, a Chevrolet man […]

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This year marks the 85th anniversary of the introduction of the Ford Model A. During the week of June 24th, over 800 of them descended on Lexington for the 2013 Model A Restorer’s Club (MARC) national meeting. Despite numerous storms that rolled through Central KY during the week, spirits were high and your humble author, a Chevrolet man […]

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Hammer Time: The Second Set http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/hammer-time-the-second-set/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/hammer-time-the-second-set/#comments Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:26:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=485535 Within 50 feet of getting out of my old 74 Chevy C10 I hear a familiar voice. “Hey Steve. How are ya?” A 6 foot 7 inch monstrosity of a man pats me hard on the back and dislodges the few cobwebs that remained from a 5 AM wake-up call. Editor’s Note: This is the […]

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Within 50 feet of getting out of my old 74 Chevy C10 I hear a familiar voice. “Hey Steve. How are ya?” A 6 foot 7 inch monstrosity of a man pats me hard on the back and dislodges the few cobwebs that remained from a 5 AM wake-up call. Editor’s Note: This is the […]

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Don’t Invest In These “Investment” Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/dont-invest-in-these-investment-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/dont-invest-in-these-investment-cars/#comments Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:10:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482253 Get any group of car enthusiasts together and they’ll eventually start arguing about which recent models will increase in value over the next twenty years. I don’t think it’s actually possible for assembled gearheads not to discuss this topic, usually somewhere in between stories about past speeding tickets and bashing the Toyota Corolla. As a […]

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Get any group of car enthusiasts together and they’ll eventually start arguing about which recent models will increase in value over the next twenty years. I don’t think it’s actually possible for assembled gearheads not to discuss this topic, usually somewhere in between stories about past speeding tickets and bashing the Toyota Corolla. As a […]

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The Highlights of Amelia Island http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/the-highlights-of-amelia-island/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/the-highlights-of-amelia-island/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:05:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=480879 I’ve just returned from the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance, which is among the finest annual events involving wealthy people who smoke cigars and stare longingly at the possessions of other wealthy people, smoking nicer cigars. Of course, Amelia wasn’t all fun and cigar smoking. There was also some serious looking at stuff to be done, […]

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I’ve just returned from the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance, which is among the finest annual events involving wealthy people who smoke cigars and stare longingly at the possessions of other wealthy people, smoking nicer cigars. Of course, Amelia wasn’t all fun and cigar smoking. There was also some serious looking at stuff to be done, […]

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My Role In The Extinction Of The American Muscle Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/my-role-in-the-extinction-of-the-american-muscle-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/my-role-in-the-extinction-of-the-american-muscle-car/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:02:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=477966     A few weeks a go I had the opportunity to watch part of the Barrett Jackson auction. I found myself captivated by the colorful commentary that went along with each sale. Every car had a story and the commentators spent a great deal of time telling us about them. They also discussed the […]

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    A few weeks a go I had the opportunity to watch part of the Barrett Jackson auction. I found myself captivated by the colorful commentary that went along with each sale. Every car had a story and the commentators spent a great deal of time telling us about them. They also discussed the […]

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Reporting From The Concoures D’eregance In Tokyo: The Germans In Japan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/reporting-from-the-concoures-deregance-in-tokyo-the-germans-in-japan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/reporting-from-the-concoures-deregance-in-tokyo-the-germans-in-japan/#comments Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:21:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=475581   Yesterday, I took you on a visit to Tokyo, to the Japan Classic Car Association’s New Year Meeting, and on a tour of imported cars in Japan. If you believe the propaganda, there aren’t any imported cars in Japan. But it is not true. The history of car imports to Japan is a history […]

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  Yesterday, I took you on a visit to Tokyo, to the Japan Classic Car Association’s New Year Meeting, and on a tour of imported cars in Japan. If you believe the propaganda, there aren’t any imported cars in Japan. But it is not true. The history of car imports to Japan is a history […]

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Reporting From The Concoures D’eregance In Tokyo: The Americans In Japan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/reporting-from-the-concoures-deregance-in-tokyo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/reporting-from-the-concoures-deregance-in-tokyo/#comments Sun, 27 Jan 2013 20:04:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=475429 Today, I was in Odaiba, the man-made island in Tokyo Bay. The island is known for its futuristic buildings. Today, it was home of the Japan Classic Car Association’s New Year Meeting. It celebrates the imported car. During the next days, I will show you the nicer ones. We start with the Americans, and a Dodge. The […]

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Today, I was in Odaiba, the man-made island in Tokyo Bay. The island is known for its futuristic buildings. Today, it was home of the Japan Classic Car Association’s New Year Meeting. It celebrates the imported car. During the next days, I will show you the nicer ones. We start with the Americans, and a Dodge. The […]

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Tales From The Cooler: O, Barrett Where Art Thou? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/tales-from-the-cooler-o-barrett-where-art-thou/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/tales-from-the-cooler-o-barrett-where-art-thou/#comments Tue, 22 Jan 2013 10:26:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=474608 I will admit that I am a Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction fanboi. I spent last week in Detroit during the NAIAS, and thus had to skip my annual trip to Scottsdale, Arizona for their auction extravaganza, one of the greatest automotive events in this country. However, amidst all the breathless reporting about Barrett-Jackson selling the original Batmobile for […]

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I will admit that I am a Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction fanboi. I spent last week in Detroit during the NAIAS, and thus had to skip my annual trip to Scottsdale, Arizona for their auction extravaganza, one of the greatest automotive events in this country. However, amidst all the breathless reporting about Barrett-Jackson selling the original Batmobile for […]

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TTAC Christmas Special: A Visit To The Petersen Museum Vault http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/ttac-christmas-special-a-visit-to-the-petersen-museum-vault/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/ttac-christmas-special-a-visit-to-the-petersen-museum-vault/#comments Tue, 25 Dec 2012 14:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=471590 The basement of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is the subterranean parking structure in the recurring dream of automotive enthusiasts young and old. You know—the one where you exit the department store head down, fumbling for car keys as the scenery shifts to a chiaroscuro of concrete and fluorescent lights, and out of […]

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The basement of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is the subterranean parking structure in the recurring dream of automotive enthusiasts young and old. You know—the one where you exit the department store head down, fumbling for car keys as the scenery shifts to a chiaroscuro of concrete and fluorescent lights, and out of […]

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Walter P. Chrysler Museum to Close to Public – Chrysler Buys Collection to Preserve Heritage http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/walter-p-chrysler-museum-to-close-to-public-chrysler-buys-collection-to-preserve-heritage/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/walter-p-chrysler-museum-to-close-to-public-chrysler-buys-collection-to-preserve-heritage/#comments Sat, 01 Dec 2012 14:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=468574 I’m an unabashed booster of Detroit area institutions so it was with some sadness that I read that the Walter P. Chrysler Museum on the Chrysler campus in Auburn Hills will be closing to the public at the end of the year. Apparently admission fees and facility rentals were not sufficient to sustain continued operations. […]

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I’m an unabashed booster of Detroit area institutions so it was with some sadness that I read that the Walter P. Chrysler Museum on the Chrysler campus in Auburn Hills will be closing to the public at the end of the year. Apparently admission fees and facility rentals were not sufficient to sustain continued operations. […]

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Generation Why: ICONs And Morgans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/generation-why-icons-and-morgans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/generation-why-icons-and-morgans/#comments Fri, 08 Jun 2012 18:44:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=448109 Previous editions of Generation Why have explored one of the last glimmers of automotive affection that the “carless generation” still holds on to- the love of classic cars. Modern cars are better than they’ve ever been in every qualitative aspect, but they have embraced a stifling homogeneity as a result. Consolidation will only exacerbate that – who […]

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Previous editions of Generation Why have explored one of the last glimmers of automotive affection that the “carless generation” still holds on to- the love of classic cars. Modern cars are better than they’ve ever been in every qualitative aspect, but they have embraced a stifling homogeneity as a result. Consolidation will only exacerbate that – who […]

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German Court Impounds $3.8 Million Car That Was Stolen By American Soldiers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/german-court-impounds-3-8-million-car-that-was-stolen-by-american-soldiers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/german-court-impounds-3-8-million-car-that-was-stolen-by-american-soldiers/#comments Thu, 31 May 2012 15:10:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=447007 Dutch classic car collector Frans van Haren paid $3.8 million for a 77 year old Mercedes 500K Spezial Roadster. The regrets came when he tried to sell the rare car of which only 58 were built. When the car was offered for sale at last year’s Techno Classica car show in Essen, Germany, the car […]

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Dutch classic car collector Frans van Haren paid $3.8 million for a 77 year old Mercedes 500K Spezial Roadster. The regrets came when he tried to sell the rare car of which only 58 were built. When the car was offered for sale at last year’s Techno Classica car show in Essen, Germany, the car […]

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Generation Why: I Don’t Want To Share Anymore http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/generation-why-i-dont-want-to-share-anymore/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/generation-why-i-dont-want-to-share-anymore/#comments Mon, 28 May 2012 13:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=445069 My iPhone has no less than 7 social apps on it (Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Tumblr, Tradyo and Instagram), not to mention Google Maps, which like the aforementioned programs, can utilize my phone’s built in GPS beacon to share my location with others (including Apple). My recently departed 1997 Miata was the anti-iPhone. No GPS, […]

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My iPhone has no less than 7 social apps on it (Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Tumblr, Tradyo and Instagram), not to mention Google Maps, which like the aforementioned programs, can utilize my phone’s built in GPS beacon to share my location with others (including Apple). My recently departed 1997 Miata was the anti-iPhone. No GPS, […]

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Neil Armstrong’s 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427 For Sale http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/neil-armstrongs-1967-chevrolet-corvette-427-for-sale/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/neil-armstrongs-1967-chevrolet-corvette-427-for-sale/#comments Wed, 02 May 2012 17:44:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=442487 As a teenager, I idolized Tom Wolfe after reading Bonfire of the Vanities. By the end of high school, I had read every single book read by him, and his too-brief description of the muscle cars of American astronauts in The Right Stuff instantly came back to me (along with the smells of my high […]

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As a teenager, I idolized Tom Wolfe after reading Bonfire of the Vanities. By the end of high school, I had read every single book read by him, and his too-brief description of the muscle cars of American astronauts in The Right Stuff instantly came back to me (along with the smells of my high […]

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Are You Ready For: A National Register Of Historic Vehicles? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/are-you-ready-for-a-national-register-of-historic-vehicles/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/are-you-ready-for-a-national-register-of-historic-vehicles/#comments Sat, 17 Sep 2011 17:55:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411520 You may not have heard of the Historical Vehicle Association before, but it’s a 30,000-member advocacy group that actually emerged from a special insurance plan for historic cars offered by Hagerty Insurance. Now ratified by the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens, the HVA offers commissions on History, Skills and Trades, Technical Issues and Legislative Affairs, […]

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You may not have heard of the Historical Vehicle Association before, but it’s a 30,000-member advocacy group that actually emerged from a special insurance plan for historic cars offered by Hagerty Insurance. Now ratified by the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens, the HVA offers commissions on History, Skills and Trades, Technical Issues and Legislative Affairs, […]

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Curbside Classics Central: Portal To All Of Them Here http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/curbside-classics-central-portal-to-all-of-them-here/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/curbside-classics-central-portal-to-all-of-them-here/#comments Fri, 15 Oct 2010 00:43:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=348053   Alfa Romeo                                                                                                           1975 Alfetta GT/GTV Coupe 1991 Alfa Romeo 164 Allard 1954 Allard K2 (outtake) American Motors (incl. Nash; but not Jeep)                        1957 Metropolitan *1961 Rambler Classic Cross Country 1964 Rambler Classic 770 Coupe 1968 Rambler American 1971 AMC Gremlin (1971 Small Car Comparison) 1975 AMC Pacer X British Motors/BLM/Austin/Morris/Triumph/Rover/Sterling/Etc. 1951 Austin A40 Devon […]

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  Alfa Romeo                                                                                                           1975 Alfetta GT/GTV Coupe 1991 Alfa Romeo 164 Allard 1954 Allard K2 (outtake) American Motors (incl. Nash; but not Jeep)                        1957 Metropolitan *1961 Rambler Classic Cross Country 1964 Rambler Classic 770 Coupe 1968 Rambler American 1971 AMC Gremlin (1971 Small Car Comparison) 1975 AMC Pacer X British Motors/BLM/Austin/Morris/Triumph/Rover/Sterling/Etc. 1951 Austin A40 Devon […]

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The Curbside Classics Of The Gaza Strip http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/curbside-classics-of-the-gaza-strip/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/curbside-classics-of-the-gaza-strip/#comments Fri, 16 Apr 2010 16:37:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=352798 It’s a curious coincidence of history that the most anti-American parts of the globe are so dependent on old American cars. Havana is the classic example of this, and its still-rolling examples of classic American cars have become photographic icons, simultaneously representing both the failures of the communist government and the excesses of the preceding […]

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It’s a curious coincidence of history that the most anti-American parts of the globe are so dependent on old American cars. Havana is the classic example of this, and its still-rolling examples of classic American cars have become photographic icons, simultaneously representing both the failures of the communist government and the excesses of the preceding […]

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