a Cadillac to span the country and generations

a Cadillac to span the country and generations

Sean Mathis never got the chance to drive his grandfather’s 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville – hadn’t even sat behind the wheel – until, that is, the day an auto transporter dropped it off near his house in North Carolina and he took possession of it. Already an old car enthusiast, he now has the car that means the most to him in his garage and has already started...

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Rust never sleeps, but sometimes it takes a vacation: the dilapidated beauty of Desert Valley Auto Parts

Rust never sleeps, but sometimes it takes a vacation: the dilapidated beauty of Desert Valley Auto Parts

At first glance, Desert Valley Auto Parts looks something like a post-apocalyptic wasteland if the end times had occurred in conjunction with the Age of Aquarius: Cars from the Sixties and earlier scattered about a dry desert backdrop, missing parts and looking about as busted and broke as could be. But old car nuts know it instead as a paradise, one full of...

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Along came a topless 850: 1967 Fiat 850 Spider brochure

Along came a topless 850: 1967 Fiat 850 Spider brochure

Fiat created an inexpensive and youthful masterpiece with their new-in-the-USA-for-1967 850 Spider, an open-top sibling to the equally new and pretty 850 Sport Coupe. While the Sport Coupe was styled by Felice and Gian Boano and built in-house at Fiat, the Spider came from the pens and craftsmen at Bertone. Its design was clever, combining the 850 platform’s...

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So just where did Toyota sell its first car in the United States?

So just where did Toyota sell its first car in the United States?

Inside Holt Motor Co. in Los Angeles. In 1958, a little Japanese car called the Toyopet showed up in California. It got ridiculed. It got amazing mileage. And by the end of the year, it got about 288 sales. Who exactly made the first of those sales, however, remains a mystery, one which Toyota itself can’t resolve even though several entities have laid claim to...

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Homeland Security to return seized Land Rover Defenders to U.S. buyers

Homeland Security to return seized Land Rover Defenders to U.S. buyers

1995 Land Rover Defender 90. Last July, agents from the Department of Homeland Security, working with local law enforcement, seized more than two-dozen Land Rover Defenders from owners across the United States. All had two things in common: none was originally sold in the United States, and all were imported by Aaron Richardet, a North Carolina man with a...

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A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS comes home

A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS comes home

The now-restored 1969 Camaro RS/SS, back in the Kern family. In 1969, as my dad, Mike Kern, was finishing up his tour in Vietnam, he ordered a 1969 RS/SS Camaro from the local dealership in his hometown of Olney, Illinois. He ordered the car the way he wanted it, with the 300-hp 350 V-8, a four-speed manual transmission, no power steering, no spoilers, a color...

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Chrysler’s “Customer Driveaway” Tag

Chrysler’s “Customer Driveaway” Tag

Eccentricities regarding our vintage cars make them all the more interesting to discuss. Once you have thoroughly gone over the color combination, trim, drivetrain equipment, options, documentation and overall condition, little things like unique tags and markings keep the adventure alive. This came to mind when I photographed and wrote a drive report on a 1954...

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There’s only one original Mad Max Interceptor and it’s not in Australia

There’s only one original Mad Max Interceptor and it’s not in Australia

With Mad Max: Fury Road opening at theaters everywhere this weekend, we thought it appropriate to run a piece on the real star of the first two movies. This article comes to us from Myles Kornblatt, curator, Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection. Myles contributes to multiple publications as well as AutoMinded.com. “She the last of the V-8s. She sucks...

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Racing Heroes – Junior Johnson

Racing Heroes – Junior Johnson

Junior Johnson at the Riverside 500 in 1965. Photos courtesy Ford Motorsport, unless otherwise indicated. Editor’s note: This piece comes to us from new Hemmings contributor Steve Thomas. Ripping down a barely-paved county road in the mountains of North Carolina with revenue agents closing in isn’t what you’d typically think of as training for one of American...

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Former Studebaker assembly plant begins $17 million transformation into high-tech center

Former Studebaker assembly plant begins $17 million transformation into high-tech center

Renderings by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. As early as this fall, new tenants could start moving into the last remaining Studebaker assembly building in South Bend, and though the new resident may not have anything at all to do with the auto industry, the owner of the massive building has said he plans to keep its history in mind during its...

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Five quick, easy, low-buck (or free) garage tips to make working on your car easier

Five quick, easy, low-buck (or free) garage tips to make working on your car easier

While working on a recent tech story for Hemmings Muscle Machines, I was reminded of a few of the things that I do or use in the garage that can make certain projects a bit easier to complete. I’m providing them here so you can benefit from them, as well. At the same time, we can open a dialog for you to share some of your garage ideas to help the rest of us....

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Should I do a color change on my vintage car?

Should I do a color change on my vintage car?

My 1967 Buick Gran Sport in Verdi Green. I recently wrote a blog on a Pink Mist 1968 chrome-bumper GTO (The Rarest GTO you may have never wanted ) that asked whether its rarity, color and chrome bumper would persuade or dissuade you from buying it. Some responders said that they liked the pink and would retain the color. Others said they didn’t and would just...

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