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Archive for September, 2012

CRUISING: Last night of the 2012 season for Mt. Prospect, Illinois

Mount Prospect Illinois cruise night was a popular cruising destination for 2012.

Mount Prospect Illinois cruise night was a popular cruising destination for 2012.The changing leaves  and the dropping temperatures can only mean one thing for us here in the Midwest: the end of another glorious summer of cruising. Reminding us all was tonight’s final night of 2012 of the wildly popular downtown Mount Prospect, Illinois cruise night. The narrow Metra parking lot was jammed full of classics, (more…)


FEATURE: 1968 Ford Mustang GT

This 1968 Ford Mustang GT has a 351ci Windsor V8 underhood.

This 1968 Ford Mustang GT has a 351ci Windsor V8 underhood.Gary Potts is no stranger to Ford’s iconic pony car, having owned numerous Mustangs over the years. Despite the extreme familiarity, there was no sign of contempt when he came across this glossy 1968 Fastback GT; it just grabbed his attention and wouldn’t let go. “I found the car in 2004 (more…)


FEATURE: 1939 International Harvestor D2

This 1939 International Harvestor pickup has been left unrestored.

This 1939 International Harvestor D2 is unrestored.

It’s easy to forget that International Harvester Co.’s heritage encompasses more than farm and agriculture equipment. In addition to tractors and industrial engines, the Illinois-based IH also produced four-wheeled workhorses like Steve Cliff’s 1939 D2 pickup truck. (more…)


FEATURE: 1961 Ford Thunderbird

Lee Bakakos had regretted selling his fully restored 1961 Ford Thunderbird and tracked it down.

Lee Bakakos had regretted selling his fully restored 1961 Ford Thunderbird and tracked it down.

Despite their deep love and devotion, it’s not uncommon for collector car enthusiasts to let go of their special four-wheeled rides. Most things are, after all, for sale if the numbers are high enough. But as Lee Bakakos found out with his 1961 Ford Thunderbird, sometime that massive pile of cash just isn’t worth it. (more…)


FEATURE: 1972 Dodge Polara

This 1972 Dodge Polara was restored as a recreated Chicago police car.

This 1972 Dodge Polara was restored as a recreated Chicago police car.

If you were fond of tearing up the roads of the Windy City in the muscle-car years, chances are you would have hit the brakes hard if you saw an imposing patrol car like Greg Reynolds’ meticulously recreated 1972 Dodge Polara cruiser. (more…)


FEATURE: 1968 Buick Wildcat

This 1968 Buick Wildcat is painted in Desert Sand and was sold at Palm Buick, in Oak Park, Illinois.

This 1968 Buick Wildcat is painted in Desert Sand and was sold at Palm Buick, in Oak Park, Illinois.Buicks have always had a reputation for being large, comfy cruisers packing plenty of panache and this 1968 Wildcat is no exception. During the 1960s, the Wildcat model was the Detroit brand’s midsize offering and was readily identifiable by its characteristic style line that swept from the headlights, down along the goes-on-for miles body and finally ending at the stylish rear chrome bumper. (more…)


FEATURE: 1971 Honda 600

The Honda 600 was the first car from the manufacturer to be sold in the US market.

The Honda 600 was the first car from the manufacturer to be sold in the US market.

Honda has always had long standing tradition of building four-wheeled offerings that have a strong reputation for being practical, inexpensive and highly fuel-efficient. While their modern machines readily display these qualities, it may come as a surprise to learn that their very first model imported to the US market was a petite little car that also captured that spirit of motoring. (more…)


FEATURE: High-Power Hybrids

High-power Hybrids: the Sunbeam Tiger, AC Cobra and Pantera all featured exotic styling and American V-8 engines.

High-power Hybrids: the Sunbeam Tiger, AC Cobra and Pantera all featured exotic styling and American V-8 engines.

In the past decade or so, many automakers have designed engines that sip both gas and electrons. These hybrid vehicles continue to grow in popularity as manufacturers improve the cars’ looks to match the much better fuel efficiency. While the current engineering focus is all about MPGs, there was a point in automotive history when a certain cadre of cars were designed to balance both a sleek European style and the brawn of a big American V-8 underhood.

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FEATURE: 1957 Chevrolet 210 Wagon

This 1957 Chevrolet 210 wagon owner wanted a wagon with the Bel Air trim.

This 1957 Chevrolet 210 wagon owner wanted a wagon with the Bel Air trim.

When he set out to build his 1957 Chevrolet 210, Skip Gallagher looked back to combine some of his early motoring memories. (more…)


ON THE ROAD: 1956 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier

This fully restored 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup looked great on the highway.

This fully restored 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup looked great on the highway.

If you were in the market for a luxury pickup during the late 1950′s, it was hard to beat the opulence of Chevrolet’s Cameo Carrier line. Taking their recently overhauled for 1955 ‘Task Force’ truck design, Chevy added even more special features (more…)


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