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Archive for November, 2012

MCACN: Modern Retros

More and more modern retro creations are appearing at shows.

More and more modern retro creations are appearing at shows.

It’s not unusual for an enthusiast to wrap-up a lengthy and expensive vehicle restoration and realize his yesteryear classic still rides and drives like a decades-old car. For many, this is the pleasure (more…)


MCACN: 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner

This red 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner was displayed at the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.

This red 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner was displayed at the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.We can’t quite put our finger on it, but something grabbed us about the classic Fords from the 1950s parked at the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. It could have been their flawless (more…)


MCACN: 1952 Chevrolet 3600 Pickup Truck

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When Brian Anderson and his son, Nathan, discovered this 1952 Chevrolet 3600 in a North Dakota farm field, they were in for a big surprise. “It had been sitting for more than 25 years but we managed to get it to fire up and (more…)


MCACN: 1935 Ford Woody Custom

This 1935 Ford Woodie wagon custom utitlizes original sheet metal and wood.

This 1935 Ford Woodie wagon custom utitlizes original sheet metal and wood.Winter has arrived in the Midwest, which is where the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals were held last weekend, and temperatures in the Chicago-area are on the decline. But if there was one vehicle parked (more…)


FEATURE: 1955 Chevrolet Sedan

This custom 1955 Chevrolet 210 sedan was on display at the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.

This custom 1955 Chevrolet 210 sedan was on display at the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.Most of what you’ll see at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is number’s matching rides packing plenty of factory correct pedigree. But you’ll also find some custom machines sprinkled in, like this (more…)


MCACN: 1956 Ford Fairlane Sunliner

This fully restored 1956 Ford Fairland Sunliner was on display at the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.

This 1956 Ford Fairland Sunliner was on display at the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.

Motoring classics like this fully restored 1956 Ford Fairlane Sunliner are always a visual treat and a nostalgic reminder of days gone by. We spied this exquisite Raven Black and Sunset Coral example while at the 2012 MCACN show. Ken Nagel, of Plano, Illinois, owns the Ford, which (more…)


MCACN: 1969 Hurst/Olds Convertible, ‘Miss Golden Shifter’ Linda Vaughn

The 1969 Hurst Olds, along with Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, Linda Vaughn, were at the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.

The 1969 Hurst Olds, along with Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, Linda Vaughn, were at the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.

The 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals boasted lots of special four-wheeled displays as well as numerous celebrity appearances. One example that greeted visitors as soon as they entered the event was the unveiling of this freshly restored 1969 Hurst/Olds convertible and ‘Miss Hurst Golden Shifter’ herself, Linda Vaughn. (more…)


MCACN: 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda

This 1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda has a Gen III 426ci V8 underhood.There’s always certain vehicles at a massive show like the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals that when you pass by, they just stop you in your tracks. This 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda was one that did just that. Maybe it was the glossy Blue Pearl paint (more…)


FEATURE: 1970 Plymouth Superbird

This 1970 Plymouth Superbird is original and was purchased from a 19-year old who bought it new.

This 1970 Plymouth Superbird is original and was purchased from a 19-year old who bought it new.

It’s only fitting that Doug Schellinger and his dad, Monroe, would come to love and appreciate the Plymouth Superbird by watching it in its natural environment — in action on the racetrack. (more…)


MCACN: Photo Gallery

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The 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show in Rosemont Illinois has on display a wide variety of classic vehicles.

With several hundred vehicles on display at the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, it can be quite daunting to try to see every beautiful machine (more…)


MCACN: 1961 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon

This 1961 Ford Country Squire station wagon is parked in the lobby of the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.

This 1961 Ford Country Squire station wagon is parked in the lobby of the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.We hadn’t made it too far into the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center while attending the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals before we recognized a familiar four-wheeled classic. Readers (more…)


MCACN: 2012 Muscle Car & Corvette National, Rosemont Illinois

The 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show in Rosemont, Illinois had all kinds of classic muscle cars and classic vehicles on display.

The 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show in Rosemont, Illinois had all kinds of classic muscle cars and classic vehicles on display.The 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals has rolled back into Chicago, being held once again at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. This evening marked (more…)


ON THE ROAD: 1967 Beaumont

This 1967 Pontiac Beaumont was based on the Chevrolet Chevelle and only available in Canada

This 1967 Pontiac Beaumont was based on the Chevrolet Chevelle and only available in Canada

One of the great things about cruising the back roads, is you’ll never know what you’ll run into. Case in point is this GM classic machine that we spied while passing through small town Richmond, Illinois. At first glance, you may assume the blue beauty is one of Pontiac’s GTO varieties (more…)


ON THE ROAD: 1962 Volvo 544

This classic Volvo 544 was restored and found at the 2012 downtown Palatine, Illinois cruise night.

This classic Volvo 544 was restored and found at the 2012 downtown Palatine, Illinois cruise night.

It’s not too often that you come across a classic Volvo at a cruise night or show, let alone a restored and slightly modified example. We found this 1962 544 at the downtown Palatine cruise night earlier this summer and were drawn to its clean lines and tasteful alterations. (more…)


FEATURE: 1961 Autobianchi Bianchina Transformable

This 1961 Autobianchi Bianchina Transformable was restored using parts from all over the world.

This 1961 Autobianchi Bianchina Transformable was restored using parts from all over the world.

Burt Richmond confesses his 1961 Autobianchi Bianchina Transformable, despite its pint-size dimensions, is tremendously huge on fun. “My wife and I experience more ‘smiles per mile’ than most other cars we see,” the Chicago resident said. “Perhaps it is the ultimate clown car.” (more…)


FEATURE: 1927 Chevrolet Capitol 1-Ton Truck

This 1927 Chevroelt Capitol has been restored to factory specifications.

This 1927 Chevroelt Capitol has been restored to factory specifications.

It’s easy to forget our beloved classic and antique vehicles, now babied and shielded from any harsh condition, were once daily performers for real heavy-duty work. Even quaint machines like Bill Grundy’s 1927 Chevrolet Capital truck — now restricted to asphalt duty — once regularly ventured off smooth road surfaces into crop (more…)


ON THE ROAD: 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T

1971 Dodge Challenger RT

1971 Dodge Challenger RT

Seeing a classic muscle car parked on the side of the road is always a cool sight. In our book, when that V8 bruiser happens to be a sinister-looking Mopar product, that makes it all the more special and well-worth a stop (more…)


FEATURE: Halloween Muscle Cars

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Halloween Muscle Cars

No matter the season, classic muscle cars are always easy to fall in love with. With their high-horsepower engines, in-your-face styling and all-business demeanor, its no wonder these stalwarts of speed are a hit year round. (more…)


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