There’s no better way to experience history than to be where history actually happened. For antique automobile enthusiasts, few places can bring the past to life like a visit to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile (more…)
It’s always fun to take a whimsical look back at how much has changed in the last several decades. One surefire way to jog the memory is to take a gander at automotive pricing. Below is a Friday section from the March 15, 1968 Daily Herald newspaper – which, even after all this time, is still in circulation in the Chicagoland area.
While it didn’t feature Classic Recollections like it does now, it did present advertising you’d never find anywhere in this modern age. If you were in the Windy City that spring and headed down Northwest Highway to Des Plaines Chrysler Plymouth, you’d find a just released muscle car – the Road Runner, eagerly awaiting new owners. You’d also be able to pick up such classics as a ’64 Ford Galaxie ’500′ for just $795, a ’65 Sport Fury costing $1,495 and a 9-passenger ’64 Dodge Custom wagon for a paltry $1,095.
If you dropped by White & Cronen Ford in Niles, more rolling treasures could be purchased for less than most down payments today. At this self-proclaimed ‘T-Bird Headquarters’, a whole flock of vintage Thunderbirds were parked and ready to go. The model years ranged from ’64-’67 and each cost less than four grand. Musclecar lovers had their options with a pair of ’67 Mustangs, each available for right around the $2,000 mark.
Over the past four decades the pricing has dramatically changed but the love for these iconic and well-loved vehicles hasn’t waned one bit.
The pastime of cruising the backroads in a classic or antique vehicle is as old as the automobile itself. Its roots can be traced back to 1896 to England when a group of car lovers cruised to the seaside resort of Brighton. After years of oppressive laws imposed by the massive railroad industry, these celebrating enthusiasts took their first step in motoring freedom with the passing of a new law, helping to reduce that outside interference.
While its been over 100 years since, Dick Murray, of the Antique Automobile Club of America explains how the Illinois Region is still keeping that same motoring spirit alive with their annual cruise to Brighton, Wisconsin.
Any discussion of performance automobiles has to include the name Carroll Shelby. Arguably no other man has changed the face of factory performance vehicles more than this Texan race car driver. When health issues forced him off the track in 1960, Carroll turned to designing those high-performance machines that he loved so much. His first effort resulted in the AC Cobra – a lightweight two-seat roadster body powered by a Ford-sourced V8 engine. Impressive race success prompted Ford to approach Carroll in August 1964 about developing a badder version of their fastback Mustang. The result was the 1965 Shelby GT350. Out of the gate, this muscled-up pony hit the ground running, gobbling up track victories and going on to cement Shelby’s name as synonymous with successful race-ready machines. To this day you can still find his name emblazoned on the back of souped-up Mustangs in your local Ford dealership, a testament to a strong heritage of continuing to deliver a high-performance product that delivers on, and off, the track.
It was this date, January 27th, in 1965 that the Shelby GT350 was launched and even now, nearly five decades later, is still one of the most sought-after four-wheeled treasures for collectors everywhere.
For more information on the man Carroll Shelby, head over to www.carrollshelby.comand to learn more about his machines, check out www.shelbyautos.com.