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FEATURE: Morgan 3-Wheeler

2013 Morgan 3-wheelerPassion for heritage is a chief component of any successful modern automaker. Few have gone to the lengths to honor their history quite like British automaker Morgan Motor (more…)


FEATURE: 1967 Plymouth Fury Police Car

This 1967 Plymouth Fury was restored as a police car.

This 1967 Plymouth Fury was restored as a police car.

Chris Hahn grew up spending a lot of his childhood inside a Plymouth police car. It wasn’t a proclivity to be a social nuisance that landed him there, but rather a family member’s (more…)


CRCSE SHOW: 1933 Ford Coupe

This 1933 Ford 3 window coupe was on dispalay at the 2013 Custom Rides Car Show and Expo in Tinley Park, Illinois.

DSC_7520_72This 1933 Ford 3-window coupe might have rattled the cages of blue oval fans who spied the GM-sourced 350ci V8 underhood, but we’re sure they quickly got over their brand (more…)


DREAM GARAGE FEATURE: 1950s Oldsmobile Basement

These classic Oldsmobile cars are stored in a dream garage - in a basement!

These classic Oldsmobile cars are stored in a dream garage - in a basement!

A basement isn’t usually regarded as an impressive area of a family home and certainly not the first spot to take guests. Bob Albrecht’s unfinished basement wouldn’t be particularly noteworthy if it wasn’t for he (more…)


FEATURE: 1928 Ford Model A Pickup & 1930 Ford Model A Town Sedan

This 1928 Ford Model A Pickup and 1930 Ford Model A Town Sedan have been restored and are driven regularly.

This 1928 Ford Model A Pickup and 1930 Ford Model A Town Sedan have been restored and are driven regularly.“If you’re going to have a classic car, you have to drive it. Otherwise, I recommend you collect stamps!” That is the advice Mike Podgorski gives on how our beloved rolling icons should be handled. The Barrington (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: 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…)


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: Halloween Muscle Cars

Halloween Muscle Cars

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…)


CAR SHOW: 1960 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon

This 1960 Chevrolet Bel Air station wagon was unrestored and caught attention at the 2012 Berwyn Route 66 car show in Chicago Illinois.

Unrestored classic Chevrolet wagons are always a treat to see.If you’re like most, some of your fondest motoring memories are cramming in the family station wagon for that long summer roadtrip or local spin to the carnival. We’ve taken a look at some haulers that are meant to haul in a straight line but this 1960 Chevrolet Nomad wagon looks like just the ticket for taking the back roads low and slow, while still carrying a (more…)


FEATURE: 1958 Cadillac Series 86 Hearse

This original 1958 Cadillac Series 86 combination hearse served in Michigan for many years.

This original 1958 Cadillac Series 86 combination hearse served in Michigan for many years.As a fourth-generation funeral director, it’s only natural that Doug Ahlgrim, along with his wife Sandy, would be readily open to purchasing something as otherworldly as a stately 1958 Cadillac Series 86 hearse. (more…)


FEATURE: Chevrolet Cruising Family

This group of restored classic Chevrolets is owned by one cruising family.

This group of restored classic Chevrolets is owned by one cruising family.

Most parents consider it imperative to pass on core family values to their children. Not only does this give the younger generation a feeling of identity, but it also honors the family’s timeless traditions. (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: 1949 Mercury Custom

A roadside fire destroyed this 1949 Mercury custom.

A roadside fire destroyed this 1949 Mercury custom. Ancient mythology tells of a sacred fire bird that, at the end of its life, ignites its nest to be taken up in flames. When the blaze burns down, a new offspring emerges. Chicago-area auto enthusiasts Don and Debbie Wallin have a rolling phoenix that, through hard work and determination, was raised from the ashes (more…)


PROJECT CAR: 1940s Ford COE Truck

This 1940s cab over engine Ford looks like a great restoration project.

This 1940s cab over engine Ford looks like a great restoration project.We didn’t get a chance to catch up with whoever was hauling this 1940s cab over engine Ford work truck, but from what we saw, it looks to be a more than solid foundation for the start of an awesome new project vehicle. The vintage hauler was spied out (more…)


FEATURE: 1931 Chevrolet Deluxe Sport Coupe

This Harvard Crimson 1931 Chevrolet Deluxe Sport was fully restored, after being nothing more than a parts car.

This Harvard Crimson 1931 Chevrolet Deluxe Sport was fully restored, after being nothing more than a parts car.

When Russ Regnier first saw his 1931 Chevrolet Deluxe Sport Coupe, it “was more of a parts car than something to restore.” (more…)


SHOW: Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show

Service vehicles were parked at the 2012 Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle show.

Service vehicles were parked at the 2012 Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle show.

Dive into the exciting and diverse world of classic and collector vehicles, and you’ll find loyal fans for every conceivable mode of vintage transportation. You may even be surprised to find there’s a die-hard following for emergency vehicles. (more…)


CAR SHOWS: Great Lakes, IL VA Hospital

Classic cars were parked at the Great Lakes Naval Station VA hospital 12th annual car show.

Classic cars were parked at the Great Lakes Naval Station VA hospital 12th annual car show.When you go to an excess number of judged car shows, before long you’ll become too focused on one thing — going home with a sparkling new trophy. This can cause you to lose sight of one of the main tenants of the collector car hobby: showing your ride for the enjoyment of others. (more…)


PROJECT CAR: 1952 International L-Series Truck

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This 1952 International L-series pickup looks to be a solid restoration project.

Many may know of the reputation International Harvester has for building farm and construction equipment but for a number of years, the Illinois-based company built numerous light-duty pickup trucks. One such model line was the L-series, which included trucks with a cargo capacity ranging from 1,600 lbs. to 4700 lbs.

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FEATURE: Barrington, Illinois Concours d’Elegance

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It can be quite a chore to find decent driving spaces in the Chicago area — far enough away from the concrete jungle so you momentarily forget you live in one of the nation’s largest cities. A popular destination is the quaint town of Barrington. (more…)


FEATURE: 1978 VW Bus

This 1978 VW Bus has undergone a 10 year restoration.

This 1978 VW Bus has undergone a 10 year restoration.

The first question most people are dying to ask when they spy Jack Connelly pull up in his 1978 VW Bus is, “Do you go camping in it?” (more…)


CRUISE NIGHT: Downtown Barrington, Illinois

Downtown Barrington, Illinois's classic car cruise has been taking place for 9 years.

Downtown Barrington, Illinois's classic car cruise has been taking place for 9 years.Tucked away in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago is the quaint town of Barrington and every summer Thursday night, the classic cars come rolling in for the village’s weekly cruise. With its tranquil, tree-lined setting, easily accessible boutique shops and casual dining, this event is one draws automotive enthusiasts from all over. (more…)


FEATURE: 1956 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup

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Pete Zopel’s radical 1956 Chevrolet 3100 pickup project all started because of something he calls a ‘bucket list motor’.  “I have swapped engines in and out of cars before but never really built something entirely from scratch. That’s exactly what I did with this one – I built it just the way I wanted, using all my ideal components. It was just something I wanted to do before I ‘kicked the bucket’. (more…)


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