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…)
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…)
As is often the case, when Butch Nelson sold a 1955 Chevrolet car project several months ago, that bow tie classic left a four-wheeled hole in his heart. “If wasn’t long before I was getting lonesome and wanted something new,’ said the auto enthusiast. Having owned multiple examples of Tri-5 Chevys, muscle Chevelles (more…)
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…)
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…)
When he set out to build his 1957 Chevrolet 210, Skip Gallagher looked back to combine some of his early motoring memories. (more…)
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…)
Having a significant other on board with your classic machine dreams always makes things go a lot easier. A surefire result is it allows them to participate in the cruising fun, giving you more seat time on the open road, which is exactly where any enthusiast wants to be.
While we were at the downtown Palatine, Illinois cruise night a few weeks ago, we chatted with Brian Bending, the event organizer, who gave us all the details and backstory on the weekly gathering. Naturally, a guy who likes classics enough to take the initiative to organize an event is going to have one cool cruiser himself. (more…)
We always have our eyes and ears open for area in-progress builds and one we stumbled upon recently was this 1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster. The man behind the machine is Skip Gallagher, who is building this cruiser in his Palatine, IL home (more…)
It wasn’t that long ago that we told you about the story of Jerry Coglianese and his 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. To jog your memory, a few years ago Jerry was on the prowl for a bow-tie muscle machine and spied his Butternut Yellow GM dream, after just seeing a corner peaking out from under a car cover in a residential area. Undeterred, Jerry approached the owner and (more…)
Classic car cruises and events are sprouting up all the time here in the Midwest and the newest destination for four-wheeled enthusiasts is in downtown Palatine. Taking place just south of the Metra train station between Palatine Road and Smith Street, the Friday night happening is now in its second week and growing fast. (more…)
While walking around Friday’s Culver’s cruise night in Palatine, we spied this cherry 1968 Pontiac Firebird. With its clean lines and non-nonsense factory treatment, it more than garnered an extra look from us.
We snagged its owner, Ken Pitcher, who had just driven over from nearby Inverness, and chatted to find out a few details about his GM muscle machine.
As we saw with the Sweet Baby Ray’s cruise night, it takes a lot to scare off the area classic car enthusiasts. That repeated itself at the Palatine Culver’s cruise night as rain clouds billowed fast and drops began to fall.
Now in its second year, the event is held once again at the former Menard’s parking lot at 1775 North Rand road. Dozens of cars and spectators rolled in while Monster Boom Box provided all our favorite yesteryear music. The weekly cruise night runs through October 1st so we’ll look forward to many more Friday nights strolling the lot checking out the classic machines. (more…)
When Jerry Coglianese went on the hunt for a classic musclecar, he didn’t need to see much of his soon-to-be-his 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS to identify what it was. All it took was a front corner peeking out from under a cover in a Chicago-area residential garage and the Chevelle enthusiast knew what it was – and that he had to have it. (more…)
When we attended the ‘Back to the Beach’ car show, we didn’t quite know what to expect. Held in the middle of winter and indoors at a local Toyota dealership, we ended up more than pleased with the collection of vintage iron parked at the event.
Nothing jump starts a restoration project quite like seeing a friend’s completed ride. That’s exactly how Dean Gagliardotta got started on his 1966 Ford F100. (more…)
One of the highlights of this year’s Polar Bear Cruise, was stopping by Foreign Car Rebuilders, in Palatine, Illinois. Owner, Milo Iglesias, threw open his doors and let all the rodders and enthusiasts come in, for a time of reuniting with old, and new, friends.
With all the cool machines parked out front, it would have been easy to not have a chance to explore the vehicles inside the shop, making it to the far back corner where a pristine, in-progress 1967 Jaguar XKE 2+2 sat.
He informed us the car has been in the same family since it was purchased new in England in 1967. This most recent overhaul commenced in 2010 with the owners seeking a ‘rally look’ from the 2+2; resulting in ditching the bumpers and any other unnecessary weight.
Power comes by way of a 4.2 OHC inline six-cylinder, mated to a four-speed manual transmission. Stopping responsibilities fall on upgraded Wilwood racing brakes, armed with vented rotors and stainless steel braided hosing. All of this is hidden behind Dunlop wheels at all four corners. For increased performance, heavy duty torsion bars were installed, along with bigger valves and upgraded compression for the engine.
The car was rolled next door to Incuado’s Auto Body for a glossy coat of British Racing Green paint to be applied. You’ll find sumptuous tan leather upholstery in the right-hand drive cabin.
More assembly is required by Milo’s team but we’re told this purring feline is expected to be completed and on the road by June. We can’t wait to see the finished product.
While attending the 2012 ‘Back to the Beach’ Car Show, held at Arlington Toyota in Palatine, Illinois, we had a chance to catch up with a few of the owners for in-depth video interviews on their classic machines.
One such event participant was Tony Liedig, who owns this fully restored 1960 Ford Sunliner. From its glossy, mirror-black paint to its factory-fresh red interior, we knew we had to get a closer look at this stunning drop top.
Spend enough winters in the Mid West and it won’t take long to realize organized classic car events during the cold months are few and far between. That could be why when we caught wind of the ‘Back to the Beach’ classic car show, held at the Arlington Toyota-Scion, in Palatine, Il, we jumped at the chance to see some local vintage iron, all parked in indoor comfort. The beach-themed event occurred this past Saturday, from 6-10 pm and featured live music by the Chicago 60’ & 70’s band “The Legends”, a catered dinner, silent auction and classic car show – all for a nominal fee supporting Northbrook synagogue, Anshe Tikvah.
Here’s the full photo gallery from the event but expect several video walk-arounds on a few of the custom cruisers in the very near future.
It’s been long said ‘You can never have too much of a good thing’ and that idea resonates quite well with Cliff Steif and his love of Chevrolet pickup trucks. He started off with ordering for himself a 2003 SSR, even before they hit dealerships. Before long, that modern cruiser had him yearning for its inspiration – a vintage 1947 3100. In the years since finding one, he’s worked to create two, custom two-toned machines that look oddly similar, despite being decades apart.