2005 Ford Mustang Saleen S281 ‘Barricade’ from Transformers

Michael Stragand is no stranger to Mustangs. Yet this enthusiast recently had his pony-car passion transformed in a big way. He’s owned nearly a dozen versions of Ford’s darling sports coupe, so he was in the know when word broke that the first “Transformer” film was in production using three 2005 Saleen S281 ‘stangs.

1970 Chevy Chevelle LS6

The classic car community is  always eager to help each other out. That’s why we figured we would see if we can lend a hand to enthusiast Mike R. He’s trying to track down some history on his 1970 Chevy Chevelle LS6. Here’s what he had to say: “I’m hoping you can help me in […]

Fast & Furious: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS & 1984 Buick Grand National

It would sure take a lot to be like Vin Diesel. Chris Ingrassia may not have the rippling biceps of this Hollywood hunk, but he does emulate one aspect of Diesel’s action-packed life: his driving. Ingrassia owns two vehicles as tough as Diesel, both driven in the filming of “Fast & Furious,” the fourth installment […]

1967 Pontiac Ventura

Jim Lindberg’s 1967 Pontiac Ventura may look factory fresh now but much of its life has been drastically different. After being assembled in Kansas City, the massive two-door was shipped to Welter Pontiac in South Bend, Ind., where a local buyer bought the Ventura with a specific vision: competing on the show circuit.

1967 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon

Doctors have a certain knack for prescribing antidotes that soothe and relieve — both for patients, as well as themselves. In the fall of 1967, a certain Arkansas pediatrician was suffering from an acute case of automotive blues. A shiny new Airstream trailer was parked in his driveway. He was in need of a big, […]

2014 World of Wheels

The World of Wheels car show is a Chicago-area event that truly lives up to its name. This auto celebration is now in it’s 52nd year and attracts all earthly species of rolling, engine-powered machinery. The show took place over the weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont and no matter an […]

1949 Ford F-1 Pickup Truck

Creating a custom vehicle is not for the faint of heart. We’re often our harshest critic, making it quite difficult — if not impossible — to craft a masterpiece that turns out just right on the very first try. Faithful readers of this column have met Hank Groves of Woodstock, who built a pair of […]

1959 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible

Each day in 1959 when a much younger Ron Rufo left his family’s home in downtown Chicago, he was greeted with a smile-inducing sight: his neighbor’s new Pontiac Catalina. “I loved it from the first time I saw it,” Rufo said. “I always remembered how distinct and attractive the wide-track body was.”

Gail Wise, 1964 Ford Mustang: 2014 Chicago Auto Show

We first bumped into Gail Wise and her 1964 Ford Mustang at the 2013 Barrington Concours d’Elegance and right away we knew she had a special ride. We went on to feature it last fall and weren’t surprised to see in the following months as she quickly gained national attention. For those unfamiliar with the […]

1969 Pontiac Trans Am Firebird

Simply put, Pontiac created the 1969 Trans Am Firebird to inspire. It was built to conjure up high-octane feelings in buyers who would imagine themselves whizzing around a sinewy SCCA track, throttle wide open and checkered flag waving. No one had these sensations welling inside them quite like a young Scott Shaffer. He was in […]

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