FEATURE: Chassis Upgrade – Schwartz Performance & Roadster Shop

Replacing a chassis on a vintage cruiser or classic muscle car is neither cheap nor easy. But the nimble ride that results leaves enthusiasts with a newfound passion for driving. When it comes to vehicle restorations, the frame is a foundation upon which all is rebuilt. Two area experts, Phil Gerber and Jeff Schwartz, know […]

ON THE ROAD: 1971 Oldsmobile 442

It wasn’t that long that we were up at the Volo Auto Museum working on a special feature. While on the grounds, our eyes caught sight of this gorgeous 1971 Oldsmobile 442. We can’t be sure if it’s up for sale, in on a trade or just an eager to drive owner stopping by. At […]

DREAM GARAGES: ‘Mr. Ed’ Schoenthaler Collection

If you were in the market to go fast during the 1960s, help came in the form of Mr. Ed. Not to be confused with the popular equine, Ed Schoenthaler was a top-selling salesman who dealt strictly in V-8 horsepower. He worked at Brigance Chevrolet in Oak Park from 1965 to 1970. “The nickname came […]

FEATURE: 1963 Dodge D200 – ‘Superman: Man of Steel’

Major motion pictures highlight vehicles in a special way. So much so that it isn’t uncommon for auto enthusiasts to forget dialogue, plots and even characters’ names and instead leave the theater wishing they were cruising home in something cool they just saw on the silver screen. Well, now some area moviegoer will do just […]

FEATURE: Morgan 3-Wheeler

Passion 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 Co. In 1910 the brand’s founder, Henry Fredrick Stanley Morgan, placed the success of his company on a three-wheeled automobile. The iconic vehicle gained popularity with the […]

CRCSE SHOW: Custom Rides Car Show and Expo, Tinley Park IL

It’s no secret that during the winter months in the Midwest, the active cruising scene grinds to a halt. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t vintage and custom auto action. One show that keeps Chicago-area enthusiasts busy during the chilly season is the Custom Rides Car Show and Expo, held at the Tinley Park Convention […]

FEATURE: Midwest Movie Cars

While very few of us are destined to become the next Hollywood star, it is quite possible that your four-wheeled creation may one day cruise across the silver screen. The transition from rolling to your favorite burger joint to parking on a major motion picture set may seem intimidating. Yet that’s where the Midwest Picture […]

PROJECT CAR: 1939 Packard Sedan

There’s really no telling what banished this half-finished project to a curb full of weeds. It may have been funds running out, a builder in over his head or just a plain lack of interest but either way, we’ll never know. We spied the primered 1939 Packard sedan in northern Illinois, not far from the […]

FEATURE: 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger & ‘OE Gold’ Level Collection

It wouldn’t surprise you to learn that John Borzych’s 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger spent time locked up in an impound lot before the Northwest Indiana resident found the classic. With it’s near 200mph top speed it’s more than plausible that some wild lead foot owner decided to have a go at it and unleash all […]

FEATURE: 1987 Buick Grand National

During the heyday of the American muscle-car craze, the Detroit mantra for horsepower was “Bigger is always better.” Then big changes started occurring in the 1970s as a reaction to rising gas prices, higher inflation and steeper insurance premiums. Performance fell out of favor with the car-buying public during this time of uncertainty. However, a […]

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