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Cars-On-Line Newsletter April 12 2024

Apr 12, 2024
When Larry Shinoda penned the final design touches on the new Boss 351 little did he know it would be the swan song for the venerable Boss legacy. The new Boss 351 Mustang for 1971…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter April 5 2024

Apr 5, 2024
The diminutive American Motors Corporation was determined to build muscle cars like the Big Three back in the muscle car era. By 1970 they came out with a car which they simply called The Machine.…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter March 29 2024

Mar 29, 2024
Howard “Dutch” Darrin was an inventor and automotive designer extraordinaire who would often hobnob with Hollywood celebrities who wanted their vehicles custom modified. Having learned much about European coachbuilding while he worked in France, he…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter March 22 2024

Mar 22, 2024
How do you appraise the value of celebrity ownership on a classic muscle car? This week Merlin Auto Group out of Atlanta, Georgia listed a 1969 Chevelle Big Block Convertible which was owned by legendary…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter March 15 2024

Mar 15, 2024
From a side view you can see how the 1934 Hudson Terraplane perfected the art deco design that was all the rage in that period of history. With its muscular stance, the Terreplane was actually…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter March 8 2024

Mar 8, 2024
One of the most sought after collector cars of all time is the Shelby 427 Cobra. There is a reason why it is the most replicated car in the collector car hobby. The 427 Cobra…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter March 1 2024

Mar 1, 2024
There is considerable banter between historians about which American made car was the first two-seater sports car produced here in the U.S. Was it the Chevrolet Corvette or did Kaiser beat Chevrolet to the punch…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter February 23 2024

Feb 23, 2024
You can argue about which muscle cars are the most powerful, fastest or most race worthy, but there is little doubt that the most stunningly visual car to come out of the muscle car era…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter February 16 2024

Feb 16, 2024
Seldom seen and incredibly rare, we came across a 1956 GMC Suburban Carrier classic 1950’s pickup truck yesterday when it was listed by Legendary Motorcars, one of the top restoration facilities in North America. As…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter February 9 2024

Feb 9, 2024
The Dodge Challenger T/A and its cousin, the Plymouth AAR Cuda, were born of the same era in Mopar racing history. The T/A and AAR Cuda were purpose built from the factory to compete with…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter February 2 2024

Feb 2, 2024
One of the rarest of all American sports cars is the 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code with a supercharged 312 ci V8 engine, the hottest engine in America for its day. We discovered this rare Bird…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter January 26 2024

Jan 26, 2024
If you were to ask automotive historians which cars would be on their Top 10 list of all time, the Mercedes-Benz 500 K Roadster would likely be at the top of those lists.  For decades…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter January 19 2024

Jan 19, 2024
Uuwhhhh, you won’t see one of these very often. A rarest of the rare Poncho, 1962 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty, was restored by one of the masters. It has a solid lifter 421 ci V8…

Cars-On-line-Newsletter-January-12-2024

Jan 12, 2024
Dodge had quite a reputation for making great trucks during World War II so their truck business thrived following the war. They were known for their tough, durable design, advanced technology and powerful performance. The…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter January 5 2024

Jan 5, 2024
With AI (artificial intelligence) being the top buzz word for 2023, you can’t turn around without running into someone telling us how AI will be the next big trendy thing in our world. How does…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter December 22 2023

Dec 22, 2023
Not to be outdone in the big block wars of 1970, Chevrolet introduced their best “grocery getter” of all time when they came out with the Chevelle SS LS6 with the monster 454 ci V8…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter December 15 2023

Dec 15, 2023
With a rich racing heritage, the Saleen S7 was the culmination of years of racing design and experience. While Saleen Automtive, Inc. (headed by Steve Saleen) was involved with producing a few Saleen S7-R examples…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter December 8, 2023

Dec 8, 2023
Sometimes the value in a top end collector car is in how it was brought back to life. Do you know how many beautifully restored cars never get driven and waste away in storage? Here…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter December 1 2023

Dec 1, 2023
We have a rare one for you this week. Lost in the background of top collector cars here is an opportunity for our readers to get up close and familiar with a 1962 Ford Thunderbird…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter November 23 2023

Nov 23, 2023
Custom built show cars and trucks have always been treasured finds among car collectors. That is especially true when some big name California custom builders are involved in the restoration. Californians may have seen this…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter November 17 2023

Nov 17, 2023
Yesterday a beautiful classic 1950’s convertible was listed in our Buick Section that is so rare and hard-to-find that we had to show it to you here. This is a 1954 Buick Roadmaster Series 75C…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter November 10 2023

Nov 10, 2023
A little reported part of our automotive history is how the Lincoln brand became a competitor in the luxury car market with Cadillac and Packard. There was a dispute between Henry Leland, the Cadillac founder,…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter – November 3 2023

Nov 3, 2023
The term “restomod” is the most over worked word in the collector car lexicon.  By definition it is called a “restomod” when it looks classic original, but runs like a modern day high performance super…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter October 27 2023

Oct 27, 2023
Threatened by Chevrolet’s Cameo Carrier Pickup trucks, Dodge knew it had to compete with them in the “passenger friendly” half-ton pickup market. Their “Sweptside” pickup series emerged in 1957 and it changed how pickup trucks…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter October 20 2023

Oct 20, 2023
A 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator is a rare and desirable classic muscle car in its own right. But the car you see displayed here is light years beyond that. This is an incredible find, being…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter October 13 2023

Oct 13, 2023
There is a 1969 Dodge Charger Hemi R/T in the Cars-On-Line New Listings this week. It will have all Mopar collectors drooling. This is the ultimate Mopar muscle car. Only one problem. The seller is…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter October 6, 2023

Oct 6, 2023
When American Motors came out with the Rebel Machine in 1970 it was their statement that they were in the Muscle Car Wars with the Big Three auto makers. The base price on this amazing…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter September 29, 2023

Sep 29, 2023
Ferrari sports cars from the 1960’s are almost untouchable as values continue to go up. But now we are also seeing later model Ferrari offerings increase rapidly in price. Although they produced over 10,000 of…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter September 22, 2023

Sep 22, 2023
Take a look at our Pierce-Arrow Section on the Cars-On-Line.com website and you will notice how the American automobile was evolving. By 1935 the Pierce-Arrow was to become an elegant touring machine, long known for…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter Sept 15, 2023

Sep 15, 2023
Although it was quite unintentional on Pontiac’s part, their introduction of the Trans Am in 1969 was the best kept secret in automotive history. Pontiac literally only ran two ads about the Trans Am prior…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter Sept 8, 2023

Sep 8, 2023
Few cars live in our imaginations like the Chi-Town Hustler, a nitro-fueled Funny Car that ran dragstrips all across the country from the 1960’s through the 1980’s. You may have seen it more recently at…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter – Sept 1, 2023

Sep 1, 2023
By the turn of the decade Plymouth was phasing out the old and ringing in the new. They replaced the Belvedere with the Fury as top-of-the-line. With Virgil Exner’s designs, the Fury came of age…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter August 25, 2023

Aug 25, 2023
Chevy collectors know life began at Chevrolet in 1955 when the Bel Air got a huge facelift and the results were so spectacular that Chevrolet sold 1.8 million cars between the 150, 210 and Bel…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter – August 18, 2023

Aug 18, 2023
It is a little known fact that it was Volkswagen that brought back the revered Bugatti name to prominence in 2006. Volkswagen, in fact, reset the clock on exotic super cars when they came out…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter August 11, 2023

Aug 11, 2023
All muscle car enthusiasts seem to agree that the 1971 Plymouth Cuda was very possibly the most beautiful muscle car design of all time. Perfect from its gills in the front to its muscular haunches…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter July 28, 2023

Jul 27, 2023
It was a time when small automakers could emerge and make it big. In the period between 1909 and 1912, a small automotive manufacturer called E-M-F moved into second place behind only Ford to make…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter July 21, 2023

Jul 21, 2023
Fun facts! Sometimes unusual things happened at the Ford factory that they did not want the general public to know about. The 1951 Ford F-3 Truck which you see here was sent by Ford to…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter July 14, 2023

Jul 14, 2023
The opus of the muscle car, where it all began … almost everyone is in agreement that it was with the advent of Pontiac’s GTO that the muscle car movement came to be. Before it…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter July 7, 2023

Jul 6, 2023
The jury was still out when Chevrolet’s 1954 Corvette showed up in dealer showrooms across the U.S. Did it fullfill the pent up demand for a two-seater sports car in the American landscape? There is…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter June 30, 2023

Jun 29, 2023
Every custom car collector’s dream is to own a legendary show car. After years of custom fabrication and endless hours of wet sanding and polishing to perfection, a show quality custom will impress show goers…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter June 23, 2023

Jun 23, 2023
426 Hemi Mopar muscle cars are the ones all others are judged by. If you want to give respect to an engine you compare it with the Elephantine Hemi. Just mentioning the word “Hemi” in…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter June 16, 2023

Jun 16, 2023
Carroll Shelby must have been mystified when everyone wanted his rare little Cobras and Mustang Shelby muscle cars. Probably the worst part was that everybody was making money off his name … everybody except him.…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter June 9, 2023

Jun 9, 2023
Before Carroll Shelby’s Cobras and Jim Hall’s Chaparrals there was an American racer and car builder named Bob Carnes who built amazing race cars out of his shop in Colorado. They called them Bocars, and…

Cars-Online-Newsletter-June-2-2023

Jun 2, 2023
We think of classic Camaro 427’s as iconic cars to be cherished today. But back in the day, they were born to race and get beat up at the dragstrips. Finding one with low miles…

Cars-On-Line-Newsletter-May-26-2023

May 26, 2023
Is there any car more popular in the American collector car market than a ’57 Chevy Convertible? This should not offend anyone but the car most collectors would chose over a ’57 Chevy is the…

Cars-Online-Newsletter-May-19-2023

May 19, 2023
A few cars in automotive history have achieved a folk lure level of notariety that you might call legendary. The 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird is one of those cars. It was what brought Richard Petty…

Cars-Online-Newsletter-May-12-2023

May 12, 2023
When an everyday muscle car met up with this 1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV at the track it would leave them in its exhaust. You could put a “Bye, Bye!” sign in the back…

Cars-Online-Newsletter-May-5-2023

May 5, 2023
Historians will tell you that some of the most beautiful cars ever made were built in the 1930’s as the country was just coming out of a recession.  In those days Packard commanded a brand…

Cars-Online-Newsletter-April-28-2023

Apr 28, 2023
We can’t be in denial over it any longer. It looks like the pro touring and resto mod muscle cars are taking over the collector car market. It might be a sign of spring, or…

Cars-Online-Newsletter-April-21-2023

Apr 21, 2023
It is interesting to follow the trends of how a collector car gets “hot” in the hobby car market. We’ve all had that experience at a classic car auction when a particular car or truck…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter April 14,2023

Apr 14, 2023
Pontiac collectors know how rare it is to find a 1948 Pontiac Streamliner 8 Woody Wagon, one of a woody collectors most cherished finds. It was the last year that Pontiac built a full wood…

Cars-Online-Newsletter-April-7-2023

Apr 7, 2023
While Ford Motor Company was busy developing the Cougar as its Pony car for Mercury, the Mercury Cyclone, in its various versions, was tearing up dragstrips and raceways all over the country.   This week…

Cars-On-Line Newsletter March 31, 2023

Mar 31, 2023
Once in a while Detroit really gets it right. In 1969, when Chevrolet designed the Camaro, that body style, with just the right curvaceous styling and trim, is one for the ages. And as good…

Cars-Online-Newsletter-March-24-2023

Mar 22, 2023
If you’ve been looking for a nice Chevy Nova as a hobby car recently you probably have noticed that they are being bought up as fast as they are advertised. We can’t keep them in…

Cars-Online-Newsletter-March-17-2023

Mar 17, 2023
Although the Chevrolet Impala was one of the most popular cars of all time, collectors are most enamored of the Super Sport version. After 1965 the Impala turned into a larger sedan sized car and…

Cars-Online-Newsletter-March-10-2023

Mar 10, 2023
Have you noticed lately that some of the muscle cars you took for granted are now getting harder to find? We’ve been watching the trends and have noticed that 1964-1972 Chevy Novas, 1969-1970 Plymouth Road…

Cars-Online-Newsletter-March-3-2023

Mar 2, 2023
There is a great controversy over which U.S. automotive manufacturer was the first to produce a two-seater sports roadster to compete with the British and European sports car makers. Chevrolet and Kaiser both claim to…

Cars-On-Line-Newsletter-February-24-2023

Feb 24, 2023
There’s a reason why classic 1950’s American cars are sought after all over the world by car collectors. They are considered as rolling art forms. Not only were they drenched in chrome, but companies such…

Cars-Online-Newsletter-February-17-2023

Feb 17, 2023
What is there about the stylish Lincoln Zephyr that so captures the imagination? Custom builders can’t get enough of them. They are always coming up with ways to accentuate the classic lines of these elegant…

Cars-Online-Newsletter-February-10-2023

Feb 10, 2023
Buick’s 50th Anniversary was in 1953 when GM promoted their Motorama Tour all over the U.S. They came out with the Skylark model which was only available in a convertible. It was Buick’s ultimate statement…

Cars-Online-Newsletter-February 3, 2023

Feb 3, 2023
If innovation and quality were the hallmarks for the Packard Motor Company, then they may have been its downfall as well. But in 1953, the vaunted Packard was still the best in class with Cadillac,…

Cars-Online-Newsletter-January-27-2023

Jan 27, 2023
Studebaker had been making rolling carriages since they first produced the Conestoga Wagons. They knew something about engineering rugged vehicles. That’s why many Studebaker historians think the company may have produced some of the best…

Cars-Online-Newsletter-January-20-2023

Jan 20, 2023
When Plymouth retired the Belvedere name, it was replaced by their Fury model. In 1960 it became the top-o-the-line model with Virgil Exner giving it his special design touches. It almost looked like a space…

Cars-Online-Newsletter-January-13-2023

Jan 12, 2023
The year 1968 was a big year for Ford Motor Company. They came out with their new 302 small block motor and it was featured in Mustangs and Cougars and with cars such as this…

Cars-Online-Newsletter-Jan-6-2023

Jan 6, 2023
Every once in a decade a car manufacturer goes beyond the pale to produce a car so ahead of its time that it becomes legend from the gitgo. They say the design staff at the…