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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1954 Oldsmobile 98 custom


Even without any provenance attached to it, this 1954 Oldsmobile 98 custom for sale on Hemmings.com is a good glimpse at how regular joes went about customizing their rides in the late Fifties.

“The only Ford GT40 Mk IV caught in a snowstorm” to appear at the 20th Greenwich Concours d’Elegance


Jim Glickenhaus’s 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV, chassis J6. Photo courtesy Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. Jim Glickenhaus is passionate about driving the cars in his collection, so much so that his Ford GT40 Mk IV, chassis J6, has racked up over 50,000 miles in street driving since his acquisition of the car in 1990.

Herbies hit the block – “The Love Bug Collection” sells in Indianapolis


One of the NASCAR Herbies from the 2005 film Herbie: Fully Loaded. Photos courtesy Mecum Auctions. Even those with little interest in racing can recognize the white Volkswagen Beetle with red and blue stripes, wearing the number 53 in its meatball, as “Herbie, the Love Bug.” The star of six Disney motion pictures, countless Volkswagen Beetles have been modified over the years to portray the anthropomorphic automobile, and screen-used examples tend to command impressive prices at auction.

From the Toolbox #7


This week’s stumper is a pair of specialty pliers designed for a specific purpose. It performs a function that is seldom necessary today.

Before the Cobra, the A.C. Ace – the world’s most copied sports car design


Photography by the author. No wonder Carroll Shelby was smitten by the Ace when he first saw one. This British-built automobile has that perfect sports car look, with a simple, unspoiled shape that is pure beauty.

Paris, 1950s


Though he found it at a site dedicated to photos of cars in the Sixties, Ronan at Ran When Parked believes this photo of Paris’s Place de la Concorde dates to the late Fifties, and we’re not inclined to object to his assessment.

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1973 Volvo P1800ES


Volvo’s two-door sport wagon, the P1800ES, was the final variation of its P1800 model line. Launched in 1972 and built for just two model years, the 1800ES, designed by Jan Wilsgaard, blends the stunning good looks of Pelle Petterson’s coupe with the do-it-all sensibility of a compact wagon.

Bonneville racers accuse BLM of dragging its feet after plans for further salt flats study


Photo by ceajaegirl. After Bureau of Land Management officials urged patience and recommended another study of the shrinking salt at last week’s Bonneville Salt Flats summit in Salt Lake City, racers in attendance at the summit said they felt undermined by the bureau and that bureau officials weren’t acting fast enough to save the historic speedway.

Huge gathering of historic race cars set for Indy this week


Mario Andretti’s 1965 Brawner Hawk, recently restored by Ray Evernham, will be in the field. Photos courtesy IMS.

Mr. Bacon, your 1958 Jeep calendar is here


A friend of mine who knows I’m into Jeeps (redundant, I know – any friend of mine knows I’m into Jeeps) was recently cleaning out a garage just north of here and came across this neat mailer that Jeep sent out almost 60 years ago.

RIP, Bill “The Leadslinger” Hines, 1922-2016


Photo by Sondre Kvipt, courtesy Kustomrama. Bill Hines had been around in the auto customizing scene for so long and remained so active it seemed as though he was immortal.

Hartford, Connecticut, 1950s


Scattered among the collection of Hartford photos that Joe Sokola sent us are these three with color casts that appear to date them to the Sixties, but without a Sixties vehicle to be found.

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1962 Plymouth Fury


The styling of this 1962 Plymouth Fury for sale on Hemmings.com – like pretty much every other 1962 Fury – is so compelling, it’s easy to overlook the fact that it’s a four-door (a four-door hardtop, no less), that it’s a Canadian-market car with the Dodge interior, and that it’s had a few minor upgrades to the engine and chassis for daily drivability.

Automotive Hall of Fame to induct safety advocate Ralph Nader


Photo courtesy Nader.org. He may never have owned or driven a car, but Ralph Nader has had an undisputed influence on the development of the automobile over the last 50 years, and it’s for that influence the Automotive Hall of Fame has selected the automotive safety advocate as a member of its class of 2016.

Dallara IndyCar, signed by nearly 250 Indy 500 drivers, heads to auction for charity


2011 Dallara IndyCar, “The Stinger.” Photos courtesy of Window World. Project sponsor Window World calls the yellow and black 2011 Dallara IndyCar “The Stinger,” in honor of the similar-liveried Marmon Wasp that won the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911.

Ford’s latest Shelby GT350 is a Mustang worthy of the name


2016 Ford Shelby GT350R. Photos by author. It was no coincidence that a 1965 Shelby G.T. 350 R sat center stage at Ford’s “Track Tour” introduction of the latest Mustang to carry that hallowed name.

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado


Oldsmobile’s Toronado began life as a design sketch that was never intended to go beyond the “what if” stage.

Hemmings Sunday Cinema – torture testing with Mini, Plymouth, Mr. Majestyk


The theme for today’s Sunday Cinema: flat-out wheels-off-the-ground abuse-it-half-to-death take-a-lickin-and-keep-on-ticking torture testing.

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1967 Triumph TR4A


In case you haven’t been paying attention, in the past five years or so Sunbeam Tiger prices have climbed into the stratosphere, and Shelby Cobra prices have been there for a long, long time.

Four-Links – Midnight Modern, Oz Jeeps, W8 K70, VIN issues


Photographer Tom Blachford’s Midnight Modern series expertly pairs mid-century modern architecture found throughout Palm Springs, California, with automobiles representative of the mid-century era, all shot under a full moon.


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