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Cars & Motorcycles
Hemmings Motor News

Hemmings Motor News

March 2020

Every issue is packed with hundreds of pages of auction news, car profi les, buyer's guides, restoration profiles, technical advice, event coverage, and a classified section that is THE PLACE to find high quality listings of cars, parts, and services for sale.

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12 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
don’t take my word for it

The correct answer was “Chevelle.” But correct answers have never really been my strong suit, particularly when vehicles are involved. Asking me for collector-car-type advice is like asking a Magic 8 Ball to diagnose the sudden numbness in your left arm. Yikes! Should I go to the ER?! Reply hazy. Try again. Reading Richard’s tale of 1969 Camaro disintegration on page 62 of this issue re-re-re-reminded me of my own questionable decision to purchase a 1969 Camaro as my first car. Not that ’69 Camaros are bad, mind you. I highly recommend them, in fact. Just as long as you’re not taking buying advice from me. It all began roughly 35 years ago with an honest, well-meaning suggestion from my uncle — my dad’s younger brother: “There are two old cars for sale…

1 min.
hemmings motor news

PUBLISHER Jonathan Shaw, Director of Product EDITORIAL Terry McGean, Editor-in-Chief Richard Lentinello, Executive Editor Mike McNessor, Editor, Hemmings Motor News Mike Austin, Director of Digital Content, Hemmings Daily Kurt Ernst, Managing Editor Catherine Gee Graney, Managing Editor Thomas A. DeMauro, Senior Editor Matthew Litwin, Senior Editor Mark J. McCourt, Senior Editor David Conwill, Associate Editor Jeff Koch, West Coast Associate Editor Daniel Strohl, Web Editor Edward Heys, Design Editor Judi Dell’Anno, Graphic Designer Joshua Skibbee, Graphic Designer Jim O’Clair, Columnist/Parts Locator Tom Comerro, Editorial Assistant EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Jim Donnelly, Michael Milne ADVERTISING Jennifer Sandquist, Advertising Director DISPLAY SALES Tim Redden, Internet Sales Manager Account Executives: Rowland George, Tim McCart, Lesley McFadden, Heather Naslund, Mark Nesbit, Collins Sennett, Bonnie Stratton Stephanie Sigot, Advertising Coordinator CLASSIFIED SALES Jeanne Bourn, Classified Manager Allen Boulet, Marcus Bowler, Tammy Bredbenner, Mary Brott, Tracy Cory, Nicole Deuel, Whitney LeBlanc, April…

3 min.
the f-body advantage

“If ever you can transform a car into one of your dream cars...” Although I only owned a 1969 Camaro for a few short months (see this issue’s Special Section, page 62), back in the ’90s my daily driver was another GM F-body: a 1984 Pontiac Trans Am. With its H.O. 305-cu.in. V-8, its output was anything but high, but its driving position was the absolute best of any car I have ever owned; ergonomically, it was perfect. Although that ’84 T/A wasn’t the best example of General Motors’ longstanding fine engineering standards, nor was my ’69 Camaro a worthwhile candidate to restore, both cars cemented my view that the F-body, especially the first-generation models of 1967-’69, is the perfect size car. Dimensionally, they aren’t too big or too small; too low…

9 min.

In 1958, when I graduated from Memphis State University (now University of Memphis), Rolls-Royce was advertised as the best car in the world. I wanted the best, but I was more modest — I wanted a Bentley. In the 1970s, I began searching Hemmings Motor News monthly for my car. It took 61 years to buy a Bentley T-2 and it is only 39 years old. Nice car, but I was surprised to note that the speedometer only goes up to 80 mph. I don’t speed anyway. Terry Madison Turner Florissant, Missouri I’ve been driving Corvettes for 50 years and then I saw the new 2020 on page 14 of the December issue of Hemmings. The new Corvette. I had to look up the word “nacelles” and, according to the dictionary, it…

4 min.
motoring news

IN MEMORIAM Racing icon Junior Johnson dies NASCAR driver and former team owner Robert Glenn “Junior” Johnson, 88, passed away December 20. His health had been on the decline and he died peacefully while under hospice care. He was a larger-than-life character who became one of the most influential personalities in NASCAR and one of the first inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. As a moonshiner in and around his hometown of Ronda, North Carolina, Junior built fast cars that could outrun the police when running bootleg whiskey through the local hills. He never got caught, although he was arrested in 1956 for lighting up a family member’s still during a police sting operation. Junior soon realized that he could make a few bucks legally by racing at local tracks like North Wilkesboro…

4 min.
1965 amc rambler american 440-h

We’d wager that if given the choice, few drivers would prefer to pilot apathetic appliances that simply dispatch them to their destinations with as little fanfare as possible. Yet certain financial circumstances, and the availability of low-priced cars with uninspired designs, could lead to that outcome. American Motors, however, demonstrated that just because a car is built to be economical doesn’t mean that it has to be boring. Its relatively sporty 440-H enjoyed the top position in the Rambler American car line from 1963 to ’65. In its final year, special badging, the 125-hp overhead-valve 195.6-cu.in. engine, “wide” reclining bucket seats, and wheel discs were included in its $2,327 base price. Though the 440, 330, and 220 models offered various body styles, the 440-H was only available as a two-door hardtop. Introduced…