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Hemmings Motor News November 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
all hail the homebuilds

The McNessor family’s Hot Rodder in Chief is officially an octogenarian. I used to think it was cute to refer to my father as “the old man,” but after looking in the mirror this morning and not seeing my high-school yearbook portrait staring back, I figure it’s time to knock off the baloney. His latest is a Model A pickup on a full chassis with coilovers, a small-block Chevy for power, etc. It’s a nice rig, he built it entirely himself (save for paint and upholstery) and he really enjoys it. To some, it might seem sacrilegious for a Hemmings staffer to admire anything but Model A’s so stock you can smell Henry Ford’s aftershave on the upholstery. But you don’t want to have that conversation with the guy formerly referred…

4 min
torque versus horsepower

“Our marketplace is like a dyno for your emotions.” Some years back, while on assignment for the “lifestyle” section of a highfalutin finance publication, I was asked to do a story about the currently available cars with the most torque. I wrote an elaborate description of how James Watt calculated (though “guesstimated” might be a better word) that a horse could move 330 pounds of coal 100 vertical feet in 1 minute, thus inventing the term horsepower. It was all very technical about rotational force and time and why the values are equal at 5,252 rpm. As a nonengineer who had had his fill of math by his last year of high school, I was pretty proud of how I was able to convey the concept so succinctly. But a friend in…

18 min

After reading McNessor’s column in the August issue about his time sheltering in place, I figured I would share with Hemmings how our family is working through and enjoying our downtime. During these trying times, our extended family — my wife Marilyn, my two married children, three grandchildren, and one son — has converted my man cave into a drive-in theatre. The cars that are currently at the drive-in are a 1965 International Scout pickup, a 1961 Willys FC150, a 1957 Thunderbird and a 1961 Corvette. We will be rotating in some new vehicles occasionally, for a change in seating. Those include a 1969 MG MGC, a 2003 Chevrolet SSR, a 1959 Morris Minor convertible, and a 1966 Mustang. The man-cave conversion to a drive-in includes central air conditioning/heating, cold drinks, a popcorn…

3 min
motoring news

EVENT NEWS Buick Caballero becomes first postwar car to win AACA Zenith At some point, somebody in New Mexico decided that the best thing to do with a 1958 Buick Caballero was to take it off-roading, never mind the damage they’d do to the chrome-laden luxury four-door hardtop station wagon. The decades that the Caballero weathered the elements afterward only made the damage worse. Yet, with a few years’ worth of work, Joe and Julie Tonietto of Troy, Michigan, transformed the wagon into one capable of winning the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Zenith Award. The Zenith, as its name implies, rewards the best-of-the-best restorations presented at AACA events over the previous year. This year’s competition included 10 cars: the Caballero, Calvin High’s 1933 Auburn 12-165 (that took runner-up), Bill Brunker’s 1967 Pontiac…

3 min
1957 oldsmobile starfire ninety-eight

When Oldsmobile slid the covers off its line of cars for 1957, accompanying promotional literature stated that the division’s 88, Super 88, and Starfire 98 were the cars “that put the accent on you!” It was a short phrase that delivered a broad message to the masses, one that spoke of both power and style, the latter of which bucked rapidly changing visual cues. How so? Rather than follow Detroit’s herd of designers, who had gravitated to increasingly crisp lines and sharp corners, Lansing’s stylists focused on what made their rocket soar since mid-decade: a subtle abundance of an ovoid evolution. Its jet-age presence was seen in the front grille, hood emblem, and — to a small degree — the headlamp bezels. Rear fenders were crowned by rolling tunnels with recessed…

3 min
1976 chevrolet full-size cars

Chevy’s 1976 Caprice and Impala were the automaker’s largest-ever full-size cars. With a 121.5-inch wheelbase and a 222-inch overall length, the big Chevy B-body was also saddled with the weakest standard 350-cubic-inch smallblock engine in history: 145 net horses through two thirsty carburetor barrels. They were out of touch with a post-OPEC American landscape, with powertrains and gear ratios designed to wring every last drop out of a gallon of gas, while still maintaining their massive proportions. New, smaller (yet still full-size) things would come for 1977; the 1976 models were long seen (by collectors, anyway) as a stopgap measure to get Chevy through the selling season. It didn’t do well enough to catch America’s imagination, and it didn’t sell poorly enough to be considered rare. Mix in static from the…