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Hemmings Motor News January 2021

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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in this issue

3 min
predictions for 2021

wildly across America, like murder hornets, celebrity TikTok dances, and Tiger King. I’m certain that in 2021 car events won’t need to be cancelled; fresh paint jobs will be applied quickly, inexpensively and without any hints of orange peel; new tires will never develop slow leaks; and that weird, sputtering hesitation when leaving from a stop sign will have vanished when you drive off in the spring. I predict that everything will be better in 2021, or at least by mid-September 2027 at the very latest. But, just to reassure you that my powers of precognition are as awesome as you already know they are (I can sense that, too), here are a few additional predictions for 2021 that are guaranteed to possibly come true. Maybe. Or not. Realizing that safe, reliable,…

3 min
mixing grease and sawdust

“…sawdust is hardly the sort of thing you want floating around your engine…” In my travels for Hemmings, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some great car people. If they are a representative sample of car collectors out there, I suspect there are a fair share of us that like to dabble in woodworking as much as playing with our cars. The two hobbies share a few fundamental elements. In a world of ever increasing specialization, each brings us back to something very real, not virtual or digital, something that entails the use of our hands—no app needed. Both woodworking and wrenching on cars require very specific, learned movements, where deftness trumps brute force. An array of literature exists for both that can explain in very great detail how it’s done, but…

12 min

Your story in the October issue about the Rodtoberfest Reliability Run in Round Top, New York, represented a moment in time for me. Many at the event were from Upstate’s Tri-City area where my wife and I grew up. As a kid going to St. Mikes in the late ’50s, I had a summer job with Hood Ice Cream out of Ravena. I worked the freezer, but was also called on to make ice cream deliveries to country store customers. The route I had was Round Top and vicinity. I took this refrigerated truck full of ice cream through the mountain roads to Leeds, Cairo, Freehold, Greenville, and as far as Ellenville and New Paltz. Little did I know that my bride lived in Norton Hill then, and, with her brothers…

4 min
motoring news

IN MEMORIAM Neil Martin, car enthusiast, dealer dies at 77 Neil B. Martin, proprietor of the Goldenrod Garage in Freeport, Maine, died October 30 at age 77. The motto of his business: “interesting older autos talked about enthusiastically, bought, sold, traded since 1957” described not just an occupation, but a way of life for the charismatic Maine native. Neil opened his collectible-car dealership, the Goldenrod Garage, in 1978, but the reference to 1957 actually dates back to his first purchase at age 14 — a 1947 Pontiac woodie wagon for which he paid $25. Neil drove the car in the fields around his home, then sold it three months later, netting a tidy profit. A passion was born. “When school came around that fall, I parked the car in the front MANUFACTURER NEWS HUMMER returns as…

4 min
1931 buick model 56c cabriolet

During the early months of 1929, Buick’s board toiled over the idea of lowering the price structure on its line of existing cars, in hopes of bolstering sales without slashing profit margins. Instead, the decision was made to follow the lead of Flint’s corporate cousins and create a new, more affordable car, the Marquette. It was, arguably, the first mistake Buick made, compounded by a series of others: use of an L-head engine nearly identical to Oldsmobile’s, rather than its existing overhead valve powerplant; use of a Hotchkiss drive and semi-floating rear axle versus the existing torque tube, three-quarter-floating axle; and bodies that were virtual carbon copies of Oldsmobile’s. Neither Buick’s dealers nor its customers were enamored with the early-1930 Marquette, which had been rushed into production on June 1, 1929.…

4 min
1964 chevrolet chevy ii nova ss

Corvairs are delightful cars, but they weren’t the right car to capture the compact market in 1960. Instead, the Ford Falcon ran away with the title of America’s favorite compact. As soon as this was evident, General Motors brass greenlit a crash development program to build a back-to-basics Falcon fighter. In 18 months, Chevrolet came up with the Chevy II. Mechanically, it was more similar to the Falcon than it was to any Chevrolet up to that time. The exterior left no question as to its origins, however—especially in high-end Nova trim and when, starting in 1963, fitted with the Super Sport package. When it appeared, the SS was an appearance package for the Nova. For 1963, as for the series’ debut year, Chevy II powerplants were still limited to a 90-hp,…