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Hemmings Motor News February 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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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
the art of the do-over

Back in olden times, you might’ve wasted an entire Sunday afternoon driving around town to find adorable pet photos, inspirational quotes, angry bickering, and shameless self aggrandizement. But today, social media provides convenient one-stop shopping for all of those things and much, much, more. (Hey, that’s some tasty-looking goulash. Thanks for posting so many poorly composed smartphone photos of it!) Recently, while browsing the inspirational quote aisle on one of the social networks, I came across a chestnut posted by a fellow old-car enthusiast. It went: “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” Google mostly attributes those words to Hall of Fame basketball player and coach, John Wooden. But the person posting it on social media was relating the quote…

3 min
time for a little rehab

“…this old Bimmer is approaching eligibility for the automotive equivalent of AARP membership.” You can do everything the way you’re supposed to in life: exercise regularly, eat reasonably well, and try to moderate your vices. But, make no mistake, one day you will reach across the table for that latest issue of AARP’s magazine and you will inevitably pull a muscle or blow a tendon. It’s all but an incontrovertible rule of life. Recovery times will be measured in weeks or months, no longer mere days. Even after physical therapy, your magazine-grabbing muscles may never again be the same. Back pain (where the hell did that come from?), failing eyesight — they all creep up on you so slowly, you barely notice them. Stuff just wears out. The same goes for cars:…

10 min

Seems like all the buzz lately has been that the younger folks aren’t interested in old cars and our hobby is dying. Our grandson Drew (“The Drewster”) just turned four and got a new “cool ride” for his birthday. Now that he’s stylin’, he decided he’d do a little work on his truck to get it up to snuff. I think our hobby is going to be just fine. Brad and Patti Merriman Via email What a nice surprise I found on page 32 of the November issue of Hemmings: that big gold air cleaner with those magic words “Electronic Fuel Injection” looking back at me. My best friend’s grandfather bought a Cadillac new in 1977, and used it as a summer car to drive to the cottage until around 1995. During the winter…

4 min
motoring news

IN MEMORIAM Professional Car Society three-term president Tony Karsnia, 1971-2020 Anthony “Tony” Karsnia was born into a funeral service family, so perhaps it’s no surprise that he developed a fascination with professional cars as a child. He joined The Professional Car Society at age 14, and would go on to establish the PCS Northland Chapter, assist in the founding of two others, and would eventually become the organization’s first three-term president, serving from 2014 to 2020. Karsnia Karsnia died unexpectedly at home on November 2, at age 49. Karsnia’s early career was spent with United Coach hearse sales and Johnson-Williams Funeral Car Service in Minneapolis, Minnesota, before he became the business manager for a mortuary in St. Paul. Later, he earned a degree in Mortuary Science from the University of Minnesota and worked…

4 min
1969 american motors rebel raider

Regional specialty car programs lured curious potential customers into dealer showrooms by promising an exclusive offering, often at a tempting price. Even if consumers didn’t ultimately buy that particular vehicle, it still got them in the door so a savvy salesperson could seize the opportunity to sell them a different one. These packages normally consisted of a group of options added to an existing model, as well as a catchy name announced with decals or emblems, and possibly special stripes and/or paint colors to make the creation standout further. Some of these distinctive rides went on to become widely known beyond their geographical points of sale, while others were seemingly lost to time. In 1969, New York and New Jersey-area American Motors Rambler dealers offered the “Raider.” Based on the unit-body midsize…

2 min
1946-’48 mercury sedan coupe

It’s always seemed a bit unfair how, on the whole, Ford cars have maintained much greater recognition and desirability than their upmarket Mercury counterparts, in spite of the mid-priced cars’ more opulent trimmings and greater power. This disconnect remains when examining the early postwar Mercury lineup, which—save for passionate marque enthusiasts like those belonging to the International Mercury Owners Association — is largely forgotten today, compared to equivalent mass-market Fords. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, when it comes to assessing the values of Mercurys like the 1946 through 1948 Sedan Coupe, which has long represented a fine value in the classic car marketplace. As did the competition from General Motors and Chrysler, Ford’s newly formed Lincoln-Mercury Division rolled out lightly revised cars for the 1946 model year. The new…