Old Cars Weekly October 1, 2021

For the collectible automobile enthusiast, Old Cars Weekly is your #1 source for restoration advice, classifieds, historical features, antique car prices, show calendars and more. Covers the field of collectible automobiles-classic touring cars/roadsters of the early 1900s to muscle cars of the '60s and '70s. Contains news on collector cars, restoration tips, auction results, and car shows. Classified marketplace puts sellers of collectible automobiles and hard-to-find parts in touch with car enthusiasts. Also contains thoroughly researched price checks, so you know what vehicle values are on the rise

United States
Active Interest Media
24 期号


hop in a most unwelcome barn find

Many people dream of discovering a “barn find” — a long-neglected treasure that’s been hidden for years, maybe decades, waiting for the right person (them) to rediscover it. Not me. Sure, there’s a certain romance to the thought of uncovering a desirable, near-forgotten car and maybe even buying it for pennies on the dollar, but I know what a barn find often looks like, and I prefer a long-beloved, never-forgotten car that’s never been neglected. I know, because I officially have a barn find. For the last eight years, maybe longer, the 1955 Cadillac Coupe deVille project car that I bought when I was 16 years old has been parked in a friend’s barn. The car was never supposed to be parked there for that long, but time has a way…

sound your horn

Buick Reatta and an Old Cars first The story on the Buick Reatta in the Aug. 15 issue reminded me of our first encounter with the car. In the fall of 1987, I traveled to the AACA National Meet at Hershey, Pa., with the Old Cars staff. At that time, Buick fans were anxiously awaiting the mid-model-year introduction of the Reatta. Predictive sketches of the new car had been published by then, but Buick was doing a good job of being secretive about actual photos and details. There was a lot of chatter about the Reatta and all of the “big” car magazines such as Motor Trend and Car and Driver were salivating to learn more or to get actual photos. Our esteemed Old Cars Price Guide Editor Ken Buttolph was also in…

reader wheels

Nancy and Richard Black are the owners and caretakers of this fabulous 1950 Ford Crestliner. The couple bought the car in 1972 and gave it a complete restoration. The car began collecting AACA awards in 1985 and was a repeat Senior Grand National winner this spring. “The car was trailered only once and that was to its first show,” Richard notes. “Since then it has been driven as far north as Maine, west to Michigan, and south to North Carolina. Although it was a long and difficult restoration, we certainly have enjoyed the car.”…

the scoop hobby news & views

HERSHEY, Pa. _ The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) and the Hershey Region AACA will welcome antique and collectible car enthusiasts from all over the world to Hershey for the Eastern Division Fall Meet, October 6-9. The show attracts over 250,000 visitors each year. Attendees will again find a flea market with 9,000 vendor spaces along with well over 1,000 collector cars on display. More than 1,000 antique cars will also be up for sale in the popular Car Corral. The show is open dawn to dusk, Wednesday through Saturday. All events are held on the grounds surrounding Hersheypark and the Giant Center. The AACA Library will hold extended hours during the week of the Hershey show and be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Special displays…

golden quill awards accepting 2021 entries

The Golden Rocket (’57 Chapter, Oldsmobile Club of America) is among the most recent entries lining up for consideration in the 2021 Golden Quill Awards. Editor Carol Murray proudly makes the submissions and indicates chapter members “are from all over the world” and receive the publication by mail or electronically. Since the Golden Quill consideration is obliged to be done in print (showing physical print qualities on par with others publication in the running), future hard copies will be sent via U.S. Postal Service mail. Here is a good way to gain notoriety for a national, regional or specialty club while stepping beyond the regular membership scope to take a potential place among other fine publications in the old car hobby. Car club chapters usually are divided between specialties (non-territorial boundaries)…

vintage ad of the week

Imagine that you journeyed back to January 1970, where you’d have the opportunity to procure a factory-fresh Plymouth Road Runner Superbird for less than $5,000. As a time traveler who knows the astronomical prices asked today for what Plymouth termed the “ultimate Road Runner,” would you purchase several to bring back to 2021? This newspaper ad states that 2,000 of these “winged and aerodynamic-shaped” Superbirds were manufactured. I’m not sure how many were sold at McKee Chrysler Plymouth just south of Ocala, Fla., but it was one of the few dealerships to have that unique model in its showroom. Although McKee was selling the “completely streetable” Superbird, the ad boasted that it was similar to the superspeedway versions that Richard Petty and Dan Gurney would be driving in the February 1970…