Hemmings Classic Car January 2020

Each issue is packed with photos and coverage of American classic cars from the Brass Era through the 70's.

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12 Números

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6 min.
sharp-dressed chevrolet

Much of Chevrolet’s success stemmed from low pricing, sound engineering, contemporary styling, and a product line that included choices to suit varied customer requirements and desires. For the 1951 model year, offerings included the Fleetline four-and two-door sedans and the Styleline four- and two-door sedans, sport coupe, business coupe, convertible, Bel Air hardtop, station wagon, and sedan delivery. If those weren’t enough, there were also the Special and upscale De Luxe trim levels that could be selected for the body styles within those lines. Several could be had with either one. De Luxe equipment enriched the exterior with stainless steel rear fender shields (instead of the Special’s black rubber), wheel opening skirts (not on our feature car), and bright moldings for the front fenders (with “DE LUXE” callouts), doors, quarter panel tops,…

7 min.
affordable exclusivity

Its name is Marlin, not Charger or Mustang, and it made no real pretentions about being a muscle car. It was more in the spirit of a working man’s Thunderbird — respectable, but not excessive, amounts of power, and some styling pizzazz to everything inside and out. It was a car to lend some glamour to the otherwise mundane task of daily driving. In reality, the Marlin was aimed at the solidly middle-class, solidly industrial folk who vacationed in Florida in the 1950s and ’60s, when it was a place of palm trees, pink flamingos, sport fishing, and Mom and Pop motels. Folks who could appreciate the value of the Rambler brand, but perhaps not its stogy reputation. With only 18,000 examples made over a three-year production run, Marlins are relatively special…

11 min.
pullman automobiles

In the history of the automobile industry, not many six-wheeled automobiles have been produced, but Pullman built one. It was that sort of company. To be completely accurate, the entity that initially built Pullman automobiles was known officially as The York Motor Car Company, and it was situated in York, Pennsylvania. The company produced some really interesting cars from 1906 to 1917. They started out strong, but a change in management brought disaster. It’s a case history showing how important good leadership is. It all began with local businessman Albert Broomell, born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in 1847. His father owned a machine shop that built agricultural equipment, and as a youngster, Albert went to work in the shop. Sometime afterwards, he worked in a watch factory, and by age 34 had…

7 min.
johny lightning

Johnny Lightning, a die-cast car brand commemorating 50 years in 2019, may have started as a perceived Hot Wheels copycat, but, in later years, would blow the market wide open for nostalgic subjects rendered in die-cast. The brand, launched by Topper Toys (a division of Deluxe Reading of Elizabeth, New Jersey), started in 1969, surely a response to Hot Wheels’ feverish reception in 1968. The models themselves were largely based on popular production cars at the time — Camaro, Charger, Mustang, Toronado, and the like, with wild nose and tail treatments. Bodies and chassis were die-cast metal. JLs were widely looked upon as aping Mattel’s ultra-successful Hot Wheels models, with their piano-wire axles, bushed wheels, and emphasis on speed instead of outright detail. (Early JL models also sported opening features and…

7 min.
on the road again

A lot of what’s been written about Model A restoration in the last 60-plus years has focused on factory correctness. The idea of restoring a prewar Ford car or truck to as-new condition is laudable, but is it practical? Time has marched on since the late 1920s/early ’30s: Lacquer primers and finishes were made obsolete by epoxies and urethanes decades ago; maintenance-free, breakerless ignitions can hide inside vintage distributors and hurl bolts of lightning across electrode gaps more effectively; one-wire alternators are compact, are easy to install on most anything, and provide effortless power for starting and lighting. Do upgrades for the sake of reliability, driveability, and durability make a Model A any less authentic? Any less real? We’ll leave you all to debate the pros and cons of modifications until…

8 min.

Nostalgia is a powerful force to be reckoned with. Vintage vehicle enthusiasts know this all too well; it’s the most common variable that drives us to own a particular vehicle. It’s frequently a moment from our single-digit youth recaptured for a multitude of reasons. We do our best to articulate the instant the spark was ignited, and ultimately spend a portion of our lifetime nurturing that flash in our memory. Those who suffer the same fate nod with understanding. Guys like Bob Green, who has harbored more than one automotive spark from his days of yore. For this Pennsylvania native still calling the Keystone State home, one such tale originates from his youth, when Bob’s father owned a 1956 Chrysler New Yorker four-door. As Bob explained, “It was finished in a…