Hemmings Classic Car

Hemmings Classic Car February 2021

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

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pontiac people

In 1926, Pontiac was born from GM division Oakland to fill a niche, specifically the spot in the brand hierarchy above Chevrolet but below Oldsmobile. It thrived from the beginning by emphasizing value, soon rendering its parent division obsolete. Over the decades, Pontiac was associated with many things —style and reliability to name a few, but it wasn’t until Bunkie Knudsen began to rework the division’s image in 1956 that performance really came to the forefront. The 1957 Bonneville was intended to send a message to the world that Pontiac was a performance brand, and soon the division was promoting its Wide-Track stance, which delivered longer and lower looks and improved handling. The Pontiac V-8 continued to gain larger displacement variants and more power, and had developed a reputation on…

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recaps letters

I WAS VERY PLEASED TO SEE AND read Patrick Foster’s article about 1965-’67 Dodge Coronets in HCC #195. My first car was a ’65 Coronet 440 wagon. My parents bought it as a new demonstrator and gave it to me in 1969. It had the 273-cu.in. engine with the TorqueFlite transmission. In college I would give other kids a ride home for $4 round trip and could carry five with all their luggage. Gas was around $0.25 per gallon, so I could fill it up for about $5 and, with five passengers going both ways, I could clear about $10 a weekend. That was good money in those days for a college kid. It served me very well through college and was our wedding getaway car. It handled better than my…

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dressed for success

Poor De Soto. The division was designed to be the Oldsmobile competitor in Chrysler Corporation’s five-part GM-division-equivalency program (where Plymouth = Chevy, Dodge = Pontiac, De Soto = Oldsmobile, Chrysler = Buick, and Imperial = Cadillac). The only flaw in this plan was that Chrysler didn’t have the market penetration to front five divisions —and the divisions were so busy trying to cannibalize each other’s sales that GM’s equivalents always felt out of reach. Consider: In 1955, all five of GM’s divisions were in the top-10 overall for sales, living in first, third, sixth, seventh, and 10th place. That same year, Plymouth was fourth, Dodge was eighth, and Chrysler was ninth, while both De Soto and Imperial fell outside the top 10. De Soto was averaging roughly 100,000 units a year…

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proper recharge, part ii

In July 2018, Bill Lillie welcomed home his completely restored 1919/1931 Detroit Electric Model 98A Brougham —a project we featured in the January and February 2019 issues of HCC. The car’s makeover was an exacting process that culminated with a stunning, award-winning result. One would suspect that a respite was in order, some time to allow the Gales Ferry, Connecticut, resident to share the car’s history with countless old-car enthusiasts — one of his favorite aspects of vintage vehicle ownership. Instead, fate added a slightly different twist to that well-deserved plan. Just weeks later, the public auction of the Lloyd and Shirley Young collection in Canal Winchester, Ohio, came to Bill’s attention. The widely-respected Youngs had managed to amass an extensive array of vehicles, ranging in years from 1905 to 1982…

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lost & found

Bronco Wildflower IN THE HUBBUB LEADING UP TO THE INTRODUCTION OF THE 2021 FORD BRONCO, the company released a number of historical images, including a few of the circa-1970 Bronco Wildflower concept truck. It was given a “lively multicolored paint treatment” with a “psychedelic design of blues, yellows and reds… topped off by a pink grille.” Groovy. However, under that paint, we’re pretty sure the Wildflower was really just a lightly revised version of the 1966 Bronco Dune Duster concept: a George Barris-modified rig with the same cut-down doors (that differed from the production Bronco Roadster doors), the same roll bar with integrated headrests (that Ford and Barris both claimed was NHRA-approved), the same wheels, the same side pipes, and the same scoop in the hood. Why Ford didn’t just come out and…

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a princess of a car: the dauphine

WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY GROWING up in Newport News, Virginia, my next-door neighbor’s daughter drove a light green Renault Dauphine, which I saw her crank start one morning. Another neighbor had a cream-colored Dauphine. Travis, a woman who used to play piano for Rodef Sholom Temple’s Annual Sisterhood Cabaret fundraiser, also drove a white Renault Dauphine. She was a chain smoker, with a deep voice and really big hair. There were several Dauphines in our high school student parking lot in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They say Americans weren’t too keen on Renaults, but they were ubiquitous. And for a car many maligned, the aforementioned Dauphines were on the road long after their production ended. Whenever I see vintage photographs from America in the 1950s and 1960s, there…