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Hemmings Motor News May 2020

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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restoration perfection?

Other times, she spits at you like a lightning-tongued llama, burns holes in your best-crafted seams, and cackles: “You’re not good enough and you never will be!” So seductive, yet so tragic. It’s a bad romance with a tool that throws electricity through thin air and liquefies metal. In a recent HMN staff discussion, a question arose: If you could do anything, what would it be? My coworkers’ answers were heroic and awe-inspiring: clip apexes in legendary vintage race cars; embark on epic adventures to exotic lands; create one-of-a-kind vehicles. Me? All I could think about is how much I want to lay down one Perfect Bead of Weld before I die. The kind of bead that could make a shipyard full of grizzled welders pull down their hoods in unison…

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utilitarian transportation extreme

“…no other vehicle is more practical, useful, or as comfortable as a good old station wagon.” You’re walking along the aisles of Hershey and you find that Pierce-Arrow front fender that you’ve been looking for. It’s long, so it won’t fit in your modern SUV, but, if you had driven a station wagon to the swap meet instead, the fender’s extensive length wouldn’t be an issue. Old-style station wagons easily swallow anything up to 8 feet in length — sometimes more. Aside from a full-size pickup truck with a cap, no other vehicle is more practical, useful, or as comfortable as a good old station wagon. With its spacious cargo area and multiple seating arrangements, you’re able to cram in loads of stuff. Most importantly, all that cargo will be well protected…

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I noticed the mention of car show trophies in Backfire back in March. I own a 1970 Boss 429 Mustang that I drive to shows. I live in Colorado and have driven to shows in Pomona, California, Arlington, Texas, and several cities in Montana, and have many trophies and plaques. I’ve come to the point where I don’t put my info card out and, when asked, I tell the officials that I’m not interested in the recognition, and would prefer someone who has never received a trophy get one. The best award is hearing people say, “I’ve never seen one in person.” Most shows I go to are smaller and people have no idea what they’re looking at, so I have a handwritten note in the window explaining the Boss…

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motoring news

IN MEMORIAM Author Clive Cussler dies at age 88 Best-selling novelist and noted car collector Clive Cussler died on February 24 at age 88. Cussler was perhaps best known for his larger-than-life character Dirk Pitt, a scuba-diving scientist for the fictional National Underwater and Marine Agency who was forever discovering ancient artifacts, solving historic mysteries, and generally having to rely on his brains, fists, and the occasional deus ex machina to escape the nefarious plots of various international schemers. Pitt, like his creator, was a connoisseur of vintage machines, particularly ships, aircraft, trains, and, of course, automobiles — many of which he acquired during his adventures. While Pitt kept his collection in a 1930s aircraft hangar in Washington, D.C., Cussler, with his wife Janet, was a resident of Paradise Valley, Arizona. In fact, he…

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1966 buick skylark sport coupe v-8

“A noble blending of elegance and adventure,” boasted a Skylark ad. “Contemporary in its daring new spirit. Traditional in its outstanding good taste. Buick. Tuned for ’66.” The General Motors division from Flint, Michigan, wanted to assure potential buyers that its top-of-the-line intermediate was well-appointed and painstakingly dialed in regarding its design, engineering, and assembly. Buick was just under Cadillac and above the other divisions in the corporate structure, which certainly justified the extra attention it bestowed upon its offerings. However, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Chevrolet personnel would likely be quick to argue that they tended to the details on their cars as well. All of GM’s intermediates were attractively refined for 1966. Where the 1965 models drew strength from a pleasingly tough and angular look, the ’66s remained fashionably trim but were…

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1982-’85 buick riviera convertible

Expensive and built in limited quantities, the 1982 Buick Riviera convertible was never meant to be a car for the masses. It may have ended up a footnote to automotive history, except for one thing: the luxury cruiser marked the first drop-top from GM since the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible ushered out an era. Each Riviera convertible began as a coupe before being shipped to American Sunroof Corporation for modifications that required 300 parts and 10 hours of labor to complete. The base engine was a 252-cu.in. V-6, rated at 125 horsepower and 205 pound-feet of torque, but buyers wanting more performance could opt for the 307-cu.in. V-8, rated at 140 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. Priced at $24,064, the ’82 Riviera convertible was nearly $10,000 more than a Riviera coupe.…