Hemmings Motor News

Hemmings Motor News April 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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parts locator

“It can be difficult to locate a trustworthy classic car expert in your area…” CONVERTIBLE TOP REPAIRS Q: I am a longtime Hemmings reader, but by no means an expert on cars or the refitting of them. I found a 1966 Chevrolet Impala convertible advertised in Hemmings and I like the car quite a bit. It will need to have the hydraulic system that operates the convertible top reconnected and tested. I don’t mind paying for this work, but I don’t know what kind of supplier or repair shop I should be looking for. When I research convertible top shops, they all seem to work on the fabric top itself, but not the power mechanism. Can you please point me in the right direction on this? Any guidance will be appreciated. If…

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a new kind of antihero

“…most of us are limited by budget and skill from really pushing our cars…” In the second Dirty Harry movie, Magnum Force, the original vigilante cop somehow becomes an anti-vigilante… by taking the law into his own hands. It’s a Seventies movie, so everyone’s just some sort of antihero to a certain degree. The important takeaway from any Dirty Harry movie, of course, is the catchphrase. In Magnum Force, that line is, “A man’s got to know his limitations,” said for the final time as Dirty Harry watches Hal Holbrook get blown up in his police-issue LTD. Every driver who’s ever tackled a back road, a road course, or really any other kind of venue that encourages him or her to push a car to its limits really ought to heed Detective Callahan’s…

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p is for pain and suffering

a greasy, smoky fog of SAE 80W-90 as the oil hit the hot straight pipes. Our one-and-only run at Mexico’s La Carrera Panamericana rally was over. Just. Like. That. Back home in the Northeast after a three-or four-day haul, my hobbled ’61 Impala limped off the trailer. It was obvious that the rear axle’s innards had devoured themselves. What wasn’t as obvious was the carnage I’d inflicted. I fished the differential carrier out of the front of the housing to discover a nice neat hole — a little larger than a quarter — blown through the cast-iron case. The pinion bearing had unraveled and the pinion gear started ramming into the ring gear, mortar-and-pestle style. During the violence, a tooth broke off the pinion gear and shot through the side of…

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1968 chevrolet camaro z/28

Developed for homologation in SCCA Trans-Am racing for 1967, the Camaro Z/28 returned for 1968 again boasting a balance of exceptional handling and braking with surprising acceleration, considering its small-displacement V-8. Sophomore-year Z/28 sales increased to 7,199, eclipsing the 602 of the ’67 run, despite a lack of promotion early on. RPO›Z28 “Special Performance Package” cost $400.25, and included the 302-cu.in. engine, dual exhaust with deep-tone muffler, special front and rear suspension, rear bumper guards, heavy-duty radiator, temperature-controlled fan, quick-ratio steering, 15›x›6 wheels, E70›x›15 special nylon tires, 3.73:1 axle ratio (others available), and paint stripes on the hood and rear deck. A four-speed manual transmission was required at extra cost (Muncie close-ratio M21, heavy-duty M22 “rock crusher,” or wide-ratio M20), as were power front disc brakes. Positraction was recommended. Headers and a…

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Engine 241.3-cu.in. Red Ram hemi V-8 Horsepower 150 @ 4,400 rpm with two-barrel, estimated 170 with optional four-barrel Torque 222 lb-ft @ 2,400 Transmission PowerFlite two-speed automatic Rear axle 3.90:1 hypoid gears, semi-floating axles Tires 7.10 x 15 Wheels 15 x 6-inch steel, wire Wheelbase 114 inches Shipping weight 3,355 pounds (approximate) Total production 3,852 Royal Sport Coupes, unkown with paint-and-trim upgrade Base price new $2,503, not including paint-and-trim upgrade 2021 equivalent $24,237…

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motoring news

EVENT NEWS 2021 Amelia Island Concours postponed Each year in early March, automotive enthusiasts from around the globe descend on Amelia Island, Florida, to attend what has become the quasi-official start of car show season: the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Things will be a bit different in 2021, as the event has been pushed back to May 20-23, in hopes that COVID-19 vaccine distribution will have slowed the spread of the coronavirus by then. In 2020, the Amelia had the distinction of being the last major automotive event held before the world went into lockdown. As plans began to unfold for this year’s event, the Amelia staff announced that additional steps would be taken to ensure participant and visitor safety, such as reducing the number of tickets sold, moving seminars outdoors to the…