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Old Cars Weekly

Old Cars Weekly

June 18, 2020

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

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pedaling new memories

If I could start over from the beginning in this hobby, I would start out “right” — from behind the wheel of a pedal car. Truth is, true pedal cars were outdated by the time I was young enough to fit in one. During my youth, those honest-to-goodness metal pedal cars had been completely replaced by the motorized, cheap plastic kiddie cars that brought children one step closer to an adulthood state of automated comatose. Back when exercise was a part of normal daily activity, kids pedaling metal cars ruled American sidewalks and driveways. (At least that’s what old pedal car advertisements and photos suggest.) We’ve probably all seen at least one old black-and-white photo of Junior in front of the Christmas tree and at the wheel of a shiny, new…

2 мин.
sound your horn

Experiencing Old Cars’ ‘bargains’ I do want to comment on the “Bargain Huntin’ column. As we all well know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some cars that many love, I dislike, sometimes heartily! Some that I love, others hate. I’m a little surprised at the first car mentioned, the Porsche 914. It was universally denigrated when new. I guess because it was marketed as a Porsche, but was apparently more Volkswagen underneath. So, while I would never want one, I was shocked at the prices indicated. Wow! How perceptions can change. I never had a Mustang, but my daughter and I restored a 1966 coupe while she was in high school. It turned out lovely, but she did not keep it long. Amazed at their prices today, compared to…

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the scoop

Concours of America nixed for 2020 PLYMOUTH, Mich. _ The 2020 Concours d’Elegance of America, scheduled for July, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will reconvene on July 23-25, 2021. “Postponing this year’s event was not an easy decision,” said Chairman of the Board Larry Moss. “With continued health concerns a top priority, we felt it was in the best interest of our concours’ collectors, partners, volunteers, judges, and spectators to reschedule the event. We are happy to announce our 2021 honorees: Collector of the Year, the Honorable Judge Joseph C. Cassini lll and Enthusiast of the Year, Moray Callum, Vice President Design, Ford Motor Company. We look forward with great enthusiasm to next year, when we can all come together again and celebrate our love of the…

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reader photo

“I thought I would pass along a picture of my father’s 1926 Kissel speedster with spit-curled girlfriend,” says reader Richard Sisson. “The picture was taken in Ephrata, Pa., in 1929. Note the lighted airplane propeller radiator ornament and bald tire. I believe this car was fairly rare, especially with a rear-mounted spare.” Indeed, Richard, this was a pretty rare car for the time and would be a real prize today. Only 1,972 Kissels were produced for the 1926 model year. All four tiers of the Kissel lineup offered speedsters, both with two and four doors. Kissel Kar, of Hartford, Wis., started selling cars in 1907 and lasted until 1931.…

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horseless carriage recounts rise of dodge boys

Given the survivorship of the Dodge brand since the early days of motoring, it is understandable why the Horseless Carriage Club of America dedicated several pages to the early brass-era rise of Dodge Brothers in the November-December edition of Horseless Carriage Gazette (editor Tracy Lesher). It is even more impactful that writer Earl Groendyke pulled together a depth of information tracking brothers John and Horace Dodge from births (1864 and 1868) to their rise in the business of motordom. The brothers were inseparable, said Earl. “Their personalities complemented each other,” goes the article, and each brother held a special interest. Horace honored boats, while John fancied the new high-wheel bicycle. Inventiveness followed with the rise of Oldsmobile and its contracting with the Dodges to supply transmissions to Oldsmobile in order to meet…

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vintage ad of the week

In May, 1966, the Ford Motor Co. ran an advertisement in Mechanix Illustrated magazine for an experimental in-vehicle communication system to warn of hazards ahead. This promotional piece included an illustration of a ’66 Lincoln Continental and touted the development of devices that would “audibly warn motorists of changing highway situations and impending dangers.” This was before the wide use of communication satellites and the inclusion of radar and lidar components into cars and trucks. FoMoCo had to utilize mid-1960s state-of-the-art equipment to create its futuristic Radio Road Alert System. Ford research engineers incorporated a tape player in the vehicle that contained prerecorded messages on cassettes. Roadside portable and permanent transmitters electronically communicated to the vehicle’s audio system and triggered the appropriate taped message through the radio such as “Icing ahead” or…