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8 Major Factors That Affect the Value of Your...
Determining the Market Value of a Classic Car
Ten Most Expensive Cars Sold At Auction - Updated
Ten Most Expensive Cars Sold At Auction. Page 5.
How to Restore Your Classic Car's Leather...
Restoring Worn Leather Classic Car Interior. Page 2.
How to Stop Rust From Overtaking Your Classic Car
The standard approach to rust removal has been to sand blast or scrape down to bare metal, prime with a rust-inhibiting primer and then paint. When we come across rust on our cars or restoration project, we found using rust converters in the form of brush-on liquids to be an attractive alternative.
Debunking The Motor Oil Additive Urban Legend
After 70+ years of trouble-free, metal-metal anti-wear protection, the E.P.A. is forcing ZDDP (Zinc Dialkyl Dithio Phosphate, containing both Zinc and Phosphorus) from domestic motor oil. Is this a good or bad thing?
What is a Numbers Matching Classic Car?
An in depth explanation of the term “numbers matching car” and how to check if the car you own or intending to own can be considered in this group of higher valued vehicles.
How to Start a Car That’s Been in Storage
Cars that have been resting peacefully for a long period of time don't take kindly to an abrupt wake up call. They will be as nasty as a grizzly bear prematurely jolted out of hibernation and you will pay the price of their wrath. So just curb your excitement of getting behind the wheel of your sleeping beauty and follow these steps to get a happy ending.
How to Determine the Market Value of Your...
Whether you’re buying or selling a classic car, you will want to determine its fair market value. Publications such as the Old Car Buyers Guide, Hemmings or NADA's Classic, Collectible and Special Interest Car Appraisal Guide & Directory are a good place to start. Their price guides rate a car's value using 6 categories according to their conditions that range from “pristine” to “basket case”.
Keep Pack Rats Out of Your Car
We do not claim to be any type of college-degreed pest control expert or authorities on animal physiology. But we do have a garage with six classic cars that have not been vandalized by the large number of pack rats that inhabit our property. And we have accomplished this great feat for over ten years with devices that have consistently been proven not to work by leading universities and scientists.
Carburetor Mixture Tuning Adjustments for...
Review basic mixture adjustment procedures for classic car carburetors. Go from bench adjustments to fine tuning air fuel mixtures to pass emissions.
How To Inspect a Classic Car
When we are considering a car as a potential purchase, we always use this car inspection checklist.
The Edsel – A Legacy of Failure
The Edsel, was it the wrong car at the wrong time, was it too big when small was in, or was the name just too strange to be a luxury car. It was all of those and more.
What's the Difference Between Beetles and Super...
Learn how to tell the difference between a Standard and Super Beetle. Review a brief history about the Volkswagen Bug. Connect with VW organizations.
How To Take Care of Your Classic Car's Paint Job
How to take care of Classic Car's Paint - Washing, Waxing,and Polishing Tips for Your Car.
How To Decide if a Car is Worth Restoring
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Understanding the Condition Rating System
While sorting through the trade magazines, classified ads and internet auctions; understanding the terminology used to rate a cars condition will help you determine the cars market value and what price you should pay. Here's a tip to understand the 100 Point and Six Category classic car condition rating system used by the most popular classic car value guides.
The Top Reasons to go to a Classic Car Auction
If you like watching collector and classic car auctions on television, you'll love attending one in person and here's our top reasons why you will.
Buying a Classic Car on eBay
EBay is now considered to be the dominant force in classic car and part sales. Learning how to access this large inventory of cars and how to bid accordingly, at or below its market value, may get you your dream classic sooner than you thought possible.
Car Restoration Projects – Planning and...
It's not the fun part, but essential to every restoration. Don't think about writing a check or getting your hands greasy until you have taken these steps.
When it’s Time to Sell Your Classic Car
We love buying old cars and fixing them up. But that means something has to go to make room for the new arrival. All our cars mean something special to us so when it comes time to sell one, it can be pretty emotional. Properly marketing our cars helps to ease the pain by speeding up the sale and getting a fair price.
Volkswagen - The Peoples Car
Under the orders of Adolf Hitler, the VW Beetle was initially designed to provide cheap transport for the hard working German masses.
Southwind Heaters, Toasty Warm in 90 Seconds
Are you tired of waiting for your classic car to warm up in order to have your heater start delivering hot air? A Southwind Heater will have you toasty Warm in 90 Seconds.
First Three Generations of the Cadillac Eldorado
Take a look at the first three generations of the Cadillac Eldorado. See the hand built Cadillac Brougham costing more than $13,000 in 1957.
Restoring Your Classic's Chrome Parts
There are two things that most people notice when they check out your ride - its paint and chrome. And if you are showing your car, these two factors alone can make the difference between a first place trophy and no trophy at all. Repainting a car is a job the home restorer can tackle, but replating needs a specialist. Here are some things we do to insure the job gets done right.
Before You Buy a Classic Car
You won't find this information in car magazines, but every classic car owner will agree with these 7 important aspects to consider before you purchase your classic.
How to Replace Your Classic Car's Door Panel
How to Replace Your Classic Car's Door Panel. Page 2.
Classic Car Insurance Reviews
Before you go out and look for the best classic car insurance quote there are several things you need to decide. What are your expectations? Will you be driving the car year round, or is it a
Craig Jackson on Buying and Selling Collector...
Craig Jackson on Buying and Selling Collector Cars. Page 2.
Car Restoration Projects – Budgeting
If you're independently wealthy, you can skip this section. If you're not, read on! Setting up a realistic budget before you buy your restoration project will ensure the car will actually leave the garage one day.
History of the Headlight
Today we pretty much take our car's headlights for granted. In fact, so many newer car's lights come on automatically triggered by sensors that owners might be hard pressed to actually tell you where the light switch is. But it wasn't always that easy for cars to light up the road.
Most Expensive Cars Sold at Auction
Review three of the most expensive cars ever sold at auction. Learn about the cars pedigree responsible for pushing their prices to record levels.
How to Store Your Classic Car
For those of you who live in snowy climates, you may have to store your cars as long as four to six months. Here are some storage tips.
Second Generation Chevy Bel Air
The tri-five second-generation Chevy Bel Air is one of the most notable cars built by the General. See what made her special and what movies she’s in.
Classic International Harvester Pickup Trucks
Take a road less traveled and learn about the collectable trucks from International Harvester. Review history and find IH social groups and clubs.
Classic Car Care Tip - Removing Bird Droppings
There is only one thing more devastating than to see bird poo come splattering down onto your car's lovely paint job - the damage it creates when you remove it incorrectly.
Shelby Cobra 427 SC Replica
Learn about the 427 Shelby Cobra replicas and kit cars. Review the history of the original AC Cobra and the difference between a replica and a kit car.
The Inexpensive Way to Begin Collecting Cars
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How to Insure Your Classic Car
Insuring classic and specialty cars can be confusing for the first time buyer, because how you cover the car depends on how you're going to use it.
How to Compression Test Your Car's Engine
Is your engine running rough or lacking power? One of the first things we suggest you do is a compression test. It's easy with the right equipment and something you can do in your own garage.
Studebaker Hawk Pictures
See pictures of classic Studebaker Hawk automobiles. Images include engine compartment pictures and some desirable Hawk color combinations.
1965 Chevrolet Nova SS Muscle Car
GM considered the first generation Chevrolet Nova an economy car. In 1965 the 327 engine made the Nova SS one of America's least expensive muscle cars.
The Pontiac - A Story of Trial and Error
The history Pontiac Motor Company began in the early nineteen hundreds, thanks to Cadillac.
Antifreeze - Red, Green or Universal, That is...
Usually car fluids that advertise a newer, better, or best technology isn't best for older cars and their internal parts. But we are always on the look out for new products that just might be the exception to the rule.
The Sixty Special Fleetwood Cadillac
Learn about the Cadillac Sixty Special Fleetwood line of cars. Review average values for some of the rare examples of the first three generations.
The Readers' Choice Award for Best Classic Car...
The About.com Classic Car Readers' Choice Award for Best Classic Car Auction goes to Mecum Auctions. Page 2.
Prevent Your Classic From Overheating
Keeping your older car from overheating and leaving you stranded can be easy if you follow our preventative maintenance tips on a regular basis.
Jaguar's History of Grace, Pace and Space
For the last six years, Jaguar has achieved top marks in the J. D. Power and Associates Sales Satisfaction Index study, three of those years claiming the #1 spot. But it wasn't always that way for the British marque.
The Classic Mini Cooper
Enjoy an educational synopsis of the classic Mini Cooper. From its birth in the late 50s it was meant to do a job but accomplished much more.
The Trabant – Built Out of Plastic and...
November 9, 2009 marked the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and if any of you have been watching some of the recent documentaries to celebrate the event, you may have noticed a particular little car keep showing up.
The 1936 Ford - The Year in Review
In 1935 Ford shifted from the Model T and took on a fuller and more substantial appearance which saw little change until 1940. Out of those 5 years, we are particularly fond of the 1936 model year.
How To Disassembling Your Classic
The first part of the disassembly process is to understand that this will be a slow and deliberate process. Don’t get any bright ideas on a Sunday afternoon after a few beers that you and a couple of buddies should get started on your restoration project.
Replacing Classic Car Weatherstripping
Review strategies for replacing classic car weatherstripping. Discover where to obtain hard-to-find weatherstrip kits, retainers and specialized clips.
See Why a 1971 Plymouth Cuda is Special
Discover why a 1971 Plymouth Cuda is unique and valuable even without the Hemi option. Uncover why this model is an excellent buy and hold investment.
Classic Car Terms and Definitions
Classic car glossary of terms and definitions that you'll need to know in order to understand and communicate properly.
It's A Doosey - The Duesenberg
What classic car combines luxury, style and elegance with the mechanical precision of a Rolls-Royce and the amazing acceleration and blinding speed of a Bugatti? A Duesenberg!
The Classic Oldsmobile 88 with a Rocket V8
Did the Oldsmobile Rocket 88 inspire the first rock 'n roll song ever written? Learn more about the 1950s Oldsmobile model 88 with a rocket V-8.
Joining a Classic Car Club
Joining a Classic Car Club. Classic Cars.
The Hupmobile - a Lesson For Today's Car Makers
When the stock market goes into a nose dive and the economy is in a crisis, auto makers should not make the same mistakes the Hupp brothers.
Studebaker Hawk Images
See a Pair of Studebaker Hawks at the local car show. Admire the chrome trim, dual exhaust and chrome bumpers. Page 4.
1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante
1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante. Classic Cars. Page 6.
The First Stainless Steel Car
The Delorean may have been the first stainless steel car that comes to mind in conversation, but it wasn't the first to get on a production line.
1960 Jaguar Mk. II 3.8L
1960 Jaguar Mk. II 3.8L. Classic Cars. Page 10.
Two Classic Entry Level GM Cars
Review of two budget friendly GM cars that can get you in the game. See why these cars are popular at shows and why they could be a good investment.
1966 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 1 by Eagle
1966 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 1 by Eagle. Page 5.
Replacing Rusted Transmission Cooler Lines
Do you have classic muscle cars with leaky or rusted transmission cooler lines? Review efficient ways to repair leaking cooler lines on vintage cars.
Wheel Dollies
Wheel Dollies; vendors sell them at car shows, auctions and in car publications. Their manufacturers claim that these units will make moving a vehicle around the shop quick and simple.
Antique Cars 1880 Through 1916
The Antique car classification is used for cars built from the beginning of automotive development through 1916. They were first called “horseless carriages” and could have been powered by a gasoline combustion, steam or electric engine.
Collector Car Theft Deterrents
Protecting your Classic Car from would be thieves can be as easy as installing a battery cut-off device, or you can go high tech with a global tracking device. We suggest both, and a few others.
1964 Morris Minor Traveller
1964 Morris Minor Traveller. Classic Cars. Page 16.
One Man Brake, Clutch, or Hydraulic Fluid...
How did the One Man Brake, Clutch, or any Hydraulic Fluid Bleeder Kit work compared to the two person pump and fill method that we usually use? Here's our review...
The Barn Finds
The Barn Finds, 1971 Ferrari 246 Dino GT, Aston Martin DB2/4 and Chevron Racing Chassis Page 7.
Russo and Steele's 12th Annual Sports and...
Monterey car week was buzzing when Russo and Steele opened its gates for their 12th Annual Sports and Muscle Monterey at its new venue on August 16-18, 2012. The event was everything Russo and Steele had promised and more with staging lanes, lifestyle vendors, live entertainment and the perfect setting to view classic cars.
1959 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite
1959 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite. Page 13.
Pontiac Pride Shines in the Star Chief
Review the history of the Pontiac Star Chief model. Discover the two most collectible years for Pontiac's top-of-the-line family car from the 50s.
Installing Exhaust Headers on Classic Muscle Cars
Do you want high performance exhaust headers on your classic muscle car? Review the pros and cons of installing aftermarket exhaust headers.
Maybach - The Luxury Car Designed From Poverty
Maybach became established as a luxury brand which exploits all technological possibilities to the fullest. Their cars would not be cars for the common man, but for those of great wealth and discriminating taste.
Meet the First Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Learn more about the first ever Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS. Review production numbers and estimated value of this classic two door luxury coupe.
1942 Crosley Convertible
1942 Crosley Convertible. Classic Cars. Page 15.
1970 Mini Cooper Convertible
1970 Mini Cooper Convertible. Classic Cars. Page 10.
88 Point Inspection Check List
Use this extensive checklist to Inspect a Classic Car before you buy or sell. Page 9.
Temperature and Noise Control for Your Classic
Want to make your classic car as quiet and comfortable as your modern ride? Pull up the carpets and put these products under them to increase interior durability and decrease outside noise and weather.
Why Do Car Restorations Take So Long?
Ever time we've restored an older or classic car, new lessons are learned as each project will have its own challenges. How do you plan your project so you can finish it within your lifetime? Here's some tips that might help.
1970 Subaru 360 Van
1970 Subaru 360 Van. Classic Cars. Page 11.
Meguiars Hot Rims Mag and Aluminum Polish Review
A review of Meguiars Hot Rims Mag and Aluminum Polish. Page 3.
Buying a Classic Car on eBay continued
EBay is now considered to be the dominant force in classic car and part sales. Learning how to access this large inventory of cars and how to bid accordingly, at or below its market value, may get you your dream classic sooner than you thought possible. Page 2.
Morgan - The Car That Hasn't Changed for 100...
The British car producer Morgan Motor Company has been run by three generations of the Morgan family to present after the company was first formed in 1909, and has stayed alive while other car makers without really changing the way they make a car.
How the Hood Ornament Came to Be
You just don't see new cars with hood ornaments anymore. They used to serve many purposes once upon a time, and it wasn't just to adorn or compliment the hood of a car.
1965 Austin Mini Van
1965 Austin Mini Van. Classic Cars. Page 12.
The Sky Power V8 Engine
What is the most common engine found in the performance oriented Studebaker Golden Hawk. The Sky Power V8 was found in many Hawk model cars. Page 5.
Lil Red Express Pickup Truck
When it comes to classic trucks the Dodge Lil Red Express pickup has a lot to offer. Learn about the fastest and most collectable trucks of the 70s.
1958 Austin Healey 3000
1958 Austin Healey 3000. Classic Cars. Page 4.
Take a Ride in the Third Generation Dodge Charger
Take a virtual ride in a third-generation Dodge Charger. Available with a 426 Hemi, 440 six-pack and air grabber hood scoop this car is collectible.
The Thom Mcan Pontiac GTO
Thom McAn was one of the oldest and best known shoe retailers in the United States and at the height of their popularity in the sixties, gave away seventy two special edition Pontiac GTO's to attract their target customers to their stores - young men who liked fast cars.
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. Page 13.
More Mini Mokes
1967 Mini Mokes. Classic Cars. Page 7.
1960 Fiat 600D
1960 Fiat 600D. Classic Cars. Page 4.
The 1957 Ford Fairlane
In 1957 the Ford Motor Company applied a series of innovative design principles to its automobiles. Spearheaded by the Chief of Styling, George W. Walker, the 1957 Fords successfully challenged the norm and won. In short, it was the impact of the company’s “equaflair” styling expressed in its most appealing Fairlane series that boosted Ford’s reputation as a leader in car manufacturing.
Radial Tires or Bias-ply for Your Classic Car
We’ve come to the conclusion that the answer to the Bias-ply versus Radial tire question rests solely with the cars owners. But to make that decision, you need to be armed with ample information to make the best choice for your classic.
1964 Morgan Plus 4
1964 Morgan Plus 4. Classic Cars. Page 8.
Supercharged Bird of Prey
The Studebaker standard V8 engine with the bird of pray performance package upgrade. See the original belt driven supercharger and factory accessories. Page 2.
1948 Tucker Sedan
1948 Tucker Sedan . Classic Cars. Page 9.
The Light Line from International Harvester
Discover the versatility of the International Harvester Light Line trucks. Learn more about the IH Company and vehicles built during the 60s and 70s.
1939 Bantam Roadster
1939 Bantam Roadster. Classic Cars. Page 20.
How to Add AC to a Classic Car
Tired of sweating in your classic car? See what it takes to add air-conditioning to vintage autos. Review problems and prices with installation kits.
1950 Crosley Convertible
1950 Crosley Convertible. Classic Cars. Page 22.
1957 Golden Hawk in Red
Picture of a flawless red 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk showing off large amounts of beautiful chrome trim. Spear moldings and bumper bullets 50s style. Page 6.
Solving Power Steering Issues on Classic Cars
Learn to solve complex problems with power steering systems on older and classic cars. Discover how to find rare power steering replacement parts.
1965 Sunbeam Tiger
1965 Sunbeam Tiger. Classic Cars. Page 11.
1959 Metropolitan Convertible
1959 Metropolitan Convertible. Classic Cars. Page 17.
1927 Fiat 509A Torpedo
1927 Fiat 509A Torpedo. Classic Cars. Page 8.
1959 Metropolitan Hard Top
1959 Metropolitan Hard Top. Classic Cars. Page 14.
1954 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spyder
1954 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spyder. Classic Cars. Page 9.
See The Classic Mercury Lead Sled
See the third-generation Mercury built from 1949 through 1951. Learn more about a 1951 Merc that became one of the most iconic lead sleds ever built.
Packard - Producing Quality and Elegance for 53...
From its beginning, Packard-built vehicles were perceived as quality high-priced luxury American automobiles. The company was commonly referred to as being one of America's motor royalty, a title that still rings true today.
Look It's a Dodge Dart Swinger
See a classic 70’s Dodge Dart Swinger and take a walk down memory lane. Review the rich history of the Dodge Dart from 1960 through present day.
1957 Metropolitan Hard Top
1957 Metropolitan. Classic Cars. Page 18.
The Studebaker Hawk
Green and White 1957 Golden Hawk by Studebaker Motor Company
3 Carburetor Adjustments to Smooth out Your...
Three carburetor adjustments that can help improve the behavior of your classic car. Review common symptoms associated with miss adjusted carburetors.
1961 Sunbeam Alpine
Classic Cars. Page 15.
The Isetta Class
The Isetta Class. Classic Cars. Page 3.
Some good looking Fiats
1970 500F Fiat and 1958 600 Fiat. Page 5.
1948 Morris Convertible
1948 Morris Convertible. Classic Cars. Page 19.
How The AC Cobra Was Born
AC is the oldest British car manufacturer with continuous production of cars since 1901.
Wire Wheels…The Utimate Dress-up for Your...
The great debate, whether or not to put wire wheels on your classic car. We have some food for thought on that subject.
1960 Chevy Impala
1960 Chevy Impala Houston Classic Auction. Page 11.
Take a Cruise in the Ford Fairlane Skyliner
Review details about the first retractable hardtop automobile. Discover why the late 50s Fairlane Skyliner was abandoned after a short three-year run.
Morris Garage - Better Known as the MG Car...
During WWII, the American soldiers stationed in England became very fond of British roadsters, one in particular was the MG. Upon their return, there was nothing back in the US that had the same sporty handling. It didn't take too long until the MG found it's way onto US roadways.
Rear view of the 1939 Bantam Roadster.
1939 Bantam Roadster rear view. Classic Cars. Page 21.
First Year for the Charger
See why the first year Dodge Chargers is the sweet spot for car collectors. Only offered for two years, the first-generation had some historical options.
Top Threats to the Classic Car Hobby
The newly formed North American representative of FIVA, the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA), hosted an exclusive media symposium with Hagerty, the world leader in collector car insurance, for a panel discussion on the “Top Threats to the Collector Car Hobby.”
Entente Cordial Jaguar Tour
This gallery contains pictures of the 2004 Entente Cordial Jaguar Tour through Burgundy organised by Jaguar Monthly magazine. During the 7 day event, we were able to visit beautiful chateaus, cathedrals, battlefields and concert halls in the day and be treated to the most fabulous wines after we parked the car for the night.
The Studebaker Commander Classic Cars
Learn about the classic 1953 Studebaker Commander. Discover information about the different models offered and a review of current market values.
Gregory Smith's 1970 Austin America
Classic British and European cars tour Arizona. Page 14.
1971 Jensen Interceptor
Classic Cars. Page 12.
How To Replace Your Fuel Tank Sending Unit
Replace Your Fuel Tank Sending Unit - how to replace fuel sending unit- fuel tank sending unit
Understanding Classified Ads
To help you understand classified ads, here is a list of the most utilized abbreviations, and their meanings, used in classic car ads.
Chevrolet Sedan Delivery 3100
Discover why the post war Chevrolet 3100 Sedan Delivery hits a sweet spot in the truck collector market. Review production numbers and market values.
Johnny Carson's 1939 Chrysler Royal Sedan.
Johnny Carson's 1939 Chrysler Royal Sedan. Page 14.
1964 Triumph Spitfire
1964 Triumph Spitfire. Classic Cars. Page 9.
Renault - How It All Began
It was the genius and initiative of Louis Renault that makes this marque the oldest surviving French auto company, and well known for numerous revolutionary designs, security technologies, and motor racing.
1964 Mini Moke
1964 Mini Moke. Classic Cars. Page 6.
Classic 1966 Ford Galaxie 500
Just because a muscle car was mass-produced doesn't mean it's not collectible. Review interesting facts about the 428 powered 1966 Ford Galaxie 500.
AMC Rambler an American Classic
Find interesting facts about the AMC Rambler American. Review three generations of changes over its eleven year run. Learn about the rarest Rambler.
The Super Sport Impala: Real Fine with a 409
Learn about the first Chevrolet Impala SS. See the big block 409, one of the first engines to produce more than one horsepower per cubic inch.
1964 MK2 Jaguar
Classic British and European cars tour Arizona. Page 13.
Common Classic Car Fuel Pump Problems
Find tips for testing and replacing mechanical fuel pumps on classic cars. Review common bolt torque, fuel pressure and volume output specifications.
10th Anniversary Special Edition Trans Am
See what is special about the Tenth Anniversary Trans Am and bad things to look out for. Uncover the most collectible of the 7500 total cars built.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta. Page 10.
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