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Classic Cars: Most Popular Articles

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Got Rust? Try converting it to a protective seal.
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.
8 Prime Factors That Impact the Value of Your...
Determining the Market Value of a Classic Car
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.

ZDDP - Debunking The Motor Oil Additive Urban...
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.
Restore Your Car's Leather Interior
Restoring Worn Leather Classic Car Interior. Page 2.
How To Take Care of Your Car's Paint Job
How to take care of Classic Car's Paint - Washing, Waxing,and Polishing Tips for Your Car.
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.”
How To Decide Which Car You Should Restore
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Determining the Market Value of Your Classic
To appraise your car, rate each of the following items listed on a scale of one to five, using five as
Ten Most Expensive Cars Sold At Auction - Updated
Commissioned by one of California’s wealthiest and most eccentric residents, this Duesenberg Model J Coupe was conceived without concern for expense. Page 4.
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
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.
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.
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.
How To Inspect a Classic Car
When we are considering a car as a potential purchase, we always use this car inspection checklist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Craig Jackson on Buying and Selling Collector...
Craig Jackson on Buying and Selling Collector Cars. Page 2.
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.
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.
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!
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 – 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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Replace Your Classic Car's Door Panel
How to Replace Your Classic Car's Door Panel. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ten Things You Should Always Have in Your...
When you head off in a car that is 25 years or older, you should pack these ten things in the event of a breakdown. Even though you've checked and rechecked all the fluids, belts and running parts, many classics had question marks over reliability even when they were rolling off the production line.
The Inexpensive Way to Begin Collecting Cars
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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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Pontiac - A Story of Trial and Error
The history Pontiac Motor Company began in the early nineteen hundreds, thanks to Cadillac.
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.
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.
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.
Renting a Classic Car Gets a Bit Easier
If your looking for a special car for a special occasion, renting a classic or collector just got easier.
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 AC Cobra Was Born
AC is the oldest British car manufacturer with continuous production of cars since 1901.
Bristol, the Last True British Made Automobile
Bristol is celebrating 64 years of making Great Britain's most exclusive luxury car. They make about a few cars a week, by hand, and are sold directly from the company without dealers or distributors.
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 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.
Affordable Classic Cars
Do you love going to classic car shows and wish that you could afford to own one of these older cars? Well you can, you just need to know what to look for that won't bust your budget.
Ethanol and Classic Cars
There's a lot of conflicting opinions on whether or not Ethanol fuel can cause damage to Classic cars but a recent study shows it may not be the enemy after all.
88 Point Inspection Check List
Use this extensive checklist to Inspect a Classic Car before you buy or sell. Page 9.
How To Replace Your Fuel Tank Sending Unit
Replace Your Fuel Tank Sending Unit - how to replace fuel sending unit- fuel tank sending unit
Gooding & Company Hits \$113 Million With...
Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, realized more than $113.7 million at its Pebble Beach Auction during Monterey's Annual Classic Car Auction week. This auction total is an outstanding achievement and a world record sales total for an automotive auction.
Meguiars Hot Rims Mag and Aluminum Polish Review
A review of Meguiars Hot Rims Mag and Aluminum Polish. Page 3.
1959 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite
1959 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite. Page 13.
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.
The Best Dashboards of Monterey
With every major classic car event we focus on a particular feature of the automobile which, over time, car makers have improved its functionality or used it to differentiate a marque creatively. In the past, we’ve looked at hood ornaments, headlamps and rear-ends with great appreciation of those who stand out as being unique and attractive. At the Monterey Classic Car week we found ourselves immediately attracted to the variety of extremely beautiful and unusual dashboards.
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.
Adam's Detail Spray
When we make the rounds at car shows or auctions, we see the usual products being used for those last minute touch ups and detailing. Meguiars and Mothers detailing sprays seem to be two of the most popular bits of ammunition in the battle of whose car shines the brightest. But there's a new kid on the block.
Vintage Automobiles 1916 Through 1924
Vintage Automobiles 1916 Through 1924
General Motors - It Wasn't Always This Bad
General Motors started out in 1908 as a holding company for Buick. One hundred years later, over nine million General Motors cars and trucks are being produced globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Daewoo, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Vauxhall.
How to Replace a Stripped Wheel Stud
How to replace a stripped Wheel Stud - replace wheel stud - stripped wheel stud
Joining a Classic Car Club
Joining a Classic Car Club. Classic Cars.
1964 Morris Minor Traveller
1964 Morris Minor Traveller. Classic Cars. Page 16.
The Barn Finds
The Barn Finds, 1971 Ferrari 246 Dino GT, Aston Martin DB2/4 and Chevron Racing Chassis Page 7.
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.
The Moon Car
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1939 Bantam Roadster
1939 Bantam Roadster. Classic Cars. Page 20.
1970 Mini Cooper Convertible
1970 Mini Cooper Convertible. Classic Cars. Page 10.
How to Buy a Classic Car on eBay
EBay is 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.
Document Your Restoration with Photos
Document your classic car restoration with photos. The type of pictures you'll need will seem extremely boring to take, but we have found ourselves wishing for more close-ups of a nut or bolt in almost every restoration project we've done.
How to Buy Future Classic Car Today
There are many exciting 2008 cars being produced. So how do you decide which one to buy if your goal is to hold onto it for 25 years, and have it worth more than you orginally paid for it.
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.
1950 Crosley Convertible
1950 Crosley Convertible. Classic Cars. Page 22.
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.
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.
1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante
1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante. Classic Cars. Page 6.
The History of the Hudson
In the early days of Hudson Car Company, it was ahead of its competitors on the race track and was in the lead when it came to new innovations in motoring. Only one small error lead to it's demise.
How To Tow Your Classic
How to properly tow your classic using a recovery strap
Johnny Carson's 1939 Chrysler Royal Sedan.
Johnny Carson's 1939 Chrysler Royal Sedan. Page 14.
1939 Diamond T Truck
1939 Diamond T Truck. Classic Cars. Page 14.
More Mini Mokes
1967 Mini Mokes. Classic Cars. Page 7.
1965 Sunbeam Tiger
1965 Sunbeam Tiger. Classic Cars. Page 11.
1920's GMC Truck with Roll Down Doors
1920's GMC truck with roll down doors. Page 7.
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. Page 13.
The Mini - A Little Car with a Big Job
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How to Spot a Future Classic by Top Gear
Top Gears video on how to spot a future classic, which includes the Volkswagen Corrado Vr6 and the Mercedes-Benz 190 Cosworth, is a must see.
Classic Cars 1925 Through ?
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The First Ferrari Road Car
A classic car's value is based on its originality and rarity. So what do you call the first Ferrari road car that's in its original condition...priceless. We were able to get up close and personal with this historic car and have assembled this photo gallery for your viewing pleasure.
1965 Austin Mini Van
1965 Austin Mini Van. Classic Cars. Page 12.
1958 Austin Healey 3000
1958 Austin Healey 3000. Classic Cars. Page 4.
1960 Fiat 600D
1960 Fiat 600D. Classic Cars. Page 4.
1964 Triumph Spitfire
1964 Triumph Spitfire. Classic Cars. Page 9.
1942 Crosley Convertible
1942 Crosley Convertible. Classic Cars. Page 15.
1927 Fiat 509A Torpedo
1927 Fiat 509A Torpedo. Classic Cars. Page 8.
Installing Trim and Hardware to Interior Doors
As with most classic car restoration projects, putting restored or new parts back on the car is always harder than taking them off, and interior door trim and hardware is no exception. If you get it right the first time, you are less likely to do damage in the process. Page 2.
Make Mine Rare
There are two things a car maker can do to ensure that a car they produce today, will be a classic in the future - make only a few of them and give them a documented pedigree, like the Barrett Jackson Limited Edition Shelby GT.
1954 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spyder
1954 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spyder. Classic Cars. Page 9.
1953 Cadillac Ghia
1953 Cadillac Ghia. Classic Cars. Page 12.
1959 Metropolitan Convertible
1959 Metropolitan Convertible. Classic Cars. Page 17.
1959 Metropolitan Hard Top
1959 Metropolitan Hard Top. Classic Cars. Page 14.
1960 Jaguar Mk. II 3.8L
1960 Jaguar Mk. II 3.8L. Classic Cars. Page 10.
Sherry's 69 Camaro
Sherry's 69 Camaro Classic Cars.
Shipping Your Classic Car
Whether it's the car you've waited years to own or the car that's been in your family for years, long distance transport can be an daunting an emotional experience. By following our vehicle shipping tips, you could save you money and improve your peace of mind.
Hertz History as a Car Manufacturer
The Hertz name is globally known for it's rental car services. But did you know Hertz once manufactured the cars they rented?
1925 Renault Model 45 Kellner Phaeton
1925 Renault Model 45 Kellner Phaeton. Page 4.
Some good looking Fiats
1970 500F Fiat and 1958 600 Fiat. Page 5.
1957 Metropolitan Hard Top
1957 Metropolitan. Classic Cars. Page 18.
1948 Morris Convertible
1948 Morris Convertible. Classic Cars. Page 19.
RM Posts \$95 Million at Monterey Sale
RM Auctions continued its strong track record in Monterey, California, realizing a spectacular $95.7 million in total sales inclusive of the 10% buyers premium. Twenty vehicles realized million-dollar-plus results, with five lots achieving individual prices exceeding $5 million, and numerous new auction records set.
Hail to the Ford Pinto - Our Hero
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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.
The 1939 85 Ford Emblem
The 1939 Ford 85 Emblem. Classic Cars. Page 6.
The Isetta Class
The Isetta Class. Classic Cars. Page 3.
1970 Subaru 360 Van
1970 Subaru 360 Van. Classic Cars. Page 11.
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.
Michele's 64 Morris Minor Traveller
Michele's 64 Morris Minor Traveller
1964 Mini Moke
1964 Mini Moke. Classic Cars. Page 6.
1939 Packard Super Eight Phaeton
Parkard was one of the most highly regarded American cars of the prewar era. This magnificent Packard was used by Argentine strongman Juan Peron, and is believed to be the last vehicle his wife Evita rode in. This magnificent vehicle has a large eight cylinder engine that produced 130 horesepower and weighs over 5000 pounds. It was originally painted a dark color and was right-hand drive, but during its restoration in 1970, it was painted yellow and the steering position was changed. Page 7.
1944 Willy Overland Jeep
1944 Willy Overland Jeep. Classic Cars. Page 3.
1937 Austin Seven
1937 Austin Seven. Classic Cars.
The Braking System
The Braking System. Classic Cars. Page 9.
1966 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 1 by Eagle
1966 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 1 by Eagle. Page 5.
1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe
Seeing this 1925 Rolls-Royce Round Door Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe was by far the highlght of our tour
Top Ten Hood Ornaments From Monterey
Top Ten Hood Ornaments From Monterey
1939 Ford Truck
1939 Ford Truck. Classic Cars. Page 4.
1951 MGTD
1951 MGTD. Classic Cars. Page 23.
Audi's History of Innovation and Continued...
Audi isn’t a name we post much when reporting the higher dollar selling cars at auction, in fact we don’t see the marque represented much at car shows and such. But if you consider the manufacturer’s history and racing successes, an Audi may be a car to take under consideration as a possible purchase.
Coys Classic Car Auction at Brands Hatch
Coys Classic Car Auction at Brands Hatch
The Avions Voisin - French Aerodynamics on Four...
French automotive styling and engineering has never received the recognition it deserves for the contribution early pioneers made to the industry in our opinion, especially the Avions Voisin.
Muscle Cars produced By Ford
Profiles of Muscle Cars produced by Ford
1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe by Ghia
During the 1950s, it was still possible to order a chassis from a manufacturer and have it sent to a coach builder to be fitted with a custom body. One of only two known to have been built by Ghia, this coupe was purchased by Ali Khan for the actress Rita Hayworth. Although its European body looked exotic compared to American cars of the day, this coupe was reliable, easy to drive, and simple to maintain thanks to its Cadillac underpinning. Page 12.
Rear view of the 1939 Bantam Roadster.
1939 Bantam Roadster rear view. Classic Cars. Page 21.
1952/56 Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton
In 1952 Chrysler supplied three custom-built Parade Phaetons for transporting dignitaries in special
1927 Studebaker
1927 Studebaker. Classic Cars. Page 16.
Site seeing at Château de Pierrefonds
The France Jaguar Tour site seeing Château de Pierrefonds. Page 7.
1920's GMC Truck with Roll Up Windows
1920's GMC Truck with Roll Up Windows. Page 8.
1902 Electric Studebaker
1902 Electric Studebaker. Classic Cars. Page 11.
Don Robertson's Antique Auto Collection at the...
The 100 year old Gold King Mine and Ghost Town located in Jerome, Arizona, is filled with antique trucks, tractors, cars and motorcycles.
Two Rare 1934 Custom Built Fords Resurface
To many collectors, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is regarded as the “Pebble Beach” of the East Coast, where the best of the best classic and historic automobiles gather to win top honors or be sold at record prices. So it comes as no suprise that this venue was chosen to bring two Rare 1934 Custom Built Fords together.

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