A preview of what will appeal to classic car fans at the 2016 New York Auto Show March 25 – April 3

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The 2016 New York International Auto Show opens to the public at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on Friday March 25th at 10am.  As we were attending the press preview of the show on the 23rd and 24th, we decided … Continue reading

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A look back at color-matched wheels and wheel covers. A design feature worthy of a comeback…

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For a very small manufacturing cost, applying paint to a car’s wheels or wheel covers that matches body color can add a lot of visual interest to a vehicle’s profile.  And if chrome trim or brightwork is applied tastefully with … Continue reading

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A Top 10 List of cars with the highest % of overhang. Number 1 may surprise you.

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Recently, I was reading an article on Curbside Classic’s website titled “Design Analysis: Did The Lincoln Mark VI Have The Biggest Overhang Ratio Ever?”.  After studying that new-for-1980 design, author Paul Niedermeyer comments that the fundamental problem with the Mark … Continue reading

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Commentary – Can Cars of the Future Be Classics, Too?

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by contributor Kristi Burns… At Classic Cars Today Online, our interest and focus  gravitates towards classic cars.  However, at one time all of these classics were “cars of the future” that someone dreamed up and pushed the proverbial envelope to … Continue reading

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The best car chases you have & haven’t seen

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To us, a good car chase is the look on a driver’s face when encountering unexpected obstacles.  It’s panic on the bad guy’s face who’s riding shotgun because he’s not in control of things.  Typically, suspension of disbelief is required … Continue reading

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A look back at the 1963 – 1991 Jeep Wagoneer: A guide to year-to-year changes

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One of the guidelines in the original Preppy Handbook (1980) reads, “Never replace anything until you have exhausted all possibility of repair, restoration, or rehabilitation.  No matter what it is, they don’t make it as well as they used to.”  … Continue reading

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Restored classic New York City police cars tour regularly, this week at the 2015 New York Auto Show

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If you’re a fan of 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and even ’90s Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors full-size automobiles, you’ll really want to check out the New York Auto Show this week going on at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center.  … Continue reading

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The 1956-57 El Morocco – a “small Cadillac” created decades before the first Seville and Cimarron

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Once in awhile throughout the history of classic cars, truly interesting creations are born.  Interesting because they’re unique enough to stand out and catch your attention in the first place, well-done enough to hold your attention, and perceived as desirable … Continue reading

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Vinyl roof coverings were created to be retro in 1925. Now the on-and-off fad is making a comeback. A brief history…

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Coming across a can of old glue thinner in the garage recently made me recall how I had used it to remove the padded vinyl roof on a ’79 Cadillac Sedan deVille I once owned.  Which got me thinking about … Continue reading

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Two coffee table books for the true classic car fanatic that will pass any snobby-guest-test

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If you’re a car fanatic, it’s a safe bet you’ve got enough automotive interest books, repair manuals, and reference guides somewhere in your home to fill a whole shelf (two probably). A shelf that lurks in a back office room, … Continue reading

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My mother claims cars were more recognizable 60 years ago. I analyze decades and disagree (Part 2 – the 1960s))

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CONTINUED FROM PART 1… (Attempting to resolve a debate with my mother that cars from the late 1940s and ’50s on any given street were more recognizable than now, I take a look at some of the more popular design … Continue reading

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A look back at simulated wire wheel covers. Part 4: the 1980s

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(…Continued from prior article series on 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s wire wheel covers) I’ve always been a fan of simulated wire wheel covers.  While being an automotive accessory extremely subject to personal tastes, one cannot deny wire wheel covers are … Continue reading

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A town with one of the best weekly classic car cruise nights in the USA – Somerville, NJ

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by contributor Pete Abbate… In the summer of 1989, a local car club known as the Classic Cruizers began a “cruise night” tradition on Friday evenings in the downtown area of Somerville, New Jersey.  A cruise night is usually defined … Continue reading

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On Parking – 5 Ways I Kept the Same Car Dent-, Ding- and Scratch-Free For 10 Years

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 (by contributor Kristi Burns) When I began dating my husband many years ago, he let me use his car, providing that I follow a few “rules” to keep it free from dings, scratches, and dents. Since I was able to … Continue reading

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Pictures from Mercedes-Benz “June Jamboree” car show Montvale, NJ June 7, 2014

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June 7, 2014 – Montvale, New Jersey. Over 100 classic Mercedes-Benz owners and a wealth of spectators made the trek to their favorite marque’s U.S. corporate headquarters for the 51st annual “June Jamboree” car show, sponsored by the Northern New … Continue reading

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Need a gift for that car fanatic in your life? Check out our online store of vintage car ads and brochures

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If you’ve been searching for an inexpensive, unique gift that will intrigue the car fanatic in your life, our online store BEST OF THE PAST CAR ADVERTISEMENTS (Click here to visit our page) has just what you need.  Specializing in … Continue reading

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Pictures from Antique Automobile Club of America spring car show May 4, 2014 in Florham Park, N.J.

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On Sunday May 4th, 2014, the Antique Automobile Club of America held their “Spring Meet”, typically one of the largest car shows in New Jersey.  Despite a looming threat of rain, over 100 cars turned out, ranging from a 1911 … Continue reading

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A sneak preview of the 2014 New York Auto Show April 18 – 27, with thorough picture coverage.

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The 2014 New York International Auto Show opens to the public at the Jacob Javits Convention Center April 18 at 10am, with official ceremonies beginning 8:30am the next day on Saturday April 19.  During those official ceremonies on Saturday morning, … Continue reading

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Many automakers claim they sell 4-door coupes. We beg to disagree, because here are some real ones.

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Attending the press preview of the 2014 New York International Auto Show, we heard a lot of talk from automakers about “4 door coupe” models.  We feel they need to rethink their definition of what a 4-door coupe is, because … Continue reading

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Owner profile – 1982 Chrysler Imperial

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Jack Harkavy owns a 1938 Packard Eight, a 1954 DeSoto, and, as a professional driver, is regularly behind the wheel of high-end cars old and new that are used as props in major movies and television shows. Ask him what … Continue reading

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When your favorite fiction authors write about cars, do they get the details correct? (Part 1)

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My wife paused from reading a Sue Grafton novel to ask me, “Could a Mercedes sedan that would have been around in 1988 do a tire-smoking burnout, on a smooth cement parking garage surface?”  Having owned and driven a succession … Continue reading

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When your favorite fiction authors write about cars, do they get the details correct? (Part 2)

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(Continued from Part 1) If you’re like me when you read a work of fiction, you visualize things you read to a high degree.  You form a mental picture of characters in the story based on people you know or … Continue reading

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A look back at simulated wire wheel covers. Part 3: the 1970s

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(Continued from Part 2) The 1970s began with carryover wire wheel cover styling from the late 1960s.  As that decade drew to a close, wire wheel covers were trending towards designs with two layers of straight, parallel spokes.  The effect … Continue reading

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My mother claims cars were more recognizable 60 years ago. I analyze decades and disagree (Part 1)

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Walking through a parking lot with my mother started the debate.  “All cars look alike these days”, she said.  “Back in the 1940s, you could distinguish the different makes easily.  I could tell the type of every car the adults … Continue reading

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Commentary – Road salt not only corrodes your classic car, but politicians as well

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(by contributor John Bleimaier)… In the culinary world, salt is one of a few truly magical ingredients which release taste and enliven sensory responses without relying on artificial chemicals that are detrimental to the human body.   Any chef that … Continue reading

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Classic Mercedes fans, 15-inch versions of the original 14-inch “bundt” style wheels from 1969-85 are out there. Here’s how to find them…

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From 1969 to 1985, well over 1 million Mercedes-Benz vehicles were sold new with 14-inch aluminum alloy wheels similar to the one shown in this picture.   If you’re sprucing up or restoring a vintage model from this era, you … Continue reading

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If you’re going to dress up as Elvis for Halloween, you should know a little about his personal cars

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If you’re considering going to a Halloween party dressed as Elvis, you owe it to yourself to know a little about the cars he’s owned.   And if you think the King only owned Cadillacs, you’d be wrong.  Why write … Continue reading

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Commentary – Mercedes needs to leave the first version of its “Illuminated Star” front LED emblem in the rearview mirror

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We’ve been curiously watching the publicity Mercedes-Benz has chosen to release about its new “Illuminated Star” grille insert. The assembly, which uses light emitting diodes (LEDs) to create a glowing Mercedes emblem at night, is a new factory option on … Continue reading

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A look back at simulated wire wheel covers. Part 2: the 1960s

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By 1960, wire wheel covers had become a fixture on American roads.  During the previous decade, American automakers equipped them on everything from Buicks and Oldsmobiles to sleek sports cars such as the Kaiser Darrin and Nash-Healey Lemans. Similar to … Continue reading

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11 must-read web sites for the classic car fan

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  If you appreciate classic cars and enjoy finding fresh commentary about your favorite models, vintage automotive advertisements, memorabilia, original commercials, or any related subject you can think of, the internet is a vast and unparalleled resource.  From finding pictures … Continue reading

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Commentary – Speed traps are more about money than morality

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(By contributor John Bleimaier) Back in the 1950s and early ‘60s, owners of sports cars from England and the rest of Europe commonly flashed their headlights after encountering each other on the road.  It was a gesture of good will … Continue reading

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Pictures from Mercedes-Benz “June Jamboree” car show Montvale, NJ June 8, 2013

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June 8, 2013 – Montvale, New Jersey. Over 100 classic Mercedes-Benz owners made the trek to their favorite marque’s U.S. corporate headquarters for the 50th annual “June Jamboree” car show, sponsored by the Northern New Jersey chapter Mercedes Club . … Continue reading

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Alternative gear shift levers through the years

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The American Business Dictionary defines the word alternative as “One of two or more ways of achieving the same desired end or goal.  An alternative need not be a close substitute for the first choice (or other alternatives), but it … Continue reading

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Avoiding the inevitable pitfalls that lurk at drive-in movie theaters

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If you plan on heading to a drive-in movie theater this summer, as I did this past Saturday night for the first time in over 30 years, you will have high hopes for an enjoyable experience.  To make sure reality … Continue reading

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When classics were born – a collection of assembly line pictures

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“I created you inside of me. I watched your body form then come together, growing in size. I smiled as you first made your way along the floor. Treading slowly on all fours. You were flawless and beautiful, yet unscathed … Continue reading

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A sneak preview of the 2013 New York Auto Show March 30-April 7

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The 2013 New York International Auto Show officially opens Saturday March 30 at 10am, with festivities beginning earlier at 8:30am. Hours are 10am-10pm (Sundays 10am-7pm) through Sunday April 7, 2013.  Classic Cars Today attended the press preview of the New … Continue reading

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A look back at simulated wire wheel covers. Part 1: the 1950s

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We have always been fans of simulated wire wheel covers at Classic Cars Today Online.  While they are an automotive accessory extremely subject to personal taste, one cannot deny wire wheel covers are uniquely American in flavor.  Mostly shunned by … Continue reading

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Biodiesel fuel – a brief history and some notable facts

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Diesel engines running on naturally-grown fuels are not a new concept.  Doctor Rudolf Diesel developed the first compression-ignition motor in the 1890s as a solution to the wasteful inefficiency of steam engines commonly in use at the time.  While he … Continue reading

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How to check and replace fuses

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Fuses are designed to stop excess current flow that can overheat circuits, damage equipment, or even cause a fire.  To account for normal electrical spikes and surges, vehicle designers typically specify fuses with amp ratings of double the current flow … Continue reading

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Commentary – When you buy an old Mercedes diesel, make sure you like the color…

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…because you may end up owning it longer than you expect.  It’s not hard to do, because 4- and 5-cylinder Benz diesel models built through the end of 1985 are put together extremely well and require a lower-than-average amount of … Continue reading

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Actor Bruce Campbell reflects on director Sam Raimi’s 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88

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When I was growing up, my father owned a full-size ’73 Oldsmobile from 1975 until 1983.  During that era in the United States an Olds was a respected car that middle class people of all age groups aspired to, upper-middle-class … Continue reading

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What a “donk” is, and why classic car fans should value them

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Being fans of all the 1971-1976 full-size General Motors models, we at Classic Cars Today Online have watched the growing trend of fitting these “B-body” platform cars with oversized rims and lift kits to create cruisers generally known as “donks”.  … Continue reading

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The 1977-1988 Porsche 924 proves VW involvement isn’t a bad thing

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In light of the fact many are bemoaning the merger* completion between Volkswagen and Porsche AG earlier this year, we feel it’s important to remember that a number of successful Porsche models over the years would not have existed without … Continue reading

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The classic 1972 – 1989 Mercedes SL spanned 18 model years without one body panel change

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With a design run spanning model years from 1972 to 1989, fans around the globe feel the the third generation Mercedes-Benz SL is a model that most embodies the image of the company and the elements that led to its … Continue reading

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Want to know what movies or tv shows have scenes with your favorite classic cars? Here’s how to find out…

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Long ago on a quiet summer night, my girlfriend was over and we were spending an evening watching television.  I had been surfing channels until my screen was unexpectedly filled with a young Charlie Sheen driving an arctic blue, rusty, … Continue reading

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1993-1995 Mercedes 300CE / E320 Cabriolets – A look back at these modern classics

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“Few automobiles can claim to be instant classics.  The thrilling new 300CE Cabriolet might be one of them” claimed advertising introducing the 1993 E-class Cabrio to the United States market.  Truer words have never been spoken if one considers how … Continue reading

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Some interesting four-door sports cars and exotic cars over the years. Ford Mustangs, Porsche 911s, Chevy Camaros, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Cadillac Eldorados and much more

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Four-door sports cars based on two-door coupes (even two-seaters) have always been intriguing.  Whether produced by automakers themselves or customized via cut-and-stretch methods by limousine builders, this classification of car represents a slightly rebellious nature.  For if two-door Ferraris and … Continue reading

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Three modern reboots of iconic classic cars – the affordable 2012 Fiat 500, Mini Cooper, and VW Beetle. A roadtest comparison of base models.

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Shopping for an economical new car on a budget but don’t like the look of most “modern” economy cars?  If you appreciate classic automotive design, you have more choices than ever this year.  Witness the recently-introduced 2012 Fiat 500, redesigned … Continue reading

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Owner profile – 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray convertible

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When Mike Grady purchased his ’66 Corvette Sting Ray convertible in September 1980, he figured he would simply clean it up a little (the body had four different paint color layers on it plus primer), have some fun cruising with … Continue reading

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Pictures from Mercedes-Benz “June Jamboree” car show Montvale, NJ June 16, 2012

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June 16, 2012 – Montvale, New Jersey.  Over 100 classic Mercedes-Benz owners made the trek to Mercedes-Benz corporate headquarters for the 49th annual “June Jamboree” car show, sponsored by the Mercedes Club Northern New Jersey chapter. Vehicles competed in 16 … Continue reading

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If the 1955 – 1963 Mercedes 190SL design was engineered today, here’s what it would look like…

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In 2008 when car collector Richard Mott contacted Hot Rods and Custom Stuff tuning shop in California to discuss upgrading his stock 1961 Mercedes 190SL with a more powerful engine, better brakes and lowered suspension, neither parties could even begin … Continue reading

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Commentary – Popularity of today’s paddle shifters reminds us the best place for gear shifting really is on the steering column.

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(By contributor John Bleimaier) The advent of paddle shifters in today’s cars should cause us to consider once again where the gear shift lever should ideally be placed.  Paddle shifters located on either side of the steering wheel and affixed … Continue reading

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Some facts about #1 best-selling car models in the U.S. since 1949

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Analyzing the last 60 years of automotive trends, some very interesting data can be found among the specific and ever-changing car models Americans chose to buy the most of each year since 1949. (See slide show at end of article … Continue reading

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If your car had a “door ajar” voice reminder in the 1980s, you’ll enjoy these flashback videos

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My mother bought a Chrysler LeBaron convertible in the mid-’80s, fully equipped with whitewalls, wire wheel covers, digital dash, and fake wood.  But one feature it had that made it an ’80s period piece more than any other was its … Continue reading

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The 1975 – 1980 Ford Granada had a simple and effective ad campaign – we copied the cars you really want

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If you’re like me, you may have noticed car makers just don’t criticize each other the way they used to in advertisements.  By criticize, I don’t mean making value comparisons against competitors based on selling points of price, features, or … Continue reading

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Commentary – My “Must-Have” Car Accessories

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My name is Kristi Burns and I am NOT a mechanic, so I don’t mind being spoiled by “modern” car accessories as my husband does. In fact, this can be a bone of contention when we both look for a … Continue reading

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Commentary – Does being loyal to one car brand make you a glutton for happiness, or punishment?

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Erica is a friend of mine who recently became the owner of a used 2006 BMW 750Li.  An enviable purchase by any stretch of the imagination, but one she agonized about due to feelings of brand loyalty to another marque. … Continue reading

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Owner profile – 1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 Limited Edition

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Asuka Kawashima’s husband had always wanted a Mercedes 190E.  In any color, so long as it was black.  After becoming engaged in the early 1990s, a new 190E was not in the couple’s budget.  “Knowing 1993 was the 190E’s last … Continue reading

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Owner profile – 1973 Pontiac Grand Ville convertible

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What Dave Balchunas has adjusted to is the fact that the 1973 Pontiac Grand Ville convertible he’s owned since his youth is an orphan, figuratively. “When I was seventeen in 1985, Pontiac was a brand that had respect.  Guys we … Continue reading

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Commentary – 15 ways modern cars spoil us compared to older classics

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Working in the automotive service field has conditioned me to value mechanical simplicity and to pass up optional features that add complexity, likelihood of inconvenient failure, and unnecessary weight.  Because I often only see vehicles when things aren’t working properly, … Continue reading

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The top 50 longest-running car designs

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The Beetle had the number 1 longest-running automotive design.  But you may not guess what numbers 2 through 50 are… If a car design is right from the start, it does not need to be changed for the sake of … Continue reading

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Commentary – If the U.S. Constitution had been written in the 20th century, the automobile would have found its way into the Bill of Rights

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(by contributor John Bleimaier)   The automobile and the concept of freedom are intimately intertwined.  The open road and the sense of mobility are at the epicenter of American culture.  When foreigners think of our country, their predominant image is … Continue reading

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1984 – 1987 Toyota Corolla Sport coupe: a last rear-wheel-drive economy car classic

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Looking for a modestly priced rear-wheel-drive car that’s fun-to-drive and has collector appeal?  How about one that gets over 40 miles per gallon? Often cars we find most collectible have a unique mixture of last-of-its-kind and first-of-its-kind attributes.  Popular “last” … Continue reading

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20 affordable cars from the last decade that have the best chance of being collectible…

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…They may not be what you’d expect. A 1974 Chevrolet Impala advertisement once pointed out “If a car isn’t popular new, it won’t be popular used”.  To make their point, behind the ’74 Impala sits a 1957 Bel Air hardtop … Continue reading

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The 1999-2004 Land Rover Discovery II: a look back at these modern classic SUVs

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The second generation Land Rover Discovery, introduced partially through the 1999 model year, was badged as the “Discovery II”.  Until production lines were fully changed over from building the original Discovery I model, both generations were sold alongside each other … Continue reading

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Commentary – Regarding automotive design, I just don’t get the modern “swollen hatchback” look

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Am I the only one that doesn’t get the “swollen hatchback” look? For the automotive enthusiast, attending a classic car show can be a great experience.  If you’re lucky, you see the very makes and models that inspired you during … Continue reading

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Pictures from Maplewood, NJ May Fest car show May 20, 2012

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Thousands of Maplewood, New Jersey residents turned out for the 2012 “May Fest” street fair and car show on Sunday, May 20th.  Over two dozen classic automobiles ranging a wide spectrum from a 1915 Ford Model T to a 1975 … Continue reading

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6 things everyone should know about gasoline

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After the Clean Air Act of 1995, gasolines do not have as many detergent additives as they used to.  This leaves engines more susceptible than ever to carbon and sludge buildup if too low an octane fuel is used.  Gasoline … Continue reading

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Pictures from Antique Automobile Club of America spring car show May 6, 2012 in Florham Park, N.J.

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On Sunday May 6th, 2012 the Antique Automobile Club of America held their “Spring Meet”, typically one of the largest car shows in New Jersey.  Over 150 cars were present, ranging from a 1905 REO to early-1990s Mercedes-Benzes. For trophy … Continue reading

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The Audi Museum in Ingolstadt is a must-see for any automotive history buffs visiting southern Germany

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Audi fanatics, do you know what year the marque was founded?  Where the name “Audi” comes from and how it was picked?  What major German automaker owned it before selling it to Volkswagen?   What the first Audi logo used … Continue reading

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When all is said and done, a ’65 Mercedes diesel has a higher automotive Intelligence Quotient than several of today’s microcars.

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When considering three elements of performance: speed, handling and economy – vehicle weight impacts all of them.  That’s why racehorses are lean and jockeys are diminutive.  Every race car engineer knows that weight is the single most important factor in … Continue reading

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A car museum with an authentic General Lee? Christine? Herbie? KITT? The Hollywood Star Cars Museum offers much to see…

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Located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee (not Hollywood, CA), The Hollywood Star Cars Museum is a find for fans of historically noteworthy classic cars.  The museum features two floors of displays featuring over 40 vehicles.  Cars owned by Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Mike … Continue reading

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A look back at a true American classic: the 1977-79 Lincoln Continental Mark V

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A star during the 1970s boom in “personal luxury” cars, 1977 – 1979 Lincoln Mark Vs are highly sought after today for their clean styling and last-of-their-kind extra large dimensions.  By the 1979 model year, every other make and model … Continue reading

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An interview with DeLorean Motor Company vice president Jim Espey about their new electric vehicle

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In the 1985 movie “Back To The Future”, Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) uses a DeLorean to jump 30 years back in time to 1955.  Today, the new DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) does virtually the same thing – … Continue reading

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Not sure what your 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number signifies? A guide…

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Before 1981, vehicle manufacturers created their own vehicle identification (vin) numbers of varying lengths to signify facts about their vehicles as they saw fit. During the 1970s to ease confusion, the United States Department Of Transportation (DOT) mandated all vehicles … Continue reading

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Considering importing a favorite classic car into the United States? You may want to check with an expert first…

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If you’re a car enthusiast like we are at Classic Cars Today Online, you may have grown to admire specific car makes and models sold in other countries that were never available in America.  Or maybe before living in the … Continue reading

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Commentary – I always vary my exercise walk to pass by driveways with more interesting cars

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It’s springtime and the sights along my daily walk are never more beautiful than this time of year.  Like most people who exercise with a starting point of their front door, I vary my 2.5-mile path to keep things interesting.  … Continue reading

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Commentary – Giving car buying advice to those you’re not sure are listening…

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A friend recently asked me for advice on helping her select a new car.  Since I’ve worked in the automotive repair field, I get requests for car purchasing advice periodically.  I don’t mind because having been a car fanatic since … Continue reading

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1980-1991 Mercedes S-Class models: A buyer’s overview

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The “126 body” S-class (or “126”) sold from 1980-1991 is considered one of the most influential designs in Mercedes-Benz’s history.  It’s hard to argue 126’s exude power, sophistication and continue to inspire imitation today.  Among the sleekest designs on the … Continue reading

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The 1983-1986 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country convertible: a true ’80s period piece…

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“In convertibles it’s important to remember you’re under a magnifying glass, because everyone notices what you’re doing.  It’s no place to pick your nose.  You want to look bored almost – give it some ennui” was the advice K.J. Barrett … Continue reading

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After seeing the 2012 NY auto show, things seem like 1982 all over again…

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Attending this year’s New York auto show press preview April 4-5, we heard alot about fuel economy, four-cylinder engines giving performance of V8s, diesel engines, hybrid electric cars, lighter vehicle platforms, and front-wheel-drive. Those, like us, old enough to remember … Continue reading

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A sneak preview of the 2012 New York Auto show April 7-15, 2012

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This year’s 2012 New York International Auto Show officially opens Saturday April 7 at 10am, with festivities beginning earlier at 8:30am. We previewed it and offer some highlights and pictures to help you know what to expect. (A slide show … Continue reading

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Owner profile – 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL with 15,000 miles

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“I knew a black S-class was my dream car the moment I saw one in ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ in 1984. Watching bad-guy Victor Mateland pull out of the gates of his mansion in a black 500SEL, it was love at … Continue reading

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