Under the Hood

Under The Hood

1956 GMC Bluegrass Runabout from GM Motorama re-discovered

Uncovering artifacts from the 1956 GMC ‘Bluegrass Runabout’ pickup truck show vehicle  There aren’t many concepts cars and show cars left to rediscover. Most were well-photographed and documented in newspaper articles of the day, and then in books and magazines of today. Yet we found one more. While cruising old GM...

Inside the Olds Rocket Circle fraternity

The Oldsmobile Rocket Circle customer appreciation program Those “Rocket Circle” ornaments on the dashboards of ‘50s Oldsmobiles are more than just another chrome trinket on a flashy ‘50s machine. General Motors’ Oldsmobile division formed the “Oldsmobile Rocket Circle” for the 1956 model year as a type of customer appreciation program. Included...

1953 Skylark prices flying north

VanDerBrink Auctions to sell rare 1953 Buick Skylark convertible project 1953 Buick Skylarks have had a pretty wild time on the auction block in the last six months. On Nov. 4, 2017, we reported that a blue 1953 Skylark deep into No. 5 territory and loaded with raccoon excrement, rust and...

Leno Rebuilds Duesenberg Model J LaGrande Coupe

Extinct Duesenberg coupe brought back from beyond   Just six coupes were originally built on the Duesenberg Model J chassis and until last December, just three were left in existence. Now the tally is back up to four. The number of coupes didn’t rise through the magic of a time machine...

Scenes from a long-gone salvage yard

While house cleaning during the Christmas break, we found a packet of photographs from 2008 showing a salvage yard located in Arkdale, Wisconsin. The limited information with the photos led us to believe the salvage yard was probably Roller’s Auto Salvage, and a cursory internet search gave us a phone number...

Holiday Gift Idea: An Firsatsaatleri Subscription

Instead of sharing your Old Cars with a friend, gift them a subscription of their own this holiday season. Then you can share your read issues with a different friend! Old Cars is the highest-frequency publication for die-hard vintage car and truck lovers. Issues include stories on hobby favorites and rarities...

Holiday Gift Idea: 2018 Old Cars Reader Rides Calendar

Enjoy the cars of fellow Old Cars readers all 12 months of 2018 with the annual Old Cars Reader Rides Calendar. The wall calendar features some of the most eye-catching machines imaginable, owned by readers and presented in all their glory. This full-color calendar has become an institution for thousands of...

Holiday Gift Idea: Hudson-Essex-Terraplane 2018 Calendar

Fans of the “White Triangle” can enjoy their favorite cars 365 days a year with a calendar produced to benefit several Hudson-Essex-Terraplane-related organizations, including the club, the historical society and the museum at the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum. This year’s glossy and full-color calendar features period images of Hudsons, Essexes and...

New Model: Brooklin 1948 Tucker in Green

Brooklin has a winner with its 1:43 scale Tucker 48 models and is offering them in a rainbow of five colors, the latest is this green version (BRK.222B), a perfect color for the holidays. This is actually Brooklin’s second 1:43 Tucker 48 model. The original Brooklin Tuckers lacked the accurate proportions...