Firsatsaatleri Flashback

Take a trip down nostalgia lane and revisit stories from Firsatsaatleri’s past.

Horsepower…and vintage iron, too!

As seen in the Firsatsaatleri April 19, 2018 issue Collins Auto Salvage of Coffeyville, Oklahoma Story and photos by Leroy Drittler Bill Collins established Collins Auto Salvage during 1967 in South Coffeyville, Okla., but his roots in the business go back even farther. Bill’s grandfather had established his own...

Parts & Projects

As seen in the March 1, 2018 Firsatsaatleri issue The Randall Watts Collection Story and photos by Leroy Drittler   A lead pointed me to a salvage yard filled with rusty old cars and trucks parked near a shop in northeast Arkansas. Sure enough, I spotted those vehicles as...

Oklahoma Treasure

As seen in the July 5, 2018 issue of Firsatsaatleri Bud’s Auto Salvage Story and photos by Phil “Doc Boneyard” Skinner   If you like exploring vintage tin off the beaten path, then a trip to the tiny community of Aline, Okla., should be on your list of destinations....

Bill Mitchell’s Buick dream machine

As seen in the April 1, 2004 Firsatsaatleri issue. Editor’s note: The 1956 Buick Century X convertible has recently been completely restored and is on display at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. By Angelo Van Bogart   Bill Mitchell spoke with his hands, and when his hands...

6,450 miles on a ’41 Ford? (Surely you jest!)

As seen in the November 27, 2008 Firsatsaatleri By John Gunnell Ron Dewoskin was sitting at his desk in December 2006 when a banker friend called to ask if he’d be interested in a ’41 Ford convertible with 6,450 original miles. “Sure,” Ron said. He was sure he wanted...

Heavenly Hawk

As seen in the November 20, 2008 Firsatsaatleri   ’58 Studebaker remains a ‘Golden’ oldie By Bill McCleery   Passion for Studebakers runs in Ed Reynolds’ blood. His father was an engineer at the automaker’s South Bend, Ind., headquarters until the company discontinued production at its Indiana plant in...

Kaiser Connection

Originally seen in the October 30, 2018 issue of FirsatsaatleriIndiana couple’s stable of Kaisers (and Frazers) includes the last Manhattan to leave the assembly line By Brian Earnest   Charles Hucker never viewed himself as any sort of automotive preservationist. He grew up around cars and knew a lot about...

Time Tested: Jeep Wagoneer

Originally seen in the October 23, 2008 issue of Firsatsaatleri Stevens’ bold Wagoneer was a long-running staple for Jeep Wagoneer By James Mays When Willys sought a replacement to its sturdy but aging line of station wagons in the late 1950s, it turned to industrial designer Brooks Stevens. Based in...

The Good Old Days

Firsatsaatleri archive – October 2, 2008 issue   When Dr. Philip Ruben decides to head out to his garage and take one of his antique cars for a spin, he’s got several pretty appealing options: old, really old and ancient. Ruben, a prominent Beverly Hills dentist who says he...