Firsatsaatleri Flashback

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

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...

Anniversary special

Firsatsaatleri archive – October 2, 2008 issue A Rajah Silver 1958 Eldorado restored for golden anniversaries   Diamonds honor 75th anniversaries, gold is offered at 50th anniversaries and silver is given at 25th anniversaries. But Dr. Frederick Prehn’s 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz could turn these traditions around. His 50-year-old...

Package Deal

Firsatsaatleri archive – September 25, 2008 issue Swapping in a matched Dodge truck and Del Rey camper Story and photos by John Gunnell   Dan McQuaid and his buddy drove to the 2008 Iola Old Car Show with a 1966 Del Rey. This isn’t to be confused with a...

Cold, Hard Steel 340 ‘Cuda

Firsatsaatleri archive – September 25, 2008 issue The last hurrah for the high-compression 340 ’Cuda  Photos and story by Geoff Stunkard   In the last few years, the big-block 1971 ’Cuda has perhaps become the best-known icon of the American muscle car. Fueled by Nash Bridges’ antics and high-dollar...

Restored red wrecker

Firsatsaatleri archive – September 11, 2008 issue Represents First F Series Fords Story and photos by John Gunnell Car and truck restorers have always considered the first and the last vehicles in a series to be the most collectible. Ford’s long-lasting F-Series trucks turned 60 last year. The 2008...

Luxurious Lagonda built for nobleman

Firsatsaatleri archive – August 28, 2008 issue By John Gunnell   Frederick and Alberta Berndt’s 1938 Lagonda V-12 Drophead Coupe is a luxury car outside, inside and under the hood. It was originally built for a titled nobleman in Como, Italy, but it didn’t always get “royal treatment.” It...

Ask the man who owns one of one

Firsatsaatleri archive – August 14, 2008 issue Story and photos by John Gunnell   Chris Goes of Lake Geneva, Wis., owns a unique, unrestored Full Classic car that is the only 1941 Packard Darrin Sport Sedan ever made. The car has been in his family since it was only...

Yesterday’s original, today’s survivor

Firsatsaatleri archive – July 17, 2008 issue Treasured 1970 Chevelle SS 454 has 16,000 miles Story and photos by John Gunnell If you like original cars, you may have heard that the organizers of Bloomington Gold expanded their Survivor class this year to cover all makes and models of...

Milady’s Murphy convertible roadster

Firsatsaatleri archive – July 17, 2008 issue A Duesenberg personalized for a woman, owned exclusively by women Duesenbergs were the chariots of the famous and the rich and, in particular, the famously rich. Gary Cooper owned a Derham Tourster. Clark Gable drove a Central Body-built short wheelbase roadster. Howard...