Factory overdrive. Known ownership history from new, including the original owner who kept it until 1998. Frame-on restoration in 2005 and still excellent today.
Only 4612 Studebaker Champions were built in 1942, and their popularity with early drag racers means that original cars are quite difficult to find today. This lovely little Studebaker Champion coupe also has an interesting history, great road manners, and a fantastic look that is a refreshing change from comparable Pontiacs and Plymouths of the same vintage.
The dark blue paint work looks entirely appropriate on the little coupe, and was done to a good standardThe paint appears to be single-stage urethane, which more accurately duplicates a 1940s finish without the harsh shine of a clearcoat, and it gives this Stude a warm, welcoming look. Accessory fender skirts add an upscale feel, and much of the chrome has been restored, including front and rear bumpers, bumper guards, and the hood ornament, which still has its original plastic tip.
The blue cloth interior was restored in 2005 as well, using patterns and materials that look appropriate to the car’s vintage. The seats are comfortable, with cloth seating surfaces and vinyl trim, and matching carpets have been installed front and rear. All the gauges are fully functional, and the mileage shown, 90,681, is authentic. This car carries accessories such as factory turn signals, AM radio, a back-up lamp, and a heater/defroster system. The steering wheel has obviously been restored, but other details like the door handles and shifter knob are original, more proof of this car’s careful ownership. Everything works except the radio, which is to be expected, and the car still starts using the clutch-mounted starter switch—simply depress the clutch and the engine springs to life. The trunk features a replacement mat, full-sized spare, and even the original tools that came with the car, still wrapped in their original burlap bag!
Studebaker introduced the 170 cubic inch inline-six in 1939, and it quickly became popular with hot-rodders of all kinds after the war, and there are performance parts still available for it today. Smooth and surprisingly torquey, it moves the lightweight coupe with ease, and thanks to the factory-installed overdrive, is capable of cruising easily at 65 MPH, where the agile handling and sure-footed brakes will be appreciated. This one was rebuilt in 2005, and today it starts easily and has a wonderful sound, and all the components are stock, including correct fabric-wound hoses and hose clamps, cloth wiring, and an oil bath air cleaner. The 3-speed manual transmission shifts easily and clutch take-up is progressive with no chatter, and the overdrive works as it should. Four bias-ply whitewall tires have been recently fitted, and the pisntriped wheels with original Studebaker wheel covers add a bit of flash.
Studebakers are wonderful, high-quality machines with a strong support network of experts and parts suppliers, making this the ideal starter hobby car for the enthusiast looking for something out-of-the-ordinary. With no needs and a lot of character, you will never get tired of people asking you about it and you’ll always have a fascinating story to tell.
Last year, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-type, the Swiss firm Classic Factory unveiled its Growler concept car. Intended as a modern version of the classic sports car, the concept was so well received that a new car-making company, Lyonheart Cars Ltd. has been opened in Coventry, U.K., for the purpose of turning out a limited run of the production version of the Growler - the Lyonheart K.
Creating an E-type for the 21st century (especially without the participation of Jaguar) is setting the bar high ... as in, you'd need a ladder to get over it. The Jaguar E-type is such a classic, such a mind-numbingly beautiful car, some might argue that it was responsible for the decline of the British motor car industry. When it was unveiled in 1961, it's easy to imagine car-makers going back to their own car production lines, laying their heads on the workbench and saying "what's the point?".
Jim Bamber (born 1948) is a British artist and editorial cartoonist specialising in motorsport, who is best known for his motor racing related caricatures which incorporate his distinctive driver designs, that now adorn every issue of Autosport magazines as well as his annual compilation of cartoons from the magazine called The Pits.
This jewel has never been restored and is a true time capsule from the late 1950s.
It has had the same owner for the last 50 years and has completely documented history since 1956. The car, including paint, is mostly original and the mileage of 43,584 is documented actual.
The car is heavily equipped with very rare options including the RCA Victor 45 RPM record player (factory), the Super Ram 230 Tri Power 48, push button automatic transmission, power steering, factory radio with rear seat speakers, full gauges including dash mounted “Miles Per Gallon” gauges, dual exhaust with correct factory extensions, dual exterior fender mounted rear view mirrors, correct factory 4 spinner wheel covers, front bumper-end guards, dual rear fender mounted radio antennas and back-up lights --- a total of 17 options!
Original tires, car cover and manuals are in the trunk. Purchase also includes service records from 1960, RCA Victor 45 RPM Extended Play record album from 1955, original owner Service Certificate dated 7/30/56, dealer’s service R.O. dated 5/10/56, Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price Label listing all options and a total vehicle price of $3,523.90.
Although everyone now remembers Donald Healey for the famous Austin-Healey sports cars that bear his name, his reputation was secure well before then. Triumph’s technical chief in the 1930s, he established his own sports car business immediately after the Second World War, and a whole family of sports saloons, drop-head coupés and two-seaters evolved around the same chassis. The Silverstone, of which only 105 cars were ever made, was the sportiest of all.
The chassis was a simple, but rigid, box-section design, with a 102 in (2591 mm) wheelbase, which featured trailing-arm/coil spring independent front suspension. Although originally intended to use Triumph running gear, (Healey tried to sell the rights to his one-time employer), it was finally powered by the impressive twin high-camshaft Riley 2.5-litre engine, whose 104 bhp output was among the highest of all early post-war British cars. Backed by a Riley gearbox and rear axle, this was a formidable base on which to build various body styles.
Original cars, previewed in 1946, were two-door four-seater machines called Westland (an open roadster) and Elliot (a saloon), but although both could reach 100 mph, they were really too heavy to be competitive in motorsport. The two-seater Silverstone, which was announced in 1949, changed all that.
Using the same chassis, the Silverstone was fitted with a stark and very basically equipped open-top aluminium body shell in a traditional two-seater style.
With separate front wings closely cowling the front wheels, the headlamps were hidden away behind a narrow radiator grille – where they can have done little to improve the airflow through the radiator! The Silverstone was 450 to 500 lb (204 to 227 kg) lighter than the four-seater types, and the trade-off for minimal accommodation was much faster acceleration, and better road holding. One of the entertaining quirks of this car was that the spare wheel was mounted horizontally, and semi-externally in the tail, where it acted as a bumper. There was no front bumper.
Functionally, this was a purposeful machine, the only marketing problem being that it was hand built and, by definition, expensive. Unhappily, some potential customers wanted a fast car as an alternative to, say, the Jaguar XK120, but were frightened off the Silverstone because it was such an individual machine. It might have been effective, but as there was virtually nowhere to stow any luggage, here was a single-purpose car, made with motorsport in mind.
Made of aluminium and hand built, these were expensive cars for their day. Survivors of the original 105 produced are very rare and desirable.
D25 was purchased new and shipped direct to the United States by well-known American racer Briggs Cunningham where it was entered into the first motor race of the 1950 season, the SCCA Palm Beach American Sports Car Race held on January 3rd over a two-mile island circuit. D25 was raced by his 1950s Le Mans co-driver and two-time Sebring winner Phil Walters and after nearly two hours of hard racing the car came 1st in class and 5th overall. Briggs Cunningham sold the car to concentrate on developing his own V8 powered C2r Sports Racer that Walters would go on to race. D25 stayed in America, only briefly returning to Europe to compete in the 1990 Mille Miglia with its owner William Hinkle and co-driver David Nisbet.
While Saab’s Bilmuseum in Trollhättan recently avoided dissolution and will remain open for fans of the Swedish marque, another major Saab collection will not share the Bilmuseum’s good fortune. As we recently learned through the Saab Club of North America, the vehicles of Saab Cars North America’s Heritage Collection will head to auction this week.
One positive aspect of this auction is that the Heritage Collection will be sold as one lot of 11 vehicles, rather than be scattered to the four winds, which means there’s a good chance another museum or collection will absorb these cars and put them on public display; in recent years, Saab Cars North America has kept the Heritage Collection warehoused, not on public display, in Michigan. In that one lot are the following cars:
Roger Zrimec studied automotive design at the Art Center College of Design and has worked as an automotive designer for 26 years, mostly for Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Jaguar Cars, and A.B. Volvo. Zrimec’s paintings range from non-objective abstract to automotive art. Often impressionistic, Zrimec’s paintings are bold in composition and unique in viewing angle of the subject, and they are represented in many private collections worldwide.
1949 Kaiser Special, Meticulously maintained and restored by long time member of the KF Club this 6 cylinder 226 cubic inch, manual transmission with OD is ready to go. I have receipts for $10,000 for parts and labor since 2002. Special features include:
1. Acrylic enamel paint-2003-taken down to bare metal by hand
2. Fender skirts
3. Windshield visor
4. New interior-2003
5. New Coker Radial wide white walls
6. Fog lights
7. Rechromed bumpers and grill-2002-looks like new
8. New brakes-2002
9. Rebuilt carburetor, new muffler and tailpipe, master cylinder rebuilt and new rubber seals all around-2002
10.New Delco shocks, front and rear crankshaft seals and electric fuel pump-2003
11. New 6-volt battery-2011
“I did everything I could to prevent a disaster, and then — poof!”
Jerry Vincentini was speaking a couple days after a disastrous fire in the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 15, destroyed several collector cars and antique motorcycles, along with the stylish garage in which they were stored at the family’s acreage on the outskirts of Omaha, Neb.
Considered a total loss were a 1934 Ford cabriolet Vincentini had owned for 47 years and restored twice, a 1994 Mustang Cobra pace car he had driven only 34 miles and a 1967 King Midget roadster.
Those and several motorcycles were parked in the front section of the building where the fire started. A partial wall and door separated that room from the rest of the building where eight additional vehicles were stored. While these avoided the flames, the heat, smoke and water that permeated the entire building left them coated with a substance the consistency of tar, which also invaded the interiors and engine compartments.
For decades, Tom Sawyer of Salt Lake City thought he owned a special handbuilt Allard of some sort. Understandable, given that it was sold to him as such and it appeared to date from the early 1950s, an era of Allard dominance. Yet he never scrutinized it much, and he could never get Allard researchers or historians to confirm or deny that his car was indeed the product of Sydney Allard’s experimentation.
Meanwhile, one of the eight cars that starred in the 1954 film Johnny Dark, which Geoff Hacker discussed earlier this week, refused to turn up despite frequent investigations into its fate. One of the three non-fiberglass sports cars cast for the film, the Bohman Special – known in the film as the Tiger Special – was built with an aluminum body three years prior by Lawrence Chris Bohman, the son of Christian Bohman, one of the principals of coachbuilding firm Bohman & Schwartz. Chris Bohman, as he was known, went into partnership with his father after the dissolution of Bohman & Schwartz in 1947, then after his father’s death in 1950, took over the firm entirely.
Michel Collet likes details. Those little somethings that may seem insignificant to the untrained eye, but which, when done just right, are the difference between something ordinary and something timeless. We’re talking the headlamps on a 911 here: that little detail you can see completely out of context without it losing its beauty or personality.
Like us, he also loves historic motorsport and the cars that make it the fire breathing, exciting and beautiful sport that it is. And luckily for us, he, like some others among our wonderful community, has the eye for these details and the drive and talent to turn them into striking works of art that celebrate the golden ages of motorsport.
Michel Collet is a sculptor who looks for that detail: the special something that defines a classic, and then turns it into an artwork. His work is striking, minimalist and abstract; an intriguing insight into the triumphs of aesthetic design that have defined motorsport over the years. It includes such things as a macro inspection of a Lotus badge; just the iconic yellow and green colours and the very top corner of the logo, part of the front end of a Ferrari 156 ‘Shark Nose’, the fuel cap and air intake from a Ferrari 250SWB and a side panel and racing number from James Dean’s Porsche 550.
This 1969, Motor Trends car of the year, the HEMI Road Runner. This car has been with the same owner for the past 18 years in sunny Southern California. The car received a nut and bolt restoration some years back, and no expense was spared. It still looks and drives like it was only finished yesterday.
This is an ALL numbers matching HEMI, and it’s a true 31,000 original mile car! The engine was rebuilt by a professional builder, to the highest specifications. The engine and transmission rebuild have less than 700 miles on them. More than $18,000 was invested in just the rebuild. This car has LOTS & LOTS of horsepower, and LOTS & LOTS of torque.
The interior speaks for itself. It is all in perfect condition!! The paint is a 10. The chrome is a 10 with no pitting, dents or dings. The original color of the car is F8 (Ivy Green Metallic) and is now a mid-year color F6 (Bright Green Metallic) and it looks STUNNING. This is a solid rust free car that has spent most of its life in California. We would welcome any inspection on this car at any time. There is a wealth of documentation that goes along with the car. This car was bought as an investment 18 years ago for the owner’s son’s college education, and the time has come, that is the only reason the car is being sold. In these past 18 years the car has only been driven approx. 1,200 miles. This car is a featured car in the hard cover book titled, “Hemi The Ultimate American V8.” In the book you can find a very detailed description of this car written by the author, Robert Genat. Available on Amazon. No disappointments with this car!
If this electric car had caught on in 1932, our roadways would have looked very different. Instead of little boxes sitting on four wheels, the roads might have been filled with giant hamster wheels that rolled over us as we drove.
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