The Upmarket Maverick

In 1959, Ford bought the rights to use the name “Comet” from ambulance and hearse builder Cotner-Bevington’s Comet Coach Company, with high hopes for a new compact car that was to be sold by Edsel dealers. But with the Edsel line euthanized barely into early 1960 production, the new upmarket complement to the Falcon that shared most of its components was sent to Mercury dealers.

That Falcon-based Comet compact was built from 1960 through 1965. In 1966, the name moved Read More

1952 FWD F-Series Fire Truck

1952 FWD F-Series Fire Truck

by B. Mitchell Carlson and Stuart Lenzke

This FWD Pumper, Engine 2632, was in service as a front-line pumper until 2004, when it was replaced by a new pumper engine at the Baker Rural Fire Protection District in Baker City, OR. Department personnel bought the retired engine from the department. The firefighters believe the old engine and its rich service history deserved far more than to fall into a state of abandonment.

Engine 2632 has been used for parades and Read More

Where the Bucks Stopped in Monterey

As America’s ultimate example of collector-car opulence, the Monterey Car Week auctions lean to multi-million-dollar, limited-production cars.

Monterey 2017 was a slightly lower year for sales, with some world records established on the high end. All the lower-tier cars pretty much treaded water.

In light of this, my annual look at the least-expensive American car at each Monterey Car Week auction gains more relevance. There is always a car that sells for the least amount of money.

How low did Read More

1929 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup

  • Enduring older restoration of Ford’s iconic Model A Roadster pickup
  • Well-preserved, attractive and ready to be enjoyed or put to work
  • Accessories include a side-mounted spare and Atlas auxiliary water bag
  • 200.5-ci L-Head 40-hp inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 3-speed manual transmission
  • Solid front axle with transverse leaf spring; live rear axle with cantilevered, semi-elliptical leaf spring.
  • Four-wheel mechanical drum brakes

Benz Bones, Mopar Soul

The Chrysler-Maserati TC of 1989–91 may have been Lee Iacocca’s pet project, but it did show Chrysler a thing or two about trans-oceanic undertakings.

But when the Crossfire was introduced at the 2001 North American Auto Show in Detroit, Chrysler wasn’t exactly calling the shots, thanks to the DaimlerChrysler merger.

While the TC was more a case of spreading out the workload between two continents (actually three, if you count the Mitsubishi V6 engine in later production), the Crossfire is Read More

1959 Studebaker 4E11D-122 4×4 pickup

  • 245-ci 6-cylinder Commander engine
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • Frame-off, nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration
  • Studebaker official demonstrator for the 1959 show circuit
  • Copy of the original build sheet
  • Factory NAPCO four-wheel-drive conversion
  • Rare 19.5-inch wheels with severe-duty chromed hubcaps
  • Rare factory under-dash AM radio
  • Original Firestone All-Traction tires
  • Optional locking gas cap and chromed rear bumper

DeLorean’s Italian Vega

When the Vega program was introduced in 1970, GM’s CEO Ed Cole also went forward with a program to build the Wankel rotary engine under license from NSU. The original intent was to offer it in a sporty new fastback hatchback design called the Monza 2+2 for 1973, and then later offer it in the Vega as an option.

While sharing the Vega’s body pan and wheelbase, the 2+2 was four inches longer overall and wider between the front strut Read More

1972 International 1210 Travelette 4×4 pickup

This is a rare International Travelette 1210 4×4, ¾-ton, crew-cab short bed. A survivor California International, it features factory automatic, power steering, power brakes and air conditioning. It has matching numbers.

Features include original IH-stamp bed bolts and military tires show-mounted on steel wheels with factory hubcaps. The original Line Setting Ticket (build sheet) is still taped to the back of the glovebox. It retains the original radio. It has had only Read More

If the Shoebox Six Fits

If you can call Henry Ford one thing, it’s persistent. His disdain of 6-cylinder engines dates to the teens of the last century, mostly out of spite of his competition.

When Ford’s son Edsel pleaded with him to expand from the Model T and Model A 4-cylinder platform, Henry wouldn’t hear about a six. Even odd and exotic combinations such as Henry’s fascination with the X8 were always up for consideration, but never a six. Indeed, he leapfrogged past any Read More

1985 Ford F-150 XL 4×4 SWB pickup

  • 302-ci EFI V8 engine
  • SelectShift 3-speed automatic transmission
  • Only 12,445 miles
  • Short box
  • 4×4 with lockout hubs
  • Power steering
  • Power brakes
  • Air conditioning
  • Dual exhaust
  • Twin-traction-beam independent suspension
  • Factory 15-inch sport wheels
  • Upgraded Ford AM/FM/cassette stereo
  • Original delivery paperwork
  • Purchased new from Harry Holder Motor Co., Owensboro, KY
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