One Hauler of a Jeep

With talk today of a soon-to-be-released pickup version of the Jeep JL-series Wrangler, it seems quite distant to think that Jeep had the first domestically built “compact” pickup. Initially, it was the CJ-8 Scrambler from 1981 to ’85, but the idea also continued from 1986 until 1992 with the Comanche. AMC billed that one as the first “midsize” pickup.

The Comanche is basically the 1984–99 Jeep XJ-platform Cherokee with a pickup box instead of a wagon body. However, there’s more Read More

1945 Dodge WC-58 Command Car

While the Army’s light-vehicle needs in World War II were met by Willys and Ford Jeeps, heavier trucks were largely the purview of Dodge. Over the course of the war, some 700,000 vehicles in the VC and WC series, from ½-ton to 1½-tons, were delivered to U.S. forces. Most numerous are the WCs, a nomenclature commonly believed to derive from “Weapons Carrier.” In fact, it was Dodge’s own company designation, dating from 1941 and unchanged for the duration.

This truck’s Read More

Middle-Child Corvette

When it comes to 1963–67 Corvettes, the 1964 model is just like a record screeching when the tone arm is pulled across it. It’s the mid-year that gets no respect.

It’s easy to say off the cuff that they are not a 1963 Split-Window coupe. But that doesn’t explain why 1964 convertibles sell for less than 1963 convertibles. Both years of drop-tops are quite similar. To get to the real reason for Read More

1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer

Beautifully restored convertible with brand-new orange paint on laser-straight body panels. Removable hard top. It’s powered by a 350-ci V8 engine and a 3-speed automatic transmission. It’s equipped with power brakes and power steering, dual exhaust system. New chrome bumpers, exceptional glass, trim and brightwork. Rides on six-lug Chevrolet steel Rally wheels, BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A radial tires. All-new interior with black vinyl bucket seats and center console. AM/FM stereo with accessory connectivity.

Big-Block Land Yachts

The big-block 440-ci RB (for Raised Block) V8 was Chrysler Corporation’s last bastion for hefty but inexpensive horsepower. Sure, the Hemi was the bad boy on the dragstrip, but anyone who espouses the credo of “Mopar or no car” will tell you that the 440 was the one to beat on the street.

One could almost call the 440 “Mopar Performance for Dummies” — unlike the Hemi, it was cheap, plentiful, and made reliable power all the time, with the Read More

1978 International Scout II Traveltop

  • Bought new in Hickory, NC
  • The original build sheet is still in glovebox
  • Fold-down windshield
  • Removable full-length hard top with all the original plastic inside covers
  • Rallye stripe package
  • 4×4
  • New 31×10.50×15 BFGoodrich T/A tires
  • Factory AM radio
  • One repaint
  • Garage-kept

Arizona Fun in the Cheap Seats

Once again, back by popular demand, I present the bottom of the sales chart from Arizona 2018 — the lowest-selling street-legal American production car from each auction venue. As in previous years, we’ll rate each to see if they are actually cheap, thrilling or well bought. Or just a cheap, scary money pit. So, here we go, from the most spent to the least: (★★★★★ is best):

1953 Kaiser Dragon sedan

Gooding & Company Lot 25, VIN 001894
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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

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