Pick Your Stick: Automatic or Manual?

Will automatic-transmission cars eventually be worth more than the manually shifted ones?

It’s a sort of bigger-picture question that needs to look at shifting demographics and project them into the future.

How many of us have a teenager or 20-something who can shift? How common is the joke that a manual is the new theft-prevention device? Let’s also account for how few manually shifted cars are rolling out of factories around the world, and Read More

1967 Ford Mustang “Eleanor”

This is an original car from the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds.” This car was used in the street scenes in the movie, and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Cinema Vehicle Services signed by Ray Claridge, president of Cinema Vehicle Services.

Also included is a license plate that was on the car in the movie. This Mustang is powered with a 351-ci Ford Motorsport crate engine mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission, and it is equipped with Read More

1972 Chevrolet Chevelle Heavy Chevy

1972 Chevrolet Chevelle Heavy Chevy
  • LS3 402-ci, 300-hp V8
  • Documented one-owner car, with original title and Protect-O-Plate
  • Factory air conditioning

This rare special-order Heavy Chevy was marketed as a lighter version of the SS and advertised much lower stated horsepower as an insurance beater. Heavy Chevys were factory coded as a base Chevelle and theoretically avoided the SS title, which triggered staggering double-digit insurance premium increases in the early ‘70s.

The factory RPO code YF3 made this a rare Heavy Chevy, a sub-model Read More

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1969 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door sedan

  • Ground-up restoration approximately 10 years ago
  • Featured in Chevy Rumble magazine, August 2008
  • Original body panels and chassis
  • Date-correct L72 427/425 V8 engine
  • Muncie M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed transmission
  • 12-bolt rear end
  • Power brakes
  • Rare radio delete
  • F70-15 Firestone Redline bias-ply tires
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1966 Ford Fairlane GTA convertible

  • 390-ci, 335-hp S-code Thunderbird Special V8
  • Sportshift automatic transmission
  • One of 4,327 GTA convertibles in 1966
  • Ground-up restoration on solid, original car
  • Restoration utilized NOS parts
  • AACA National First in Junior and Senior
  • Appraised as “Condition 1” car
  • Styled steel wheels
  • Power top
  • Buckets and console
  • Visibility and courtesy light groups

Chad’s Blog: Parts Problems

Last September I attempted a month-long road trip in my ’67 Impala sport sedan. I was derailed twice, less than 30 miles outside of town each time, by sticking rear brakes. How bad was the problem? I blew up a tire the first time, came home on the hook, and rebuilt my brakes — all new shoes, drums, and springs. The second time? They stuck again and I split a rear drum in two from the heat. That’s two tow Read More

1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner retractable hard top

Darin Schnabel ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions

• 225-hp, 332-ci overhead-valve V8 engine

• 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission

• Independent front suspension, live axle rear suspension with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel drum brakes

• Offered from the collection of Richard and Linda Kughn

• Ford’s famed “Hide-Away Hardtop”

• An outstanding restoration; well equipped with accessories and options

• Displayed at the Meadow Brook Concours and the Glenmoor Gathering

• Still show-ready in all regards

Chad’s Blog: Getting Dirty with the Jeep

The party has wound down in Reno. Jim and I figured it might be a good idea to head out of town for part of the day, if only to escape everybody loading up their customs and classics to head home. Carson City is only 30 miles south of Reno, so we headed that way to see what we could see. Then we started thinking and talking more about the Grand Cherokee that Jeep supplied for our trip. We know it’s Read More