Classic 1952 Cadillac Eldorado

An Exquisite specimen of the Classic Cadillac Eldorado.

Cadillac began the 1950s with carefully considered updates to its basic 1948 design, which was good enough to remain popular through 1953. As General Motors designer Mitchell once noted: “A traditional look is always preserved. If a grille is changed, the tail end is left alone; if a fin is changed, the grille is not monkeyed with.”

And so it was: a new one-piece windshield and revamped grille for 1950, small auxiliary grilles beneath the headlamps for 1951, a winged badge in that spot for 1952, one-piece rear windows and suggestive “Dagmar” pointed front bumper guards for 1953. Equally wise, Cadillac gave up on fastbacks much earlier than sister GM makes, switching all of its 1950 coupes to notchback profiles with hardtop rooflines a la Coupe de Ville.

Models also didn’t change much through 1953. Still accounting for most sales, the Series 62 offered a four-door sedan, convertible, Coupe de Ville, and a less-deluxe hardtop coupe, all on the usual 126-inch wheelbase.

The Cadillac Sixty Special remained a solitary super-luxury four-door on its own wheelbase, which was now 130 inches versus 133 for 1942-1948. The Series 75 still listed its customary array of limousines and long-wheelbase sedans on a 146.8-inch chassis. Cadillac also continued supplying chassis for various coachbuilders, averaging about 2,000 a year through 1959.

The “entry-level” Series 61 was still around in 1950, but its sedan and De Ville-inspired coupe were demoted to a 122-inch wheelbase (from 126 in the 1940s). Manual transmission remained standard here (and on 75s), but other Caddys now came with Hydra-Matic at no extra cost.

The Series 61 models still lacked chrome rocker moldings and had plainer interiors, but also lower prices (by about $575). But with record 1950 sales of 100,000-plus, Cadillac no longer needed a “price leader,” so the Series 61 was cancelled after 1951, this time for good.

After observing its Golden Anniversary with a little-changed fleet for 1952, Cadillac issued a flashy limited-edition convertible, the 1953 Series 62 Eldorado. Like that year’s new Buick Skylark and Olds 98 Fiesta, it boasted features previewed on recent GM Motorama show cars: custom interior, special cut-down “Panoramic” wraparound windshield, a sporty “notched” beltline (below the side windows), and a metal lid instead of a canvas boot to cover the lowered top. A striking piece, the Eldorado was a preview of Cadillacs to come, but only 532 of the ’53s were built, largely because the price was a towering $7,750.

Cadillac sales — and horsepower — continued to climb from 1954 to 1956.

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1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MKll BT7

A very nice Austin-Healey 1961 3000 MKll BT7

In May of 1961 BMC upgraded their flagship model with three SU HS4 carburetors, modified valve springs and a new camshaft. Called the MKII, it was an alternative to the Triumph TR3A or Jaguar E-Type.

The MKII was initially offered as an occasional 4-seat roadster called the BT7 or the 2-seat variant from known as the BN7. Both versions used flat front windscreens and detachable side curtains in the style of a roadster. The rear panel of the BT7 was cut out much deeper towards the trunk to make room of the small jumper seats in the rear. As a result, almost all the road race and rally cars were built on the BN7 platform.

Later cars came equipped with a center-located top-loader transmission and a fiberglass transmission tunnel. Of these the BN7, top-loader is an especially rare and desirable combination.

Like the earlier 3000s, the MKII featured BMC’s C-Series six-cylinder engine with a 4-speed + overdrive gearbox. It used a separate ladder-type frame and a steel body.

Production of the MKII BN7 was very limited to only 355 cars. The BT7 4-seat roadster vastly outsold it at 5,096 units. A BT7 with hardtop and overdrive cost 1362 including the hefty British taxes.

MKII configuration changed significantly in 1962 with the introduction of the BJ7 Sports Convertible. It replaced both models with a fully-collapsible soft top, wind-up windows and a curved front window. This modernized the car substantially and the BJ7 is more desirable as a touring car.

Options on the MKII included 15×4 chromed wire wheels, a brake servo system and a tonneau cover that could be opened for just the driver.

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Automatron Hot Rod

The well-known British custom car builder, Paul Bacon, has completed his most impressive steampunk hot rod ever. Named Automatron, it was not only most labor-intensive but was also his most pricey creation to-date. Taking motivation from horse-drawn carriages, Paul started work on this custom car in 2015 and hand-built most of the parts exclusively for it.

The Automatron Steampunk Hot Rod carries a 3.5L supercharged V8 engine that is powerful enough to attain a top speed of 110mph. To complete this one of a kind project, he used 1924 Singer Sport base, switchgear from a Lancaster Bomber, front wheels from an Austin 7, and navigation binnacle from a ship.

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Spectacular 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Corsica Roadster

1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Corsica Roadster

‘The car sped along at 80mph with the comfort and quietness one associates with the Type 57… We were quite willing to believe that Jean Bugatti has achieved the 435 kilometres to Paris in just under 1½ hours in the Type 57 – an average of 77mph…’ – Motor Sport, May 1939.
By the early 1930s Ettore Bugatti had established an unrivalled reputation for building cars with outstanding performance on road or track; the world’s greatest racing drivers enjoying countless successes aboard the Molsheim factory’s products and often choosing them for their everyday transport. Although Bugatti is best remembered for its racing models, most of the 6,000-or-so cars produced at the Molsheim factory were touring cars of sporting character. Produced from 1934 to 1940, the Type 57 exemplified Bugatti’s policy of building fast and exciting touring cars possessing excellent handling and brakes.
Because of its lengthy run of success, Ettore Bugatti had remained stubbornly committed to his single-cam engine, only adopting the more advanced double-overhead-camshaft method of valve actuation, after much prompting by his eldest son Jean, on the Type 50 of 1930. From then on Jean Bugatti took greater responsibility for design, his first car being the exquisite Type 55 roadster, a model ranking among the finest sports cars of the 1930s. He followed that with a design of equal stature, the Type 57. A larger car than the Type 55, the Type 57 was powered by a 3.3-litre, double-overhead-camshaft straight eight of modern design, derived from that of the Type 51 Grand Prix car, and was housed in Bugatti’s familiar vintage-style chassis. The range showed the strong influence of Jean Bugatti and at last gave the marque a civilised grande routière to match those of rivals Delage and Delahaye.
The Type 57 was the firm’s most popular model and attracted coachwork of the finest quality executed in a startling variety of styles but was no mere rich man’s plaything, as evidenced by two outright wins at Le Mans. Proof, if it were needed, that ancestral virtues had not been abandoned when creating a car fit to rank alongside Rolls-Royce or Bentley. Its success is revealed by the production figures: some 630 examples of all Type 57 models were produced between 1934 and 1940, and the post-war Type 101 was based on its chassis. However, although many Type 57s were fitted with bespoke bodies, the most popular coachwork was built to Jean Bugatti’s designs by the marque’s preferred carrossier, Gangloff of Colmar, just a few miles from the Bugatti works at Molsheim.

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A Magnificent Bugatti Royale

Jean Bugatti standing next to his Bugatti Royale, one of seven built (1932)

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Sterand Loco 1902

Built for the Chicago Solder Co., Chicago Ill., 1902, by the Western Motor Car Co. of Marion, Indiana. It is a four-cylinder Rutenber engine, motor No. 15609, body style railroad engine; 15.6 horsepower, right hand drive, front tires 32 by 4, rear tires 34 by 4. Pistons on side of engine are air compressors, used to blow the whistle or inflate the tires, should one go flat on the raod. Car has two forward speeds and one reverse, will travel up to 60 mph. Car has air gauge 300 pounds, speedometer 60 mph. Eight-day rim wind Phinney-Walker clock. Owned and operated by Babe and Bob’s Motor Service, Robert L. Eaton, of 523 So. Crysler, Independence, Mo., at the wheel.

Powered by a 4-cylinder 40-hp Rutenber gasoline engine, It is equipped with numerous working locomotive features which included a cow catcher, bell, single headlight, steam stack and sand dome, 8 Day penny rim wind clock, all of which served a useful function. It Has 2 Forward & Reverse Transmission And Has Been Driven 12,000 Miles. Has Had 3 Owners & Second Owner Purchased It In 1947 From The Original Owner In Chicago Illinois

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1961 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Resto-mod – Edelbrock 350 CID, 363Hp

Here’s a brief description, with a more detailed description below. Metallic Blue w/pearl white coves, black leather interior; 350 Edelbrock, polished aluminum, dual-quad, roller crate motor, 700R4 automatic transmission w/overdrive, power rack & pinion steering, power (front disc, rear drum) brakes; AM/FM/CD stereo w/amplifier & 8 speakers; A/C, cruise control, 2 tops.

This car has won many 1st place awards including several “Best of Show” & two 1st places “Best in Class” at the Forest Grove (Oregon) Concourse d’Elegance. Sale includes restoration pictures & receipts, car cover, original hard top & headlight bezels (all painted car color, but never installed), hardtop hoist/lift, extra serpentine belt, 5/26/2017 appraisal.

Custom-ordered Edelbrock 350 cid, 363hp Chevrolet polished aluminum crate engine, dual-quad carburetors – 500 cfm Thunder AVS (1 electric choke, other manual), roller camshaft & lifters, polished straight-plug heads w/o EGR, polished C-26 Dual Quad intake manifold (uses oil filler boss at front of intake), MSD distributor & coil, serpentine belt pulley system includes polished aluminum: 1-wire alternator (upgraded from 105 amps to 140), water pump, power steering pump, Sanden AC compressor, power steering remote reserve headers – shorty, ram-horn, center dump – ceramic coated electric ‘pull’ fan w/adjustable thermostat.

1961 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Resto-mod - Edelbrock 350 CID, 363Hp
1961 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Resto-mod – Edelbrock 350 CID, 363Hp

Independent Front Suspension (Jim Meyer Racing) includes: power rack & pinion steering, power (front) disc brakes, QA1 adjustable coil-over shocks, sway bar, power brake booster, dual master cylinder, Clean, degreased under carriage; frame sandblasted & sealed w/POR-15 (rust preventative coating), remaining undercarriage & wheel wells undercoated – 700R4 automatic (overdrive) transmission, transmission cooler & speedometer cable.  Rebuilt (3:73, open) rear-end, rear axles, rear brakes, rear anti sway bar. Fiberglass (mono) rear leaf springs & (Edelbrock IAS) ‘self-adjusting’ rear shocks – paint (metallic blue w/pearl white coves), over gel coated un-hit body w/all original body bonding strips/seams; both front fenders have a steel reinforcement strip on the underside of the stainless trim that runs down the top of each fender (standard in 1958, optional on other years) – carpet – two tone (aka., salt n’ pepper) dark & medium blue, sound deadener & heat insulator – windshield & side glass – all tinted – weather-stripping – fuel tank & sending unit – fuel & brake lines

White stay-fast (aka., Hartzcloth) soft top & (painted ‘body colored‘ blue, never installed) hard top – Alpine AM/FM/CD stereo with Alpine amplifier & 8 (Polk/MOMO) speakers (2 in dash, 2 in kick panels & 2 in each headrest), air conditioning, heater, defroster, cruise control, leather interior (Al Knoch, dash, door panels, seat covers, armrests, grab bar, shifter boot, deck lid hold-down straps), wiring & fuse block, all chrome re-chromed & stainless polished, new side mirrors – includes installing new passenger side mirror & relocating drivers mirror, windshield wiper system (intermittent), BF Goodrich (radial) tires & polished (Billet Specialties, billet aluminum) 5-spoke rims, All gauges restored – ammeter converted to Voltmeter, oil pressure converted from 60psi to 80psi, new quartz clock – Carpeted trunk w/Alpine amplifier & tail-light protector cones (x4).

Many 1st place awards including several “Best of Show” & two 1st place “Best in Class” at Forest Grove Concourse d’Elegance.

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1962 Ferrari 250 GT

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale ( Sharknose ) by Bertone.

One of the Most Beloved and Recognizable Coachbuilt Ferraris
Giugiaro Design Inspired by Ferrari’s Legendary Sharknose Racing Cars
Nuccio Bertone’s Personal Car

Technical Specs

2,953 CC SOHC Tipo 168/61 V-12 Engine
Three Weber 40 DCZ6 Carburetors
240 HP at 7,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Vacuum-Assisted Dunlop Disc Brakes
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension with Tubular Shock Absorbers
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs and Tubular Shock Absorbers

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Auburn 1933 V12 Speedster

The highlight of the Auburn 12 was undoubtedly its engine which produced 160 bhp and enough torque to move even the heaviest bodies with ease. This was attached to a free-wheeling differential that disengaged the engine when the throttle was released. Furthermore the 12 was also equipped with an overdrive ‘Dual-Ratio’ axle gear that allowed for high top speeds and reduced fuel consumption.

Auburn 1933 V12 speedster 

Auburn 1933 V12 Speedster


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Spectacular 1966 Corvette

Harold Stamey has customized many hot rods, including this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray which reflects his personality and speaks to his history.

1966 Corvette

Free Corvette Ideas

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