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How Japan’s Assault On America Started

The first postwar Japanese cars were spartan and simple to keep prices affordable. Very poor Japanese roads meant that while cars had to be rugged, they did not need not be fast. The tax structure favored Kei Jidoski microcars with under 360 cc engines and no longer than 3-meters (118-inches.) They were also exempt from mandatory overhaul and owners did not have to prove they had a place to park before they could make a purchase. Read More »

Buying A Collectible Vehicle? Don’t Get Taken

You want to buy a collectible vehicle. Maybe, it's the Corvette or Mustang couldn't afford when you were younger. Or perhaps, it's a convertible or sports car. Nice vintage vehicles are quite expensive, you want to be sure you get what you are paying for. This is vital if you are buying a collectible not only for fun, but also as an investment. Read More »

Vintage Travel Trailers

Recently I pulled into the Vail Lake Resort near Temecula, California and was transported back many decades to when people camped in “canned hams,” “bread loafs,” ”streamliners” and “teardrops.” That’s because the Vintage Trailer Rally was being heldin this nicely restored trailer park with lots of old oak trees. Read More »

When Cadillac Was King

I recently spent a weekend at the Cadillac-LaSalle Club’s Grand National 2006 Convention in Orange, California. A century of Cadillac history was on display with cars ranging from a 1907 Brass Era Cadillac M Victoria Touring to a 2007 Cadillac XLR. The Cadillacs were displayed in chronological order making it easy to walk through Cadillac history. Read More »

Pony Car Muscle Deja Vu

On April 17, 1964, Ford unveiled the Mustang and Pony Car era began. Chevrolet had its Camaro ready by 1967 and the Dodge Challenger appeared in 1960. History is repeating itself. In 2003, Ford brought out its retro-styled Mustang. Like the 1964 Mustang, it was a huge hit. Read More »

Barrett-Jackson 2005 Palm Beach Auction Top Twenty Sellers

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — The 3rd Annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction was a resounding success as the total sales, number of bidders and attendance significantly increased from the 2004 event. Initial data indicates sales rose to a staggering $22,000,000 with 25 percent more visitors and bidders during the all “no reserve” auction. The 3rd Annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector ... Read More »

Howard Hughes’s 1953 Buick Roadmaster Sells for $1.62 Million at

PALM BEACH, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 2, 2005–Aviation genius Howard Hughes’s 1953 Buick Roadmaster sold for $1.62 including bidder’s premium at no reserve at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction on Saturday, April 2, 2005. The 3rd Annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction is running from April 1 – April 3, 2005, at the South Florida Expo Center. “$1.62 million is a ... Read More »

50 Collectible Corvettes to Set Hearts Pounding at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction

50 Collectible Corvettes to Set Hearts Pounding at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction Palm Beach, Florida — Fifty highly sought Corvettes will be sold at no reserve during the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction. With models ranging from 1954 through 2004, this is one of the best selections of America’s sports car ever offered at a Barrett-Jackson event. The 3rd Annual Barrett-Jackson ... Read More »