It started out as a standard 1951 Mercury Coupe. And then Sam and George Barris got their hands on it. Here’s a look at the “the most famous custom of the classic era,” a one-of-a-kind original that set a new standard for style and attitude in the custom car building scene.
Not many individual cars can claim credit for giving rise to an entire automotive subculture. And yet Gypsy Rose, rolling out of the barrios of East L.A., down Whittier Boulevard and into world-wide recognition, has managed to do just that. Read on to learn more about the car that helped shape modern lowrider culture.
For many, a 1932 Ford roadster is the quintessential hot rod. Take a look back at the original—the trendsetting car that became the benchmark of style for so many hot rods that came after it and remained an icon even as hot rod tastes changed throughout the decades.
While the big focus for us here at the Historic Vehicle Association is next month’s Third Annual Cars at the Capital in Washington, D.C, we still managed to take in some of the exceptional cars on display at this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida. Check out our report as well as a recap of last year’s Cars at the Capital if, for some reason, you’re questioning whether or not you should attend.
Every month we spend some time scouring the web for some of the best classic car stories so you don’t have to. In this month’s installment of The Roundup we link you to articles about the U.S. Army’s World War II testing of the iconic jeep, the life and fast times of fuel-altered pioneer Leon Fitzgerald, a rare 1948 “Air Force” Chevy Suburban barn find, and more.
This month, the HVA, along with Volkswagen, honored the Black American Racers Association (BARA) and its contributions to the recognition of African-Americans in motorsport.
Remember when you had to pay extra to have seat belts installed in a new car? How about 90-days warranties, new car “break-in” periods and 30,000-mile tires? It wasn’t so long ago that buying and maintaining a daily driver was really a chore. Here’s a few, fun little reminders of what went into buying and maintaining a new car 50-odd years ago when times were slower and our attention spans longer.
From 1924 to 1936, the Midwest’s best and brightest black drivers and mechanics competed in what became known as the Gold and Glory Sweepstakes. Here, we take a look at this important yet nearly forgotten auto-race that altered the course of history for America’s black mechanics and drivers.