Beauty, it’s been said, is in the eye of the beholder. In the world of custom vehicles, aesthetic beauty is admittedly subjective, but one thing that can’t be disputed is a vehicle’s historical significance. To follow-up the center-stage appearance of the Hirohata Merc at this year’s Cars at the Capital in Washington, D.C., this month we decided to take a look at five more of the interesting customs from the heyday of the trend.
Can you feel it? Summer is finally in the air and, with it…wait for it…the summer car show season! This month, the Historic Vehicle Association presented awards at four prestigious events across the country. Read on to learn more and share your events in the comments section below or over on our Facebook page.
Robert Pirsig, author of counter-culture classic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died last month at the age of 88. Though he never mentioned the make/model of motorcycle he rode in the book, it’s well documented that Pirsig loved touring on his Honda CB77 Super Hawk. This little bit of trivia got us to thinking: With the summer reading season almost here, what are some other great old books that use classic vehicles to help drive the plot? Read on.
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 mythic, multi-fuel Model T, “Smiling” Ralph Mulford’s record-breaking 1916 Hudson Super-Six, the story behind the man who created the electric vehicle starter and more.
Automotive history is full of lost treasures. From the rediscovery of CSX2287’s strange legacy to the seemingly endless number of barn finds that have cropped up in recent years, there is no shortage of great stories to be told. With that, this month we take a look at one of the earliest instances of a lost automotive treasure.
National Twilight Zone Day—yes, it’s a real thing—is coming up on May 11th. Rod Serling’s sometimes creepy and always mind-bending series aired from 1959 until 1964. Still a favorite in syndication, The Twilight Zone is also a window that looks back into a great time for the automobile. Here’s a look at some of our favorite “Zone cars.”
A car with a fascinating backstory and massive cultural impact, the 1964 Chevrolet Impala lowrider known as “Gypsy Rose” is an important new addition to the National Historic Vehicle Register that was chosen to kick off the third annual Cars at the Capital exhibition on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
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.