Logan Lawson was only 13 in 2009 when he stumbled upon a message board comment and later an eBay ad for a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro that was touted as possibly the first Camaro built.
“The ’66 Hemi Charger was the start of something extraordinary,” Historic Vehicle Association president mark Gessler said. “It was the most muscle you could buy in a street car. It was engineered to compete with the Chevrolet Chevelle, Pontiac GTO and Oldsmobile 442. Top dog status was important in Detroit and around the country.”
The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance will hold a special gathering of historic Anderson Motor Co. cars manufactured in Rocky Hill, S.C., from 1916 through 1925. Several of these rare automobiles will be shown during the Nov. 4-6 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival.
The 1938 Buick Y-Job Concept has long been considered the vehicle that most influenced the design of American cars in the 1950s, and due to that accomplishment, the Y-Job will become the 14th automobile named to the National Historic Register.
Since 1994, BMW has been building a variety of vehicles in South Carolina, where Volvo and Mercedes-Benz plan to open assembly plants in the next two or three years. But many don’t realize that the state’s automotive history spans a full century.
The Buick Y-Job, which holds the status of the automotive industry’s first-ever concept car, has been added to the National Historic Vehicle Register.
At a reception last week, the Historic Vehicle Association staged the formal opening of its National Automotive Heritage Laboratory, a facility designed for doing laser scanning and measurement and archival photography of entire automobiles, as well as providing library research space, all in support of documenting the most significant automobiles in American history for future generations.
Two years ago, the Shelby Daytona became the first inductee in the National Historic Vehicle Register. The 14th car to get the same treatment is the Buick Y-Job, the first-ever concept car.