Think modern cars have a lot of accessories? You ain’t seen nothing yet. In this month’s web roundup, we take a look at articles spotlighting the hyper-accessorizing of Lawrence Grayson, a super rare motorcycle “barn find,” the 60th anniversary of Continental’s Mark II, the reopening of the sinkhole-struck Skydome and more.
Almost three years ago, The Old Motor posted photos of the highly ornamented Auburn Speedster of Lawrence Grayson and told the facts known about the car. This month, The Old Motor‘s Ace Zenek takes a close inside-and-out look at Grayson’s tricked out 1929 Chandler Six “65” coupe and his Windsor White Prince Victoria Coupe fitted with 76 accessories.
A Look Back at Bow Tie History With Doug Marion
Last month, Hot Rod Network‘s Doug Marion turned the spotlight on Chevy-powered street rods from 1966. A lot of great pictures, facts and sales figures here—definitely a story to check out for all Chevelle, Impala SS and Nova fans.
“Barn” Find: The Mythical 1949 Vincent Black Shadow
Motorcycle Classics’ Glenn Bewley didn’t technically find this beauty in a barn. He found it in the garage of an old Philadelphia home in foreclosure. Bewley tells the story of the find and the restoration of a bike he calls “the holy grail of vintage motorcycles.”
Continental Mark II Turns 60
[source: hemmings.com/Ford Motor Company]
“The Mark II has gained near-universal recognition as one of the most stylish cars of the 1950s, a car that bucked the chrome-everything trend and thus showed off its natural elegance to great effect. A car that, though aged, still carries the same impact it did 60 years ago,” remembers Hemmings Daily writer Daniel Strohl. In this look back at the creation of the Mark II, Strohl examines the formation of Ford’s Continental division along with the creation of the Mark II, a car that came to represent the pinnacle of 1950s era American luxury.
National Corvette Museum Reopens The Skydome
Remember last February when a gigantic sinkhole opened up under the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and swallowed eight of the most historically important Corvettes in the world? Security cameras captured the incident and a 48-second snippet of the video ended up on YouTube where its been watched some 8.5 million times. This month, ClassicCars.com put together this excellent report (with a lot of great pictures) about the Skydome’s new look and displays showing some of the restored cars alongside those too damaged to repair.