Author Archive: Jim Pickering
When you see a 1980 Ford Fairmont like this, you probably think you’re looking at a grandpa mobile or boring mommy wagon. But this one is packing a hot little secret – there’s a 308-cubic inch small block Ford roller motor under its hood. This is a case of a sleeper that’s actually functional as [...]
If you needed a four-wheel drive truck back in 1956, there were only a few options available. They usually required a third-party contractor, like NAPCO, which would take a new pickup and convert it with special axles, special gearing, and a transfer case – just the thing for clawing up mountains for firewood at a [...]
Known as the “Zephster Special,” this vintage-styled hot rod features a channeled body over a stretched chassis, as well as a V12 sourced from a 1941 Lincoln Zephyr. If you and your buddies are into vintage-styled retro hot rods, this is the car for you. It’ll stand out more than any other ’29-’32 Ford roadster [...]
Volkswagen Beetles are great little city cars. But their rear-mounted air cooled engines, torsion bar suspensions, and super simple mechanical components make them great off-roaders, too ó especially when properly fitted out with a suspension lift, big tires, and special gearing. There isn’t much that can break on one of these, and that’s a good [...]
Cadillac has always been the Gold standard for GM, and this Caddy comes straight out of the era when bigger was better – it’s nearly 19 feet long and weighs over 4,500 pounds. If you’re looking for curb appeal in a ’60s cruiser, you’ve found the right car. Just don’t try to parallel park it [...]
The 300SL roadster and Gullwing have been iconic blue-chip collectibles for years now. And growing interest in those cars has boosted interest in these smaller, cheaper 190SLs. They don’t feature the same power or performance of their larger brothers, but these little SLs do have a lot of the same looks. And they’re great little [...]
Mercury introduced the Cougar in 1967 as a bridge between Ford’s Mustang and Thunderbird. The performance/luxury hybrid combination worked really well — Motor Trend named the first-year model “Car of the Year,” and it accounted for nearly half of all Mercury’s sales that year.