Nostalgia Highway

Italian event celebrates the Spirit of Ecstasy

(February 24, 2014) CERNOBBIO, Italy — The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014 will be staged on the weekend of May 23-25 over the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and neighboring Villa Erba on Lake Como in Cernobbio, Italy. The 2014 edition will again see an intimate selection of 50 historic automobiles displayed against the incomparable backdrop of Lake Como.

Mustangs to turn out in record numbers for Silverstone Classic

(February 22, 2014) LONDON — The legendary Ford Mustang turns 50 this year, a milestone that’s being celebrated in style at this summer’s award-winning Silverstone Classic July 25-27.

Chrysler Group's SRT Viper wins NAHC Collectible Car Award

(February 20, 2014) DETROIT — The National Automotive History Collection (NAHC) has selected the Chrysler Group's SRT Viper as its "Collectible Car of the Future."

NAHC members vote annually to name the "Collectible Car of the Future" from North American-built vehicles launched during the previous calendar year. The SRT Viper was selected from 19 all-new vehicles introduced in 2013.

New Enzo Ferrari Museum opens in Modena

(February 19, 2014) MODENA, Italy — The new Enzo Ferrari Museum (EFM) was opened Feb. 18 in Modena by Luca di Montezemolo and Piero Ferrari, the son of the man who started off the amazing story of a marque recognized today as the strongest in the world.

The choice of Feb. 18 for the reopening of the MEF was in recognition of the anniversary of Enzo Ferrari’s birth on Feb. 18, 1898.

Packard brings the Clipper back for 1953 model year

(February 13, 2014) In 1953, Packard reintroduced the Cliipper name after a five year absence on its entry-level car replacing the Packard 200 in the hopes of increasing sales with a "more affordable" Packard. The Clipper was available in Special and Deluxe trim models and two-door and four-door sedans.

Toyota Coaster — New bus, same as the old bus

(February 13, 2014) This Toyota Coaster may look like the minibus that was first introduced back in 1969, but in fact it the paint is barely dry.

A team of Toyota technicians scoured old storehouses and even scavenged scrap metal from around Japan to build this bus. Rusted panels were polished up and damaged parts were reproduced from original drawings to re-make this Coaster prototype.

Why so much love and care over an old bus?

Mazda MX-5 Miata celebrates 25 years of roadster fun

(February 8, 2014) CHICAGO — On Feb. 9, 1989, the world was introduced to the all-new Mazda MX-5 Miata at the Chicago Auto Show. A few months later, it was named as one of the five "World's Best Cars" by Road & Track and never looked back.

The story of a 1937 Ford House Car

(February 4, 2014) Graeme Thickins of Bloomington, Minn., was owner of a rare 1937 Ford House Car for a short time before he sold it in California at the Wavecrest 2001 Woodie Show.

Thickins took possession of the truck after it had been stored for years in a garage in Minnesota. Reportedly only about six a year were built in the mid '30s. names its Top 10 Most Iconic Cars

(February 4, 2014) CHICAGO — today released a list of the top 10 most iconic cars of the past 25 years. The site's experts compiled the list based on cars that set trends, have unusually expressive styling, performance under the hood and other factors that make these some of the most memorable cars to date.

The Volkswagen Beetle celebrates 65 years in the United States

(January 30, 2014) HERNDON, Va. — This month, the Volkswagen Beetle celebrates 65 years since it first arrived in the United States. In January of 1949, a Volkswagen “Type 1,” or Beetle, was shipped to New York City by Ben Pon, Sr., a Dutch businessman and the world’s first official Volkswagen importer.

That car — and another, subsequent Beetle — found buyers the same year, marking the first time that Volkswagen vehicles were sold in the United States.