Nostalgia Highway

Checker Motor Cars an innovative concept in automobile collection

(September 14, 2014) HAVERHILL, Mass. — The iconic Checker cab returns! Steve Contarino, an avid car enthusiast and collector, has announced formation of Checker Motor Cars, a business dedicated to support the iconic Checker automobile.

On this day in 1899 first U.S. traffic fatality occurred in New York City

(September 13, 2014) On this day in 1899 (Saturday, Sept. 13) the first known traffic fatality occurred in the U.S. When Henry Bliss stepped off a streetcar at Central Park West and 74th Street in New York, automobiles were a novelty.  Thus, he didn't look carefully, and was run over by an almost silent electric taxi. 

Cadillac led the way out of hand cranking 102 years ago

(September 11, 2014) DETROIT — With the turn of a key or push of a button, starting a car today is taken for granted. But a century ago, the electric starter that debuted in the 1912 Cadillac Touring Edition helped establish Cadillac’s reputation as a test bed of technology and innovation.

Before the electric starter, it took a hand crank, a lot of muscle, and a bit of hope to start driving.

1972 E-Type Jaguar fetches over $70,000 in London sale

(September 6, 2014) LONDON — A 1972 one-owner Jaguar E-type S3 FHC stormed past its £17,500 ($28,000) - £20,000 ($32,000) estimate to sell for £45,372 ($72,500) at Barons’ British Heritage sale at Sandown Park on Sept. 2. The car was part of the collection of the late David Cheeseman, and attracted a huge amount of interest, with bids coming in over the internet, from three phone bidders and from bidders in the bustling sale room itself.

CMC to produce limited run of Mark 2 by Callum

(September 5, 2014) LONDON — Following the amazing response from car enthusiasts around the world after the launch of the Jaguar Mark 2 by Callum, Classic Motor Cars Limited (CMC) has announced it will be producing a limited edition run of cars.

Selling the 1937 Plymouth with an effective advertising movie

(September 3, 2014) After watching the 11-minute commercial on the 1937 Plymouth we wanted to jump out of our chair and head to the nearest Plymouth dealer for a test drive. To say the commercial was persuasive is an understatement.

The brand appeared in 1928, Chrysler Corp.'s first entry in the so-called low-priced field, which was dominated by Ford and Chevrolet at the time.

Three tips to protect classic car from mice and rat damage

(September 1, 2014) If you store your classic car, muscle machine, sportster, collector, or restored summer car over the winter, and think it's protected from mice by being locked in the garage or car shed, think again.

An unused, protected vehicle or car puts up a gigantic "Welcome!" sign for mice and rats looking to come in out of the cold. They'll perform unthinkable acts in unimaginable places, and cleaning up their mess will cost you an unbelievable amount of money.

Lessons in driving etiquette from Chevrolet — 1936 style

(August 28, 2014) Chevrolet produced some interesting — and informative — short movies in the 1930s for showing presumably at movie houses before the main feature.

This seven-minute production, "Turnabout Man," is rather unique because it doesn't push the Chevrolet brand, but offers lessons in road manners, lessons we could apply to driving today.

1921 Rolls-Royce to bring star power to Auburn Auction Park

(August 22, 2014) AUBURN, Ind. — A 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Saloon used in the acclaimed HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire" will bring star power to the historic Auburn Auction Park next week as it crosses the block during Auctions America's annual Auburn Fall weekend, Aug. 27-31.

Mini turns 55 — A small car with a great history

(August 18, 2014) MUNICH — When the first classic Mini, made in Birmingham, England, went on the market on Aug. 18, 1959, none of the people involved at the time are likely to have imagined that the concept of a revolutionary small car would turn into one of the automotive industry's most impressive success stories stretching over a period of five and half decades.

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