Nostalgia Highway

A son's 38-year quest to find and restore his father's 1967 VW Type 3

(March 21, 2020) Lynn Pfenning spent 38 years chasing down his father’s beloved 1967 Volkswagen Type 3 fastback and four years restoring it to its original glory. The cousin of the Volkswagen Beetle was a major touchstone of Pfenning’s childhood. His father purchased the Brunswick Blue Type 3 fastback for $2,200 in 1967 after totaling his 1965 Volkswagen Beetle.

The car was no match for a cow he hit while traveling home from their grandparents’ house in rural North Dakota.

Petersen Automotive Museum to stream Vault tours during closure

(March 20, 2020) LOS ANGELES — For enthusiasts looking for digital entertainment while practicing social distancing, the Petersen Automotive Museum will stream Vault tours during its temporary closure. Led by Collection Manager Dana Williamson, the hour-long digital tour provides rare access to never-before-seen race cars, movie cars and culturally significant vehicles from the Vault presented by Hagerty.

Online Vault tours will cost $3. The admission allows the museum to continue to maintain its collection and support staff and digital programs during its closure until March 31.

Volkswagen presents electric e-BULLI concept based on 1966 classic

(March 20, 2020) HANOVER, Germany — Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is presenting for the first time the e-BULLI, an all-electric vehicle that produces zero emissions on the road. Equipped with the drive system components of the latest Volkswagen electric vehicles, the concept vehicle is based on a T1 Samba Bus produced in 1966 and comprehensively restored.

Chevrolet film demonstrates safety of new Corvair in 1960

(March 16, 2020) When Chevrolet introduced the rear-engine Corvair for the 1960 model year, General Motors also began a campaign to convince skeptical new car buyers that it was a safe vehicle. This film was produced to demonstrate the economy car’s handling, braking, reliability, structural strength. Chevrolet tagged it “the compact car that people could count on.”

Mecum reveals the Ken Miles Shelby GT350R Model in May auction

(March 12, 2020) WALWORTH, Wis. — The awe-inspiring collection of John Atzbach — highlighted most notably by the first 1965 Shelby GT350R Competition Model built, known as the “Flying Mustang” — was announced today by Mecum Auctions as an offering that will serve as the headlining main attraction of Dana Mecum’s 33rd Original Spring Classic, to be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis this May 12-17.

Auction starts March 19 for rare 1979 Volkswagen GTI 1.6 Mk 1

(Mach 8, 2020) LONDON, England — A rare 1979 Volkswagen Golf GTI 1.6 Mk1 Series 1 in museum quality condition will go under the hammer with leading online classic car auction house, The Market. The very early UK, right hand drive, 4-speed has covered less than 17,000 miles from new in the hands of only three registered owners, making it possibly the best preserved, most original and most well-known Golf GTI Mk 1 on the planet.

Barrett-Jackson heads to Florida with some desirable convertibles

(March 5, 2020) PALM BEACH, Fla. —  Barrett-Jackson heads to the Sunshine State with a docket of unique and desirable convertibles during the 18th Annual Palm Beach Auction April 16-14 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Among some of the noteworthy drop-tops crossing the block in the Orange State is a stunning Larkspur Harbor Blue 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible. The nut-and-bolt restored Bel Air is powered by a 283ci Power Pack V8 engine with a 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust.

Hagerty's DriveShare taking entries for Highway 1 Dream Drive

(March 1, 2020) TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Licensed drivers who share their vision of a "Dream Drive" will be eligible to win a four-day, three-night road trip down California's famed Highway 1 in a Daytona Coupe by Factory Five, courtesy of DriveShare by Hagerty.

One Rabbit GTI fan's years-long build of his "ultimate" custom car

(February 25, 2020) However much you’ve worked on a single vehicle, chances are you haven’t done as much as Derek Spratt did to his 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI. Over the course of seven years, Spratt estimates he spent more than 12,000 hours modifying his GTI and documenting his labor of love in over 180 videos on social media.

Classic Recreations debuts new 1,000-horsepower 1969 Mustang Mach 1

(February 15, 20200 YUKON, Okla. — Oklahoma-based custom coach builder Classic Recreations has introduced its latest vehicle — a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 nicknamed “Hitman.” The vehicle is the first Mach 1 produced as part of an exclusive licensing deal with Ford Motor Company that includes iconic Mustangs like the Boss 429, Boss 302 and the Mach 1.