Nostalgia Highway

World's most expensive car on display at California museum

(August 9, 2010) If you're interested in seeing the most expensive car in the world, now's the time to plan a trip to Southern California. The Mullin Automotive Museum is displaying a 1936 Bugatti Type SC57 Atlantic. The museum is located in Oxnard, about an hour's drive north of Los Angeles.

The Bugatti sold for more than $30 million earlier this year.

Muscle cars....the halcyon days

By Al Vinikour

I seem to be in an envious place — old enough to collect Social Security but lucid enough to remember the carefree days of my youth. Those days included spending most of my Sundays at U.S. 30 Drag Strip, a legendary track located in Merrillville, Ind.

1925 Chevrolet — Have house, will travel

It's a house! No, it's a car!

Actually it's both a house and a car. It's an historic 1925 Chevrolet House Car, and one of 225 vehicles that General Motors put up for auction from its collection in January 2009.

The house car brought $123,200 at a Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.

1964½ Mercury Comet Cyclone brings fond memories

By Al Vinikour

Just like everyone who remembers where they were when they got the news that President Kennedy had been assassinated, so, too, they remember their first new car.

One answer to a mid-life crisis — 1984 Dodge 600 Convertible

By Al Vinikour

There’s nothing like a divorce from a 20-year marriage to propel one into a mid-life crisis. Except unlike finding an 18-year-old blonde I channeled my new life through a 1984 Dodge 600 Convertible. It was black with a black top and red vinyl interior. It was cool and I thought I was as well.

Irv Gordon aims to turn 3 million miles in his 1966 Volvo

(July 15, 2010) ROCKLEIGH, N.J.  — As a record-breaking automotive pioneer turns 70 today, he shows no signs of slowing down — literally. In fact, Irv Gordon — driver of the highest mileage vehicle on the road, a 1966 Volvo P1800 — aims to reach an unmatchable record sometime in the next three years.

With more than 2.8 million miles on his sporty red Volvo sports car, Gordon is celebrating his birthday by affirming his goal of reaching three million miles before his 73rd birthday forever enshrining him as an iron man in automotive endurance.

N.C. man restores 1940 Packard

(July 8, 2010) GOLDSBORO, N.C. — Cars have been a big part of Adrian Overbee’s life since he was old enough to drive. Beginning with a 1939 Chevrolet coupe, he has owned and restored several antique cars over the past 45 years.

He also owned some new Detroit metal in his younger years that have become classic cars today including a 1959 Buick convertible and a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette.

The fifties — a golden age of automotive design

The U.S. automobile industry exploded in the years following World War II. As the industry worked to satisfy pent-up demand for new cars, automobile design was revolutionized. The late '40s through the early '60s was, indeed, the golden age of design as cars grew bigger and styling bolder.

It was truly an American phenomenon. There was no serious competition from the Europeans and Asians. American cars — and automobile design (fins and all) — set the standard for the world.

1966 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre is very fondly remembered

By Al Vinikour

I was fortunate enough to have grown up in those halcyon days of the Muscle Car Era. Every manufacturer had a dog in the hunt.

That gloriously styled 1957 Lincoln

By Jim Meachen

The memory is still vivid.

Many years ago I fancied myself a future designer of automobiles. For a few years after I became a teenager I thought design was what I wanted to do when I "grew up."