Author Archives: bearnest

Car of the Week: 1931 Ford Model A custom

Immersed in the hot rod hobby from age seven, Atascadero, Calif.’s Kristine Barbosa is no stranger to the garage. More recently as the wife of a busy builder, Kristine has witnessed the ground-up approach, so she fully understands the commitment required to see a build all the way through. With a...

Car of the Week: 1932 LaSalle Model 345-B

Story and photos By Angelo Van Bogart Although gone from the automotive landscape since 1940, LaSalle has lived on in popular culture, partially thanks to the lyrics of “Those Were the Days,” the theme song of the popular 1970s TV sitcom “All in the Family.” Every Sunday night, TV characters Archie...

Car of the Week: 1965 Mercury Comet Caliente

The Mercury Comet had a bit of an identity crisis right from the get-go. The Ford Falcon-based pseudo compacts were originally ticketed for the Edsel lineup. Before they ever appeared in public however, plans changed and the cars were sent to Lincoln-Mercury dealerships, even if a lot of customers there weren’t...

Car of the Week: 1978 GMC Sierra Classic

In 1978, GMC pickups were regularly in the spotlight through weekly appearances on TV shows such as “The Rockford Files” and “CHiPs.” Burt Reynolds added to the notoriety with a scene from the movie “Hooper” in which he drove a jazzed-up red 1978 GMC K-15 in his portrayal of fictional daredevil...

Car of the Week: 1964 Chevrolet Greenbrier van

It’s a funny thing about Corvair owners. After they acquire their first Corvair, they somehow usually find room for a few more. The Corvairs certainly started multiplying like bunnies for David Fox of Marshfield, Wis. The retired farmer got his first taste of Corvairs when he was a kid.

Car of the Week: 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

Rod Ryan might never completely get over “the one that got away.” But when it comes to his favorite collector car, it’s very unlikely he will make the same mistake twice. “I took delivery of this car in May of 1971,” he says of his one-owner 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible. “I...

Car of the Week: 1958 Chevrolet Impala custom

Ron Kiblinger had multiple muscle cars and antiques that had gone unnoticed at car shows — mostly because they were in a line of cars that were the same or similar to his. His passion was to build a unique show car using a 1958 Chevrolet Impala.

Car of the Week: 1959 Cadillac Coupe deVille

Rick Payton’s first car was a turquoise 1964 Cadillac Coupe deVille that he never had the chance to drive. Now he’s making up for it by buying and restoring the flashiest and most significant postwar examples to wear the Cadillac crest and V.