Under the Hood

Under The Hood

Wildcat spotted in the wild

A rare Wisconsin winter sighting I brake for Buick Wildcats, especially ‘64s, even when it will make me late for work. Such as today.   The Wildcat that sent me into a quick right turn really gave me goose bumps, because it was the same body style and colors as the...

$20K for an ’80s Caprice? Mecum says ‘Maybe’

4 Low-Mile 1980s Caprices to Cross Mecum Kissimmee Auction Block I thought I was the king of ’80s Caprices; it turns out I am just the court jester, at best. Among the 3500 lots that Mecum Auctions will sell at its giant Kissimmee sale in January 2019 are four low-mileage 1980s...

1956 GMC Bluegrass Runabout from GM Motorama re-discovered

Uncovering artifacts from the 1956 GMC ‘Bluegrass Runabout’ pickup truck show vehicle  There aren’t many concepts cars and show cars left to rediscover. Most were well-photographed and documented in newspaper articles of the day, and then in books and magazines of today. Yet we found one more. While cruising old GM...

Inside the Olds Rocket Circle fraternity

The Oldsmobile Rocket Circle customer appreciation program Those “Rocket Circle” ornaments on the dashboards of ‘50s Oldsmobiles are more than just another chrome trinket on a flashy ‘50s machine. General Motors’ Oldsmobile division formed the “Oldsmobile Rocket Circle” for the 1956 model year as a type of customer appreciation program. Included...

1953 Skylark prices flying north

VanDerBrink Auctions to sell rare 1953 Buick Skylark convertible project 1953 Buick Skylarks have had a pretty wild time on the auction block in the last six months. On Nov. 4, 2017, we reported that a blue 1953 Skylark deep into No. 5 territory and loaded with raccoon excrement, rust and...

Leno Rebuilds Duesenberg Model J LaGrande Coupe

Extinct Duesenberg coupe brought back from beyond   Just six coupes were originally built on the Duesenberg Model J chassis and until last December, just three were left in existence. Now the tally is back up to four. The number of coupes didn’t rise through the magic of a time machine...

Scenes from a long-gone salvage yard

While house cleaning during the Christmas break, we found a packet of photographs from 2008 showing a salvage yard located in Arkdale, Wisconsin. The limited information with the photos led us to believe the salvage yard was probably Roller’s Auto Salvage, and a cursory internet search gave us a phone number...

Holiday Gift Idea: An FranchiseBelgique Subscription

Instead of sharing your Franchise-belgique with a friend, gift them a subscription of their own this holiday season. Then you can share your read issues with a different friend! Franchise-belgique is the highest-frequency publication for die-hard vintage car and truck lovers. Issues include stories on hobby favorites and rarities...