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  • Strike delayed delivery of sweet GTO Jan 26, 2015 6:00 AM
    Having just finished engineering school, a 24-year-old John Cutts was in need of some transportation. The year was 1964 and the day happened to be Halloween. Rather than going trick-or-treating, Cutts strolled into Right-Way Pontiac in his hometown of DeKalb.

     
  • Former carpenter now customizes motorcycles Jan 19, 2015 12:00 AM
    For many years, Tony Prust honed his skills working as a carpenter. However, his more creative, mechanical side wanted to come out, and he started customizing motorcycles. The next step was opening his own shop, Analog Motorcycles in Gurnee.

     
  • Family values and Pontiacs pass to next generation Jan 12, 2015 6:00 AM
    While growing up, Chris Vegas’ family was all about Pontiacs. When the owner of this 1966 Bonneville was born, his mother was driving a Charcoal Blue 1966 Tempest while his father drove a Fontaine Blue 1966 Ventura. Vegas’ grandparents also piloted Pontiacs.

     
  • 1962 Chevrolet panel truck remains on the job Jan 5, 2015 5:36 AM
    Trucks, whether new or old, are meant for work. John Dougherty of Palatine sure gets that when in comes to his 1962 Chevrolet panel truck.

     
  • Alluring peek sparks love of 1968 Firebird Dec 29, 2014 6:19 AM
    Chet Kumm of Huntley ordered his 1968 Pontiac Firebird new, but only because he was “late to the game.” His 1960 Pontiac Ventura had recently died and he needed wheels in the fall of 1967.

     
  • Volo museum to unveil rare Elvis find Dec 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    It’s no secret that Elvis Presley had a thing for big, beautiful Cadillacs. The rock ’n’ roll legend purchased dozens of them; some he kept, a few were customized and others he gave away.

     
  • 1939 Ford custom truck completed just in time Dec 22, 2014 6:00 AM
    The story of Dawn and Fred Castro’s custom 1939 Ford cab-over-engine truck begins with Dawn’s dad, Jim DeMars of Elmhurst. “He saw a feature on a similar truck in a magazine in 2004,” Dawn said. “He set out to re-create everything he saw.”

     
  • Thunderbird reminiscent of youthful 1960s Dec 15, 2014 6:00 AM
    Dennis Roxworthy has his mother to thank for his extreme love of Thunderbirds. His father was a staunch supporter of practical family transportation but she forbid the purchase of anything that wasn't sporty.

     
  • Firebird is an every-man’s car with Hollywood charisma Dec 8, 2014 10:43 AM
    While actor James Garner had charm enough to draw in many fans of his 1970s TV show, "The Rockford Files," Jim Suva of Westchester tuned in to watch the actor’s four-wheeled co-star, a Pontiac Firebird Espirit.

     
  • 1963 Impala, with 12 miles on odometer, still showroom ready Dec 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Nebraska is normally a pretty quiet place. Yet in September of 2013, the town of Pierce was buzzing with thousands of visitors from all over the world. The draw was an auto auction of hundreds of vintage Chevrolets, many bearing unbelievably low mileage.

     
  • A musical pairing of cars and guitars Nov 25, 2014 2:57 PM
    One of the draws to vintage muscle cars is the sweet, sweet V-8 tunes flowing from their tailpipes. Now California-based G&L Musical Instruments has launched a series of guitars that take inspiration from the best of what Detroit was churning out during the 1960s and 1970s.

     
  • Corvette Nationals features more than vintage muscle Nov 24, 2014 10:33 AM
    As the name implies, the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is a car show jammed full of vintage vehicles. But as the show has grown larger, more and more unusual items and displays are finding their way into the event.

     
  • 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass’ fast times revealed Nov 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    Two lifelong gear heads, Bob and Frank D’Antonio of Deer Park, are restoring a 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass, known as El Malo, that once sped down Southern drag strips.

     
  • Detective’s search uncovers 1968 Fastback Mustang Nov 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    It’s hard to not consider Steve McQueen’s character as one cool dude in the film “Bullitt.” Libertyville resident Bill Kinast also fits that description when driving his 1968 Ford Fastback Mustang.

     
  • Buggy travels far from the sand dunes Nov 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    A whole host of diverse automotive offerings were available in 1971. Yet that year Don Sussland of Hampshire bypassed all the muscle machines and opted for a kit dune buggy to have some fun. The craftsman wanted to work on a vehicle that would test the limits of his skills and talents. He settled on a light and nimble Scorpion LT dune buggy.

     
  • Falling for a 1960 Chrysler with a quirky personality Nov 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    Noel Hastalis inherited his love of unusual Chrysler vehicles from his father. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, the family rode in such unique rides as a 1955 Windsor, ’63 Newport and ’69 Imperial.

     
  • 1929 Model A's color is the perfect Halloween hue Oct 31, 2014 9:57 AM
    Jerry Peters has a deep-seated love for high-octane hot rods. A lot of that passion stems from his early childhood, which was spent around petroleum products.

     
  • These classic rides are as scary as ever Oct 26, 2014 9:11 AM
    With Halloween right around the corner, ClassicCars.com set out to find which on-screen vehicle would take the honor of being the scariest TV and movie vehicle of all time. And two of the winners reside right here in the Chicago suburbs.

     
  • Depression-era vehicle gets third-generation makeover Oct 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    Very few American families were making big purchases during the Great Depression of the 1930s, especially for costly items like automobiles. But despite the extreme economic conditions, Jeff Kelch’s great uncle Bill Grebble saved enough to purchased a new Chrysler for him and his wife, Essie.

     
  • Company offers fast lap around memory lane Oct 13, 2014 1:35 PM
    A few area residents, many for the first time, got a taste of what it's like to pilot the best of vintage Detroit steel. Golden Era Motors Driving Experience, a Jacksonville, Florida-based company, brought its traveling roadshow to the Volo Auto Museum.

     
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