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The Mystery Tucker 48s
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The Mystery Tucker 48s

Burned. Boxed. Buried. Warning, this story may make your stomach churn. While I've long been a fan of the Tucker story and the cars, this installment of that Tucker tale has evaded me, until now. I dove into this rabbit hole as soon as I laid eyes on old photos of a crispy 1948 Tucker 48 floating around the web. It wasn't long before I learned this Tucker, one of 51 completed at the factory, ended up buried in someone's yard. Chances are, it's nothing but rust at this point, but if you're on the hunt for a missing Tucker, you're in luck. Tucker 1023 before the fire. (TACA) The Burned Tucker Above & top: 1023 after the fire (TACA) On September 29, 1978, as Tucker 1023 was awaiting restoration in a Florida warehouse, a fire broke out. The devastation was fast and fierc...
Roadside Sighting – 1966 Shelby GT350-H – is it real?
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Roadside Sighting – 1966 Shelby GT350-H – is it real?

I'm not big on breaking traffic law, but when this black and gold Mustang caught the corner of my eye, doing a U-turn across four lanes of traffic for a better look didn't seem like a problem. At first glance, one could understand why any gear head or auto historian might get excited here -- just look at that letter and number combo behind the front tires. G.T. 350H. The stuff of legend. Could this dusty, rusty, Mustang, that my fiancée says has been there for years, be the real deal? Could it be one of 1,000 1966 Shelby GT350 sent to Hertz as part of the rent-a-racer program? 1966 Shelby GT350H replica Unfortunately, no, I don't think it is my dream barn find, so to speak. There's a few key indicators that say this is a replica, if you can even call it that. The most damning...
5 sweet vans for sale on Craigslist under $4K – that run!
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5 sweet vans for sale on Craigslist under $4K – that run!

The first car I bought myself to actually daily drive (first bought a 1949 Plymouth as a project), was a 1983 Chevy G20 van. It's beautiful shades of brown inside and out led me to name it the Kangaroo Pouch. My friends and I soon dubbed ourselves the Kangaroo Pouch Kids. Without a doubt, it was the best $500 I ever spent on a vehicle and selling it was nothing short of regrettable. Although, I did double my money. Anyway, as I sit here reminiscing about the days gone by, I find myself cruising Craigslist in search of my past, hoping to find my future. Let's see if anything I've come across scrambles memories of road trips, concerts or young love for you. That said, I'm going to take a wild guess that some of you may have lost those memories in a hazy fog. OK, enough, let's check out thes...
February 1, 1901 – American poet and road tripper Langston Hughes is born
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February 1, 1901 – American poet and road tripper Langston Hughes is born

Happy Black History Month! This blog will make an effort to share Black history stories related to automotive history every day through the month of February. Some days, perhaps most, it may take a stretch to connect the two topics, but the stories and lessons shared will hopefully prove educational and entertaining nonetheless. Let's hit the road, shall we? Born in Missouri on this day in 1901, Langston Hughes would grow up to be a prominent poet, novelist, activist and an important social figure of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. What he wasn't known for, was his driving skills, which were apparently non-existent, at least up to around 1930. Despite this, writer and cultural archivist Zora Neale Hurston had no qualms inviting Hughes to join her on an road trip of great importanc...
5 Barn Find Cars & 1 Flying Machine  Under $10,500 on Craigslist Right Now
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5 Barn Find Cars & 1 Flying Machine Under $10,500 on Craigslist Right Now

You never know what you'll find cruising through Craigslist ads from around the country. This selection is sure to have something for just about everyone, even if you prefer to fly than drive. It'll be up to you to verify the "barn find" status of these rides, but each of the sellers of these fine vehicles claims that's what they are. Without further ado, here are five barn finds for sale, all $10,500 or under. 1964 Chevrolet Biscayne - $3,400 1964 Chevrolet For Sale The Chevrolet Biscayne was first introduced in 1958 as the brand's least expensive full size car. That's where it stayed throughout its production life, which lasted until 1972. This particular example, located in SE Michigan, is said to be a true barn find with just over 87,000 miles on its six cylinder and three s...
Cruise Night
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Cruise Night

Cruise nights, Coffee & Cars, car shows, whatever you want to call it, this author loves it. As an admirer of most things with wheels (get out of here wheelbarrows), I enjoy few things more than cruising rows of classics, muscle cars and vintage trucks, and whatever else may be populating the parking stalls. Here's a few shots from a recent cruise night outside Chicago.
Meanwhile, Joe Zolper built a Badass 1969 Daytona Door Slammer
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Meanwhile, Joe Zolper built a Badass 1969 Daytona Door Slammer

9 Years and 2,500 Horsepower Later, the Car is Ready for the Strip It was nine years ago Joe Zolper accepted a gutted 1968 Dodge Charger as payment for painting a friend’s semi. Back then, the deal wasn't that good, but you took what you could get to chase your dream. In Joe's case, he dreamed of owning a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. With prices soaring into the heavens, the chances of the master fabricator bringing one home were slim, but this rotting Charger gave him an idea: build one. The car came into Joe’s life at the perfect time. Facing some personal hardships, he believed a big project could carry him through and keep his mind off the troubles. When the Mopar landed in his shop, the tear down began. Word of his endeav...

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