John Scobie bought this 1939 Plymouth P7 "Road King" coupe on Ebay and had it shipped from Massachusetts to his home in Ray, Mich. (Jenny King/Special to The Detroit News)

Mopar owners open car show season

Shelby Township — Taking a chance on spring, members of the North Oakland Mopar Muscle Club circled April 26 on their calendars and staged the club’s annual meet for what could have been a cold, wet day. Owners responded by registering 150 vehicles. Many sat in the sunshine with their cars to greet visitors to … Continue Reading →

1954 Lincoln Capri

Rubber City Classic joins Cleveland Auto Show

Cleveland, Ohio — Cleveland’s automotive roots run deep. And so does its affection for cars. So when it comes to planning its annual early-spring auto show, the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association (GCADA) has for close to two decades incorporated both brand-new and not-so-new vehicles in its exhibit blueprints. A local classic car organization organized … Continue Reading →

1963 TRV Grantura Mark III

Soft spot for an 'ugly' Austin A-35

British car enthusiast Don Ensley once owned a post-war British Leyland double-decker bus; he is building an AC Cobra (289) replica, and he quickly admits he has a soft spot for his “ugly” 1957 Austin A-35. Ensley, of Rochester Hills, Mich., has spent most of his adult life working on British cars – particularly those … Continue Reading →

This reptile-like 1953 Buick convertible hails from Bella Vista, Ark., and is owned by Larry and Maggie Jenkins.

Autorama sets the year of coming hot rod shows

Getting ready for Autorama, the late-winter show for conversions and specialty vehicles here in the Motor City, is frequently a family affair. And the 2015 expo – the 63rd Detroit Autorama — was no exception. Rob Young of Royal Oak, Mich., entered his 1963 Continental under his teenage son’s name, explaining that he had picked … Continue Reading →

The torpedo-bodied Series 62 bowed for Cadillac in 1940; their clean design eliminated belt moldings and featured a swept-back windshield. Running boards were optional.

Lincolns, Cadillacs help Gilmore Car Museum expand

HICKORY CORNERS, Mich. — The Gilmore Car Museum celebrated the official opening of its latest collections not long ago. The ever-expanding Gilmore operation has housed its Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum adjacent and connected to a Franklin “dealership.” It is just across the street from the stand-alone Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum and Research Center where the … Continue Reading →

Petty's Garage used -- what else -- Petty Blue paint on its Petty Edition 2015 Ford Mustang GT. And true to Richard Petty's NASCAR racing roots, the garage worked with the folks at Roush Performance to boost the 5.0-liter V8 engine's output to more than 600 horsepower.  (Larry Edsall / Special to The Detroit News)

SEMA aftermarket show goes from big to enormous

LAS VEGAS — Except for the occasional (although many would say much too frequent of late) recall to fix a problem, there’s nothing really wrong with the cars and trucks, coupes and convertibles, sedans and station wagons, crossovers and sport utilities we buy at our local automobile dealerships. And yet… After we have them in … Continue Reading →

A 1940 Mercury Roadster

San Diego museum offers a dazzling car classroom

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The San Diego Automotive Museum is a transportation classroom easily enjoyed by everyone from knowledgable enthusiasts to visitors with only a passing interest in cars. View photos: San Diego Museum In October the museum’s Cars & Society permanent collection was joined by extraordinary examples in the special exhibit “Lead Sleds & … Continue Reading →

1922 Haynes 75

Old Car Festival is like a huge family union

DEARBORN, Mich. — The Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village/The Henry Ford is like a huge family reunion. As early car makers combined forces over the years, there were multiple marriages with offspring; there were both expected and untimely deaths. There were well-kept family members with gleaming brass, award ribbons and good posture, and there … Continue Reading →