Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Best Mustangs of All Time

I found this list on line of the best Mustangs ever built and thought I'd share it. Let me know what you think. Have they included something that doesn't belong or have they totally forgotten a classic? Feel free to leave a comment or drop me an email at turnerbudds@yahoo.com.


More From the Shriner's Car Show

This year's 8th Annual Shriner's Car Show was a bit of a disappointment. Not so with the quality of cars that turned up but with the low turnout to support the Shriner's Children's Hospital. The cars that did show were worth the effort and included this Pontiac GTO. In addition there was a customized pick-up, a 1967 Camaro RS, a Jeep Wrangler, a Corvette, a Bel Air, and a Plymouth.

Monday, August 21, 2017

8th Annual Shriners Car Show

The Eighth Annual Shriner's Car Show was held back in June but with the usual concours events that I cover I'm just now getting around to it. This is usually a smaller show and this year, despite having good weather, it had fewer than 50 cars roll out to help raise money for the Shriner's Burn Institute.

On display was a mix of older and newer cars such as this more modern Jaguar convertible, a customized Model T, a 1953 Chevy, a Chevrolet Impala, a 1957 Bel Air, a pair of Camaros, and a C 3 Corvette.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Cars That Helped Define the 1950s

I found this on line. It's list of 20 cars that helped define the 1950s. Take a look and let me know what you think. Are there any that were left off? Any on the list you don't think belong? Either leave a comment or drop me an email at turnerbudds@yahoo.com.


Tips On Cleaning A Classic Car

A reader sent me this link that shares some tips and tricks on cleaning your classic car. Most of it is common sense but it is always good to be reminded before we do something that could mar our ride.


And check out the host site, the folks behind these smart tips: http://www.cleantools.net/applications/automotive

Buick's Use of Aircraft Design Heightened the Look of the LaSabre

            The early 1950s was a prosperous time in the USA. The war was over, business was booming and we were on the verge of having jets and even space travel as a daily part of our lives. In 1951 Buick introduced what they called the LeSabre Show Car which first gave the public a look at how aircraft design could be used to create a beautiful car.

            The LeSabre name bounced around for a couple of years and by 1959 it became the official title of what had been the full-sized Buick Special. The LaSabre was an instant success. The LaSabre was consistently one of the company’s top sellers. It also became one of its longest lasting continuous names, running from 1959 until 2005.

            Buick’s class of 1959 was all new. Every car in their line-up received a complete make over with totally new designs. They utilized the two largest body styles from GM at the time (C Body and B Body) and every car saw its length stretched by one inch. One thing that wasn’t new for the LeSabre was the engine. While Buick had introduced a new 401 cubic inch V 8, LeSabre used the 364 cubic inch V 8 that had been used for the past two years. The basic model engine utilized a two-barrel carburetor and a 10.25 to 1 compression ration which generated 250 horsepower. There was an optional four barrel carb that boosted horsepower to 300.

            Only one year old, the LaSabre received a complete re-model in 1960. Basically only the roof and trunk lid survived. The car took on an even more jet age appearance with horizontal headlights and a concave grill. It even sported Buick’s new “Tri-Shield” logo that is still the banner for the marque today. There was an updated instrument panel and steering wheel. The same engine options existed but Buick added a lower compression version of the dual barrel carburetor.

            The second generation of the LaSabre came out in 1961. That is the car pictured here.  With the second generation came another all new restyling. All full sized Buicks no longer sported tail fins. The cars more reserved, less showy though there was still plenty of chrome. The wheelbase was still 123 inches but the overall length and width was slightly decreased. Essentially they were still land yachts but just a bit smaller.

            Power plants remained unchanged with the 364 cubic inch dual carb V 8 being the standard. The lower compression 364 and the four barrel 300 horsepower models remained as options. Buick’s two speed Turbine Drive Dynaflow automatic transmission was standard though a manual could still be ordered as an option.

            One look at this car shows the stylishness of the era. It really was truly foreshadowing cars from the late 1960s and early 1970s which were to become, in many cases, boxier. This was a restrained elegance rather than the flash and gilt of GM’s top full-sized luxury line, Cadillac.

            The LaSabre did quite well through eight generations. It was replaced in 2006 by the Lucerne. It is a much missed classic for sure.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Future Classics at Keeneland

Just about every concours tries to attract cars they believe will be Future Classics and the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance is no different. Featured in this class was a 2012 Lotus Evora S, a 2002 Lamborghini Murcielago, a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, a 2015 Ferrari F 12 Berlinetta Tailor Made, a 2013 Chevy Carmaro SS, a shining 2017 Morgan 3 Wheeler, and the Best in Class winning 2017 Acura NSX.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hemmings Classic Weekly Newsletter

Here's a link to the Hemmings Classic Weekly Newsletter for those of you who aren't already getting it. https://www.hemmings.com/newsletter/pubnewsletter?nl=1&id=518&tv=1

Lost Legends at Keeneland

The Keeneland Concours d'Elegance has a really cool class called Lost Legends. These are cars from manufacturers that have, unfortunately, gone out of business or were shut down by their parent companies. Included in this year's group of legends was this 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Coupe, a 1967 Mercury Monterey convertible, a 2008 Saturn Sky, a 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP, a 1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, a 1958 Plymouth Fury, a 1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday which won Best in Class, and a 1978 Olds Toronado Brougham.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Allards at Keeneland

One of the special classes at this year's Keeneland Concours d'Elegance featured Allards. Sydney Herbert Allard raced motorcycles and three wheel Morgans prior to World War II. During and after the war he ran a shop specializing in the repair of military vehicles. And during it all he managed to design and produce some amazing sports cars like this 1953 K3 which was one of only 62 built.

Also part of this class was this 1952 J2X that won Best in Class, a 1950 J2, a 1949 M, a 1948 K1 Sports, a 1952 J2X, a 1949 M, a 1951 K2, a 1948 Coupe, a 1952 K2, and a 1947 K1.