October 2015

Greetings from Australia!

carl-A2437This right hand drive 1962 Impala Sport Sedan represented top-of-the-line luxury downunder

Owned by Carl L. Kelsen, Victoria, Australia

Photography by John Frostell

Do you believe that only coupes and convertible body styles qualify as collector cars? If you do, then as a Chevrolet enthusiast for over 50 years, I find this opinion difficult to understand. Thirty-five years ago when I was looking for my Impala, I ignored Impala convertibles and coupes for sale because I preferred the look of a 4-door hardtop.

Chevrolet has offered a variety of body styles, and today we are fortunate to see so many restored 2-door models at car shows. Conversely, it’s unfortunate that so few 4-door hardtop examples survive. It’s worth remembering that Chevrolet produced 4-door hardtops for just 20 years– 1956-1976.

In 1962, Chevrolet sold more than a million cars and managed to break worldwide sales and profit records. Of course, the majority of these sales were made not in foreign countries like Australia, but in Chevrolet’s home territory– the U.S.A. In the U.S., Chevrolet was the people’s car. Americans could buy a new one for about one-third of their average annual income. Even a heavily optioned Impala was well within the financial reach of most Americans. The situation in Australia was very different. Continue reading


Colinheadshot-newBy Colin Date

It’s late July as I’m rattling away at my keyboard here. Car show season is pretty much at its mid-point and by the time you’ll be reading this, it’ll be winding down. Back to school, vacations wrapping up, days getting shorter. I’ve been to a half dozen or so car shows so far, and I’ve got a few more to go yet– can’t wait!

I’ve written before on how much I enjoy getting out to see all the spectacular cars at these events, but I don’t think I’ve mentioned the people I’ve met and the friendships I’ve made over the years. As if working in the industry I love isn’t great enough– I get to meet some awesome folks as well! Continue reading

Steering Wheel Restoration

steering-wheel-techText and Photography by Jeff Ford

We grab it, whack it, drum it, get it sweaty and some of us even pick at it when we are frustrated. We also subject it to blistering heat and frigid cold throughout its life cycle. It’s the first thing we see when we get in and the last thing we grab when we are getting out. We present to you: the steering wheel. This modified tiller takes a lot of guff from us drivers over the course of its life. The above mentioned scenarios are but a few of the ones we have seen and, well, if the truth be known, participated in. Obviously, there are reproduction steering wheels available for many brands nowadays, but there’s always “that one”– the model or year that’s just not available. In this “You Can Do It”, we’re here to show you how you can get your old, cracked steering wheel back into showroom shape.

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