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MSCC STAR OF THE WEEK: WILLYS AERO—AHEAD OF ITS TIME AT THE WRONG TIME

19-img 0965-001MSCC OCTOBER 20 STAR OF THE WEEK: WILLYS AERO—AHEAD OF ITS TIME AT THE WRONG TIME

The Willys Aero was built for an economy car market that was just taking flight in the 1950s.

The timing was slightly off because North American cars were just coming out of the post-war function over form styling.

They were headed into one of the biggest explosions of style in the history of Detroit so practical and economical cars were not on the radar.

Read more: MSCC STAR OF THE WEEK: WILLYS AERO—AHEAD OF ITS TIME AT THE WRONG TIME

 

OCTOBER 2014: A '57 DODGE PICKUP SURVIVES A DIVORCE AND STAYS WITH ITS LOYAL OWNER

57- igp3038Dwight Bergstrom has a strong attachment to his 1957 Dodge pickup truck.

We spotted owner and truck at an early June 2014 car show and wanted to get the story because '57 Dodge pickups are not common guests at shows.

The fleetside box is actually off a 1958 truck because Dwight liked the look and wanted it on his '57.

Read more: OCTOBER 2014: A '57 DODGE PICKUP SURVIVES A DIVORCE AND STAYS WITH ITS LOYAL OWNER

   

A '47 WILLYS JEEP—AN ARMY OF TIREKICKERS AND HOSTILE WIVES

jeep-img 0965-001My nephew Todd has been involved the old car hobby for over twenty years.

His first foray into the world of dated automotive technology came in the form of a 1959 MGA.

Since then he's been immersed in several projects and the experience has been a huge learning curve but nothing prepared Todd for the nightmare behind the scenes of a '47 Willys Jeep sale.

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THE DUKE HAD STYLE: A LOOK THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD OF JOHN WAYNE'S 1959 CADILLAC

duke-imgp3488Let's be clear. I'm a huge John Wayne fan because he was a one-off Hollywood legend who had a style that will never be equaled.

The Duke was all about well-defined concepts of right and wrong in every Western he ever made because he lived by a code that was summed up perfectly in his last movie (The Shootist): "I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them."

I thought about that "won't be wronged" part when I climbed into his '59 Cadillac at a recent auction.

Read more: THE DUKE HAD STYLE: A LOOK THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD OF JOHN WAYNE'S 1959 CADILLAC

   

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