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For all the automobile knowledge car enthusiasts possess – from engine types, to design elements and interior luxuries – there’s one aspect of a vehicle’s life that remains mysterious to most: how they get sold.
But a report last week by National Public Radio’s '‘This American Life’' program sheds new light on the sales process by shadowing a Long Island Jeep dealership, and each of its salespeople,...Read more »
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1949 Triumph 2000 Roadster owned by Earl Gandel
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING Founded in 1885, Britain’s Triumph made its name selling bicycles, motorcycles and cars in the early part of the 20th Century. But when World War II rolled around, the company was nearly dead. It was revived in 1944 by auto executive Sir John Black, who wanted to make sports cars to compete against...Read more »
Cold Spring Harbor Fire House Museum: The restored Teal Building (circa 1866), the hamlet’s first fire house, contains two Model TT Ford trucks: a 1923 fire truck and a 1919 delivery vehicle. There’s also an 1852 “hand pumper” and a host of other fire fighting artifacts, numerous historic photos and a special 9/11 memorial housing a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. Open Sat.-Sun., noon-5...Read more »
Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages: A large collection of carriages on display in multiple galleries offers a close look at personal transportation before the gasoline engine. Two new carriage galleries opened there last spring. There is also an authentic 19th century carriage-making shop. Open Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., noon-5 p.m.; admission $9 adults, $7 seniors...Read more »
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1984 Zimmer Golden Spirit owned by Ted Paolotti
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING With the aura of a 1920s American classic car and easy-to-service mechanicals from a modern Ford Mustang or Lincoln Town Car, the Zimmer bills itself as “the finest neo-classic motor car ever manufactured.” The company’s website touts an exterior design that is “pure classic grandeur right out of...Read more »
Sunday, Dec. 1: LI Mopars Car Show featuring Chrysler- & AMC-built vehicles; 10 a.m.-1 p.m., spectators free; Hooters, 25 Smith St., Farmingdale; info: www.longislandmopars.com...Read more »
If the stormy weather leading up to Thanksgiving has you worried about safely navigating the roads in your car, the most effective way to mitigate risk is to throw on a set of snow tires.
When Car Nation spoke to Stephen Briere, the New York district manager for Firestone Auto Care, around this time last year, he said it’s undoubtedly the most important step a driver can take.
"Once...Read more »
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1965 Studebaker Daytona owned by Bob Andreocci
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING For more than 100 years – from 1852 to 1966 – venerable Studebaker kept Americans on the move with a succession of popular vehicles, from horse-drawn wagons to pioneering electrics to gasoline-powered sedans and sporty cars. Hurt financially by the Great Depression, Studebaker soldiered on with some...Read more »
Sunday, Nov. 17: Autoseum Car Show to benefit Toys for Tots & food drive; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., spectators free, suggested $5 museum admission donation; 100 County Seat Dr., Mineola; info: www.autoseum.org
LI Mopars Car Show; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., spectators free; Auto Zone, 6100 Sunrise Hwy., Massapequa Park; info: www.longislandmopars.com
Mopar Power Club Car Show; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., spectators...Read more »
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1969 Dodge Charger R/T owned by Jack McCloy
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING With their “Coke-bottle” rear fenders and serious power, these second-generation Chargers built from 1968 to 1970 are among the most attractive and coveted of vintage American muscle cars. The 1969 version would gain fame as the rubber-burning ride of the Duke boys in the “Dukes of Hazzard” TV show.
“It...Read more »