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In the Garage: 1980 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

1980 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 owned by Ed

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER

1980 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 owned by Ed Maloney

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING

Long before they morphed into posh suburban transportation, Toyota Land Cruisers were making history worldwide for their ruggedness and amazing off-road capabilities.  According to the manufacturer, the Land Cruiser’s origins go back to 1951 with the introduction of Toyota’s Jeep-like...

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In the Garage: 1984 Chevrolet El Camino

1984 Chevrolet El Camino owned by Dominick Speziale.

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER

1984 Chevrolet El Camino owned by Dominick Speziale

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING

Generally classified as a truck, the El Camino (Spanish for “the road”) can be best described as a passenger car converted to a pickup.  Produced by Chevrolet during 1959-60 and 1964-87, this “coupe utility,” as it was also known, was launched as a rival to Ford’s Ranchero built...

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In the Garage: 1927 LaSalle

1927 LaSalle roadster owned by John Micciche.

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER

1927 LaSalle roadster owned by John Micciche

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING

Beyond its mechanical prowess, the 1927 LaSalle is widely regarded as a milestone vehicle and a pacesetter for automotive design.  Period ads describe its “charm of appearance” and picture various models in fashionable European settings.  Offered as a lower-priced line by Cadillac...

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In the Garage: 2002 Chevrolet Camaro

2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS 35th Anniversary coupe owned

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER

2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS 35th Anniversary coupe owned by Cary M. Rachell

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING

When General Motors ended production of its fourth generation Camaro sports car in 2002, aficionados rushed to dealerships to scoop up the last models.  Even the unexpected revival of new and more powerful Camaros beginning in 2009 did little to dim collector...

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In the Garage: 1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia owned by George Nossa.

THE CAR AND ITS OWNER

1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia owned by George Nossa

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING

After building the cute and practical Beetle for a number of years, Volkswagen took a designer turn in the 1950s by adding the svelte Karmann Ghia to its lineup.  “It was very popular, with a long production run from 1955 to 1974,” says Nossa. “Many people mistake it for an Italian...

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In the Garage: 2012 Shelby GT350

2012 Shelby GT350 Mustang convertible owned by Raymond

THE CAR AND ITS OWNER

2012 Shelby GT350 Mustang convertible owned by Raymond Rossomango

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING

Take 500-plus horsepower, a famous racing name, aggressive good looks and limited production, add it all up and you have an instant collectible in the 2012 Shelby GT350 convertible. The Shelby American company of Las Vegas, founded in 1962 by legendary race driver Carroll...

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In the Garage: 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

THE CAR AND ITS OWNER

1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL roadster owned by Lenny Hummel

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING

These lean and stylish roadsters caused a sensation when they were introduced in Geneva, Switzerland almost 51 years ago. In marking their 50th anniversary, Mercedes described the two-seaters as uniting “a decadent delivery of power with an engaging elegance . . . distinguished...

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In the Garage: 1980 Fiat Spider

The 1980 Fiat Spider owned by Gabriel Villamizar.

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1980 Fiat Spider owned by Gabriel Villamizar

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING If your New Year’s resolutions include a vintage Italian convertible, but your budget is more ravioli than “bistecca,” then the way to go is a Fiat Spider. With designer coachwork and performance “con brio,” these stylish 2+2-seaters were sold in large quantities from 1966 to 1985 under various model...

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In the Garage: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Indianapolis Pace Car replica

The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Indianapolis Pace Car

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Indianapolis Pace Car replica owned by Edward Metropolis

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING With their “Dover White” bodies, “Hugger Orange” stripes and orange cloth and vinyl interiors, more than 130 Camaro Pace Cars made for quite a spectacle during the events surrounding the 1969 Indianapolis 500 race. They also made a big impression in showrooms that...

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In the Garage: 1957 Ford Thunderbird

The 1957 Ford Thunderbird owned by Joseph P.

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNERS  1957 Ford Thunderbird owned by Joseph P. and Arlene Nolan

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING When the two-seat Thunderbird debuted in 1955, it outsold its direct competitor – the Chevrolet Corvette – by a ratio of 23 to 1 and continued to be a hit right through the ’57 model year. Yet while Chevrolet stuck with its dual-passenger sports car and turned it into a top-selling...

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