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In the Garage: 1970 Chevrolet Nova coupe

The 1970 Chevrolet Nova coupe is owned by

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1970 Chevrolet Nova coupe owned by Charlie Staudter

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING Chevrolet sold the hugely popular Nova from 1962 to 1979 primarily as an economical compact family car and yet it managed to find its way into the hearts of muscle car enthusiasts and racers across the country. Today, meticulously modified Novas can be found at Long Island car shows almost every...

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Flying car by Terrafugia gets electric upgrade

The TF-X is a plug-in hybrid electric flying

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The Jetsons wouldn't even be able to fathom this technology.

Terrafugia, the Woburn, Mass.-based aerospace company that unveiled a car doubling as an airplane at last year's New York International Auto Show, introduced plans for a plug-in hybrid electric flying car earlier this week.

The four-seat, fixed-wing vehicle will be able to fit into standard single-car garages, drive legally...

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Pit Stop: Upcoming LI car shows and events

A 1941 Cadillac is displayed at a recent

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Sunday, May 5: Atlantic Chevrolet Spring 2013 Corvette Show presented by LI Corvette Owners Assn. & including collection of non-perishable goods for LI Cares; 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; 1350 Sunrise Hwy., Bay Shore; info: . . .

Car Show & Craft Fair; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., spectators free; Sachem North HS, 212 Smith Rd., Lake Ronkonkoma . . .

LI Cars’ ‘Super Swap Sunday’ Car Show &...

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In the Garage: 1962 Chevrolet C-10 pickup

The 1962 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck owned by

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THE TRUCK AND ITS OWNER 1962 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck owned by Paul Dooling

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING Chevrolet’s first-generation C-10 pickups, built from 1960 to 1966, combined car-like styling with utilitarian toughness. Back then, they bolstered the company’s reputation as America’s largest pickup producer. Today, they command rising interest – and prices – on the classic car auction...

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Pit Stop: Upcoming Long Island car shows

A Triumph Spitfire is seen at a recent

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Wednesday, Apr. 24-Saturday, Apr. 28: Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral featuring 150 acres of collector cars & parts; 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. until 3 p.m., admission $10, Sun. $5; Carlisle Fairgrounds, 1000 Bryn Mawr Rd., Carlisle, PA; info: . . .

Saturday, Apr. 27: Ferraris Visiting Ronald McDonald House of LI featuring 50th Anniversary Edition Ferrari...

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In the Garage: 1978 Chevrolet Corvette

1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indianapolis 500 pace car replica

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indianapolis 500 pace car replica owned by Joseph Greco

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING Starting in 1978, the Corvette’s 25th anniversary, Chevrolet would go on to provide Corvette pace cars for the fabled Indianapolis 500-mile race in 11 different years through 2012. The company also created a limited number of replicas for sale in showrooms. However,...

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Electric Nissan Leaf donated to New York City taxi fleet

Nissan has put six of its electric Leaf

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Automakers are taking every opportunity Monday to tout their most fuel-efficient vehicles in honor of Earth Day, drumming up news involving electric and hybrid cars and miles per gallon. But one such piece of news might be of genuine interest to local car enthusiasts and green thumbs alike.

Nissan announced it would put six of its electric Leaf vehicles into service as New York City taxis....

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Pit Stop: Long Island car shows this weekend

Saturday, Apr. 20: Car Show benefitting St. Jude Children’s Hospital; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Chili’s restaurant, 4000 Jericho Tpke., E. Northport; info: . .  

Saturday, Apr. 20-Sunday, Apr. 21: LI Cars’ Car Show & Swap Meet; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., adults $7-$9, under 13 free; Belmont Racetrack, Hempstead Tpke., Elmont; info: . . .


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In the Garage: 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

Jim Mango is the owner of this 1969

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1969 Dodge Dart GTS convertible drag racer owned by Jim Mango

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING Chrysler first offered the Dart GTS in late 1967 as a limited-edition junior muscle car to compete with the Chevrolet Nova SS. In stock form, it would go on to win its share of stoplight drag races. Mango’s convertible kicks things up a few notches. “It has always been a drag race...

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Cost of car ownership rises 2 percent

Beau Boeckmann, vice president of Los Angeles-based Galpin

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Here's some solace for LIRR riders still upset over this year's fare hikes: the cost of car ownership also increased in 2013, by about 2 percent, according to AAA.

The motoring organization's annual "Your Driving Costs" survey, released April 16, calculates the costs of maintenance, fuel, tires, insurance and depreciation on a new vehicle that is driven over five years and 75,000...

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