The Scottsdale Auctions: The View from 38,000 Feet
Rich Truesdell

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I realize that many of the readers of my blog are going to be interested primarily in U.S.-built vehicles and, because of this, the DKW marque is not going to ring any bells. But this two-stroke, 3-cylinder 1955 DKW Schnellaster Tiefader that sold for an astounding $120,000 at the 2015 Gooding auction is simply too unusual to pass up. The 1955 DKW Schnellaster Tiefader––literally translated Rapid Transporter, Low Loader pickup truck––was a unique and innovative vehicle, especially at its introduction … Read the rest of the story…

February Is Not Short on Shows & Swaps
Karen O’Brien

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Hoping the snow stays away just long enough to get safely to and from the swap meet is a time-honored tradition among Midwestern car and truck lovers. There’s nothing like getting together with friends you haven’t seen in months and scrounging through boxes of rusty junk that you don’t even need. Indoor events are abundant this month, but I did find a couple of nice shows for those of you enjoying a warm winter. Wichita, Kansas The Wichita A’s Model … Read the rest of the story…

Vintage Salvage Made EZ In A U-Pull-It Yard
Joe Sharretts

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A few years ago, I was going to choose a large “u-pull-it” salvage yard at random to blindly enter and see how many vintage vehicles had made it into the mix of thousands of cars and trucks. This style of yard is starting to pop up all over the country, and the way things are run at these is totally different than anything we are normally used to. For my experiment, I called EZ Pull and Save Auto Parts of New … Read the rest of the story…

The Short History of U.S. Hardtop Station Wagons
Rich Truesdell

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Being a fan of the traditional rear-wheel-drive station wagon, the once staple of postwar American suburban driveways, I always love it when examples of the original crossover sport utility vehicle appear in Vintage Truck magazine. And, like me, many baby boomers all seem to have fond memories of facing the cars behind them—un-belted and from a rear-facing third seat. There’s one small sector of the station wagon genre that is often overlooked, and that is the pillarless, hardtop station wagon. … Read the rest of the story…

Swap Meets to Beat the Winter Blues
Karen O’Brien

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With December car and truck shows limited to the warmest sections of the nation, those of us in the colder climates know that shorter days signal the start of the winter swap meet season. Indoor and outdoor (when the weather permits) swaps are the perfect cure for the winter blues. Peotone, Illinois The first swap meet of the year for those in the Chicago area is hosted by the Strictly Street Rod Club at the Will County Fairgrounds in Peotone, … Read the rest of the story…

Les’s Auto Salvage Has Old Stuff
Joe Sharretts

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Six years ago, when I originally thought about calling Les Helm to write a story about his salvage yard in Cars & Parts magazine, a guy told me: “Don’t go there. He doesn’t have any old stuff.” I took him at his word and let it go. It wasn’t until a few years later, after I hearing of a major parts car auction held by a local collector, where hundreds of Lincoln, Mercury, and Edsel cars were put up for … Read the rest of the story…

13th Annual Vintage Truck Show
Erin McCarty

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Featured in the November/December 2014 issue of Vintage Truck magazine is the 13th Annual Vintage Truck Show, which took place on August 2 in the field across from Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Among the winners were Bill Ledsham of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, who took home the “Longest Distance Driven” award and Noel Carpenter of Union City, Indiana, who took the coveted “Ugly Truck” trophy. … Read the rest of the story…