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Posts by: Chester Allen

My wife is on a hunt for a new car, and she’s not listening to my suggestions at all. We agree that we’ve got a budget of about $40,000 or so, but we don’t agree on much else. I’m corroded with lust for a fire-breathing 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8, one of the hottest modern muscle cars, with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine...

Lots of people dread holiday shopping, but nothing is easier than finding a gift for a gearhead. Why? Because gearheads always need something for their cars or trucks. Those somethings can range all the way up to a $1 million Bugatti Veyron, but we’re going to focus on things that come in handy — and won’t bust your...

You can spend thousands of dollars making your car look great, but why not start out by taking care of the obvious needs for less money? Here are five low-cost moves to keep your car or truck looking good: A brand-new set of wheels and tires looks great, but the thrill vanishes when the wheels and tires look grubby....

It’s safe to say that eBay Motors has completely changed the way millions of people buy and sell cars — and car parts, accessories and collectibles. Most car transactions used to be very local, and it was rare to buy a vehicle that at the other end of your state — or the world. But now many of us are global car buyers...

Photo credit: Norman Woo SEMA turns Las Vegas into Gearhead Heaven every October, and I was lucky enough to stumble upon an unassuming little 1971 Datsun 510 parked outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The green car looked very clean and original — pretty much like the econobox, grocery-getter it was born to be,...

Photo credit: Norman Woo Every fall, the biggest, brightest and best car designers, builders, restorers and customizers flood into the mammoth Las Vegas Convention Center to show off their stuff at SEMA. SEMA stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association, and it’s a group that promotes just about any kind of part...

Wanting to improve what you have is a human trait — even if you just bought that new or old car. I first noticed this way back in 1977, when I was 16 and drove my rebuilt 1965 Mustang on the road to my high school. I was pretty stoked with the black-on- black car that first entered my life during a visit to a Southern...

Watching two guys wash and wax a car usually isn’t very interesting — until you realize that they’re doing a terrific job. This happened to me at the Sports Car Market house in Monterey, CA back in August. SCM and American Car Collector staffers spend the entire week racing from auctions to car shows to auctions all...

This is going to sound weird, but cars — and the fascinating world of car parts, accessories and social events — aren’t enough for most car people. Car people like to hang out with other car people, and it’s that way at eBay Motors. It’s that way at Sports Car Market and American Car Collector magazines as well. I’m...

Pickups from the 1960s and early 1970s are soaring in value these days, and Chevrolet trucks are cruising at the highest altitude. So, that means clean Fords are flying a bit under the pricing radar, and this clean, rust-free F-100 looks like it just drove in via a time warp. But it looks like the truck made a stop at...

The calendar tells us that there’s about month of summer left, and few cars are better for summer cruising than a 1965 Ford Mustang coupe equipped with air conditioning. Early Mustangs — even those with the less-powerful straight six engine — are iconic time machines that effortlessly take us back to the early...

MONTEREY, CA — In a world where many marriages implode in less than a decade, John Maclay has spent 33 happy years with his 1964 Alfa Romeo Spider. “It’s Italian panache — industry, engineering and artistry all at once,” Maclay, of Walnut Creek, CA, said during the show. “I’ve owned the car since 1979, I’m the third...

Finding an original woodie these days — more than 50 years after California surfers starting using the then-cheap-and-roomy cars as beaters to haul their boards, beer kegs, friends and sleeping bags from one salt-encrusted parking lot to another — is a tough task. Surfers rammed their cars down rough roads and didn’t...