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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

Midweek Matinee: Horse Sense In Horsepower, 1936-ish

Posted January 28, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto Plymouth tips video

Sponsored by Plymouth, this chunk of celluloid might be overlooked as just another ode to "safe and courteous driving in the modern era," but this one has enough going for it, including some subtle humor, to warrant a 10-minute break from your daily grind. Which is about as much of the narrator as you'll want to endure, so it all works out well. -

Automotive safety tips of yesteryear. Watch on Hemmings.

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Ron Pratte’s Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake Tops Barrett-Jackson Sale

Posted January 27, 2015 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: auction classic auto Shelby Cobra

When Ron Pratte announced that he'd be selling his extensive collection at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale sale, it was a given that many of the lots offered would draw big money. Topping that list on Saturday night was the last surviving 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake, for which a bidder paid a fee-inclusive price of $5.1 million, $400,000 less than Pratte paid to acquire the car in 2007.

How is this awesome Super Snake worth $400K less?

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Driving Impression: 1940 Ford Business Coupe

Posted January 26, 2015 2:00 PM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto coupe driving Ford

Note: I write up driving impressions of virtually every car I photograph within a couple of days of the drive, so everything is fresh in my memory. Occasionally, because of the constraints of format, the prepared text doesn't run in the print magazines. Now, thanks to the joys of the blogosphere and its limitless space, we can feature it here.

Slip inside, and you note the relative ease in which you can slide behind the wheel: The width across the running board isn't insurmountable, and there's terrific headroom, which helps you clamber behind the big two-spoke steering wheel.

Once you're inside, take stock of your surroundings. The narrow cabin tapers in, the further it goes, and the floor-mounted pedals are easy enough to access, if slightly awkward for anyone used to pedals that hang from behind the metal dash. The windows are strangely short, despite this being a standard, unchopped '40. The body sides are really high, the roof wraps around, the wraparound B/C-pillar is enormous, and the split-glass front and rear all contribute to feeling like there's less glass area than perhaps you'd think there should be.

Behind the wheel of one of the last pre-war autos.

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A Lifetime’s Collection of Hot Rods and Parts Heads to Auction in Florida

Posted January 22, 2015 8:30 AM by dstrohl

When Bob Koepke died in November of 2014, no one, not even his son, David, knew the secrets hidden in the brush of his overgrown Florida property. For nearly 50 years, the elder Koepke had collected parts and bodies from 1930s Fords and 1950s Chevrolets, along with aftermarket components needed to make his own cars go faster. Now in the process of being sorted and cataloged, Bob Koepke's impressive collection of cars, bodies and parts will head to auction on April 11.

A son finds a father's legacy in cars and parts on Hemmings.

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Gooding & Company Scottsdale 2015: Which Would You Rather….?

Posted January 21, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Let's play a little bit of a game with other people's money. Given a pair of cars at an auction, with similar estimated sale price ranges, which one would you choose? We consider it a slightly safer version of "Which would you rather…." that perhaps lets you fantasize about which car you would rather see in your driveway, were it your $50,000 or $150,000 or $500,000.

For this round, we present five pairs of cars being offered at Gooding & Company's two-day sale, being held Friday and Saturday, January 15 and 16 at Scottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale, Arizona, with additional preview days on Wednesday and Thursday, January 14 and 15.

See the other 4 entries on Hemmings daily.

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Rare 1961 Morris Minor Million Heads to Auction in Arizona

Posted January 20, 2015 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: auction classic auto Morris Minor

You don't often hear the words "obsessively correct restoration" and Morris Minor in the same sentence. But not every Morris Minor is quite like the lilac-hued Million, a commemorative edition sold in very limited quantities to mark Britain's first car to clear the seven-figure production barrier.

What will this special edition, commemorative British auto fetch?

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