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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.

AMX GT Redux–-Popular Concept Car in the Midst of Re-Creation

Posted July 07, 2015 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Concept Gremlin mash-up Pacer

Couldn't be that hard, many people think, to slam an AMX and a Gremlin together to re-create the long-lost 1968 AMX GT concept car, right? Except that nobody has ever whipped up such an automotive portmanteau, given it the requisite red white, and blue paint scheme, and rolled it out to see the light of day-until now.

We first got word of the project through reader Mikel Smithson, who chimed in following our recent rundown of all the cars carrying the name AMX. He spotted it at Bill Borneman's Blast From the Past shop--what has since been passed on to his son Dave and is now known as Borneman's Blast From the Past Restoration and Customs--in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and put us in touch with the Bornemans.

Will this mash-up be an instant classic, or an automotive Frankenstein's monster?

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Vintage Airstream That Once Rode the Rails Sells for $200,000 in Denver

Posted July 06, 2015 11:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Airstream auction railroad trailer

Airstream has earned a reputation for building travel trailers long on luxury and style, but few know that the company occasionally constructed utilitarian variants for industrial customers. In 1962, Airstream was asked to build 10 trailers, each 40 feet in length, to serve as housing for Western Pacific Railroad foremen and as a galley for railroad crew. Last weekend, one of these 1962 Western Pacific Airstream trailers, now restored to a far more luxurious standard, sold in Denver for $200,000, cracking into the sale's top-10.

This trailer is vintage on the outside, but modern on the inside.

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Like a Batarang, the Original Batmobile Comes Up for Sale Again

Posted July 02, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Maybe he needed space for a new couch? After telling the world he planned to install the original Batmobile in his living room two years ago, Batman fan Rick Champagne has decided to put the car up for sale once again.

Champagne, founder of a logistics company based out of Phoenix, paid $4.62 million for the Batmobile in January 2013 at Barrett-Jackson's annual Scottsdale auction, buying it out of George Barris's personal collection. Barris - along with designer Herb Grasse and metalshaper Bill Cushenberry - transformed the former Lincoln Futura concept car into the Batmobile for the producers of the Batman television show and had already convinced Lincoln to sell the car to him for $1.

What will the Caped Crusader's car fetch this time?

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One of 24 Built by Ford, 1986 RS200 Evolution Heads to Auction

Posted July 01, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto coupe Ford

Ford built 146 RS200 models before the FIA pulled the plug on Group B rallying, and of these, just 24 were converted by the factory into higher-performance Evolution trim. Able to run with (and often, leave behind) more prestigious and expensive supercars of the day, the RS200 Evolution remains a sought-after collectible among Ford performance enthusiasts, especially those with a passion for WRC history. In August, chassis 106, a 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution and one of the original 20 cars upgraded by Ford, heads to auction in Pebble Beach.

A rare Ford model comes up for grabs.

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Deliveries of Retro California Black Plates Stamped from Original Molds to Begin Soon

Posted June 30, 2015 10:00 AM by dstrohl

When California's DMV announced that, should the Legacy Plate Program succeed in bringing back the state's iconic black plates, many feared that the plates would simply be featureless flat plates with screenprinted digits. As it turns out, the plates, which will begin shipping to California car owners within the month, will instead be stamped using the original molds.

"The molds were just sitting there in Folsom prison," said Aaron Moreno, the legislative director for California Assemblyman Mike Gatto, who introduced the bill that made the plates possible. "And when the people at the prison heard we were trying to get this program started, they dusted the molds off and saw that they could still be used."

Iconic California plates are back on the freeways in the traffic jams.

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Spinning Vinyl While Cruising the Interstate

Posted June 29, 2015 10:30 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto Music stereo vinyl

I spotted this in-car record player mounted under the instrument panel of a late-1950s Dodge this past weekend at a car show, and it just stopped me in my tracks. Though Chrysler had its optional Highway Hi-Fi beginning in 1956, this unit is instead an aftermarket Philips Norelco Auto Mignon that was produced a few years later.

Unlike the early Chrysler system developed by CBS that only accepted proprietary 7-inch, 16 2/3 rpm records, this Philips unit would play common 45s like the RCA Victor Victrola that Chrysler offered as an option in 1960.

Is period-correct audio a must for classic cars?

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