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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.

Project Wagoneer--Vacuum Sucks

Posted May 04, 2015 10:30 AM by dstrohl

Invariably, buying a used, high-mileage late-Seventies vehicle will result in one of life's biggest headaches: untangling the vacuum and emissions tubing rats' nest mess left behind by the previous owners. Straightening out those holiday light strings and nets that you just dumped into a box at the end of last winter is a dream compared to this task, mostly because you can just chuck the old lights and get some new ones next winter for a few bucks. Vacuum hoses you gotta sort out, so I figured I'd work through the mess on my recently purchased Wagoneer sooner rather than later.

I knew from driving around town that something just wasn't right with the four-barrel 360. See what was just wrong in the Wagoneer on Hemmings.

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The Rare Factor: Rare Doesn’t Always Equal Valuable

Posted April 30, 2015 8:00 AM by dstrohl

Just because a car is considered rare, it isn't necessarily valuable. Case in point is this 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Melbourne, Florida, to drive and photograph this stunning piece of Chevrolet history for an upcoming feature in Hemmings Classic Car magazine. Recently restored, it is without question one of the finest 1963 Impalas in the country.

But why isn't this awesome auto worth as much as you'd expect?

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How to Import a Newer Exotic Car: One Man’s Struggle to Bring a Maserati Shamal to the U.S.

Posted April 29, 2015 8:30 AM by dstrohl

Remember the Maserati Shamal? We're not surprised if you don't. Launched in 1991, after Maserati pulled out of the States, it never officially came to the U.S. Today, there's exactly one in the country, and in the June 2015 issue of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, we take a look at (and drive) that Maserati Shamal.

But there's a greater question at play here: How did it get here? (Anyone who says "by boat," go to the back of the line.) There are considerable federal and state hurdles to import any car that's less than 25 years old, and this Shamal's owner, Roland Foss of Fullerton, California, jumped them all. How he made it happen applies to anyone looking to import a car into the States that wasn't ever meant to be here. Now he tells us how he did it.

Getting 'illegal' cars in the U.S., on Hemmings Daily.

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1963 Volkswagen “Herbie” Beetle Sells for $126,500, Setting Auction Record

Posted April 28, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: auction Beetle classic auto VW

Volkswagen Beetles are recognized and (generally) loved around the world, but the best-known and most beloved Beetle of all is likely Herbie, the star of a Disney movie franchise that's grossed over $280 million over the past four decades. Though Herbie copies are plentiful, authentic movie cars don't come up for sale that often. Last weekend, a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle in Herbie livery, said to be used in the filming of 1977′s Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo and 1980′s Herbie Goes Bananas, crossed the auction block in Palm Beach, Florida, selling for a fee-inclusive price of $126,500 and setting a new world record for a Beetle sold at auction.

This Love Bug finds a new home.

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The $5,000 Challenge, Stuck in the ’70s Edition

Posted April 27, 2015 10:30 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto classifieds

In the future, it's highly unlikely that anyone will look back at 1970s with wide-eyed awe, at least from an automotive styling perspective. For those of us who came of age in and around the decade, however, 1970s cars may well have been our first automotive objects of desire, and as cars of the 1960s grow ever more expensive, those from the 1970s become, perhaps, more appealing. This installment of the $5,000 Challenge focuses in on cars from the era that gave us, for better or for worse, Saturday Night Live, disco and The Pet Rock; which one would you most like to adopt as your own project?

The $5K challenge returns. See the results here.

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Ranch-Fresh Texas Collection Heads to Auction in Indianapolis

Posted April 23, 2015 8:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: auction classic auto collection

In the 1970s, Jack, who prefers not to give his last name, moved from Wisconsin to the Texas Hill Country with his wife, in an effort to improve his failing health. With them, they brought a modest and Cadillac-intensive car collection, with the hope that circumstances would one day allow the restoration and further enjoyment of the cars. Four decades on, that's not been the case, and this May, Jack's ranch-fresh collection of five cars and a 1937 Kozy Coach travel trailer will cross the auction block in Indianapolis, billed by Motostalgia as The Barn Find Collection of Texas.

Photos of a unique collection of pre-war classic autos.

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