Winnipeg Free Press: Classic Cruising

Mustang rides again, four decades later

BY Larry D'Argis. Jan 12 04:00 am

The 1970s weren’t a particularly kind decade for performance vehicles. Most of the fire-breathing options found on muscle cars of the past had been reduced to nothing more than an appearance package with a stripe or two.

Rising costs for fuel and insurance took their...

Road Runner restoration revved up

BY Larry D'Argis. Dec 29 04:00 am

For 1968, Plymouth was searching for a low-cost, intermediate muscle car. Stuffing a powerful V-8 into the cheapest and lightest body style available wasn’t a new idea and savvy buyers had been doing it for years just by checking off the right boxes on the option list.

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Chevy's magical 'Milestone Cars'

BY Larry D'Argis. Dec 22 04:00 am

The 1955 to 1957 Chevrolets have long been sought-after classics. The middle child 1956 model received a minor restyle over the ’55 offering, which included a new full-width grille with rectangular park lamps and ribbed taillight housings with domed lenses. The driver’s...

Enthusiasts luck out with barn find

BY Larry D'Argis. Dec 14 20:00 pm

The Ford Mustang is the original pony car. In continuous production since 1964, Ford has sold millions of them to a wide base of customers and today its popularity is as strong as ever.

From its humble beginnings as a parts bin car that borrowed heavily from the Ford Falcon,...

1942 Plymouth a true 'survivor' car

BY Larry D'Argis. Dec 08 04:00 am

When we look at a barn-find vehicle, we’re really referring to something that has been in long-term storage. Neglected and not maintained in any way, they can often require considerable work to the fuel, electrical, braking and exhaust systems before they can be driven again.

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Online ad leads to nearly flawless Nova SS

BY Larry D'Argis. Nov 24 04:00 am

The compact Chevrolet Chevy II hit showrooms in 1962. The Chevy II was designed as a no-nonsense conventional model to take on the successful Ford Falcon — something the European-inspired Chevrolet Corvair had failed to do.

While it did gain market share, by 1965...

Auto Show a warm spot in a cold place

BY Myron Love . Nov 17 04:00 am

A relatively new used-car operation in South Winnipeg is offering a sense of the American southwest to our wintry city.

Auto Show Sales and Finance partners Harley Unruh, Ty Unruh and Joe Kupfer operate a busy dealership on McGillivray Boulevard (just west of the Fort Whyte...

Charger fan finds Rallye gem

BY Larry D'Argis. Nov 17 04:00 am

With the introduction of the new 1973 lineup of cars, the door was almost closed on the intermediate muscle car. High insurance rates, rising fuel prices and increased emissions requirements, left manufacturers scrambling to maintain a balanced package with the ability to bring...

Restored Rogue Scrambler a rare gem

BY Larry D'ArgisClassic Cruising. Nov 10 04:00 am

Muscle cars were all in vogue by the late 1960s and nearly all manufacturers had a model to lure buyers into their showrooms — except for the American Motors Corporation (AMC).

While they did have the successful two-seat AMX and four-place Javelin, they fell more within...

Good luck has Ford fan seeing double

BY Larry D'Argis. Nov 03 03:00 am

In 1949, the introduction of the first new Ford model following the Second World War created a firestorm in the automobile industry.

The slab-sided, shoebox Ford was a radical departure from previous models and helped Ford regain much-needed market share.

From ’49...

'56 Chevy gets new lease on life

BY Larry D'Argis. Oct 27 04:00 am

Following the end of the Second World War, new vehicles were in high demand. Along with cars, there was also an increased interest in pickup trucks.

For the tradesmen and handymen, as well as those delivering goods and services, these trucks helped haul the goods in what...

Torino a lucky find

BY Larry D'Argis. Oct 20 03:00 am

The Fairlane name moved over from the full-size line, to become Ford’s new mid-size offering in 1962. Always a good seller, the Fairlane drew on styling from previous years and went through its first restyling in 1964. A popular model, Ford even extended its small-block...

Full resto-mod build for a '58 Nomad

BY Larry D'argis . Oct 13 03:00 am

The 1958 Chevrolet took a huge step in styling compared with the 1957 model. Longer, lower, wider and with four-headlamps and more curves than a mountain highway, it was a real looker. Thanks to bold new features, colour and trim, it looked more like a spaceship than a car.

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A blast from the drag-racing past

BY Larry D'Argis . Oct 06 03:00 am

Automotive trends often can be fleeting: here today and gone as fast as the 8-track tape player of yesterday. Over the past several years, however, one form of racing has made a comeback, and in a big way. Nostalgia drag racing captures a time before the use of nitrous oxide and...

Chevrolet Camaro SS sets the pace

BY Larry D'Argis . Sep 29 03:00 am

Introduced to the public in the fall of 1966, the Chevrolet Camaro was a late entry into the pony car sales arena. It’s a territory that had been enjoyed by the Plymouth Barracuda and dominated by the Ford Mustang for the previous two years, and it had been a long wait for...

Classic cars and charity go hand-in-hand

BY Larry D'Argis. Sep 15 04:00 am

Last weekend’s 23rd annual Flashback Weekend is now a done deal. Presented by the Fabulous 50’s Ford Club of Manitoba, the three-day event has been a longtime favourite for car enthusiasts.

The Sock Hop Social on Friday night, which drew a crowd of more than...

'69 Mustang star of every show

BY Larry D'Argis. Sep 08 04:00 am

Ford’s Mustang saw a significant restyle for 1969. New models became synonymous with performance and included the Trans-Am road racing Boss 302 and huge Boss 429. For the street, a new Mach I model came standard with a 250-horsepower, 351-cubic-inch V-8. Optional were the...

T-Birds soar across Canada

BY Larry D'Argis . Sep 01 03:00 am

The classic car hobby affords enthusiasts plenty of opportunities to participate in events including local show and shines, cruise nights and car club runs. Some folks, however, prefer a long and scenic road trip.

While driving a 60-year-old car across the country is indeed...

Ford Fairlane a solid, desired collectible

BY Larry D'Argis. Aug 25 04:00 am

The Ford Fairlane was introduced in 1955 as Ford’s upscale model. Named after Ford’s Fair Lane estate near Dearborn, Mich., it was a name that would appear on many Ford cars through to 1970. The Fairlane continued to be the top model until 1957 — with the introduction...

Get your motor running

BY Larry D'Argis . Aug 18 04:00 am

August in Winnipeg generally affords great weather for just about any outdoor activity, especially loading up the family for a Sunday night cruise.

One of my favourite stops is the Pony Corral Restaurant & Bar’s Sunday Night Cruise event on the corner of Grant...