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Over 50 years after it hit the streets of America, this 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon looks like it just rolled out of the plant two weeks ago. That’s what happens when people go to great lengths in preserving priceless vehicles like this one. Not only do they look better than most cars out on the streets these days, but the ride is equally – if not better – than its contemporaries.

This ’55 Nomad has been around for half a century yet is still considered by many as one of the finely restored Nomads in existence. Even before it was restored, the car was deemed as spotless: no scratches, no benders, and no rust. Such was the care for this car that only a few reproduction items were ever used on it, meaning that most of its parts – including the original 265ci V8 and power glide transmission – remain intact and, better yet, fully operational. The car’s underside remains coated with the same brown/red oxide primer it has had since 1955 with no undercoating and the rear cargo area still has its original linoleum – which if you know your cars, has been obsolete for the longest time.

One of the few things done to this car was repainting it with its original Gypsy Red and Polo White colors, and even after doing so, you’d be remiss to think that it actually had a paint job. This Nomad is as near to flawless as any other restored car you can ever find in the world today.

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The origin of Bentley goes back to just after the armistice that followed after the Great War of 1919. The man behind the machine, W.O. Bentley, had a vision of creating sport-touring vehicles for competition in a number of European racing circuits. After a hamming out all the details of his new company W.O. Bentley officially introduced Bentley Motors Ltd. in 1919. For the next 12 years, Bentleys dominated the racing scene in Europe , winning a number of prestigious races with the most memorable coming in 1929, when Bentley completely dominated the LeMans, finishing in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at the race.

After more than a decade of unparalleled racing success, Bentley shifted their focus on producing passenger cars and in 1931, the company – together with the consultancy of its founder, W.O. Bentley – sold their rights to Rolls-Royce, marking a turning point in both company’s history.

The history of American sports car racing has seen its fair share of world-class vehicles and those also-rans that failed to live up to any sort of expectations. The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Trans-Am Race car is one of those that has not only lived up to the hype, but has far exceeded it.

Judging from the documents surrounding this particular ’69 Z28 Camaro, which includes HMSA and SCCA log books, the car’s racing resume shows that this was one of the fastest, most developed first generation racing Camaros to race in America. The lofty tag placed on the car is indicative of the sheer dominance it exhibited in the American racing scene back then.

Classy and sophisticated maybe the two best words to describe this 1960 Ferrari 250GT Series II Cabriolet. Almost 50 years after it was rolled out of the production line, the car looks like it’s barely lost its luster.

Despite having had a number of restorations throughout the years, the Ferrari 250GT Series II still commands the attention as soon as it shows up in any place. The car’s chrome bumpers and the Borannis on the exterior remain in optimum condition, a testament to the quality and painstaking dedication in ensuring the car stands the test of time. Likewise, the car’s interior, including the fully-restored Nardi steering wheel, remains a symbol of the class and elegance of the 1960’s. The Ferrari’s astute appearance has made it a favorite among vintage car shows all over the world, having appeared most recently at the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance.

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In terms of history, very few car manufacturers can claim to have a more colorful history than that of BMW. Starting off as an aircraft company during the First World War, BMW has evolved into one of the most popular and magnificent car manufacturers in the world.

While the German car manufacturer has rolled out some of the most memorable vehicles in automotive history, there are still those models that are head and shoulders above the pack. One of this is the 1959 BMW 503, a car that has become a staple among all car enthusiasts all over the world.

The 1959 BMW 503 on exhibit is a testament to the impeccable restoration efforts done on the car. The car was released back in 1959 after being modeled after the chassis of the BMW 501/502 series. Taking elements from both cars – including a 3.2-liter V-8 engine and the Type 502 sedan box-and tubular-section chassis – the BMW 503 quickly became regarded as BMW’s first postwar sporting car.

Source: 1959 BMW 503

If there is one car that has to be considered as the Godfather of American muscle cars, no vehicle can make a better case than the 1967 Pontiac GTO.

Conceptualized by the dynamic trio of Russell Gee, Bill Collins and John De Lorean, the GTO rose into prominence for creating a car that paved the way for future muscle cars to grow somewhat of a cult following among the speed-induced, thrill-seeking youth market of the 70’s. While the car is universally lauded these days as a true American icon, it actually was developed in the mold of a Pontiac Tempest, the difference being the GTO – which incidentally was named by De Lorean as a tribute to the Ferrari Ferrari 250 GTO – included a 389 CID (6.5L) Pontiac V8 engine, as opposed to the 326 CID (5.3L) standard Tempest V8. Despite drawing criticism for the use of the ‘GTO’ tag, which in Italian stands for, Gran Turismo Omologato, Pontiac went ahead and put the car in its production line with modest expectations. Suffice to say, Pontiac had no idea the car would hit over to the market so much that it has since become a classic masterpiece, and a cultural icon to boot.

Over the course of the American automotive history, few cars have captured the hearts and minds of American car fanatics as much as the 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda. The cars are so rare that only 100 of these models were ever released – seven of them being convertibles – and up to this day, still remains the most expensive muscle car money can buy.

While the car doesn’t distinguish itself much in terms of build quality – it bears a striking resemblance to any mass-produced Plymouth – the Hemi Cuda’s mythical status as one of America’s most sought-after vehicles lies on what’s under its hood.

From 1966 to 1071, Dodge brought in their fabled Hemi engines and put it under the hood of the Barracuda. The result was a car for all ages.

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Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions have announced that the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from March 27-29 will be the host of the 2008 auction. The company will feature more than 150 highly collectible European sports, American muscle, hot rods and customs at Russo and Steele Florida.


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