Kurt Ernst

Hemmings Muscle Machines marks its 200th issue, so we look back at muscle cars then and now – Kurt Ernst @Hemmings

Counting backward from 200 In the fall of 2003, The Matrix franchise was pulling big numbers at the box office, Nelly and P. Diddy were blowing up the airwaves, gas was around $1.60 per gallon (and falling), and a new specialty car… Read More ›

Five overlooked maintenance items you really shouldn’t ignore – Kurt Ernst @Hemmings

Five overlooked maintenance items you really shouldn’t ignore Riding a motorcycle teaches one many lessons, the first and foremost of which is never overlook maintenance. In my three-plus decades spent in the saddle, a pre-ride inspection was as routine as… Read More ›

Bill Mitchell’s wife didn’t drive an ordinary Corvette – Kurt Ernst @Hemmings

Happy wife, happy life. Bill Mitchell’s wife didn’t drive an ordinary Corvette Drop the term COPO, or Central Office Production Order, and most enthusiasts conjure up images of big-block-powered Camaros. The COPO program had more pedestrian roots, however, and was… Read More ›

An affordable classic: Chevrolet’s second-generation Corvair – Kurt Ernst @Hemmings

Chevrolet’s redesigned-for-1965 Corvair debuted to high praise from the automotive press, with Car and Driver’s David E. Davis, Jr. declaring it “the most beautiful car to appear in this country since before World War II.” American consumers agreed, buying 23-percent more ’65… Read More ›

You may be cool, but are you ‘Studebaker Cool?’ – Kurt Ernst @Hemmings

Brooks Stevens’s Sceptre concept, designed for Studebaker. Photo courtesy Milwaukee Art Museum. From its start as a manufacturer of horse-drawn wagons to its demise as an independent automaker competing head-to-head with Detroit’s Big Three, Studebaker enjoyed over a century of… Read More ›

Twenty-five years ago, Oldsmobile pinned its hopes on the Aurora – Kurt Ernst @Hemmings

As the 1990s dawned, Oldsmobile – then America’s oldest automotive brand – was in crisis. Sales were declining, its buyers were aging, and new luxury import brands threatened the division’s very existence. In response, Oldsmobile developed a halo car –… Read More ›

Trio of Mopar display engines from the Steven Juliano Collection head to auction in Indy – Kurt Ernst @Hemmings

This trio of Mopar display engines, owned by Steven Juliano, head to auction next month in Indianapolis. Photos courtesy Mecum Auctions. Once upon a time, auto shows were important events for manufacturers, giving them a venue to reveal their latest… Read More ›

A Fordson for fun: Scale tractor built for Henry Ford’s grandchildren heads to auction – Kurt Ernst @Hemmings

Much like his Model T automobile, Henry Ford’s affordable tractors brought mechanization to the masses, and the Fordson Model F was perhaps the most common small-farm tractor of the early 1920s. To teach farming to his grandchildren, Ford requested a circa… Read More ›

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