Kens Classics

Online Classic Car Resource Guide

This guide is in it’s preliminary stages. New additions will be made on a regular basis as I find time. Bookmark this site and check back often for updates.

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Compiled by Ken Leonard

Classic / Vintage car photography

Online Classic Car Resources and more

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The term “Classic car” here refers to cars manufactured before 1972. This includes hot rods, street rods, true classics, vintage, customs, woodies.

Concept cars and Exotics may be after 1972.

Photos by Ken Leonard unless otherwise specified

Ken Leonard’s Classic Car Photo Galleries Here:

22,000 + Classic Car Photos

This Day in Automotive History

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The History of the Automobile

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The World without Cars

The History of the Automobile - Early Steam Powered Cars

The Early Cars (1769 - 1885)

The First Modern Cars (1885 - 1914)

Wikipedia on the Automobile

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Recent additions:

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Route 66 News - Possibly all you ever wanted to know about this famous highway. Recent news and historical articles.

West Coast Motor Cars brings back the '41 Willys

The History of Ferrari

SoCal Willys gallery - 174 photos of Willys taken at various SoCal venues

Muckenthaler Car Show - The Saturday show, this year featuring the legends of nostalgia drag racing.

L.A. Wood - Annual Woodies show, this year held at Ports ‘O Call Village in San Pedro.

SoCal Woodies Galleries - 16 albums, approx. 2,000 individual photos of Woodies.

Doheny Wood Car Show - April 23, 2005 - Over 200 photos posted

Seal Beach 2005 Car Show April 23, 2005 - Over 200 photos posted

Woodies - Links to many Woodies related clubs

SoCal Drag Racing photos - Photos by Roger Rohrdanz, posted to Dave Lindsay’s site.

1st Car stories site - Read about others 1st Car and add your own story here - Neat idea for a site!

More “My First Car” stories - HotRodder.com site

The Old Car Manual Project - Submitted by Rick Johnson - Scans of many original classic car manuals (graphics). Very nice site!

Olds Ads site - Many nice scans of early Olds brochure ads.

Saturday Sunrise Car Cruisers - This site has not been updated in a couple of years. However it has lots of older photos from the Huntington Beach Donut Derelicts cruise as well as several other links. A few links are now dead.

OldRide.com - Listings of many different car clubs nationwide. Also forums and much more.

Longroofs site - Devoted to Nomads, station wagons and Woodies. Photos and short summaries of cars.

Corvette Obsession site - Many links to everything Corvette - Site by Ken Staple

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Focus on specific Classic Cars

This section will have entire galleries devoted to the same Classic car. Also later on I will have specific histories of these cars. Note: Fords and Chevy Photos are available in all albums and too numerous to put in just one specific album.

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Chevelles and El Caminos - Many more in other galleries not yet added.

Classic Thunderbird photos - 1955, 1956, 1957 T-Birds from Fabulous Fords Show 2005

Corvette Photos - Over 175 photos (so far) many from the 50 Years of Corvette show at Downtown Disney last year.

Packard Photos - From the 2004 Packards International show.

Packard Photos - From 2003 Packards International Show.

Packard Photos - By Jerry Daniels

More Packard Photos - Nice photos but not mine :-)

Buick Photos - From the Century of Buick show at Petersens to photos taken at various SoCal meets.

Mercury Photos - Classics and rare only

Porsche Photos - Many taken at the Sat. Morn. Crystal Cove show.

Willy’s Photos - Taken in 2003 and 2004 mostly at the Pomona Twilight Cruise

Pontiac Photos

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Classic car histories and informative comments by Rick Johnson

(with photos):

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1936 Pontiac Sedan - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1937 Chrysler Airflow - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1937 Nash Lafayette - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1940 Series 52 LaSalle Coupe

1947 Nash - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

Hudson Hornet - - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

    • Another Hudson Photo only

    • More about Hudson and Hudson Motor Company .

1948 Tucker "Torpedo" four-door sedan - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1949 Mercury Coupe - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1948 Packard Station Sedan - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1949 Cadillac - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1949 Ford - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1950 Olds - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1951 Studebaker - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

(1951) Muntz Jet - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

    • Another Muntz Car - At the Muckenthaler Concourse d’Elegance

    • More about the Muntz Jet (and Muntz car)

    • About “Madman” Muntz - Colorful merchandizing ICON of the ‘50’s. Anyone living         in California in the ‘50’s would remember this guy.

1952 Oldsmobile Super 88 Four Door Sedan - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1953 Buick Estate Wagon - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1953 Packard Carribean - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

Nash Rambler - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1954 Buick Roadmaster Convertible - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1954 Buick Skylark - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1954 Kaiser Darrin - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1954 Ford Crestline Sunliner - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1955 Chrysler C-300 - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1955 DeSoto Fireflite Coronado Sedan - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

    • 1955 DeSoto photo only

    • More on the DeSoto automobile

The 1955 Imperial - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1955 Kaiser Manhattan 2 Door Sedan  - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1956 Dodge Coronet Club Sedan - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1956 Lincoln Premier - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1956 Lincoln Premier - (Part 2) Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1955 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis Deluxe two door hardtop - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1958 Pontiac Bonneville Sport Coupe - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

(1958-1960) Rambler American - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1959 Pontiac Catalina Convertible - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1959 Studebaker Lark 4-door Sedan - - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1961 Plymouth Fury Hardtop Coupe - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1962 Corvair Monza Convertible - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1963 Chevy II Nova 400 Sport Coupe - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

1965 Ford Falcon Sprint Two Door Hardtop - Photo by Ken Leonard, history by Rick Johnson

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Other Classic Car Histories and Photos

Photos in this section NOT taken by Ken Leonard

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Classic Cars - Defining the Classic car - - Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia

Classic Car Club of America - All about this ‘true classic’ club and the cars and years it covers.

Cadillac History - 1902 to Present - Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia

Chrysler History - 1925 to Present - Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia

Corvette - First American Sports Car - A brief early history from the History Channel

Duesenberg Histories plus photos - Supercars site (too many ads IMHO)

Duesenberg History - 1910 to the 1940’s - Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia

Edsel History - Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia

Ford Model T - Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia

Hot Rod History - Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia

Classic Car History - The 1959 Cadillac

Packard History - 1903 to 1958 - Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia

Roadsters - Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia

Studebaker History - Extensive history of Studebaker - 1852 - 1966 - Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia

Woodie Station wagons - aka wooden sided cars - Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia

1970 Olds 442 - by James Mays

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Selected Automotive Histories from the History Channel site

This Day in Automotive History

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1923 Twenty-Four Hours Of Le Mans - the first year

Ford’s “The Peoples Car”

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Other Classic car photos

(other than mine): many, many more to come

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NSRA Photos Galleries - National Street Rod Association

Photos: Mostly Studebakers and Packards

Studebaker Photos - 6 Galleries

Yenko Camero online image search - Many photos of this elusive and often cloned car.

1956 Porsche Speedster Photo site - Bob Rossi

1956 Porsche Speedster photos and discussion

Porsche Image Search

Auto Racing Photos by Curtis Bosarge, Jr.

Plymouth Superbird Photos - PBase search results

Laguna Seca Classics Photos

Dodge Daytona Image Search

Drag Racing Photos

Yenko Camero Image Search

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  1. Car show calendar for SoCal and the West:

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Note: No one events site has ALL the shows. So if you are looking for a particular show you may have to search through all of these.

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SoCal Car shows - Dave Lindsay does a very good job of keeping this list current

SoCal Cruise Nights - Dave Lindsay’s excellent site

Drive Magazine Car Show events (West)

California Car Shows - California wide calendar from Hubcap Cafe website

California Car Shows - OldRide.com site. Also events for most other states.

Car events from L.A.Car.com

NHRA Museum (Pomona) Calendar of Events

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Classic car glossaries and rodding terms

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CCCA Glossary - From Classic Cars of America Club

California Hot Rodding Dictionary

Rodding terms - Rodding roundtable site

Automotive Terminology 101 - Autoworld site

Automotive Definitions - Inner auto parts site

All about Drag Racing - Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia

Classic car clubs and associations - Links to approximately 50 classic car clubs

Classic Car Club of America - CCCA is dedicated to the collecting, preservation and enjoyment of the world's finest automobiles which were manufactured from 1925* through 1948.

Approved list of ‘True’ Classic cars from CCCA - 1st they must have been made between 1925 to 1948 and then they must be certain cars from these years.

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Discussion Forums

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Most of these will require you to register in order to post but you can read without registering.

Hot Rod Magazine Discussion

Rodders Roundtable - Hot rodders discussion

Pricing Guides (these are nothing more than ‘guides’)

NADA Online Collectible Classic Car pricing guide

Collector car pricing guide - Collector Car and Truck Market Guide - 1946 to 1979

Classic Car Discussion - Supercars site

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Automotive Museums

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Automotive Museums - Many links to museums around the country

Auto Museums - Large listing of Automotive Museums - Autopedia site

NHRA Motorsports Museum - Pomona, CA

Petersens Automotive Museum - Los Angeles, CA

San Diego Automotive Museum - Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing - Ocala Fl.

Marconi Automotive Museum - Tustin, CA. Devoted to fast sports/race cars such as Ferrari, Lamborghinni, Porsch and the like.

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Articles

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Don Garlits Pitstop - Memories, Monowings & Montgomery’s Coupe - Drive Magazine site

Automotive articles - Histories and impact of the auto from the 1600’s to present.

Drag Racing

NHRA Drag Racing

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More Classic Car and Drag racing photos:

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This section under construction. This area will be massive in time. The links below are to photos that are not mine. Kindly respect the photographers copyrights, thank you

Just a word about Rob Roy’s photography: Outstanding!

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Temecula 2005 Rod Run Photos - Photos by my Photographer friend Rob Roy

Temecula 2004 Rod Run Photos - Photos by my Photographer friend Rob Roy

Temecula 2003 Rod Run Photos - Photos by my Photographer friend Rob Roy

More of Rob’s Classic car albums here - Photos by my Photographer friend Rob Roy

2004 Albuquerque Car Show Gallery

2004 Rio Rancho (NM) Car Show photos

Funny Car Nationals 2004 - St. Louis - Photo gallery by Jerry Gilles

Vintage Cars in Chambly Quebec - Photos by Daniel Dumont

Route 66 The Land that Time Forgot - A photo gallery by Dave Wyman

Route 66 Photos - A recently taken interpretation of the famous highway.

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This list compiled by Ken Leonard

Belmont Shore, SoCal

e-mail: xl1ken@earthlink.net