Author: Ken Gross

Ken has been an auto writer for 38+ years, and his work has appeared in Playboy, AutoWeek, Hemispheres, The Rodder’s Journal, Street Rodder and Hot Rod Magazine. He wrote the award-winning TV series “Behind the Headlights,” and his books include Hot Rods and Custom Cars, Los Angeles and the Dry Lakes: The Early Years, Art of the Hot Rod, Hot Rod Milestones and The Allure of the Automobile. He was curator of the “Allure of the Automobile” exhibit at the Portland Art Museum during the summer of 2011. He was director of the Los Angeles-based Petersen Automotive Museum and has judged at Pebble Beach for 20 years.

1951 “Hirohata” Mercury Custom Coupe

Uniquely American in many ways, the custom-car craze truly found its calling in the late 1940s, blossoming throughout popular culture in the following decade. For many owners, the restyled early post-war Mercury coupes have been the way to go for these changes, and the 1949–51 cars quickly became an open […]

1931 Duesenberg Model J Roadster “Green Hornet”

The Classic enthusiast will behold this Duesenberg at first glance and wonder what looks so familiar. Finally, it will click: The body resembles a Packard roadster of 1930–31. The reason, of course, is that the body is a Packard roadster of that vintage. The body, as noted by prominent Duesenberg […]

1928 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 Type S

The Mercedes-Benz “S” was created in a magical period for the company, shortly after the merger of Daimler and Benz, while Ferdinand Porsche was chief engineer. He built a powerful-yet-versatile automobile — a true all-rounder, at home on the racetrack, at hillclimbs and providing exhilirating driving for the road. The […]

1934 Mercedes-Benz 500/540K Spezial Roadster

The sensation of the 1934 Berlin Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz’s legendary 500K supercar was the creation of the gifted engineer and former racing driver Dr. Hans Nibel. What set his supercharged Mercedes apart from the big, blown Mercedes of the previous decade was the model’s advanced chassis design, which combined swing […]

SCM’s Oregon Odyssey

To celebrate his magazine’s 30th anniversary, SCM Founder and Publisher Keith Martin, a veteran of countless driving tours in vintage cars, planned a tour of his own — and invited magazine subscribers to join him. Keith’s impressive guest list included Miles Collier, SCM columnist and founder of the Revs Institute; […]

1936 Ford Cabriolet

First car built by Ken “Posies” Fenical for his shop, Posies Rods and Customs, Hummelstown, PA Chopped 3.5 inches, with a Carson-style padded top 350-ci small-block Chevrolet V8 with three Rochester 2-bbl carburetors Featured in over 20 hot rod magazines worldwide Built in 1981 and restored in 2011. Known as […]

1936 Ford Deluxe Roadster Custom

Traditional-style hot rod with modern drivetrain and conveniences 406-ci small-block Chevrolet engine with 700R4 transmission Custom built by Joe White’s Performance and Machine, Austin, TX Windshield and folding-top assembly chopped two inches Authentic 100% stock Ford steel roadster body

1932 Ford Roadster

Offered from the collection of Jack Dunning Professional build by Glenn and Randy Hatcher Brookville steel body and chassis 1939 Ford flathead V8 engine and driveline This car, Lot 431, sold for $65,450, including buyer’s premium, at RM Auctions’ sale in Hershey, PA, on October 11, 2019.

1927 Dick Williams Ford Roadster

Built by Dick Williams in 1952 1953 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award winner SCTA Bonneville timed speed of 123 mph Featured in Hop Up magazine, June ’53 Entered in the inaugural Historic Hot Rod Class at Pebble Beach in 1997

1930 Chrisman Bonneville Ford coupe

Among the most historic 1950s Bonneville racers Built by Art and Lloyd Chrisman and Harry Duncan Multiple Bonneville record-setter in 1953 Featured on the cover of the February 1954 issue of Hot Rod as “The Most Fantastic Coupe” Third place in the Historic Hot Rod Class at Pebble Beach in […]