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1948 Norman Timbs Special is a Motor Trend Classic – Click above for high-res image gallery

We were just talking with a friend about his Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI. "How on earth did you afford that?" is the highly sanitized version of the question we posed to him. Answer: He bought used, and then explained to us that he would never buy a new car again, no matter what. A decision that's fine by us, but which buff book is our pal going to read if he's unwilling to ever walk into a new car dealership again?

Meet – or re-meet as the case may be – Motor Trend Classic. The fine folks at Motor Trend tried their hand at this classic car thing a few years back in 2005 but were forced to shutter the magazine in 2006. But that was then (and they were trying to sell 12 issues a year. Correction: Motor Trend Classic launched with two issues in 2005 and then went to six issues for 2006). Motor Trend Classic every three months is now. The cost to entry is a good bit higher than your standard car mag (roughly three times). However, the new magazine is (thankfully) largely free of advertising and it features a unique format and higher quality paper. Hence the high price: $14.95 per issue.

Also of note, Motor Trend will be using this weekend's Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance to relaunch the Classic magazine. In fact, Amelia Island will feature a special "Motor Trend Class" devoted to cars found on the cover of Motor Trend, including the gorgeous streamlined Norman Timbs Special seen above that graced the cover of the October 1948 issue. Pretty nifty, no? Make the jump for the press release and a complete list of the Motor Trend Class cars.

[Source: circsource.com via Media Week]
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Norman Timbs Special Headlines First-Ever Class For The Concours

JACKSONVILLE, FL; MARCH 1, 2010 --- The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Foundation, Inc. announced today that it will feature a class devoted to Motor Trend cover cars of the past during the 15th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, March 12-14, 2010. It is believed to be the first time a concours has featured cover cars as a judged class.
The Motor Trend class will include:

• 1948 Norman Timbs Special - October
• 1948 Davis Devin - August
• 1949 Kurtis Sports Car - Issue 1, Volume 1
• 1951 LeSabre - March
• 1953 Hudson Italia Prototype - December
• 1955 Ghia Streamline X "Gilda" - September
• 1955 Flajole Forerunner - September
• 1956 Firebird II Concept Car - April

Motor Trend will use the Amelia weekend to re-launch Motor Trend Classic, a publication devoted to the great cars and automotive designs of the past, according to Matt Stone, the publication's new editor.

Headlining the class will be the Norman Timbs Special. Constructed in the late 40s over a period of about three years, it was the cover car for the October 1949 issue of Motor Trend. General Motors will be displaying the LaSabre, created by their famed auto stylist Harley Earl, along with their futuristic Firebird II Concept vehicle, which took a number of styling queues from the jet designs of the '50s.

"The idea for this class came about when I was talking with Ken Gross about displaying a large shot of the MT cover that featured the Timbs Special, and he suggested doing an entire class of cover cars; I thought that was a great idea," says Amelia Founder and Co-Chairman Bill Warner. "Besides the Timbs car, people will love the Hudson Italia and the Ghia Streamline X Gilda. In future shows, I can see us doing a class for many of the automotive magazines out there from hot rods to muscle cars."

Tickets for the 15th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance are $45 for adults purchased in advance and $50 the day of the show. Students ages 12-18 are $20, and children under 12 are admitted at no charge when accompanied by a paying adult. Event tickets can be ordered in advance at www.ameliaconcours.org or can be purchased at the door.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      That norman timbs car looks amazing! I bet you if it have a ferrari badge on it will be worth Bajillions!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree. I will never buy a new or used vehicle from a auto dealership ever. Their all a bunch of crooks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is beautiful sheet metal work. I looked up Emil Deidt but didn't find much about him except that he worked on several cars in that time period. That is serious craftsmanship.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will Angus Mackenzie ruin this one too?

      (Long time subscriber to MT, just let my subscription expire due to the lousy magazine it has become. The writing is adolescent, the grammar and spelling are horrid, the figures are frequently reported incorrectly, and the bias towards everything German is an insult to real comparison tests and accurate reporting. The pictures are nice though. I'll keep my Road & Track, thankyouverymuch.)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've stopped reading all three U.S. mags. Motor Trend started to improve in quality around 2005, but went back down the sh!tter after MacKenzie took the helm. Car & Driver, my long-time favorite, blindsided me with that redesign, and has since degenerated to an absolute joke of a rag.

        Road & Track is okay, but increasingly refuses to write anything critical, and now only does one or two real instrumented tests per issue.

        Sad stuff, as there's still no Internet alternative that matches the quality C&D or R&T had in the early 2000s.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, at least it's shiny.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Regardless of the slightly confusing post, the magazine was a favourite of mine and I'm glad to see it back. The graphics are beautiful, and it's a quality magazine. A bit expensive, but in the 150 page magazine I counted a total of NINE ads, including the back cover. 5 of which were Dodge ads... Which is kind of refreshing.

      Glad to see it back though, and I hope it stays a little longer this time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The first part of this post has very little to do with the second part. What's the deal? What does the magazine have to do with the anecdote at the beginning?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd just like to say that buying a Toureg V10 - used - is Russian Roulette: Without a serious warranty on something as notoriously problematic (and catastrophically expensive), your odds of taking a bullet are HUGE.

        Big service costs = Big depreciation. There's a reason he could "afford" that car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Best looking car on this site since the Alfa 2uetto concept. I don't see a bunch of interior clutter. Its a nice smooth flowing design that carries over into the interior uninterrupted by tons of tv screens and pointless electronics.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is great news. Motor Trend Classic was actually a great mag--the writing and photography were of a much higher standard than regular Motor Trend, and comparable to the best UK classic car mags. I still have every issue.

      Funny thing about that $14.95 price tag--in Australia, an issue of standard, birdcage-liner MT costs $16.95.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So I wonder what a classic is?
      1948 Tucker Torpedo?
      1955 Bel Air?
      1958 Edsel?
      1963 Vette?
      1968 Z-28
      1972 Mark IV
      1984 Audi Quattro?
      1990 Miata?
      1993 Mustang?

      How old does a car have to be in order to be a classic?
        • 5 Years Ago

        I've noticed when cars newer than 1990 (or 1980 even) are found in classic car mags, they're usually regarded as "future classics".
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks Craig,
        Wiki says classic is 20-45 years old, after that, it's an antique (sorry '63 Sting Ray).

        you learn something new every day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't buy new either. But that doesn't mean I only buy classics...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car shown here is incomprehensibly sleek. Just wow!!!!!!
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