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Why Cars & Parts Magazine used to be my favorite subscription

June 21, 2013

by Seb Perez

Back in the 80’s and 90’s I subscribed to Cars & Parts magazine. I immediately liked the magazine because of the great articles about car restoration, car history, car auctions, swap mets, etc. But there was a series of articles that I enjoyed most: junkyards.

On almost every issue they used to bring an article about special graveyards and junkyards across america showing great, in may cases, still restorable classic cars. There was only one downside to those articles. Most of the pictures were black and white.

This magazines are now part of my magazine collection and are still great reference when building model cars.

Do you know a magazine today regularly publishing articles about junkyards?

Please leave your recommendations in the comments below!


Cars & Parts Magazine - Junkyard articles


Cars & Parts Magazine - Vicky and Peggy Sue

I love Vicky and Peggy Sue!

Another great thing about this magazine were the two Restorations guides that they issued.

– The Resurrection of Vicky – A step-by-step restoration guide of a 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria (published in 1988)


– Peggy Sue – A step-by-step restoration guide of a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible (published in 1992)

Those of you who has been following this blog for a while now, already know that I own a ’55 Ford. A few months after I got the car, I found out about this restoration guide which I HAD TO ORDER from the U.S. to Argentina. back then, without internet it was not that simple. But I managed to do that. As soon as The Peggy Sue issue appeared I also ordered, not for restoring a’57 Chevy, but as a guide for scale model building (which I still use).


Check out some of my magazines


Bob Howell June 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Absolutely agree with comment about Cars & Parts Mag. One of the all time best car magazines ever published. Unfortunately don’t have any copies any more. Thanks for your emails, always enjoy them.

Iggy June 30, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Hey Bob,
Thanks for writing back!

russell poland June 23, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Hey Guys!
Looks like a great time was had by all!
Great looking cars and architecture!
The Magazines look informational and the kit review was very helpful too!
Thank You for sharing
Looking forward to more

Iggy June 30, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Thanks Russ!

Duane Medema January 25, 2014 at 6:34 am

I used to sit for hours when my cars & parts magazine came I would go to the junk yard section first . I lost touch with the magazine I still have every copy I ever bought.
I started looking for it on store shelves again but have not found it I guess they are out of print and that’s sad but I still have all my copies and I see that some of the junk yard copies are still out their I will buy some of those I like your web site keep it up .
Duane Medema

Seb January 26, 2014 at 10:07 am

Hi Duane. That’s right, I did just the same! I loved the junkyard articles! I still love to read those articles every now and then.

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