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CC Outtake: 1994 Hyundai Excel – Becoming Exceedingly Rare

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Even here in the Curbside Elysian Fields, Hyundai Excels have finally become quite rare (Update: and maybe valuable, like a Civic Si?). So when this three door hatch slipped by us the other night, I was quick on the draw. I only got one shot off before it pulled away (yes, it’s still running), but that’s enough to remind us of Hyundai’s very painful early days in the US. Read the rest of this entry »


eBay Find/QOTD: 1986 Honda Civic Si – How Do You Determine Value?


I saved pictures of this eBay find sometime ago, and never got around to posting it.  But long story short, bidding for the item, listed at $11,000, ended; I assume it didn’t sell.  Ninety-five percent of our readers will be confounded by such an idea, about sixty percent of whom will have good reasons for their resentment and forty percent who won’t.  But regardless of your viewpoint, is this listing indicative of new trends in the world of collector cars?

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CC Outtake: The Forecast Calls For Snow on the Sierra


With the recent record low temperatures in parts of Australia and New Zealand, it seems only fitting to dig out pictures of an arctic white Merkur covered in snow on a cold winter day.

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Wordless Outtake: One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other…



Curbside Classic: 1986 Buick Regal Limited – Rhapsody in Black


The voice on the commercial was a mixture of auctioneer and late night car salesman.  Running as often as political commercials prior to an election, the promise made by the lip-flapping announcer was almost overwhelming for this then twelve year-old.  The premise worked; I was yanked in like a hairball into a vacuum cleaner.

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Classique de Trafic Parisienne – Citroen Traction Avant

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I happen to be in France this week and a few days ago was walking down the Boulevard Saint-Michel in Paris when out of the corner of my eye I spied something I never thought I would see in traffic.  I was able to snap a couple of pictures just in time.

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Cohort Sighting: School Bus Van, Laotian Style; And One From 1935 For Contrast

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I just finished posting that old Chevy school bus-van, when I ran across this posted at the Cohort by robadr. Is this to entice kids to go to school? I’ll also show you one a bit more spartan from 1935. Read the rest of this entry »


CC Outtake: Chevy Van Ex-School Bus – You Really Want To See This?

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On our walk the other night, we walked by this old Chevy school-bus van and I never broke my gait. Stephanie asked “Don’t you want to shoot it?”   “Who would want to see this?”   “I think it’s cool; you should shoot it”.  Ok…So who’s right; me or her? Never mind; I should know better than to ask that question. So here it is, in its full glory. Read the rest of this entry »


Auction Capsule: 1972 Chevrolet K/5 Blazer CST – Don’t Mess With Grandma

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You didn’t mess with my grandma. She was barely 5 feet tall, but she swore like a sailor and drank like a fish. And she always drove 4-wheel-drive trucks. One of them was an orange 1972 Chevrolet K/5 Blazer CST very much like this one. Read the rest of this entry »


Automotive History: 1968 Quasar Unipower – The Car To Be Seen In, Preferrably When Wearing A Mini Skirt

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The years 1967-1968 were fertile ones in terms of creativity, imagination, or just…breaking through to the other side. We saw one extreme automotive expression of that in the Mohs Ostentatienne Opera Sedan, a decidedly American vision/hallucination of sorts. In Europe, that took rather other forms, more suitable to the conditions there, like the 1968 Quasar Unipower. What better to go with mini skirts than a glass cube of a car to be seen wearing it? Was a sugar cube its inspiration?

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CC Outtake: How Many CCs Are In This Shot?

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Another typical summer evening street scene in Curbsidelandia; or maybe it’s a bit better than average. Since the definition of “CC” is a bit amorphous, there’s no hard and fast number we’re looking for. Which is of course very much in the spirit of Eugene. But these two coupes do deserve another look from the front. Read the rest of this entry »


Cohort Classic: 1981 Citroen CX Pallas D – Modernism’s Last Stand

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When pictures of this Citroen CX were uploaded to the cohort by Triborough some weeks ago, I noticed them immediately but let them sit.  This is one of those cars whose charms destroy any ability I have to approach a summary objectively or rationally.  Having never experienced a big Citroen first hand only reinforces its mystique, allowing me to read contemporary reviews and pretend the car’s uncommon attributes outweigh its glaring shortcomings.  That bias notwithstanding, a hurdle presents itself in dodging cliches frequently used when describing the cars.  It all conspires to make writing about the CX somewhat of a challenge.

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Craigslist Outtake: Are You Feeling Crazy?


This 1963 Jaguar Mark II “has no drive train ,interior , grill . rear window. Has 5 wire wheels in good condition.” All that–and a few deceased rodents–could be yours for the low, low price of $300.

The question is, are you crazy enough to want it?

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Automotive History: 1967 Mohs Ostentatienne Opera Sedan – With A Truck Chassis, 20″ Wheels And Lots of Bling, It Was Just Way Ahead Of Its Time

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Bruce Mohs was obviously a visionary, anticipating future automotive trends long before they took root. That probably explains why no one actually bought any of his Ostentatienne Opera Sedans back in 1967; it was just too far ahead of its time, although I could well see the Beatles driving a psychedelic-painted one in their Magical Mystery Tour movie. It had all the requisite features of a blinged-out Escalade: a genuine truck chassis by International, giant 20″ wheels, over-the top styling and gobs of bling and gold. But the Ostentatienne went even further than that; it had such an overwhelming presence, one that would make it the ultimate “look-at-me-mobile” today. Maybe its time has finally come. Read the rest of this entry »


CC Outtakes: Where Old Buicks Wait To Die

About a mile up Route 27 from my street, there’s a cleared area of land that hosts a number of businesses including a gas station, auto body shop, carwash, sand and gravel business, and some other big industrial warehouse. Further behind the gas station is a fenced-off area that appears to house salvaged vehicles. But located in the brush between these areas is a pair of ’88 Buicks that often catches my attention when I drive by nearly every day.

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