Recent Posts

CC Outtake: 1964 Mercury Marauder – The One Crucial Detail

There was a large outdoor car show in our area last Saturday, although I didn’t attend it was a fun day to drive around running errands because old cars were everywhere, including the grocery store parking lot.

Read the rest of this entry »


Curbside Capsule: 1970 Holden HT Premier Wagon – Eminent In Emerald

Australia isn’t short of old Holdens from the 1960s and 1970s and they’re often kept in excellent condition. A 1970 Holden HT Premier wagon, however, is not a common sight, and certainly not in this stunning Verdoro Green. Read the rest of this entry »


In-Motion Outtake: On The Way To Meet Its Maker?

Hearse in Houston

Found this on the road near Houston TX, but had trouble getting closer to take a better picture of what appears to be a hearse on its way to meet its maker? Or perhaps a funeral home hit hard times (or bit the dust!) and sold it down the river. Read the rest of this entry »


COAL: 2004 Ford Focus ZTS

It is 2004 and my 1986 Mazda 626 is passing 350,000 miles now. It is time to consider it’s replacement and can I find one that will pass all my expectations? Read the rest of this entry »


Who Wants to be a Mileage Millionaire – The Most Expensive High Mileage Cars for Sale in America

Welcome back, fellow Mileage Millionaires! I want to everyone for coming up with great suggestions for this series (I’ll try to get to as many as I can in future posts).

One of the things that frequently comes up in these “Millionaire” posts (and in the comments) is how much much sellers sometimes have the gall to charge for these high-mileage jalopies. As is often the case here, opinions vary greatly on how much these cars are actually worth, but the number “zero” has been bandied around on more than one occasion.

By now, you know my MO: If I see a dangling thread, I’m going to pull on it to see what unravels. Today’s post is therefore dedicated to the actual millionaires in the audience: Let’s pull on this particular thread, and see what the upper limits of asking prices are for vehicles at the upper limits of their odometer readings.

Read the rest of this entry »


CC Humour: 1983 Renault 5 TL – P. G. Wodehouse Edition

Wooster: Pity about my idea of investing in this Real Estate scheme on the Galapagos Islands.

Jeeves: I did caution against it, Sir.

W: Yes. Rotten luck. And just when some of my dearest aunts lost all their dosh in that South Sea thingy…

J: Bubble, Sir?

Read the rest of this entry »


Trucks of a Lifetime: 1978 Ford F250 4X4

As much as I love the idea of doing a semi regular chronicle of the relatively few vehicles that I’ve owned, I never seem to get it done regularly unless you consider between 3 and 6 months “regular”. My adult life ownership history has been a series of Ford trucks: A 1972 Ford F100 2WD,  1986 F150, 1995 F250 and a 2003 F350 Crew Cab. I’ve decided to skip the next one chronologically, as I still own it but don’t have a lot to say about it. Read the rest of this entry »


Curbside Classic: 1970 Chevrolet Impala – The Best Big Car Of Its Time

CC 71 117 801

(First Posted August 8, 2013)  We’ve spent a massive amount of time on these pages praising the 1977-up B-Body Impala and Caprice. But given that today we’re considering whether the new 2014 Impala is the best big car of today, let’s turn the time machine back to 1970. That was the last year of the generation of big Chevys that first appeared in 1965, and unlike nowadays, when new cars better get it right from the start, the 1970 Chevrolet was the culmination of six years of improvements and refinement. And it showed. Read the rest of this entry »


In Motion Outtakes: Pagoda De Ville Long Island Edition

In the early 1960s, Cadillac brought some short deck variants to market – known as the Park Avenue. Pictured here is the aftershock – the extended deck Cadillac Sedan DeVille Long Island Edition.

With optional pagoda hardtop.

Read the rest of this entry »


Curbside Corrosion: Deep Rusty Thoughts

I returned last week from a very nice summer vacation to the upper Midwest, which is often beautiful this time of year, especially when you are coming there from southeast Texas. Texas had had a pretty decent summer (for Texas) until the last couple of weeks when it finally went over 100 humid degrees Fahrenheit, making it really fortunate I got to hang out up north where the highs were in the 70’s.

For the car spotter, the beautiful climes did not hide a harbinger of the brutal winter to come. Everywhere I looked, I saw that eternal enemy of the automobile: Rust! I thought I would take the opportunity here to show some ugly cars and share some thoughts on this inevitable scourge.

Read the rest of this entry »


Curbside Tech- Improving My El Camino Gauge Assembly

The gauges when I purchased the car. BTW, while I don’t have documentation to support it, the cars mechanical condition makes me believe that is the actual mileage.


This week, I’m going to review changes I’ve made to the El Kylemino’s gauge package. This image shows the original gauge package. It included the base speedometer and fuel gauges plus an optional trip odometer and additional gauges measuring temperature, oil pressure, and system voltage. A factory tachometer was offered, but not installed on my truck. Instead, a blanking plate resided in the tach opening. Read the rest of this entry »


CC Global: Thailand’s Obsession With Isuzu

It’s funny how certain marques or models become dominant in certain markets. When I lived in Myanmar, something like 70% of cars were Toyotas, mostly second-hand JDM imports. And the lowly Probox accounted for a majority of those, too. In Cambodia, it was all about the Camry. Until about a decade ago, the Peugeot 504 was still the car of choice in swathes of Africa. Ditto the Lada Zhiguli in Soviet successor states.

Read the rest of this entry »


CC Outtake: Just An Old Galant, Never Meanin’ No Harm…

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a General Lee tribute car.  After all, The Dukes of Hazzard has been off the air for over three decades, and its automotive star, a Dodge Charger, has ascended into collector status.  Over the years, I’ve seen many General Lees, usually Chargers, but occasionally similar vehicles like Monte Carlos.  But last week, I came across this rather unlikely example – a 2001 Mitsubishi Galant.  Not only that, but the orange color?  That’s not paint, it’s duct tape.

Read the rest of this entry »


Borrowed Car Review: 2018 Honda Accord EX – Debbie Downer Drives the Best

I’m a bit of a contrarian by nature. I’ll propose counterpoints just for the exercise of it, and by default I am skeptical of trends for reasons inexplicable even to me.  Why go with the flow and be happy when you can be miserable swimming against the current to no effect? One extension of this is that I tend to favor Toyotas over Hondas. Why? Who knows. Honda has a far more impressive history of building driver’s cars.  Seems like a no-brainer. But then a smug fanbase and slavish automotive press arrive, provoking the contrarian in me. It’s not like the cars are perfect, they’ve tended to be more crashy, loud, and high-strung.  Tiresome on road trips.  The Accord is the poster child for this, earning accolade after accolade, even over the last decade when they were bloated and cheapened.  Well, the new generation seems to address those things and is certainly receiving praise with nary a fault to be found.  Read the rest of this entry »


Car Show Classic: 1978 Alfa Romeo 2300 Rio – Doing A World Car, The Alfa Romeo Way

You probably know the feeling. Wandering through a car show field, you glimpse a familiar but rarely seen profile. Your antennae react and your brain starts to process the data. So, when I saw the front of this car in the distance at the recent Festival of the Unexceptional, the little grey cells started whirring, my Curbivore-Alfa databank proffered suggestions on the identity and I changed direction like an alert basketball player. And the immediate identity response was, in fact, inaccurate. Read the rest of this entry »