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CC Impromptu Mini-Meet-Up, Fort Collins Edition: Head To Head With Our 2002s

When I mentioned here a couple of weeks ago that I was seriously looking to sell my car after close to seven years, contributor and friend Geelongvic quickly wrote me off-line to say “No!” and started to try to talk me out of it.  When he let it drop that he was going to be in my state shortly, I suggested we meet and discuss it over breakfast.  He readily agreed and so it happened that I dragged myself out of bed on a soggy morning a few days ago and met him for breakfast and great conversation at Doug’s Day Diner, my local favorite…
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CC’s Under My Nose: Neighborhood Walkabout

 

Paul and other contributors in various parts of the country with more car-friendly climates have no shortage of great  CC’s that end up here.   I was in northern California recently and was astounded at the old metal people were driving around..and was continuously rubberneckin’ to check them out. I loved it!  Here in southeast Michigan, the climate and third world quality road lay waste to cars pretty fast. Its rare to find a 15-20 year car on the road or in driveable condition, summer cars or collectibles excepted. I found however that CC’s are right under your nose, if only you take the time to look.

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CC Global: 2019 Ginaf X6 4243 S – Desperado, The Blazing Asphalt Hauler

If a mainstream truck maker doesn’t build a vehicle that can take full advantage of the existing legislation, you’ll have to ask a customizer to help you out. And then I’m not even talking about a special interior, paint job or a pair of stacks.

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Top 10 Obscure Special Editions And Forgotten Limited-Run Models: Jeep-Eagle Edition, Part II

Jeep has been doing special editions since the 1960s and they’ve only gotten more prolific with time – there were at least a dozen distinct special edition TJ Wranglers alone! For Part II (read Part I here), I’ve narrowed it down to another quartet of Jeeps plus a lone Eagle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cohort Capsule: 1962 Pontiac Tempest Coupe – Badge Engineering On A Very Different Scale

Pontiac tempest 1962 fq

(first posted 7/2/2013)    If you’re seeing a whole lot of similarity between the sheet metal (except the grille) of today’s ’62 Cutlass coupe and this ’62 Tempest, you’re not mistaken. In fact, now that I think of it, there’s little doubt that no other two GM cars from different divisions ever shared so much of the same body until we get into the modern badge-engineering era that started with the 1971 Pontiac Ventura, no less. But unlike later badge-engineered GM cars, this one was very different than its body donor under the skin. Read the rest of this entry »

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In-Motion Classic: 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 S (W116) – Drive-By CC Effect

Please pardon some of the wonky shots – these were taken in motion, at the back of a motorbike. I have just been through a relatively acute Fintail binge (post to be published in the coming days), and was on the way to recovery when this latest manifestation of the CC Effect took place. Lo and behold, a superb ‘70s S-Class land yacht was navigating its chromed prow through the busy streets of my little corner of Asia. And to think I hadn’t caught a W116 yet.

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CC Editorial: Don’t Be Afraid Of Crossing Over – 14 Crossovers Worth Celebrating

Change is hard. Whether you like minivans, compact coupes or full-size, rear-wheel-drive sedans, or even just a humble compact or mid-size with a domestic nameplate on it, it’s an unavoidable reality that such products are less popular than ever and crossovers have firmly taken hold. Read the rest of this entry »

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Curbside Classic: 1973 Ford Pinto Wagon; The Lowest Wagon Ever and the Best Selling Wagon in the World – This Is Why Americans Love CUVs

If you want to know why CUVs are so popular with folks above a certain age, it’s because they were forced to spend their formative years in a Pinto wagon. It tops out at 50 inches (1.27 meters), which is less than a Toyota 86 sports coupe and a mere 1.4″ more than a current Miata. So from now on when you see a Pinto wagon (if you should be so blessed) think of it as a Miata wagon. That will help you imagine what the front seating position was like, and what a torture it was to sit in the rear seat. That is, if you’re too young to have missed the experience of being forced to sit in one. If you have, no need to imagine, as your PTSD is probably being triggered by the sight of this.

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Car Show Classic: 1955 Cadillac Eldorado – If Only It Could Talk

Cad 55 807 900

(first posted 6/25/2013)    “There are eight million stories in the naked city,” the narrator solemnly intoned at the end of the famous 1948 film noir and the 1958-63 television series. There aren’t that many stories at a typical car show, but one wonders what stories this decrepit 1955 Cadillac Eldorado could tell – particularly the one about how it ended up in this condition.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Curbside Classic: The Human Powered RV, Version 2.0

Almost ten years ago, I shot the original Human Powered RV and posted it at the old site. I’d seen it being pedaled around in traffic, albeit very slowly, and one fine evening it was parked and I approached it to take some shots. Its owner/builder was not very friendly, and the encounter was short-lived.

I saw that at some point it was being replaced by a larger three-wheel version, but hadn’t seen it out on the street in some time. But the other night I caught it on a rare outing, and this time the owner was much more accommodating; well, up to a point. Not too surprisingly, having a conversation with him is a challenge, as he’s constantly diverging into subjects that to me seemed quite unrelated to me, but clearly not to him. So although I have more pictures this time, I still didn’t get a detailed description of certain key mechanical aspects.

Some things are best left a bit mysterious, and this is one of them.

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CC Outtake: Two Long Life Cars, or Suddenly It’s 1985

These two highly durable veterans from another era hang out a lot at this corner, sharing stories from the 1980s. I know the MR2 is a 1985, from its license plate, but I’m having a bit of trouble pinning down the exact year of the Volvo 244. 1979? 1980? It was a transitional year, between the single large round headlights and the quad rectangular ones.

In any case, these two have a lot of stories to share, if only they could talk.

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CC Global: Chevrolet Nomad – Out of Africa Edition

“That looks like some home built job! A Chev Nomad is a station wagon built from ’55 to ’72, not this..” Well, here in South Africa this was our very own Nomad, built by Chevrolet from ’76 to ’80.

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Car Show Classic: 1955 Studebaker Speedster – A Star (Luxury) Liner

I’ve been writing about obscure North American special editions and forgotten limited-run models since way back in 2015. Though I’ve travelled extensively in the US and even lived there for a while, I’ve seen a grand total of zero of my featured cars in the metal. While putting together a Top 10 list for the next (perhaps final?) instalment – on the independent automakers, coming soon! – I stumbled across some photos I took of a Studebaker I saw at a Cars & Coffee. It wasn’t just any Studebaker, however – it was a rare ’55 Speedster. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cohort Outtake: 1963 Dodge 440 – The Return To Normalcy, Part 1

Dodge 1963 fposted at the Cohort by runningonfumes

(first posted 6/28/2013. Updated 5/19/2019)   Watching Dodge (and Plymouth) claw their way back to normalcy after their departure into a brave new world in 1962. Yes, that’s more normal; you’re almost there. Just a little more… The first step was of course in 1963, when the bodies were squared off some and the sides cleaned up, but the Dodge front end still had a healthy dollop of Exneritis. Read the rest of this entry »

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On The Go Outtake: 1957-1958 Fiat 1200 Spyder – Pre-Pininfarina

This caught my attention in traffic heading out West 6th Avenue, and I was just barely able to peel off a couple of Hail Mary shots, as it wasn’t moving and my lane was. It’s a car I’ve never caught in the wild before, and not likely to do so again: a Fiat 1200 Spyder, from about 1957-1958.

It’s not exactly a styling gem; in fact, I’ve never really liked it all that much, as it’s clearly aping an early-mid-50s Cadillac, with the chrome leading edge of its bulbous hips and wrap-around windshield. A Fiat Series 1.2 Convertible.

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