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CC Clue

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Is it a trunk? Hood? What do you think?

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Cohort Outtake: Chevette – Still Haulin’ the Groceries

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I’m finding it hard to resist just about everything Joseph Dennis posts at the Cohort, thanks to the combination of great finds and terrific photography. This Chevette was shot in Flint, MI, in front of a WallyMart. And how many runs to the store has this ‘vette made in its long life? Read the rest of this entry »

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Cohort Outtake: Peugeot 404 – Still My Beating Heart – And Our 404 Portal

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Christmas has arrived early at the CC Cohort. It’s awash in toys of the most varied kind from all over the world. But how can I resist this lovely 404, shot by Yohai Rodin? I can stare at this Pininfarina shape for…longer than I should, as the longing only gets greater. Yes, for those of you more recent arrivals, I once owned half a dozen 404s, and have written up my love stories here (links at end of this post). Read the rest of this entry »

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QOTD: What Should Jim’s New/Next Car Be?

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This morning I told the story of the demise of my Outback. Since the insurance company said the check is in the mail it is time to start searching once again.  You guys aren’t shy, perhaps you’d like to help, I know you have an opinion (or two)… Read the rest of this entry »

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COAL: 2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited – Oh, We Hardly Knew Ye…

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I pulled up behind a new Mini Cooper at the red light and came to a full stop. Then I looked in the rearview mirror, saw the front of an F-150 and came to the quick realization that he was approaching awfully fast and not going to stop… Read the rest of this entry »

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COAL: 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier–The Return of J Love

 

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(Except for the Cavalier in wedding regalia, the pictures in this post were borrowed from Google image search)

This COAL is dedicated to my LOAL (Love of a Lifetime), my wife, Tiffany

As stated in my second COAL,  when I first started driving, I had a thing for J cars. However,  after my third experience, I moved on to other vehicles. I did have some seat time in other J cars owned by family and friends, and while I could see the minor improvements over my early examples, I did not think they were that much of an improvement…been there, done that. That is, until 1995.

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Rampside Outtake: LAX, 1968

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I’m working on a longish post, which involves the main competitor to this Boeing 707. But in my research, I stumbled upon a treasure trove of vintage pictures from LAX through the years, and I just had to share this one because of the cars in front of it. This was taken at the West Imperial Terminal, very familiar to me from the 70s, when we used to fly World Airways DC-10s regularly to the East Coast and Europe from there. This was taken on June 4, 1968. Not a lot of cars, but it’s a particularly eclectic bunch; no less then three out of seven are imports, and the domestics are not exactly the typical family sedans, Olds Cutlass coupe excepted. . But then this is LA.

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QOTD: What’s the Slowest Vehicle You’ve Been Stuck Behind?

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Living out in corn and bean country, it’s not unusual to get stuck behind a combine or large tractor pulling a huge disc, but this was a first for me. Yep, that’s a tracked excavator gently ambling across the bridge at maybe 2 MPH. Thankfully A) the bridge held, and B) he swung off into the field as soon as he got across.

So what’s the slowest/most interesting thing you’ve been stuck behind in traffic?

 

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Cohort Outtake: What A Difference Twenty Five Years Makes

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Twenty five years separate these American luxury cars; the Lincoln Continental Mark V dates to 1977, and the Cadillac CTS to 2002. Joseph Dennis caught them side-by-side, in this dramatic night time shot. If this is what it takes to get me to feel nostalgic for the Mark and the seventies, it’s done the job, and very successfully at that.

JPC’s in-depth look at the Mark V is here.

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CC Outtake: 1962 Heinkel Trojan – Cheer up, Christmas Is Coming!

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Photo from www.bbc.co.uk

 

Clearly, it is coming in Norwich, England.

 

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Curbside Classic: 1955 Chevrolet – The iCar – GM’s Greatest Hit

(Let’s follow GM’s Deadliest Sin with one of its greatest hits. First posted 8/23/2011)   Your task: imagine and design the hottest consumer good of the day, one that will have folks lined up at the store to get their first glance of it. And creates a national buzz about its new power and speed, not to mention its fab new looks unlike anything seen before. And smashes all sales records for any any comparable device before or after it. And makes your company the most profitable and highly valued in the world. And one so capable and durable, folks will still prefer to buy it used instead of the newer competition. And becomes a timeless product, an icon of the whole industry, one that folks are still talking about and lusting after a half century later. Who would want to have that job given to them, with all of sixteen weeks to execute it?

Luck is really about being at the right time and right place with the right set of abilities. For Ed Cole and a few of his cohorts, that was Chevrolet in 1954. Read the rest of this entry »

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My Unintentional COAL: 1989 Ford Sierra 2.9i Ghia 4×4 – Tales Of Sierras Past And How A 17-Year Dream Came True!

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“♬ ♩ Hey! Hey! Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s nineteen eighty-nine…♩ ♫” Author photo (and car!).

Quick! Who remembers what they were doing back in 1997? If you’re like me, you’ll remember turning 24 at most… But happily, many of us car guys & gals remember specific years based on what we were driving. A few of us lucky ones with OCD sharp eyes and minds remember specific years based on cars we saw curbside. 1997 is one such year for me: late in the year I was holidaying nearby and whilst out walking one evening, I spied with my little eye, something beginning with…S!  Yes, that’s right, a Sierra station wagon, curbside! Read the rest of this entry »

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Cohort Outtake: The Slow and Non-Furious VW

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I noticed this over-the-top custom VW at the Cohort a few days ago, shot in Chicago by Joseph Dennis. But today’s post by Gerardo about the wholesale defacement of Japanese cars due to the Fast and Furious phenomena reminded me how many other fads there have been like that before, including the great VW Fever that really peaked in 70s. Just like every old Ford was once fodder for the hot rod/custom crowd, so every old or junkyard VW  was cut up into something else, or adorned with an endless variety of custom parts that were being churned out by a whole industry geared just to VWs. I’m not sure if this is a “restoration”  or whether this stuff is still being sold, but either way, it’s quite the period piece.

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CC Global: The Things of Bali

 

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Some car models become long-lived fixtures in countries never envisioned by their original designers or even by the most far-out thinking of marketing directors, such as the Ford Falcon of Argentina or the 1950s American sedans made into “Dolmus” minibuses in Turkey.  Among these automotive near-immortals is the VW Type 181 “Thing” — conceived for European military and North American recreational use, born in Germany in 1968 (military)/1971 (civilian), and living into the 21st Century with no end in sight as the preeminent tour vehicle of the Indonesian island of Bali, almost 7,500 miles from Wolfsburg.  How The Thing arrived there and attained its current status is a testament to the fundamental soundness of the design and its suitability for its eventual destiny in Bali.

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How “The Fast and the Furious” Ruined My Teens.

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Alright, the title may be a bit overdramatic and I perhaps may be giving far too much attention to a movie franchise that’s harmless at best. Still, it certainly has made things very unpleasant to some people.

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