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CC Clue

Classic car identification is made much easier when the car in question has a feature unique to its specific model year.  Such is the case with our Clue Car’s grille here – it’s a one-year wonder, featuring subtle details exclusive to this year, make and model.

So, can you guess the car to which this grille belongs?  Good luck – and as always, please submit your guesses without photos, so everyone gets a chance at it!

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CC Outtake: Prince Rogers Nelson, Prefame 1977

Photographer Robert Whitman has just published a series of images he took of Prince in 1977. Back then, the performer was a relative unknown dabbling in erotofunk before leading us into the future of music about a decade later. His almost hypnotic charisma aside, I couldn’t help but feel this shot taken in front of the landmark Music Wall in Minneapolis deserved its own place on CC.

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Curbside Rental: 2015 Nissan Versa Note – A Canadian Comes to Maryland

At the beginning of December 2017, I needed to have some work done on my 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport. As I have done a lot of work related to computers for a dealership I hang out at, they offered to do the work on the van if I bought all parts that were needed and could go without the van for a week. I jumped on this as it is a pain working on the GM U-Vans.

I also decided to rent a car rather then drive my other car because I had a lot of discounts from Enterprise Rental, I made arraignments to have a midsized car for the week. I expected a Malibu or a Sonata. However when I arrived I noticed a blue 2015 Nissan Versa Note with Ontario license plates on it in the rental car lot. I inquired on it and was told it was a rental that was just dropped off here by a person that elected to fly back to Canada due to an emergency instead of driving it back. I asked if it was available to be rented and was told yes. I then switched my reservation to a small car and got it. Read the rest of this entry »


Curbside Capsule: 1960s Nissan Patrol 60 – Originally a US-Market Patrol? With an IH Speedometer?


Nissan Patrols are commonly considered “forbidden fruit” in the US, and often imported privately. But once upon a time, from 1962 to 1969, one could buy actually a Nissan Patrol in the US at…your local Datsun dealer. A preview of coming attractions? Well, not the Patrol, but the Nissan brand. Nissan stopped importing the Patrol after 1969, although I’m not quite sure why. Was it poor sales compared to the more successful Toyota Land Cruiser? Or was it mandated by MITI, the  Japanese Ministry of International Trade, which was extremely powerful back then and often called the shots in order to maximize market share for a specific product at the expense of another? I seem to remember reading something about that back in the day.

No worries; that’s all in the past, and since 2013, the Patrol has been available in the US, but once again at a dealer with a different name.

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Curbside Classic: 1976 Cadillac Sedan DeVille – Refusing To Go Gently Into The Night

I have been on a streak recently.  Regular readers know that I have developed some strong opinions over the years about the cars that were common in my youth.  There are those for which I have an irrational love, such as the Studebakers of the 1960s (or the slightly more rational love of the C body Mopar).  There have been others that have been a challenge for me (he said with more than a touch of understatement).  Like this one.  And they seem to be plopping themselves squarely in my path so that they are impossible to ignore.

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Car Show Classics: 2017 Motorclassica Club Sandwich Cornucopia

Cornucopia (noun) – a great abundance; overflowing supply.

That is certainly what there was in the Club Sandwich display area outside the Royal Exhibition Building, in Carlton which is just north of the Melbourne city centre (Australia not Florida).  As a different sort of game for this post, make a comment to “claim” a car and we will see if there are any unloved leftovers – I doubt it!

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CC Outtakes: Looking Back At A Year’s Worth Of Random Finds

Sometimes I wish I could stop time – like when I see an interesting car, but only have time to snap a picture or two.  This happens rather often, and in looking back through my photo archives, it seems a shame not to give these cars the attention they deserve.  So let’s look back over some random finds from the past year or so.

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Cohort Outtake: A Rakish Fairlane

A shot like this, posted at the Cohort by Pikesta, is guaranteed to make it to the front page of CC. That goes for many of Pikesta’s shots, as the combination of the colorful settings in and around Cape Town, SA. and the equally colorful cars are both delightfully exotic. They remind me of Mexico, ten or twenty years ago. Read the rest of this entry »


Cohort Wordless Outtake: The Dreamer

posted at the Cohort by Pikesta (shot in South Africa)


Curbside Classic: 1995-2000 Chrysler Sebring Coupe – With Seats Available In Soft Jaeger Cloth

What was the first-generation Sebring coupe? It wasn’t a direct rival for cars like the Toyota Celica and Honda Prelude, lacking any pretension of sportiness while boasting a rather spacious cabin for four adults. It wasn’t a direct rival for the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry coupes, as it wore a different name to Chrysler’s mid-size sedan, the Cirrus, and had its own distinctive styling. No, the Sebring coupe was a Cordoba for a new era. Read the rest of this entry »


Car Show Classic: 1985 Rover 3500 (SD1) – The Best of British; The Worst of British


(first posted 12/11/2013)     Britain in the 1970s was a country full of contrasts, with many examples of the best and of the worst – the best summers I can remember and the three-day working week with staged power cuts; some of best music ever and some of the worst music ever; the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 and horrible industrial strife; a Wimbledon winner and football riots; Fawlty Towers and a faulty fashion sense. It was the same with cars. Read the rest of this entry »


CC Comparison: 1949 Plymouth Suburban Wagon and 2017 Toyota RAV4 – Almost Identical Dimensions

I’ve been saying it for a long time now: CUVs are just getting back to the size and proportions of my favorite era of American family cars, from a packaging point of view: 1949 – 1955. The other day, at my 1962 Plymouth & Dodge article, MikePDX pointed out that the 1949 Plymouth P17 Suburban wagon and popular CUVs, like the RAV4, shared very similar dimensions. Commenter nlpnt dug those stats up, and yes, they are remarkably similar. Read the rest of this entry »


CC Outtake: E-Body Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz – Best Regards From The Eighties

Again I visited my Mom last Friday, and went out for a run. This time I stumbled upon an American luxury icon. Well, maybe not this specific Malaise-Era Eldorado. Read the rest of this entry »


CC Outtake: 1991 Acura Integra LS – Minty Fresh

Boasting a low curb weight, acclaimed handling dynamics, and rev-happy, high output four cylinders, from very early on, the Honda/Acura Integra was always a popular car for tuning and various other modifications, both performance and cosmetic. As a result, finding an unmolested, stock Integra, let alone one in such clean condition is not an easy task.

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Curbside Classic: 1985 Pontiac Grand Prix – A Familiar Dessert

At the time that I was drafting this piece a couple of months ago, I was departing O’Hare on a flight to the beautiful, Midwestern city of Omaha, Nebraska.  As of October of this year, I am now able to say I can now count on two hands the number of times I have been there.  Usually, my trips to Omaha are combined with a quick jaunt to Des Moines, Iowa, which is about two hours east, and where I spotted our featured car.  Both are clean, really pretty towns with arts, culture, history, parks, shopping, architecture and just enough quirkiness to keep a guy with slightly idiosyncratic tendencies like me entertained and looking forward to my next trips there.

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