Old road tests are some of my favorite things, especially when they’re in clearly legible format. As this article covers a car I recently mentioned in an article, it seemed like a good idea to include it in a post. So, here is a treat for all of you, a test of the then-new E28 from an early 1982 Road & Track. As always, be sure to enlarge the images so you can take it all in. Enjoy!
Chevy takes quite a beating over the Cavalier. Critics tell us the car was too heavy, remained unchanged over the years, and didn’t break any new ground. While I agree with these assessments, Chevy did improve the Cavalier over the years, and this second generation model may be it’s sweet spot, especially this Z-24 model. Read the rest of this entry »
Italy has produced some of the most elegant, seductive, perfectly proportioned autos the world has ever seen. To drive a fine Italian car is to experience the Sine qua non–the ultimate expression–of motoring. And something that has absolutely nothing to do with this car. This one was a cut-and-paste job that Maserati fobbed off on a gullible public for a few years before high-tailing it back to The Boot to build other cars, ones where its heart was and where its heritage had always been. Read the rest of this entry »
If you are going to suffer high fuel and repair bills, you may as well own something interesting. After buying an almost new Honda Civic for its fuel economy and reliability, both of which it failed to deliver, we wanted something a little more fun. This was how we ended up with my wife’s favorite vehicle of all those we’ve owned.
The Dodge Shadow and Plymouth Sundance were low-buck transportation. When new, they sold for well under $10,000, at a time when the average new car’s sticker had just gone north of those then-foreboding five figures. Then, as now, cheap cars tended to get used up and then discarded, especially due to the minimal maintenance provided by their second, third or fourth owner. Which makes it truly remarkable that this Dodge Shadow ES made it to 2014 with just a couple of bumper scuffs and a tiny bit of rust on the left rear fender. Read the rest of this entry »
Converted school buses are a common sight in and around Eugene. Perhaps they come to Eugene to pay tribute to the grandaddy of the genre, Ken Kesey’s Further. Or maybe just because of the tolerant, laid-back atmosphere. In any case, seeing buses parked around town with signs of life is hardly worth pulling out the camera anymore. Except when one hears a chicken clucking in the penthouse coop. Read the rest of this entry »
Sound familiar? Well, we have covered the K-car twice this week, so here’s a Panhard Dyna to relieve the monotony. Never mind both cars were made to carry six passengers around with maximum efficiency. Read the rest of this entry »
I shot this snow covered pair of 450 Hondas on my way to work. They are my daily reminder of my own introduction to the world of motorcycles. Read the rest of this entry »
Curbside Classic: 1985 Honda Accord – The Canary in the Coal Mine for the Traditional American Sedan
It was with the second generation that Honda’s Accord began to take a toehold in the Midwest. At the time, there was a lot more “Buy ‘Murican” sentiment out here than was enjoyed on the coasts, and so we kept buying traditional RWD sedans a while longer. Read the rest of this entry »
When writing for a wide audience, it’s best to explain that which not might already be known, but since we readers of Curbside Classic pride ourselves on our vast collective knowledge of automotive history and trivia, it’s difficult to gauge whether Claus Luthe needs an introduction. Certainly, his cars are famous and almost unanimously well-regarded, but as someone who’s worked for manufacturers in-house, he many not have benefited from the same degree of name recognition as, say, Giugiaro or Michelotti. I will do my best to rectify this lack of fame, as the cars he penned are easily some of our favorites.
Ever wondered what it takes to make a Junkyard Outtake post – or wanted to do one yourself? In this week’s Junkyard Outtake, we’ll pull back the curtain and show you how it’s done.
Nicky D posted only one shot of this DS to The Cohort, but in this case it will suffice. One picture is enough to state the obvious: The owner of this Citroën really fancies himself/herself as a unique person. I’m obviously selling short the talents of the artist who painted this car, but really, does it have to be on a car which is such a work of art in itself? Part of me says there are better ways to tell the world you’re a free spirit, but thankfully, my rational side reminds me that this car is being kept in clean and driveable condition–regardless of whether or not I like its paint job. What do you guys say? Cool and interesting, or corny?
Chrysler officially retired the K-cars in 1989, but the scaling back of different variations began earlier. This 1986-1988 LeBaron Town and Country wagon, with Turbo, was one of the most fully optioned steel-roofed varieties, made near the end of the original models’ run. Aside from some missing badges on the “wire” wheel covers, this is an excellent example of the original design’s versatility.
A source of constant debate is whether hatchbacks are seen as declassé on this side of the Atlantic or not. Let’s set that question aside for a moment, though, and just pretend that we all agree that they’re both classy and visually appealing. In this make-believe space of universal acceptance, how do you like your hatchback? As a kammback? A fastback? With three doors, or five?
I was almost home on a Friday evening in February when I spotted this Escort Squire Wagon.