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Curbside Classic Clue PLUS a Curbside Meet-Up in Vegas

 

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Hello everyone, it’s good to see you all again. I’ve been very busy over the past few weeks preparing for an upcoming trip, so my postings have been a bit scarce here at CC. Read the rest of this entry »

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QOTD: After Fifty Years, Which Has Been Your Favorite Mustang?

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The fiftieth anniversary of the ‘stang snuck up on me, even though I’d read about it on blogs and in print on more than one occasion.  I remember the car’s thirtieth anniversary very well, as it coincided with the introduction of the overtly-nostalgic 1994 model.  At the time, I didn’t “get” pony cars, and I still don’t pay much attention to Mustangs made after 1993, but twenty years later, I understand their enduring appeal.  Which of these beautiful machines, made over five generations, charms you the most?

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COAL: 1971 Chevelle Sedan – Easy Come, (Not So) Easy Go

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With so many Mustangs this week (and a few more to come), I figured that you, dear CC reader, might appreciate a little change of scenery. So how about something with a bowtie… and more doors?

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CC Outtake – The Elusive Palos Verdes Land Rover

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Something about Land Rovers brings to mind Marlin Perkins on “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.” In the back of my head, I can picture Marlin venturing out into the African Veldt in search of this week’s “elusive prey.” Well, here in Palos Verdes, Land Rovers are pretty elusive prey, so I’d though I’d share this so-so shot taken through my windshield. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vintage Scoop: 1979 Mustang Indy Pace Car – The 302 Wakes Up

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In keeping with this week’s theme, I dug up an article featuring my favorite Mustang body style, the pre-facelift Fox.  And while I don’t necessarily care for the graphics package of this car, its prominent display on the cover of the January 1979 Motor Trend is well deserved, helping to show off the results of Ford’s hard work. Read the rest of this entry »

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Carshow Classic: 1969 Ford Capri – The European Mustang Ford Always Promised Itself

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The idea that American style, automotive or otherwise, influences Britain and the rest of Europe is old and well established, and no car demonstrates this better than the Ford Capri.  Like Dearborn’s famous coupe, it was based on a mainstream saloon, and was marketed as an aspirational alternative for a more confident, fashion conscious audience.  As an Anglo-German collaboration, however, the Capri was an altogether different expression of a very American concept.

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CC Clue

I’ve chosen a long, slender shot to add an element of challenge, but I’m sure someone will still get this quickly.  The commentariat is sharp, and nlpnt got the last Clue on the first try.


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Riverside Classics: Can You ID Them?

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Walking along the bike path in Skinner Butte Park, right near downtown Eugene, I wanted to get a closer look at the water level after some recent rains, and noticed automotive remains down there. That called for a scramble down the banks to check them out, and see what was there. I’m still not too sure. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Four Door Mustang That Didn’t Make The Cut, Thankfully

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Probably inspired by the success of Chevy’s four-door Monza, Ford apparently gave serious consideration to a four-door Mustang. Probably just as well that Ford gave it a pass, but that’s not to say the work on it was wasted, as it clearly inspired another Ford sedan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cohort Sighting: Lancia Aurelia B24 Spyder – So Beautiful, It Hurts

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If, for some reason, you’re unfamiliar with why Lancia’s post-Fiat cars are generally met with indifference or disdain, this Aurelia convertible will provide you with some perspective.  This Pininfarina-designed convertible is a completely different animal compared to the upmarket Fiats which superseded it, with style in abundance and very apparent quality to match.  Just look at that two-piece bumper, working together with history’s most elegant hood scoop to frame that expensive looking grille.  To those details, add a perfectly matched, bumper-height chrome spear (to break up the visual heft of the substantial door sills needed to maintain rigidity), impossibly delicate side marker lights and a wraparound windshield, and you’ve got a contender for the most attractive roadster in a very competitive era.   Read the rest of this entry »

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CC Outtake: Mustang Alley

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My ’65 Mustang multiplied after I left it in the spectator parking lot at the 2013 Pure Stock Musclecar Drag Race. There’s just no leaving that thing alone.  I actually passed the nice ’69 Sportsroof (with 302 callouts on the hood) earlier in the 175-mile round trip, while the ’03/’04 “Terminator” Cobra and ’85/’86 Fox hatchback both showed up a little later in the day.

If we were drag racing, the Terminator would annihilate its “competition,” packing a 390-horsepower (minimum) supercharged 4.6, and it would likely be a close race among the rest of us.  With 2.79 gears and a C4, a last place finish for me and my beloved family heirloom (COAL coming on Thursday) would not be shocking; but speed isn’t everything, even when one is parked at a drag strip.  So, which interpretation of the classic ponycar do you like best?

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Curbside Classic: 1965 Mustang – Freedom; Starting At $2368

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(In commemoration of the Mustang’s 50th birthday, we’ll have some posts on that subject this week. Portions of this article have appeared before)    Freedom. Does any other word better sum up the aspirations of the sixties? Well, not everyone could drop out and move to Greenwich Village, Haight Ashbury, or hop into the hot tubs at Esalen. Somebody had to stay home and keep the lights on in the split-level houses across suburban America. But the aspiration to break free from certain societal constraints and live just a little on the wild side infected America like a virus, one that swept the land hand-in-hand with Beatlemania.

It hit Elaine Diggs in Towson, Maryland in the fall of 1965. I had watched her get into her dull and dreary hand-me-down 1962 Biscayne six four-door sedan across the street from us every morning, wearing very modest long skirts and a prim haircut, driving off to her secretarial job, looking like a younger version of her uptight mother. But then one day she drove home in a brand new Mustang six coupe, and within weeks, her skirts got shorter and her hair longer. Three months later, she moved out, into an apartment with two other young working girls. I’d see her in town from time to time, sometimes with a boyfriend, riding in her Mustang and smiling. And then I heard she went back to school, and became an art teacher. No, Elaine didn’t end up on a commune in Mendocino, but her life changed like so many others at the time, and the Mustang played a role in that.

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CC Outtake: That’s Why They Call It A Temporary Spare

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Related reading:  Stanza Wagon CC

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Through The Windshield Outtake (And a Curbside One Too): Pontiac 1000 – Minus The “T”

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Seeing this Pontiac 1000 in traffic the other day was almost as heartening as the warm spring weather we’re having. Did it come out of a twenty-year hibernation? Nah…just another old car in Eugene’s streetscape. Who else would notice but me? I was hoping to get in front of him so I could peel off a shot of the Pontiac Chevette’s distinctive front grille, but no such luck. I’ve shot at least one other 1000 (this ain’t exactly the only one in town), but it didn’t have an intact grille. Let’s check it out. Read the rest of this entry »

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CC Outtake: Buggin’ Out

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Sometimes an annoying situation can turn into a golden opportunity, as evidenced by my latest photo session. Read the rest of this entry »