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QOTD: Which Beater Would You Buy For Six Months in Europe?

(Note: the options are not limited to these four examples)

I will be living in Europe (in Germany, but traveling around a bit) for the next six months. I’ve just decided that buying a cheap car is better for my needs than renting one almost every weekend. Normally, I won’t need a car in the week, but I plan to travel with my wife and two kids in Germany and Europe on weekends and vacation. Read the rest of this entry »

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CC Capsule: 1956 Chevrolet 210 Four-Door Sedan – Tattooed (Of The Tri-Five Tribe)

While on the way to Detroit last December, I stopped in the suburbs to visit my aunt, who lives not far from the former Chrysler World Headquarters.  It’s a lovely area dating from the mid-1970s, complete with ponds, parks, trails, tennis courts, and pretty enclaves featuring single family homes, condos, and duplexes.  It was here that I spotted our subject car the next morning before heading into Detroit for a fantastic mini-vacation downtown.  Needless to say, this car stood out in the suburbs – in the best way, possible.

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Curbside Classic: 1963 1/2 Ford Galaxie 500 XL – Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Nothing Blue

This is such a familiar face.  During my time at CC I have plowed the 1963 full-sized Ford field quite often.  In my defense it’s always been the same relatively small forty acre plot of what is arguably a several thousand acre ranch.  When this Galaxie was built, cars carrying the same name were much less homogeneous than what we have currently.

So perhaps that is why I am writing this.  We have seen very little about any two-door Galaxie, especially one as relevant as this example.  So let’s jump in and take the old girl for a spin.

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QOTD: Are There Any Modern Cars That Look Good With Two-Tone Paint or Vinyl Roofs?

Two-tone paint enjoyed widespread popularity in the 1950s and a minor resurgence in the 1970s. Vinyl roofs haven’t been available from a factory in several years and yet, perplexingly, they remain common in certain regions (e.g. Florida) as a dealer/aftermarket option. But do either look good on any cars from the modern era? Read the rest of this entry »

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Car Show Classic: Bullet V8 Roadster – Faster Than A Speeding, Well, You Know…

What this Mazda MX-5/Miata-based Bullet V8 Roadster was doing at Lakeside Raceway’s All-American Day is beyond me. They limit entry to American cars and there’s nothing American about this NA-series MX-5/Miata, modified by a small company here in Queensland. Before you think this is another one of those ubiquitous SBC swaps, that’s not the kind of V8 that’s under the hood. Read the rest of this entry »

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Neighborhood Outtake: 1983 Subaru GL AWD Wagon – Crunchy

This blue gen2 Subaru GL AWD wagon is parked just around the corner from my house, and is owned by one of the daughters that has moved back in with their elderly parents, who were clearly hippies in their day. Subaru wagons are everywhere now; meaning all over the country. But back in the 70s and early 80s, Oregon was one of the early hot beds for them, along with Vermont, Northern California, and Colorado. That’s back when they were closely associated with the Birkenstock-granola crowd, but now almost everyone eats granola and Birkies long ago went mainstream.

So it goes with so much of what was once called hippie-culture; it inevitably goes mainstream. Who’s going to buy a kombucha brewer first; Pepsi or Coke? (Update: Pepsi bought KeVita for $200 million in 2016). We’re all hippies driving Subarus now. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cohort Outtake: 1972 Ford Galaxie 500 “Top-Loader” – I’ve Finally Find The Perfect Car To Replace My Car and Truck

I’ve been hankering for a vintage car for some time, and you all know how I feel about ’71-’72 big Fords. But I’ve got too many vehicles already; five, at the moment. Well, the Acura is Stephanie’s, and the Chinook will go away once the van is converted (which may be quite a while yet). My main drivers are my xB and the F-100, and I’m constantly pondering how I can combine their functions into one vehicle, so as to make room for a classic car. Well, how about having my cake and eating it too? Read the rest of this entry »

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Car Show Classic: 1990 BMW Z1 – Haben Sie Doors?

In the world of BMW’s Z-Series (“Z” short for “Zukunft”, or “Future” in English), it’s the regular production Z3 and Z4 roadsters that typically come to mind. The lift-back Z3 and Z4 coupes and the ultra-exclusive Z8 roadster are less remembered by all but the true Bimmer enthusiast, but what about the other Z, the original Z? There was of course, no Z2, so that brings us to this head turning roadster. Haben Sie Z1?

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Camp Side Classics: Camping with Creepy Classics

A family camping trip was the last place I expected to come across a car collection. I was skeptical when my wife suggested we camp at Creepy Hollow but it turned out to be fantastic family experience. The camp side classics were a much appreciated surprise..

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eBay Find: 1996 Ford Taurus GL – JARED

I keep telling myself that one day I’ll purchase a first generation Taurus wagon, slap an EcoBoost crate engine in it, and add some SHO suspension parts for the ultimate sleeper bull. This is why I occasionally scour the internet looking for examples that haven’t completely rusted into oblivion. My latest search was unsuccessful in that regard. Fortunately I found something much better. Read the rest of this entry »

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COAL: 1973 Fiat 127 – The One That Got Away

For a couple of weeks I (on the left) drove it with a straw bale on the roof. Don’t judge me.

 

Around 1997 my grandmother was not able to get her license renewed and my dad bought her one-owner, low mileage Fiat 127 for me (and my sister, but she would not have her license for another couple of years). Due to these and other southern European cars’ proclivity to rust, this car was almost already a collector’s item despite these being very, very popular in Denmark when new (it was Car of the Year in both Europe and Denmark in 1972 and was as a result the best selling car in Denmark for a couple of years in the seventies), so it was something to look after.

This is the story of its demise. Read the rest of this entry »

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Curbside Classic: 1951 Hudson Pacemaker – My Fluttering Heart Needs a Pacemaker

This. Of all the thousands of Curbside Classics I’ve shot the past seven years, this is the one I really want.

Yes, I’ve fallen in love with Corvairs, VWs, a ’55 Chevy, a Porsch 356, and untold others. So many flings, so much passion and hot but brief affairs; but inevitably, when I asked myself if I was really be willing to take it on for the long haul, given what all that entails, the answer was inevitably no.

But that wouldn’t be for this Hudson. I’d take this long, low, brooding fat cat home in a heartbeat. I’m ready to step down, all the way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Name that Car-cass and bonus Ghost Town

I came across this picked over and crushed remainder of a car when we recently went on a family hike to the ghost town of Lille, Alberta. I believe I know what it is right down to the year but I would like to give others a chance to guess as well. My answer is at the bottom. In between are some additional photos and I will even toss in some bonus photos of the ghost town.

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CC Outtake: Getting Passed on the Left by a 1967 Olds Cutlass Supreme Holiday Coupe

It never ceases to amaze me how folks don’t really pay attention to posted speed limit changes. Case in point, I passed this ’67 Olds Cutlass on my way to work recently, but a couple miles further on after the speed limit dropped from 70 to 55, he came roaring around me on the left, having barely slackened from the 65 or so he had been doing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Auction Classic: Ron Hackenberger Auction

Remember that crazy 700+ car hoard coming for auction that we reported on a few months back? Well this past weekend was when it all went down, and I was there for a front row seat.

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