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QOTD: Analog or Digital?


While writing my CCTV article on the 1984 Corvette, I got to thinking how despised the digital dashboard that the C4 introduced was at the time. Excoriated by the press, Chevrolet had to quickly rush our a revised dashboard for the Corvette in 1995 with a set of “proper” gauges. Yet I’ve never heard any actual owners complain about the digital gauges. No, the rabble rousing came almost exclusively from the automotive press.

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CC Humor: MAD About Mid-Century Driving


MAD had lots of fun at the expense of bureaucrats, road crews and other frustrations. These are at least 40 years old, but at least 80% still ring true today. How about the “…finding a vacant space where you left your car”? Read the rest of this entry »


CC Roadtrip Outtake: What Do Your (Not So) Irish Eyes See?

Adare, Ireland

Another day, another few hundred km’s for our group in Ireland – Today we drove through the Western Ireland hamlet of Adare, which according to my wife’s research is supposedly the most picturesque town in Ireland.  I don’t know about that, but not because it isn’t picturesque, it’s just that EVERY town here is so damn picturesque, how do you decide which is the most so…In any case, at the Tourist Information center they had a large display with some of those “Then and Now” pictures.  Except that the “Now” part was around 25 years old so it was perfect for this as there were three pictures of the main streets with lots of Curbside Classics.

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Dash Cam CC: Renault R17 TL

Whilst I was driving and capturing this French classic, I thought nothing off it. Actually I was sure this was another car I already knew from classic car meetings, a Renault R15 TS. Well, why not upload it here to share with the CC community? Read the rest of this entry »


 CC TV: 1984 Chevrolet Corvette – You’ve Never Seen Anything Like This Before


If you’ve never seen this legendary 1984 Chevrolet Corvette commercial, you may want to watch it before reading on, because trust me, you’ve never seen anything this before. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Read the rest of this entry »


Automotive History and Vintage AQ Review: Peerless – One of the Great American Luxury Marques and a Close Look at a Brass-Era 1910 Peerless Landaulet

1910 Peerless Landaulet, Body by Brewster

Peerless was one of that famous triumvirate of the “Three P’s”: Packard, Pierce-Arrow, and Peerless. These three were among the most revered and sought-after ultra-luxury cars of their times, from their Brass-era beginnings until the depths of the Depression, when two of the three succumbed as car-builders. Their early success was based on an unwavering dedication to building the very finest automobiles possible, with only the very the best materials, technology and craftsmanship; they were built to a standard, not a price; both of which were inevitably very high.

The 1910 Peerless Laundaulet reviewed by Automotive Quarterly (reprinted further down) is a splendid example of Brass-era car building at its finest. As an introduction, I’ve prepared an abbreviated history of the company. It’s old history now, but Peerless and the other long-gone classic marques are an integral part of what shaped the industry, both then and in their aftermath. Read the rest of this entry »


CC Outtake: Customized 1956 Buick Special

Sometime back my supervisor sent me to drop off a car at a local Nissan dealer, where I stumbled upon this fine machine sitting in the customer parking area.

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Vintage R&T Review: 1975 Datsun 280Z – Fuel Injection And More Displacement To The Rescue

In 1975, there was a decided move towards adopting fuel injection—by the imports, that is—in order to mitigate the deleterious effects of the primitive emission controls of the time. Opel adopted it, to good effect, as we saw here recently in a Vintage Review. One of the more significant new adopters was the Datsun 280Z, whose predecessor, the 260Z, was feeling decidedly wheezy compared to the original free-running 240Z. Not only did the revived 280Z get, but also a larger 2754cc version of the SOHC six. The combination perked up the Z, but even then, it still couldn’t quite match the performance stats of the original. Still, the also-heavier 280Z acquitted itself well, given the difficult times. Read the rest of this entry »


Junkyard Classics: A Preview of Coming Junkyard Tours By Ralf K – Savor This

I’ve posted a few of CC Cohort Ralf K’s pictures here before, and after he uploaded a huge number of his collection of his photography and vintage shots, I decided to get in touch with him and invite him to post his shots here himself, so that he could provide some relevant commentary. I just heard from him, and he’s agreed to do so.

I had already put this first collection of shots together before I knew that, so consider this a preview of much more to come.  There was something about this first shot; the contrast of that very late 50s Googie-style font against its rusting background really jumped out at me. Read the rest of this entry »


CC Capsule: Mitsubishi Pajero & Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 3-Door – The Shorty Lives

Even in the SUV-mad noughties and crossover-mad present day, one type of jacked-up passenger vehicle has been conspicuously absent: the two/three-door SUV. As SUVs have transitioned from rural workhorses to family conveyances, SUVs with two fewer doors have vanished. Mostly. Read the rest of this entry »


Vintage R&T New Car Intro: Mercedes 450SEL 6.9 – The World’s Best Sedan Is Now The Fastest

(I’m a bit crunched for time, so I’m going to skip any of my own commentary. I already did that in my CC of this car) Read the rest of this entry »


CC Capsule: 1968 GMC Pickup With Chinook Camper – Creampuff

(first posted 10/30/2011)      I can’t let the weekend go by without some kind of truck or RV. And this one definitely caught my attention, sitting at an RV dealer in Junction City. It’s not for sale; yet, anyway. But the salesman was willing to take my number (aren’t they always?). This well-pampered 1968 GMC pickup has all of 42k original miles. And the Chinook camper is every bit as pristine. Read the rest of this entry »


Curtis Perry Outtake: 1958 Thunderbird – Bad Dreams Car

We haven’t seen much recently from one of our favorite Cohort posters, Curtis Perry. But this rather dream-like composition of a ’58 Thunderbird shot just last week or so cannot be denied.  Read the rest of this entry »


CC Roadtrip Cornucopia: A Volkswagen Lover Lives Here

Continuing our roadtrip around Southern Ireland, on today’s daytrip from Killarney to the Dingle Peninsula, we were driving down the road (the N71) and passed by this place.  I was moving too fast and it was raining too hard to stop, but since we were coming back early in the afternoon, I knew I would have another bite at the apple.

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CC Outtake: GMC “Advance Design” Carryall Suburban – The Unsolved Mystery of Its Third Door

I try not to indulge my tendency of negative feelings about “resto-mods”; they may not be my preferred cup of tea, but to each their own. But it does help explain why I’m at a loss to explain something very unusual about this GMC Suburban from the ’50 – ’53 “Advance Design” era: it has a third door on this side. And I can’t figure out if that was a recent modification or whether it came that way, from a coach works or such. If the truck had been more original, I would have felt warmer to it, and introduced myself to the owner sitting behind the wheel. Instead, I let those horrible wheels turn me off, and I just peeled off a couple of quick shots. And now I have a mystery on my hands that I can’t solve. Read the rest of this entry »