(first posted 3/29/2013) A rear-wheel drive station wagon featuring Italian styling touches and proven mechanicals shared with a contemporary sports car? Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Well, that’s what we have here, with this rare 1962 Standard Vanguard Vignale station wagon.
This car has a secret, can you guess what it is? I’ll give you a hint. It’s got something to do with the speedometer…
Industry Analysis/QOTD: The Video Game And Automotive Industries Are More Similar Than You Might Think. Do You See Parallels To The Auto Industry Anywhere Else?
Automakers live and die on the products they create. That can make the development process a harrowing experience. No company gets it right 100 percent of the time. And although companies like Honda and Toyota rarely deliver a true dud, their past success does not automatically grant them future prosperity. Video game studios face similar challenges. Anthem, which recently debuted on PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One, arrived after years of chaos within BioWare, the studio that developed the game. The story behind its development is very similar to how Ford bungled the 1996 Taurus. In both cases, hubris, unclear objectives, and willful ignorance created deeply flawed products.
Could the 1941 Studebaker President be the most obscure car from the late pre-war years? It could very well be, which is a shame. While “Every Car Has A Story”, this one tells several. And they are all good. So those of you who often tune out the pre-war stuff, stick around because I think you will like this one.
(first posted 7/30/2013) The redesigned 1971 Dodge Charger was introduced right at the knife’s edge of the muscle car’s salad days. Within a year, the party would be over, as insurance, new tastes (Landau roofs, velour and a quiet ride) and Boomers entering early adulthood would change everything. Chrysler Corporation would have to do what would have been unthinkable 2-3 years earlier–turn their vaunted muscle car into a personal-luxury Brougham. With SIX opera windows, yet!
New York City is a city of bumper guards. It’s a city where street parking is the norm and where scratches, dings and dents are unfortunately a fact of life. To see a 1965 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Delta parked on the street is to simultaneously feel delight and anxiety – delight for seeing a classic in such stellar condition and anxiety for you fear an errant passer-by might inadvertently nick it with their car. Read the rest of this entry »
Rivera Notario shot this in Santiago, Chile, and posted this at the Cohort. Probably many of you wouldn’t likely recognize it if you saw one in traffic; I did a double take when I first saw it at the Cohort. It’s a Daewoo from before its time in the US, a 1995 Super Salon, also known as the Daewoo prince, and which is essentially re-skinned Opel Rekord E.
If you don’t recognize this as an Opel under the skin, you’ll certainly recognize its predecessor, the Royale.
Not only are Subaru XTs becoming a bit scarce, but this one posing with a more recent Outback compelled me to take a few shots. They both have boxer fours, but thats about where any similarities end. And by that I mean their drive trains, as this XT appears to be a FWD version, as best as I can tell.
In any case, styling and formats have changed drastically.
I recently saw pictures of the forthcoming, eight-generation Chevrolet Corvette in a news story. Of course, the car was heavily camouflaged, and it was being piloted through Manhattan by Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter, with GM CEO and Chairwoman Mary Barra riding shotgun. Both of their faces positively beamed in a way that a genuine smile radiates from the inside out. These were not typical auto conglomerate upper-management press photo smiles. Barra and Juechter looked like they were having a ball, and their enthusiasm for GM’s new baby was apparent and inspiring. Bless them.
From 1993 to 2018, the Punto was Fiat’s B-segment (subcompact) hatchback. It competed against cars like the Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta, Opel Corsa and Renault Clio. The third and last generation, introduced in 2005 and riding on the then new GM Fiat Small Platform, was initially marketed as the Grande Punto.
(first posted 3/29/2013) Sometimes it’s fun to just type in something at google images and see what comes up. Seeing that it’s Easter, how about “egg car”? This one is apparently popular in the UK; sort of their version of the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile. It dominated the search results. Read the rest of this entry »
You Cohort posters have been batting 1000 lately, especially with the color-coordination. Great shot, Chris! On Friday, it was this brown Skylark in front of a brownstone, and today it’s a green Matador wagon in front of a green restaurant. The smell of good food instead of The Stench of Death. But those were pretty strong words for me to use on a ’73 Matador, and today I’ll find some more delicate ones. This wagon is downright delicious.
Great trains have long lives. The Flying Scotsman is close to 150 years. The Cornish Riviera, over 120. The Broadway lasted over 80. The 20th Century Limited, 65. Canada’s Canadian is still going strong at 70. But in its original incarnation, the California Zephyr lasted only 21. So how can it be on the list of rail’s greatest hits? Three reasons.
(welcome our newest Sunday COAL. We were noting the lack of any exposure of the S2000 here recently; no more)
Celebrating a milestone while working through a most difficult and painful part of my life, relatives enabled the decision to acquire another car. Different from the usual string of utilitarian vehicles, it would be a convertible; and another Honda, due to thoroughly rewarding ownership and dealer service experiences with my 2004 Element EX. Research revealed that such a car existed: the Honda S2000. We’re off and running. Read the rest of this entry »
I have two sons involved in high school band, and it’s turned out to be a pretty good gig for them. The band takes a major (fly somewhere) and a minor (bus trip) trip in opposite years. Trips are performance centered, with cultural and fun activities for the students built-in. Keeping the band going just doesn’t work without parental help and I pitch in when I can. I have chaperoned these trips in the past but I’m sitting this one out to see my son perform in his senior year without having to worry about loading and unloading tubas and rolling kettle drums in and out of trucks and doing bed checks. I also wanted to play tourist and was desperately in need to get out-of-town for a few days.
This year, the trip was to Toronto, which is about a 4-hour ride by car. But there is no way I’d be going by car, because you can train it to Toronto from Windsor, Ontario, just across from Detroit via the Windsor Tunnel. And why would any reasonable person not do that, right?