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QOTD: What’s Your Favorite Car Key?

Recently I ran across an old Infiniti key that’s been in my drawer for a while, it’s either from an old Q45 or an I30, but it’s the same as the one I used to use every day in my 1993 Infiniti G20.  Keys are the first point of contact when getting ready to use a car and these days with remotes and completely keyless systems I think some of the magic is gone.  Or replaced by real magic, I suppose.  Several of our current vehicles have keyless entry and I do like the convenience of never having to take the key(fob) out of my pocket to get in, start the car, and go.  However, it’s also a bit clinical with very little human/mechanical interaction, sort of robotic if you will and with zero charm. Read the rest of this entry »


Junkyard Classic: 1992 Infiniti M30 Convertible – Hidden Under A Rock Behind A Tree

I dusted these pictures of an M30 Convertible off after I read William’s draft of his Infiniti piece that ran earlier this morning and figured this would be as good a time as any to share them.  This is one of the earliest cars I shot towards the beginning of this year and as such the pictures seem to suffer from the same Colonel Sanders syndrome that affected some of JPC’s recent posts using older shots, however I prefer to view the car as just having an ethereal glow emanating from it due to some higher power. Read the rest of this entry »


CC Editorial: Infiniti – What They’re Doing Right, What They’re Doing Wrong

It’s hard not to compare Infiniti’s commercial success with Lexus’s, seeing as they are both Japanese luxury brands initially aimed squarely at the North American market and which both arrived there in late 1989. Where Lexus has gone from strength to strength, Infiniti’s track record has been markedly less consistent. Although there’s been some promising growth of late, Infiniti still seems to be on unsteady footing. Let’s take a look at what they’re doing right and what they’re doing wrong. Read the rest of this entry »


Curbside Classic: 1958 Datsun 1000 (210) – Sublime Sexagenarian

Wandering around Tokyo can lead to pleasant surprises. A hyper-modern city populated by folks who value conformity makes for some colorful contrasts. The conservative culture is stifling for certain individuals, who rebel by going OCD for certain fads or fashion statements — anything to stick out of the crowd. People driving go-karts on public streets dressed as Mario. Girls in sexy maid outfits. Improbable food combinations that sound positively stomach-churning (e.g. grilled cheese salmon sushi, washed down with a matcha soy latte tapioca drink). And the odd classic car – but nothing older than about 1970, usually.

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CC Outtake: 1980 Jeep J-10 – Flower Power

Back when I still lived in California, it seemed that every gardener/landscaper used a small and old Toyota or Nissan truck.  A really big operator might spring for a T-100 but that was kind of pushing it and a sign that perhaps you were being overcharged.  Here in Colorado it seems that nobody can mow a lawn or pull a few weeds without showing up in a 3/4 or 1-ton 4WD truck every time, usually with a giant trailer.  That’s why I’ve enjoyed seeing this older and very down to earth Jeep pickup in the same neighborhood as a house I’m working on; I see it several times a week in front of various houses and it seems to have cornered the market here. Read the rest of this entry »


Cohort Outtake: 1981 Buick Skylark Convertible – On The Chopping Block

Canadiancatgreen has an unusual find posted to the CCohort, a 1981 Buick Skylark convertible.  Such a thing being created back in the dark days of factory built convertibles being taboo isn’t overly surprising.

What is surprising is the extent of such aftermarket manufacturing that took place from the late 1970s through the mid-1980s.

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Curbside Classic: 1985 Pontiac Firebird – Fast Fashion

I listened to a lot of Depeche Mode as a depressed teenager.  There was much in the often-dark lyrics of Dave Gahan and Martin Gore that spoke to me in a way that the more cheerful pop and urban contemporary music I had been listening to only a few years before just didn’t as much anymore.  Growing up in a strict, conservative household probably gave me a bent toward rebellious thinking if not behavior, as I was a very well-mannered young adult who, most of the time, kept his ennui and questioning nature simmering just underneath the surface.

Without delving too much further into my boring psyche, I wanted to point out that “depeche mode” translates roughly as “fast fashion” en français, which is a term that refers to trendy styles of clothing that are quickly mass-produced to capitalize on what’s popular at the moment.  Several retailers that come to mind are H&M and Uniqlo, both places from which I made purchases just a couple of weekends ago.

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Curbside Classic: 1993 Plymouth Laser – Candle In The Water, Drifting Helplessly

Is there another American automobile brand whose decline and ultimate demise was more painstaking to watch than Plymouth’s? Once Chrysler Corporation’s volume leader, decades of neglect from its parent company had moved Chrysler and Dodge downmarket into Plymouth’s territory and had turned Plymouth into a starved and incomplete lineup of rebadged Chryslers, Dodges, and Mitsubishis, making it ever redundant and frequently raising the question of the brand’s very existence.

Consistently denied new products given to its sister brands, when Plymouth did receive a new vehicle, its version typically had the habit of appearing inherently less compelling than versions from its corporate cousins. Yet with the Laser, Plymouth gained what was initially a compelling bright spot, although ultimately, it proved an especially mournful case of despair.

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COAL (Continuation): 2012 Mazda 2 – A Reluctant First New Car

I have never aspired to own a brand new car. The biggest issue is most of them do not really interest me in any great way. For those that do I cannot justify the high cost and depreciation that comes with new car ownership. Although, if we are being really honest, it might be I am just more comfortable in an old clunker. I do enjoy getting great utility out of something others find little value in. My family, like most people, does not share this viewpoint. Especially after a few minor breakdowns. So enter my very first brand new vehicle.

(note: this is a COAL catch-up of sorts as there is a summary of my previous COAL write-ups. This one is a little out of order but rest should follow in order.)

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From The Cohort: 1964 Chrysler New Yorker – Hardtop Heaven

I had not looked through the Cohort in awhile, but am I glad I did.  There to greet me was this gorgeous 1964 Chrysler New Yorker.

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Car/Moto/Air Show Classics: 2019 Brampton-Caledon Airport Day – Hillman Super Minx Convertible And More…

Brampton-Caledon’s Airport Day on September 8 featured a car, motorcycle, and vintage aircraft show. The Great War Flying Museum located here put their replica WWI aircraft in the air for a three ring flying circus, so there was something for everyone. The majority of the several dozen cars were English, featuring the usual mix of MGs, Triumphs, Morgans, as well as a single Jaguar XKE. Pictured here is one car you won’t see at every show, the Hillman Super Minx convertible. Read the rest of this entry »


Curbside Classic: 1997 Toyota Mark II (X70) Van – The Emperor’s Old Clothes

Here’s a little something for you all to salivate over under the sun (hopefully) while a Category 5 typhoon is pummeling the Island of Honshu, with yours truly and probably Jim Brophy literally sitting in the eye of the storm. So I’m kind of housebound this weekend, which means I can do a spot of writing. As luck would have it, I just caught an interesting wagon this Friday (i.e. yesterday, as I write this), so it’s as fresh as they get. I’ll just chop it up and serve it raw. Bon appétit.

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Car Show Classic: Talbot Tagora – Never A Chrysler, Nearly A Peugeot


(First Posted October 2, 2013)  The 1979 incarnation of the historic Talbot name had a very high ambition-to-achievement ratio, the zenith of which was the Talbot Tagora. It was also pretty close to the bottom of the Talbot achievement list. Read the rest of this entry »


Classic Advertising: A Selection Of Dealership Badges

Last month Jim wrote about car badges. This led to some discussion about the quite obscure subject of car dealership badges. Read the rest of this entry »


Curbside / Junkyard Classics: Somebody Likes Old Vans And Oddballs

I’ve seen this motley group quite a few times, as they are located pretty close to where I’ve been staying for the past couple of months. I think it was the Ford Econoline that caught my eye first. You just can’t miss it, with that layer-cake paint job. However, once I stopped for a closer look, some of the other vehicles (none of them qualify as “cars” in the accepted sense of the word) were just as unusual.

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