Yes, it’s a bit late, but then I always save my Christmas shopping to the very last minute. And picking 13 shots was a lot tougher than I expected: thousands of cars shot by me and all the other CC Contributors. And since this is our first, there’s cars from all three years so far; a daunting task. But I’ve picked some of the most photogenic shots, and I’m sure some of you’ll be happy to know that it’s 100% GM Deadly Sin-free. (Maybe we should do one with just GM DS?) So head off to Lulu where they’ll print one on demand for you ($20), but it might not arrive for Xmas unless you spring for faster shipping than snail mail. And Happy Holidays to you all! Curbside Classic 2014 Calendar available here
(CC reader Steve E. wants to share his new ride with us) I cannot afford to be an automotive polygamist, so I am a serial monogamist (with occasional spells of a bigamy). Right now my regular ride a 2000 VW Cabrio. Simple, great car that gets the daily bread as well as over 30 mpg on regular. But then craigslist got the better of me: a 1996 MB S600 Coupe for well less than 5% of its initial cost (its price new was $135,000!). A bargain or folly? Read the rest of this entry »
An original classic more than forty years old is not an everyday sight in most parts of the world, and one still used as a work vehicle is even rarer. Read the rest of this entry »
When you drive a beater it pays to have a sense of humor about it. Being the last owner of a vehicle certainly opens up more personalization options than for those who care about petty concerns like re-sale value. The owner of this Geo Metro certainly doesn’t take his ride too seriously. Or perhaps it is a Subaru Metro if we go by the emblem on the trunk lid. I’ll go with the license plate and call it rad.
Maybe not much, until you see the whole truck: Read the rest of this entry »
I have always wanted to come upon a classic Citroën in the wild–any one will do. 2CV, DS, CX, Traction Avant. But finding one in Northwestern Illinois is about as likely as, I don’t know, hitting a unicorn with your car. So I sigh, shrug and go Brougham or Volvo 240 hunting instead. But today, I can live vicariously through another CC writer’s find–a lovely gunmetal-gray Citroën SM. Wow!
By now it’s probably old news that a powerful arctic storm and cold air blew through much of the West in the past couple of days. This was unlike anything we’d ever experienced here on the mild western side of Oregon. We get the occasional snowfall, usually wet and heavy and gone within 24 hours or so. But this time, it was like being transported to Montana or Utah: the most perfect light powder snow, about seven inches or more, and freezing temperatures in its wake. It was -10 F (-23 C) last night, only two degrees from shattering the all-time record low ever recorded in Eugene.
And since snow removal is a bit of a relaxed affair here, and salt is a strict no-no, the best and smartest way to experience it was to leave the Forester sit, and head out on foot, skis, or snow shoes. So we set out for Skinner Butte, to document the great arctic winter of 2013 as well as the CCs along the way. Read the rest of this entry »
Seeing Roger’s Lancia Fulvia post reminded me that I had these pictures. The Fulvia has always been one of my favorite designs (Must own one someday) and I was very pleasantly surprised to see this at the 2003 Franfurt Auto Show a decade ago…
I was walking down the street in Bellingham, Washington with an old friend of mine when I spotted this 1950 Plymouth. This car had rolled out of the factory over 60 years before, but it looked like it was only two or three years old.
While not nearly as popular as a few years back, there is still a steady stream of 15+ year-old Japanese market vehicles that make their way into Canada. The vast majority are sports cars, high end SUVs or four wheel drive vans. Trailing behind in fourth place are luxury cars. This Toyota Crown Royal Saloon is the first of its kind I’ve seen here. It resembles the Lexus LS400. but is based on a different platform.
A compact, stylish, capable, Italian coupe, with a 1.3 litre DOHC engine and a great handling chassis sounds like an ideal recipe for many drivers, a great compromise between enjoyment, ability and cost. Lancia offered all of this in the Fulvia Coupe from 1965 to 1976. Read the rest of this entry »