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Vintage Road Test: BMW 735i

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Final article I have for you this week is of this very impressive machine. Read the rest of this entry »

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CC Outtake: 1986-88 Plymouth Caravelle – Mint in Manhattan

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Not every car that is parked on the street in Manhattan becomes a dented and destroyed mess. Not every 1980s car parked on the street in Manhattan is slowly rusting away due to the copious amounts of road salt in the winter time. But still, one would expect a Manhattan-dwelling 1980s Plymouth to exhibit some signs of wear and abuse. Not so this Caravelle. Read the rest of this entry »

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CC Outtake: 2006-07 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx SS – A Very, Very Different Malibu

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There is currently no “sporty” trim level of the Chevrolet Malibu. There wasn’t one in the 1978-83 Malibu lineup, nor the 1997-2003 lineup. But between 2006 and 2007, Chevrolet dusted off the SS nameplate for both the Malibu sedan and this, the Malibu Maxx hatchback/wagon (or as Chevrolet called it, a “five-door extended sedan”). Just a few thousand Malibu Maxx SS models were made so when I saw this one, I knew I had to take a photo quickly as it was unlikely I would see one again. Read the rest of this entry »

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In-Motion CC Capsule: 1978 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Coupe – Less Is More

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State Street in downtown Chicago’s Loop District has been a treasure trove of rolling, CC-worthy Detroit iron in the ten-plus years I’ve lived here.  When winter’s thaw is fully underway (by April), a lot of cool cars come out of hiding.  This ’78 Malibu Classic caught me off guard as it passed me as I was walking northbound, but heavy traffic and my quick reflexes allowed me a few, usable frames of it.  Its condition may not have been even close to pristine, but my gosh – it just looked so good for a car that was once such a familiar sight.

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The Most Obscure Special Editions and Forgotten Limited-Run Models: Dodge City

(We have somewhat of a Mopar theme happening this week, so I present the penultimate Mopar instalment of this series. Stay tuned for Part II of Oldsmobile)

Did you think every obscure special edition and forgotten limited-run Mopar model had been covered in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of this series? Not true! Presented for your perusal are six special Dodges. Read the rest of this entry »

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Curbside Outtake: 1999 Fiat Barchetta – It’s All In The Details.

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Fiat, along with MG and Triumph, was perhaps the greatest exponent of the affordable, European roadster and after the 124 Spider and the X1/9 had taken (well deserved) retirement, there was another. In some ways it was an absolute home run: the 1995 to 2005 Barchetta, or “little boat”. Read the rest of this entry »

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CC Television: The Cars Of The Beverly Hillbillies

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Premiering on CBS television on September 26, 1962, The Beverly Hillbillies became the highest rated show on television in the United States within a matter of weeks, a place it maintained for its first two seasons on the air.

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Vintage Road Test: Ford Festiva L

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Another road test is up from R&T’s 1987 July issue of this small ford. Read the rest of this entry »

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Curbside Classic: 1949 Dodge Special De Luxe – What the Plodge?!

(first posted 10/22/2011)  So probably the first thing to get out of the way is just what exactly a Plodge is. It is, like the name suggests, the combination of a Plymouth and a Dodge. These hybrids were the result of the unique Canadian market conditions (as well as a few export markets) of the time. Canadian protectionist import policies made it very expensive to import car production from the US so almost all low to medium priced makes had Canadian production. Read the rest of this entry »

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CC Outtakes: The Bs and Cs of NYC

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In many large, densely-populated cities throughout the world, the streets are full of mini cars, bicycles and motorbikes. It’s hard to find a parking space, after all, and when you do find one you still have to manoeuvre into it. But in New York City, although parking can be a nightmare, many car-owners still drive big cars. Many of those big cars are GM B-Bodies and GM C-Bodies from Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick and Oldsmobile (sorry, no Pontiacs). Here are just a few. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vintage Road Test: Chrysler LeBaron Coupe

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First article from R&T’s 1987 July issue is this road test of the LeBaron. Read the rest of this entry »

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CC Outtake: 1967 Buick Riviera GS

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This image does a lot for me. It’s the ideal combination of vantage point and subject matter. We’ve covered the Riviera quite a bit here, but CCommenter ‘jim’ has taken a superb shot worth sharing. I just love how those metallic planes capture the light, and how this angle really emphasises the mastery of the shape.

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CC Capsule: Shelby Cobra 427 Replica – An Accessory To Mischief?

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The weather in the Windy City was unseasonably warm during the second week of last November when I had rediscovered these photos I had taken several years prior.  Temperatures had reached around 70°F (21° C) for three consecutive days in the middle of November 2015…in Chicago.  I might have confused it with spring if it wasn’t for the end of Daylight Savings Time, and the lack of natural light in the evening messing with my head.  There were also all those dried leaves crunching underfoot.

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Curbside Classic: 1989-95 Dodge Spirit – Worthy Of Some Acclaim

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In hindsight, one may be tempted to dismiss the Dodge Spirit and Plymouth Acclaim as being frumpy sedans with dated mechanicals. After all, these sedans – built from 1989 until 1994 – were built on a variation of the K-Car platform and their interior and exterior styling was boxy and rather passé, even in 1989. However, despite these handicaps, the AA-Body sedans were sensible new car buys and had plenty to offer, even if they were never class-leaders. Read the rest of this entry »

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Curbside Classic: Ford Maverick – The Simple(ton) Machine

(first posted 10/11/2011)   Lee Iaccoca was obviously ahead of his time. He understood and embraced the concept of recycling well before any of us ever dreamed about hauling out our tin cans every week to be re-made into…more tin cans . Never really liking McNamara’s boxy 1960 Falcon, Iaccoca soon recycled it into the smash success 1965 Mustang. When it became obvious that the ever-bigger Falcon had made no lasting impact on the madly successful Volkswagen, Lee went back to the same well, as he would so many time in the future.  Throw a stylish fastback bell-bottom suit on the boxy old Falcon, cynically call it Maverick, and advertise it as The Simple Machine. And then have it premiere on the exact same date the Mustang did, five years earlier. How hard can it be, to stop that pesky Beetle in its tracks, once and for all? Read the rest of this entry »