Here it is March Break, and this year I’m not in Costa Rica. I’m at work staring out my window at the snow, and at my 4Runner.
As I was driving back with my wife from our weekly restaurant breakfast-date last Friday, I noticed a very familiar, not to say iconic shape arriving on the other side of the roundabout. I was about to meet said shape further down the road. Read the rest of this entry »
Tim Finn posted some shots from a recent Cars and Coffee event in Portland, and this is what caught my eye. It takes the typical low sedan – high 4×4 pickup theme to another level. Now that’s a serious brodozer. And I think this is a first appearance of a Honda S2000 here at CC; long overdue. We could really use a COAL on one. Anybody?
Curbside Classic Visits The 2019 Hudson Valley Auto Show, Part 1: General Motors, Nissan, Acura, And Mazda
For the past three years or so I’ve been meaning to take a trip up to the local convention center when they host their annual auto show. Circumstances forced me to abandon those plans. Just kidding! I’ve simply forgotten the date and missed it several times. But fear not! I attended this year. And the amount of vehicles I shot will enable me to focus more on new vehicle debuts and concept cars when I head to the Javits Center next month.
I’ve been meaning to write this one up. This is another ‘80s Pug from Provence, as per the 104 I wrote about a few months ago. It’s a little harder for me to work up enthusiasm about the 305, though. These were literally everywhere for so much of my life that they blended in to the background. They still do, in many ways.
It’s not the first time I’ve said it, but for me, 1954-1956 was the high water mark for Cadillac in the post war era. The ’48-’49s were handsome, but a bit too conservative. Then from ’50-’53, they got too bulgy and fussy for me. And as you know well, I’ve never been a fan of the lower cars that came along in 1957-1959. The ’54- ’56 got it right: Enough length to be impressive without ridiculous overhangs, and enough stature to be imposing. It’s what a luxury car should be. And although I’m generally not a convertible fan, I could make an exception for this one, especially in this lilac color.
CC Newsstand: Cadillac Shows New CT5 Sedan – Goodbye Arts and Science – And Mercedes Will Build Its Uber-Luxury Maybach SUV in Alabama
It’s likely to sell reasonably well in its biggest market, China, but I’m having a hard time seeing the new Cadillac XT5 find a lot of traction in the US, where the sedan market just keeps on shrinking. But here it is, Cadillac’s latest entry in a class that has seen some huge changes in the past year or so.
Foden Alpha left this comment with these pictures of his 1986 Cimarron:
Finally decided to put on my custom made license plate frame for my Cimarron that I ordered last year. I think now curious on-lookers will be slightly less confused as what my car is.
Yes, but shouldn’t it have said “Cimarron by Cadillac”?
I’m in the middle of reading Thomas Bonsall’s excellent Cadillac: The American Standard. Published in 1993, it arrived at my local library by interlibrary loan from the Michigan Historical Library in our capital of Lansing, MI. It smells for all the world like a book that has sat on a shelf for years without being opened, a first edition that the late author obviously obsessed over, a labor of love. And although few readers will appreciate his work, its quality is evident. Just like this 1941 Cadillac’s.
I’ve had a real taste for steak, lately. I don’t know what it is about colder weather that brings out the carnivore in me, but it does. Maybe it’s the thought of a juicy steak sizzling on a hot grill that makes me think warm thoughts, much like the DVD of a roaring fireplace that’s been in constant rotation in my house has tricked my brain into thinking it hasn’t been quite as cold as it’s been this winter (which is, technically, on its way out in just a couple of days). Perhaps it’s the smell of food-smoke that evokes the hazy bliss of late-afternoon summer cookouts. Regardless, it has been my intent for weeks now to get back down to one of the local pubs for a sirloin steak dinner.
Growing up in the ’80s as a Mopar fan was challenging. (see what I did there?) While my GM friends had their Grand Nationals, Corvettes, IROCs and Monte Carlo SS’s to brag about and my Ford friends had Mustang GTs and Thunderbird Turbo Coupes, and my import friends, well, I didn’t really have any since we didn’t really take them seriously as a challenge to our blue collar neighborhood musclecar heroes yet (although we all had posters of scantily clad women draped over a Countach or a Porsche) there wasn’t much to brag about that could be found in a Mopar showroom. Chrysler wasn’t even involved with NASCAR at the time, although they were a formidable presence in the NHRA, but drag racing in the ’80s wasn’t what it was in the ’60s and ’70s.
Stanislav Alexeyev posted this shot of a ZIL-117 convertible in the comments the other day. Since he also posted it in the Cohort, I thought I’d share it here in case you missed it. It’s an impressive car, and looks just like another couple the same color that have been used over the years as parade cars.
I was hard set on never owning a Honda as I’m a Nissan fan, but having this one around made me realize why so many people own and love them.
My apologies; I’ve been very busy working outside taking advantage of our first sunny spring weather. Meaning, I didn’t check this morning’s CC, which was supposedly about this “1975 Malibu” that had been mislabeled as a 1976 at the Cohort. The whole gist of the articles was an explanation of why it was really a 1975.
Except that it wasn’t. The grille is obviously from a 1974 Malibu. Any quick check of a brochure our our own archives would have made that instantly obvious.
Bus Stop Classic: 1958 Kässbohrer Setra Continental Trailways Super Golden Eagle – Strike Two For The Articulated Highway Bus
(first posted 8/12/2014) Although articulated transit buses have become commonplace in urban areas around the globe, articulated long-distance highway coaches have been a flop, although not for lack of trying. There have been three attempts to implement them in North America covering a forty year time span, and each one failed. The Kässbohrer Setra Continental Trailways Super Golden Eagle was attempt number two; four of these impressive 60′ long coaches were built in 1958. This sad relic is one of two still existent, hiding from the crusher in a storage lot near Eugene. Read the rest of this entry »