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QOTD: What’s The Strangest Car Commercial You’ve Seen?

Car commercials come in all sorts of varieties, with typical ones often emphasizing a characteristic such as speed, power, luxury, handling, fuel efficiency, space, or fun-to-drive nature, whether or not the subject car actually possesses any of these qualities. But every once in a while there comes along a car commercial that’s just plain weird.

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Curbside Outtake: Behind Bars

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Here is a car I chanced upon one day; I only pulled over for a couple of quick photos and while I can tell it is a Fomoco product, beyond that I’m not exactly sure what it is! A Thunderbird perhaps? Can anyone ID this car?

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The 2015 Ford Galaxie Club of America Convention in Tupelo, Mississippi


The third time is often the charm.  After my two prior attempts were aborted for various reasons, this time I was finally able to engulf myself in the well of Ford Galaxie.  As the laws of nature would dictate, with the two past events being within 120 miles of home, I was able to attend when the convention was nearly four times further away.

In all there were 80 Galaxie’s present.  While I did not capture all of them, what I have assembled here is a healthy cross-section of the attendees.  There was some rarely seen iron and equipment in attendance.

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A CC Roadtrip: Four Days, Six States, and Over 1,000 Miles in a 52 Year Old Ford Galaxie- Part 1


(Author’s Note:  The build up to this can be found chronologically here, here, and here.)

When it comes to driving old cars there is a fine, yet distinct, line between adventuresome and masochistic.  As someone who recently took his fifty-two year old Ford Galaxie on a journey through six states, I’m not yet sure onto which side of this line I fall.

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Curbside Classic: Jaguar XK120 — Rare Sighting in the Wild

900 Quarter A street, curbside or parking lot sighting of a sports car from the 1940s or early 1950s is a rare occurrence, and such sightings of coveted high-end icons such as the Mercedes-Benz 300SL or Jaguar XK120 are rarer still.  You can imagine my surprise at spotting a Jaguar XK120 in the wild for the first time in my life, in a mundane shopping center parking lot full of ordinary sedans and SUVs.  It was an occasion calling for a detailed look at this pioneering postwar sports car. Read the rest of this entry »


GM Deadly Sin #23: Name And Form

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(originally posted at ttac in 2008 as GM Death Watch #189)    In the ancient Buddhist text Visuddhi-Magga, “name” and “form” are described as powerless in their respective isolation. But when they propitiously combine and mutually support one another, they attain power and “spring up and go forth.” GM’s announcement that the 2010 Chevy Cruze would [eventually] replace the Cobalt marks a dubious milestone in its continuing struggle to establish a lasting presence in the all-important compact car market. The Cruze will be the recipient of the eightieth (or more) name that GM has used on one of its mid-sized or smaller sedans since 1968.

Why 1968? It’s the year Toyota introduced the Corolla. We could have started with 1973 (Civic), 1976 (Accord) or 1982 (Camry). But you get my drift: consistency and the lack thereof. Read the rest of this entry »


Carshow Outtake: 1956 Morris Isis – Not A London Bus, Honest

1956 morris isis2You are probably familiar with the old adage about waiting for a bus for a seemingly inordinate amount of time, and then due to the combination of timetabling, traffic and customers, 2 or more coming at once. Always true, always frustrating. Read the rest of this entry »


Curbside Classic: 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera S Coupe – The Name Game

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GM’s massive and very expensive investment in new generations of FWD cars starting in 1980 led to some…hedging. Numerous RWD cars that were at one time scheduled to get the ax were given a reprieve. And new FWD models were given…old names. No GM division played that game more aggressively and confusingly than Oldsmobile, which of course had a lot on the line: Its RWD Cutlass had been the best selling cars in the land, or nearly so, for a number of years in the mid-late seventies. So the Cutlass name became a sub-brand, or more correctly, a prefix brand, and found its way on the head end of two whole new families of cars, Ciera and Calais, including this Cutlass Ciera S coupe, a body style that has become increasingly hard to find on the road anymore, especially with the sealed beam headlights. Read the rest of this entry »


Cohort Outtake: Two Fiats; Circumstances Unknown

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William Oliver posted this somewhat enigmatic picture of a a Fiat x1/9 and 850 Spider sitting on top of a container. I’ll let you guess as to what to make of it.


Curbside Classic: Citroën GS1200 Club Break

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This car is one of the first I photographed after finding the Curbside Classic website back in 2011, as I remember I was driving home one evening when I saw a car unusual enough that I had to stop and take some photos of it. I think you can see why!

While I like the car, I don’t really know much about its story, so in learning more I thought I would expand it into a full Curbside Classic post. Having said that, I am going to keep to the GS story and not the wider history of Citroën, and only briefly touch on the GS Birotor.

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CC Outtake: Jeep Commanchakee, Or Is It A Cheroche?

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My nephew Eric ran across this customized Jeep in Florida. Someone obviously really wanted an open bed on their Cherokee. Read the rest of this entry »


Curbside Outtake: HSV Avalanche – The CC Effect Strikes Again

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I don’t recall ever having seen Holden Special Vehicles’ fettled version of the Holden Adventra crossover wagon before. With only 333 built between 2003 and 2005, that comes as little surprise: these were rare. However, right after I finished writing today’s article on the Holden Adventra, I spotted this Avalanche in Brisbane’s central business district.  Read the rest of this entry »


In Motion Classic: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air – Raised On Robbery

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It actually kind of happened the way it does in Joni Mitchell’s song by the same title.  I was drinking for diversion with two friends on a Sunday afternoon at the Holiday Club, a favorite hangout in my old neighborhood when, seemingly out of nowhere, this ’57 Chevy Bel Air came to a stop at the intersection outside the bar.  At first, I thought it was the champagne-and-tequila concoction we had just invented beginning to work its magic (it’s gross, don’t try it) but no, this car was real.

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Curbside Classic: 2003-07 Holden Adventra – Territory Enemy

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In early 2000s Australia, with SUV sales booming and crossovers emerging as a significant growth segment, Ford and Holden each developed their own crossover SUVs to storm the market and grab market share. Ford’s offering, the 2004 Territory, remains a strong seller to this day and arguably helped keep their Broadmeadows factory’s lights on for a few years longer. Holden’s offering, the 2003 Adventra, was a flop and was quietly dropped in 2007. What went wrong?

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CC Outtake: Honda CRX – “Melanie, I Dented Your Door Pulling Out Friday Night”

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It never fails: You lend a car to someone, and they ding it up. And a red gen1 CRX, no less. Ouch! Read the rest of this entry »