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CC Cinema: 007 The Cars That Never Were – Morris Minor GPO Van

I came across the catalogue to a James Bond exhibition which had some great behind-the-scenes images and sketches. This one’s by Michael White for the production of Goldfinger.

Which is as good an excuse as any for yet another mini-series: the James Bond cars that never were.

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Car Show Classics: Autotron April 2018 – European Classics And One Little Honda

I still got way too many 2018 pictures of neat classic rides stored on my laptop, long overdue for publication. Early April I visited the Autotron classic car show. Visitors driving a classic car can park their vehicle in the lot right behind the main building, whereas the merchandise is inside. As usual, the event was mainly a European affair.

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Rental Car Review: 2017 Holden VF II Commodore SV6 – Epilogue

Just over 60 demonstrator Holden VF II Commodores remain at dealerships in Australia nationwide as of January 2019. The dramatically different, imported front/all-wheel-drive ZB Commodore has replaced the local rear-wheel-drive VF II and has started to appear in rental fleets. Last year, I test drove and reviewed a rental WN II Caprice and said it would probably be the last time I got to drive an Aussie rental car. I was wrong – Budget afforded me one last spin in a “Light My Fire” orange VF II Commodore SV6 sedan. Does this final “real” Commodore deserve to be romanticized?  Read the rest of this entry »

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Curbside Classic: 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme – This Is 40

In today’s automotive landscape dominated by crossovers big and small, pickups that rarely see cargo beyond grocery bags, and ever-fastback rooflined sedans, it’s hard to imagine that this two door, vinyl-roofed, bench seat-laden Oldsmobile Cutlass was once one of the most popular cars in America. Alas, like wood paneled walls, disco, and leisure suits, popular trends die out. Furthermore, who in 1978 could have envisioned now-ubiquitous features such as blind-spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking, and Apple CarPlay? A lot can change, and this is living proof.

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Ralf K Outtake: An Historical Oddity

Once upon a time, this car, a ’65 Olds 98, looked perfectly normal. But from today’s vantage point, not so much so. That rear overhang is practically obscene. Or at least absurd. I’ve said it many times before, but I’ll say it again: these long, low cars with their endless shelf butts were an historical anomaly.  And a dead end. The CUVs (and even sedans) of more recent decades are just getting back to the default norm before these mutations appeared for a few decades.

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CC’s Best of 2018 – The Jazz Age on the Road to Art Deco: The 1925 Springfield Rolls Royce to the 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton, Bookends of an Era

 

 

THE JAZZ AGE: American Style in the 1920’s.  Cleveland Museum of Art Show, concluded January 14, 2018

The decade of the 1920’s was a glorious age for design.  After the smoke, devastation, and ruin of the Great War of 1914-1918, World War 1, following the post war recession of 1919-1920, the feeling and then the general mood of the time internationally, but especially in America, was one of rebirth, a re-invention fueled by increasing economic prosperity.  This was a youth movement of innovation and audacity discarding the old prewar order, initially tempered by the newly imposed, but later flaunted, “Prohibition”.  With the map of the world redrawn, with the re-organization and redrawing of European borders, with social mores redefined to a new 1920’s reality,  cross pollinating design influences in all spheres of art, music, clothing, jewelry, and even auto design in Paris, London, Berlin, Vienna, and across the sea in the United States emerged.  There was a cultural hunger for the new and different, the not traditional, likely more driven than the current era.

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The Curbside Classics Of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Seasons 1 & 2

The state of streaming television in 2019 is one of flux. Netflix has lost the dominance it once had. Studios are launching their own networks in a bid to keep their content in-house. And corporate behemoths like Amazon have built networks from the ground up to encourage people to spend money on their respective platforms. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, now in its second season, is the result of the company wanting some prestige television to itself. And that is exactly what they got, because the show is spectacular.

The purpose of this post is to highlight nearly all the vehicles seen in the first two seasons. It will also serve as my extended review of the series. If you intend to watch the show at some point you may want to avoid reading this article as it may spoil some of the plot. Pictures will be numbered to facilitate discussion.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Requiem for a Junkyard: G.I. Auto Salvage

New Jersey, “The Garden State”, is probably better known for its auto junkyards–many of which are now disappearing.  And of all junkyards, G.I. was perhaps the king!  For over half a century, the sun rose and set on this enormous field of discarded metal, glass, plastic, and rubber.  The golden rays of the midday sun glinted and gleamed off shattered windshields, dented hoods, and chrome bumpers formed into nearly every possible shape a designer could imagine.  In winter, all was covered by puffy white snow.  On rainy days, the land became mud.  The seasons came and went, decade after decade.

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COAL: 2016 4Runner SR5–A Car for the 1%

The nation sways and bends to the 1%.  They control monetary policy and have access to the channels of power.  Many times, they are the channels of power.  The ninety-nine experience freewill and choice, such as it is, within the bounds the 1% have set.  Ever has it been, and perhaps ever will it be. And for the last two years, it has been true of my car.  After parsing the relative merits of numerous sports sedans and becoming nearly giddy with the prospect of owning something fast and tactile, I settled on an entirely different creature altogether. I bought a vehicle for the 1%…of miles. Read the rest of this entry »

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Curbside Classic: Cadillac Cimarron D’Oro Convertible – This Little Piggy Went To Market

 

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(first posted 7/16/2014)

Once upon a time, there was a little car called Cimarron.

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CC News: BMW M850i Night Sky Edition – It Actually Uses Meteorites

We’ve seen car interiors that have used wood, leather and carbon fiber. Bentley even offered stone veneers. But meteorite? Actual meteorite? Yes, the BMW M850i Night Sky Edition is decorated with this other-worldly material. Read the rest of this entry »

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CC Capsule: 1948 Nash Super – You Don’t Have To Dig Deep For Classics In Goldfield

Who knew one town could have so many classics? Paul’s already shared his vast collection of sightings from Goldfield, Nevada and we’ve also featured photos from Cohort contributor/magnificent photographer, Curtis Perry. Now it’s my turn with these two Nash Supers, parked just off the main street through town. Read the rest of this entry »

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Car Show Classics: Classic Park American Day – Part Two

This picture perfectly shows what you can expect when visiting an event called American Day, especially with sunny weather. Pretty much anything with four wheels, built in North-America from the forties onwards. Round two of the tour is about to begin, enjoy!

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Curbside Classic: 1992 Buick Roadmaster – Old Kid On The Block

I’m well into my forties and I still, occasionally, like to join friends for a night out dancing.  No one will ever accuse me of being the best dancer these days, but when I flop around on the dance floor, I have been known to do so with great gusto.  I will probably be (if I’m not already) that embarrassing uncle who wants to “hang” with my young nieces and nephews in about ten years from now.  I’m an old soul who also has a youthful spirit, if that makes sense at all.  In my 20s starting in the mid-’90s, I had listened to a lot of house and electronica, and back then and for a brief, shining moment, I felt like I was one of the better movers on the floor.  (In my recollection, anyway.)

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Curbside Classic: 1953 Ford Crestline Victoria: The End Of The Road For The Flathead V8

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(first posted 7/19/2014)       The Ford flathead V8 is one of the icons of the American automotive era. And it bridged two others: the Ford Model T and the Chevrolet small-block V8, in a way that created some continuity. Henry put America on wheels with his T, and then gave those wheels some serious scoot with his V8. Fords then became king of the go-fast scene for decades, whether it was the drags, Bonneville, hot rods, and even in some sports cars. But the brilliant ’55 Chevy V8 snatched the crown away, due to Ford’s inability to build a proper successor until the mid-sixties. Ford rested on its flathead laurels for too long, and this 1953 Victoria was more show than actual go. Read the rest of this entry »