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Curbside Classic: When Is a Mini Not a Mini? When it’s a 1966 Riley Elf Mk III

Wandering around beach town Florence, OR. Sunday after eating with my date at Mo’s, which is deservedly famous for its clam chowder, we ran across what I first thought was a nice Mini with a custom grill…then I saw the small trunk in the back. Read the rest of this entry »


MOAL: 1992 Honda CBR600F2 – The One with the Time Machine


 I was a regular contributor on Usenet back in the 90’s. Usenet, for the uninitiated, was an early online forum which predated the World Wide Web by a good decade. Google maintains an archive of Usenet posts going back to the 80’s that I have been rereading to get a better feel for my younger self. As a result, I am going to try to do something that has never been attempted in a COAL before: Instead of trying to describe this ride using my modern biased recollections, I’m going to use my own words that I wrote and posted on Usenet 20+ years ago.

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Vintage Photography: 1960s Restaurant Parking Lots – Mostly American Fare

(first posted 3/17/2012)    Once in a while it’s fun to peruse old photographs of parking lots just to get an idea of what the mix of cars really was like at any given time. Here’s a few from a gallery of vintage eateries from the site retronaut. Now this first one is what really caught my eye; not only are the Big Four all represented, but we have two foreigners, from very opposite ends of the economic spectrum. Read the rest of this entry »


My Garage Classic: 1977 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 – Sigh…

Good things come to those who wait. A wise saying, especially when shopping for a somewhat rare and unique vehicle (nowadays, anyway ) like a GM H-Body.

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Curbside Classic: 1980-85 Cadillac Seville – Context Is Everything

(first posted 3/19/2012 as a rebuttal to my Deadly Sin on the same car)

I’ll say this upfront so you’ll better understand my position: This is my favorite car of all time.

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Cohort Vintage Photography: A Gallery of 1955-1957 New Chevy Trucks and a Few Others

We’re on a vintage photography roll here these days, and I’m happy to keep the party going. I’ve always been a big lover of the genre, and the more to share, the merrier. And these B/W photos were posted at the Cohort, by Ralf K, and he notes that they were from a Tacoma, WA. photographer’s collection of 4×5″ slides. Why exactly this photographer shot a whole number of new ’55 – ’57 Chevy trucks in all sorts of guises is unknown. And although there’s a decided theme, they’re well worth it. And there’s two very different subjects at the end.

This first truck is a 5700 series 1955, and powered by the brand new Chevrolet 265 V8 (4.2L). Sadly, I can’t find a ’55 or ’56 Chevy truck brochure on line, but this is obviously a raised forward cab (LCF), which shortened the wheelbase some. And that little V8 probably made all of 120-130 net hp. But that was still more than the 235 six, which was the base engine in these trucks. The 261 six, with gobs of torque, was also available on the 2 ton and up versions. Read the rest of this entry »


COAL (COJL) – 1991 Mercedes Benz 560 SEC – Only The Best Car Ever!

To this day, to my eyes it’s still one of the most gorgeous Mercedes ever!


During the time that John was having his Mercedes-Benz 380 SL restored, we also had the occasion to drive a couple of cars that the body shop doing the work had as fleet vehicles.

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Curbside Classic: 1974 Buick Estate Wagon – Hold The Fake Wood, Please

(first posted 3/31/2012)     The 1971-76 GM full-size station wagons were the largest wagons the company ever made. Each division had their own fancy version, usually with vinyl wood appliques on the sides – the Chevrolet Caprice Estate, Pontiac Grand Safari, Olds Custom Cruiser and Buick Estate Wagon. The Buick was the fairest of them all, an Electra wagon for all intents and purposes.

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QOTD – Rarest Car More Common Than Saab 9-2x

Time to rev up your search engines. According to Wikipedia, Subaru produced a mere 10,346 Saab 9-2x’s between 2005 and 2006. In today’s 9-2x Capsule post, I produced a list of cars that I was surprised to find were produced in larger numbers than the 9-2x.

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CC Outtake: 1990-94 Chrysler LeBaron Sedan – Just Shave It Off!

Looking at one of these 1990-94 Chrysler LeBaron sedans is like spying a handsome middle-aged gentleman across the bar. He’s got some nicely polished dress shoes on, his suit is crisp and well-fitted if a little conservative. “He’s not bad to look at,” you think. And then you look up at his head and you see he’s wearing one nasty toupee. He’s too self-conscious to go all Bruce Willis and shave his head, and instead he’s dressing his dome with a thoroughly unconvincing hairpiece. Why?! Read the rest of this entry »


CC Capsule: 2005 Saab 9-2x – A WRX in Saab’s Clothing

Imagine my surprise when pulling in to work the other day and what should I find in the spot next to mine? This site’s favorite automotive unicorn, the Saab 9-2x.

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CC Contributor Appreciation Day: A Big Thank You To All of You!

February 13 was CC’s sixth birthday, and it’s become our tradition to celebrate it by acknowledging our contributors. CC would never have gotten this far without them, and I mean that most sincerely and literally: There’s no way I would have been able to keep the site going had it not been for the hundreds of contributors over these six long years. Read the rest of this entry »


Curbside Classic: 1996 Honda Accord LX – In Accordance With American Demands

In production for over 40 years now, the Honda Accord ranks high among the world’s most influential, best-selling, and equitable automobile nameplates of all time. Now spanning nine generations, the Accord has been featured numerous times here at CC over the years, however we have yet to receive a non-wagon-specific full-length article on the fifth-generation (1994-1997) North American market Accord. Until now that is.

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Curbside Classic: The Last Mitsubishi Cordia Still On The Street?

(first posted 4/16/2012)    As is all-too obvious, I have a particular soft spot for older Japanese cars, especially the more obscure varieties. So when I walked into this Cordia on a trip to the Bay Area a while back, I just had to stop and shoot. I haven’t seen one since moving to Oregon, but then the Cordia was hardly a big seller, and Mitsubishi rolled out its US presence bit by bit. Now if I could just find its companion sedan, the Tredia…

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Portlandia Outtake: The Volvaab – A Proper Swedish Greenhouse (Updated with additional picture)

The Volvo 240 series is well known and loved (especially in Portland) for its tall and airy greenhouse, among other things. But that’s no reason why not to improve on it further. And what better way to do so than with the greenhouse from another Swedish car (Saab 96). Read the rest of this entry »