France is justifiably famous for good food, good wine, great scenery and (outside of Paris at least) a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere and pace of life. One aspect that always pleases is that some of best of these are also amongst the least glamorous and thus, cheaper options. The best food is from small local markets; a small restaurant in a village or by the main road will often be just as good as someplace charging twice the price, and there is no need to buy from anywhere other than a local producer or cooperative to find an excellent wine. French cars are similar: the smallest, cheapest ones are often the best, and the Renault 5 is a prime example. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been said white cars retain their value better, and reports show the color becoming more popular among new car buyers, with our own Paul Niedermeyer having recently bought a spiffy white wagon himself. If you read the comments on these pages, or in any other car enthusiast forum, however, it would appear people don’t care for the color; in fact, many of them list it as their least favorite.
I saw a nice shiny 4Runner near my studio the other day and headed to take a gander. I did a double-take when I noticed the “TURBO diesel” badge on the rear as I had never heard of any 4Runners being such equipped. Then I saw the Yota-Benz logo and was further puzzled.
A title this short is appropriate for the story of the GAZ-66, a 4×4 truck that was one of the mainstays of both the Soviet Army and civilian off-road transportation in the former Soviet Union. With its cab over engine layout, short wheelbase and overhangs, and all-business square-off design, it was as close to a cube in shape as any vehicle ever mass produced, rivaled only by flat-front vans such as the VW Microbus, the 1961-67 Ford Econoline, and the Soviet Union’s own bread loaf shaped UAZ-452. The no-nonsense military design of the GAZ-66 made it both distinctive looking and one of the most off-road capable 4×4 vehicles ever made. It has also made the GAZ-66 arguably the world’s toughest truck.
Today this car caught my eye. I think it’s a Buick (correct me if I’m wrong).
Some car models have very linear lives. Take the Lincoln Town Car. All throughout its long life, from Continental option package in 1969 through the final Panther models in 2011, it was a full-sized, RWD, V8 luxury car. So, too, the Chevrolet Camaro. It was always a stylish, sporty two-door, available in show horse-six-cylinder or race horse-V8 models. The Pontiac Bonneville is a different story. It started as a limited edition, top of the line, fuel-injected convertible in 1957, becoming specially-trimmed coupe and convertible models for ’58. After that, it became the top-shelf big Pontiac, and was consistently offered in coupe, sedan and wagon models for some time–but not permanently.
Just after Christmas, I read Seams Unlikely, an autobiography by Nancy Zieman. While Zieman likely falls outside the radar for many of us, she may be well known to your wife, mother, or daughter (which is how I learned about her). As the host of Sewing With Nancy, she has been on television since 1982 and her show is broadcast on most PBS stations in the United States. She is also the founder of Nancy’s Notions based in Bear Creek, Wisconsin.
I recently attended a mid-winter indoor car show that featured two cars with very non-traditional engine swaps. The first one is this little 1962 Ford Falcon two door. The partially exposed fuel cell gives an indication that something other than the stock inline six powers it. Take a guess before hitting the jump but I suspect few will get it.
(Our series “CC Kids” didn’t ever officially end; we just ran out of submissions. This one is from our old friend Kip. If you have childhood pictures of yourself with a car, send it to us via the Submissions form or to curbsideclassic(at)gmail.com)
I was seven when these picture were taken. I think my mom had just sold the Jeep station wagon and gotten the Jeepster.
It was fun to ride in, especially with the top down, but it was strange compared to other people’s cars and a little embarrassing. It had thin doors and plastic side curtains that lifted off instead of windows that rolled down. For winter, there was a heater on the passenger side under the dashboard. There was a space behind the rear seat that was big enough to lie down in but it never got warm back there. In third gear, it shifted again (into overdrive) if you took your foot off the pedal.
Our New (Future) CC: 2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon – Not An Impulse Buy (For A Change), But An Impulsive 1000 Mile 29 Hour Trip To Bring It Home
Does getting older blunt one’s tendency toward impulsivity? It might seem so, given the months-long process of research and endless test drives that finally resulted in the purchase of this new Acura TSX Sport Wagon. But when it came to getting this car home, which was bought from a dealer in Boise, Idaho, I pretty much topped myself in terms of making a spur of the moment decision. Coming from me, that’s saying something. Read the rest of this entry »
It took General Motors nearly 50 years to build its first 50 million vehicles, and right around 12 to build its second 50 million. Therein lies irrefutable evidence of GM’s stronghold on the average consumer in mid 20th-century America. It probably was no coincidence that vehicles 50 and 100 million were ostensibly Chevrolets, but the choice for 100 million was a bit surprising, or was it?
Follow your own path.
Have the courage of your convictions.
Haste makes waste.
Ford would prove each of these adages with its 1960 full-size cars, although not in a way the company would have liked. Read the rest of this entry »
Old road tests are some of my favorite things, especially when they’re in clearly legible format. As this article covers a car I recently mentioned in an article, it seemed like a good idea to include it in a post. So, here is a treat for all of you, a test of the then-new E28 from an early 1982 Road & Track. As always, be sure to enlarge the images so you can take it all in. Enjoy!
Chevy takes quite a beating over the Cavalier. Critics tell us the car was too heavy, remained unchanged over the years, and didn’t break any new ground. While I agree with these assessments, Chevy did improve the Cavalier over the years, and this second generation model may be it’s sweet spot, especially this Z-24 model. Read the rest of this entry »