Not to impugn its impact on the automotive industry in any way, but the Taurus is not the most influential Ford of the past thirty years. While the Taurus once again wakened the idea that an American family car could successfully exhibit a trendsetting design, apart from its styling, the Taurus’ basic premise as a six-passenger sedan and eight-passenger wagon wasn’t a new concept for Ford. However, the same cannot be said about another Ford introduced just a few years later.
The history of the British motor industry, especially that of BMC, BLMC and its successors is full of missed opportunities, dead ends and incomplete projects. Perhaps the most intriguing of recent years is the MG X Power SV. Read the rest of this entry »
This postcard of Gengenbach in the Black Forest of Germany makes me homesick and nostalgic. It also makes for a good CC quiz. Can you identify these cars and tell which year the shot was taken? Read the rest of this entry »
This post started out to cover both the 504 Coupe and Cabriolet, but I see that Roger Carr has found a genuine curbside Cabrio, and will be sharing it very soon. So avert your eyes from the red car, and keep them on the Coupe. Either way, these are some of the finest classic European grand touring coupes/cabrios of the era, and a long one it was. These Pininfarina designs were built from 1969 through 1983, and the ones above are from that final year. Genuine evergreen classics, from day one right to the end. Read the rest of this entry »
When I was 18 years old in the summer of 1993, I had purchased a five-year-old Ford Mustang LX 2.3L hatchback. The restyled, “aero” Fox-body Mustangs appeared around the same time I entered middle school in the fall of ’86, and the memory of the (temporary) chic of these cars was still somewhat fresh in my mind when I made my purchase. My car, pictured above, was Oxford White with a Regatta Blue interior. I babied that car like it was a 5.0L – or more accurately, as if it was a classic. You see, my affinity for the Ford Mustang went back to my adolescence – around the time my ’88 was new.
To varying degrees, all of us have likely contemplated having an older car as a daily driver. Whenever such discussions arise around here, there is always a degree of hesitancy due to the inherent downfalls that come with ownership. Like being a nudist or running for political office, having an older car is one of those things that simply isn’t for everybody.
However, Bob is swimming against the current of opinion by using this Hudson Pacemaker as a daily driver. For cars from this era, he picked a good one.
As my son and I were in the midst of our our roadtrip last week, we were driving from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Regina Saskatchewan on the Trans Canada Highway. Somewhere around the midpoint of that day’s drive, my head suddenly swiveled to the left and I felt myself slowing down without being aware of having let off the accelerator. Read the rest of this entry »
Wikipedia lists over 170 different cognitive biases. For some unexplicable reason the CC effect is not mentioned among them, and yet I just can’t seem to escape it at the moment. No sooner had I written up the 1968 Chevrolet Impala Custom Sedan than I came across another custom-bodied US giant.
(first posted 9/8/2012) It’s one of my dream cars too; or it was, once upon a time. I’ve gotten offroading pretty much out of my system now. But this baby will go anywhere, and these were designed specifically for the wilds of Africa, where Peugeots were once very dominant. CC Cohort Hugo 90 spotted this one in Madagascar, a few years back. Dangel originally converted 504s for the French military and Gendarmarie, and developed a legendary reputation. And yes, this is how they were built, not jacked up by some kid. Probably one of the best-riding 4x4s ever. Read the rest of this entry »
I’d long given up on finding an R10 in the wild. But then I hadn’t ever explored the wilder and woollier back streets of Creswell, a little hamlet about ten miles south of Eugene. I was early for an appointment, so I took a little exploratory drive. And nearly hidden behind a Citation and Tempo, I saw its unmistakable boxy outline. One more to cross off on my “To Find” list. Read the rest of this entry »
Few automotive rivalries have been as enduring as that of Lincoln vs. Cadillac. The two preeminent American luxury makes have battled each other for decades, usually with roughly equivalent models. However, in the late 1970s, the two brands’ offerings diverged substantially. Cadillac pursued a strategy of “less is more,” with its compact Euro-inspired Seville and its downsized deVille. Lincoln, conversely, might as well have said “Sometimes, more is more” by resolutely marketing its gargantuan Continental right through 1979. By then it was obvious that smaller luxury cars were necessary, but despite its obsolescence, the Continental sold well until the end of its production run, in a testament to many luxury buyers’ appreciation for size and comfort.
(first posted 12/28/2011) Lurking behind the shop where I found the ’67 Tempest and Kellison GT was this little piece of vintage seventies ‘forgotten fiberglass’. It rang some sort of distant bell, one whose peal was highly dulled by the accumulated fuzz of the decades since. But the proprietor must have seen me looking a bit stumped, and rescued me from my almost-senior moment. “It’s a Tri Power; more specifically, the very first one, the prototype”. Ah yes! Stupid me, how could I forget? Tri Power indeed.
Well, it looks somehow familiar, like something one read about in the back pages of C/D or M/T. Yet all the googling I’ve done turns up zilch. Undoubtedly, one of you has a better memory. This may well be the only story on this on the web, so let’s get it right. (Update: Yes, our all-knowing commentators have identified this as a Tri-Magnum, and it does well look like this could be #1) Read the rest of this entry »
In last week’s post on Motor Trend’s comparison of 1969 mid size sedans, Ate Up With Motor pointed out that the Fairlane 500 2-door hardtop featured in that test was likely also used by Road Test Magazine for a drive report in May 1969. Sure enough, the car is the same! So let’s see how different drivers responded to the familiar Fairlane.
At age 18, against my dad’s wise advice, I purchased my first car, a beat-to-shit, sun faded red Camaro. Truth be told, I bought it to impress the hot guy selling it, in a lame attempt to appear cool. I soon learned that this car was my personal version of Stephen King’s killer car, Christine. It quit running when it rained, attracted rabid dogs (seriously…but that’s another story), developed enormous cancerous holes where it had been bondo-ed, left me stranded more times than not and consumed my entire savings in futile repairs. When I sold it, I had to exit from the window as neither door would open. I felt angry, like a failure and a sucker: anything but cool. I couldn’t afford to buy another car, so I rode my ten-speed everywhere and wore my tough girl, “I don’t care” attitude instead of a bike helmet.
A simple entry this week, with a car that is most unusual in Australia even though it must still be relatively common in North America. I won’t be making a habit of featuring recent imports that have remained left-hand drive (cars less than 25 years old must be converted to right-hand drive), because there has been an absolute flood of them imported over the last few years. But this isn’t the case with this car as you can clearly see the lack of steering wheel through the window!