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2018 CC Midwest Gathering: Let’s Meet In St. Louis

Some recent emails among us contributors generated conversation about a Midwest gathering for 2018.  Thus we would like to invite you to a fun-filled gathering in the St. Louis area on September 14 and 15.

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Curbside Classic: 1956 DeSoto Firedome Sedan – DeLovely

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(first posted 1/11/2013)     Or deadly? One always has to question why Chrysler even bothered with DeSoto after a certain point. Five years after offering this befinned model, DeSoto would cease to exist. Did it have to happen?

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CC Video: 1966 Ford Sales Training Film — With Interesting Music

Copies of this 25-minute film, imaginatively entitled Love Thy Customer, were presumably sent to Ford dealerships across America around the summer of 1966. It worth watching, if only is a ’60s Californian timepiece. Not only was it (most likely) shot there by “Parthenon Pictures” (whoever they were), but this doubtless distinguished company managed to find an unexpected local band to play the near-constant background music.

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Curbside Story: 2004 Toyota Corolla among others- The Many Cars of Lambert

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We all know that person that can’t seem to hold onto a car on matter how hard they try… Read the rest of this entry »

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Cohort Outtake: Vintage Bedford Truck From Pakistan Found in Washington

 

Nifticus spotted this truck at a classic car dealership in Lynden, WA and posted it at the Cohort along with the question as to what it is. It’s a vintage Bedford truck with coach built body in the traditional style of Pakistan. Is there a market for these here?

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Curbside Classic: 1987 Oldsmobile Calais Supreme – Poor Unfortunate Soul

Although the mythical “California car” has become a staple in almost every old car scene, the retirees of suburban Phoenix, Arizona, have done more than their fair share to keep the workhorses of the 80s on the road. Sure, no car stereotype is entirely true–I’m sure people from many different walks of life were stumbling into Oldsmobile dealerships in 1987–but we have the elderly to thank for many of the old survivors still on the road.

And although Oldsmobile’s brand image hadn’t quite fallen into joke territory when this Calais Supreme was new, there was still a growing disconnect between what the upwardly mobile shoppers of the late-eighties were looking for and what General Motors’ innovation division had to offer. This wasn’t an old person’s car at all, just a bargain hunter’s–or anyone else willing to overlook the quickly peeling facade. The flaws of the new-for-1985 N-Body have been well documented, both on CC and elsewhere, so suffice it to say that the circumstances were all rather unfortunate.

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Vintage C&D Road Research Report: 1964 VW 1500 S (Type 3) – The Beetle Grows Up, For Better or For Worse

 

C&D got a hold of a Canadian-market VW 1500 S notchback sedan, and put it through the paces. The result is a bit predictable, as the Type 3 qualities were not exactly new or exotic. It was essentially a VW at its heart, with a somewhat bigger and more powerful engine (not enough so for C&D), a bit more width in the interior, a somewhat softer ride, and a few other obvious changes. But it was still a VW, of course, including its shortcomings too. The question is whether the steep premium over a Beetle for a gray-market 1500 was worth it it.

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Spotted in Argentina: 1971 Dodge D100 Still Hard at Work – Cat Is Worried About That DOG

 

Jose Louis H. sent me these great shots of an old 1971 or so Dodge D100 still working hard in Argentina. And that looks to be a similar vintage Mopar A Body in the foreground. No wonder the cat is sitting on its hood; it’s probably worried about the dog.

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CC Outtakes: 2007 Mazda Pi – When A Mazda3 Isn’t Quite Enough

Many of us have at least one friend or acquaintance that has to do things, have things, or even simply be, just a little bit extra.  There is nothing wrong with that.  The Extras of the world make it such a more interesting place on this giant, revolving blue and green orb than it would be, otherwise.  There is plenty of straightforward sanity, logic and reason that exists otherwise to balance things out.  The owner of this Mazda3…er, Mazdaπ is likely a student of nearby Loyola University, given the Texas plate out back.  A math major, perhaps?

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Cohort Classic: 1973 Pontiac GTO – Insurer’s Special

(Me, in 1973): “Hello? Yes, good morning, I would like to get an insurance quote on a new car please? Of course I can wait….Oh, yes. Of course. 25 years old. Living at home. Midtown. Yeah, it’s quite a nice part of town isn’t it? What, oh, employed in IT. It’s a new field. Like record-keeping but for computers. Sure, sure, steady with a five mile commute. The car? Oh, it’s a Beige Pontiac with a black roof. What? Ah, a GTO…Hello? Hello!?”

Now what was the mistake of 1973 Gerardo Solis?

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Curbside Classic: 1997 SsangYong “Benz” Musso – Ssurely You Can’t Be SseriousS

Ok, hands up who would miss SsangYong if they gave up making cars? Hmmm. Direct democracy isn’t going to work here. So I’ll just talk trash about this ageing Eurasian and if there is a SsangYong enthusiast out there, let’s hear the other side of the story. Fairly unbalanced, as the tagline should say. You have been warned.

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CC Outtake: AMC Pacer Spotted on the Island of Corsica

My sister in law and her family are spending a week at the beach on Corsica, and among other visual pleasures, one of them spotted this Pacer trying to stay out of the sun. Looks like there’s a Citroen Mehari next to it, which makes a bit more sense. They’re fairly common in places like that. Not so the Pacer.

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My Cars of a Lifetime: 43 Years of Mostly Mundane Motoring

 

After reading many CC contributors’ extensive COALs, I decided to chronicle my own car ownership. I think I can condense it down to one post. I won’t include any of the 15 or so motorcycles that I’ve owned, but I will mention my parents’ cars, as they owned just four in their combined lives, three of which overlapped my time at home, and their choices strongly influenced me. For my lead picture, I’ll  start with the first motorized vehicle I drove, though it belonged to a friend.

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CC Global: The Typical European Eighteen-Wheeler Rolls On Twelve Wheels

A towering 4×2 cabover tractor unit, towing a semi-trailer with three axles and six super singles. Travel anywhere in Europe and you’ll notice that this is the most common big rig configuration on the continent. And in the UK and Ireland, for that matter. Usually the tractor has a 450 to 550 hp engine and is built by DAF, Scania, Volvo, Iveco, Mercedes-Benz, MAN or Renault.

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Auction Classic: Flashy Fords in Scottsdale 2018, part 2 Mustangs

Ford Mustang: one of the most popular American cars of all time, even among non-car people. They may not know or like all of them, but probably a least the ones from the first few years. Among car enthusiasts, who can be very particular and cynical at times, the love is not quite so universal. But even most of us would have to admit there are some great Mustangs, many of which showed up during Scottsdale’s January auction week. Read the rest of this entry »