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Curbside Classic: 1976 Buick Regal Coupe In Flint, Michigan – Back To My Roots

Sometimes, it is completely necessary to hit the “reset” button.  Back in February of 2011, my newly jobless self was one of those people in need of a brief change of environment in order to break out of the mental and emotional ruts that had started to form from my Monday-through-Friday job search regimen.  At the time, I asked myself, Why not go back to your hometown for an extended weekend?  There would be old friends, familiar sights, delicious food, and a chance to reflect on both where my life had started and where I wanted it to go from there.  So, I rented a Ford Escape and (literally) escaped back to Flint, Michigan.

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Curbside Classic: 1987 Cutlass Ciera – The Triumph Of TrueCoat

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(first posted 3/26/2014)     I could hear it from a mile away, like a dishwasher slowly prowling my neighborhood.  The famed Iron Duke has never failed to turn my head.  Normally that messy sound would be nothing to get excited about, but I happen to enjoy the very clean 1987 Olds Cutlass Ciera its hitched to.

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QOTD: Can Anyone ID This Car?

CC reader Jose Luis in Argentina sent me this photo and asked if I could identify the car on the right. Nope.

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Vintage Snapshot: Oversteer? What’s That?


Curbside Classic/Auto-Biography – 1980 BMW 320i – When BMW Became The Ultimate Fashion Accessory

Just when did BMW transition from being the enthusiast’s ultimate driving machine to the hot fashion accessory brand? The 1990s? The 00s? Maybe as early as the late 1980s? Not in West Los Angeles. I witnessed it happen very graphically there in 1980. And I know of another incident in 1975. There may well have been others, but these two I can vouch for.

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Vintage Snapshots: Hey, It’s Got the Mandated Roll Bar So It Must Be Safe


COAL: 1982 Toyota Celica- How It Felt To Be Cool For Once

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Your first car will always teach you lessons in Life, Love, and Car Maintenance – on a Budget

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Vintage Snapshot: MGAs At the Races



Vintage Snapshot: Policewomen and their MGAs



Vintage Snapshot: A New Monte Carlo Gets a Nose Job


Cohort Outtake: Datsun B210 – Snow Bee

A fresh layer of snow looks great on cars, as long as it’s not the one you have to drive early in the morning. I like how it’s accentuating the shape of the B210 that William Oliver shot and posted at the Cohort. It’s nice just to see one at all; there used to be such a healthy number here up until about 5-7 years ago. Now where have they all gone? To Canada? Snow bees?

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CC Tech: HEI—GM’s Superior Sparks, At Home and Elsewhere

There’s a sturdy argument to be made that GM’s HEI (High-Energy Ignition) is so damn good because GM were so damn fixated on being so damn cheap. Wait…what? How does that reckon? Simple: Read the rest of this entry »


Curbside Classic: 1959 MGA 1500 Le Mans Replica – The OMG Factor

I have no idea how in the world this MG A came to a corner of my street in Bangkok. It looked like it materialized there from another dimension. Or was it a mirage? It looked like new. Or it would have, had any MGA actually looked like this back in the day. Still, catching any ‘50s car in the wild is worth a couple of snaps. And a few musings on the unlikely fate of MG…

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Curbside Classic: 1983 Nissan Pulsar Five Door – So Rare I Forgot It Existed

(first posted 5/21/2014)    This one had me stumped for, a while. I just didn’t remember this car being sold in the US; I thought the Pulsar moniker was used strictly for the coupe, like this one.  I recognized it from its European use, where it was the basis of the ill-fated Arna, a joint venture with Alfa Romeo to combine the drive train and other parts of the Alfa Sud with this body. And I do remember well this car’s predecessor, the Datsun 310, which it very much resembles: Read the rest of this entry »


Industry Analysis: Chinese Brands To Watch, Part 1 – LDV

To date, no Chinese car brands have been sold in North America. Chinese-built cars sold on the continent have been limited to cars from established brands (Buick Envision) or extremely low-volume failures (Coda EV). But while the Chinese car invasion has yet to reach North American shores, automakers from the People’s Republic have been making inroads in other markets. Read the rest of this entry »