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Rolling Classic: 1953 Studebaker Convertible – Stunning

Photo by Autotour

Photo by Autotour

(first posted 9/7/2012)     I saw this car on the way to work this morning, cruising out the Sunset Freeway towards the coast on this perfect summer day, and just had to share it with you. It flat out stunned me. This is not my photo. I was driving my Miata with the top down, it’s just not safe and not possible for me to snap CC-worthy photos and drive at the same time. I did get up alongside, ogled it all around, and gave the driver and his companion a huge full-arm thumbs-up, which they appreciated, in spite of the fact they must get that about every five minutes in this magnificent creation. This photo is from Autotour, which has more fine photos and a good story on his genuine curbside find. I hope he doesn’t mind.  Old Cars Weekly has a complete and fascinating  interview with owner/restorer Steve Hudson and more fabulous photos. It’s even in the New York Times.

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Cohort Outtake: 1964 Mercury Comet 404 – Pretty In Portlandia Pink – And A Bit Of 260 V8 History


CC reader Teddy has been posting a cornucopia of his curbside finds in Portland at the Cohort for some time. Needless to say, Portland is chock-full of goodies, with a decided tendency towards the out-of-the-ordinary, consistent with the general local vibe. Here’s a good representative: a ’64 Comet sedan in pink. Read the rest of this entry »


Car Show Classics: 2016 Renaultoloog Festival – Part Two – The Vans, RVs, Trucks, And Farm Tractors


A vehicle manufacturer. That’s the best way to describe the Renault company, founded in 1899 by Louis, Marcel and Fernand Renault. A solid collection of old, recent and new cars was present at the recently held 2016 Renaultoloog Festival.

But there was much more to explore, as we will see in part two of the tour along the diamond badged self-propelled vehicles.

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Vintage Reviews: Motor Trend’s 1977 New Car Issue – Ford Motor Company


Ford Motor Company was likely nervous about the downsizing onslaught coming from General Motors, so they must have worked with Motor Trend to get a jump on the competition.  All the new 1977 FoMoCo products were showcased in the September 1976 issue, a month before the new cars from GM, Chrysler and AMC were featured.  Read on to see all the Blue Oval news, from jumbo to small.

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Car Show Capsule: 1907 Ford Model K Roadster – Watch The Malcomsons Go By


A gigantic red roadster from the first decade of the 20th century is not typical fodder for this website, but I was so bowled over by its whole presentation that omitting it altogether would be tantamount to automotive heresy.  This is a 1907 Ford Model K, a car that is only a year or so removed from the Model T, one of the most famous and revered pieces of rolling sociology known to man.  How is this gigantic force of nature nearly forgotten?

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Curbside Classic: 1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible – Dig That Aqua Paint!

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(first posted 6/23/2014)     Car marques have had a rough decade or two. Since the time I graduated high school, we’ve lost Plymouth, Oldsmobile, Mercury, Saturn and of course, Pontiac. Pontiac?! Really? If you’d told Poncho bosses Pete Estes or good ol’ John Z. back in 1967 that Pontiac was going to one day wither and be unceremoniously axed by a mortally-wounded General Motors, either man would probably have nodded understandingly, politely excused himself, and then phoned for the guys with the butterfly nets.

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The Great Beater Challenge: Day 2, Part 1 – The Big Climb


In the last installment, we had safely arrived at our characterful hotel to finish off day one. The Aries clearly made some issues but it kept going (albeit rather slowly). The rain had dissipated but we had to climb the intimidating Salmo-Creston pass. How would “Special K” handle the biggest challenge of the rally?

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Aviation Classic: De Havilland Comet – Britain Pushes Aviation Boundaries, Maybe A Bit Too Far


The first jetliner in the world wasn’t a Boeing or a McDonnell Douglas. It was a government sponsored project, conceived in war to serve a post-war Empire. It was a commercial failure, not helped by a fundamental flaw that made it the first jetliner to crash and be grounded. It conceded market supremacy to the Americans who weren’t then challenged from Europe for half a century. But it was an aerodynamic beauty from the company that created the wooden Mosquito, and it had a life of 60 years. It looked and flew like no plane before it, and had a great name – Comet.

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COAL: 1993 Mercury Topaz GS – First New Car Becomes First Project Car


It is already a few months into the 1994 model year, but what’s a dealer to do with all these leftover 1993 models.  Inventory Blowout Sale!!!!  Drop the prices to get these suckers outta here.  That’s how I ended up standing on the lot of Ken Johns Lincoln/Mercury with my dad, contemplating the purchase of a 2-door 1993 Mercury Topaz.

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Beach Time: 1967 Camaro Waikiki Concept – Shouldn’t They Have Shot It In Honolulu Instead Of Detroit?

(first posted 8/13/2012. The original post called it the “Camaro Hawaiian”)

There were a lot of things happening culturally in 1967, but Detroit wasn’t always exactly on the leading edge. While the kids were celebrating the Summer of Love in San Francisco, Chevrolet was playing up the lure of the tropical islands, which had its heyday in the forties and fifties. OK; Hawaii is always appealing. But couldn’t they at least have shot their 1967 Camaro “Waikiki” concept on Waikiki Beach instead of the scruffy grassy banks of what I think is the Detroit River? Now I might be wrong on that, having never been there, but it sure don’t look like Hawaii, where I have been. And the surfing is not likely to be so hot. Read the rest of this entry »


More Amazing Miniature Streets Of Ken Rouet


In December 2015, I showed you a number of the the amazing miniature street scenes by Ken Rouet.  He sent me some more the other day, so lets get back to Miniapolis and see how traffic is faring there. Read the rest of this entry »


Want A 1967 Chevrolet Super Sport Six Cylinder Convertible? Ask For Model #16767, But Hurry, It’s Your Last Chance

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(first posted 7/11/2013)    1967 was the last year the six was available on both the Impala convertible and even the Super Sport, which was a separate model (for the last time). Yes, if you specified Model 16767, you would be the proud owner of a ’67 SS six convertible, and you’d be in very, very rare company. How rare? Read the rest of this entry »


Bus Stop Classic: Mack MV-620-D – The “Forward Look” Bus

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Last week we took a quick look at CD Beck and Co., a low-volume maker of intercity coaches that was acquired by Mack in 1956.  In 1957 and ’58, Mack marketed Beck’s Cruiser intercity coach and an updated model, the 97D – unfortunately, there were few buyers for either one.  However, at this same time, Mack was also developing a larger coach, in hopes of “catching a much bigger fish”. Read the rest of this entry »


COAL: 1972 Ford F-250: Middle Aged Spread

“Rex” in situ, August, 2012.

When we last left our hero he was young.

Now, not so much.  Indeed the years have not been kind, and the big 5-0 has come and gone.  Middle Age.  Like the Middle Ages it’s named for, it’s a time of toil, dwindling resources, plague and Inquisitions.  But our hero, having managed to come through youth with all this digits intact, has managed to find a modicum of stability, punctuated with a wee bit of mild “success” in his chosen career.  Time to reward himself, he felt, time for a car to be proud of, something to make the neighbors jealous and their kids’ mouths gape open when he glided by, oozing bling-bling.    

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QOTD: What New 1967 American Car Would You Have Bought?


This week we’ve covered the announcement news on the 1967 domestic products.  So now it’s time to pick favorites!  Motor Trend had grouped the vehicles by category, showing details on Specialty Cars (Personal Luxury, Pony Cars and Corvette), Intermediates, Luxury and Full Size Cars, Compacts and Specialty (Off-road and Vans).  So to mix things up for this week’s QOTD, please share which vehicle you would have bought from each category in 1967.

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