(first posted in 2011) You got to hand it to Lee Iacocca; he was given an utter basket case of a car company and one new K car. And just like a magician, he kept reaching into his hat for a solid decade, pulling out one new variation after another on a theme in the key of K. Would you believe this? Ah,…yeah. This? Maybe. How about this? Umm…And when he reached in one last time and pulled out the TC, everybody laughed. Which is not what Lee had in mind at all. Lee was given the hook, but we’ll always associate the TC with the sin of pretentious overreaching. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s a tradition here for me to share with you my various building projects over the years. Last summer my younger son Will was moving back to Eugene, and needed a roof over his head. He really needed a place of his own, so I decided the best thing was for us to build him a little tiny house of sorts, located in the center of a cluster of eight rental houses. It had been an old storage shed from the 1940s and was rotting, so down it went and this went up, on its slab foundation (of sorts).
He moved in this spring just as the cherry trees were blooming.
I spotted this mid-70’s B Body in traffic in my town last week, and was able to squeeze off a few shots through my windshield. What do do you think? A Curbside Classic, or just a neglected beater?
Curbside Classics: Pair of 1989 & 1990 Volvo 780 Coupes – What Are The Odds I Was Driving A 2-Door Volvo When I Captured This?
Throughout the 1980s, Volvo was a very square automaker, in both the figurative and literal senses. Its 200 and 700 Series sedans and wagons were durable, comfortable, practical, and very square in their styling. While charming in their own conservative ways and a rational choice in European car, Volvos of this era were hardly the cars that turned many heads or stirred many emotions. Nevertheless, Volvo did have at least one vehicle in the 1980s that oozed sex appeal — the ultra low-production 780 coupe.
Most sources cite only 8,518 examples produced globally, though Volvo Bertone registry claims this number is 11,905 total, — either way, the odds of encountering two of them together are not favorable, and more so, what are the odds I did within minutes of getting behind the wheel of another 2-door Volvo for the first time ever?
(first posted 13/3/2013) This isn’t the kind of speculation one may find in the Future Classics column of Collectible Automobile. I am not arguing that any of these cars will become Barrett-Jackson trailer queens. Instead, I pose these as the cars us Curbside Classic car-nerds will be fussing over in 15-20 years’ time when we see one on the street. Not every Curbside Classic-er will like these cars now or like them in the future, but I am sure in 15-20 years’ time each of these will summon the kind of vigorous debate and historical analysis this site is known for. And I am sure this website will still be around then!
For various reasons the 1961 Pontiac Laurentian has now moved on to a new home so the next iteration of the Affordable Classic series needs a fresh, new subject. This time around I choose to jump right off the deep end with this 1984 Innocenti Minitre SE. In this segment we take a look at the car in as delivered condition before moving to repairs and history in subsequent segments.
On day four we need to make it out to the coast and Prince Rupert with a distance of around 500 kms (310 miles) to cover. There is also a good helping of interesting vehicle finds.
The second round of the festival’s tour brings us more French sedans, wagons and hatchbacks that combine a high level of comfort with great handling. Let the good times roll once again, featuring all the usual suspects and multiple surprise guest stars.
Incredible. What are the odds of finding two well-used survivors in the same parking space? A few weeks ago, I encountered a 1987 Oldsmobile Calais Supreme sitting in the exact same space as this Eldorado. Is it merely coincidence or a gym rat with an affinity for old front-wheel drive General Motors metal? Although suffering from the same faded paint and brittle trim that plagues most cars in the Southwest, this Eldorado seems to be holding its own: a perfect microcosm of the 1979-85 Eldorado’s many ups and downs. But it’s the fundamentals behind our subject car that make it stand out. Later Eldorados may be great, but they lack the first impression that this grandiose coupe is just so good at leaving behind.
I’ve seen some unique and altered badging on cars, but this one is a bit different. A celebration of the Infernal Kombustion engine?
After the Great Beater Challenge I really did not feel like fixing the Pontiac. The starter revived itself somehow and it ran but not well. Time for someone else to enjoy it (and more importantly fix it). As usual it did not long to find a replacement although it is hard to imagine a car more different than the Laurentian. Any guesses? I think this is hard one but I am sure someone will get it. If not I will toss out clues during the day.
“It’s got a cop motor, a turbocharged 3.5, it’s got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It’ll run good on regular gas. Whaddya say? Is it the new Blues Mobile or what?”
When The Blues Brothers reached movie theaters in 1980, their Bluesmobile – a Dodge Monaco – was six years old. Now, the earliest of the Police Interceptor Sedans – aka the police version of the Taurus – are approaching that age, ready to be snapped up for cheap by ex-con musicians. Read the rest of this entry »
Back when I was living in New York City, one day I went walking through Brooklyn’s Windsor Terrace neighborhood – adjacent to sprawling Prospect Park – and saw something that stood out from the swarm of late-model Camrys and crossovers. It was a ’70 Cadillac Sedan de Ville that had more stuff in it than a Manhattan Mini Storage lockup or, to be less charitable, more junk in one place than a Midtown street corner on trash collection night. Read the rest of this entry »
I’m going to give you a glimpse into the language of us infuriating young people. “Gib” is a horrible slang version of “give” and “Plz” is a lazy way of saying “please”. Why did I choose such a title for a respectable car website? Two reasons. Number one, it catches the eye, and number two, it will serve the article. Read on to find out how… Read the rest of this entry »