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Vintage Review: Toyota Celica GT Liftback Extended-Use Report



More than just an extended-use report, as R&T did some (slight) chassis modifications to the Celica. Read the rest of this entry »


CC For Sale: 1987 Honda Civic Wagon With 42,557 Miles – Here’s Your Chance To Own The Most Brilliant Wagon Of The Eighties

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It’s not too uncommon to find ‘grandma’ cars from the 80s with low mileage and that have led a very pampered existence. But Honda wagons are not common in this genre; more likely a Buick Century or such. But then this is from Amherst, MA, where Hondas probably outnumber Buicks already by the late 70s.

This car really tugs at me, as we had one just like it, in blue. It was mainly Stephanie’s car, but I drove it on weekends sometimes as I really liked the contrast to my ’83 Turbo Coupe. Yes, it was slower, but it handled the canyons beautifully, especially downhill. But most of all, it was just such a brilliant packaging job; perhaps the best in the world at the time.  Read the rest of this entry »


The Most Obscure Special Editions and Forgotten Limited-Run Models: Cadillac Edition, Part II

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In Part II of the Cadillac edition of this series, let’s take a look at 5 more Cadillacs: 2 luxury editions and 3 sporty editions. This quintet shows that while the basic ingredients of a sporty Cadillac didn’t change much over the years, the execution of an ultra-luxury model changed dramatically. Read the rest of this entry »


CC Video Slideshow: The 2015 Monmouth Car Show

Back in July, I attended the 2015 Monmouth Car Show in Monmouth, Illinois.  Having taken several hundred pictures, and giving a lot of attention to various automotive details, the article would have been crazy long.  What to do???

Think of this video as a virtual car show – you get to see all the good stuff without the heat, mosquitos, and noise.  Sit back and enjoy.



CC Road Trip: Reliving the ’90s on a Paris Weekend, Part 2

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In this second of two trips down memory lane in the Paris area, we’ll look at some (mostly) non-French vehicles that might have been seen on the streets during the 1990-98 period, when I still lived there. More of these will be recognizable to our readers than the previous batch of Gallic exotica, but if you bear with me, there are a few surprises below.

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Vintage Road Test: Pontiac Phoenix X-Car


This road test will interest many of you, given the comments to the X-cars’ post. Read the rest of this entry »


CC Outtake: 1965 – ’67 Volvo 1800S – Safe Flights, Everyone

1967- '69 Volvo 1800S, CC

I spotted this beauty on Thanksgiving Day three years ago, while on a walk with extended family through this suburban neighborhood outside of Washington, DC.  I had the pleasure of speaking very briefly with the car’s owner, who came out of his house for something while I was taking pictures.  In the moment, I neglected to ask him about any of the car’s specifics, but deduced the approximate model year from internet research.

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COAL: 2009 Cadillac SRX – The Whole Is Slightly Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts


Longitudinally mounted V6, rear wheel drive-based AWD system, double-wishbone front suspension, car-based unibody platform, strut tower brace, huge “Ultraview” moonroof, seven-passenger seating, and luxury touches everywhere.  The first-generation Cadillac SRX seemed to have it all. Read the rest of this entry »


My Curbside Classic: 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Landau – Hope You Like Green

(first posted 5/28/2012)   My green Monte Carlo. After 13 years, it’s become my mascot. In 1999, it was advertised in a local paper here in the Los Angeles area. We went to go check it out, and found, literally, an old-lady car. Turns out it had belonged to Ida May Moore, who bought it when she was 76 years old in 1976, and never bought another car. Read the rest of this entry »


Curbside Classic: Land Rover Series 1 – After 67 Years, The Night Watchman Comes Back To The Pavilion*


In 1972, an expedition led by then-Major John Blashford-Snell, of the British Army’s Royal Engineers, was the first vehicle based expedition to traverse both American continents from north to south—from Anchorage, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina, through the Darien Gap—using two of the then-new original Range Rovers, one of which is now preserved in the condition it finished the journey. There is just one important detail that is not always mentioned. Read the rest of this entry »


Vintage Road Test: Honda Civic GL1500


R&T’s test for the ever-improving Civic. Read the rest of this entry »


CC For Sale: 1976 Buick Skyhawk – Preserved Green Bird


Other than the handfuls of modified Chevrolet Monzas sporting high performance goodies that you’ll find being carted to drag strips around North America, the actual numbers of these ‘second generation’ GM H-bodies still lingering on the streets are very few. In fact, this particular example I came across in a recent Kijiji browse is the first one I have seen in a long time, and only from the comfort of my living room. It would be have been nice to view it and shoot it in person, but the clean and original condition of this particular bird absolutely requires me to share. Read the rest of this entry »


COAL: 1982 Toyota Pickup – Just Like A Rented Mule

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Having accepted a job as a Rural Mail Carrier, I was in search of a cheap vehicle that could deliver the mail. I didn’t have to look very far as a lonely Toyota that was neatly tucked away in a carport along my drive to work, sprouted a for sale sign one day. I had always been curious about these little trucks, and although it had the usual massive amount of rust, it was priced very reasonably at $500. I bought it and proceeded to beat it until it met its demise a mere six months later, a new record for me. Read the rest of this entry »


Curbside Classic: 1974 Plymouth Satellite Custom – Almost Our Thanksgiving Turkey

(first posted 11/23/2011)    It started simply enough:  Oh look – a great car to photograph for a CC.  And then I saw the sign – Asking price of only $2100.  All it took was a playful picture text message to my oldest son Jimmy.  You see, Jimmy is on the hunt for his first car.  Jimmy’s excited reaction suddenly changed  the course of my Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks ago.

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Danish Delights #6: 1987 Ellert


(first posted on 3/16/12. Text amended and expanded, pictures added) I am a reasonable human being and therefore I have never craved an Ellert. When this thing came out in 1987, I was eight years old and was dreaming of AMGs, Gemballa Porsches and the like. As a young Dane I was not particularly particularly proud of the Ellert being Denmark’s (practically) only contribution to the car magazines I then devoured.

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