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1949 Triumph Mayflower: Your Thanksgiving Turkey

(first posted 11/24/2011)    In 1620, the Mayflower carried 102 Puritans from England to America to escape religious persecution. A year later they celebrated their survival and a good harvest with the first Thanksgiving feast. We celebrate its anniversary today.

In 1949 another Mayflower landed in America, sent to bring home Yankee dollars to an impoverished postwar Britain. Sadly, the Triumph Mayflower did not find the same success.

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CC Outtake: The Greenbrier Not Stopped For

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Jim Cavanaugh scored a coup in finding that quite rare gen2 Corvair 500 four door. I’ve pretty much given up on one myself; I’m still hoping to just find a genuine curbside Corvair Greenbrier van. Well, I did find this one just this past Sunday, way out in the boonies, and stopped the car long enough for a shot. But the environs just did not encourage a more in-depth photo shoot, so I’ll just keep looking. But I have written the Greenbrier up, thanks to some Cohort shots, and if one Corvair post for today isn’t quite enough, here it is: CC 1963 Corvair Greenbrier: We Don’t Really Want A Better VW Bus


CC Outtake: Buick LeSabre Coupe – The Prettiest B-Body Of Them All

Yesterday, I saw this face when I turned up a chichi side street on my way home. I remembered the words of many commenters here: the Le Sabre coupe is the prettiest of the GM B-bodies.  I went home and got the dog to grab some shots before sundown, but my mind was full of doubts. The only Buick coupe of this era that I knew well was an Electra that belonged to an older friend of my parents. The only things I remember favorably about that bath-towel green car (a shade somewhere between Kermit the Frog and Aim toothpaste) were the strength of the air conditioner and the speed of the power windows. Read the rest of this entry »


CC Capsule: 1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E (W201) – Snow White And The W124 Dwarf


With over a century of history, it’s an understatement to say that the look of Mercedes-Benzes has changed substantially over the years. Yet through all the various styling trends that have defined each new generation of Mercedes, one thing has remained the same (at least in your humble author’s opinion). With very few exceptions, Mercedes’ of any era unmistakably look like a Mercedes.

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Curbside Classic: 1965 Chevrolet Corvair 500 – Double or Nothing!


The original generation of the Chevy Corvair certainly never lit the sales charts on fire, at least not by Chevrolet standards.  Neither did the Y body compacts that debuted the next year from the Pontiac, Olds and Buick divisions, which incorporated a lot of the Corvair’s basic structure.  But where the unique engineering and configurations of the Y cars disappeared after their three year run, GM doubled down on the Corvair with a brand new design for 1965.  Unfortunately, it would be a losing bet.

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QOTD: Will 3D Printing Help Us Take Care Of Our Classics?


Printers. Most commonly seen making our lives a living hell and running out of ink, printers are more of a necessary annoyance than something to get really passionate about. But since the technology of 3D printing has become viable enough to be available at the market for relatively cheap it has given us a new world of possibilities, adding a new dimension to the world of printing ( this horrible horrible pun was completely intended.)

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Craigslist Find: 1961 Ford Fairlane 500 – The Last of the Big Fairlanes


I’m still checking Craigslist daily for a replacement for my hapless Ford Focus. I’m clicking the “manual transmission” checkbox and clicking Search to see what comes up. Pickings are slim. A handful of manually shifted cars appear new each day. Most of them are work trucks, Mustangs, and compact cars, but a few are Curbside Classics like this 1961 Fairlane 500 with three on the tree and the 292 engine. Read the rest of this entry »


CC Outtake: Three Paths to Longevity

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 It looked a lot like 1979 on my street one Monday morning, but it’s 2014. How did that happen? Read the rest of this entry »


Automotive History: Planes, Rockets and Automobiles – Aero Influence in Car Design

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Flight has always been a major fantasy attached to driving. Since the first cars shimmied over dirt roads and cobblestones, motorists have imagined themselves at the controls of flying machines. And if they weren’t already of that mindset, advertisers and dealers made sure to drive the point home. They still do. Who among us hasn’t been told by a salesperson to “check out the cockpit” of a ride they were trying to sell us? Read the rest of this entry »


Curbside Classic: 1963 Dodge Dart Pickup – Do All Caterpillars Become Butterflies?

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Some of the more popular hunting seasons are upon us.  As I write this, deer season will be starting tomorrow, and anytime you hunt larger game a pickup provides a high degree of practicality in your endeavor.  Hauling larger bagged game in (or on) an Accord or Camry is far from impossible but can be highly problematic in a number of ways.

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CC Outtake: Bulgemobile

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At certain angles and with the light just so, a gen2 Monte Carlo can look downright bizarre, like the victim of a botched breast and hip augmentation. Read the rest of this entry »


eBay Find: 1941 Ford Business Coupe – Not a Hot Rod


Goodness gracious me. A pre-war Ford that hasn’t been chopped and beaten to within an inch of its life, then resprayed in the brightest hues of orange and red with flames coming out of the back. Just a good, honest car that was likely bought by someone who needed reliable transport to haul his jar samples across the country and that has managed to make it to this day, when you’re instantaneously reading something written on a laptop in Central America.

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QOTD: What Car Had the Most Attractive Dashboard?


Like moths to a flame, car people are naturally drawn to an elegantly sketched and pressed body line, or the smells and sounds of an internal combustion engine, but it’s the dashboard that bewitches them on a daily basis. Just about any old car dashboard looks better than a new one, but there are some that stand out above the rest.  In no particular order, my favorites follow.

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Car Show Classic – 1966 Lincoln Continental Coupé – Where Have You Been?!

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Remember the Sixties Continental? Sure you do, even if you, like me, were born long after the Sixties ended. But who could forget such an elegant car? Lincoln almost bought the farm after their disastrous attempt at “out-Cadillacing” Cadillac, but a chance encounter with a Thunderbird design sketch saved the day. And the classic car world is so much better as a result of these cars!

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Curbside Classic: 1996-98 Ford Taurus Ghia – The Hometown Falcon Knocks Out The Ovoid Contender

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What you are looking at here is the object of my teenage lust. While some teenage boys had posters of Lamborghinis and Ferraris in their rooms, I really wanted to own the short-lived Australian market version of the controversial 1996 Ford Taurus. In a market that hadn’t seen much in the way of American metal in decades, let alone anything this daringly styled, the Taurus was almost exotic. Underneath that bold sheetmetal, though, lay a fairly modern, competent yet unexciting family sedan. Despite its competitiveness, the odds were always going to be stacked against this bull in the Aussie market.

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