What are the odds? Of someone from Argentina driving CC’s favorite car (GM B-Body) on an extended multi-year meandering voyage from Patagonia in Argentina to Alaska? And of me just happening to be walking up Willamette Street, noticing a Caddy limo, and whipping out my camera, on the very moment they were cruising through Eugene? And not fully realizing what I was shooting until I read the sign on the side window. As my father would have said: “Holy Mackerel”. And a mighty big one at that. Read the rest of this entry »
The first truly warm day after a harsh winter brought out a fair number of Bloomington’s classic cars a few weeks ago and the tall, narrow and round proportions of this P15 Plymouth made it impossible to ignore. At sixty-seven years old, it falls somewhat outside our purview at CC, but it’d be wrong not to share it with you. It’s an excellent example of very early post-war automotive design and benefits from its restorers’ great attention to detail. Read the rest of this entry »
I went into this post hoping to do what would be my first eBay find, but the extensive choices I came across made it posed a challenge. Did I want to go with a Broughamy crowd pleaser, or did I want to go with a Perrymobile? Well, the Omni GLH-S and Mazda RX2 which I found fall into the latter category and will be posted some other time, so for now, enjoy this host of six plush mid-seventies to early-eighties coupes.
The fox is a shy animal, difficult to find and photograph in the wild. A rare repeat sighting of the Audi Fox that I previously profiled presented an ideal opportunity to reiterate one of my earlier points about the Fox: the difference between its trim and chiseled shape and the bulky designs that predominate today. Read the rest of this entry »
The Chelsea Houses and the John Lovejoy Elliott Houses are a group of housing projects located between West 25th and 27th Streets and 9th and 10th Avenues in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. I pass directly through this part of Chelsea almost daily, and I noticed something peculiar. Lately, New York City has been surprisingly bountiful with fantastic Curbside Classic sightings.
This shot by Kiwi Bryce shows a car coeval with the ’65 LTD Paul posted and which appeals to a similar sensibility. Take a Mini, add a few extra inches, an ornate grille and plusher trim and voila: instant status! It’s always a challenge to tell if you’re looking at a Wolseley Hornet or its near-twin, the Riley Elf, but the “Elf” script on the decklid shows this is the latter version, which was supposedly sportier.
(updated, expanded, and a good follow-up to our Mustang coverage) Headline superlatives are a slippery slope, but I’m standing on pretty solid ground here: this is the car that completely changed the marketplace, the car that launched what I have dubbed the Great Brougham Epoch. Hail what may well be the single most influential American car of the whole modern era. Read the rest of this entry »
I like Cadillacs. I like Broughams, even if they are not Cadillacs. And in case you’re wondering what I’ve been up to lately, I am now helping Richard Bennett with his Facebook Group, The Brougham Society. So the Broughamtastic types of cars I’ve really been sinking my teeth into over at TBS are now getting some CC love!
The other day I was on a long conference call, mostly just listening. So I put the phone on speaker, muted the receiver and began looking at Google Maps to see what interesting cars were captured. It’s fun to explore places I have lived or visited: West Chester, Pennsylvania; Potsdam, New York; Norfolk, Virginia; or Lincoln, Rhode Island; Mount Vernon, Maine; rural West Virginia; and Edinburgh, Scotland, to name a few. But this was a long call, so I soon moved on to places I’d like to visit. My mother’s grandparents came from southwestern Sweden, so I clicked on a random street near Goteborg (Gothenburg) and did an immediate double-take. A NASCAR Pontiac? Well, Robert Kim has told us about Sweden’s American car scene so maybe not so surprising.
Old Camrys run forever without ever needing any work done to them, even their brakes; right?
Here’s a car, photographed by SeattleO, that I never knew existed. It’s a late-production fourth-generation Taurus panelvan, as evidenced by the red turn signals and full door latch bezels (the earlier pieces were notched to fit a larger handle). Lacking a rear wiper, brightwork around the windows and exterior latches on the back doors, which may or may not open, it appears to be a factory job, but a Google search didn’t result in any evidence of its existence. I’m very perplexed; do any of you guys know more about this?
Coming from image-conscious suburbs, it’s still a surprise each time I see cars like this in daily use (in this part of the country, at least). Unless you’re a compulsive shopper or really into new fads, though, it’s perfectly sane to keep an old pal like this 1980 (or 81) Civic around. After all, why throw your baby away when you don’t have to?
Mustang Week has given me the chance to ponder what I was going to say about this fine CC ’67 Fastback I found just a couple of weeks ago. Earlier in the week, I started writing about how this was undoubtedly the most well-loved generation (’67-’68) of the blood line, at least up to the Fox Mustang. It’s certainly become an icon, thanks in part to a famous appearance in the movies. And it is a fine looking Mustang, a reasonably successful development and evolution of the original.What’s not to like?
But then sitting in the bathtub one night, I changed my mind; instead of praising it, I come to damn it. Ok; not the car itself, but the first fatal step Ford took with it towards what became the annihilation of the genre it created.
The first generation Volkswagen Rabbit has become a rare sight in the Washington, DC/Maryland/Virginia area, but in the immediate vicinity of where I live, there are several that continue to roam the roads and live curbside. Easter Sunday, which is about rebirth, is an appropriate time to present this one, from the rectangular headlight period of 1980-83. Spotted outside of an apartment complex whose parking lot has many CC-worthy cars such as GM H-Body and A-Body sedans of the 1980s, it wears its original wheels, has mostly straight bumpers, and shows some primer spots indicating rust repair on what looks like a generally sound body. In its thirty-plus years, this Rabbit has lived several automotive lifetimes already, and appears to be ready for more.