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COAL: 2004 Nissan Murano SL AWD – The Trophy Wife Of Cars


(First Posted November 24, 2013)  The merger between Nissan and Renault seemed to spawn more adventurous styling on the part of Nissan, with one of the first results in the US being the Murano.  Since the first commercials played on the TV featuring one in kind of a Metallic Orange color, my wife had said she really liked it… Read the rest of this entry »


QOTD/Reader Sighting: Lost 1959 Cadillac Prototype or Someone’s Backyard Sawzall Project?

(ED1984 left this photo and comment at our Submissions page)

I saw this car carrier with two Cadillac’s and a Plymouth on I-95 in Baltimore. Some folks on another board seem to think the the two-door black Cadillac is shortened compared to a ’59 Eldorado. Maybe a lost GM internal prototype?


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CC Global: 2014 Volvo FH 6×4 For Hauling Long Logs – Big Boys’ Transformer Toy

A week after I had to wait a moment for a rig hauling short logs, I caught this tidy package, consisting of a Volvo tractor unit, a chassis-mounted crane and a Faymonville self-steering trailer. Its full-time job is transporting long logs.

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CC Capsule: Thai E-tean Farm Truck – No Frills, No Muffler, No License Needed

I recently posted about European microcars, which are still a thing. But mobility is a global issue – especially in rural areas, where motorized transport necessarily doubles up as a working implement. Thailand has developed an interesting and novel approach to the problem over the past decades, resulting in a unique cottage industry that is still thriving today.

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COAL: 1971 Chevrolet Vega – The Little Car That Did Everything Well, Well Maybe…

The excitement for the 1971 Chevrolet Vega started a year early, with teaser ads showing all of the technology and design features. As an 18 year old, I was eagerly awaiting the introduction of the new Vega. What could possibly go wrong with such a thoroughly engineered and tested car? Not much I surmised. GM was a great car company and I was tired to Chrysler’s old design of the Duster. The bait was on the hook and I was ready to bite. The Little Car That Does Everything well.  What could go wrong, this was Motor Trend magazine’s CAR OF THE YEAR!!!  Before you answer that question, read further.

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Vintage R&T Review: 1974 Toyota Corona SR Coupe – “Solid, Safe, and Sporty, But Sluggish”

The Corona was growing steadily since its start as a rather small little thing. But it was also becoming much more comfortable, and ever-more suited to American drivers looking for an alternative. The SR hardtop coupe may have been a fair bit smaller, but undoubtedly appealed to many Americans that might otherwise have gone for a rather large and heavy American mid-sized car, which were getting rather huge at this time. R&T takes a closer look.

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CC Matinée: The Making of the First Valiant

Back in the beforetimes, theatregoers would see a newsreel and/or cartoons before the billboard movie. This morning’s Read the rest of this entry »


Curbside Classic: 1985 Buick Riviera – A Ray of Light in the Darkness


(first posted 5/8/2013)      As we all know, boys in their teens tend to focus on two subjects- girls and cars. Since I graduated High School in 1979, the girls of my youth came wrapped in bright polyester, and the cars often came wrapped in mediocrity. As manufacturers budgeted money for mandated emissions and safety equipment, other areas of car design languished in the shadows. I recall reading about the new models for 1975 or 1976, and noting that “new” for most domestic manufacturers meant offering two tone paint options. These new paint designs and vinyl graphic packages were the automotive equivalent of polyester suits and attempted to distract from the aging platforms and reduced power outputs. Thankfully, the 1979 Buick Riviera burst into this automotive wasteland, and let us know the future held better days. Read the rest of this entry »


Dash-Cam Outtake: 1959 Chevrolet Apache – Big Red Rolling Down The Highway

The nice thing about Having a dash-cam, is that anyone can record a video. All you need is to be aware of the “emergency” button (which saves the current file from being overwritten), and of course, be on the lookout for any nearby classics. By now I’ve got my wife taking videos when I’m not in the car, and she is the one responsible for this recent capture. All that’s left for me is to upload it here- and count the money, so to speak. Read the rest of this entry »


QOTD: What’s Your Other Thing?

One fun thing I’ve learned at CC over the years is that we’re not just internet usernames, we’re all real people.

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COAL: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Premier – Lost in a Sea of SUVs

2017 Chevrolet Cruze front end

This week’s entry is about my current daily driver, notable partly for being a bit of a dying breed. Small cars in general, and small hatchbacks in particular, are not enjoying much popularity in this era of crossovers and SUVs. Which probably explains why I bought it, now that I think of it, just to be contrary.

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CC Vintage Film Strip: 1970 Dodge Scat Pack – The Lingo of Selling Performance

There’s a huge collection of Mopar dealer education film strips out there on YouTube, and they lean to the corny side. Oh but not this groovy gem. Hey mister Dodge salesman, are you hip to the lingo of selling performance?


Curbside Outtake: Alpina B10 BiTurbo – B-AD Boy in Berlin

There was always something magic for me about the Alpina B10 BiTurbo. After all, with 360 hp from a force-fed 3.5 Liter M30, based on the E34 chassis it was the fastest production sedan in the world (181 mph) when it came out in 1989. And it took quite sometime until that mark was surpassed though research shows conflicting results as to what car did it and when it was done. Read the rest of this entry »


QOTD: What Do You Think Of Collectors Overtaking Street Parking Spaces With Multiple Classics?

As I was uploading this rather eye catching Scout II “Rally” (it’s not really) to the Cohort, I remembered I photographed a note attached to another classic that was parked nearby. Both of these cars and more, all belong to the same local collector, who parks them near his flat- most crucially, taking up valuable parking spaces from his neighbors. And they, as you shall see, decided to do something about it. Read the rest of this entry »


CC Outtake: VW Rabbit (Golf Mk I) With Ultra-Reclining Seats

VW Rabbits (Golf Mk I) are starting to get a bit scarce here too, along with so many older cars. Actually, I’m amazed at how many there still are, for a car that started out life as a rather fragile thing. But almost all of these survivors are diesels, and they were tough little bunnies. But this is a really rare version, with the ultra-reclining seats.

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