Car Show Curbsides: Palos Verdes Coffee and Cars Take 2


You may remember my report on our local car show back in November. With the arrival of the first Saturday of the month, it’s time for another visit. We’ll start out with some single shots of cars that caught my eye, and then provide a couple deeper looks at some unique CCs.

Although I’ve got a personal rule against posting typical car show fodder like Mustangs and Camaros, rules were made to be broken. In this case, that little red Mustang coupe brought a 200 CID six to the party, earning itself a little CC love. Six cylinder pony cars built after 1967 are frequently converted to V-8 “tribute” cars, but these early six pot Mustangs seem to survive in as delivered condition.


Thanks to a good turnout (On January 4th!) parking was tight, which did not help picture quality. However, this Cadillac posed itself perfectly, and you know it’s gonna be CC approved. I also took some shots of that red hardtop behind this CDV, but we’ll save those shots for later.


As I’ve said before, my neighborhood is El Camino central, and I’m always happy to share a car as nicely turned out as this one.


If the El Camino is a passenger vehicle that’s been turned into a truck, here’s a truck that’s been turned into a passenger vehicle. When I saw this, I thought it may have been built recently by one of California’s many custom shops, but a nearby poster board set me straight.


As this listing indicates, the Stageway Company of Cincinnatti Ohio distributed these conversions back in the day. I should have walked around to the other side, and checked to see if it only had one door on the driver’s side, as indicated in the ad.

Here’s a link to a Limo Fan’s site with more Stageway infomation than you’ll ever need: Armbruster/Stageway site


Not only do I love the color on this 2002, but any BMW still mounting steel wheels deserves our undivided attention.


I’m under the impression this 911 is completely original (although I’m no expert). The primary reason I think so? If it wasn’t original, it wouldn’t still be white…


I just posted a Car of a Lifetime article on our Mazda Miata, so I felt compelled to include this Lotus Elan, which provided so much DNA to the Miata design.


I’ve avoided buying an Italian car for 52 years now, but I would happily trade my Miata straight up for this one.


We had a number of pre-war cars show up, and as you can see this ’31 or ’32 Chrysler demanded my attention.


The fender script on this 1968 Ford two door reads “Custom 500.” Ford hasn’t sold a Custom 500 in the US since 1978, so you wouldn’t expect them to show up very often. Despite that, we wrote up a ’66 and ’71 on December 28th, and ten days later I’ve posted a ’68. I guess it’s Custom 500 season.


It’s a nice original car, with the stock wheel covers and no remarkable features. However, the engine call-out behind the front wheel reads “390,” which seems like a lot of engine for a budget trim level.


A glance inside reveals a bench seat, crank windows and a four speed stick. If this car rolled out of the factory with this equipment, it was not so much a car as a device for roasting polyglas bias plys.


Now here’s a car that doesn’t often frequent the pages of Curbside Classic. While clearly a Facel Vega, this isn’t one of those Chrysler Big Block powered super coupes. No, this is the succesor to the ill-fated Facellia, the Facel III.


Although I’m sure we’re all familiar with the Facellia, let’s review just in case. Having established themselves as an automotive manufacturer by building the FV and HK500 Chrysler powered super coupes, Facel Vega hoped the Facellia would move them into the mass production sports car business, competing with the likes of Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta and the Mecedes Benz 190SL. A French manufacturer, Facel Vega decided to use a new French engine built by the Pont-à-Mousson company. Unfortunately, the engine used a camshaft supported by only two main bearings, which led to issues with camshaft flex and other performance problems.


To solve this praoblem, the Facel III carried forward the Facellia body, but switched to the reliable Volvo engine shown here. For Facel Vega, it was too little, too late, and the warranty costs related to the Facellia’s engine drove the company into recievership. Still, it’s a pretty cool looking car…


Although not as cool as this 1961 Buick Invicta Custom Bubbletop Coupe. Based on the Custom badge, this car came with an upgraded interior, and the badge may indicate bucket seats, as Wikipedia isn’t clear on this point (hey, I was BORN the year they built this Buick- how would I remember?).


That darn Cadillac is blocking our view, but it’s pretty clear someone modified the ride height. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I dig it.


This rear shot provides us with a good view of that suspension rake, as well as those thin A and C pillars holding up the roof. Quite a change from current rooflines.


The interior inside that sunny greenhouse is pretty cool, but I can’t tell if those seats are the factory buckets. If so, they’re the Detroit style “flat buckets,” rather than true buckets with wrap around side bolsters. I’m sure our Buick contingent will tell me much more about this car, and also decry the fact that the Caddy was sitting so close that I couldn’t get a good overall shot.  Oh well.

That wraps up another PV Coffee and Cars report.  I’ll keep them coming, at least until we run out of CC worthy cars.