On the first Sunday in March, I decided to venture across the river to see what CCs I could find. I had two specifically in mind: 1966 and 1976 Olds Ninety-Eights, both white, that sat side-by-side on a used-car lot. Alas, I had waited too long and they were gone. But never fear, folks, because I still managed to find plenty of interesting iron. Let’s go wander…
First up was a little used-car lot that has been in business for decades. Although the first couple of rows of vehicles change regularly, there’s a wide variety of old-timers out back, including this Land Rover Series hardtop.
Judging from the dust on the seats, I think it’s been a while since it’s seen the road. It looked remarkably complete, though.
Behind the Rover were a number of VeeDubs, including a stash of several early Rabbits, two of which were convertibles.
A TR7/TR8 convertible was also on the lot. It looked pretty good, with decent paint and no visible rust. But since it was sitting on a half-trailer, I assumed it wasn’t a runner.
One thing I found interesting was the Rexroat Porsche-Audi tag on the back of the nearest Rabbit. Rexroat was a dealer in East Moline that closed its doors in the early ’90s. I remember going there with my dad back in the mid-’80s when I was a kid and seeing 944s and 911s. Dad participated in a few Rexroat-sponsored gymkhanas with his 356 back in the ’70s. The building is still there, but it’s now a tire store.
I am quite sure this gold land yacht was a 1968 full-size Chevrolet, but I was unable to ID it as an Impala or Caprice. It does have the formal two-door hardtop roof line, though. To its left is what appears to be a 1970-72 Chevelle. There was a lot of snow mounded up (we had gotten 5-7″ of the white stuff the previous Tuesday) and I wasn’t wearing boots, so I’ll have to come back in warmer weather and check some of these cars out.
I almost didn’t take a picture of this one, but I noticed the alloys and realized it’s a GTI. An ’85, perhaps? I wonder if it is jpcavanaugh’s old VW.
For those of you more interested in domestic rolling stock, there was a Broughamy LeBaron sedan for sale. Despite some peeling paint, it was complete and in good shape.
The velour interior was quite nice as well, though I would have preferred leather. As long as it doesn’t have that pesky Ultradrive, it could make a nice work car for someone.
With its wire wheel covers, landau top and de rigueur chrome luggage rack, this was the über Acclaim. I think these looked nicer in darker colors, though. Nightwatch Blue with blue leather would be very sharp.
This green Triumph TR7 (CC here) has been a landmark west of downtown for years. My guess is that it sat unsold on the lot so long that the owner decided to turn it into a sign.
Is it hiding, or spying on passing motorists?
While it appears to be complete and in reasonably solid shape, it clearly is short an engine, judging from the nose-high stance. You wouldn’t want oil leaking into the building from above, now would you?
The building must have a stout roof, as the TR has been up there for at least 15 years; I always enjoy seeing it when I am on my way into West Davenport.
While the number of interesting cars at ground level was a little thin, there was a solid late-’80s Daytona Shelby Z hiding behind a bass boat.
Other than some surface rust on the roof, it looked pretty good. It even has its original factory alloys.
In a back yard just a short distance away, I recalled seeing a couple of old cars, including this 1947-49 Studebaker.
The homeowner must appreciate orphan makes, as there was also a ’60s Scout in residence. There were also a couple of 1949-52 Chevy sedans behind the Cornbinder.
I wonder if this one was a special edition, since it had what appeared to be factory-applied red rocker-panel striping and a red-and-black IH logo on the tailgate. Then again, they could just be dealer-installed extras. I’m sure Eric Van Buren, our CC Cornbinder expert, can identify the model year and trim level.
Farther east, I ran across a number of interesting CCs at a little import repair shop. I thought of Paul and his westward-bound A100 van when I saw this ’70s Dodge van with California plates.
This van looks like it just got time-warped here from about 1974. Seeing a unrusted Mopar van this old in the Quad Cities is rare indeed.
Inside it was similarly vintage, with the original steering wheel and high-back velour bucket seats. All it needed to be complete was an 8-track radio with CB and the corresponding whip antenna on the back. Breaker breaker, where the hey did all this snow come from?
Sitting right next to it was this solid (if engine-less) 1960 Ranchero. The custom red-and-white paint is not factory, and reminds me of a ’60s aftermarket custom paint job.
The interior was also red and white, and looked to need only a good cleaning and a radio to be hospitable for both driver and passenger.
For the mechanically inclined this Ranchero, with its rust-free CA body, would be a cool project car, . Just drop in a 302 V8 or 300 CID six, add some vintage Keystone or Crager SS wheels and a bit of polish, and you’d be good to go!
I’m sure Paul will like this one, a late-production W124. As it was backed right up to the fence, I am unsure what is under the hood, but I imagine it is probably a 420E, a circa-1993-95 model judging from the color-keyed bumpers and trim. The alloys are off of a later MB, probably an early Oughts C-Class.
There was also a very nice ’60s Beetle in residence, probably a customer’s car in for service. I was attracted to its originality. Let’s face it, hopping up and otherwise modifying air-cooled VWs is as common as dropping a 350 Chevy into anything with–or without–wheels.
Sadly, it was not a sunroof model, but it still made my day to see this little red Vee Dub. There may be a number of old VWs in Eugene but in the Midwest, salt ate most of them and these days they are rarely seen anywhere outside of a VW-specific show.
Judging from the handicapped license plate and interior accessories, I am going to go out on a limb and say the owner is somebody’s grandma. If so, she is way cooler than the other grandmas with Impalas and Tauruses.
This Subuirban was another really solid car. I especially liked the Di-Noc wood sides, as most of these had two-tone paint instead. Looks to be about a ’78. And those bumper guards mean business!
These Suburbans, with a 129.5-inch wheelbase and 219.1-inch overall length are surprisingly only within a few inches of the current models (at 130 and 222.4 inches, respectively). At the far right, partially hidden by a mound of snow, were an early ’90s Dodge Colt and a Jag XJS coupe.
In the back corner were this orange Super Beetle and Nash Metropolitan. I think the diminutive Metro is about the only car that can make a VW look big!
I really liked this E30 325i cabriolet. E30s (’85 318i CC here) are getting thin on the ground around here; but for a white one I see regularly in Rock Island, this is only the second E30 cab I’ve seen in about a year and a half.
I’ve always liked black with a tan interior, and enthusiasts will like this example all the more for its stick shift. It seems like when new, most were automatic versions driven by country club wives.
And that, dear readers, is all for today. I did find more CCs on this particular Sunday, but they were over the town line in Bettendorf, so we’ll save them for another day.