I stumble across most of my Curbside Classics while out driving. And I don’t know which is worse – finding a car when I have no camera AND my ever-present Blackberry is at home on the nightstand, or finding a car with camera at the ready but with no time to stop.
Sunday, for example, I got out of the car to snap some pictures of an early 1980s Fox-body Lincoln Continental, and drat – no way to photograph it.
Other days, I miss some beauties just because I am on the way to something and just can’t stop.
But sometimes, I see them on the road, and they are in such a situation that I or a passenger can snap a picture on the fly. Like this really nice ’61-’66 F-100. This was the configuration of my 1963 version – a short box Flareside. But what’s with that rear axle?
We caught this one on Indiana Highway 37 on the way home from a visit with Jimmy at college. Another 318 Satellite on the way to becoming a Roadrunner clone? Or maybe a badly decomposed GTX that needs some TLC (and a different color). It would look better behind a Dodge truck, though.
This little oddity may be the only car I ever shot in a McDonald’s drive-thru. Is this not the most elaborate duct-tape repair to a rear window you have ever seen? Installing a junkyard piece of glass could hardly have taken more time. But I suppose that there are artists who prefer duct tape and plexiglass as their media of choice.
My favorites are the cars out in bad weather. We have a lot of that in Indiana, and as a result, many of my nicer finds are either seldom-driven survivors or three-season cruisers that are kept indoors. But when you see one out in the rain or snow in November and December, then you know that it sees regular duty. And isn’t this what Curbside Classics is really about? After following this one for a bit, it also made me appreciate modern windshield wipers.
Although a slightly modded old pickup is a nice sight (we do like our trucks in Indiana), my favorites are the true driver/survivors that are well, well used. Like this 1973 Buick Century Colonade. This car exemplifies all that is both bad and good about this car. The sagging front springs and the soft GM lacquer paint that was nowhere near as durable as the enamels used by other manufacturers show themselves here. However, these were pretty good against the rust monster and quite durable mechanically. Somebody’s grandmother kept the purchase price down on this one. I wonder if the driver thinks of himself a Centurion?