Another day, another few hundred km’s for our group in Ireland – Today we drove through the Western Ireland hamlet of Adare, which according to my wife’s research is supposedly the most picturesque town in Ireland. I don’t know about that, but not because it isn’t picturesque, it’s just that EVERY town here is so damn picturesque, how do you decide which is the most so…In any case, at the Tourist Information center they had a large display with some of those “Then and Now” pictures. Except that the “Now” part was around 25 years old so it was perfect for this as there were three pictures of the main streets with lots of Curbside Classics.
I think the newest cars I see would be around 1987 vintage or so, but I really am not seeing anything that dates to the 60’s or even the 70’s really. The picture above has a surprising bonus in it, that being an early edition of America’s Sweetheart (TM), what looks to be a 1984 or so Toyota Camry. We’ve been here a week and counting this image, I have only come across a total of four Camry’s of any vintage whatsoever…
What’s the newest car that we can see? And what’s the most interesting? And what else? Note that many of the european models were available here often a year or more in advance of when they crossed the pond to North America- for example the Audi 80 with the trailer hitch in the first picture was available in 1986, while we still had the Type-85 Audi 4000 (80/90) through the 1987 model year.
The above image was included in the display, apparently the “Before” images that I didn’t include were from 1929 (there were not only no cars, but no other means of transportation or even people visible in the shots), but former US President Bill Clinton visited Adare and was inspired enough to send a nice Thank You note to his hosts.