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Rental Car Review: 2017 Toyota HiAce – My Day As A White Van Man

(first posted 2/22/2018)         “White van man” is a British stereotype of white commercial van drivers, commonly regarded as inconsiderate drivers. Fortunately, my time behind the wheel of a white van didn’t make me a ruder and more aggressive driver. Perhaps that was because the rainy weather made me feel a little nervous behind the wheel of a rear-wheel-drive, forward-control van. The next day, however, I had unexpectedly become quite comfortable behind the wheel (and on top of the front wheel) of this Toyota HiAce. Read the rest of this entry »

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Curbside Classic: 1977 Lincoln Continental Mark V – Navigating Big City Streets

(first posted 2/27/2018)        The Continental Mark V seems to be a perennial favorite here at CC, with at least seven articles having been written about it, by my count.  I find much to like about these cars, having written about one myself just last April.  Given that much ground has previously been covered, the point of this article isn’t so much to restate what has already been said.  Having rediscovered and been inspired by a CC post from 2016 that featured some of the incredible, night-time photography of Langdon Clay from the mid-1970s in New York City, I started to notice a certain similarity among many of the cars he had depicted so expertly.  Many of these vehicles, though they would have been only a few years old at the time of being photographed, looked prematurely dented, rusted, or otherwise busted in some way.  NYC traffic, across pretty much any decade, seems never to have been kind to the automobile.

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Cohort Pic(k) Of The Day: 1980s Buick LeSabre & Oldsmobile Delta 88 – B-body Driveway

Photos from the Cohort by Hyperpack. 

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CC Capsule: 2015 Maserati Mostro Zagato – The Monster Returns

Back in the old days – by which I mean up to the ‘50s/’60s, one-off or extremely limited-run coachbuilt cars were quite rare, by definition, but they did exist. Then the coachbuilders closed down one by one, even as cars became more difficult to work on due to both regulations and technology. The trickle of specials shrank down to almost nothing. But it never disappeared entirely.

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Ebay Find: Truly “Like New” 1996 Ford F-150 – 3,500 Miles And Never Been Rained On

For those of you who complain that they don’t make ’em like they used to, here is your chance to put your money where your mouth is. May I present this nearly-new 1996 Ford F-150 XLT that just popped up on eBay? Read the rest of this entry »

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Curbside Musings: 1994 Dodge Shadow – Groundhog Day

1994 Dodge Shadow. Rogers Park, Chicago, Illinois. Sunday, February 11, 2018.

I sat down to write this on Groundhog Day, February 2nd, which fell on a Friday this year.  I wouldn’t have noticed or paid attention to the occasion were it not for an unfailingly entertaining and informative online group chat at work.  Aside from a brutal cold snap that hit Chicago six weeks ago (it hit -10 degrees Fahrenheit / -23 Celsius at O’Hare International Airport, before factoring in the wind chill), it has been yet another mild winter.  Folklore has it that when the groundhog emerges from its hole in the ground on the second day of February, and if it sees its shadow, winter weather will continue as planned for another six weeks.  If the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow, then spring-like temperatures can be expected in advance.  It’s all so scientific.

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Bus Stop Classics: 1941 White Postal Service Bus – Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor Flat Tire…

(first posted 2/17/2018)           What a beauty – this is a 1941 White 700 Series Transit coach, modified as a Suburban model, and outfitted as a mobile postal sorting facility. If you haven’t heard of these Highway Postal Buses, they have quite the interesting history – let’s take a quick look…

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Vintage Reviews: 1998 Honda Accord – Blandtastic!

(first posted 2/29/2018)        Think about a bowl of hot oatmeal for a moment.  It’s easy, affordable, good for you, gives you what you need and can be satisfying…. but it’s utterly unmemorable.  No pizzazz, no spark, just unadulterated competence to get the necessary job done.  Kind of like the 1998 Honda Accord.  Let’s go back to see how road testers loved—and lamented—Honda’s new 6th generation Accord.

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CC Outtake & QOTD: Ghost in the Machine or I-Phone Ectoplasm?

In what looks like an arty attempt at double exposure, the old Chevy above appears to levitate above its tires. But I’m not that talented. This weird image was taken near the Wardner Castle in Fairhaven, said to be one of the most haunted locations in Bellingham, Wash. Was this strange episode something for the Ecto-1 or just a ghost in the machine? When my ancient Honda Accord died recently, the culprit was a “parasitic drain on the battery.”

What kind of automotive paranormalities have you encountered lately?

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Cohort Pic(k) Of The Day: 1962 Pontiac Parisienne – Non-Wide-Track From Up North

Photos from the Cohort by nifticus392.

From time to time, we get one of these Canadian Pontiacs here at CC. Those who know of the matter refer to these as Cheviacs; since they’re a mix of Chevy drivetrains and Pontiac styling. And for today, what we got is a pretty clean and well-sorted ’62 Parisienne; Pontiac of Canada’s full-size Cheviac. And a rather clean one too, for a change.

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I’ll Take One of Those Too – Curbside Gas Station Cuisine

In a recent post that touched on travel, I offered the opinion that the best food is found at gas stations. Perhaps. Still, this is hardly a unique perspective on curbside culinary attractions. It turns out that the Internet has quite a bit to say about “gas station food”. Since Curbside Classic is an Internet place where folks gather to talk about all things automotive, transport, and then some, it seems reasonable to see what you have to say on the subject of fueling your body at the same time you fuel your vehicle. I’ll get us started with a few of the greatest hits, but then leave it to readers in the comments to expand on the topic.

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Museum Classics: 1987 Cadillac Broughams – The End Of Clark Street

The Clark Street Cadillac assembly plant closed in 1987, but a small part of it lives on at the Detroit Historical Museum, where some of the lowest-mileage 1987 Cadillacs in the world have been sitting idle for decades. Heck, they even have window stickers. If you like your ’80s cars big, and your mental soundtrack is the theme from The Golden Girls, you’ve found your spiritual home.

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Sales Lot Classic: 1953 Kaiser Dragon – A Problem Is Simply An Opportunity In Work Clothes

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(first posted 7/22/2013)   Every once in a while a person needs a good challenge to liven themselves up.  As humans are so prone to being creatures of habit, keeping things fresh helps stave off the boringness of a routine.

How can one keep things fresh and vibrant?  If one is so adventurous, they could try putting gravy on white cake, swapping sides of the bed, or writing a CC on a car they previously had no flipping idea about, other than its existence.  Change can be good, because who likes stale?

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CC Global: North Korea, Land of Lincolns

(first posted 2/21/2018)    On December 28, 2011, the funeral of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il displayed to the world a sight that many found shocking: a Lincoln Continental from the 1970s used as the official hearse. The North Korean regime owning an American luxury car over 30 years old and using it as the final conveyance of its deceased leader was difficult for many to understand. There was considerable discussion in automotive and general news media about this sighting, some of which doubted that the car was a real Lincoln and not a copy on a Soviet-made chassis, and some of which questioned how the North Korean regime could have obtained an American car. The discussion of how North Korea could have obtained “a” Lincoln Continental was badly uninformed, however. The North Korean regime has a fleet of Lincolns, not just one.

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Vintage Snapshots: Canadian Neighborhoods In The Late ’60s

Here’s a collection of vintage images I was made aware of some months ago through the comments section. They belong to neighborhood photos taken in Ottawa by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation between the ’50, ’60s and ’70s. In the case of our post, most images seem to be from 1968 and are fairly high quality. All the better to check out the locales and traffic of the period.

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