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CC Gallery: Selections From The Peter Fetterman Collection

The Guardian is running a gallery of New York-based images from the collection of film maker Peter Fetterman, original prints of which will be going to auction at Bonhams. A few of these feature cars, so that’s as good a reason as any to post them here as well.

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Curbside Fiction: 1987 Ford Bronco II Making Ends Meet

(Authors Note: This story was inspired by the following truck, all other pictures found on Google)

Barbara sighed heavily and glanced out the window of the diner. Through the snow streaked glass she could just make out the tall, boxy shape of her little Ford Bronco parked in the small lot outside. It was her job to close again tonight. She watched as the tail lights of her manager’s new Accord faded off in the distance, and picked up a rag, halfheartedly wiping down the already clean counter for the third time in as many minutes. In all her thirty three years, she had never seen such a dull evening. She glanced up when she saw headlights glint off the chrome bumper of her truck and squinted a moment.

No. It couldn’t be him… Not after this long.

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COAL: 2017 Chevrolet Corvette LT1 – Stupid Is As Stupid Does?

On July 24th, my 2016 Camaro SS was totaled.  It took a while for the dust to settle but I received a much larger insurance settlement than expected.  And I walked away from the accident without a scratch, that is the most important thing.  By the end of August, after the note was paid off, I netted a tidy sum to do something with, possibly something smart even.  Having gotten my high school graduate off to university and with a busy work life, I put another fun car out of my mind for the time being.  Maybe I was tired of the expense and storing it in the winter months.  Maybe the idea had run its course. Read the rest of this entry »

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Museum Classics: Toyota Megaweb Fantasy Garage (Part 2) – The Rest

This “Fantasy Garage” may be Toyota’s creation, but they did leave a fair amount of floorspace for their distinguished rivals, be they Japanese or foreign. In fact, the very first vehicle one sees when approaching the museum is a 1963 Daihatsu Midget. Yes, Daihatsu is part of Toyota, but this one was made when they were still different companies. So let’s tuck in.

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Curbside Tech- Addressing the El Kylemino’s Cosmetic Issues

A couple of weeks ago I shared a current picture of the El Kylemino. After two years of ownership, I’ve made a number of cosmetic changes, both to address degraded paint and minor rust issues, and to improve the overall appearance.

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Curbside Newsstand: 2020 Porsche Taycan Earns Paltry 201 Miles On EPA Test Cycle

Which automaker will be the first to achieve EV range parity with Tesla? That’s the million dollar question that no one’s been able to answer. For now, we can cross Porsche off the list. The EPA recently rated the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo at a measly 201 miles per charge. That figure is no doubt incredibly embarrassing for the company, as they previously stated the Taycan would boast a significantly longer range. Read the rest of this entry »

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Curbside Comparison: 1957 Ford Custom & 1958 Ford Custom 300 – Getting the Most For Your Money in the Late ’50s

Let’s say it’s the late 1950s and you need a car.  However, you want a new car, and you only have about $2000 to spend.  You shop around and discover, perhaps by watching a Ford TV commercial, that “FORD is the lowest-priced of the low priced three!”  Depending on whether the year is 1957 or 1958, let’s see what you got for your money if you wanted “basic transportation”–a full-size, 6-passenger 4-door sedan.

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Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1988 Cadillac DeVille Station Wagon With Large Luggage Rack

posted by Tim Finn

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Curbside Classic: 1999 Toyota Progrès NC 250 – Bland On The Run

Even as I photographed this car, I was dreading having to write it up. I had seen these before many times and read up a few brief things on them, but nothing seemed to be stirring any excitement in me. A little bile maybe, but nowhere near enough for a post’s worth of diatribe. “Take the pics anyway, you never know.” There are many JDM cars that appear bland, but end up having some sort of an edge. Luckily, after a bit of research, this one did too.

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Curbside Newsflash! Cadillac To Ditch Alphanumeric Names in Transition To EVs

the 2023 DeVille? Eldorado? Seville? Fleetwood?

Cadillac’s much-reviled alphanumeric naming scheme will die along with its internal combustion engines. Of course that might be a mixed blessing for some.

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Cohort Pic(k) Of The Day: 1974 Camaro with Owner – Got Patina?

posted at the Cohort by Ralph K (Don Kincl)

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CC Outtakes: Quick, Get Some Shots Before the Ice Cream Melts

I was heading home from the grocery store about a mile from my house, when I thought I might take a slightly longer route home, and check out the ocean. But I’d barely driven a block when I got distracted by this sight. Did I enter a time warp and get transported back to 1969?

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Curbside Newsstand: Toyota’s Non-Prius Hybrids Are Selling Extremely Well, And The 2021 RAV4 Prime Will Be The Plug-in Hybrid To Beat

toyota rav4 prime

Toyota may be a bit behind the curve when it comes to fully electric vehicles, but with hybrids, they’ve always been at the top of their game. With the recent announcement of the 2021 Toyota Rav4 Prime, the company is taking the plug-in market much more seriously. And they’ve just put everyone else on notice. Even the Prius Prime should be embarrassed. Tesla Cybertruck? Ford Mustang Mach-E? Those are groundbreaking vehicles, but given the current state of the still-developing charging infrastructure, many Americans would probably be better off with something like this plug-in hybrid. Regular hybrids work too. And for Toyota, they’re selling the non-Prius hybrid models as fast as they can.

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Vintage Review: 1976 Ford LTD – “All Is Well with the American Dream”

Bloated, overweight, slow, wallowing. These are the words often used to describe Ford’s full-size cars of the 1970s.  They have been described as being the poster child for the malaise era.  If one reads about these big Fords, the general commentary is that these dinosaurs have few redeeming qualities.  People today must think that no one in their right mind would have willingly bought a full-size Ford from this era. Yet, these cars actually sold pretty well, right up until they were replaced by the new Panther cars in 1979. So what gives?  Are these cars really that bad?

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Curbside Classic: 1976 Dodge Dart – A Car Of Few Words

Debuting for 1960 initially as a full-size model, the Dodge Dart was subsequently downsized to a midsize model in 1962, and then again in 1963 to a compact model where it would find its greatest success. Sold as a compact from the 1963 through the 1976 model years over two generations, the Dodge Dart built a solid reputation and legacy as an honest-to-goodness affordable and reliable workhorse. While it did offer buyers specialty models over the years like the performance-oriented Demon and the luxury-oriented Special Edition, the Dart was by and large sold as a humble, no frills vehicle… a car of few words.

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