CC Outtake: Volvo 244 DL – As Long Lived As A Redwood Tree?

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The redwood tree can live to be well over two thousand years old. Its closest automotive relative is the Volvo 240 series, which has some catching up to do, but is well on its way to being the longest-lived car that is still in common use; around here, anyway. I have bestowed it the honor of the Official CC of Eugene, due to its longevity and commonness, and when I found this one parked in front of a redwood, I had to document it, despite the fact that this particular tree is still very much a youngster. 

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There are six of these trees here on two sides of the corner of Lawrence St. and 10th Ave. in Eugene, just a few blocks from the downtown core. As big as their trunks are already, I don’t think these trees are any older than the apartment building they front, and from its architecture, that’s from the late 1930s or 1940s. Yes, trees grow really fast here in Oregon, and I’ve seen cedars and firs almost as big as these that are only some 50-60 years old.

Redwood tatra

By the way, redwoods are not native to Oregon, except for the very southern tip of the coast. The coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) grow almost exclusively on the Northern California coastal areas, and the thicker-trunked but shorter giant redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) grows only in a few areas of the western flanks of the California Sierra Nevada mountains. Googling “drive through redwood tree” brings up many larger trees than this rather skinny one, but then that’s a Tatra 87, not exactly what I was expecting.

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That’s more like it; a giant sequoia with a ’56 Chevy. If these redwoods on Lawrence street keep growing as quickly as they have been, they’re eventually going to spill out into the street, and maybe in 500 years from, now, traffic will have to go through them. Oh wait; there won’t be any traffic in 500 years from now. No one will ever need to leave their virtual reality cocoon for anything.

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With all this talk of redwood trees, I’ve neglected this nice old Volvo. Well, what can I say about it that hasn’t been said here so many times? If you have anything new to add, please do so.