CC Outtakes- Dave’s End of the Year Clearance!

Last Saturday my garage was clean and neat. I doubt it is as you read this…

With the turn of the calendar, many feel a tug to clean and tie up loose ends. In that spirit, I spent last weekend reorganizing the shelves in my garage, repackaging my project boxes, and clearing out the year’s detritus. Inspired by my freshened work-space, I’ve moved on my electronic storage, with an eye toward clearing out pictures that don’t justify a full CC write up.

There are many different reasons why a car doesn’t make the grade, but these are the primary issues:

  1. A really good write up on the subject vehicle already exists.
  2. I didn’t take enough pictures (or enough GOOD ones) to support a full write up.

Still, I took the time to shoot each of these vehicles, so on the final weekend of the year let’s see what the archives have to offer!

The issue here isn’t the cars but the setting. There’s nothing more lovely than a trio of Alfas, but with two of them tucked in a garage there’s the promise of greatness but no actual delivery.

In the seventies, Federal regulations worked hard to mess with this Spyder’s intrinsic beauty, but Alfa rose to the challenge and their elegant solution put the English efforts to shame. This California sunny day picture tells a simple story, too short for a full article, but perfect for this end of the year clearance.

Another top down shot, this time of a Clenet. These “classically styled retro design automobiles” don’t get a lot of love around here, but they add a unique flavor to the automotive landscape.

A few years ago I saw this Nova just about every day on my drive into work. One day the owner bought a set of new white walls for it, and I had to take a picture. At first glance it’s just another old California warrior, but this seventies X-Body has a solid honesty about it. While the exterior shows its share of nicks and dents, the owner clearly makes the investments required to keep it safely going 45 years after it first hit the road.

In contrast, I’ve only seen this Corolla once, but it shares the same rugged honesty as the Nova. They were both built in the same time period, and appealed to same customer base. While the Corolla was quite a bit smaller than the Nova, ten years later Chevy would start selling NUMMI built Novas at the local Chevy dealership.

Five years after the NUMMI Nova, this odd looking spaceship appeared at the local Subaru dealers. Notable features included Subaru’s six cylinder (boxer) engine…

unique windows within a window,

and an interior without a clutch pedal.

I ran across this Buick Electra 225 at a car show in Fort Collins Colorado, and would have loved to give it  complete write up, but accidentally erased most of the photos. This poorly cropped shot is the only one showing the entire car.

I also have this one, which shows some nice early sixties Buick detailing, including that cool tri-shield emblem built into the cornering lamp trim.

A nice looking Chevy LUV, but it looks a little loaded down. It’s an early version of the first generation Isuzu sold in the US, since the later cars used a new grille with single headlights. Paul did a brief write on these trucks:

Chevy LUV- Still Giving the Luv

Finally, a Junkyard Classic from earlier in the year. Toyota sold this Cressida wagon from ’76 to ’80, putting it solidly in the CC sweet spot.

While writing up this post, I discovered we have a remarkable collection of write ups on this vintage of Cressida:

Cressida Wagon Write up 1

Cressida Wagon Write up 2

Cressida Wagon Write up 3

Cressida Sedan Write up

With that, I’ll wrap up this work, and move out to my freshly cleaned garage for a few car projects.