Cohort Outtakes: Curtis Perry Postcards From South America


So America Mehari 1024

Curtis Perry has become one of my favorite photographers at the Cohort. We’ve seen a number of his shots from Portland, but he’s recently posted a few from a trip to South America in 2014. This Citroen Mehari Ranger was shot in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. It looks like it’s been leading a very useful life, yet well cared for too. What more could any car ask?

So America ford taunus

This well-worn Ford Taunus looks to be a bit less cared for; not surprising given that it was found in Buenos Aires.

So America falcon rural

Curtis shot a couple of Argentine Ford Falcons, a car whose long production there we took a closer look at here. This is a 1985 Falcon Rural Deluxe, which is similar to the Australian Falcon wagon in having a shorter rear end than the American version, to avoid bottoming out on rough rural roads and ditches.

So America 73 falcon

The Falcon was built for thirty years in Argentina, and identifying the correct year is a challenge. Curtis said this is a 1973, and that’s good enough for me. A 3.6 L (221 CID) version of the Falcon six powered many of these.

So America hillman

Here’s a car that I’ve been on the hunt for forever: a 1971 Hillman Avenger, sold in the US as the Plymouth Cricket. Has anyone seen a Cricket? This Avenger was found in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. it’s 46 years old, and still looks like it’s in front-line duty. They seemed to survive in South America a lot longer than they did in the US. The Cricket was one of those cars that disappeared from the streets seemingly within a few years of its appearance.

So America 79 renault torino

Recognize this shape? Rambler American? Close. This is a 1979 Renault Torino, which has nothing to do with Renault buying into AMC later in the early 80s. The Torino was first built in Argentina in 1966, by IKA (Industrias Kaiser Argentina), a division of Kaiser Industries. IKA desperately needed a new car to replace their aged Carabella (Kaiser Manhattan).

The Torino used the center body section of the Rambler Classic, with modified American front and rear ends grafted on (the Classic body was wider than the American).  Under its hood was the legendary Kaiser-Jeep “Tornado” OHC six, a development of the ancient flathead six. It had a rough start in the US, but became a solid performer in Argentina, as well as a successful racing engine.

Related reading:

The Near Immortal Falcon of Argentina

1964 Rambler Classic (with Torino history)