I’ve been blogging here at Curbside Classic for six months now (and loving every minute of it, BTW), but I still don’t feel quite like a true auto journalist. It feels like something is missing… A paycheck? No… Crappy manufacturer sponsored junkets to events where I have to fight with dozens of other journalists for wheel time, only to get a cease-and-desist letter for violating the press embargo? No, not that either…
I know what I need to boost my auto journo cred: A spy shot!
As some of you may know, my family and I are currently vacationing in Northern California. While I have been keeping my eyes open for some curbside classics to feature in future articles (gotta feed the beast), they are surprisingly hard to come by any more, as gentrification has replaced the jalopies with Teslas (seriously, they are like Corollas in the Bay Area).
By way of consolation, I stumbled upon this disguised car while driving the streets of San Francisco. This is true spy shot stuff, as the hood of my rental is clearly visible in the shot of the above.
I’m not really up on my modern SUVs, so I gotta say I don’t really have a clue as to what it could be. So I will put it up to the Curbivores to help me figure out.
A few observations: The flying buttress rear window treatment is almost certainly part of the disguise, as is the kick-up around the rear window. Also, this SUV was really long, so it might possibly be a three-row model.
Here is a closer shot of the rear. I’m not sure if the Minnesota manufacturer plate helps at all or not.