Tom Halter found his “Holy Grail”recently, and described it as “not just a unicorn, but a unicorn whistling Dixie while chewing bubblegum at the same time.” Pretty high praise indeed, for such a recent albeit low-production car. I saved the “Holy Grail” title for finding a daily driver Peugeot 404 on the streets in Eugene, a virtual twin in the same color and condition as the one I had back in 1978.
My best recent curbside find was this pristine 1963 split-window Corvette Sting Ray in San Mateo. It’s a car that made a big impact on me when it came out, given that I was ten and a GM acolyte. And I’ve long wanted to do a thorough write-up on it, so now I just need to find the time. And this past summer at the CC Meetup in Nashville, I got to drive a ’67 Corvette convertible, so that will make a good companion piece. Now I’m almost glad I held off writing up that one.
My number two find happened earlier that same day, when we went for lunch at our favorite (and very authentic and unpretentious) taqueria in Moss Beach. It’s a 1956 Jaguar Mark 1 2.4, the very first of a long line of mid-sized sporty sedans, and that was a very significant car at the time, as there was nothing in its class that offered its combination of performance, looks and price. It is the direct predecessor to the long line of XJ sedans. And this particular car may well be the very first one (or so) imported to the US.
So now to the second part of the question. What would you like most to find in the coming year?
Did you have to ask? Yes, a Tatra 87 in authentic CC condition parked at the curb would qualify as my second Holy Grail. A fallback, in case that doesn’t happen?
Well, a curbside Duesenberg with “patina” would certainly fall in the unicorn category. It’s a car we’ve never covered here, and it may be a long wait, in terms of a genuine Curbside Classic.
How about something a bit more modest? A green Opel Kadett A, just like my father owned. It’s the one car that hasn’t received my proper attention in my Auto-Biography. I’ll keep looking. I certainly never expected to find a Kadett B 1900 Rallye just a few blocks from my house. Hope springs eternal, in the heart of a curbsider.
And you? Your best find, and best hope?