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Cohort Classic: GAZ 13 Chaika – Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

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(first posted 3/7/2013)    That the Russians were big fans of Packard’s designs is indisputable. The famous ZIS-110 was a heavily cribbed 1942 Packard Super (the story of Packard sending its body dies for the 180 to Russia has long been debunked). Its successor, the ZIL-111 drew its inspiration from the same 1955 Packard as does this Chaika, a “smaller” limo for the less well connected party bosses. Somehow, to me they do look more “Russian” than a Cadillac clone would have, or am I just under the spell of these cars? So when DeeTwoAr posted some very detailed shots of a Chaika at the Cohort, they quickly found their way here. Read the rest of this entry »


Curbside Classic Lite: 1981 Honda Prelude – A Prelude to Greater Things To Come

(first posted 6/20/2018)       The Prelude was a highly pragmatic move on Honda’s part to expand into the then large and lucrative sporty coupe market. The Celica was making hay and Nissan’s latest 200SX (Silvia) was catching on too. Honda took the longer wheelbase platform of the yet-to-be released the gen2 Civic sedan and wagon, messed around a bit (a bit too little) with the suspension pieces and settings, threw in the Accord’s 1750 cc CVCC four and transmission, and wrapped it in a body that was looked exactly like what it was: a cross between the Accord and the Civic, where the clay model was set in front of a misting fan.

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Vintage Dealer Snapshots: Ford Dealers In The ’50s & ’60s

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CC For Sale: 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Holiday Sedan – One Owner Since New, Garaged In Central America

Not many of these ’67-’70 Oldsmobile Delta 88s have appeared at CC, so I figured sharing this one for sale in Central America was a reasonable idea. A one-owner car since its purchase in 1967, that seems to have been used little and carries the damages of long-term storage.

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Curbside Classic: 1949 MG TC Midget – The Original British Invasion

MG might as well be a synonym for the word roadster. Sure, there were always MG saloons as well, but they were usually badge-engineered affairs. The marque’s real raison d’être was always to provide the Nuffield Group with a dash of open-air excitement – for a reasonable price. Until the Second World War, MGs were chiefly known in Britain and the Commonwealth. But then came the TC, and Morris Garages went global.

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COAL: Hobby Car Of A Lifetime # 5 — 1922 Dodge Hot Rod – When Hot Turns Tepid

I recently bought a copy of this book, it only took over fifty years…


I’d always assumed that someday, I would build a hot rod.

I’d been reading Hot Rod magazine since I was in high school. Not to mention Street Rodder, Rod Action, and Rod and Custom. During freshman year I found an auto-related book entitled, How to Fix Up Old Cars, written by Leroi “Tex” Smith. I knew who Smith was because he was a contributor to Hot Rod magazine. This book had a lot of good advice and lots of tech info presented in a basic and easy-to-understand manner.

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Storage Field Classic: Vauxhall Victor 101 Super – Almost Mine

1966 Vauxhall Victor 101 Super

(first posted 3/8/2013)    So far we’ve seen the original–and very much American influenced–Vauxhall Victor F-series, as well as the ‘FB’ follow up. This FC generation Victor; introduced in 1964 is often called “the forgotten Victor” due to its humble styling and low survival rate.

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Curbside Classic: 1995 Toyota Previa DX – How Do You Take Your Eggs?

(first posted 6/18/2018)     Although somewhat demoralizing to car enthusiasts, it is nonetheless very understandable that the majority of consumers choose cars of more basic, conventional, humble, and for lack of a better term, “boring” nature. For the fact of the matter is, cars are purely a utilitarian object of transportation for most people, which explains why even in segments that prioritize practicality above all else, vehicles that attempt to break the mold with interesting or unique features that add little practical value most often fail. The Toyota Previa was one of those such vehicles.

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Vintage Snapshots: Cars From The 1950s In Two-Tones – Colors & Colors

Color. A topic that comes quite often in vintage car circles; the many that used to be offered, and the few currently available across the board. Indeed, we know that in regards to colors, choices were ample and wide in the past. And if we include two or even three-tone treatments, that past fills up with more bright hues and mixes.

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Curbside Find: 1976 Ford Courier – As Tough As A Toyota?

It’s a fair question as to whether these Mazda-built Couriers were as tough as the Toyota pickup back in the day, but this one seems up to the task of hauling that pint-sized Tacoma in its bed.

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Cohort Classic: 1963 Rambler Ambassador 990 Cross Country Wagon – Peak American Motors; Revisited

Photos from the Cohort by Hyperpack. 

Today, let’s look at some luxury fittings American Motors style. No, I’m not saying this Ambassador 990 Wagon is the equivalent of an upscale brand from the period á la Buick. At least in terms of its cachet with the public’s perception. But still, this was American Motors’ top trim of their Ambassador line, the carmaker’s priciest models.

And you know what that meant; the convenience and options of others at a more accessible cost. Add to it that for ’63 the Rambler Classic and Ambassador arrived with new modern bodies, offering up-to-date styling and new technology; including the first use of curved side glass.

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Curbside Musings: c. 1973 Plymouth Road Runner – Worth Beyond Appearance

1973 or '74 Plymouth Satellite Road Runner. Ft. Myers, Florida. December 2009.

I had sat down to write this on Friday, just two days before Father’s Day.  There was a combination of semi-recent events that had contributed to my selection of today’s featured car, including that the vehicle I had always associated most closely with my father was another yellow Plymouth from this era, a ’71 Duster.  I had profiled that car here at Curbside Classic all the way back in June of 2015, but this essay isn’t a rewrite of that one.  Almost fifteen years ago, I was back in Fort Myers, Florida a bit earlier than normal for the December holidays, as my dad was nearing the end of his time on this earth.  Significantly older than my mom, he was by then an octogenarian and his health was fading fast.  It was during this time of my own uncertainty and inability to fully process my feelings about all of this that I had found a certain car-based website on my company-issue qwerty Blackberry with trackball.  That site wasn’t Curbside Classic.  That discovery would come only a short while later.

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Dad’s Wagon: 1984 Pontiac 6000 – Twenty Years Of Use, Abuse And Memories


(first posted 2/2/2013)     The story of dad’s wagon is the story of a loyal friend–one that was always there, but was largely unappreciated until later in life. At least that’s how I, as an adult looking back, feel about it now. But in the ’80s and ’90s, to a teenage kid growing up as a car guy it was merely a tool for a job, like dad’s saber-saw. You asked for permission to borrow it (or not), used it, and then put it back where you found it (or not). It was the most unappreciated car in the family fleet, but one so closely linked to the memory of my dad that I honestly can’t think of one without the other being there. I am truly grateful to have known and spent time with both of them while they were here.

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Bus Stop Classics: A Short History of Dayton’s Trolley Buses

 (first posted 6/16/2018)     Mention Dayton Ohio and most folks will immediately think of the Wright Brothers and the birthplace of aviation. That’s certainly true; the city takes great pride in its aviation legacy. But Dayton is also rich in manufacturing and transportation history. Dr Charles F. Kettering called Dayton home, working first at National Cash Register (NCR) and later founding the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (Delco). Dayton was a “GM town”, with not only Delco but the Moraine Assembly Plant that cranked out thousands of vehicles, most recently the GMC Envoy and Chevrolet Trailblazer, before closing in 2008. But what I enjoy and admire most about the city is its commitment to a unique form of public transportation mostly written off by other metropolitan areas – the trackless trolley or trolley bus.  Here’s a short history… Read the rest of this entry »


Cohort Find Of The Day: ’72-’73 International 1110 Pickup – Slightly Weathered But Looking Good With Its Original Hubcaps

Photos from the Cohort by Matt Wilda.

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