|I've always been an Oldsmobile man|
|From April, 1936 issue of Popular Science|
Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
I have no idea what this is. I see some early 50's Chevy along the sides, early 50's Oldsmobile in the front, Ford Cortina in the tail lights with some '59 Buick in the fins. Combine ingredients, mix well, and let sit for awhile.
This is part of the "MY CARS" series.
Of the 35 or 40 cars and motorcycles I've owned over the years, only once (ok, twice) have I bought the almost exact same car again. When I first moved to Texas back around 1977, my Datsun 510 wagon gave out on me across from one of the car dealers between Dallas and Fort Worth. I hiked up the hill from the freeway and told the salesman to give me the cheapest car they had on the used car lot.
He showed me a 1969 Olds Cutlass 'S' that they had just taken in trade. Back to the garage area we went, and here was a gold colored Cutlass 2dr hardtop that was filthy. Dirt all over it, old tires in the trunk and back seat. He said I could have it for $1,200, but they wanted to clean it up first.
I got a call a couple of days later and he told me the car was ready to be picked up. He also said "you know, you're stealing this car from us".
It was beautiful. Aztec Gold in color, shiny, 350-V8 with a 4bbl. Automatic on the floor, buckets. It drove nice, and looked nice.
Flash forward to the early 80's. I was sitting at the local Burger King with my then-wife. It was a beautiful day, and I mentioned that I would really love to have a convertible for days like this. To my surprise, she agreed (she wasn't a car person). We started talking about what kind of ragtop would be good. I always loved my Cutlass hardtop and said "I wish I could find a Cutlass convertible, just like my old one". I no sooner said that, and while looking out of the window, we saw a gold colored '69 Cutlass convertible drive by.
Click through the jump to read the rest of the story...
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Back in December, 2010, the completed Lincvolt, Neil Young's electric-turbine hybrid 1959 Lincoln convertible, went up in flames. For those of us who have been following it for the last several years, it was a hearbreaking moment. Like the Phoenix, however, it's rising from the ashes.
As posted on the Lincvolt Gazette..."On a project like this, setbacks happen for a reason and we can see that very well from here. '(The) barn's burnt down. Now I can see the moon'."
You gotta admire that kind of thinking. Check 'em out and watch the rebuilding taking place on their webcam archive.
This is part of the "MY CARS" series.
I'm going to start adding some of the cars I've owned over the years so you'll know what I not only like, but actually put some of my cash into.
To lead off, this was my 1953 Buick Special 4dr sedan. Read more after the jump.
Friday, February 25, 2011
The last post gives me the chance to do a smooth segway from mystery cars to tasteless cars. This Maverick is a good example. Take a
milquetoast fairly handsome (if average) car and modify it to something that the owner thinks is cool.
Let's keep with the theme of mystery cars for now. I know this one is a custom, and there is no accounting for people's tastes. However, adding four '59 Cadillac taillights to the rear of a sports car is pushing it a bit far. I mean...one on each side would have been more than enough. don't you think?
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Identified! Look after the jump....
I saw this thing on I-35E in Denton, Texas back in 2009. I saw what looked like an oddly proportioned race car coming up in my mirrors, but couldn't get my cellphone camera ready before it passed me at around 75mph.
It's obviously a 4-wheeler, but it was low to the ground, had very streamlined bodywork including between the front and rear wheels, and very wide low profile tires.
Pretty cool looking, but I don't know how stable is would be on the highway.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Look familiar? It's the title photo for the blog. I figured that it's about time I showed the rest of this interesting car. It's a 1948 Pontiac Army staff car, dechromed and painted that nice shade of olive drab that Generals seem to enjoy so much. Not something that you see parked along the curb every day.
This rocketship started out life as a Pulse/Litestar autocycle. Stock ones have larger wheels at the front and the rear, with smaller 'training wheels' in the 'wings' for low speed balance. This one, however appears to have been modified to sit on a 3-wheeled motorcycle frame. Still looks cool though.