Friday, December 30, 2016

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Guess what? It's not Christmas. The most wonderful time of the year as a car guy is January in Scottsdale AZ. Why? Take a look at out schedule:

1/7/17 - Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering - Cars from the AZ Concours and the Russo and Steele auction. Yeah, that might be foreshadowing.
1/10/17 - Media preview at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction
1/14/17 - Panel discussions at the Biltmore.
1/15/17 - The 2017 Arizona Concours d-Elegance. The valet lot is usually the second best show of the day.
1/18-1/21 - Gooding & Co. This is one of the candy store auctions, where grail cars just await your golden ticket(s). The obvious stars for us are the Stratos, the Lincoln, a wonderfully grungy, garage-found Porsche 356, an RS200. A Vincent Black Shadow!
"We're from the Factory Team."

Sunday, November 20, 2016

1979 Chrysler 300: More real than the last one[?]

Three years ago, we stumbled upon a 1979 Chrysler 300 for sale in Kalamazoo. At that point in history, the storied 300 was not the mass market sedan we know today, or the batshit crazy performance model of 50s and 60s Chrysler passenger cars but a standalone model. No, the 1979 300 was a Cordoba. New grille, bucket seats and a floor shifter and trim notwisthstanding, a Cordoba.
Obvious family resemblance is obvious. In any event, I was concerned about the provenance of the 2013 sighting. Most obvious to me, the slits in the bumper echoed a grille texture that was not in the grille. It seemed like a Cordoba piece. It certainly didn't mesh well with the main grille.

A commenter noted that the fenders lacked the imitation fender vents (evidently copied from a Lincoln Mark V).

1977 Ford F100

Ford F100
What to drive when you manage the Boulder Sinclair station for 15 years and can't afford to live in town anymore, let alone replace "Betsy" with something made this decade.

At least that was the story of the black truck like this in knew in Boulder in 1992. I worked at that station, knew the owner (whatever her name was) and decided I would rather go to grad school as planned than take that promotion to assistant manager

Monday, November 14, 2016

Best Granada Ever

Ford logo means not an '81
It might sound like damning with faint praise, but this iteration of the Granada was the best. (An ESS model would be icing on the cake.) Why the best? Easy.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Cadillac Seville: The Standard of the World...

of French hookers. Man, the 1980s were a lost decade for Cadillac, weren't they? This is one of the few cars ever made where a "carriage roof" (aka fake convertible) vastly improved the look of the car.
We're glad this old queen is still on the road. According to the owner, it has the 4100 V8. If it instead had the diesel or the V8-6-4, we can guess where it would be (without an engine transplant)