Thursday, February 6, 2014

This is Not Your Father's Monte Carlo (Or Caballero)

1978 Lincoln continental Mark V Diamond Jubilee
Extinct for a reason
A million years ago, dinosaurs pooped on the ark and upper middle management types drove statement cars, the automotive equivalent of preening peacock feathers and Liberace fur coats.
Look at me! My disposable income is plentiful! My taste is impeccable!  This car shows all of that!
Usually, that statment was reflected in an American personal luxury coupe.  "Luxury" meant wacky conveniences like power windows and a tilt wheel, and maybe, an FM stereo. At the top, it meant padded vinyl roof and opera windows, power leather seats and long hoods.

"Personal" meant a couple of things. First, "personal" and "coupe" were almost redundant.  You and the girl of the day fit fine.  There was technically a back seat, to occasionally bring along some friends you didn't like all that much shoved into the back.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Risky Business: The Real Story

In Risky Business, Joel Goodson turns Daddy's 928 into an unintentional U-boat while trying to shag Lana the call girl. In movieland, all it takes to undo the swim is just a trip to your neighborhood Porsche dealer for a shit-ton of Bounty paper towels and the use of a hair dryer.
Porsche 928

Porsche 928

Yeah right.  All the water damage fixed without a trace, for the cost of Joel's allowance, and the dealer will never say word one to the owner.  Oh, I absolutely believe that.

In the real world, and probably in an earlier, less BS happy ending version of the script, the car wound up like this (once the insurance company stopped laughing as they denied the claim).

And so did Joel, when dad found out.

Acid Flashback: Little Brother

Dodge Omni GLH
This is the 1986 Dodge Omni GLH Turbo.  GLH stood for goes like hell, and by 1980s standards, it did. We have a soft spot for these awful Rabbit imitators. Yes, they were giant pieces of shit, designed and built by the same people who brought you the Aspen.  Yes, side by side, it was Blatz beer to the VW's Beck's. Still...

Saturday, February 1, 2014


Did we learn nothing from the K-car proliferation? Or the Fairmont? You cannot simly graft a fascia and turn a Futura into a Daytona. Or, in this case, turn a pedestrian Audi into a Bentley. Or worse, maybe this is a Toyota Venza, in which case, wth? becomes AYFKM?
Venza Bentley

Bentley Azure: Palm Beach Weekend

THIS is no. 7 of what to drive when you're there.
Bentley Azure

Best Viper Ever

This is the Zagato Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale.
Zagato Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale

Zagato Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale

Boxing Day

Two Ferrari 512BBs at Cars and Coffee. Neither popped it's lights for us, but the red one gave us a look behind the curtain.
Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer
Cue the Imperial March

Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer

Glamour Shot

Ferrari 512BB I like this car and shot so much, it's just going to sit here all by itself.

Barn Owl

Eerily reminiscent of my old VW 411, in that it's an ass engined POS whose best days were 40 years ago.
Porsche 911

What Else Would You Expect?

From the first Cars and Coffee following the Scotssdale Acution week? OF COURSE there will be a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302. We're surprised there was just one.
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302