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A 1972 Dodge Dart sedan, base model, light metallic blue, bone stock. The quintessential generic car of the period; I have a weird affection for those late '60s-early '70s squaremobiles.
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Walking through the parking lot this morning, I saw my boss's boss has a new Haval H-6 with the deepest tinted windows I have ever seen. Here is an older model.
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I saw a Bandit Trans Am yesterday. Looked showroom new. T tops were off and the only thing that didn't match was the driver wasn't Burt Reynolds.
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Walking through the parking lot towards Tim Hortons on Dundas St E in Belleville, Ontario, I saw a white mid-1980s 5-litre Ford Mustang convertible. More evidence that Belleville is at least partially a time portal to the 1980s...
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More evidence that Belleville is at least partially a time portal to the 1980s...
But the 80s didn't get to Canada until around 1993...

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A '57 Chevy Bel Air, filling up with gas at a NH rest area, in green and white which I think are the best looking colors for that car. Absolutely gorgeous.
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Yesterday my wife and I were in Hermann, MO for a little getaway. Hermann is a tiny town surrounded by wineries and (currently) flood waters. Parked in front of one of the slightly dilapidated shops was a new Bentley Continental convertible. I've seen a couple Bentleys in the past few months. They look really heavy and lumbering to me. I know they have lots of power and the Continental GT is quick. They still look like bricks to me
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Finally got to meet the property owner/landlord next to her house. (He owns the house & two-car detached garage but rents it to others.) I knew there was a Lambo in the garage; now I got to see that it's an orange Gallardo Spyder, with matching orange powder-coated rims. Unfortunately, I got to see it as he was putting it back after driving, but I was promised a ride in some future weekend. He also has a Maserati Gran Turismo that's more of an everyday driver that was in the other bay.
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On this morning's commute I saw either a Sunbeam Alpine or Tiger. I don't know of any way to distinguish the two visually without looking at the badges.
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In my hometown I have occasionally noticed a Chevy with what I thought was optional fastback rear glass.

It is a Monte Carlo Aero Coupe...one of only 200 made.
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That red '62 Austin-Healey Sprite a neighbour was selling last year is for sale again. I saw it sitting in front of his house today.
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Based on the headlights, a 2nd generation (1957-59) Ford Fairlane. I wouldn't have known the model if I hadn't been able to read the nameplate.
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And this evening, an old beater early 1970s Nova four door sedan. It looked pretty original even thought it wasn't in such great shape. Kind of reminded me of the car Eddy Murphy's character drove in Beverly Hills Cop, except I looked it up and the car in the movie was a two door and had a landau top, although it was the same color as the one I saw.
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:56 AM
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^^Hey, I saw one of those just yesterday! I was very surprised to see it was a Jag.

Also yesterday, a Messerschmitt Kabinenroller KR200. Easily the weirdest looking car I seen since Homer Simpson designed the Homermobile.
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^^Hey, I saw one of those just yesterday! I was very surprised to see it was a Jag.

Also yesterday, a Messerschmitt Kabinenroller KR200. Easily the weirdest looking car I seen since Homer Simpson designed the Homermobile.
Was Jonathan Pryce driving it?
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Old 06-18-2019, 03:21 PM
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^^Hey, I saw one of those just yesterday! I was very surprised to see it was a Jag.
And I saw a Jaguar XJ L this morning. From the front they look somewhat similar to the latest Lincolns, so I thought maybe it was one of those at first, until it got close enough for me to see it definitely didn't have a Lincoln badge and realized it was a Jag.
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Old 06-19-2019, 06:49 AM
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A 1st generation Mercury Cougar, looked like someone's daily summer drive. Very understated beige color; who would want a beige musclecar?
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Another Ferrari this morning, an older one this time. As I've said before I'm not all that well versed on exotics, but after looking at various 1980s and 90s models on Wikipedia my best guess is that it was a 348. It was red, of course.
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Was Jonathan Pryce driving it?
Nah, it was parked in someone's yard. Perhaps he was in the house.
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Sad end for an MGB

I asked if there was an article with the photo, but apparently not. All I know is that it happened in England.
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A 2nd generation (1953-56) Ford F-series pickup, parked on the street in Harvard Square. It was lovingly restored, looked showroom ready.
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Yesterday, walking thru the parking lot of my local CVS Pharmacy, saw a dark blue late-model minivan with lettering on the side stating "Umbrella Corporation" alongside the red & white umbrella logo (Writing & logo on both sides, neatly done).
Admittedly it did take a few seconds for me to think Resident Evil (and no, this was not Raccoon City)

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Saw a 1990s Oldsmobile Silhouette yesterday. I recall people comparing it to Dustbusters and doorstops back in the day.
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My work car. It's a white Dodge Durango with tinted windows and semi-police package.

I dropped it off for annual PM 2 weeks ago, and I picked it back up today.

I missed it so.
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Yesterday I was on my way to work. A blue Maserati came off the highway and swerved into my lane. I slowed & honked. A hand in the window then waived for me to pass. (That is a silly thing to do.) It was a lady in full gown and face covering. Further, she followed me through at least two checkpoints. She wasn't in a hurry she was just a bad driver.
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Forgot to post last night -- a 1971 Mustang, parked in front of a small apartment building around the corner from my house. I think the person who lives there is a serial old car buyer. Over the past year or two I've seen parked in that same spot: A Model A, an early Wagoneer, a 1964 Rambler Classic, and a mid-1960s Chevy panel truck.

Today I saw a Nissan GT-R on the freeway.
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Not sure of the exact year, but I'm guessing it was a 1958 or 59 Lincoln Continental sedan, in black.
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On my way to Woodies on the Wharf this morning I saw 6 Cobras in a line heading over to Santa Cruz. On my way back from Woodies on the Wharf I saw a caravan of at least 50 Porsches cruise by, heading south on Highway 1.

In between, I saw a huge collection of Woodies all spread out along the Santa Cruz Wharf. Hard to pick a favorite from all the beautiful cars, but I'll go with the 1946 Austin Hearse reimagined as a pop-up bar.

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A Bugatti Chiron.

*drops mic*

A certain local billionaire hangars his fleet of aircraft next to the aviation museum where I work on weekends. When I drove into the parking lot this morning, our neighbor was hosting a gathering of about three dozen exotic cars for a photoshoot with the planes (and helicopters) as props. The Chiron apparently is his.

A car that cost roughly 30 times what I paid for my townhouse, maybe 300 times what I paid for my daily driver (Nissan Versa, thanks for asking), goes from zero to sixty before you can finish saying "Zero to sixty", and with the horsepower of a WWII fighter. Jeepers, talk about wretched excess. OK, I'd still accept an invitation to drive one.

Then there were the various visiting Lambos, McClarens, Porsches, etc, but I was particularly amused by the presence of a clean Ferrari Testarossa in all its Miami Vice glory.

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I've been in kind of a drought of really interesting cars over the past few days. Yesterday I saw a first generation Taurus, which is something you don't see that often anymore, and that was about it.

Today I saw an old Pontiac Fiero and an early 1950s Ford pickup that had been customized and turned into a lowrider. I guess that was a little more interesting.
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Indycars at Road America last weekend. They were interesting to me.
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Tonight I saw what was definitely a Lamborghini, but I'm having trouble identifying exactly which model it was (as I've said several times before, I'm not that well versed in exotics). I thought the car I saw had pop-up headlights, and the only thing in Wikipedia's list of Lamborghini automobiles that looks remotely like what I saw with pop-up headlights would be a 1990s Diablo. But I turned around as it passed and got a look at the back, and the back didn't look like any of the pictures of Diablos I can find. Namely it had "Lamborghini" in a script font across the back, which doesn't appear in any pictures of Diablos I can find. The back really looked more like a Gallardo. My best guess is that I remembered wrong and the car didn't actually have pop-up headlights, and the car I saw was actually a Gallardo.
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Tonight I saw what was definitely a Lamborghini, but I'm having trouble identifying exactly which model it was (as I've said several times before, I'm not that well versed in exotics).
You can't have it both ways, saying it was definitely a Lamborghini but you're not well versed in exotics. If you're saying it was a Lambo because of the badge - it was likely a Fiero or something similar with a Lamborghini-style body kit. Those kits tend to blend generations.
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I saw two Dodge Vipers yesterday — and I cannot recall when’s the last time I ever saw one.
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On this evening's commute I saw a... Porsche 356 Speedster.
I've often wondered how a Porsche 356 and an MGB Mk. I (1962-1967) compare.
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If you're saying it was a Lambo because of the badge - it was likely a Fiero or something similar with a Lamborghini-style body kit. Those kits tend to blend generations.
Yes, I identified it as a Lambo because of the badge. I guess it's possible it was something else with a body kit, but it was a very well done one if it was. It wouldn't be too surprising to see a real Lambo here though; this is a pretty affluent town.
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Anyhow, today one of my neighbors must be out cruising around in his late 1960s Chevelle SS with no particular place to go. He's driven past my house three times now.
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Anyhow, today one of my neighbors must be out cruising around in his late 1960s Chevelle SS with no particular place to go.
Was he crusin' and playin' the radio?
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A McLaren 570S Spyder just like the one in the picture here. Same color even... which would not be my first choice.

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I've often wondered how a Porsche 356 and an MGB Mk. I (1962-1967) compare.
The MGB would fare poorly, weighed down by the extra two hundred thousand dollars its owner will still have.
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The MGB would fare poorly, weighed down by the extra two hundred thousand dollars its owner will still have.
I just checked, and the Porsche 356 is selling for a lot more than I remember. Still, they're nowhere near that expensive. A nice one can cost $50,000 or more -- twice as much as I remember from the early-2000s. I've seen fully-restored '62 to '66 MGBs sell for up to $35,000, though they can be had for $10,000. Of course, Mk.I MGBs can be had for much less, since 'B's are one of the most-produced sports cars ever built. Anyway...

The 356C (1964-1965) had a 1.6 l, 95 hp, four-cylinder engine, and weighed up to 2,300 pounds. The Mk.I MGB (1962-1967) had a 1.8 l, 95 hp, four cylinder engine, and weighed up to 2,400 pounds. A cursory search says the Porsche has a top speed of 115 mph, and the MG has a top speed of 105 mph. But MGs were available with overdrive. A couple of weeks ago I was driving my '66 pretty fast. The speedometer is wonky, and I don't think I hit 90 mph. But I still had plenty of power to go faster in overdrive. I'll have to use my GPS next time I take it out, though I'm just responsible enough to not attempt to find the top speed on a public thoroughfare. At least not in Washington.

The cars have the same horsepower and similar weights. At least with overdrive in the MG, they seem to have similar speeds. My MG handles like it's telepathic. I've never driven a 356; but my 911SC had telepathic handling, so I assume its precursor would handle well too.
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I just checked, and the Porsche 356 is selling for a lot more than I remember. Still, they're nowhere near that expensive. A nice one can cost $50,000 or more -- twice as much as I remember from the early-2000s. I've seen fully-restored '62 to '66 MGBs sell for up to $35,000, though they can be had for $10,000. Of course, Mk.I MGBs can be had for much less, since 'B's are one of the most-produced sports cars ever built. Anyway...

The 356C (1964-1965) had a 1.6 l, 95 hp, four-cylinder engine, and weighed up to 2,300 pounds. The Mk.I MGB (1962-1967) had a 1.8 l, 95 hp, four cylinder engine, and weighed up to 2,400 pounds. A cursory search says the Porsche has a top speed of 115 mph, and the MG has a top speed of 105 mph. But MGs were available with overdrive. A couple of weeks ago I was driving my '66 pretty fast. The speedometer is wonky, and I don't think I hit 90 mph. But I still had plenty of power to go faster in overdrive. I'll have to use my GPS next time I take it out, though I'm just responsible enough to not attempt to find the top speed on a public thoroughfare. At least not in Washington.

The cars have the same horsepower and similar weights. At least with overdrive in the MG, they seem to have similar speeds. My MG handles like it's telepathic. I've never driven a 356; but my 911SC had telepathic handling, so I assume its precursor would handle well too.
If I ever take my 356 up north (near Seattle, are you Johnny?), letís meet up, for maybe a cars & coffee kind of gathering. The value of the 356 has jumed dramatically. My wife and I have had ours since the mid-1990s and it was a little pricey back then ó the choice then was to buy either a brand new Saturn SL, or a 30 year old 356.

And Johnny if you ever drive yours down to San Francisco, give me a ring, itíd be nice to meet up!
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(near Seattle, are you Johnny?)
Over 100 miles north, just below the Canadian border.

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And Johnny if you ever drive yours down to San Francisco, give me a ring, itíd be nice to meet up!
I don't trust the MG to Seattle!
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Over 100 miles north, just below the Canadian border.
Ahh okay. I have friends on Lummi Island, and Iíve driven to there before.

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I don't trust the MG to Seattle!
So that might be a difference between the 356 and the MG. Mine is a 1963 356B, and itís pretty reliable. Iíve driven it to Park City UT and to San Diego from San Francisco. Itís a good running car. But itís so very old, I donít feel protected in it, compared o cars of today. I basically drive that old Porsche like I ride my motorcycle ó a bit nervous, and looking all around me at all times. Still, sheíll cruise at 90 MPH all day, just humming along.

In the mountains and under stress, the engine starts to ping. Have to back off the throttle, even with octane boost. But otherwise sheís a happy runner.
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