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Old 06-02-2019, 10:45 PM
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I never did make it to the Ford show, but I saw all kinds of Mustangs and 1960-early 70s muscle cars. The two most interesting are the 1969 Torino Super Cobra Jet and a perfectly replicated Starsky and Hutch Gran Torino.
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Old 06-04-2019, 04:15 AM
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Stretching the definition of "car" a bit, a Ural motorcycle with sidecar. Way cool.
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A late 1940s Studebaker, a 1947 according to the sticker in the rear window. That was their initial more conventional post-war design that predated the "bullet-nose" cars. But it did have their signature wrap-around rear window.

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Old 06-05-2019, 05:22 PM
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Finally saw a Tesla Roadster in person, while driving.
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Old 06-05-2019, 05:35 PM
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Koenigsegg Jesko has been running around here.
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:51 PM
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Koenigsegg Jesko has been running around here.
Dayum, I'd like to get a look at that.
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Dude I see motorized tricycles all over the road now and I don't even know what to make of it.
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:22 AM
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This morning I saw a beautiful, fully restored, yellow 1957 Thunderbird convertible. I admit I only know the year because the personalized license plate identified it.
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Old 06-06-2019, 12:19 PM
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Dayum, I'd like to get a look at that.
Not the best video but this is from the tour to my town. They brought them over to Microsoft for the Forza guys to check out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpRfkf6LgTE
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Old 06-06-2019, 08:49 PM
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My minibus today briefly impeded the path of a McClaren 570S, in Storm Grey like the photo.
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Old 06-07-2019, 08:08 AM
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A 1971 Chevy Chevelle SS convertible, cruising down the highway with the top down on a warm Boston morning.

However the Suburban with the entire front end smashed in and all the deflated airbags sitting sideways across two lanes of rush hour traffic on 128 was pretty interesting too.
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Old 06-07-2019, 10:03 PM
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Not the best video but this is from the tour to my town. They brought them over to Microsoft for the Forza guys to check out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpRfkf6LgTE
That worked very well for me. Thank you for posting!
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Old 06-08-2019, 12:16 AM
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I was on the lookout for interesting cars today. On my morning commute I saw an orange second generation VW Bus (aka Type 2 if you're a real VW aficionado). That was somewhat interesting, but they're not all that uncommon. I was hoping to spot something more interesting on the way home, but I didn't see anything more interesting than a 1980s VW Cabriolet, although it was in very good shape for a more than 30 year old car. Then I headed out to grab dinner from In-N-Out burger, as has become my Friday routine, and on the way there I finally spotted something really interesting -- some sort of Ferrari. I'm not really up on all the latest exotics so I couldn't tell you what model it was, but I definitely recognized the emblem with the horse rearing up on it's hind legs, and it looked fairly new.
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Old 06-08-2019, 12:18 PM
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First generation Ford Mustang convertible; not in great shape but looked well loved.
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I actually saw a first generation Mustang convertible last night on the way to In-N-Out burger as well, but I didn't mention it in part because the Ferrari was much more interesting, but also because I don't really old Mustangs all that interesting. They're not really all that uncommon; I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that they're the world's most restored car. They certainly seem to be the most common classic car on the roads in the US.
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Old 06-08-2019, 07:49 PM
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Bright green, surely not original color, but beautifully restored 55 Chevy. With Cragar SS rims.
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Today on the way home from the vet (see my other thread), I passed an Austin Healey 3000.
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I took the MGB out for errands today. When I stopped at the intersection at the main road, a blue Triumph TR6 was stopping to my left.
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Old 06-08-2019, 08:50 PM
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Today on the way home from the vet (see my other thread), I passed an Austin Healey 3000.
Today I was passing everybody in the MGB. I don't think I went as fast as 90. (The speedometer is a bit sketchy.)
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Today I was passing everybody in the MGB. I don't think I went as fast as 90. (The speedometer is a bit sketchy.)
I was in a Miata. Or I guess Mazda's trying to rebrand it as the MX-5. But anyway, I've noticed that when you have a roadster everyone else with a roadster waves at you.
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Mi-a-ta, /mē--t/, noun : An MGB that works.
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Old 06-08-2019, 10:12 PM
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I hadn't heard of the Camaro ZL1 before I saw one today. 650 HP and 0-60 in 3.5 seconds? Day-ummm!
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Mi-a-ta, /mē--t/, noun : An MGB that works.
That was exactly my reason for buying it. My real dream car was a TR6, or I'd settle for an MGB, but I also wanted something that would actually be reliable. I imagine all the jokes about Lucas Electrics are at least somewhat exaggerated, but no matter what a ~40 year old car will never be anywhere near as reliable as a new one.
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I hadn't heard of the Camaro ZL1 before I saw one today. 650 HP and 0-60 in 3.5 seconds? Day-ummm!
I saw one of the original 1969 ZL1 Camaros today. One of 69 built. All aluminium 427. Legendary car.
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Old 06-09-2019, 06:57 AM
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A Lamborghini Huracan, being transported on a flatbed. Too nice to actually drive, I suppose.
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:53 PM
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A scrupulously-maintained Nash Metropolitan, while at the farmer's market. Had a good chat with the owner.
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Old 06-10-2019, 04:47 AM
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White Studebaker Lark convertable. Early 60's, because it had that upside-down trapezoid chrome grille ( like a Mercedes Benz grille ) rather than the more modern and attractive full width grill of the later ( and last ) Larks.
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Old 06-10-2019, 07:36 AM
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White Studebaker Lark convertable. Early 60's, because it had that upside-down trapezoid chrome grille ( like a Mercedes Benz grille ) rather than the more modern and attractive full width grill of the later ( and last ) Larks.
Old car memories chapter 43:

My grandparents owned a Lark. After my grandfather died, my grandmother (who didn't drive) just let it sit off the end of the driveway on their farm to "make it look like someone was home". Due to the dry climate the outside kept fairly well but the interior just rotted away. But I think the waist-high weeds around it weren't fooling anyone. Plus in the 70s and 80s who would have thought that a Studebaker was drivable?
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:49 AM
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I saw one of those last month. I thought I'd posted about it, but didn't see that I did.
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White Studebaker Lark convertable. Early 60's, because it had that upside-down trapezoid chrome grille ( like a Mercedes Benz grille ) rather than the more modern and attractive full width grill of the later ( and last ) Larks.
Fun fact: in the 1950s and early 60s Mercedes Benz cars were sold through Studebaker dealerships in the US. That may have something to do with why Studebaker used a sort of Mercedes style grille in those days.
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Old 06-10-2019, 04:22 PM
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Fun fact: in the 1950s and early 60s Mercedes Benz cars were sold through Studebaker dealerships in the US. That may have something to do with why Studebaker used a sort of Mercedes style grille in those days.
Wow. Interesting!
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After I posted that I went and researched it a little more. The Studebaker - Mercedes tie up was shorter than I thought. Some sources say 1957-64, others say 1958-63. Maybe some are going by when the deal was officially signed and terminated, others by model years sold. But anyway the gist of it was that Mercedes wasn't that well known in America in the 1950s, and they wanted to get a larger foothold here, so the struck a deal to sell cars through Studebaker's still relatively large dealer network. Studebaker meanwhile hoped that distribution fees from Mercedes sales would help keep the company afloat. By 1963 Mercedes was slowly gaining popularity and didn't want to be associated with a failing company, and terminated the deal and started setting up their own dealerships. Apparently at least some former Studebaker dealers became Mercedes dealers as a result.

Here's one article on the Studebaker - Mercedes tie up.

That does interestingly correlate with the time Studebaker was using Mercedes style grills.

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Coincidentally, saw one of those today as well. In a McDonald's drive-thru, no less.
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Tonight the most interesting thing was a mid-1980s Buick Skylark, the sort of car that probably would have rusted into oblivion decades ago in the Midwest but is still chugging along in California. In fact it had one of the blue license plates California used from the late 1960s through the mid 1980s. It was in pretty decent condition for its age, too.
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A Greenbrier by Chevrolet van. I had never even heard of it before.
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It's really, really mundane, but it was interesting to me just to find out how much it cost.

I took the Prius to the Seattle dealership today to have some sounds checked out. While I was waiting for the shuttle driver to take me to work, I looked at a Camry. It was all black, black wheels, black badges, etc. It had paddle shifters on the steering wheel. It looked very nice inside. Actually, it looked nice on the outside too. I looked at the sticker, and it was about $27,500. With a couple of rebates, it was about $24,500. I would have guessed over $30,000. But then, the last time I bought a new car was when I bought my Cherokee in 1999.
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A Shelby AC Cobra (probably a replica but there a few real ones in town) on a beautiful sunny day. The best part is that the passenger was an older guy and the driver was probably in his early 20's. My guess is it was the older guy's car but the smile on the driver's face was priceless.
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A Ford Falcon, probably one of the earlier years but hard to tell as I only saw it briefly travelling the other direction.
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This afternoon I saw a mid to late 1980s Plymouth Reliant, AKA the K Car. Another one of those cars you're likely to only still see in California. And like the Skylark (or maybe it was actually a four door Regal) from the other day, it had an old style blue California license plate.
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A pair of British icons, once again being transported on flatbeds (at separate times and going in different directions): a white Rolls-Royce Ghost and a long-wheelbase Land Rover Defender.
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Went on a drive today with a McLaren Senna. We had quite a few cars including my 812, a 488 spyder, 458 speciale, porsche gt3 and more.
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A 1982 Datsun 200SX. For purposes of this thread I really appreciate when people with old cars put the model year on their personalized plates, because once again I only knew it was an '82 because the license plate said "82 DTSN".
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I forgot to post it yesterday -- a dune buggy. I don't know enough about them to say who made the body, but it definitely sounded like it started out life as a VW Beetle.

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It's really, really mundane, but it was interesting to me just to find out how much it cost.

I took the Prius to the Seattle dealership today to have some sounds checked out. While I was waiting for the shuttle driver to take me to work, I looked at a Camry. It was all black, black wheels, black badges, etc. It had paddle shifters on the steering wheel. It looked very nice inside. Actually, it looked nice on the outside too. I looked at the sticker, and it was about $27,500. With a couple of rebates, it was about $24,500. I would have guessed over $30,000. But then, the last time I bought a new car was when I bought my Cherokee in 1999.
I know that paddle shifters are becoming common on higher end sports cars, but I could not believe that a Camry had paddle shifters, so I looked it up and sure enough, it's true. The same search also yielded this article claiming that despite the increasing presence of paddle shifters, most drivers rarely actually use them.

I never liked the things myself, mostly because the whole appeal of a manual transmission to me is that it's physical, mechanical control over the car. Your hands and feet are literally a physical component of the car's operation. It's not just that you're changing gears by hand, you're also regulating the friction of the clutch with a mechanical lever (pedal) that provides physical feedback. I mean, if someone wanted to give me a free Ferrari tomorrow that had paddle shifters, I wouldn't turn it down - but it's not a feature that I'd actively choose.
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I never liked the things myself, mostly because the whole appeal of a manual transmission to me is that it's physical, mechanical control over the car. Your hands and feet are literally a physical component of the car's operation. It's not just that you're changing gears by hand, you're also regulating the friction of the clutch with a mechanical lever (pedal) that provides physical feedback. I mean, if someone wanted to give me a free Ferrari tomorrow that had paddle shifters, I wouldn't turn it down - but it's not a feature that I'd actively choose.
We're going out in the MGB shortly.
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Note to Bay Area car enthusiasts: next Saturday 6/22 is "Woodies on The Wharf" in Santa Cruz. There are supposed to be something like 200 "wood-bodied cars". Should be pretty cool.

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While driving the MGB back from a new seafood restaurant, we saw a Ford Model-something and a burgundy MG Midget.
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Saw a late 60s Datsun 2000 convertible.

Also saw a couple of 1930s vintage coupes that had been souped up and restored.
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Saw a LaFerrari today at the exotics@RTC show in Redmond. That was probably the coolest car there, although there were plenty of others.
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