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My boss is a collector and restorer of classic British sports cars, but he rarely takes them out except for shows. So while today he'll probably just drive his Range Rover to work, there's always the outside chance that I'll get to see the very first Triumph sports car ever built (serial number: TS1 LO) pull into the garage.
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Saw a vehicle for sale today. It's a Volunteer Fire Department rescue vehicle. Sort of an enhanced ambulance with attached lights, generator, etc. Probably gets lousy gas mileage, but I wonder how it could be repurposed.
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Guy who works in my building drives a Lambo Murcielago. It amazes me that he drives it to this office. Our parking garage is horrible and tight, with lots of columns just waiting to scrape your bumper or fender. No way I would bring a wide exotic like the Lambo to this garage.

Anyway, it's a nice day today, so he drove the Lambo. Saw it 10 minutes ago, bright orange for the win.
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Old 05-23-2014, 09:20 AM
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A blue Hummer.

Hummers are favored by generals and upper level government officials. It can be a useful car during cacimbo ( the rainy season ) but hard to maneuver in traffic.
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Saw a very pretty Maserati GranTurismo in my neighborhood this morning.
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On the way to work today, I was passed by a Model S. In recent months I have been passed by an Aston-Martin, Bentley, Maserati and Lamborghini. I used to see a Yugo regularly with Florida plates. I always wondered if they drove it up here to Ohio, or what...
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There's a 1966 Mustang for sale just down the street. Looks nice except for the white textured top. At first I thought it was a convertible, but instead it has that cheesy material. The interior looks extremely clean and the guy wants $9,000 for it, which to me means 'possible mechanical problems'.
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A Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, bright green. Too bad they've cancelled it.
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Old 05-23-2014, 07:11 PM
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I used to see a Yugo regularly with Florida plates. I always wondered if they drove it up here to Ohio, or what...
I once saw a 70s Dodge Colt on Michigan Avenue with Puerto Rican plates. That was a head-scratcher.

Nothing interesting car-wise, but saw a Honda VFR motorcycle in great shape.
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OK, so today adjacent to my local Big Lots, I noticed, on the lot of the outfit that runs a little detailing/windshield repair/used car/handyman/I don't know what else operation next door, an old '60's-era step van of a type I hadn't seen before, apparently being used as a shaved ice stand. I got out my camera and took a couple of shots, at which point the rather beefy owner ran up, aggressively asking me what I thought I was doing. "I like old vehicles and I'm taking pictures of your ice cream truck", I said. I then bid him good day and drove off.

Dude, if you don't want people taking pictures of your truck, pull a tarp over it or something.

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Old 05-23-2014, 08:29 PM
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OK, so today adjacent to my local Big Lots, I noticed, on the lot of the outfit that runs a little detailing/windshield repair/used car/handyman/I don't know what else operation next door, an old '60's-era step van of a type I hadn't seen before, apparently being used as a shaved ice stand. I got out my camera and took a couple of shots, at which point the rather beefy owner ran up, aggressively asking me what I thought I was doing. "I like old vehicles and I'm taking pictures of your ice cream truck", I said. I then bid him good day and drove off.

Dude, if you don't want people taking pictures of your truck, pull a tarp over it or something.
He thought you were from the health department.
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:41 PM
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He thought you were from the health department.
Actually, come to think of it, there have been some issues in the Houston area with vehicle-based food vendors whose vehicles are not actually mobile. Different tax rates or something. Doesn't matter, though.
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After passing to Tesla Model S's on the way home yesterday I saw a car I see very rarely - a Nissan Leaf. Just an interesting commentary on the state of electric cars.
heh. My brother in law has one, I see it all the time. He and my sister love it
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Old 05-23-2014, 10:19 PM
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My boss is a collector and restorer of classic British sports cars, but he rarely takes them out except for shows. So while today he'll probably just drive his Range Rover to work, there's always the outside chance that I'll get to see the very first Triumph sports car ever built (serial number: TS1 LO) pull into the garage.
He's got a 10/20? Awesome! That's from 1923 for the uninitiated. That is a seriously nice acquisition. I have several British cars, but my oldest is a 1935 MG PB.

Please snap a picture for us; that thing is history!
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Old 05-23-2014, 11:51 PM
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Oooh, I saw the car of my dreams today. A very sweet little Karmann Ghia tootling alongside me on the highway. Nearly wet my pants with envy!
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Last week I saw two Chevy Orlandos in the parking lot at No Frills. I wanted to find someone named Dawn and take their picture next to the cars.
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I didn't get out much today, but saw a nice early 80's Toyota Land Cruiser in great condition.
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Old 05-24-2014, 10:29 PM
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I saw a Tesla Model S turning the corner at Queen and Spadina in downtown Toronto today.
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Not a car, but a car pulling a sea plane on a small flatbed trailer drove past me this afternoon. The wings had been removed and were strapped to the sides.

I was surprised how small it was without the wings. I see them taking off and landing on our lake all the time, but had never seen a disassembled one on the road before.
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Old 05-25-2014, 05:57 PM
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Nothing today oddly a dirt bike count? one time i saw a Lambo Diablo parked outside a diamond store, in freaking pennsylvainia
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Old 05-25-2014, 06:03 PM
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As i said upthread, lots of lovely old American cars in Southern California.

Today, i saw a second-generation Ford Thunderbird outside my place. Just like this one, same color and all.
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Today I saw a 1956 Morris Minor (I assume this because the license plate read 56MORRIS) chuntering along Interstate 69 at about 55 mph. It was in lovely shape and I pegged it immediately as a British car.

I live near the birthplace of General Motors (Flint, MI) and in nice weather it's not uncommon to see vintage GM cars being sedately motored hither and yon. Unusual to see an old English car, though.
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I saw a beautifully restored (or maintained) Smokey And The Bandit style Trans Am.
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Old 05-25-2014, 10:56 PM
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Do trucks count? I saw a 1940-something truck today. I regularly see trucks that are from the 60s and 70s, but I've never seen one that old out on the road. Otherwise I don't see many interesting vehicles.
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We saw a large black SUV with Lamborghini scissor doors.
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:56 AM
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As i said upthread, lots of lovely old American cars in Southern California.
A friend of mine moved there for a few years and was amazed by this. He said everything that had rusted to nothing here in the Midwest was still puttering along on SoCal.
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:47 PM
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He said everything that had rusted to nothing here in the Midwest was still puttering along on SoCal.
And Texas. I grew up in Sweden and developed a hatred of the Volvo 240. Luckily they all rotted away in the 90's. Then I moved to Texas and I keep seeing a few on the road here. Since they used the mechanicals of a tractor their only weakness is rust.

As for exotics, north Texas is flooded with them. Astons, Lambos, Ford GTs, Ferraris, classics, it's all here. I drive a Tesla and usually see a couple more every time I'm out.
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I saw Bella, a nicely restored '56 Chevy Panel truck out in Carlisle where I was mountain biking.
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The Aston-Martin Vantage at the gas station was only the 3rd most interesting vehicle I saw today.
#2 was a 50's (or maybe 60's) era ice cream truck, kinda like this .

The most interesting vehicle was a Ural with a patrol sidecar (Painted just like this, but w/o the cover.) Way cool!
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I once saw a 70s Dodge Colt on Michigan Avenue with Puerto Rican plates. That was a head-scratcher.
The most headscratching plates I've ever seen were the Hawaiian plates on a rental truck... in Toronto. These were far more puzzling that the Guanajuato (sp?) Mexican plates I saw on a car parked outside a convenience store in Mississauga (a suburban city near Toronto). At least you can actually drive to Canada from Mexico...

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The most interesting vehicle was a Ural with a patrol sidecar (Painted just like this, but w/o the cover.) Way cool!
There used to be a Ural with sidecar on my commute. I wonder if he'll be back with the warmer weather.
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There used to be a Ural with sidecar on my commute. I wonder if he'll be back with the warmer weather.
I've long been intrigued by the Ural SoloT (well, since it came out) but it really seems to be a masochist's bike. Owners love them dearly, but even they concede they aren't good bikes without a ton of work.
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Chevy El Camino. Owner had obviously done all the bondo, but still... I came up behind him, gave a small toot on the horn, when he looked in his mirror, gave him a big thumbs up. Pulled up next to him at the light, rolled down the window and asked where his surf board was. Not much surfin' in Austin, he replied.
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I have several British cars, but my oldest is a 1935 MG PB.
I used to collect Matchbox cars when I was a kid. Glad to see that you still kept some of yours.

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In all seriousness, a Bentley Flying Spur. Graduation weekend is the one time of year in this town when high end luxury cars and exotics outnumber outnumber battered Volvo 240 wagons.
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He's got a 10/20? Awesome! That's from 1923 for the uninitiated.
This snark is unnecessary. This is the Dope. We are the seekers of truth and lifelong learners so of course we got the reference.
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The bus I am on was just passed by a Maserati. With Ontario plates, even, so it's not a visitor.

We caught up with it at the lights.
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On my way home I saw a lovely Jaguar XK convertible in grey, and I thought that would be it, but I saw another (in black) later so that couldn't be it. Then, coming through Harvard Square I saw a late 80's Mitsubishi Delica van that stood out from all the other cars around it.
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The most interesting vehicle was a Ural with a patrol sidecar (Painted just like this, but w/o the cover.) Way cool!
I have a Deco Classic, but I'm thinking about changing to a Patrol paint scheme.

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This snark is unnecessary. This is the Dope. We are the seekers of truth and lifelong learners so of course we got the reference.
There is no snark intended. I know a great number of British car collectors who wouldn't necessarily know Triumph's first car. I would wager a bag of tacos that the vast majority of Dopers under the age of, say, 40 have never even seen or heard of a Triumph, MG, Sunbeam, or Morris. I would submit that a Triumph 10/20 is not a well-known vehicle, even around these parts. I could be wrong.
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Today? Nothing that caught my eye except a Cadillac Allanté. Really stood out from the usual Ferraris and Maseratis around Oak Brook. Really, around here owners of highend Acuras and BMWs can't buy any attention. Yesterday I saw a nice Benz 560SL I would kill for, but nothing much today.
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Saw a new BMW i3 down the street. It was quite a bit bigger than I expected from pictures. I thought they were small city cars like a Fiat Panda but they're actually the size of a CUV.
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He's got a 10/20? Awesome! That's from 1923 for the uninitiated. That is a seriously nice acquisition. I have several British cars, but my oldest is a 1935 MG PB.

Please snap a picture for us; that thing is history!
Here's a picture of it with the last owner (my boss bought it from him in 2011).

https://www.flickr.com/photos/632996...942907/sizes/l
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Yesterday I saw two old MGs, I think one was an MGB coupe in British racing green and the other was an MGC. Lots of older cars were on the road this weekend.
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This wasn't today, but sometime last week I saw a parked Red Bull car. I'm assuming it's some kind of official advertisement thing, or one very, very dedicated fan.
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