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Old 07-19-2019, 12:13 PM
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I haven't seen anything very interesting in the past week, but this morning I did see a Suzuki Forenza. You might be wondering why I think a Forenza is interesting, but hear me out.
1) Suzuki was never that big in the US, these cars didn't sell all that well here*, and they were never all that common even when they were new.
2) They were cheap, and I suspect many people who bought them treated them as "disposable" cars. And these were actually rebadged Daewoos, which never had a great reputation for quality.
3) Suzuki is now an orphan brand in the US. How hard is is to get parts for one of these? I guess they were made by Daewoo and Daewoo is now part of GM, so maybe GM dealers can obtain parts.

So, based on those three factors I'm guessing there can't be all that many Forenzas left on the road here. Therefore I think seeing one was interesting.

*Although I looked up their sales figures and they actually sold more than I thought, but still never more than 50k in a single year. Although it looks like the sales figures lump the Forenza and Reno together.
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A real Morris Mini, looked set up for rally racing. At a mountain hotel in Switzerland.
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Old 07-20-2019, 11:09 PM
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A Cheetah race car, supposedly the only one that hasn't needed at least a partial rebuild. "Cheetahs always win!"
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Old 07-21-2019, 06:13 AM
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I saw an intact Crosley wagon circa 1950 or so sitting beside a first-generation Corvair in a local garage’s parking lot. That same garage has had some pretty unusual stuff in its lot in the past, most notably a Bricklin SV-1.
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Yesterday there was a '76 MG Midget on my street. I stopped and talked to the guy, and he said there was a car show yesterday -- and today. My MGB isn't a show car by any means, but it would be fun to drive down the beach and see what's up.

The other night I Am Number Four was on TV. A 1970 Ford Bronco was featured in it. Yesterday I saw two Ford Broncos, at different times, with the same-style grille when I was driving in town.




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At the grocery store yesterday I saw a cool VW dune buggy. Obviously homebuilt; the body was a rectilinear framework of 1 1/2 inch square tube with flattish body panels pop-rivetted on. No doors, no windows except the windshield. Looked like great fun.
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At the grocery store yesterday I saw a cool VW dune buggy.
Someone around here has what I believe to be a gold Meyers Manx like this one. I see him drive it around sometimes.




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Someone around here has what I believe to be a gold Meyers Manx like this one. I see him drive it around sometimes.
It just drove by. It's yellow, not gold.
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Old 07-21-2019, 04:28 PM
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Old 07-21-2019, 09:08 PM
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I saw a Lamborghini in the wild on Saturday. Nice looking car, all black. My 9 y/o told me which one it is, but I can't remember.
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It just drove by. It's yellow, not gold.
And... I saw a blue one today.
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Old 07-23-2019, 11:06 AM
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Mercury Marauder, the 2003-04 version. That is the very definition of a sleeper. I heard a car with a loud, aggressive sounding exhaust note a few cars ahead of me. I scanned the traffic up ahead too see what was making all that noise, expecting to see a performance tuned Mustang or something, but I didn't see anything that looked like a high performance car. Surely that sound couldn't be coming from that Grand Marquis (I assumed). When I got closer to it and realized what it actually was it all made sense.
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Old 07-23-2019, 03:39 PM
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At the trailhead in Felton this morning, I thought this truck was pretty interesting.
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Visited the new Thunder Road car museum in Enumclaw today. Lots, lots of Mustangs, but for me the most interesting cars were a Fiat Topolino and an old-style Fiat 500. Fascinating gems.

My friend Jerry, looking at a huge old Ford: "Yeah, I used to..." [gets better look at year of manufacture on the data sheet] "...not own a Ford like this."
Me: "That's not exactly a compelling story, Jer."

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Old 07-25-2019, 03:38 PM
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A Citroen 2CV, in a rusty orange color, in quite good shape. It was being passed by an 80s Ferrari, maybe a 308.
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Old 07-25-2019, 07:08 PM
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Early '70s Mustang Mach 1. Yellow with black accents. The paint was a little dull so it was either a survivor or an older restore.
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Old 07-26-2019, 01:16 AM
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First interesting car I saw this week was my new Kia Niro EV. My daily driver since February is a Model 3, previous was a BMW 4 series which has been sitting in the driveway depreciating since I got the Tesla, so I sold it and put the money toward the Kia. I'm officially all-electric now. I got it mainly for doing Lyft/Uber, which is a new hobby/retirement fund boost, some volunteer driving, hauling things, etc. I see Model 3s everywhere in Boston but yet to see another Niro EV. If you're looking to get into an EV and want something not as "different" as the Tesla, or looking for a crossover, or looking to spend a bit less money, check it out if you live in a ZEV state. Tough to find one for under MSRP but they have the full $7500 federal tax credit and many states have incentives. You can get one for around $30k after incentives, but you'll have to add $1-2k if you live in a colder climate and want the optional heat pump and battery heater. It's not as silly-fast as the Tesla but I'm seeing excellent efficiency, around 4.5 miles/kWh which equates to 288 miles range.

Yesterday while Lyft driving after work, I saw a Lamborghini I had never seen before. After some googling, I found it was a Diablo VT. No wonder I'd never seen one before, only around 200 were made.

And if that wasn't enough, when I went out to dinner after Lyfting yesterday, as I was leaving I saw a right hand drive S-Cargo in the parking lot!

It was a good week to be a car nerd.

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Old 07-26-2019, 09:18 AM
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Early '70s Mustang Mach 1.
I always liked the Mustang Mach 1 when I was a kid. There was a blue one I'd see on the way home from school.

(I also remember that headrests were showing up on cars. I always imagined the seats were robots.)
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Old 07-26-2019, 10:21 AM
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A spotless 1963-66 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III, making its stately way north on I-45 in Conroe, TX.
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Old 07-26-2019, 09:09 PM
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First interesting car I saw this week was my new Kia Niro EV.
We have almost exactly a year left on our Bolt lease. I love the Bolt, but we'll definitely consider both the Niro EV and the Hyundai Kona next year. But the bit of pep the Bolt delivers has me wanting even more zoom-zoom, and the Tesla is soooo tempting. I can't quite justify the price, but man it would be cool.
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Old 07-27-2019, 12:24 AM
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A spotless 1963-66 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III, making its stately way north on I-45 in Conroe, TX.
Sometime in the '90s, I was heading north on Sepulveda just north of Venice Blvd (in L.A.). There's a hill there. I saw a similar classic Rolls-Royce ahead of me. It got about halfway up, and then erupted in an enormous cloud of steam. Seriously, the whole car was engulfed. Pretty impressive.
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Old 07-27-2019, 12:50 AM
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We have almost exactly a year left on our Bolt lease. I love the Bolt, but we'll definitely consider both the Niro EV and the Hyundai Kona next year. But the bit of pep the Bolt delivers has me wanting even more zoom-zoom, and the Tesla is soooo tempting. I can't quite justify the price, but man it would be cool.
The Model 3 and the Niro EV actually start around the same price. The Niro does currently qualify for the full $7500 federal tax credit, while the Tesla is down to $1875 credit, so there's that. The combined $9k between the federal credit and $1500 incentive offered by MA definitely helped drive my decision to pick up the Niro.

So far, I love both vehicles, for entirely different reasons. If someone asked me to recommend one or the other, it'd probably be a fairly long conversation.

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Yesterday I saw a late sixties Nova that had been “tubbed”. That’s when they modify the rear wheel wells and shorten the differential to fit big rear tires completely inside the body. I’ve seen that many times over the years (and hated it). What was interesting about this one was how big the rear tires were. At first glance it almost looked like one big rear tire going all the way across. Beautiful car otherwise and from the sound of the motor, could probably light those big tires right up!
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Yesterday I saw a late sixties Nova that had been “tubbed”. That’s when they modify the rear wheel wells and shorten the differential to fit big rear tires completely inside the body.
Interesting. The only time I heard 'tubbed', it meant completely disassembling a car so that all you have is the 'tub'. Then you can start the restoration.
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Interesting. The only time I heard 'tubbed', it meant completely disassembling a car so that all you have is the 'tub'. Then you can start the restoration.
Do a Google image search for tubbed Nova. I’d do a link but I’m on my tablet.
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Old 07-27-2019, 01:06 PM
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Old 07-28-2019, 01:58 PM
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I took my 8 year old son for a ride in the Spitfire for the first time today. He pronounced it the best ride ever.

Yesterday I saw a Buick Grand National. I hadn't seen one of those in a long time. A buddy of mine had one in college. They were pretty cool.
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Old 07-28-2019, 02:57 PM
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At the hardware store, a red '64 or earlier Chevy Impala convertible with the top down.

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Old 07-29-2019, 11:59 AM
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An old Willy's era Jeep -- it had the squared off look of a CJ2A or CJ3A. It was jacked up and looked heavily modified, so I'm guessing it wasn't very original under the skin.
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An old Willy's era Jeep -- it had the squared off look of a CJ2A or CJ3A. It was jacked up and looked heavily modified, so I'm guessing it wasn't very original under the skin.
Almost 20 years ago, I started The CJ-2A Page. Due to Life, I gave it to one of my readers in 2005 or 2006. He kept my layouts (and content) and made it a much better site than I was able to do. Here is the '46 CJ-2A that I had when I started the page.

Yes, I know I've posted all that before; but I love the Willys, and that I started a page that still exists.
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Today I saw a BMW X2 for the first time. It’s an interesting looking little car, a mini crossover.
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Yesterday afternoon I passed a white, '90s-looking Ford van on the freeway. What made it interesting was that it had the Civil Air Patrol web address on the back, and the CAP insignia on the door.
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Yesterday afternoon I passed a white, '90s-looking Ford van on the freeway.
This reminds me of a Chevy van I saw the other day, with an "ABS" emblem on the back. Remember when having ABS was a big deal?
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This reminds me of a Chevy van I saw the other day, with an "ABS" emblem on the back. Remember when having ABS was a big deal?
I think I mentioned this before, but the 1988 Buick I drove in high school had "Fuel Injection" badges in front of front fenders. Remember when fuel injection was a big deal?

It also struck me recently with turbochargers becoming commonplace you never see "Turbo" emblems on cars anymore, although I have noticed them on some recent model Chevy Sparks and Kias. Back in the 1980s if you had a turbo they made sure everybody knew it.
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Visited the new Thunder Road car museum in Enumclaw today.
I assume you mean the Thunder Dome Car Museum. There is a Thunder Road Museum and Wedding Chapel in the North Carolina town of Mount Airy, which is known as the inspiration for Mayberry in The Andy Griffith Show.

My sighting today was a Google Street View car, which captured me as I was walking my dog near the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. I'll have to check Google Maps sometime to see if I've been "immortalized" in a sense!
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It also struck me recently with turbochargers becoming commonplace you never see "Turbo" emblems on cars anymore...
I notice 'Kompressor' badges on Mercedes-Benzes occasionally.
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Passed an 80s BMW 5-series sedan (E28), but what made it noteworthy was it had rear window louvers. I remember when those were all the rage - my brother had them on his Datsun 280Z back then - but I don't recall seeing them on BMWs back then.
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I assume you mean the Thunder Dome Car Museum...
Right-O. Dome it is.
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I notice 'Kompressor' badges on Mercedes-Benzes occasionally.
It's always struck me as odd that Toyota proudly labels their top of the line models with a big badge saying "LIMITED".
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I went out to lunch today and found an old Fiat in the parking lot. I couldn't see any obvious model badges anywhere, but I'd say it looked probably 1960s, rear-engined, and a bit bigger than the classic 500. I snapped a couple of pictures with my phone just before the owner showed up and drove it away, but I won't be able to share them until I get home this evening because most photo sharing sites are blocked at work.

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The cars themselves were the pinnacle of mediocrity, but an Oldsmobile Alero (last produced in 2004) and Cutlass (1997-99) together on the highway.
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Twice I've seen an absolutely cherry mint green 66 Corvair in my work parking lot. My uncle used to collect them and a cousin had a 66 for her first car.

I never liked the looks of them much myself. But this one is a beaut.
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I went out to lunch today and found an old Fiat in the parking lot...
I did a bit of research, which is to say I looked up various Fiat models from that era on Wikipedia and compared them to the photos I took, and I'm almost certain it was a Fiat 850. I'll still post the pictures when I get home.
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It also struck me recently with turbochargers becoming commonplace you never see "Turbo" emblems on cars anymore.
You still see it on the Porsche 911 Turbo, which is sort of interesting, considering that the lower-spec Porsche 911 Carreras are now also turbocharged.
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I notice 'Kompressor' badges on Mercedes-Benzes occasionally.
I don't think you'll see it on any of their new models. And on Mercs, I believe that the term always referred to a supercharger, rather than a turbocharger.

Quite a lot of Mercedes engines are turbocharged now, but I don't think any of them reveal this explicitly on their badgework. Mercedes (and AMG) basically retired their big-capacity V8s and V12s, and replaced them with smaller, twin-turbo V8s. The old 6.3-liter naturally-aspirated engines are gone now. At least one or two of the Mercedes models supplement their turbochargers with a small supercharger that's driven by an electric motor, rather than by the engine itself. This is an effort to reduce turbo lag without the power-sucking inefficiencies of a regular supercharger.

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On the way home from the store today, I saw a Plymouth Superbird in lime green.
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