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TD, it counts. So does the Weinermobile if it isn't in a parade but just out on the highway.
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Old 03-15-2015, 09:45 PM
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A very cool 1969 Alfa Romeo Spider 1750 at the local art museum.
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Old 03-15-2015, 10:06 PM
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A very cool 1969 Alfa Romeo Spider 1750 at the local art museum.
That's The Graduate car, the Duetto, isn't it?
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Watched a guy in a gorgeous red Ferrari struggle to get through the gears and I don't think ever get it up over 15 mph. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
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These three tied as most interesting.

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
1957 Aston Martin DBR2/2 & 1932 Alfa Romeo P3
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Old 03-16-2015, 10:49 AM
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That's The Graduate car, the Duetto, isn't it?
The Graduate was made in 1967; I'm assuming the car was a 1967 Alfa.

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Old 03-21-2015, 01:34 AM
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The Graduate was made in 1967; I'm assuming the car was a 1967 Alfa.
Yeah, 1967. Thanks for that.


Today I saw a Lotus Esprit. I haven't seen one in a long time, and maybe it's because I now drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee and sit taller, but boy that is one low LOW car!

When I saw it I actually forgot the name of the car, although I knew it was a Lotus. Searching on Lotus James Bond car quickly found the Esprit!
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On a walk in the neighborhood I spotted a car that had a cover on it all winter, now removed. It was a 72 or 73 Dodge Dart Swinger 4-door, in brown. We never owned one growing up but our neighbors did, fun little car.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:48 PM
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A 1966 Mercedes-Benz W110 200, a "fintail" one, like this.
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:30 PM
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Yesterday, sitting in a patio at a restaurant, Mrs. SMV and I saw.... well, I don't know quite what we saw. It was a coupe, and at first I thought it was a Porsche 911. But the hood and the front were...sharper, if that makes sense. When the light changed and it went by, I spotted "Ferrari" on the back.

Searching Google, it seems it may have been a Daytona; but it looked a bit smaller. It was a Ferrari, anyway.
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Early 70's BMW 2002 parked on the street in Harvard Square. Lovely looking car, I've never driven one.
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:41 AM
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I see a Tesla sitting at the local power company's charger almost every time I drive by. I wonder if it has the range to get out f the lot.
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A 1966 Mercedes-Benz W110 200, a "fintail" one, like this.
I've got a '63 "one owner European Delivery" 220SE for sale, cheap! Not far from the Bay Area! PM me!

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Early 70's BMW 2002 parked on the street in Harvard Square. Lovely looking car, I've never driven one.
I've also got a '71, not for sale. Don't PM me.

I will let you drive it if you bring beer.
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:27 PM
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Early 70's BMW 2002 parked on the street in Harvard Square. Lovely looking car, I've never driven one.
Luckily, I have. They were amazing for their time and are still a treat - provided the owner replaced the original, horse hair stuffed seats. Darned uncomfortable for a trip across the country.
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:38 PM
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Strictly speaking, this isn't a car, but I saw one of these, in Arlington, VA yesterday evening (April 7th): Polaris Slingshot. Decidedly striking, in a sea of typical cars and SUVs.

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Old 04-09-2015, 12:26 AM
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1963 Plymouth Belvedere.

Not common!
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Old 04-09-2015, 11:31 PM
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I live in South Texas where basically any car that isn't a large pickup, a very large SUV, or a muscle/pony car stands out. Today, I was behind a very small Smart car for a while!

I worried about the driver being blown off the road by some of the neanderthal vehicles that whiz by. It takes real guts to drive a car like that here.
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Aston Martin Cygnet

Had never heard of it, but Aston Martin Badge looked so out of place I had to google it

30,000 for a car with a top speed of 106MPH & 0-62 in 11.8 seconds
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:29 PM
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Aston Martin Cygnet

Had never heard of it, but Aston Martin Badge looked so out of place I had to google it

30,000 for a car with a top speed of 106MPH & 0-62 in 11.8 seconds
Wow, that probably qualifies as one of the rarest cars seen in this thread. There are, apparently, only 143 on British roads.

I remember reading about the Cygnet on Jalopnik a few years back. I really liked the headline on their article.
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Saw a local guy's '48 Jeepster in his garage. On nice days he tools around the island like this one. Same color, too.

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On vacation last week I saw an Astin Martin Rapide parked on the road in downtown Melbourne, FL. Sharp car!
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Old 04-10-2015, 02:42 PM
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A few minutes ago in Kettleman City, a main stopover along I-5:

A 1970 Chevelle SS396.

I used to have one. I miss that car!
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Old 04-10-2015, 10:33 PM
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Jet black Aston-Martin DB2 driving down a main street: every guy stopped in his tracks to dribble. And a rather nice sky blue Sunbeam Alpine was parked up outside my local garage when I took my car in for a service: looked unrestored and original, but in great shape.
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Old 04-10-2015, 10:49 PM
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Jet black Aston-Martin DB2 driving down a main street: every guy stopped in his tracks to dribble. And a rather nice sky blue Sunbeam Alpine was parked up outside my local garage when I took my car in for a service: looked unrestored and original, but in great shape.
Do you live in, like, 1957 or something?
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Well, nothing as cool as most of these, but I saw one of my favorite cars from when I was a kid...it was a 1970 (or '71) Dodge Challenger. It was in gray and black and looked like a retro-mod with nice fat tires on the front and back and a cool spoiler and hood mounted air-intake. Damn it was nice.
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Saw a 72 Olds Cutlass driving home from NH this afternoon. The windows were down and the guy driving looked very happy.
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Do you live in, like, 1957 or something?
There are an enormous amount of old cars in New Zealand, new cars used to be hugely expensive to import prior to the 80s, most came from England, so a lot of old vehicles just never got junked. Not that many people scrapped old Astons, but there's always been the tradition of patch 'em up and keep 'em flying here rather than lay them up in a shed, so that when the restoration boom hit there was a pretty good supply of already viable cars to work with. The Classic Cars section of Trade Me {local Ebay equivalent} is always worth a drool: case in point.
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Shit, some dude's even selling an Isetta with only 8000 miles on it.
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:01 PM
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I've heard they call you guys the Cubans of the South Pacific.
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:19 PM
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I've heard they call you guys the Cubans of the South Pacific.
Wasn't that far from the truth, pre-1985, when they dropped import tariffs and killed off local assembly. Thirty, forty year old cars just weren't uncommon up until then, but the sudden influx of cheap used Japanese imports slew most of them.
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Old 04-12-2015, 01:32 AM
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Several (many!) Meyers Manx dune buggies today! Out on the beach and dunes at Pismo. Car club gathering.

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Old 04-12-2015, 06:51 PM
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Last night at a gathering of racers: a Le Mans bodied Allard with a injected Buick engine. It sure was pretty and it sure was LOUD.
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Old 04-13-2015, 01:30 AM
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Wasn't that far from the truth, pre-1985, when they dropped import tariffs and killed off local assembly. Thirty, forty year old cars just weren't uncommon up until then, but the sudden influx of cheap used Japanese imports slew most of them.
Cars used to be by personal import permit - if you could import a new car, you could immediately turn around it sell it at a profit.

The rort for the foreign service was being allowed to bring home your personal use vehicle and sell for a hefty profit.

And as to trademe - there are some truly wonderful cars there - it's my go to for some time wasting and drooling...

Oh...and an isetta..http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used...-866873688.htm

But I must admit - something like a 'Vette would be more my style http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used...-870879184.htm

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Saw a 72 Olds Cutlass driving home from NH this afternoon. The windows were down and the guy driving looked very happy.
A '72 Olds Cutlass SS was my first car. I'd love to find one available around here!
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A '72 Olds Cutlass SS was my first car. I'd love to find one available around here!
I'm pretty sure this wasn't an SS, those badges should have been visible. It wasn't restored to pristine condition but the body looked quite good for a New England car.
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What's the most interesting car you saw today?


Saw a new Alfa Romeo 4c in front of the Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown Atlanta. I walk past that hotel everyday and it is always an auto enthisiast treat. Teslas, Porsches, even Ferraris are common, but the 4c stood out. That is a damn sexy car. .
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Cars used to be by personal import permit - if you could import a new car, you could immediately turn around it sell it at a profit.

The rort for the foreign service was being allowed to bring home your personal use vehicle and sell for a hefty profit.
Yeah, I'm old enough to remember the local assembly plants, where they'd import cars CKD and put them together in South Auckland or Thames. Hugely inefficient, but kept alive by massive import tariffs on overseas manufactured vehicles. Buying local jobs and paying for them with excessive taxes, basically: we really were Eastern European.
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Spotted what I think to be a 1960 Ford Thunderbird on the way to work today. Same color, too.
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Spotted what I think to be a 1960 Ford Thunderbird on the way to work today. Same color, too.
Snap!

I saw a first-generation Thunderbird (similar color combo to the picture) on the freeway on my way home this evening.
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Yeah, I'm old enough to remember the local assembly plants, where they'd import cars CKD and put them together in South Auckland or Thames. Hugely inefficient, but kept alive by massive import tariffs on overseas manufactured vehicles. Buying local jobs and paying for them with excessive taxes, basically: we really were Eastern European.
Probably a discussion for another thread, but you've got me beat in the age stakes then - I've got a vague recollection of the last plant closing, but no more --- it's all history learnt at school for me

I think there's still one or two boutique manufacturers round Christchurch somewhere turning Cobra replicas...
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So many good choices it's hard to decide; however for yesterday I'm going with the Maserati w/ Illinois plates...in Poland!!!

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So far today, a host of garbage trucks. But I haven't been out of the house yet. Can you say first day of vacation?
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