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Here's a picture of it with the last owner (my boss bought it from him in 2011).



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Ummm, that is a TR2 or TR3. Not Triumph's first sports car by a long shot.
Wonderful car, it is on my bucket list.
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Ummm, that is a TR2 or TR3. Not Triumph's first sports car by a long shot.
Wonderful car, it is on my bucket list.
Google Image search on that picture says it is the first production TR2. I can see where the confusion comes from. Still a really cool car.
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A few interesting ones.

About a week ago, a London taxi, painted pink. (Had the logo of some hotel on the door, but I can't remember which one.)

Saturday, a second-generation Corvette.

Last night, a Cadillac XLR. Never seen one before; according to Wikipedia only about 15,000 were made.
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Last night, a Cadillac XLR. Never seen one before; according to Wikipedia only about 15,000 were made.
Funny, I saw one yesterday as well. On I-93 headed south out of Boston, top down.
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Last night, a Cadillac XLR. Never seen one before; according to Wikipedia only about 15,000 were made.
I saw two on my 20 drive home from work one night last week. I seem to see one every few months or so. I didn't know they were considered that unusual. I'd love to have one some day.
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I also didn't realize they were rare - my mom's buddy drives one.

I live near a couple of Art Cars and see them fairly regularly in my neighborhood. We used to have a dragon mobile, an older Civic looking thing with a dragon head coming out of the roof, the sides painted like scales. I haven't seen the penny car in a year or so, but I believe it's still around somewhere.
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Some friends just spotted this art car yesterday. I can't imagine it handles well at highway speeds.

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Not today but recently, I saw two De Loreans cruising down the freeway.
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Ummm, that is a TR2 or TR3. Not Triumph's first sports car by a long shot.
Wonderful car, it is on my bucket list.
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Google Image search on that picture says it is the first production TR2. I can see where the confusion comes from. Still a really cool car.
Sorry, yes, the first TR2. Forgive me; I'm way out of my depth when talking about cars. But I've seen it in person plenty of times, and it is indeed beautiful.
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Some friends just spotted this art car yesterday. I can't imagine it handles well at highway speeds.
Is that the Dodge Omni COD?
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Not today but recently, I saw two De Loreans cruising down the freeway.
Are you sure the second one wasn't actually the first one four seconds later? You know how those Flux Capacitors are.
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Something ate my post.

I missed the part about the first sports car.
I met Joe Richards years ago at Watkins Glen, and got to see this very car run the Glen.

My -3 is just as nice, but certainly not as rare!

Does your boss intend to drive it at all, or just show it around? It would please everyone who sees it at a vintage race.
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Are you sure the second one wasn't actually the first one four seconds later? You know how those Flux Capacitors are.
D'oh!
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Not today but recently, I saw two De Loreans cruising down the freeway.
Years ago I was visiting the house I used to live in, out in Bellevue WA. We came around the corner and there was a Delorean. And another Delorean. And a third, fourth, fifth, etc. We had stumbled on a meeting of the Delorean club of Seattle.
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Years ago I was visiting the house I used to live in, out in Bellevue WA. We came around the corner and there was a Delorean. And another Delorean. And a third, fourth, fifth, etc. We had stumbled on a meeting of the Delorean club of Seattle.
Awful cars, especially in BTTF mode, but gorgeous. Especially this one, which somone managed to paint black.
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Just saw two Tesla S in the space of two days round about my neck of the woods (Cal central coast) Surprising. Very impressive looks.
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I live in Carlisle, PA, which has 11 car shows between April and October. During a car show weekend, it's rare when I don't see something interesting.

But today? The sprog's school principal drives a Chevy Bel Air that he restored himself. He keeps it garaged during the winter and brings it out when it's nice.
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Not much interesting today, best of the bunch was a fairly sad looking MB 300D from the early 80's.
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I was in the driveway washing cars today when a yellow Opel GT drove by. I yelled & waved, but we're a little far back from the road to be noticed unless you're looking.

My oldest sister had a yellow one back in 1977 or so, and I've always loved them. Cute as a bug, and a little Corvette-like.

I haven't seen one in years, and then one drives by the house!
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Ferrari 458. In purple. It was not a good thing.
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My drive to and from work takes me through a fairly exclusive area... an NFL owner, the inventor of voice mail, etc. so I tend to see some pretty exotic cars on a semi regular basis (including an Enzo once).

The last couple of days though I saw a couple that caught my eye. There was a nice blue car in my side mirror approaching that I saw and I was trying to figure out if it was a Ferrari or a Lotus. It got along side of me and I realized it was a Pontiac Fiero GT from the mid 80's. Say what you will about the performance, it was still a pretty car. I did laugh a bit though when I realized that my "exotic" spotting was an old Pontiac. Looked just like this http://www.motortopia.com/cars/1986-pontiac-fiero-12004

The other was only a few blocks from my house, and I don't know the exact make or model, but it was a Japanese Mini Truck... complete with the right hand drive. It had writing on it which I couldn't read as we went past, but I figure this is the definition of a "small business." It sounded like a moped.

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I spotted an interesting car yesterday, in traffic. it was some kind of 1949 Ford, with mat black body and sparkling gold roof and dash.
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On the way home today I saw a red first generation Lamborghini Countach... the ones with the pointy front end. It looked great from the side but very dated from the front. Of course it was parked in front of a mechanic's shop so that isn't the best sign.
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The only Maserati I've ever seen on the streets was on a tow truck hook, FWIW.
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I've seen two today. One is this 1968 Mercury Meteor and the other is similar to this link a VW pick up which I have learned is a Type 3 . It needs some work but would it ever be a fun project car.

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I realized it was a Pontiac Fiero GT from the mid 80's
The Fiero was the cause of my first bout of car envy: one of the other girls at my high school drove one (I graduated in '89), and I thought it was totally rad.
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Not today, but Friday on my afternoon run I saw a very nicely restored Chevelle SS in Arrest Me Orange. The owner must have been putting it out on the streets again after the long winter.
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We're currently visiting friends and family in the Bay Area, and today we drove from Santa Cruz to San Francisco along the coast on Highway 1.

Being Sunday, there was plenty of traffic, and the nicer cars were generally a predictable mix of BMWs, Porsche Boxsters, late-model Corvettes, and Audis.

At one stage, though, we were in a line of traffic, and three cars ahead was a low-slung car with massively wide rear tires. At first glance i thought it might be a Ferrari or Lamborghini, but i'm pretty familiar with the rear profile of those cars.

Then i worked it out, and had my suspicions confirmed when it pulled off to park. It was that classic mix of Euro styling and American muscle, the De Tomaso Pantera. It was an earlier model, without a wing and without the wide flared wheel arches of some of the later models.

It explained the fat tires. IIRC from my teenaged, car mag-reading days, some of the Pantera models used the same 345/35 Pirelli's as the Lamborghini Countach. That was about as wide as you could get.
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Today, I saw not one, but two vintage VW Beetles -- both convertables, both with the top down and enjoying the fine weather. Not two traveling together, mind you, I saw a blue one in the morning, and a white one in the afternoon, about 50 miles from one another.
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The only Maserati I've ever seen on the streets was on a tow truck hook, FWIW.
On Friday, I was behind a 1982 4 Porte w/ historic plates, brown like in the link. The best part was I was behind him as we drove past the Maserati dealer & 20 of it's newer namesake in the lot.

I saw an early '80s baby blue Coupe de Ville, for sale. It looked clean as I drove past the lot.
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Yesterday at the supermarket saw a light green Austin-Healey bug-eye Sprite in great shape. In chatting with the owner about things vintage (I'd ridden my '78 motorcycle and was next to him), he suggested I could easily fit into one. I'm 6'1", 190# and a bit broad-shouldered. That experiment didn't work out for either of us...
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There was a Ford Fairlane parked next to us at lunch yesterday.
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I'd seen this car last year but it must have been in storage all winter. It was 1960's era Fiat 500 in this color. It's amazingly tiny, just hard to imagine how small it really is by looking at a photo.
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On the drive north yesterday we saw a beautiful silver split window corvette cruising on the highway. Lots of people were taking their babies out in the perfect weather but that one took the prize.
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Yesterday, while driving past a small car show (sometimes restaurants put them on in their parking lots) I saw a '69 VW bus pickup fully restored and painted in bright pastels.

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Saw my first real life Tesla S in a parking lot in Edmonton; Daddy like!
I just spent a few weeks in San Francisco, and i lost count of the number of Teslas i saw. They're all over the place up there. Seems to be the new luxury ride of choice for the wealthy techies and wealthy liberals that are so prevalent in the Bay Area.

On the last day, on the way to the airport, got passed on the freeway by a Gallardo convertible.

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On my run yesterday someone passed by in an original Mini - I'm always amazed how small the are compared to the modern ones.
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On yesterday's commute home there was an early to mid-50's GM pickup, in bright red. It was well restored and looked great.
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Absolutely nothing.

Thanks to all the brine and salt they use on the roads around here, the average car is probably little more than five years old, so there's an awful lot of boring sameness. You could stand on a corner and quickly run out of numbers to count all of the entry-level Camaros and Mustangs, and the generic Camrys, Civics, Fusions, etc. The weird thing is that there are very few rattling rustbuckets on the roads, so I'm not sure where they go. I do know that our insurance rates are high as drivers in the Carolinas are some of the worst in the country, so perhaps people are just smashing them up before they have a chance to rust.

A couple of months ago, I was in San Francisco on business, and remembered one of the things I liked about California - car bodies are almost eternal there, so there was no shortage of old Volvos, Beetles, Metropolitans, etc.
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Came out to my bike and a weird-looking Humvee like vehicle was parked next to me. Turns out it was a Wrangler JK, which I've never seen or heard of.
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