All posts by Albert S. Davis

A Super-Sized ’64 Caddy at the Scarsdale Concours

1964 Fleetwood Front

Back in October, there was one car at Scarsdale that made everything look like a toy. Even the Ferraris and Jaguar sports cars trembled in its wake. It may not outrun the Corvettes, or the Z28 at teh show, but it will certainly sit in their rear view mirrors, making them tremble and wonder which politician’s palm they forgot to grease. Say hello to this big, mean, imposing 1964 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 four-door hardtop. I did. Then I checked my messages to see if I’d forgotten about a sports book debt I owed.

Time to pay up.

1964 Fleetwood Rear

1964 Fleetwood Front Clip Detail

1964 Fleetwood Rear Quarter Window

-Al

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The Lincoln Mark VII LSC Chronicles, Part 2: June, July, and August -The Plot Thickens

Mark VII Front

This is Part 2 in a series.

Where we last left this story, I had taken a few interviews and the Lincoln had barfed coolant all over South Jersey. By the beginning of June, I’d parked the poor thing and taken back to driving the Legacy nearly full-time. I’d hit off on a few good interviews in the beginning of June, and while walking out to take the Lincoln to the center of town to pick up election results with my friend Damon, I got the offer as I started the engine. What started out as another day in the pack, had become a blessing. A blessing that turned into a curse, within due time. Continue reading The Lincoln Mark VII LSC Chronicles, Part 2: June, July, and August -The Plot Thickens

The Lincoln Mark VII LSC Chronicles, Part 1: April and May – Continuing The Story.

Mark VII Front Angle 3

This is Part 1 of an occasional series.

On April 16, as most of you dear readers know, I purchased this big gray Lincoln Mark VII LSC to replace my Miata, which I’d sold to Nick. What most of you don’t know, is the rest of the story. Through this occasional series, I will work to chronicle the past six months of what I’ve done with this gigantic piece of American history, and how it has fit into the other parts of my life in that time. Continue reading The Lincoln Mark VII LSC Chronicles, Part 1: April and May – Continuing The Story.

1968 Lancia Fulvia Series 1 at the 2016 Scarsdale Concours

1968 Lancia Fulvia Front

What will always strike me about Lancia is just how good they look, even as a normal sort of car. This ’68 Fulvia sat next to a contemporary Ferrari 330 2+2, and still held its own for styling. This isn’t a supercar. It’s not even really supposed to be a sports-styled car of its era. But the eggshell white paint, tasteful minimum of chrome trim, and pert headlights and taillights accent the sharp body lines and bring out the best of the flair that the stylist of the Fulvia put in place. Of all the Italian cars in attendance at Scarsdale last week, this one was my #2, behind the silver 275 GTB (more on that next week) sitting down the street. Enjoy the photos of this offbeat Italian classic. Continue reading 1968 Lancia Fulvia Series 1 at the 2016 Scarsdale Concours

The Grand Racing Quiz – Clarkson, May and Hammond are back!

In the video we feature here today, the former Top Gear hosts return to the screen in a preview for their new show on Amazon Prime, called The Grand Tour. This will definitely be a great show–with more freedom of creativity given to the presenters and less regulation on what they can say, I fully expect mayhem. Here, each one takes a C7 Corvette around the track and answers trivia questions while behind the wheel. Every wrong answer results in a 1 second penalty. Watch to find out who wins!

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz at the 2016 Lime Rock Concours

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Front

At Lime Rock this year, I had no idea what to expect, this being my first time attending. What I really didn’t expect was to see a slick black ’57 Cadillac sitting on the field, much less one owned by Skip Barber. This being an enormous, fab-Fifties convertible, it doesn’t make much sense to me that Skip would own one of these, but I’m glad he does, since this car is very tasteful. The black paint and red leather seats go together perfectly, while the parade boot adds a touch of pomp and circumstance–exactly what every 50s Caddy needs. Enjoy the photos. Continue reading 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz at the 2016 Lime Rock Concours

The Porsche 911R: The Porsche Class President?

In this newest episode of Ignition, Jason Cammisa nails it yet again–this time with the new Porsche 911R. It’s not as fast as a GT3, it costs as much as three Dodge Challenger Hellcats, and it’s already completely sold out. It’s not the most methodically quick 911 around–but it has the cojones where it counts, and exists to thrill its driver to the core. It may lack the insanity of the GT brothers and sisters in its own lineup, but it makes up for it by being a complete party animal. It’s like the class clown who gets A minuses and B plusses in class, but buys a round of drinks after final exams and graduates with honors. In other words, this 911R is a true class act.

1968 Shelby GT500KR at Lime Rock

1968 Shelby GT500KR Front

Bright yellow works on a good many cars. But eye-scorching, retina-searing yellow works even better on the Shelby GT500KR. This is one of the most over-the-top garish colors I’ve ever seen, and in the sunlight it pops like nothing I’ve seen in some time. Packing a 428 cubic inch big-block Ford V8 coupled to a four-speed heavy-duty manual transmission, the GT500KR was an expensive thrill ride for the fortunate and knowing few who could get their hands on one. I imagine whoever first ordered this car had zero shame and feared no one. Enjoy the photos of this gorgeous old-school rock star car. Continue reading 1968 Shelby GT500KR at Lime Rock

Modified 1971 Dodge Challenger spotted on 287 South in North Jersey

1971 Dodge Challenger Rear

On our way home from Lime Rock (where Nick saw yesterday’s featured Purple People Eater Hellcat), Shane and I were right behind him and saw this mean triple-black 1971 model, featuring massive tires and an exhaust note that could drown out a jungle cat. I may like the Hellcat, but I prefer the classic E-body to the newer designs.

Spotted by: Shane and Al

1991 Dodge Spirit R/T at the Radnor Hunt Car Corral

1991 Dodge Spirit R:T Front

A Dodge Spirit does not belong in a Concours. It belongs in a Cars and Coffee if and only if Grandma Mildred or Grandpa Irving need to make a morning run to the local Pathmark to get fresh bread before the grandchildren show up. However, what you’re staring at today is not a normal Dodge Spirit. Carroll Shelby (may he rest in peace) got ahold of this one, and managed to turn a pereniall snore-mobile into one of Chrysler’s more eclectic fast sedans. Continue reading 1991 Dodge Spirit R/T at the Radnor Hunt Car Corral

Miata…or Fiata? That, is the question!

Jason Cammisa doesn’t skip a beat from the downbeat on this bass-addled (the music is excellent in this episode of Ignition) comparison test. The Miata and its new, somewhat attractive sister, the Fiat 124 Spider, are put against one another to figure out which is a superior product. I personally love the ND Miata so I would rather have that–but here in the USA, we have freedom of choice. So, which one is really best? Take a little time and have a watch.

-Albert S. Davis