Normally, I’m not a big Mustang guy. I usually go after Barracudas from the Sixties and Seventies, because I’m more of a Plymouth guy for that era. But, I make some exceptions, and Roadkill, my personal favorite YouTube show, resurrected this derelict, nasty, trashed old Mustang from a boneyard in Colorado, and got it home. I won’t reveal any details but for this–do not watch this one on a full stomach, because this is one of the most far-gone cars I’ve seen these two rescue. Watch it!
Even as you leave Greenwich, you’re bound to see some nice cars on the way home. This time, I only had to walk a few feet from the car to glimpse one of the finest looking sedans of the 1960s. This little Alfa 1750 was taking up space, and time, in the parking deck, and showing off its best lines while I took a few pictures. It’s a shame that they don’t make cars like this anymore. Enjoy the photos.
By December, the Mark VII was sitting in the garage, in from the cold but not forgotten. I got car parts for my birthday, including a new set of front air springs, a compressor, and rebuild kits for each front solenoid. While I successfully installed everything, the rear failed while fixing the front. Continue reading The Lincoln Mark VII Chronicles, Part IV: Back In The Saddle Again (briefly)
Pontiac, before General Motors decided to kill the brand, made some of my favorite mid-priced cars. While some scorn and say that they were just Chevrolets with some extra body cladding, there was a time where that just wasn’t true. Back in the 1960s, John Z. Delorean wanted to put some pep in the General’s step–and he decided to use a time honored formula of taking a big engine and cramming it into a car smaller than normal. The new Tempest was a great candidate, being Pontiac’s newest intermediate in 1964, so it was chosen. Then, a 389 cubic inch V8 was bolted in, and the car was sent off to showrooms.
Continue reading 1967 Pontiac GTO at the Misselwood Concours
Three years ago, Nick and I met Mike Musto, a man with enough personality to fill all of Middlesex and Mercer County and a big fan of old-school muscle cars (my sort of thing). His new show, House of Muscle, is a show that’s absolutely worth watching. In this latest episode, he ends up in a little rural part of Alabama and shows us all some muscle car clones that aren’t perfect, but are a blast to drive and aren’t trailer queens. These are cars that are run hard, put away wet, and maintained the way the owners want, not how the collectors demand. It’s always great to see folks with old cars like these actually run them around and use them. While I own a car that’s far newer (my beat up Lincoln, which currently isn’t running thanks to an engine problem), it isn’t perfect either–and this man from Alabama deserves my respect.
Even though this Superbird wasn’t present at the Misselwood Concours, it participated in the Tour d’Elegance the day before. I’ve been a longtime fan of the wild wing cars, and this one certainly kept my attention. Sporting Tor-Red paint and bench seats, its unusual combination of a column shift and the wing car body was a fetching and unusual presentation. Continue reading 1970 Plymouth Superbird at the Misselwood Tour d’Elegance
There’s something eerie about the Continental. This was a car that started Lincoln into a short era of understated class, just in time for the Sixties to start. Sales hit near-record highs compared to previous seasons and buyers absolutely loved the new look, so much in fact that it wasn’t until the glitzy and ritzy Continental Mark III came out in 1968 that Lincoln went back to the excesses we know and love today (as much as the early ones). This ’62 looked straight as a die and was ready for a night out on the town–even though it wasn’t even 10AM yet when I took these pictures.
-Albert S. Davis
Happy Birthday, America. You aren’t perfect, but I love you anyway. Just like this Cadillac. In 1976, the USA turned a nice, round 200 years old. Things were, to say, a bit off-kilter in the world of American cars. The muscle car era was dead and gone. Imports were starting to take the domestic companies’ lunch and dinner away. And safety mavens (or so they called themselves) had put to death the classic American big convertible. As safety regulations began to tighten more and more, less companies were inclined to build convertibles. By 1976, only one major American car company still had a convertible in their lineup, and it was Cadillac. Stubborn to the end, the Eldorado marketing team wanted to send their flagship (and it sure was a flagship, with sharp lines, king-size proportions, an incredible menu of standard equipment for the era, and a ride soft enough to keep a baby sleeping for hundreds of miles) out in style. Continue reading 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Bicentennial Edition at the 2017 Greenwich Concours
Mercedes-Benz has made the SL for over 60 years, and despite the fact that some of them have been duds, the original is a timeless classic. Some people love the Gullwings, others love the Roadsters. I’m firmly in the latter camp, by virtue of the fact that the first toy car I bought with my own money selling candy as a kid was an ivory-colored 190SL Roadster. I don’t have it anymore, but the memories flood back when I see a 190 droptop in the flesh. This medium blue example drew a lot of attention at Monmouth Park Racetrack this weekend. It succeeded in keeping my attention span occupied for a good amount of time, and was my favorite foreign car at the show. Enjoy the photos of this timeless piece of artwork.
Continue reading 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster at the Haskell Car Show
When it comes to the Mazda RX-7, the final generation is the one I seem to gravitate to. I can’t explain why. Perhaps its the “forbidden fruit” aspect of it, since they are not often seen out in the wild. Or, perhaps its the fact that it seems to be right no matter if it still packs its original twin-turbo Wankel powerplant, or some sort of Chevrolet LS engine. Both engines fit this car’s styling almost too well. This one seems to pack an LS1 out of a Corvette and the swap is as clean as they come. Enjoy the photos. Continue reading Mazda FD RX-7 with a dirty little secret at the CF Charities Supercar Show
Roadkill has become my favorite YouTube show over the past few years. The reason is pretty easy to understand–take old cars, two guys who’ve seen everything about old cars for years, and a sense of humor that I can relate to (since I’ve been stuck working on two old cars for two years now), and the formula comes together. In this episode, Finnegan’s beat-up old Datsun 240Z, packing heat from a small block Ford with a turbo off a diesel F-Series HD, takes to the track against a car they built for Mighty Car Mods, a 1969 Chevy Impala with the same engine from the Crusher Camaro, a famous Hot Rod Magazine build–this time, it’s a 427 ci Chevrolet big block topped with a mean-looking supercharger. Who’s going to win this battle? Find out by clicking “Play”! Grab the popcorn (or Hot Pockets, or beer, or whiskey), this is a good one.