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1977 Dodge Charger SE at the 2018 Cops And Rodders at DeVry

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By 1977, the Dodge Charger was no longer the lithe, sexy muscle car of its youth. Continue reading 1977 Dodge Charger SE at the 2018 Cops And Rodders at DeVry

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The Lincoln Mark VII Chronicles, Part VI: All Good Things Come to an End.

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Well, like all things, this story has to end. It was September 2017, and the Lincoln was running and driving with a new battery, water pump, and fuel pump. The power steering system was still leaking like a sieve and it smelled funny like always, but I did not care. The day I picked it up, I took over running a poker game at a local bar and everyone was genuinely shocked to see me pull up in the thing, especially after I’d killed it on the highway a week prior. With a whole day of driving in hot September temperatures under its belt, I was confident the Lincoln could make it on the trip it didn’t make the year prior–Radnor. Continue reading The Lincoln Mark VII Chronicles, Part VI: All Good Things Come to an End.

1929 Auburn Cabin Speedster at Amelia Island

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This astounding Auburn caught my eye while driving around on the street the day prior to the Concours. It was one of those extra special cars that stopped me in my tracks, making me drool like an idiot. That swooping shape, the clean two-tone green with cream white, it was a sight to be seen in the show, let alone out on the public road.

The car itself is actually a replica of a one-off Auburn that was destroyed in a fire at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 1929. It’s made of all original Auburn parts, built using the original drawings, so it’s a worthy successor to the original car. I feel like such a story repeats itself throughout history in the automotive world, where an original one-off is destroyed and it has to be replaced by a replica. The Jaguar XJ-13, the Lamborghini Miura Jota, and the Bugatti Type 57 Aerolithe all come to mind, among others.

I’m glad this Auburn exists!

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Pre-War Elegance at NYIAS: A Bugatti and a Packard

Bugatti and a Packard at NYIAS

It’s crazy to think that this Bugatti, worth $10 million (give or take), was worth more than a handful of the exhibits in the main hall put together. Like more than all of the Ford, Dodge, Hyundai, Nissan, Chevy, and Volkswagen exhibits put together.

-Nick

1956 Plymouth Plainsman at the 2018 Amelia Island Concours

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Chrysler was known for its “ideas” cars on the show circuit in the Fifties. While Ford and Chevy raced on the track, Plymouth wanted to innovate. Enter this unusual station wagon. With flat-folding seats, a power-retractable third row seat, power tailgate with retracting rear window, and an incredibly luxurious interior, the Plainsman was very far ahead of its time as a concept. The car would eventually be sold to Chrysler’s Latin American sales president, who escaped Cuba with it during the Revolution. This car traveled the world before being restored nut-and-bolt in California very recently and looked truly incredible, despite being buried in the back of the field. Enjoy the photos of this incredibly unique station wagon. Continue reading 1956 Plymouth Plainsman at the 2018 Amelia Island Concours

1964 Pontiac GTO spotted on Highway A1A, Florida

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Nick and I had a free day instead of Concours Sunday at Amelia, as they moved the show up a day due to the fear of a rainstorm. Luckily, the weather stayed nice, so we just took a ride down the coast for no good reason (which is as good a reason as any). On our way back, we came across this nicely-preserved 1964 Pontiac GTO, proving as always that the originals are always the best.

Can Cadillac Connect with Millennials via their new XT4?

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Cadillac is not a brand known for being popular with Millennials who are looking at luxury transportation. No matter how good their cars are (and for the most part, they’re far better than they were when I was in high school), people of my generation, for the most part, have stayed away–preferring either Buicks (shockingly enough), Audis, and Lexuses. I’ve also seen an increasing number of well-heeled fellow twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings chasing after the usual BMW and Mercedes suspects. Well, I think Cadillac might have a winner with their new XT4. Continue reading Can Cadillac Connect with Millennials via their new XT4?

This white Duesenberg Model J showed the new cars what class looks like at NYIAS 2018

Duesenberg Model J at NYIAS 2018

Just when I thought some of the new cars had style, I walked downstairs and saw this glorious white Duesey in the classics. Aerodynamic efficiency and safety structure is all fine and good, but nothing today has style like the top-tier cars of the 1920’s and 30’s.

These days everyone has a Phantom or a Lambo. If you roll up in a big Duesenberg like this one, it’s game over. You win.

-Nick Walker

The Lincoln Mark VII Chronicles, Part V: “What’s that Noise?”

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By the end of July, the Lincoln was temporarily out of commission. I’d tried to drive it to work, but now it was clear that I wasn’t going anywhere. A dead battery sidelined it, while I was far too lazy at the time to fix anything on it. Continue reading The Lincoln Mark VII Chronicles, Part V: “What’s that Noise?”