Pininfarina’s 1963 Corvette Rondine is quite possibly the prettiest car ever made. It would have been perfect for Cadillac.
I’ve been inspired to reflect on my teen years since I saw this post on the FP Wednesday. I was an arty, deeply closeted but obviously gay teenager who wore polyester ‘70s 3-piece suits to class to live out my Barney Miller TV Land fantasies. I didn’t have posters of F355's or Diablos or Vipers on my walls. Although I…
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It was shown to the public as part of AMC’s “Concept 80" campaign in 1977. AMC had an all-new subcompact vehicle platform in the advanced design stages at the time, but later concluded that the company didn’t have the money to tool up a completely new design.
Behold, the 1963-64 Studebaker Zipvan. In modified form, of course. Most were sold to the USPS as postal vans, though some weren’t.
The Spanish market understood. They took the 1966-73 Jeepster Commando chassis and turned it into an actual 4x4 minivan, which they sold from 1970-85 as the Jeep SV Toledo.
Here’s a 1961-75 Jeep FJ Fleetvan for your trouble.
In Doug’s latest YouTube video, he calls the 1973 Silver Shadow the “Rolls-Royce Phantom of its day.” Except for one small problem. The 1973 Rolls-Royce Phantom was the Rolls-Royce Phantom of its day.
The Regal is now in its 6th generation. The first two were RWD A and G-body cars. The second two were “sport sedan” developments of the W-body. And the most recent two have been Opel-based. FUN FACT:
Someone on my street has a ‘72 Ford Galaxie 500 hardtop with this poem taped inside the passenger side window. Only in Portland.
Not sure if the LGBTQ rainbow sticker that I put on the back after Pulse Orlando had anything to do with it. But here we are. How much cash am I out to fix this? How much will this buff out?
Haters step off. My beloved Buick Verano (I own a ‘13 model) is rated by Consumer Reports as the best entry-level luxury car on the market. Still. In its 6th and final model year. The CLA is rated the worst.
Great LaFayette’s Ghost! SIMCA bought Ford of France in 1954. Chrysler bought SIMCA and Rootes in the ‘60s to form Chrysler Europe. PSA bought Chrysler Europe in 1978. Now PSA has bought Opel/Vauxhall from GM. Collect them all!
Just yesterday, I posted a small appreciation of the Lancia Ardea. In it I explained that the sweet little thing had the smallest displacement V4 ever.
It’s the first mass-produced car with a 5-speed (1948). It’s got the smallest V4 production car engine (903cc) ever made. It clung to RHD when almost all of Continental Europe drove on the right. It’s the grandfather of the Fulvia and the great-great grandfather of the Delta.
Every time the CJ/Wrangler has been designed or redesigned, a different company has done the work:
Buick was the US division that initially reconnected GMNA with Holden. The 1995 XP2000 was the result and would have gone into production had Cadillac not worried it’d murder their upcoming and completely forgettable sales dud of a Catera.
Just spotted on the streets of downtown Portland. Mismatched wheel covers? Check. Heavy clearcoat peel? Check. Black carriage roof? Check indeedy.
I take a lot of shit on the FP for being a Buick guy. I post this knowing full well that even a whisper of favor given a big, new Buick over the new and worshipped S90 is going to come off as sacrilege around these parts. And I am not afraid.
Tire has slow leak that worsens in cold weather: