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Dec 3 2015
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Definitely agree with you regarding modern cars—if I was to get a daily driver tomorrow (currently don’t have one) it’d be at least 35 years old, and I’m hoping to make my next collector car (or maybe, more realistically, the one after that) a pre-war automobile.

And I’m generally of the to-each-their-own philosophy, Read more

Oct 26 2015
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Based on legendary cars? Yes. Engineering marvels? I’d say that’s stretching it. Some had some neat innovations (e.g. the Double-Entry Lincoln) but most suffered, or at least stood out, aesthetically for them.

Nevertheless, I will take your comment as fair criticism.

Oct 26 2015
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Yup. They had a proposal for some sort of spare tire shroud but couldn’t quite make it work, I think, and settled on this abomination instead.

Oct 26 2015
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Yup! Well aware of all that – and that’s a real damn good summary – but the retro throwback Lincoln commissioned in 1926 went well beyond carriage-sill doors or really any semblance of taste.

I won’t say there was no way to properly work in coach-type motifs into the bodywork of some of these full classics, but if Read more

Oct 26 2015
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Definitely one of the worst. Linked to it off of the gallery slide of the other gold/bronze-trimmed Rolls, but thinking maybe I should’ve switched this one in for the photo, now.

Oct 26 2015
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I’m just saying some of them make for some real head-scratching, and that some of them have proportions or features that make people gag, and that all of them are sort of outrageous.

I love coachbuilt cars – still saving up for that 1930 Packard Model 734 Speedster – and the best of the era are absolutely gorgeous. But Read more

Oct 26 2015
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I ain’t saying it’s not beautiful, just that whoever came up with these doors (which are arguably sort of practical, and were later adapted by Saoutchik to one or two other coachbuilt cars) was high on something.

Oct 26 2015
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All of them? Some of them are neat in spite of their peculiarities – and some of them for those pecularities, like the Double-Entry Lincolns – but you have to admit some of these cars’ proportions just don’t work.

Oct 25 2015
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I think the builder is waiting for the big reveal in December before he lets any media get an alright photo of it.

Oct 13 2015
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♫ Just out for a rip, are ya, HAL?
(<beep-beep-boop!>)
Just out for a rip?
(<ERROR CODE>) ♫

Sep 28 2015
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I wouldn’t be surprised. Jay Leno is almost definitely one as well.

Sep 28 2015
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That depends on your definition of “proper” restoration as well as the sort of car you’re talking about. I haven’t done nearly enough research on the restoration of pre-war cars to talk about that area, but muscle cars started getting treated to (what would gradually become) OE-spec restorations beginning in the late Read more

Sep 28 2015
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Yup. You said it all.

Inspired by a friend of mine (who, between her and her husband, has about four or five classics) I like to tell people who give me the “They don’t make ’em like they used to!” line about my ’71 Scamp an “And that’s a good thing!” in reply. I love my car to death, but, God, is it objectively Read more

Sep 28 2015
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Not gonna lie, first thing I thought of, too. Near top of list for me, just so I can mispronounce it like that when people ask what it is.

Sep 28 2015
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Though we didn’t include them in the gallery (’cause they’re memorabilia) I believe the Second World War fighter models are also for sale, actually.

Sep 12 2015
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Ten-to-one by the time I’m telling this story to my grandkids 50 years from now, I’ll be going on about it having been $100,000 in 1969 dollars ;)