Posts from ‘Classic Cars’

Mar
07
1986 Stanza Wagon

1986 Nissan Stanza Wagon

When you think Nissan, you likely think of models such as the Altima, Pathfinder, Rogue, or some other popular, high-volume vehicle. Indeed, Nissan will come close to selling half a million Rogues and Rogue Sports in 2018.

Mar
05

Cadillac HT4100I’ve never heard it suggested that the Cadillac HT4100 V8 engine was flawed because it was rushed into production, but there is evidence to indicate that that was indeed the case.

If you don’t remember the HT4100, you’re not alone. As a result of the powerplant’s flaws (more on those in a moment) Cadillac marketing folks dropped the HT moniker after a few years, leaving subsequent updated versions of the engine unbranded.

Mar
01
Lincoln Continental Mark VII LSC

1990 Lincoln Continental Mark VII LSC

To everyone who says cars have gotten too expensive, I say phooey. Cars cost about the same now as they have for decades, inflation adjusted.

Feb
26
Vixen Motor Home

1986 Vixen 21 TD

Any good headhunter will tell you that it pays to be flexible when looking for a job. Sure, experience is good, but being willing and able to adapt to different projects almost always impresses potential employers.

Feb
23
The Phantom Thread Bristol 405 Saloon

Instead of a Rolls Royce or Bentley, Phantom Thread producers put wealthy and successful lead character Reynolds Woodcock in a Bristol 405 sedan.

The recently released period-piece drama Phantom Thread is a noteworthy film for many reasons. For starters, it was written and directed by celebrated auteur Paul Thomas Anderson, it’s been nominated for six Academy Awards (including Best Picture and Actor in a Leading Role), and it stars Oscar-winning thespian Daniel Day-Lewis in what Day-Lewis himself says is his last acting performance. For car enthusiasts, however, the film’s Bristol 405 four-door saloon is the real star.

Feb
20
1982 Imperial

1982 Imperial coupe

There are few automobiles to which more “firsts” and “lasts” can be awarded than the 1981-1983 Imperial.

Feb
19
1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

As a contemporary homage to the classic muscle car, the 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS followed the letter of the law, if not the spirit. The Monte SS was indeed a midsize car crammed full of big-car engine, but by ’87, “big-car” engines just weren’t what they used to be.

Feb
14
1978 Oldsmobile Aeroback, General Motors Aerobacks

1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon Brougham

It’s a popularly held position that General Motors doesn’t take enough styling chances—or at least it historically hasn’t. I would argue that there are plenty of Eighties and Nineties examples of rather sterile looking GM vehicles that support this point, but a slate of inoffensive Cieras, Malibus, and Skyhawks hardly tells the whole story. General Motors has, in fact, taken many styling chances over the years–though the results weren’t always positive.

Feb
02
Classic Ads 1982

1982 Dodge Charger 2.2

There is an air of parsimony to the automotive print ads of 1982. Take in all of the examples and take note of the following:

Jan
29
1989 Yugo Review

1989 Yugo GVX

Even folks with just a passing interest in comedy know that there are dozens of punch-line responses to the classic prompt, “Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup!” My new favorite is, “That’s possible–the chef used to be a tailor.”

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