I always seem to catch these lonely old work horses parked or abandoned alongside random rest stops just off the highway. This time around the subject was a Dodge B-Series ['48 - '53] that appears to be a daily driver. One thing is for sure…it sports an amazing patina. Love the “Job Rated” plaque that adorns the grille and the curvaceous 1950s Dodge lettering that’s sprawled across the beat up old tailgate.
Way cool and way cheap. Here’s a nice one for $5,400
Of course, this isn’t the real HEMI-powered “Little Red Wagon” known for poppin wheelies and laying down mounds of rubber at Cecil County Dragway back in February of ’65. It’s an amazingly awesome homage though and had me stopped like a dear in the headlights during a recent drive through La Jolla.
We couldn’t tell if this utterly cool A100 had the stock 100HP six-cylinder engine placement or instead mimicked Little Red Wagon’s 426 cu. In. Hemi Charger engine located just behind the snub-nosed cab. Either way, what a fabulous way to get around Southern California.
I will always have a sweet spot for these voluptuous shag demons. XK120 is a member of that rare automotive species capable of conjuring up an emotional response the minute your eyes hit the sheet metal. It’s not a car…it’s an object of beauty. I guess that’s why Ralph Lauren chose to include one in his world class collection,
Spotted this luscious, ultra clean gen 1 (’67 – ’69) Firebird drop top sitting pretty on 7th Avenue South. Assuming the hood ornamentation and functional scoops are of the real deal variety, this baby is sporting the 6.6L monster mill from the GTO with 325 HP and the optional Ram Air induction system (functional hood scoops, higher flow heads with stronger valve springs, and a different camshaft). Obviously this owner enjoys the best in life when it comes to classic vehicles as this is one of the more collectable Firebirds you can get.
Most people like getting their picture taken with the cars they love. The owner of this Lincoln, sporting one seriously pimped out Continental coupe, was an exception to the rule. He gave me serious evil eyes the moment I whipped out the camera. I quickly fired off a few rounds and holstered my sidearm. It was worth the brief discomfort I experienced as the light changed from yellow to green. This thing is so freekin cool…from the rich green paint to the unique chrome dish wheels and low rider stance.
I have said it before and I’ll say it again. The only opinion that matters when it comes to personalizing your ride is your own. With that being said, I am not quite sure what this Oldsmobile owner had in mind when choosing fluorescent marker colors as a two tone paint scheme on the American classic pictured here. The funny part is that this Portland cruiser might just be cool enough to pull it off.
It seems we are not the only car-obsessed New Yorkers attempting to catalog big apple auto culture. A new exhibit, Cars, Culture and the City, opened yesterday (runs through August 1st) at the Museum of the City of New York and is said to be the first to document New York ’s role in the promotion, marketing, and proliferation of the automobile as well as its transformative effect on the city and, ultimately, the country. Not only did several early American automakers manufacture cars in NYC but the city also played home to the country’s first car show more than 100 years ago at Madison Square Garden. Add in The French Connection and a couple of world expositions and you’re looking at a seriously important player in automotive history. The Mustang was even unveiled here – it doesn’t get any more American than that folks. While there are no actual cars inside (do you know how much real estate cost here?), the exhibit is packed with rarely-seen drawings, models, historic photographs, films, advertisements, and architectural schemes to reveal the shockingly important role NYC played in jump-starting the auto industry. So jump on the 6 train and check it out.
Images courtesy of The Museum of the City of New York (used with permission)