Love For Zephyrs. The Old Ones. The Ones With V12′s.

If there is one thing in life that everybody in the world can agree on, it’s Lincoln Zephyr’s.  Everybody on this giant, soaking wet planet loves an old Zephyr. That’s is a fact! This one? It was in…credible! Say this next part out loud slowly so that you really feel it – Running V12. Solid original steel. 1955 window sticker. Original spare tire. “Hoover for president” license plate. And, never ending class that post Y2K humans don’t even know about. Yes, this car was mint-colored automotive lovin’ for sure. Why didn’t I buy it? I don’t have any idea. Dumbest move ever. Thanks for reminding me.

Worth noting: Someday, I’m going to learn how to use a camera.

 

Ageless: The BMW 635 CSI Edition

Some cars age really, really well, and the BMW 6 series is most certainly one of them. This past weekend I attended a car show at a local car dealer, and this beautifully BMW 635 CSI was in the parking lot staring at me. Amazingly, this car was not part of the car show. It was shameful really, because this car was incredibly well kept, and easily as nice as many of the show cars. The body of this BMW was flawless, the wheels were flawless, and it had clearly been loved from the moment it left the factory. Well done BMW. You made my Sunday.

1000 Old Car Wreck Pictures from the Boston Public Library

 

Okay fine, maybe it’s only 984 pictures, but sometimes in life you need to massage numbers up or down to suit your needs. This is my time to do so. Regardless, 984 pictures is still a lot of old car wreck pictures to thumb through, so you will want to grab a nice iced mocha latte or something for this little morbid afternoon journey.  I’ve gone through quite a few of these and I didn’t see any grotesque stuff (read: blood, guts, etc), but look at your own risk just in case I overlooked it.

This is the link to the 984 car accident picture slide show. (Best way to view them)

The thing that amazes me the most about them, is the picture quality.  The vast majority of these images are from between 1925 and 1955, and the clarity of the images is far better than anything that I could do right now.  Then again, I am photographically illiterate.  Anywho, enjoy the nearly one thousand pictures of old car wrecks, accidents, or whatever you prefer to call them.

This is if you don’t like slide shows and would rather click individual car accident pictures.

All images are borrowed from the links above at the Boston Public Library

 

What’s The Coolest Car That You Have Found Hidden?

 

Being a car-guy, my casual conversations always head in the direction of cars, whether I know the person that I’m talking to or not. One of the wonderful things about this, is that when people know you’re a car-guy, they tell you about interesting cars that they know about. It happens way more often than you would think, and I’m not one to turn down a possible barn find.  Because of this, I frequently find myself on fascinating adventures that that lead me to vehicles that haven’t seen humans in many, many years.  I’ve had many highs and many lows, but even the lows are better than no chase at all.  I’ve had people tell me about and/or show me a split window Corvette, an insanely rare 64 fuel injected convertible Corvette, a Ferrari 308, a Mercedes 190SL, a 64 Impala convertible SS 4-speed, a Porsche in the back of a box truck, and even an entire building full of cars from the 1920′s to the 1970′s that hasn’t seen light in decades. I really have seen some pretty incredible stuff, and it’s all because people wanted to tell their own automotive story to a fellow car-guy.

Today we’re asking you: “What is the coolest car that you have found hiding from the world around it?”

Integrated Exhaust Manifolds

Cadillac CTS 3.6L Engine

Under the cover of darkness (okay, not really), there has been an evolutionary change going on beneath some new car hoods. Something that we all have grown to love & hate may finally become a thing of the past. For these new GM V6 engines, upgrading to a set of long tube headers for some added fun at the track is a total impossibility, because the exhaust manifold doesn’t even exist anymore. A tragedy? Nope, not really.

You see, General Motors has been starting to integrate the exhaust manifolds into the cylinder heads themselves.  This is absolutely terrific news for several reasons. It gives engineers & technicians a bit more room to play, weighs several pounds less, has fewer gaskets to blow, and it locates the catalytic converters closer to the cylinder heads which reduces emissions even further. Oh yeah, they also claim that these fancy new heads flow better than the old exhaust manifolds used to. So unless these integrated cylinder heads start cracking from heat cycles (plausible?), they are really nothing but great news for the enthusiasts and environmentalists alike. It’s a strange new world out there, and times they are a’ changin’.

Just a Twin Turbo Fairlane 500

In the warmer months, I find myself sauntering around car shows quite a bit. It keeps me motivated on my automotive projects, gives me some great ideas, and I often meet great people. One car that I have seen several times over the past couple of years is this 63-64? Fairlane 500 with a twin turbocharged 5.0L nestled under the hood. This sort of thing always brings a smile to my face because it’s soooo outside the box, and most likely disturbingly fast. Both of which I happen to appreciate greatly.

That said, I have absolutely no details on this car other than what you see in the pictures.  I can tell you that it appears to be a 5.0L fox body mustang engine with a couple turbos hanging off it.  It’s gotta have some kind of aftermarket ECU (megasquirt? AEM?) because well….it’s injected, and the owner has extra sensors wired up for measuring temperatures on the inlet and outlet of the intercooler. Most factory ECU’s can’t handle additional inputs.  Anywho, with that, I give leave you with this. An absolutely killer Fairlane 500 with an engine to match.

Simply A Great Looking Nova Drag Car

Nova Drag Car

This is simply a beautiful Nova drag car that I saw last season at New England Dragway in Epping New Hampshire.  Low cars with fat tires gets me every – single – time.

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