This stunningly beautiful Cord was spotted in the Larz Anderson Museum last weekend. It’s an early 1930’s model, and it was front wheel drive. Surprising right? According to the write-up at the museum, this car’s hood line was about 1 foot lower than the comparable cars at the time. That gave it a super sleek & low look that other companies were incapable of doing. The most interesting thing that I noticed though, was that the front bumpers were attached to the suspension. That meant that when the wheels bounced up or down, the bumper went with them which kept the bumper at a constant height. Quite clever I’d say… I wonder what the torque steer was like?
Until about a week ago, I had never looked under hood of a Jensen Healey. The drivetrain could have been comprised of a gaggle of hamsters for all I knew. I snapped off this picture and did a bit of research. It turned out that only about 2500 of these cars were sold in the US between 1972 – 1976? (ish). It all made sense now. I had probably never even seen one of the cars before! That’s why I had never seen under the hood! The car itself kind of looks like the offspring of a 1960’s Mazda Cosmo and a 1999+ Toyota MR2. The shape and design of the car isn’t really too life changing, but it does have a super cool Lotus engine under the hood that I enjoyed staring at. (more…)
These PPG mixing cups are so amazingly useful in the garage it is almost frightening. Along with measuring & mixing paint, they hold nuts & bolts, catch small leaks, they don’t melt when you put gas / brake cleaner / carb cleaner in them, AND they don’t explode into 1000 pieces when you accidentally run them over. Oh yeah! I almost forgot! They also hide little mice perfectly, so when you grab the top mixing cup and feel it wiggle a bit in your hand, shriek out a high pitched scream that you hope nobody heard, and find a little tiny mouse inside, don’t be surprised. I’ve …. heard it actually could happen. If this strange turn of events develops on your property, just calmly bring your new friend outside and let him back into the wilderness. Unless he can weld, he’ll be much happier there than in your garage.
Over the weekend I spotted this super clean Citroen. I don’t know a much about them, but I’m fairly confident that this is a 2CV model. It was probably built between 1960-something and 1980-something. Since the body was basically the same for its entire 20+ year production, it’s tough for the non-Citroen enthusiast to spot the differences. The one thing that I do know is that Sunday was a beautiful day and their roof was rolled back, making it a far more appropriate summer vehicle than my 4 door, sunroof-less, Subaru 2.5 RS. I must say that I did walk away from the Citreon moderately confused about the shoes hanging on the front bumper, but for all I know, it could have been designed for that.
Raise up those hands if you love Monte Carlos! No? Yes? Anybody? Ok, now raise your hands higher if you love the subtle lower fender 454 SS emblem on the 1st generation bodies. It’s nothing, just a mere 500 foot pounds of torque at 3500 rpm. Whhhaaaaaaaa??! Oh it’s no big deal really. Sure you can smolder your tires into a pile of molten goo at every intersection, but then you are just a show off, and who wants that? (more…)
When you are a gearhead, people you meet often tell you about cool cars that they once owned, or once saw. If you are really lucky, they still own those cool cars, and they want to show them off. The other day when I was writing that blog about that hidden 1964 Corvette Convertible with the factory fuel injection, I realized that I actually know about a 1963 split window Corvette too! Much like every cool car though, it comes with a story. (more…)
Last weekend Formula D was making noise in Atlanta Georgia. A friend of mine named Ethan drove several hours to attend this event and luckily for us, he took about 1 million pictures while he was there. From the looks of it, swapping new LSx V8’s into the small rear wheel drive imports seems to be a growing trend. If you have ever had the pleasure of burying your foot into the go-pedal of a newer Corvette, you can understand why. The sounds coming from these vehicles drifting around the track must have been music to the ears. I really need to get myself to one of these events….
Anyway > Here are 41 of my favorites pictures: (more…)