Do you remember your first car? For car enthusiasts, a first car is more than just a means of getting from point a to point b. When they think about that car, they’re taken back to early solo drives, initial attempts at car repairs and that first-car sense of freedom. Welcome to 1A Auto’s “My First Car” series, in which our founders, management and staff share stories about their first cars. In the first post of the series, 1A Auto Public Relations Manager John MacDonald tells his first car love story.Read More
Whoa! This week, the 1A Blog landed at #6 on CouponAudit’s “Top 100 Auto Blogs to Follow in 2013”! A few of our friends made the list as well. We’re humbled and honored to be among some of the other great websites on this list. We will make 2013 bigger and better than 2012 for sure.
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Seeing cars and trucks used for their intended purposes does wonderful things for me. I like seeing trucks hauling heavy stuff, Mustangs and Camaros being brutally launched at the drag strip, and pricey exotics ripping at the corners of a road course. It’s refreshing. When I went to the SEMA show a few years ago, I remember being absolutely flabbergasted that people in Nevada still drive around old cars daily. Not as show cars, but as regular vehicles. Ah…. The beautiful thing about the dry climates….. rust isn’t desperately clawing at the bottom of your car trying to pull it back into the earth. As long as the engine stays spinning, and the seats don’t turn into dust, you should be able to drive your 75 Malibu as long as you want. I love this. These old cars that are driven daily and used for a purpose often lack some of the pinache’ that show cars have, but they have features that can’t be bought or built, it’s called character.
In my neighborhood, there is an old 58-59 Chevy truck that looks like it gets used for typical yard work, and “around town” type things. It has more character than any other car in town, and it’s tough to pinpoint why. It just looks sooo right from every angle. If I ever were lucky enough to own this truck, I don’t think I would change a thing about it. It is perfection.
What’s in your neighborhood?
9/17 Most Expensive Car on EBay.
Vehicle: Prago Picalo Item # 300467016924
Buy it Now Price: $5,200,000.00
Owner Says: “The car was produce hand make in the company Böhminischen Märischen Machine in the year 1934. In this time epoch till 1945 have sitting in the car prominent people. The car is a original and in well condition. You can feel the time.”
My Thoughts: I cannot feel the time for a Prago Picalo.
9/17 Least Expensive Car on EBay.
Vehicle: 1978 Triumph Spitfire # 280562381265
Buy it Now Price: $250
“For parts Still good parts left.
And take it all..Come with papers.
Can deliver short distance.
Trans / Rear /Lower motor block unit.
And a few other parts.”
My Thoughts: I STILL cannot feel the time for a Prago Picalo.
Much like a human, the story of where a car has been can seriously effect the car’s soul. Cars have souls? Yeap, they sure do, but it isn’t James Brown kind of soul though. It’s much different than that. When you know where a car has been and all of the amazing tales that go with it, it can instantly change a cars value, the way that you drive it, and its appeal to others. As a car enthusiast, I love hearing these automotive saga’s, because it can turn a very ordinary car into something special. Whether embellished or not, this is one of those tales.
When I was quite a bit younger, my dad and I went to car shows and often met up with a friend of his named Mike that had a 63 split window Corvette with a Mako Shark nose and a built 427 big block. The story with his car was an interesting one that landed it near the top of my automotive “Do Want!” list.
The story goes……..that the car was sitting behind a local dealer in the 1970’s after a bad accident. The nose was completely destroyed, it was missing tons of parts, and the engine had vanished. For months it sat in the snow and rain, looking more and more sad each day. Driving by it frequently, Mike made it well known to his wife that he really wanted that car VERY badly. Sure enough, his apparently awesome wife inquired about the car, bought it, and gave the sad looking pile of Corvette parts to him as a birthday present (Best b-day present ever? Probably.) He was thrilled, as any guy should be that just received a split window vette. The only downfall was that now he had to reassemble the puzzle pieces back together again. He started with a Mako Shark nose, and began flaring the fenders and straightening out the body, eventually painting it a lighter shade of blue. He then had my dad build a 427 engine for it. The problem was that they were afraid the engine was going to get stolen before they got a chance to install it in the car. So what did they do? Well, they chained it to the house for a while. Time passes and the high compression engine was built with the meanest parts available at the time. Before tossing it into the car, they decided to fire it up on the engine stand. Being car guys, they wanted to hear it with the garage door closed for a few second so that they can really “feel” the power. As they expected, the engine fired up. Unfortunately for them, it immediately blew all the windows out of the garage door. Oops. Lesson learned.
My dad still claims that it is one of the most scary fast cars that he has ever been in. He said that when you bury your foot into the floor it felt like it was going to pull the front wheels off the ground. The picture above was probably taken around 1994, which was the last time I saw this car. If you know of it’s whereabouts, I would absolutely LOVE to see it again and / or more pictures of it. The soul of that car runs deep, and that is what makes it extra awesome in my mind.
Got automotive stories of your own? Share em with us!
Whenever you mix free time and El Camino’s, you can guarantee that something amazing will happen. In this case, the mid 70’s body style El Camino that everyone loves to hate became a 4 wheel drive monster. The brush guard was functional and ready for some action, and so was the solid front axle. In all honesty, it was put together fairly well. Under more normal conditions, the body would have been connected to the frame with drywall screws and tie-down straps. This one was far better. It used real metal and wasn’t a giant turd like most 4×4 chassis swaps that I have seen. While I can’t picture myself in this vehicle, I have great appreciation for anybody that puts their time and effort into a car. So cheers to you mid 70’s El Camino 4×4 chassis swap dude, and to a job well done!
I am declaring today as Widebody Wednesday because I was hit in the face with some sweet looking 2010 Camaro widebody pictures and figured that the 1A Auto Blog readers would enjoy them as well. This car is a work in progress being built by Extreme Dimensions in conjunction with Real Auto Works, and it looks like something I would thoroughly enjoy cruising around in. The laid out air ride suspension compliments the custom widebody kit perfectly in my opinion, and makes it look different from every other Camaro on the street. Although I may change a little thing here or there, I’m going to have to give this one two high 5’s. As Facebook might say: “Jeremy Like This!”
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