1968 AMC Javelin

By Vern Parker

Second hand Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Camaros and Plymouth Barracudas were much in demand with the high school crowd in the mid-1970s.

A teenager at the time, Bill Spencer, however, found that he could get more car for his money by buying an AMC Javelin.

Until he graduated from high school a Javelin was his daily driver.

Years later other cars and a motorcycle had replaced the old Javelin until Spencer's safety conscious wife witnessed a traffic accident involving a motorcycle much like the Harley-Davidson that Spencer had in his garage.

The motorcyclist didn't fare well in that accident and harmony was maintained in the household by selling the motorcycle.

Not long afterward Spencer happened across an antique car advertised for sale that was very similar to the car from his high school days – only better.


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1936 Slantback Ford

By Vern Parker

Mac McAllister shared his interest in antique cars with his father-in-law Louis Sandor.

The older man had a 1936 Ford whose style captivated both men. It was a four door Deluxe Slantback sedan.

Ford offered 21 models in 1936 with a built in outside trunk offered on all but two of the models, a roadster and a coupe. Base prices ranged from $510 to $780.

As age crept up on the older man he saw the need to find a good home for the 1936 Ford. That is how the son-in-law came to own the old Ford.

McAllister went to Illinois to get the car in with the intenntion of driving it home to Virginia. That was the plan and it worked well until he got to La Porte, Indiana , he recalls, when the car suddenly quit running.

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2015 Kia Soul EV: Fun passing by all those fossil fuel pumps.

By Ted Orme

With gas prices falling again and electric vehicle sales in decline, what is the future of these alt fuel rides? Hard to say, but they are not going away. Witness the wide-ranging fleet of choices and many new entries – from Scion to Aston Martin – in the pipeline. The primary goal is to offset much tougher fuel economy standards coming down the road and/or gaining a foothold or not losing out on a green culture niche.

There is still a strong appeal to saying goodbye to gas stations. I feel it myself, and I recently got behind the wheel of an electric that I could live with, a 2015 Kia Soul EV. Yes, the electric version of the funky-looking box made famous by chirping hamsters and aimed at fun-loving millennials. 

But the Soul has broader appeal than that. My pal Gene who, like me, is in that aging demographic group largely ignored by car companies, bought a gasoline-powered Soul as his “around town beater” to go with his road worthy Hyundai Genesis. He loves the Soul’s easy butt-level ingress and egress as well as its drivability, versatility, content and value.


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1960 Chevrolet Sport Impala

By Vern Parker

Lone before he retired from the postal service Thomas Greenfield went to the Aero Chevrolet dealership in Alexandria, Virginia and purchased a white over blue 1960 Sport Impala two-door hardtop.

For years he sparingly commuted to work in the car, always being careful to park where it wouldn't be damaged. His care for the car impressed his postal colleague Richard Hawkins.

Eventually Greenfield retired and Hawkins lost track of his former co-worker as well as the Chevrolet Impala.

One September day in 1977 Hawkins saw a relative of Greenfield's and casually inquired about him and his car. He was told Greenfield had died and that his car had been stored under a cover. It hadn't been driven in years, and by the way, he added, “It was for sale.”


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2015 Hyundai Genesis AWD 3.8: Even Better than the V-8?

By Ted Orme

About a year ago I reviewed a $51,500, rear-wheel-drive, V-8 powered 2015 Hyundai Genesis; the company’s challenge, along with the $60K Equus, to enter the true luxury sedan arena. I found it to be a worthy competitor. I loved the feel and sound of the 5-0-liter, 420 horsepower V-8 engine; the silky smooth 8-speed automatic transmission; and the excellent Lotus tuned Genesis chassis and suspension – not to mention a swarm of safety features and fun bells and whistles.

Recently, I got my hands on another 2015 Genesis. This one had all-wheel-drive, a 311-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine, even more bells and whistles and a price tag of $52,450.  How would less power and more goodies affect my very favorable impression of the V-8 Genesis? If anything, I’m even more impressed with the V-6 AWD version.

Maybe it’s a sign of age and diminished testosterone, but 311 horsepower is all power I need to do everything I want to do on the road. Plus, the lighter weight and AWD, together with a near perfectly damped suspension, give the V-6 Genesis better balance and seemingly improved handling and ride, particularly in adverse weather conditions.


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