Thursday
Oct092014

1958 Porsche

By Vern Parker

During a tour of duty with the United States Army in Germany Charles Taylor became infatuated with Porsche automobiles.

His attempt to purchase a Porsche in Europe and take delivery of the car in the U.S. Did not come to fruition. As soon as he returned to the U.S. He found a used Porsche to buy. Ever since that first one a virtual parade of Porsches, both new and used, have passed through his hands.

Since retiring from the Army a number of friends have sought his advice on acquiring used Porsches. Taylor encouraged one friend to purchase a used 1958 Porsche 356 that was located for sale in Baton Rouge, LA.

Records indicate the car originally was built on July 11, 1958, was painted silver with a red leather interior and was initially sold in the U.S. in Illinois. Taylor's friend bought the car in 2006 and had it transported to Washington, D.C.

 

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Tuesday
Oct072014

1960 Corvette

By Vern Parker

Back in 1953 it took awhile for Chevrolet's new Corvette to catch on. During the first year of production the total produced was only 315.

The popularity of the car slowly grew as a steady progression of improvements was made.

During the 1960 model year the 10,000 unit barrier was finally eclipsed when 10,281 Corvettes were sold.

More than 50 years later one of those 1960 Corvettes ended up at an antique car dealership in Springfield, Ohio where it was advertised for sale.

In Chantilly, Virginia Nasser Almasary saw the ad for the car and was so impressed he arranged a trip to inspect the Corvette.

Upon his arrival in Springfield he immediately saw that the silver Corvette was everything the ad had promised.

 

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Monday
Sep222014

1938 K Model V-12 Lincoln

By Vern Parker

In 1938 the window sticker price of a new Ford or Chevrolet hovered around $600 to $800. However, for those fortunate few with means, a 1938 V-12 Lincoln K-model LeBaron convertible roadster was available priced at $5,300.

One such Lincoln originally painted a sporty yellow with optional dual side mounted spare tires rolled out of the factory on 7.50x17-inch white sidewall tires.

Where the handsome Lincoln spent the next 74 years remains a mystery. What is known is that the car received careful attention with most of the original parts remaining. The black leather cushion has been reupholstered and the original yellow paint has been resprayed with a deep maroon color accented with red pinstriping.

 

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Tuesday
Sep162014

2015 Kia K900: Korean Luxury Strategy, Round 3

By Ted Orme

As I pointed out in a recent review of the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, the Korean invasion of the luxury segment began with the 2009 Genesis. The company got more ambitious with the launch of a new flagship, the 2011Equus, to directly challenge the likes of the Lexus LS and well established German high rollers. This year we got a significantly improved (according to me and most car writers) second-generation Genesis and a new high zoot challenge from Kia, the 2015 K900.

Why the need for Hyundai’s corporate sister Kia to join the luxury fray with a car that shares the drivetrain and many of the same parts as the Genesis and Equus?  Michael Sprague, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Kia, explains that, “This year marks Kia Motors’ 20th anniversary in the U.S. market, and the all-new K900 is a symbol of how far the brand has come and the next bold example of the challenger spirit that has benefitted Kia over two decades of growth and maturation.” After the Optima, Sorento and Cadenza, “the K900 is the next logical progression for Kia,” he added.

Aside from that corporate blah, blah, one wonders why the K900 jumped into this highly competitive rear-drive luxury segment as basically a restyled Equus; with the same 119.9-inch wheelbase, strong 5.0-liter, 420 horsepower V-8 engine, seamless 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode as well as much of the same chassis design and suspension components.  But K900 did not get the Lotus team enthused suspension that made the new Genesis so much better.

 

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Monday
Sep082014

1968 Ford pickup

By Vern Parker

In 1968 Gary Risse was so young that he has only vague memories of the day his father, Pete, brought a new three-quarter ton truck home. It was May 21, 1968.

My dad bought it for $2,600 at the Hub Ford dealership on Peach Tree Road in Atlanta, GA., Risse has been told.

Ford evidently did not want the truck to be misidentified so across the leading edge of the engine hood are large chrome letters spelling F O R D. A similar set of letters in white paint are spread across the tailgate.

This truck was – and is – a classic bare bones work truck. “It has no frills, three on the tree, no air conditioner and manual everything,” Risse says.

 

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