Tuesday
May172016

1904 Model "L" Rambler

By Vern Parker

During the automotive brass era of more than a century ago many manufacturers began with something familiar -- a horse-drawn carriage only without the horse.

One of the early cars was made by the Thomas B. Jeffery Company in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  The name Jeffery gave his car was Rambler.  Eight models were offered and advertising for the 1904 Model "L" Rambler rear door canopy tonneau boasted that the right-hand drive Rambler was "a car that stands wear without constant repair -- a car that you can rely upon year in and year out."

Records show that Milton Stocking evidently was convinced the Rambler was the car for him.  He reportedly took a train to Kenosha where he bought a 1904 Rambler Model "L" and drove the 1,725-pound car home. Leaf springs on all four corners of the car assisted in smoothing the rutted roads of that time. 

Since then the car has had two other owners, the current one is Reggie Nash of Richmond, Virginia.

 

Click to read more ...

Monday
May022016

1960 Edsel Ranger

By Vern Parker

At first glance Jack Beahm's car is frequently mistaken for a 1959 Pontiac because of the similar split grilles.  However, his car's true identity is a 1960 Edsel Ranger.

The short lived Edsel phenomenon came to an end when Ford Motor Company determined the company had lost enough money on the car that the motoring public did not seem to want.

When the first Edsel was introduced as a 1958 model it was known for the "horse collar" vertical grille while the rest of the automotive industry was trending toward a horizontal look.

By the end of production Edsel stylists had made many changes including dropping the vertical grille in favor of a horizontal one easily mistaken for the grille of a 1959 Pontiac.

Only 2,846 Edsels were built for the 1960 model year.  One of them, a four-door Ranger model, was purchased at the O'Brien and Rohall dealership in Arlington, Virginia.  It was sold on October 24, 1959.

 

Click to read more ...

Wednesday
Apr272016

1989 Jeep Cherokee Pioneer

By Vern Parker

Daryl Allen has long admired the manner in which R. J. Winkler, his coworker at the Prince William County Service Authority, maintains his vehicles.

Earlier this year Winkler reportedly determined that he had too much of a good thing and began to cull his automotive herd  He mentioned his plan to Allen and said he was going to sell his 1989 Jeep Cherokee Pioneer.

That news got Allen's attention because Allen was familar with the Jeep and even though it had been driven about 140,000 miles it was in excellent condition.  

It was February 27, 2016 when Allen bought the dark blue Jeep and took it home to Fredericksburg, Virginia.

 

Click to read more ...

Friday
Apr222016

1956 Austin-Healey 100

By Vern Parker

Tim Flaherty explains the origin of his 1956 Austin-Healey 100 by saying it filled a gap that British automakers had left vacant between the smaller MG and the larger Jaguar.  Many of the desirable sports cars were destined for the American market.

In June of 1975 Flaherty found one of the Austin-Healeys for sale not too far from his Alexandria, Virginia home.  "It needed pretty much everything," he recalls.  After all, it was 19 years old at the time.

Despite the short comings he bought the car.

Flaherty thoroughly enjoyed his Austin-Healey for the next 19 years until it reached a point that major work was required.  That is when he took apart his car.  When his Austin-Healey was disassembled Fllaherty discovered "everything was worn out."

 

Click to read more ...

Monday
Apr182016

1964 Ford Fairlane

By Vern Parker

Thanks to her father Melinda Glenn is intimately familiar with every aspect of her 1964 Ford Fairlane 500.

Glenn, one of seven children, grew up in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  As her older siblings reached driving age they acquired, with their father's assistance, second hand Ford Mustangs that were in need of resuscitation.

Her father was of the opinion that if the young drivers invested some time working on the cars they might treat them gently and safely.

As Glenn approached driving age she naturally assumed her father would find her a used Mustang.

She didn't know that in his youth her father had owned a 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 so she was surprised one spring day in 2001 when he called to inform her that he had just purchased a 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 for her in Arcadia, Wisconsin.  It was just like the one he had owned years before.

 

Click to read more ...