Saturday
Mar172012

1936 Ford 5-Window Coupe

By Vern Parker

Stu and Gracie Weller began their married life by driving off on their honeymoon in a used 1936 Ford. It wasn't long before that car was traded in on a newer car. That transaction was one they soon regretted. Decades later they began searching for a similar car to rekindle fond memories.

They found a maroon 1936 Ford five-window coupe with a rumble seat, one of 21 models offered by Ford that model year.

Although it had undergone some modifications, they bought it anyway and enjoyed the car for years.

 

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Saturday
Mar172012

2012 Buick LaCrosse Premium 1 Edition

By Edward R. Noble

I learned to drive in my fathers 1949 Buick Super sedan, (in 1949) so I have something of a soft-spot for the brand. I have always loved a Buick even when they made some real dogs with poor paint jobs, and trim falling in the first winter pothole.  Things are different these days, Buick has earned a top spot for reliability and styling.

Take the Buick LaCrosse sedan. It looks expensive and better styled than most Lexus, or even a Jaguar, with the LaCrosse costing many thousands less. Although, Buick has somewhat bumped-up the price on the LaCrosse. Starting at about $31,000 gets you into a good looking LaCrosse, but why buy a Buick if you're not going to go all the way and step-up to the heavenly accessorized Premiun-1 edition? An extra $7,000 gets you about everything you can think of in a luxury sedan.

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Tuesday
Feb282012

2013 Bentley Continental GT V8: Is Less More?

By Brian Armstead

Okay, take my favorite ultra luxury Sports Tourer, the Bentley Continental GT, strip out the rock solid W12 motor, and insert a lower powered V8.  

Recipe for disaster? – Negative.

Cheapens the brand? – No way.

Perhaps this is the classic, textbook case of “less equals more,” as the 2013 Bentley Continental GT V8 is such a terrific automobile, I would reckon that the Bentley Boys from Crewe, United Kingdom have another major sales success in the making.

Madrid and Logroño, Spain served as the backdrop

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Monday
Feb272012

2012 Toyota Prius 

Brian Armstead

In 2000, Toyota in the U.S. came forward with a broad stroke, creating the then unique Prius Hybrid.  Remember, this was pre-9/11, pre-auto industry crash and pre-$4 a gallon gas nightmares.  But Toyota has always been a company with great vision, and their crystal ball showed that Americans (and indeed buyers worldwide) would snap up this emerging technology given the right mix of performance, comfort and efficiency.

The 2001 Toyota Prius went on sale in August, 2000 with an MSRP of $19,995.  It featured a 70 horsepower engine with a 274 volt battery, and sported EPA mileage numbers of 52 mpg city and 45 mpg highway.
But it wasn’t until the second generation Prius was launched in October, 2003 as a 2004 model that the lore of this automobile was set.
 

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Saturday
Feb182012

1933 MG J2

By Vern Parker

Years before actor Humphrey Bogart delivered his famous “In all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world...” line in the movie Casablanca, the MG motor company had delivered a J2 model to a customer in that city in Morocco.

In late 1932 an improved J2 MG model was introduced and one of them was shipped to Casablanca on March 22, 1933.

The J2 rolled out of the factory on 48-spoke wheels shod with 4.00x19-inch tires. Each wheel was fitted with knock-off hubs. The two-seat sports car stands only four-feet, four-inches high and is a hair less than that in width. Bumper-to-bumper length (if it had bumpers) is ten-feet, four-inches.

 

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