Tuesday
Sep132011

1955 Dodge Royal Lancer

By Vern Parker

Every Chrysler Corporation car in 1955 had “Forward Look” styling. In Athens, W. Va., Joe Friedl was a high school student in those days and he remembers the three tone color combinations on some of the new Dodges.

After the passage of 55 years Friedl, now a Vienna, Va., resident, began looking for an antique car. “I wanted a 1950s car to fool around with,” he says. Any car he bought had to be in working order because, he explains, he did not want to buy a part time job restoring a car.

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Tuesday
Sep132011

2011 VW Jetta

By Edward R. Noble

Wheels Vehicle Reviews

Volkswagen's problem is not that they don’t have great vehicles; It's the Asian car companies.  Trying to compete with companies that have a basic overall lower cost to produce excellent vehicles makes competition tough.  American and European's also have the same difficulties.

Nevertheless Volkswagen continues to build strong vehicles, and while in the past I felt most of their styling was downright boring, VW has now some of the slickest sedans on the street.  Perhaps the exception is the new Jetta sedan and wagons. A lack-luster looking front-end with a non-distinct grille, and a profile that looks old already, the Jetta is VW's dullest offering.

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Tuesday
Sep132011

1978 Chrysler Cordoba

By Vern Parker

Top-of-the-line Chrysler products have always appealed to Ryland Tedeton. Consequently, he always is alert to an appropriate model that is for sale.

In June 2009 he saw an ad in an antique car publication offering for sale a 1978 Chrysler Cordoba. The car appeared to be nice but he thought it was outrageously overpriced. Evidently it did not sell because a year later the same car was advertised in the same publication at a more reasonable asking price.

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Saturday
Sep032011

2011 Toyota Avalon

The Toyota Avalon reminds me of the days long ago when a big sedan assured the owner of a soft, quiet ride.

Those old Buicks and Chryslers could put you to sleep. Those cars certainly had no sporty, hard-riding suspension or loud exhausts.    

Toyota ‘s Avalon harkens back somewhat to those sedans.

It’s a full-size, four-door that displays a contemporary profile but still projects a grown-up appearance. 

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Saturday
Sep032011

1982 Saab 900

By Vern Parker

A couple of years after graduating from college Mary Pekot decided the time had come for her to get her first new car. After consulting with her older brother, who at the time was living in Norway, she was told how pleased he was with his Saab so a Saab became her car of choice.

In the spring of 1982 the budget conscious Pekot commenced researching detailed data on Saab automobiles. She knew exactly what she did and did not want on her first new car so when she went to the Stohlman Datsun-Saab dealership in Alexandria, Va., she went armed with knowledge.

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