Tuesday
Jun112013

2013 Hyundai Three-Row Santa Fe Crossover Flagship

By Ted Orme

The Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia, with its surrounding countryside of scenic rolling hills, historic dwellings (Jefferson’s Monticello at the top of the list), and academe atmosphere (University of Virginia) is a great place to show off a new genteel three row seat crossover vehicle. In this case the extended, more powerful, plushier 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, which replaces the Veracruz as the company’s flagship CUV.

Vern Parker and I tooled down to Charlottesville in a sporty three-door Veloster courtesy of Hyundai. Admittedly, the sight of two old dudes in a hot orange turbocharged pocket rocket zipping down the road got a couple of double takes. But fun is one thing, comfort another, and we both welcomed the switch to the downright luxurious three-row Santa Fe

To get that third row and seating for six or seven the Santa Fe has been stretched an additional 8.5 inches from bumper to bumper over the two-row, five-seat Santa Fe Sport, which debuted last August. The wheelbase has been lengthened by 3.9 inches.

 

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Thursday
Jun062013

1968 Oldsmobile 4-4-2

By Vern Parker

How many teenagers are accompanied by their fathers when they go shopping for their first car?

Not many, I would guess, and if so the fathers, being fathers, would more than likely be in favor of a stodgy, under powered “safe” vehicle.

On the other hand, Zaman Khan of Lorton, Va., has a different tale to tell.

By the time in the mid 1980s that young Khan was 16 years old he had saved enough money to purchase a used car.

 

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Wednesday
Jun052013

1968 Mustang Convertible

By Vern Parker

Like many teenagers in 1979 Steve Zimmerli had a summer job. However, he did not have a driver's license, much less a car, so he hitched a ride to work each day with his father.

A traffic signal by a church in Oakton, Virginia, always seemed to turn red as they approached the intersection. As they waited for the green light to appear young Zimmerli noticed an attractive Mustang in the church parking lot.

Every day that week he admired the Mustang at the church. The next week it was gone. Surprisingly, the following week the Mustang reappeared and that was a pattern all summer long.

 

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Wednesday
Jun052013

1955 Packard Clipper Custom Constellation

By Vern Parker

From the turn of the 20th century the Packard brothers, James Ward and William Doud, insisted that parts on all Packard automobiles would be of high quality, durability and reliability.

For more than a half century those high standards served Packard well.

By 1955 the all new Packard automobile was a modern marvel. For the first time in 32 years there was no in-line eight cylinder engine offered. Instead, an all new 352-cubic-inch V-8 was offered that delivered 245 horsepower.

The fresh, new styling of the Clipper line even did away with the traditional Packard crest in the grille and replaced it with a new emblem shaped like a ship's steering wheel following the “Clipper Ship” theme.

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Monday
Jun032013

1961 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 convertible

By Vern Parker

Over the years Mike Fogerty has owned some Ford products as well as some vehicles from General Motors. However, deep down he admits to being a Mopar man.

So how does a person who favors cars built by the Chrysler Corporation end up driving a 1961 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 convertible?

In order to stay abreast of used car values Fogerty often peruses the classified ads in the local newspaper. It was September 2002 while looking through the classified ads that he came across an ad that caught his attention.

 

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