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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Saturday
Feb182012

2012 Honda CR-V EX-L AWD Ferris Bueller’s Fun Ride

By Ted Orme
 
The Super Bowl is only time I don’t mute TV ads. But for more than $7 million a minute I figured I owed them a one-timer. I took particular interest in Matthew Broderick’s reprise of his Ferris Bueller role in an ad for the new Honda CR-V, which happened to be parked in my driveway. The ad was fun, the car was fun and so was the game.
 
The CR-V has long been a winner and class leader for Honda, as well as my favorite little all-wheel-drive crossover. It goes back to the 1980’s when Honda had the auto press climbing a ski slope in snowy Vermont in one of the first four-wheel-drive Civic wagons. The all-new fourth generation CR-V is not designed to do that. The aim now is to comfortably carry small families safely through snow and rain, which it can do exceedingly well.
 

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Friday
Feb102012

1960 DeSoto

By Vern Parker

More than 50 years ago the late Jim Kenney, a Westinghouse engineer, drove to his Havertown, Pa., home in a new 1960 DeSoto.

The tail fins seemingly soared from yesterday to tomorrow and his family was ecstatic about the new family car. One of the boys in the family, Tom, had recently acquired a license to drive. That fact meant nothing to his father.

The teenager washed and waxed that DeSoto for a chance to drive the car. Even then his grades in school were considered. “If I was good,” Kenney reports, “I got to take the DeSoto out on the weekends.”

 

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Friday
Feb102012

1936 Ford

By Vern Parker

It was about ten years ago, Pete Sanders recalls, when he and his wife Sharon were strolling through an antique automobile show when one the the displayed cars arrested her attention.

The car that set her pulse racing was a 1936 Ford DeLuxe Phaeton. Sanders agreed with his wife that the lines of the car were fetching but the couple was not in the buying mode that day and besides the car was not for sale. Since that day Sanders has not been actively searching for a 1936 Ford DeLuxe Phaeton but he has not forgotten about it either.

The summer of 2011 was almost gone when Sanders saw the Ford of his wife's dreams for sale on the internet. A broker of antique cars in Westport, Conn., had the car and he gave Sanders all the details he had which led Sanders to think it was a sound vehicle.

 

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Friday
Feb102012

2012 Subaru Outback

By Edward R. Noble

As I recall it was the dead of winter 1981, and it was the first time I saw and got to drive an all-wheel drive Subaru. It was a modest station wagon, and it was “cheap” as we used to say about low-priced basic vehicles. But, this little bulldog was not basic and having an all-wheel drive in a sedan back then was almost unknown. While the rest of us at the office struggled to get our big rear-wheel-drive Plymouths and Oldsmobiles through the deep snow, the fellow with the Subaru was already there and had the coffee pot ready.

He drove that Subaru for what seemed like two decades.

 

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