Monday
Aug012016

20I6 Lexus IS 300 AWD: Perfect antidote for lazy writer.

By Ted Orme

I’ve always suspected that the enemy in retirement is contentment…it makes you lazy. That’s been my condition these past several months, thus my absence from Street Dreams. But I’m also aware that an auto writer can become a forgotten has been in short order, and I’m not conceding to that just yet. It was time to get back in the saddle.

So I rang up our friendly test car supplier and put in a request for just about anything in their sizable garage. As luck would have it, they sent along a 2016 Lexus IS 300 AWD, a small, luxurious, fun-to-drive sporty sedan that was the perfect antidote for my lethargy.

I tested a third-generation 2014 IS 300 AWD sports sedan and found it seductive and, like a tailor-made suit, a perfect fit for drivers looking for a well-balanced blend of power, handling and comfort. My primary complaint then and now is that gaping, garish cheese grater spindle grille and all those overwrought scallops, creases and upswept “character” lines.

 

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Monday
Aug012016

1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk

By Vern Parker

Joseph Plumpe would not have his 1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk today were it not for his wife Beth.  He explains that about 20 years ago she wanted to visit some relatives in the small Ohio community of Ada.

While there he learned of an elderly lady who owned the aforementioned Studebaker.  The car had not been driven recently but upon inspection it appeared to be all there and relatively rust free.  Better yet, it was for sale.

A deal was struck and the car was moved to a local restoration shop for a planned two-year restoration which took three years.  The final result met with Plumpe's approval.  He had his refurbished car shipped to his Fairfax Station home in Virginia.

 

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Tuesday
Jul052016

1964 Chevrolet Impala

By Vern Parker

Before the Price family grew to the point where the selection of a new car was limited to a four-door sedan or a station wagon, a two-door hardtop Chevrolet Impala was purchased.

For as long as Michele Price can recall the car her father, Jerry, bought has been a part of the family.  Her father purchased the Impala on April 2, 1965 at the Griffen Chevrolet dealership on East Jefferson Street in Monroe, North Carolina.

Beside Corvair models and Corvettes Chevrolet that year was offering Chevy II, Chevelle, Malibu, Biscayne, Bel Air and Impala models.

 

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Thursday
Jun302016

1964 Chrysler 300

By Vern Parker

The original owner of John Cramer's 1964 Chrysler 300 died two years after purchasing the four-door hardtop sedan.  The second owner took possession of the car in 1966 and took extremely good care of  it for the next 40 years.

When the second owner decided to put the car on the market it came at the time when John Cramer was interested in acquiring an antique car.

With the seller in Pennsylvania and the prospective buyer in Virginia the two exchanged information and photographs of the car and decided to do the deal if the car was as advertised.

Cramer enlisted the help of his son, Harry, to accompany him on the 220-mile trip to inspect the Chrysler.  After driving the car around the block Cramer was convinced that this was the car for him.  He became the third owner of the Chrysler in October 2011.

 

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Wednesday
Jun222016

1954 Cadillac Convertible

By Vern Parker

A new 1954 Cadillac convertible coupe was sold at the Alvin T. Fuller Cadillac/Oldsmobile dealership in Boston, Massachusetts 62 years ago.

After long and faithful service the car was sold to the second owner who took it home to eastern Pennsylvania with the idea of restoration.

The restoration dream was commenced but never realized, however, it was relatively well protected in a garage for 20 years.  The second owner had begun to disassemble the Cadillac carefully identifying each part.

In the spring of 2011 Randy Edison saw the car for sale.  It was in countless pieces but nevertheless Edison was attracted to the car even in that condition.  He became the third owner but did not take delivery of all the various pieces until the autumn of 2014.  A year later his car was in a restoration shop in order to return the 4,600-pound convertible to like new condition.

 

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