Tuesday
Feb212017

1985 Buick Riviera Convertible

By Vern Parker

The speedometer on Paul Puff's 1985 Buick can register speeds up to 85 miles per hour.  Despite that instrument, Puff says, "this car has never seen 85."

Puff explains that his Buick Riviera convertible did not start out that way.  He says Buick only manufactured Riviera coupes in 1985.  However, due to the insistence of a small number of customers a few coupes were sent to a custom body shop for a professional transformation into convertibles.

Where Puff's Riviera spent the first ten years is a mystery.  What is known is that the front-wheel-drive Buick was never abused.

In the summer of 1995 Puff learned that the Buick was being sold.  When he found that the car had been driven an average of only about 7,000 miles annually he quickly bought the luxurious convertible in Maryland and had it delivered to his Centreville, Virginia home.

 

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Tuesday
Feb212017

1968 Plymouth Barracuda S 340

By Vern Parker

A military officer in Manhattan Beach, California purchased a new Plymouth Barracuda in 1968.  For more than a decade he enjoyed his sporty car.

By 1979 he and his car had moved to Virginia where the car was parked on the front yard of his Dale City home with a for sale sign in the window.

At that time young Tim Minor was fresh out of high school and had been looking for a sporty, muscular car with style.  He saw that the Barracuda fulfilled all of his requirements and he quickly became the second owner of the car.

 

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Thursday
Jan122017

1950 MG TD

By Vern Parker

Many American servicemen who were stationed in Europe after World War II became enamored of the British built MG sports cars.

Records indicate that an American airman stationed in Germany ordered a 1949 MG TC.  While anxiously awaiting his new car he was informed that 1949 production had ended.  He was then offered a 1950 right hand drive MG TD that had initially been built for the British market.

That deal appealed to the American who then took the sports car with him to his various assignments around the world until he retired.

 

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Tuesday
Dec062016

1959 Triumph TR3A

By Vern Parker

Tom Quinlan clearly recalls the very used dark green 1959 Triumph TR3A that his older brother, George, purchased in 1970.

The British sports car had seen better days but it was affordable.  A few years later the car was put away in storage when it was replaced by a newer, less used, car. There it languished in upstate New York until 1988 when Quinlan's brother decided to breathe new life into the Triumph.

As the rebuilding and associated overhauling progressed Quinlan began to take interest in the car that his brother was renewing in Buffalo, New York.

 

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Friday
Oct072016

1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk

By Vern Parker

Soon after Studebaker and Packard joined in an unlikely alliance in the mid-1950s the effort to survive began.  

Talented designer Raymond Loewy did a lot with a little and for the 1956 model year created a masterpiece, the stylish Golden Hawk.

"Even in my teens I wanted one," Paul Delaney says.  "However, the opportunity never presented itself," he laments.

Half a century passed but the long ago memory of that 1956 Golden Hawk lingered on but since only a total of 4,071 were built he knew the chances of finding one were almost nonexistent.

While thumbing through an antique car magazine in the summer of 2015 he was surprised to see a  1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk for sale.

 

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