Thursday
Sep012016

1991 Jeep Wrangler

By Vern Parker

From the time Scott Stephens was a teenager he has been attracted to the rough and ready go anywhere Jeeps. The familiar seven vertical slots of the Jeep grille captivated him.   His first Jeep was worn out before he became the owner, however he kept it running for a couple of years.

Years later the time had come for him to get himself a brand new Jeep.

Passing by a local Jeep dealer's lot he saw what he wanted, a basic model Wrangler wearing a coat of Radiant Fire paint.

The red Jeep was equipped with a single extra cost option -- a $200 back seat.  The odometer showed the Jeep had been driven only 10 miles.  Stephens bought the Jeep on July 10, 1991 and drove it to his Fairfax, Virginia home.

Stephens was pleased that under the hood of his new Jeep was a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.  He thought that engine would be more economical to operate than a six-cylinder engine.  He now says that assumption was a false impression.

 

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Sunday
Aug142016

1933 Ford

By Vern Parker

After the American motoring public enthusiastically greeted Ford's new V-8 engine in 1932 the following year the automaker redesigned the entire line of cars.

The most popular model of the various 1933 Fords offered was the standard two-door sedan which had a base price of $450.  A total of 106,387 such cars were manufactured.  The fresh new design coupled with a new V-8 engine proved irresistible to many prospective buyers.

Somewhere along the line an unknown party bought one of those 1933 standard two-door sedans and had it professionally restored before selling it to a Rockport, Texas man.

Soon thereafter the Texan reportedly found another car, the car of his dreams, and relegated the 1933 Ford to the back of his garage.  Years later the car was advertised for sale.

That is where Scott Leaf answered the ad and after a few months of negotiating he became the new owner in October 2015.  He had the Ford shipped to his Virginia home where it arrived in November 2015.  He had purchased the 82-year-old dark blue car with black fenders sight unseen but all had went well.

 

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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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