Tuesday
Aug252009

1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cierra ES

By Vern Parker

In 1984 the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors built a total of 1,179,655 vehicles. Of those, 102,677 were Cierra Brougham models, the ones with a small strip of chrome including emblems of the flags of 15 nations on the front fenders.

The base price was $9,904 for a Cierra Brougham equipped with a 110-horsepower, 181-cubic-inch V-6 engine, automatic transmission with overdrive and power brakes.

Extra cost options included:
Power seats.
Cruise control.
Power windows.
Air conditioning.
Glass panel sunroof.

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Wednesday
Aug192009

59th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

By Brian Armstead

As I traveled the links of the 18th hole at Pebble Beach recently, site of the annual Concours,

I focused on cars of different genres and with multiple personalities. Enjoy this photo gallery of nine gorgeous antique cars displayed at one of the world’s greatest car shows! The Best of Show Winner this year was the 1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet.

The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Best of Show winner - 1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet.

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Wednesday
Aug192009

2009 Pontiac Solstice

By Nick Yost

It was probably a Sunday school teacher who told us that it’s not proper to speak unkindly of the dead, but I’m guessing she wasn’t thinking about anything as mundane as an automobile.

And I’m also guessing she would not have insisted on such propriety if she had spent any serious time inside the cramped confines of the Pontiac Solstice coupe.

The coupe was put to death quietly on July 28 after a short production run at General Motors’ Wilmington, Del., plant. The Solstice convertible and Saturn Sky were euthanized, too, as GM moves toward execution of the entire Pontiac division.

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Wednesday
Aug192009

Timeless Designs

By John Peige

What cars do most men want to drive? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out it would be something fast and something sporty. Yet, of all the hundreds of fast and sporty models produced over the last 50 years, only a few have withstood the test of time to be recognized as true classics in automotive design.

“Legends: Timeless Automotive Design” was a recent theme at the Car Classic at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. In car circles, the college is famous for producing many of the world’s top automotive designers.

Michael Lamm, author of the book A Century of Automotive Style writes, “Timeless designs look as beautiful and fresh today as they did when new.” A while back, Lamm asked six renowned Art Center College of Design alumni to define distinguished automotive design by picking the best examples. Here are some of their choices:

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Wednesday
Aug122009

1946 Jeep CJ2A

By Vern Parker

Brandon Girmus was too young in early 2006 for the Commonwealth of Virginia to issue him a license to drive.

The persuasive teenager convinced his parents,Greg and Darcie, of the practicality of him purchasing a motor vehicle. With a limited budget he set about finding a vehicle that he assumed would need serious cosmetic and mechanical work.

“I've always liked old Jeeps,” Girmus says. They are basic vehicles and almost indestructible so the search for an old Jeep began in 2006, Most of the Jeeps he found appeared as if they had been in a war – and lost.

On the way back home to Vienna, Va., Girmus and his father spotted an old Jeep by the side of the road. He was disappointed to learn that it was not for sale but the owner said he had a 1946 Jeep CJ2A that was available.

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