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March 30th, 2005

The response to last week’s snow feature has been remarkable – the topic clearly resonates with our visitors, and not a few of you are as tired of snow as I am. Jim Benjaminson reports that there’s still plenty of snow in North Dakota, where this Orient Buckboard was photographed about a hundred years ago….
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March 23rd, 2005

The CarPort emanates from southern Connecticut, where winters are typically mild and snow melts between storms. This year, however, we’ve been plagued with weeks of every-day snow, and many of us are suffering from cabin fever. Steve McManus reports that even Kentucky has been snowbound. His family and his ’31 Hudson, seen here, long for….
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March 16th, 2005

If we were car breeders, we might describe this vehicle as out of Austin Seven by 1938 Ford. It’s neither British nor American, though, and it has nothing to do with Ford. It’s a 1940 Rosengart Supercinq, seen at Rétromobile last month in Paris. Lucien Rosengart was a French industrialist whose first car was a….
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March 9th, 2005

In 1957, Ford introduced the Ranchero, in one stroke of genius inventing the car-based pickup and forcing Chevrolet into a crash program that resulted in the El Camino. So goes a version of conventional wisdom that is, unfortunately, completely wrong. Car-based pickups have a much longer history than that. Hudson had them in the 1940s,….
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March 2nd, 2005

This man looks like he’s staring down his automobile. Which one do you think will blink first? Actually, he’s working on the Airfoil headlights on his 1942 DeSoto. Before World War II, DeSoto was very much Chrysler Corporation’s “idea car.” Innovative features were tried out on DeSoto, things like the handsome Miller-inspired grilles of the….
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Serendipity: n. An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
“They were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”
Horace Walpole, The Three Princes of Serendip
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