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June 29th, 2005

It took my friend Dan Ditullio a little over twenty years to restore his Cord 812. The result is well worth the time and expense, but he learned a few things in the process, some stories worth retelling. This, friends, could happen to you. He purchased the 1937 Beverly, the more upmarket of Cord’s two….
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June 22nd, 2005

Doesn’t everyone? Of course, a parade must have marching bands, baton twirlers, fire engines and celebrities riding in parade phaetons. What kind of parade phaetons? Well, didn’t Chrysler build the best parade phaetons? One of the best known is “Famous Fanny,” a Crown Imperial built by Derham Body Company of Rosemont, Pennsylvania for New York….
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June 15th, 2005

John Katz passes this Reo tow truck each time he returns home from Baltimore. It sits beside the northbound lane of I-83 between York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Athough it will take centuries for it to rust to dust – Reo, after all, was the “World’s Toughest Truck,” according to its manufacturer – John would like….
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June 8th, 2005

The cars headlining the CarPort are seldom elegant. That in itself is reason to take a breather from the rusty and underloved cars you usually see here and indulge in a full week of elegance. There’s no better example of elegance than this Siata 208S spider. “Elegant,” to engineers, means no more complicated than necessary….
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June 1st, 2005

Philip Worthington Foster was born 95 years ago today. Never what you’d call a “car guy,” he was endowed with that inventive cleverness we call “Yankee ingenuity.” Mark Twain’s hero in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court describes it best: “…if there wasn’t any quick new-fangled way to make a thing, I could invent….
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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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