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May 24th, 2006

DaimlerChrysler is teasing us with a new Imperial. I wonder whether it’s intended to be a Chrysler Imperial, or an Imperial Imperial. Poor Imperial has had an identity crisis for much of its intermittent life. For its first 26 seasons, Imperial was the mightiest Chrysler. Introduced in 1926 as the Imperial 80, it bore hallmarks….
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May 17th, 2006

International’s building pickups again. Perhaps we should say PICKUPs, as the smallest one comes in at 14,000 lbs. GVW. They’re a far cry from the K-1 “Cornbinders” my generation saw on the road when we were growing up. Actually, it’s not out of character. Although the first International trucks were light duty high wheelers, from….
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May 10th, 2006

Richard Guerrera, Sr., loved trucks. As he built his hauling business from one truck to a fleet, he began collecting them, particularly trucks of the 1950s. “The trucks of the 50s had souls; they were alive,” he said. “They had a different look to them and a different sound.” In 1998 he formed the Golden….
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May 3rd, 2006

Lee Iacocca denies fathering Ford’s Mustang, and, referring to the numerous other men who have claimed paternity, implies that Mustang’s mother was a tart. While the the matchmaker responsible for Mustang’s conception remains elusive, the car’s DNA leaves no doubt about its parents: in horsebreeding terms, it’s out of Falcon by Fairlane. The original Mustang….
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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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