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July 26th, 2006

This car sat for years beside the road in Hyannis, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. Car spotters easily identified it as a 1957 Ford. Closer inspection reveals an unusual fuel door location and a distinctive roofline, both hallmarks of the Skyliner retractable hardtop, a “new kind of Ford” that year. The Skyliner returned for the 1958….
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July 19th, 2006

In October 1999, two venerable automotive historians were pondering the upcoming execution of Plymouth, announced a month earlier in the motoring press. Mike, ever the romantic, remarked that Plymouth’s Mayflower badge still shone brightly, despite erosion of the car’s product line. Fred, the pragmatic realist, said it was all about bottom line, and some hokus-pokus….
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July 13th, 2006

It used to be the conventional wisdom that no one would ever collect cars from the 1970s. I have never believed this – every car will some day have its moment of collectability – but I once said I hoped I’d never see a Pinto at a car show. I ate crow for that statement….
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July 7th, 2006

Are you overwhelmed by your motor mall megadealer? Are you cowed when you go to the antiseptic parts and service department, where you’re never allowed to talk to the mechanics? Maybe you should be taking your car to Nick Pagani at Ace Auto Service in New Rochelle, New York. Established by Nick’s grandfather in 1920,….
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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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