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November 29th, 2006

Ford’s Thunderbird cannot claim the longest consecutive run of a model name, but it can certainly make a case for the most adventurous search of identity over nearly half a century. What began as a two-seat sports roadster in the 1955 model year ended as a “personal luxury” coupe 44 years later, then after a….
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November 22nd, 2006

Of all the styling devices used in the century-plus-ten of the American automobile, few have had the staying power of the vinyl roof. You might call it the fetish that refused to die. It began simply enough. In the 1920s, all closed cars had canvas roofs, since the technology didn’t permit metal pressings as large….
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November 15th, 2006

Coming back to the United States, if you believe the chattering motorpundits. Depending on which source you trust, Alfa Romeo will be back with 2007, 2008 or 2009 models, sold through your local Maserati dealer. Alfa began with the traditional Italian corporate alphabet soup: Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili (Lombardy Automobile Manufacturing Company) acronized to ALFA,….
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November 8th, 2006

Not long ago, while searching for something in the attic of my garage, I came across two big boxes of Tonka toys. They were not mine – I never had Tonkas while growing up – but they brought back fond memories of my children’s childhoods. My son Nick was two when he got his first….
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November 1st, 2006

What could these two cars possibly have in common? They were built 20 years apart, on different continents by different companies. One has a massive 455 cubic inch American V8, the other a 24-valve 3-liter Japanese V6. Other than the fact that they’re both front-engine- rear-drive, about the only thing they share is their designer,….
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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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