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January 30th, 2008

The words “Nash truck” may conjure up images of the four-wheel drive Quads that fought in World War I. But the Quad wasn’t the only early Nash truck. When Charles Nash took over the Thomas Jeffery Company he inherited a line of Jeffery commercial vehicles that carried the Nash name for a while. Nash trucks….
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January 23rd, 2008

Ford’s blockbuster Mustang, of course, begged for a response, but it was three years before The General could raise it. When he did, it was a two-parter, the so-called F-body twins, Chevy’s Camaro and Pontiac’s Firebird. The Firebird, of course, was a tribute to the far-out Firebird I, a concept car of 1952. F-cars were….
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January 16th, 2008

I’ve long considered the 1941 Dodges attractive. My cousin Woody had a ’41 sedan that was a good-looking, if not exciting car. The 1942s were more striking, in a complex sort of way – almost Cadillac-like in the grille. But all that was lost after the war, with the eggcrate-faced D-24 models built from 1946….
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January 9th, 2008

We have a winnah! First to report in with the correct answer to last week’s “list quiz” was Jonathan Baker from Australia, who was also the only one with the correct answer. With no equivocation he said the common denominator in the ten cars was their Continental engines. Actually, it’s more accurate to say “Continental-derived,”….
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January 1st, 2008

As old year turns to new, journalists, particularly, have an obsession with lists: Ten Best, Ten Worst, Ten Most Significant, Ten Things I Hate, Ten Predictions for the New Year, ad nauseam. Truth to tell, I’m sick of lists, other people’s lists, lists that have no real purpose except to spill their listers’ fatuous opinions.….
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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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