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April 24th, 2009

I don’t usually give much attention to the so-called supercars, Ferraris, Duesenbergs, Corvettes and the like, for they all have their own very substantial constituencies. I don’t even dote on Mustangs, except to appreciate their Falcon origins. As a result I was not wildly excited when invited to visit the Shelby American Collection. By the….
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April 17th, 2009

Although Hudson’s Essex was certainly the first of the so-called companion cars, it’s often Lasalle, the Cadillac companion, that comes first to mind. Introduced for 1927, it was the first hurrah for a young Harley Earl, recently discovered as a talented designer. In fact, LaSalle is generally credited as the first truly designed car, one….
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April 10th, 2009

The whole world knows the US automobile industry is in trouble (and that everyone else’s isn’t far behind). I took particular interest, then, in this year’s New York International Auto Show, to see what the manufacturers themselves would say about the subject. Their attitudes were telling. Most candid was Chrysler. Vice president Jim Press drove….
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April 1st, 2009

We’ve studied Chrysler’s Fluid Drive before, both early and late versions. You’ll notice, however, that Plymouth is mentioned only in passing, having missed out on all the variants that fall under the Fluid Drive label. This is probably because Plymouth was an inexpensive car whose customers were least likely to spend money to avoid shifting.….
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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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