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February 28th, 2010

About three years ago I told the story of my first car, a 1937 Ford convertible sedan. It’s been a while since the subject came up, but recently Dennis David, the CarPort’s western Connecticut scout, sent me a photo of his first car, a 1963 Mercury Comet. The Comet, of course, was basically a stretched….
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February 21st, 2010

The Overland car, volume seller from John North Willys‘s Willys-Overland Corporation, held a steady second place to Ford during the ‘teens, but sagged measurably in the early 1920s. So in 1926, Willys came up with an inexpensive car, the Whippet. Small and swift, like the canine whose name it bore, the Whippet caught on quickly,….
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February 13th, 2010

Stutz was the “Car that made good in a day,” turning in a creditable performance in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911. It is the Stutz Bearcat, of course, that became best known, despite the fact that there were Stutz sedans and touring cars throughout the car’s life. In the 1920s, the “Safety Stutz,” with….
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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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