March 28, 2015


The shed was locked.

March 7, 2015

Female Mechanic Now On Duty

E and I replaced Sylvie's headlights a couple days ago.

March 3, 2015


Yvonne was my first car, a 1977 Ford Mustang II. This is probably the most derided Mustang of all time. I don't see it. It's a decent Ghia design which, briefly, took the Mustang back to its now permanently-forgotten small-car roots.
The driver's side bumper sticker says "Extinct is Forever" and the one on the passenger side reads "Skateboarding Is Not A Crime". Can you tell it was the early 1990s?

February 12, 2015


January 21, 2015

The Most Gorgeous American Car, Ever

In Anaconda there is one original example of the most gorgeous American car ever and unfortunately it is red, which happens to be the worst color for any car ever (sorry red car lovers, but blecch).
It is also, as its owner will enthusiastically tell you, for sale with a price tag of $40,000, last time he tried to talk me into buying it anyway. Looks like it's been marked down to $34,000. Still a little out of reach. 

If the badges haven't given it away yet, it's a Studebaker Avanti, a '63. This fiberglass dream was Studebaker's hail mary pass and it failed. 

The Avanti was designed by Raymond Loewy, who designed a lot of things you didn't even realize were designed, exactly, from the Lucky Strike logo to the color scheme on Air Force One.
Another thing about Avantis is that they are amazingly fast. Like, nearly 200 miles per hour fast, for supercharged versions at least (this one ain't one). [Correction: he tried to sell it to me again this week and says it is supercharged.]

So anyway, if you all are having trouble securing funds for
that Schwimmwagen I've been asking for, I'll take this thing as a consolation present. Just please get it painted first.