Thursday, January 31, 2013

Middle Aged Men and their Middle Aged Cars

There appear to be some perks to being middle age. Movie tickets cost $3 less, you can lecture people about what life was like when you were their age, you can blend all your foods into a fine paste and no-one will think less of you for it. But by far the greatest part of the sunset years must be the fact that by that point in life you've made enough money that you can graduate from owning a car that just gets you around to one that just makes you happy. I was recently invited to be a guest at a meeting of the Santa Fe Vintage Car Club, and athough the meeting itself went on a little too long while members waxed-analytical about fuel-octane levels, some of the cars they brought with them made the whole thing worthwhile. Some of the highlights include:

 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix. 
Those cracks in the pavement are from the car's weight. (probably)

1930 Ford Five Window Coupe. 
The guy that owns it said that it's essentially his daily driver.

Factory-fresh 240Z that i snapped as it was leaving.

A 1942 GMC, according to its vanity plate, that was incredibly well restored.

A '46 Hudson next to a '49 Scott.

1948 Ford F1 with hardwood floors.

This is (believe-it-or-not) a 2013 Morgan 3 Wheeler with what is called a "stroked X-Wedge V-Twin" which apparently produces 150bhp in a car that only weighs 1,500 pounds. It's driven by a dentist in a helmet that I can only assume is to make sure his head is recognizable after the rest of him is incinerated in the massive fireball that will be this car after he drives it through a lamp-post at a hundred miles an hour.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Suicide Machine

A few years ago I bought some motorcycles from a man in Albuquerque's South Valley, a trio of Ward's Riversides (or Benelli's before they were imported), I still have two of them.
But while we were chatting about bikes he said he wanted to show me something, in one of his many sheds sat this beast.

Poor photo entirely the fault of the crappy camera phone

His story was that he had been trying to sell this motor and a prospective buyer told him it was worthless and could never be used so he might as well give up trying to sell it. So, to prove a point, my new acquaintance had used the frame of an Australian motorbike bolted to the motor, put a small gas tank where the seat would go, and would weave a rope into the fan on the side to pull start it. He would ride with his right foot resting on the shaft sticking out from the middle of the fan.
The motor was a cast iron, single cylinder of some high displacement, I believe he said it was named after a city, Chicago or Milwaukee perhaps, and had come from a tractor.
This is one of those too cool, wacky finds you always wish you had picked up when you had the chance, although I'm not sure he was interested in selling it anymore.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Groovy Mystery Car

Funky and cool sedan, I've seen this one before but never been able to identify it. I'm sure it's European, and from the late 50s to early 60s. Love the two tone paint scheme and the fins.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Nicely maintained convertible Plymouth Prowler near Artisan's Supplies, great big wheels and the gorgeous purple paint caught my eye immediately. This is also the first time I've noticed the bulges behind the cab over the trunk, very attractive. 

I had the R/C version of a Prowler way back when they first came out, I thought they were the way all cars would look in the future, but poor sales shot that dream down. Too bad they never made a V8 version.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Classic Packard with beautiful patina

 Beautiful old Packard, seems to need a lot of love and attention that I don't think is coming anytime soon. The age showing through the classic blue paint gives it an air of broken dignity.


Bitchin' Chevy Nova. Myth has it these didn't sell well in spanish speaking markets because "no va" means "doesn't go" in spanish, though the link above seems to disagree.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Beautiful Z car

Saw this great first generation Z at the supermarket tonight, aftermarket chin spoiler, racing buckets, a general air of sportiness, and the red interior drives me wild.

Ruidoso NM (part III)

Saw a totally boss Ford three-window coupe cruising town. Just had to get photos while he was stopped.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Ruidoso NM (part II)

I don't know this mint colored one, anyone recognize this? Chevrolet Deluxe?

Big Boys Toys, apparently a great shop for bikes.

I absolutely love International Scouts, they're not Broncos, they're better.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Ruidoso NM (Part I)

Spent the weekend in beautiful Ruidoso, New Mexico, home of horse racing, Billy the Kid history, skiing, family, and numerous eye-catching vehicles; such as this grouping of for-sales outside a local shop. They looked rough but the Mavericks, Vegas, and Tempests never go out of style.

OLD GOLDIE!                                           DANG!


Thursday, January 10, 2013

It's Electric!

Tesla Model S, at Downtown Subscription in Santa Fe. Unfortunately poor photos due to the crowded parking lot. The owner was very friendly, he described the ride as similar to flying thanks to its smoothness and quiet. He claimed (and I'm inclined to believe) that there are only two in New Mexico currently. Very cool, sleek and classy vehicle. 

Thanks to my buddy Patrick for pointing it out or I may have missed this great vehicle!

UPDATE 1/13/13: the Tesla Model S was named Automobile Magazine's car of the year!


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Datsun Z

Datsun Z , in the classic orange, my personal favorite sports car. I've owned three of these.

Sweet Jag...

Pretty sweet Jag-yoo-arr, very shiny, looks well taken care of, wish I had taken a pic of the gorgeous flip up fuel cap.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Phat-ass Nova

Very sexy '68-'72 Chevy Nova, lifted rear with some fat meats in the back. Sounded like a caged lion ready to attack. 

Back when Volvo was sexy

Very nice old Volvo, don't know the model but it appears to have been restored. Love the giant rear hatch window.

UPDATE: Bonus Camaro in the background!