This 1965 Plymouth Barracuda was at a service station on the southside of town, not far from the Forest Hill Station post office. There’s not a lot more to say than what I said the last time I found one of these. Still a really pretty car.
- 2 days ago
This Volvo 164 E was not too far from VCU, parked near a freeway on-ramp when I saw it. Tyler told me to look for it because he knew I was coming for his Scout.
We agreed that it’s in amazing shape. I was struck by how much thought had gone into the design. The logo on the gas cap, the clean lines… It’s just a pretty car.
To be sure, it’s not the only one I’ve seen in town. This one was in really nice shape, too.
- 5 days ago
- 1 week ago
I saw this 1969 Chevy El Camino in Manchester as I was leaving work the other day. The owner, a friendly old guy with a scraggly beard and big grin, told me that he and his sons had several El Caminos on their property: a ‘68, this one, a ‘71, and a ‘72. They were looking for a ‘70 to complete the set.
I know I post a lot of El Caminos but their odd charm is irresistible for me. You can carry a substantial payload, only have to share the ride with one other person, and move with the nimbleness of a car. What’s not to love?
- 1 week ago
Sometimes I get so excited and in a hurry to get my pictures for the blog that I totally space on the year that the owner tells me. I think I was told that this was a 1981 Dodge Ramcharger. Honestly, I’m always a fan of the curved glass in the back.
This one was parked outside of the post office on Broad when I stopped the owner.
- 2 weeks ago
It truly is not every day that you get to help someone out and it’s definitely not every day that the someone is driving a beautiful 1973 Ford Bronco.
His name is Jeff and I was pulling up to my house in Woodland Heights when I saw him. Turns out his sending unit is bad - join the club - and he’d run out of gas. We grabbed a gas can from my house and took a quick trip up the road to get some gas. He told me a little about the other rolling projects he’s got going on and we talked about older cars and kinda fell into that conversation that goes, “They don’t make ‘em like they used to…” I hope to run into him again sometime.
Incidentally, he told me that this beauty was his, too. I gotta say, the man’s got good taste.
- 2 weeks ago
I was driving home through Oregon Hill with a friend when we saw this little behemoth. From the profile, it was impossible to tell what it was. Too small to be a Unimog, too old to be a Humvee, too drab to be a civilian vehicle.
Closer examination showed that it’s a Pinzgauer 710 4x4. A little digging provided me with these interesting facts:
*The actual manufacturer was Steyr-Daimler-Puch, but that entity has been broken into several smaller companies.
*The 710 comes in a 4x4 model and a 6x6. (Imagine that in the snow!)
*It has an air-cooled gasoline engine.
*It has a top speed of 68 mph.
I just picked a few facts from the Wikipedia article. You should mosey over if you’re interested in a lot more.
- 2 weeks ago
I was headed out for coffee with a bud. New tires on the Scout (which you can see in the background) made the ride all the more fun.
We saw this AMC Jeep Wagoneer (SJ) near Lamplighter Coffee. AMC was in charge of the production of these from 1970 to 1987. Judging by the lines and the grille, I’d guess 1975.
No matter what though, this was a fun thing.
- 3 weeks ago
This is a 1964 Chrysler New Yorker Salon that I found in the Fan during what can only be described as another diagnostic trip in the Scout. I was trying to pin down a radiator problem and took my eyes off the temperature gauge just in time to see that I was passing this statuesque piece of history.
It’s easier to quote Wikipedia than it is to try to reword it: “Changes for 1964 included a new grille, larger rear window and small tailfins giving the car a boxier look from the side. Canadians were given the choice of a new two-door hardtop, while Americans got the Salon option on the four-door hardtop and post.”
But what really caught my eye were the small things like the shape of the steering wheel and the placement of the badges. Such fine tuning speaks to the level of customer they were talking to.