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This 1967 Dodge Coronet 440 (the White Hat Special) belongs to an old friend of mine. For as long as I’ve known him, it’s been cooped up in his garage. Now that he and his family are thinking about moving, he’s got the old girl running again. He took me for a spin and lemme tell ya, it was awesome.

His parents bought it new in Illinois and drove it all manner of places but ended up in Virginia. They gave it to him when he turned 18 and he’s taken amazing care of it.

He has the original paperwork (it sold new for about $3200) and a few other interesting odds and ends. He even shared this link with me. It looks just like his car!

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I was leaving Scott’s Addition with a buddy when he pointed at this and said, “What’s that?” I said, “It’s a Triumph. And I’m pretty sure I’ve seen one like it before. Just notĀ this one.”

And I was right. Still, even though this 1966 Triumph TR4A isn’t in great condition, it’s still a sexy little number.

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I was headed into work when I saw it. I nearly wrecked from craning my head so much to gawk.

This is a 1971 (I think - I’m pretty sure the ’72s were close to identical) GMC 1500 Super Custom Suburban. I can’t find any record of it existing in Wikipedia, but I did find this one on Old Parked Cars. In any case, if that’s really what it is, I’ve failed because I assumed that there were two doors on both sides, passenger and driver. Apparently, there’s only the one on the driver’s side.

I’ll bet this thing getsĀ awful gas mileage, but it’s hard to imagine looking much cooler driving over stuff. I mean, unless your other option is this.

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My son and I had dropped my daughter off at a birthday party in our old neck of the woods and we were driving past the service station that used to be home to this hulk when we saw this 1968 Dodge Monaco.

The owner of the service station said it was okay to photograph the car but more interesting was his story of being one of the first African American drivers in what would be known later as NASCAR. He’s a wily old fella with a bunch of hunting stickers on the back of his late model F-150 and it was awesome to hear. I gotta go back sometime and record it. Car folks would enjoy his story, I’m sure.

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There’s a spring service company down the street from my side gig and every now and then, something awesome is parked in the lot. Once it was this Chevy El Camino.

The other day, it was this red wagon, which I mistakenly thought was a Chevy Nomad from a distance. Turns out, it’s a 1957 Ford Country Sedan.

Clearly, those are aftermarket wheels and the antenna was electric, but overall this was a slick ride.

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This 1967 VW Type 1 is a hotrod. And cool as all get out.

That is all.

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These are actually two separate cars parked near each other not far from my grandmother’s house in Glen Allen. The kids and I pass them when we visit her. One of them definitely is a 1967 Mercury Cougar, and I’m pretty sure the other one is, too.

I’m a big fan of the hidden headlights. I’m sure they’re not terribly aerodynamic but they look cool in a way that cars just don’t anymore. I’m glad someone’s taking good care of these two.

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I wasn’t sure when I saw this Chrysler Imperial on Richmond’s North Side if I’d seen it before. Turns out, I had.

No matter. This is still a very cool car.

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NBD.

Just a BMW 2002 I passed in Church Hill awhile back.
These were made from 1962 to 1977 so it’s hard for me to date because I’m a BMW specialist. I’d guess 1975 though. I’ve always been a fan of the huge windows in these. I’d bet the blind spots are small.

Big props for the In-N-Out Burger sticker.

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This 1964 (I think) Ford Fairlane 500 was parked (illegally, I might add) on Cary Street heading toward downtown. This one sports the base V8 engine, if the 260 badge at the front turn signal is to be believed. It didn’t look like it had been moved in awhile. Which is a shame. I’ll bet on the right fall day here in Richmond, this’d be a sweet ride.