Lincoln’s Recovery – Cancelling the Farewell Address

Lincoln’s Recovery – Cancelling the Farewell Address

“How Nice – to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive.” – Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five Lincoln and Mercury reminded me of two aging silent screen stars living together in squalor, each in a futile attempt to care for the other. Lincoln, in a near vegetative state since 1990, survived on memories, while Mercury survived solely on the...

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The Littlest Supercar turns 25

The Littlest Supercar turns 25

“And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln If someone asked me to name the greatest sports car ever made, I am sure my answer would include names like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo or Jaguar. These were marques with history, pedigree and tradition that instantly evoke a time of motorsports...

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The Perfect Summer Cruiser

The Perfect Summer Cruiser

The summer night is like a perfection of thought – Wallace Stevens Now that summer has officially started, I decided to take a look at eBay and see what they had to offer in the way of summertime cruisers. When I was younger, I had a perfect 1976 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Hardtop, and I loved to gather up the family and head off to the local ice cream shop on a hot...

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Personal Luxury Cars: The Cadillac Eldorado

Personal Luxury Cars: The Cadillac Eldorado

For almost 50 years, the Cadillac Eldorado was the epitome of the personal luxury car. Originally built as a show car to mark the anniversary of Cadillac, the Eldorado morphed first into the ultimate Cadillac model, then into a caricature of the 1970’s, and finally into a soulless car that reminded us more of what we lost, than it did of personal luxury. In...

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Personal Luxury Cars: The Continental Mark

Personal Luxury Cars: The Continental Mark

Stylishly beautiful, subtle and understated, a car that epitomizes excellence. The Continental Mark II is Audrey Hepburn in a world of Paris Hiltons. The Lincoln Mark series started with the development of the Continental line, a division created specifically to market one car, the Continental Mark II. Sharing none of the excesses of its competition, the Mark...

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12 Future Investment Classics and Why You Should Avoid Them

12 Future Investment Classics and Why You Should Avoid Them

Investing in classic cars has never been more appealing or popular than it is today. Investment gurus across the nation are spinning stories of amazing returns and massive gains that can be had simply by purchasing a used car. What they forget to mention, is that investing in classic cars can be a hell from which you never return. Jaguar XJS – Undervalued for...

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Massachusetts Miracle

Massachusetts Miracle

“And this is good old Boston, the home of the bean and the cod, where the Lowells talk only to Cabots, and the Cabots talk only to God. – John Collins Bossidy Many of my readers will know I live in the United States, but less will know that I am from Massachusetts. My state is a smaller, but important one on the East Coast, affectionately called “The Hub of the...

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A Pack of Packard

A Pack of Packard

“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not, it is the opposite of vulgarity.” – Coco Chanel It is strangely ironic that one of the most desirable cars for the Concours scene is also one of the most forgotten by the public at large. Those swanky competitions at Amelia Island and Pebble Beach are generally awash with Packard motorcars, while...

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The Art Deco Era: Cars of the 1940’s

The Art Deco Era: Cars of the 1940’s

The 1940’s were a time of great hardship and glory in the world. Within the automotive industry, it marked the end of an era, the spirit of patriotic duty, and the beginning of the jet age. Cars built in the 1940’s never sparked much of an interest for me. The era of coffin bodies, pontoon and suitcase fenders and art deco designs all seemed unworthy of any...

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Aussie Cars Down Under

Aussie Cars Down Under

Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia. – Charles M. Schultz Aussie cars make my brain hurt. From the day I saw my first Holden Monaro, I considered the country to be something like a parallel universe. Cars like the Series I and II Monaro look strangely similar to American cars, but somehow alien and old...

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The State of Estates

The State of Estates

Women are like cars, we all want a Ferrari, sometimes want a pickup truck, and end up with a station wagon – Tim Allen Not long ago, I discussed the evolution of the modern estate car (station wagon as we call it in the US) in an article called “Taking Aim at the Shooting Brake.” In it, I highlighted some of the coolest examples of estates ever created, and...

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Lamborghini Miura, The First Supercar

Lamborghini Miura, The First Supercar

Supercar. That one word describes the ultimate in a motor vehicle, a car that combines the absolute epitome of style, technology, and power into one beautiful piece of rolling sculpture. It all started with an argument between a simple farmer turned tractor manufacturer named Ferruccio Lamborghini, and the high priest of performance cars, Enzo Ferrari....

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