Time Warp Thursday: 1978 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser

This is the first one I have seen in the flesh in probably 30 years. Why? Rust? Yeah, based on personal experience. Generic styling, even among corporate sisters? Yeah (again, based on personal experience).

It still gets me square in the feels. I learned to drive on this car. I learned to spin out yet not die in this car. I learned that my Dad was not quite the car guy I thought he was when he came home with this.

1991 Lancia Thema: What’s Your Type?

In the late 1980s, four European car marques launched competing midsize cars all based on the same “Type 4” platform. The Saab 9000 normalized Saab quirkiness. The Alfa Romeo 164 brought Alfa style and “reliability” to the states for about a minute. The Fiat Croma was a misspelled non-word. It also never made it across the Atlantic, thereby making it better than every Fiat 500L ever. The Lancia Thema likewise never made it over, but it had one thing the others lacked. A “Ferrari” V8.

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Auction Week 2017: Goliath

It’s been a busier than usual couple of weeks living in car Mecca. This past week was the Holy Grail – Scottsdale Arizona Auction Week. (For those not interested in “alternative facts,” Scottsdale only hosts most of the auctions. RM is in Phoenix. Silver is on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.) …