After a year’s hiatus, the local luxury make complex resumed its monthly car show yesterday. As has been the case for all shows here, one must arrive before the scheduled start of the show in order to find a decent parking space. Amidst the Ferraris and Lamborghinis, the first car my wonderful wife and I saw made quite an impression:
This is a 1961 Rambler American. Despite the California front license plate, this is an Arizona car. It’s too bad I couldn’t take a picture of the smell of the interior. I was transported back to a different era and in a good way. And now, your regularly scheduled programming:
As I keep writing, I like the C6 Corvette more and more. The C6 Z06 was almost certainly the last Corvette that will have an engine with as large a displacement as 427 cubic inches. Yes, that’s a legendary number in Corvette history, but the LS7 in this car was based on small-block architecture, not big-block like the 427 motors of the 1960s.
The picture of this E-Type Jaguar doesn’t do it justice. It looked amazing as did that paint color. See, they don’t have to be in British Racing Green to look great!
I apologize to the owner of this Lotus Elite for showing the license plate. I couldn’t get a good shot from the front and you just don’t see these very often. Well, at least I haven’t. I noticed this car from a long way away and made sure I got at least one picture before we left. Not to smear the reputation of a man no longer here to defend himself, but Colin Chapman–founder of Lotus Cars–was almost certainly involved in crimes surrounding the funding of John DeLorean’s automobile project. From the Wikipedia article about Chapman:
Lotus Group’s 1981 accounts were overdue before Chapman’s death, but released after his death disclosed that Lotus had been paid for engineering work by DeLorean via a Swiss-based Panamanian company run by a DeLorean distributor, despite Chapman’s previous protestations that neither he nor the company had been paid via Panama. Chapman died before the full deceit unravelled, but at the subsequent trial of Lotus Group accountant Fred Bushell who had funnelled £5m to himself in the fraud, the trial judge opinionated, that had Chapman himself been in the dock, he would have received a sentence “of at least 10 years.”
I apologize to those of you who read this blog and are not car people, although I suspect you are in a small minority. Of course, if you’re not a car person you may not have reached this part of the post to receive this apology!
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