Wandering Wednesday

As I write this, I am a little anxious as I have to have two wisdom teeth extracted this afternoon. Well, I guess I don’t have to have them pulled, but my dentist strongly recommended I have it done. No offense to dentists, but I still dislike dental appointments even though I dutifully go every six months.

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From Why Evolution Is True I share links to three posts. (Post 1, Post 2, Post 3). The first two are about the state of Oregon eliminating all standards in reading, writing and math for getting high school diplomas and the lack of outrage by much of the media. The third is less than flattering about the 44th President. Once again, the author of this blog identifies as a liberal, but would probably have his membership revoked by the radical segment of the Democratic Party.

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I hope I am not reaching the end of marginal utility of photos from Monterey. Perhaps the main attraction of the Mecum auction was this 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Teardrop Coupe (I don’t need to capture online photos from Mecum!):

 

 

The pre-auction estimate on this car was listed at between $5 million and $6 million. I love Mecum auctions, but they have incentive to “goose” the pre-auction estimates, at least a little bit.

This 1936 Delahaye was bid to $4 million, but did not sell. Oh, how did I consistently get these close-ups of cars on the block? My wonderful wife and I sat in the front row every day.

It wasn’t that many years ago that I had no interest in pre-war cars (meaning pre-World War II), no matter how valuable they might be. I am now a big fan of many of these cars, like this 1936 Delahaye. That fandom doesn’t necessarily mean I would own one in the unlikely scenario where I could afford to do so.

On what genre of cars has your opinion changed over the years?

 

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12 thoughts on “Wandering Wednesday

  1. “On what genre of cars has your opinion changed over the years?”

    Station wagons, mainly 50’s thru 70’s vintage..

    When I was a teen, there was nothing worse than having to borrow my mom’s car, a ’68 Chevy station wagon. If I could talk him out of it, I would rather have borrowed my dad’s pickup. The only one I recall from my youth that was even remotely “cool” was a neighbor that drag raced. His wife had a late 60s Buick Sportwagon (same body as an Olds Vista Cruiser) that he had put a 455 in, and had Cragar mags.

    Fast forward about 30 years and I started noticing some interesting station wagons. Like a late 60s Caprice wagon with a 427 and 4 speed from the factory. Or the 1970 (or 71, I cant remember now) Ford Torino wagon with a 429 Thunderbird engine and 4 speed also factory built. About 11 years ago, I bought my 68 Belvedere wagon that was originally a 318 with “3 on the tree.” It now has a 1977 E58 360 (police spec) based engine with just over 325 rear wheel hp, and a Tremec 5 speed. It’s rare that when I take it out for a cruise, that someone doesn’t come up and tell about the one they rode in as a kid, or in some cases that their grandparents had. Of course when I fire it up, they DO mention that “mom’s didn’t sound like that”. 🙂

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  2. I am softening on the new designs from post-WWII, so basically 1949-54. It wasn’t really that I didn’t like them, I actually kinda like just about all cars. It was more I’d felt anything pre-58 was likely too narrow, too high, maybe too primitive, for my tastes. Even so, I came to really love 2 cars owned by friends – the 32 Buick I posted on my blog, and a 40 Olds coupe.
    I still may never actively look for a car that old, though I could see myself in a shoebox Ford or a Buick sedanet.
    Maybe the only cars I can’t see me driving would be pre-Depression.

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  3. I started out in cars as a fan of the pre-war Fords, primarily the Model A. I later moved over to the post war cars and trucks. I really liked the 1935 Ford pickup. When I had the opportunity to fit myself into the cab of one, I found it was hard for me to pretzel my body into the small confines. The post war cars and trucks were built with more room inside. When my current project showed up on the So-Cal Arizona bulletin board I had to go look at it and subsequently purchased it. One added benefit was the clean 1948 Arizona title so I could register it as a 1948.

    I understand DDM favoring station wagons. I have fond memories of traveling from Arizona to Michigan in 1957, pre-interstate highways in my parents 1957 Chevrolet Bel-air station wagon. My own favorite station wagon is the 1929 Ford “woodie” and if I had the garage space, I would build one after my ’29 Ford A-V8 roadster. I’d use my 1948 F-1 Lightning as a parts hauler.

    I love the elegance of the pre-war art deco designs with their flowing lines and enticing curves. Federal regulation and safety requirements has forced the automobile designs to become too much sameness and bland repetition.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Philip. Yes, federal regulations have forced a numbing sameness onto automotive design. The delay in implementing legislation allowing low-volume replica cars is one example.

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  4. Like DDM, I have also developed an appreciation for the station wagons of my youth, though it wasn’t due to the higher performance models that he mentions. Truth is, I’m not sure why I have come to admire those boxy looks, unless it’s because I abhor those boxy rolling toasters like the Nissan Cube or Kia Soul and their like.

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