Fringy: adjective form of fringe, a noun which can mean on the edge or periphery (Perry Ferry for my (i)ncomparable niece).
No doubt exists that I am much closer to the fringe of society than to its center. That condition has been exacerbated by aging. I have never been a part of the social mainstream, but as those under 40 still occupy more than half of the space in this country, their interests and habits seem very foreign to me, indeed. Still, it is what it is and I’d rather be here than there.
My dentist found “debris” in one of the extraction sites and that was the cause of my issues. He cleaned it out and gave me syringes filled with a dental cleaning solution for me to continue to keep the sites free of debris. Of course, I am not a dentist and at least half of the solution does not end up where it’s supposed to go. My mouth does feel better today than at any time since I had the procedure. I wish my neck would get with the program.
I have always thought these cars were radiantly elegant:
This is a 1942 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet; cabriolet is a fancy word for convertible. Of course, given the model year very few of these were built, just 136, to be exact. This car, offered at no reserve, hammered for $85,000 or $93,500 all in.
This iteration of Continental was built through model year 1948 (not counting the war years of 1943-45). The ’48 Continental was the last American production car to be offered with a V-12 engine. We will never again see a V-12 engine in an American production automobile. If you want a car so equipped, you will have to buy a foreign automobile. Maybe something like this:
This is a Ferrari 812 Superfast, powered by a 6.5 liter/396 cubic-inch V-12 that generates 789 HP/530 LB-FT of torque. The engine is naturally aspirated, but still produces about 2 HP per cubic inch of displacement. The base MSRP for a 2021 812 Superfast is about $340,000.
Can’t spend that kind of money? On AutoTrader I found six cars in the US, convertible or coupe, equipped with a V-12 and with fewer than 100,000 miles that were listed for less than $10,000. Four were Jaguar XJS V-12s and the other two were Mercedes-Benz CL600s. The two Benzes were built in 2001 and 2002. I wouldn’t ever buy a Mercedes, but I can only speak for myself.
Have any of you ever owned a car with a V-12 engine? If so, we would like to read about it.
Have a great weekend…
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