Fractious Friday

Fractious (Adj): Irritable, quarrelsome, difficult to control, unruly


Although, unfortunately, yesterday’s precipitous fall in its stock price does not portend the end of the company, I did enjoy watching the price of Fack Fucebook stock fall by 26%. For those of you who are not an investor in and/or follower of stock markets, that is a huge one-day drop, especially for a company with that kind of market capitalization.

The criminal organization reported its first ever decline in the average number of users and that Apple’s new iOS that allows its users to opt out of tracking is severely impacting ad revenues (Yeah for Apple!). Once again, from Roger McNamee:


“There was once a hacker named Zuck

Who screwed half the world for a buck

People hoped he’d do betta

So the name changed to Meta

But the name and the product still suck.”


For me and I think for many others, automobile auctions are more about seeing interesting cars than about buying and selling. One of the aspects that interests me is seeing cars with which I was not previously familiar, cars like this:


1951 LINCOLN LIDO - Side Profile - 251435

1951 LINCOLN LIDO - Interior - 251435


This is a 1951 Lincoln Lido that, obviously, was offered at a Barrett-Jackson auction–the recently concluded event in Scottsdale, Arizona. It sold for $66,000 all in.

I had never heard of the Lincoln Lido before seeing it at the auction. The Lido, which debuted in June of 1950, was Lincoln’s answer to the General Motors hardtop coupes that were introduced in the late 1940s. It was only produced in 1950 and 1951 and fewer than 10,000 were made. The exact number cannot be known for sure as the production for the L-72 line of Lincoln coupes for 1950-51 is not broken into an amount for the two types of two-door coupes produced in those years.

Oldsmobile was the “O” car in Cars A To Z and its most significant innovation was almost certainly its introduction of the first truly automatic transmission, the Hydra-Matic. This Lincoln Lido had a Hydra-Matic transmission; they were optional or standard on Lincolns from 1949 through 1954, inclusive.

Frankly, the pictures don’t do the car justice in my opinion and I cannot find a photo that I took of the car. I was quite taken with the looks of the Lido.

I hope the upcoming Mecum auction in Glendale, Arizona–which my wonderful wife and I plan to attend–allows me to discover more interesting cars whose existence had been previously unknown to me. The auction starts in just 40 days.







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4 thoughts on “Fractious Friday

  1. When I went to B-J at Westworld 4 years ago (dang, time flies) we went on Sunday, family/preview day, for the same reason. I wanted to see the cars and memorabilia as unless I saw a “gotta have it” vehicle/item, it was unlikely I would be bidding. By the time I went thru the main tent, where all the “good” stuff is, and 3 more of the outdoor storage areas, it got to the point where I would just go down the center aisle. If something special caught my eye I would then go look at it closer. There are just too many vehicles to stop and look at each one. Same problem with the big car shows. I used to attend the Turkey Run at Daytona speedway, even entered it 3 times in the 90’s, but by the late 2000’s it had gotten huge. Huge like filling the entire infield, approx 130 acres, of the track, and having cars park on the speedway itself. These were ONLY cars entered in the show, all spectator parking is outside the speedway. Just too many vehicles and many basically the same. I like 67-69 Camaros, but after seeing 10,12 or 50, I have no more interest unless it’s something special. Special like color, option combo, etc. A 69 Z-28 is no longer special, at least to me. Reason is someone once advanced the opinion that there are only 30,000 left of the original 20,000 built. I would much rather see a 69 Impala with a 6 banger and a “3 on the tree”, just for the uniqueness of it. And yes, they made some. Same with second gen Chargers. 225 slant six and 3 speed on the column.

    But I’m kinda odd like that; I don’t just dance to a different drum, I dance to whole different band. 🙂


    1. Many thanks, DDM. Fully understand your views and agree. Big car auctions have turned into somewhat of a paradox in that the number of vehicles is almost overwhelming, but the variation is not.


  2. You hit the nail on the head for me, as well. I don’t come to buy and sell, I look for the unique and interesting. This week’s (2-8-2022) Travel Tuesday post on Journeys With Johnbo features some of the unique vehicles that I saw at Barrett-Jackson.


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