Saturday Car Pics

I’m surprised this is the first post with this exact title. Oh, don’t expect too many photos today.

 

My wonderful wife and I attended the monthly car gathering this morning at the “event venue” in Scottsdale. The owner of the venue has become wealthy selling tires, primarily for luxury and performance cars. Once a month he opens his business and serves coffee/donuts/breakfast burritos so the car aficionados can gather.

I have seen a real Ferrari Enzo at this event although not today. This is the first time we have attended in a few months. While my car was in the shop I was, frankly, too depressed to attend any of the numerous gatherings in the area. Yes, you can infer that the Z06 is back home. It only took 53 days and $6,000. Actually, I will be on “pins and needles” for at least a month, wondering if the car will start and run without a hitch.

From talking to people at today’s event attendance was down compared to the last couple of months. Even though the event is supposed to start at 7 AM–it actually starts earlier–when it’s 100° before 10 AM people will stay home.

Instead of saving the best for last, here is my favorite car from today’s gathering.

 

 

These are pictures of, supposedly, a two-owner 1942 Packard 180. Among the Ferraris, Porsches, Corvettes, etc. this car really stood out. Only 81 180s were built in 1942; Packard built just 6,085 cars as US automobile production ceased early that year.

 

 

I have always really liked the styling of the second generation Chevrolet Corvair. These are not common here, either, but obviously are more plentiful than 1942 Packards, or any pre-war Packards, for that matter.

 

 

I don’t know if the Supra “reboot” is selling well, but I very much like the styling. I have also heard from many sources that Toyota is understating the engine output, especially for the BMW-sourced inline-6. The first model year for the car, Toyota announced the HP at 335. For year three (model year 2022), it is “rated” at 380. Once again, many sources claim that a “4” is the first digit of the actual HP output.

OK, I think I’ll call it a day.

 

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6 thoughts on “Saturday Car Pics

  1. Wow! That Packard’s interior is sumptuous! I can see why it was your favorite. I’ve never been a fan of the looks of the Corvair, but the design change from the original was definitely an improvement.

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  2. If you can call the restyled/redesigned Corvair a Generation 2 then do so. The redesign included a rear suspension design which did away with the dangerous “swing” axle which lawyer Nader used to his advantage to kill the car. My brother owned a second generation Corvair and loved it. My family owned a Greenbriar van which used the Corvair driveline. Some of my driver training lessons from my Dad were in that van. I later worked with an engineer who collected Corvairs and at one time owned six. The yellow one you pictured is garish and does not complement the car’s lines.

    I would have loved to see the Packard in person! Keep the pictures coming, PLEASE!

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    1. Thanks, Philip. I think the redesigned styling for the second-gen Corvair was a vast improvement compared to the first generation. As you point out, the rear suspension was also made better.

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  3. I’m a fan of the Corvair. My mom had a 66 Monza coupe in the mid 1970s, she loved it for its size but the light weight in the nose made it an adventure sometimes in winter conditions.
    I agree the 65-69 version is much more attractive than the 60-64. The early cars have some charm, but they retain too much 1950s design… the extended flattop roof, the high body crease, the sculpting on the front. 1965-69 are so much cleaner.

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