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Flea Market Transportation Optimization

May 2nd, 2010 | Categories: Americana, Automobiles | by Michael Williams

Not sure who this fine piece of American metal belongs to, but I sure was jealous when I saw it in the flea market parking lot in Connecticut this weekend. The pride of Toledo, that is one good looking Willys Overland in the most vintage of colors. I bet Martha Stewart would have cut a check for it on the spot. Well, If I had the kind of dough she does I would have.





Beast of Burden | International Travelall

Apr 19th, 2010 | Categories: Automobiles, California | by Michael Williams

The only thing this beast can’t pass is a gas station.

Driving with my buddy in L.A. this past week and I spotted this late 1960s International Harvester Travelall and couldn’t resist pulling a Nick Maggio (sans bag of iPhone-photo-app-trickery) on this monster. I couldn’t even imagine driving these back in the day when they first came out — before everyone drove an SUV.





Audi Sport Quattro S1

Apr 4th, 2010 | Categories: Automobiles, Motorsports | by Michael Williams

In the early 1980s two things happened that led Audi to dominate rally racing competitions for the better part of the decade. First, FIA restrictions governing the types of cars that can enter rally competitions were loosened significantly for a new class of cars called Group B. The other game changer was Audi’s introduction of the Sport Quattro S1 to the World Rally Championship. In the late Seventies rear wheel drive cars were the norm in rally racing, but when Audi introduced its Quattro all-wheel-drive rally racing was forever changed. The cars were so fast and so powerful that a series of fatal accidents led to Group B’s downfall after only four years.





Made by Hand | Porsche 356

Dec 13th, 2009 | Categories: Automobiles, Cars, Germany | by Michael Williams

A nice follow up to the Porsche 914 factory photos from 1972, this five part video from the 1960s takes you through the entire build process of the famed German sports car. Those photos made their way to all sorts of different sites and a few different forums, which is how I found these videos. If you aren’t into metal work, it might be worth it to skip ahead to part II. But the remaining four videos are definitely worth part of your Sunday. Enjoy!





Porsche Factory Tour c. 1972

Dec 2nd, 2009 | Categories: Automobiles, Cars | by Michael Williams

Chances are if I am going to buy an expensive sports car it would be a Porsche. Ferraris and Lambos are just too flashy for me. Not to say that a Porsche isn’t flashy, but there is a difference — at least in my mind. I will say that if the money was there I would defy everything I just said and buy a Bugatti Veyron, mainly because of this video. Porsche has just remained so consistent over the years that you can’t not love them. Give me a GT2 and i’ll be happy. Give me a GT2 in Bavaria and I will be really happy. Seeing as the days of ripping up the road in some expensive German engineering are still to come, I’ll (we’ll) have to settle for this 914 farm circa 1972. All of these images came from this gallery and show the quaint production of 1970s Porsches being made in Germany by workers wearing overalls. Sports cars and factory photos? Sign me up. More after the jump.

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Classic Ride | 1976 Ford Bronco Ranger

Aug 18th, 2009 | Categories: Americana, Automobiles, Cars | by Michael Williams

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That is a fine looking piece of machinery, a 1976 two-tone Ford Bronco Ranger in very nice condition. The best part is this slice of pure American pride is for sale. I spotted her over the weekend and it was love at first sight — I mean look at those wipers! From the looks of it this model seems to be the precursor to another favorite of mine, the Ford Bronco II. If I remember correctly this is pretty much the same car that the football coach drives in Dazed and Confused. So if you want to be like a 1970′s Texas football coach then scoop this baby up. If an ACL reader does buy it, I’ll take you out for a steak dinner and give you some Lone Star beers from my private reserve, because you are one bad ass individual and you deserve a pat on the back.





Ultra Americana | Ford & Mercury Woodies

Aug 9th, 2009 | Categories: Americana, Automobiles | by Michael Williams

Some people just know how to collect things, Nick Alexander is one of those people. Not content with owning just one classic car, Mr. Alexander (you may recognize the name if you live in Southern California from the Alexander BMW / Mini stores) set out to amass a collection of wood trimmed Ford and Mercury “woodies” that represented every aspect of the style, restoring many with painstakingly detail. After assembling one of (if not) the finest collection of woodies in the world, Mr. Alexander has decided to pass along the beautiful automobiles (for what I’m sure will be a healthy sum of money) this coming August 12th & 13th at the Sports & Classics of Monterey auction which coincides with the renowned Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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1940 Ford Standard Station Wagon Marmon-Herrington front exterior