Friday, February 20, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Olds Vista Cruiser wagon I featured recently.
The S-Cargo's not the biggest or most practical cargo hauler in town but it's definitely one of the most eye-catching and distinctive.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Crown Customs, a hot rod shop on Van Dyke Avenue in the city. It features a patina that looks mostly earned, not faked, and the owner has shaved and filled the door handles for a mild custom look without going crazy like the poor '48 F-1 I featured years ago. That one suffered an atrocious roof chop and lowering that ruined an otherwise original pickup. This one has fat whitewall tires and black steelies to spice up an otherwise "tired" looking truck. I like the Iskenderian Racing Cams sticker on the windshield; who knows how old that might be. I just might have to pay a visit to Crown Customs someday. It seems like a cool place.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Last year a relative invited me to a meeting of his car club, the Arcane Auto Society, in San Francisco. This was what I found parked on the street outside the garage where the members met. It's a 1965 Citroën DS 19. It was not the only club member vehicle I photographed on the street that morning and I'll be happy to share the others with you at a later date. The club meeting functioned as an unofficial indoor car show and was a fascinating assemblage of everything from a right-hand-drive Reliant Regal three-wheeler with UK plates to a Peel Trident bubble car. Regrettably, those were off the street and within the boundaries of a car show and not eligible for blog features at the time, even though they were awesome. Even here, we have rules...
This well-used but original example with Michigan plates is either a long way from home or just recently relocated to sunny California. Which is interesting, because it wears parking permit stickers from Castle Air Force Base near Atwater, California, dated 1995. Whoever owned this car must have been one of the last people stationed there, as Castle AFB was decommissioned at the end of 1995. It wears what may be the original coat of what looks like Carrara White, named for the slightly bluish marble stone native to Italy. The interior is a bit rough and the body has surface rust, but it all appears solid and quite restorable. That is, if the owner wants to do that. There's a great shop in Oakland that specializes in old Citroëns and could definitely help him out. I wonder if the hydraulic system still works?