Archive for November, 2013

RustyButTrusty on the Street – Mercedes, Alfa, and a VW on Street View

November 26, 2013

Today’s theme is that sometimes the cool cars are close by, and sometimes they are far away. But the key is that people are out there using them, and even if they get dirty or chipped, they’re not half as much fun sitting in the garage. The first car is in an office development fairly close to RustyButTrusty world headquarters. R107 Mercedes SLs are not such a rare find, and would not ordinarily show up in this context, but this small-bumper SL is probably a 1972 or 1973 model. Complete with personalized blue California plates, it looks the part of the executive from one of those newfangled chip manufacturers. Can you imagine, some people were born and made it nearly through high school without Mercedes revealing a new SL?

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Bargain Twelve – 1987 Jaguar XJ-S V12

November 26, 2013

Thanks to Jaguar’s reputation for quality, or the lack thereof, and the intimidating complexity of an engine compartment stuffed with V12 and all the mod-cons, mean there are some potentially (key word!) great deals to be had out there on some very nicely kept cars. Among those is the Jaguar XJ-S. Though not well-received in their day, they had some very big E-type shoes to fill, but as a car of their own, their unusual design has some interesting details, and has held up fairly well. You can find this 1987 Jaguar XJ-S V12 in Vallejo, CA for $3600.

1987 Jaguar XJ-S V12 for sale left front

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Save the Grandma Cars – 1980 Chevrolet Caprice Classic coupe

November 25, 2013

If you live outside the San Francisco Bay Area or certain parts of the south, you maybe haven’t noticed the numbers of cars that are being turned into scrapers (full-size American sedans with large chrome wheels) or donks (same but with a lift kit). There are a couple of things that are kind of fascinating about this trend, aside from what happens to the driving dynamics of a large old American boat: 1) this must seriously be accelerating the attrition rate of a type of car that’s no longer made; 2) why are young people suddenly attracted to driving cars designed for the very old?; 3) Why the hell is painting your car with consumer product logos like YooHoo (chocolate milk), Shrek, or KoolAid Twists ever cool? The first point is pretty evident – while those cars are not for everyone, they are a part of America’s automotive history, and it’s sad to see that diversity disappearing caused by a raised roll center, stress on wheel bearings, and the general hacking-up a car goes through. The second and third questions are really hard for an outsider to answer, but the folks performing those modifications probably can’t say why a BMW 2002 shouldn’t have 22″ wheels and a Red Vines logo on the sides, either. If you’re feeling charitable and would like to save a piece of malaise-era Americana from a miserable fate, check out this 1980 Chevrolet Caprice Classic coupe, for sale in Concord, CA for $2400.

1980 Chevrolet Caprice for sale left front

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